Tanzania

Tanzania Active Family Safari with Teens

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $8240PP

    Duration

    14 days

    Activity

    Level 4

    Meals

    11 breakfast, 11 lunch, 10 dinner

    This safari has been tailored for families with older kids who want a bit more adventure during their family vacation! Start with a trek up Mt. Meru and a night of camping in a mountain hut. From there, explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park searching for their famous and iconic animal inhabitants.

    Hike on Mt. Meru, Mt. Kilimanjaro’s Little Cousin

    Hike on Mt. Meru, crossing it’s volcanic crater and spotting wildlife on your way up the mountain to an overnight camp at 8,250 feet.

    Ride a Mountain Bike through the Ngorongoro Highlands

    Mountain bike in the Ngorongoro Highlands, through local villages and down dusty paths in the countryside— keep an eye out for wildlife!

    Meet the Friendly Maasai Villagers

    Experience the warmth, kindness, and generosity of the Tanzanian people and visit local schools and villages to get a first-hand interaction with the Maasai culture.

    Wildlife Viewing in Ngorongoro Crater

    Explore the fertile Ngorongoro Crater looking for the Big 5: elephants, lions, rhinoceroses, African buffaloes, and leopards.

    Explore Serengeti National Park

    Plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing drives in the Serengeti searching for giraffes, hippos, antelopes, ostriches, jackals, baboons, dik-diks, and more.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Tanzania


    Days 2-5

    Arusha

    Village Visit to Ilkiding'a

    Enjoy a half-day walk through the village of Ilkiding’a, set high in the foothills of Mount Meru, overlooking the city of Arusha.

    Begin Your Mount Meru Trek

    Drive to Mount Meru where you will meet your mountain crew, including an armed ranger, and begin your half day trek (4–6 hours).

    Enjoy a Picnic Lunch on Mount Meru

    From Kitoto viewpoint, take a one and a half hour walk to Njeku waterfalls, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch.

    Reach Miriakamba Hut

    Continue the trek by cutting across the impressive crater floor on your way to Miriakamba Hut (8,250 feet), which you will reach this afternoon. Your crew will prepare a hot meal as you take in the views, relax and settle in at the hut after your moderately strenuous trek.

    Descend Mount Meru

    Make the scenic descent from Miriakamba Hut through mountain meadows and along wooded streams.


    Days 6-8

    Ngorongoro Highlands

    Gibb's Farm Tour

    Take a guided tour of Gibb’s garden, a sloping 10 acres of vegetables and fruit gardens, growing everything from artichoke to zucchini and providing most of the ingredients for the delicious organic meals enjoyed by guests. Learn about other sustainable practices at Gibb’s as your tour passes through a pig and dairy farm where you can even try your hands at milking a cow. You can also walk through the famed coffee bean fields that gave the farm its start over 80 years ago.

    Gibb's Farm Activities

    Gibb’s offers a variety of activities that appeal to travelers of all ages, including: traditional English tea, Maasai spa treatments, guided walks, and bike rides (additional fees). You could also go birding, visit the Sanaa Art Studio, or watch a coffee roasting demo, among other options.

    Visit to the Floor of Ngorongoro Crater

    Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, where you are likely to find an abundance of wildlife. With luck, you might even see rhinoceros and big cats, such as lion and cheetah. The diversity of species often inspires awe, from baboons and elephants in the Lerai Forest to wildebeest and mountain reedbuck over the crater’s grassy floor.

    Cultural Exchange for Teens at Ganako

    Visit Ganako Secondary School in the scenic Ngorongoro Highlands, where North American teens can meet their Tanzanian peers. Teens can play music for their new Tanzanian friends, share favorite magazines or books, talk about interesting things that are happening in their lives, or play a lively game of soccer. This is an unscripted and casual cultural exchange that can unfold in any number of interesting ways!

    Gibb's Farm Guided Biking Tour

    Go on a guided bike tour through the countryside and into a local community. Tours are available for bikers of all levels, and range from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.


    Days 9-10

    Serengeti National Park

    Optional Serengeti Balloon Excursion

    A pre-dawn wake-up call leaves you time to drive to the balloon launch site in order to catch the most dramatic light. Then take to the skies just as the sun rises. Glide over the plains and acacia treetops, taking in spectacular views of the Seronera River Valley and the surrounding plains. After your descent, enjoy a magnificent champagne breakfast right in the midst of the Serengeti wilderness.

    Afternoon Wildlife Viewing in the Serengeti

    Spend an afternoon wildlife viewing in the Serengeti. The big cats often spend these hours lying drowsily about the plains and up in the trees while many antelope and other animals continue to graze.

    Visit Olduvai Gorge

    Make a short stop at Olduvai Gorge, a deep ravine and site of fossilized remains of animals and hominids that date as far back as two million years. A brief lecture and small museum tour are included.

    Continue Your Exploration of the Serengeti

    Explore the pristine landscapes of the Serengeti with your guide’s uncanny wildlife spotting instincts leading the way. Expansive plains, rolling hills, dramatic granite outcrops and riverine valleys are home to an endless variety of fascinating creatures, from the lowly dung beetle to the impressive elephant.


    Days 11-12

    Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

    Morning Hike in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

    Enjoy a light breakfast before heading out on a morning hike. The terrain will be fairly mild, but make sure that you’ve got comfortable shoes with good traction. Being out on the plains on foot at this time of day is magical.

    Wildlife Viewing En Route to Your Nyumba

    Enjoy the journey to your next Nyumba camp, as there will be plenty to see along the way. Perhaps you will come across a chase between predator and prey; maybe you will spot a wake of vultures; or maybe you will be lucky enough to find a leopard relaxing high in the limbs of an acacia tree.

    Maasai Boma Visit

    Immerse yourself in the semi-nomadic culture of the Maasai by visiting a boma, which is a settlement of circular mud-and-dung Maasai homes. Many Maasai still roam the plains of northern Tanzania with their herds of cattle, maintaining their traditions while adapting to new ways of life.

    Night Wildlife Viewing Drive

    Take to the plains and wilds after dark for a night drive in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem. Night drives offer thrills and possible sightings of nocturnal creatures, such as spring hares, aardvarks, and porcupines. More than anything, the night drive offers an adventure few travelers in Tanzania have the chance to experience.

    Enjipai Women's Group Visit

    Meet a group of entrepreneurial Maasai women and learn about their crafts, their lifestyles and their community goals.

    Maasai Storyteller

    Gather around the campfire to listen to a Maasai elder tell folktales, which are translated into English. The story is not planned in advance, and you will hear it exactly as it is traditionally told


    Day 13

    Leave Via Arusha

    Stop at Cultural Heritage Center

    Visit and shop at the Cultural Heritage Center.

    Farewell Lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge

    During a special farewell lunch in Arusha, you will have time to say goodbye to your safari companions as you prepare for your departure. Visit the adjoining Shanga workshop where physically challenged artisans create remarkable jewelry, learn glass-blowing, and sell their work.


    Day 14

    Arrive home in the US


  • Dates & Prices

    2017 Dates


    12/21-01/03

    Sold Out
    Adult $8540PP
    Teen $8140PP


    2018 Dates


    03/11-03/24

    Adult $8240PP
    Teen $7940PP

    06/15-06/28

    Adult $8540PP
    Teen $8140PP

    07/01-07/14

    Sold Out
    Adult $8940PP
    Teen $8640PP

    07/13-07/26

    Adult $8940PP
    Teen $8640PP

    08/04-08/17

    Adult $8540PP
    Teen $8140PP

    12/24-01/06

    Adult $8540PP
    Teen $8140PP


    2019 Dates


    03/10-03/23

    Adult $8540PP
    Teen $8140PP

    Additional Info

    Tanzania Imposed VAT

    $250 Value Added Tax. As of July 1, 2016, Tanzania imposed a new Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism activities.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, and Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Rivertrees Country Inn

    Set beside the rushing waters of the Usa River on the outskirts of Arusha, Rivertrees Country Inn has colonial charm and simple but elegant style with modern-day amenities and fantastic cuisine. Besides its delightful farmhouse guestrooms, the inn also has two spacious luxury cottages and a lovely, open-air, thatched-roof kitchen and dining area, with décor reminiscent of its country heritage as a former German colonial farm and coffee estate.

    Miriakamba Hut (8,250 feet)

    Miriakamba Hut is located in a scenic glade on the slopes of Mount Meru. The dormitory-style mountain hut offers trekkers bunk beds with mattresses, and facilities are shared by all trekkers on the mountain who are overnighting at this location. Detached buildings house running water and toilet facilities. Their amenities are basic, but sufficient, and the location is wonderful, offering gorgeous views. Meals are prepared by your mountain staff in the hut’s kitchen and eaten family-style in the dining room or outdoors on picnic tables. It’s a rugged mountain experience complete with the trailside camaraderie that comes with it.

    Gibb's Farm - Cottage Room

    Gibb’s Farm artfully blends nature, culture and eco-friendly amenities to provide what is sure to be a relaxing and memorable stay. Its newly updated cottages blur the line between indoor and outdoor living space, giving each guest unhindered access to one of the estate’s most stunning assets: its lush gardens. A gracious and attentive staff enhances the experience, offering cultural and historical insight and making sure all your needs are met.

    Central Serengeti Nyumba

    Thomson’s signature Serengeti Nyumba is the perfect balance of luxury, comfort and wilderness. These tents were exclusively designed for Thomson Safaris and cannot be found anywhere else. In the spacious, walk-in tents, you will find all the comforts you need out in the bush: artfully crafted furnishings, cozy bedding with fine linens, solar-powered, eco-friendly lighting, and an en-suite bathroom with shower and self-contained pump-flush toilet. We’ve taken special care to think of all the details that will make you comfortable during your stay without being excessive or leaving a heavy footprint on the landscape.

    Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

    Sitting on a slope of Moruga Hill, your Eastern Serengeti Nyumba overlooks a sweeping valley of wooded savannah, wide-open plains, and a remote wilderness like no other in Tanzania. With its signature style, the campsite provides the perfect place from which you can explore the Eastern Serengeti’s rolling hills and woodlands by foot or by vehicle and engage in authentic Maasai cultural programs. After your adventures, the Nyumba offers exquisite, environmentally responsible comforts and personalized care. En-suite bathrooms have water-saving safari showers and self-contained, pump-flush toilets.

    Day Room at Mount Meru Hotel

    An Arusha mainstay near the busy downtown area, the Mount Meru Hotel sits on a 15-acre garden and provides comfortable, modern accommodations. Amenities include cable TV in all rooms, internet access, currency exchange facilities, concierge, massage services, babysitting on request, playground for children, outdoor swimming pool, sun bed, a volleyball court, and a nearby golf course. The Themi Grill serves both international and African cuisine.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.