10 breakfast, 10 lunch, 9 dinner
On this family safari, your family will travel in custom four-wheel drive Land Rover safari vehicles while navigating back roads and dusty tracks to encounter a new surprise every day. You never know what you might see: a lion stalking a herd of zebra; a hundred Thomson gazelle springing across a dirt road; or hippos wallowing in a pool!
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.
Friends Across Borders
Through Friends Across Borders, 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.
Watch Millions of Wildebeest and Zebra Run Free
Witness the dramatic and otherworldly Great Migration of over 2 million wildebeest and zebra running through open fields in search of water.
Spot Elephant Herds in Tarangire National Park
Venture into Tarangire National Park, home to nine different vegetation zones, each of which supports different forms of wildlife and attracts over 300 unique bird species, and is home to several elephant families.
Fly to Tanzania
Visit to Arusha National Park
Spend the day in Arusha National Park, a small but outstanding park that includes ancient volcanoes, wildlife-rich craters, grasslands, lush forest, and alkaline lakes.
Arusha National Park Waterfall Walk
Head into the foothills of Mount Meru with a park ranger and your guide, and follow a gentle uphill trail to the Tulutuluisia Waterfall. From this vantage point, you have beautiful views of the park’s diverse landscapes.
Tarangire National Park
Visit to Tarangire National Park
Make a visit to the baobab-covered Tarangire National Park, which has a diversity of wildlife and its own distinct charm. Besides its own migration of wildebeest, zebra, elephant, gazelle, and antelope, Tarangire attracts over 550 species of birds and some rarer mammals, such as the fringe-eared oryx and the African wild dog.
Traditional Games for Kids
Kids can learn some traditional games from Tanzanians, such “Rede” (a little like dodgeball) or “Bao” (a boardgame requiring chess-like strategy) among many others.
How do you tell the difference between the footprint of a dik-dik and a Thomson’s gazelle? How about a leopard and a lion? A guide will take you on a walk and show you the tricks to identifying signs of wildlife.
Enjoy Your Nyumba
With millions of stars overhead and a gentle evening breeze, sit by the fire and enjoy the pristine surroundings.
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.
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 Optional Afternoon Activities
You may choose to spend the afternoon relaxing on the verandah with tea, or taking advantage of innumerable optional activities: a farm or garden tour, bird watching, coffee roasting, and more.
Serengeti National Park
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.
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.
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.
Full Day of Wildlife Viewing in the Serengeti
Spend the whole day wildlife viewing. Your guide will point out hidden animals, like leopard hiding in a tree or lion concealed by tall grass.
In your down time, ask your guide how to play the traditional game of Bao.
Explore Camp with Your Guide
For those who opt not to take the balloon excursion, there is much to discover within arm’s reach of camp; learn how to identify animal footprints and bird calls with your guide.
Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
Morning Hike in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
Head out on a light hike this morning. 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 as You Depart the Serengeti
As you follow the meandering path out of Serengeti National Park, take in the gorgeous scenery and wildlife viewing before moving on to the next part of your adventure.
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.
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
12/19-12/31Sold OutAdult $8290PPTeen $7990PPChild $7290PP
12/20-01/01Sold OutAdult $8290PPTeen $7990PPChild $7290PP
12/24-01/05Limited AvailabilityAdult $8290PPTeen $7990PPChild $7290PP
03/09-03/21Adult $7590PPTeen $7290PPChild $6590PP
03/17-03/29Adult $7590PPTeen $7290PPChild $6590PP
06/14-06/26Adult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
06/19-07/01Adult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
06/22-07/04Adult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
07/01-07/13Adult $8290PPTeen $7990PPChild $7290PP
07/12-07/24Adult $8290PPTeen $7990PPChild $7290PP
07/23-08/04Lunar Eclipse SafariAdult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
08/01-08/13Limited AvailabilityAdult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
08/10-08/22Limited AvailabilityAdult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
08/14-08/26Adult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
12/19-12/31Adult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
12/22-01/03Sold OutAdult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
03/08-03/20Adult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
03/15-03/27Adult $7990PPTeen $7690PPChild $6990PP
Tanzania Imposed VAT
$300 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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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 DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
GuidesBe 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 GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.
Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.