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.
Fly to Tanzania
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Arrive home in the US
Dates & Prices
12/21-01/03Sold OutAdult $8540PPTeen $8140PP
03/11-03/24Adult $8240PPTeen $7940PP
06/15-06/28Adult $8540PPTeen $8140PP
07/01-07/14Sold OutAdult $8940PPTeen $8640PP
07/13-07/26Adult $8940PPTeen $8640PP
08/04-08/17Adult $8540PPTeen $8140PP
12/24-01/06Adult $8540PPTeen $8140PP
03/10-03/23Adult $8540PPTeen $8140PP
Tanzania Imposed VAT
$250 Value Added Tax. As of July 1, 2016, Tanzania imposed a new Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism activities.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
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.
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.
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