African Safari Family Cruise Tanzania Adventures Safari Cruises

Standard Family Safari

Rekindling the Spirit of Adventure

  • 6 nights classic camping, 4 nights lodge

  • 13 days, 10 nights

  • Adult land & air from $5,990

  • Child discounts available

 

Days 1-2 Depart U.S. /Arrive Arusha

 

It feels a little like Indiana Jones as you climb into the sturdy Land Rover, that quintessential safari vehicle. Your expert guide is as ready for adventure as you are. But first thing's first: settle in to the quiet comfort of your lodge and enjoy a good night's rest. The adventure really begins in the morning!

Days 3-4 Tarangire National Park

After a breakfast safari briefing, you're off to Tarangire National Park. The landscapes here are as diverse as the wildlife, so there is always something new around every corner. Your permanent tented lodge has the most central location in the whole park, and it's not uncommon to spot wildlife right on the grounds. In fact, the pool has often attracted elephants looking for a quick, cool drink!

Days 5 Gibbs Farm

Visit a nearby village on your way to Gibbs Farm and see how Tanzanian families live and work. At Gibbs Farm the kids will be able to explore the working organic farm and meet their pen-pals at a nearby school. This is a day in which everyone will enjoy not only the verdant scenery, but also the genuine interactions with the Tanzanian people.
Days 6-7 Ngorongoro Crater

The drive to Ngorongoro Crater is fairly short, but the change in scenery is astounding. Lion, hippo, rhino, buffalo, zebra - they're all here in great numbers waiting for your curious eyes to discover them.

Your camp is perched high on the crater rim. You'll hear the distant jangling of Masaai cow bells and savor the sweetly-scented breezes that flow through the peaceful camp. There's a nearby Masaai boma that you may have time to visit as a special treat. Your guide will, as always, have Frisbees and soccer balls on hand, just in case anyone has the energy for a quick game before dinner.

     

Days 8-11 Serengeti National Park

Journey into the Serengeti, searching out its vast herds of wildebeest and zebra, great prides of lion, families of giraffe and much, much more.

When you're not on game drives, the kids will have opportunities to explore on foot with the guide or work on a variety of games, puzzles and projects that can be geared to any age. They may wish to try their hands at beading, identifying animal tracks or searching for unusual insects. They can always play a lively game of soccer since your camp crew and guides would never turn down a chance to kick the ball around!

Adults will enjoy these four nights at camp to relax and soak in the beauty of the surroundings while we take care of your family's every need.

Days 12-13 Serengeti / Arusha / Depart

Breakfast on your final day in the Serengeti may be tinged with sadness. It is a rare privilege to find a place as peaceful and unspoiled as this. Enjoy the view from above as your plane takes off for Arusha. Have lunch with your companions and relax the rest of the afternoon before your evening flight to Amsterdam.

    

 

Luxury Family Safari

A Retreat for the Whole Family 

  • 9 nights luxury lodge 
  • 12 days, 9 nights 
  • Adult land & air from $7,890 
  • Child discounts available 
Days 1-2 Depart U.S. / Arrive Arusha


That little blip of an airplane inching its way across your in-flight video monitor finally goes still. You're here! The cabin door opens. The spicy-sweet African breeze smells just the way you expected. Your safari guide knows it's been a long journey and welcomes your family with cool water and a warm smile. Rest comfortably in your quiet lodge, lulled by the African night.
Days 3-4 Gibbs Farm

Head towards Gibbs Farm. Spend two days on this working organic farm and historic coffee estate, exploring the grounds, enjoying wonderful food and learning about Tanzanian life.

Visit a local school, where children meet their pen-pals. Spend an afternoon with a colorful local historian and his wife, who is a master at traditional beading. Give it a try yourself! Opportunities for hiking, biking and walking abound at this beautiful oasis.

    
Days 5-6 Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Say goodbye to your new friends at Gibbs Farm and head up the winding red-clay road to the Ngorongoro Crater Rim. The view is nothing short of breathtaking. It's as if this tiny area were preserved exactly as it was millions of years ago at the beginning of its turbulent volcanic history.

The world's largest unbroken caldera, it is a true geological marvel that any budding explorer will appreciate. Wildlife viewing is superb; there is much to be seen in this tiny, perfectly balanced eco-system.

For two nights, you will stay at one of the most exclusive properties in Tanzania. Service, décor and location are simply exquisite. Resident buffaloes and the occasional elephant make appearances on the grounds, adding an element of excitement to your stay.
Days 7-10 Serengeti National Park

Stop at Olduvai Gorge on your way straight into the heart of the Serengeti, wildlife viewing as you make your way to the lodge. Your next four days will be spent exploring far and wide, allowing your guide's unerring instincts to lead the way.

Children will enjoy swimming pools, traditional games like Bao and any number of activities to entertain even the fussiest little explorer. Parents will savor the beautiful surroundings and exquisite service. This is your time to relax as a family.

    
Days 11-12 Serengeti / Arusha / Depart


After one last morning in the Serengeti, take off for Arusha, where you will have time for a farewell lunch and some shopping. Relax for the remainder of the afternoon before departing on your evening flight home.

 

Family Classic Camping Safari

A Timeless Family Adventure 

  • 6 nts classic camping, 4 nts luxury lodge 
  • 13 days, 10 nights 
  • Adult land & air from $4,990 
  • Child discounts available
Days 1-2 Depart U.S. / Arrive Arusha

Depart the U.S. on the overnight flight to Amsterdam, where you connect with your flight to Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival, you are met by your guide and transferred to your lodge, a lush coffee plantation with views of nearby Mount Meru.

Day 3 Mount Meru Village Visit

After a breakfast safari briefing, we depart for an out-of-the-way rural village on the slopes of Mount Meru where we will visit a local school. Here, penpals will meet and as shyness, cultural differences and language barriers melt away, the fun may lead to a friendly game of soccer.

After working up a hearty appetite on the playing field, we will then enjoy a traditional lunch at the home of our guide. By mid-afternoon, we will return to the lodge for a well-earned rest after the excitement and activity of this first day in such a new and unfamiliar place.

Take a moment to enjoy your new surroundings, relax by the pool or stroll through the beautiful grounds of this working coffee plantation. There are no clamoring crowds, no noisy tour groups, just the vibrant tranquility of the Tanzanian countryside and the gracious hospitality of our hosts.

Days 4-5 Tarangire National Park

This morning we drive south across the Maasai Steppe to Tanzania's fourth largest park and one of it's most scenic. Giant baobab trees and umbrella acacias dot the rocky hills and verdant valleys. Wildlife is drawn to the Tarangire River, a year-round source of water for huge herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, antelopes of all shapes and sizes, gazelles, and of course the predators – lions, leopards and hyenas.

Tarangire is also well known for its many bird species including impressive raptors, such as augur buzzard and tawny eagle. This portion of your trip presents a great opportunity to practice your bird-spotting skills.

 

As we enjoy these remarkable surroundings, our attentive Classic Camp staff will prepare for our arrival, setting up our home for the next two days. We will be welcomed to this secluded, comfortable camp with a delicious lunch prepared by our camp chefs, after which we will have time to settle in before an afternoon of wildlife viewing.

Later this evening, the sound of nearby wildlife will lull you to sleep, and the morning will find you rested and anxious to see more of this unique landscape. We'll spend the entire next day, exploring far and wide in this beautiful park.

Day 6 Tarangire National Park / Gibbs Farm

We spend the morning wildlife viewing as we depart Tarangire, searching the trees for leopards, pausing as elephant families cross the road. Hornbills cry out from overhead and curious baboons scamper to a better vantage point. We cross the dramatic Ngorongoro Highlands and arrive at beautiful Gibbs Farm, a working coffee estate and organic farm.

Gibbs Farm is a favorite stop, perched just at the edge of conservation land, with beautiful gardens and spectacular views. The air is cooler here, and the vegetation is lush, full of colorful flowers and home to hundreds of species of birds.

We'll enjoy lunch here before heading out for a guided nature walk through the nearby forest, or perhaps a trip to a local Iraqw village where we will see their distinctive, traditional houses, and perhaps try our hands at traditional Iraqw beading. Tonight, we will savor a delicious meal that is literally farm fresh.

    
Days 7-8 Ngorongoro Crater


After breakfast, we depart for Ngorongoro Crater. As we attain the rim of the world's largest unbroken caldera, commonly referred to as "Africa's Garden of Eden," our first of views are nothing short of astounding.

Only 10 miles across, the Crater is home to nearly every major African mammal that you could dream of seeing on safari – huge bull elephants, black rhinos, herds of buffalo, wildebeest and gazelle, hippos, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, warthogs, zebras, baboons, monkeys... and much more.

With mini-ecosystems ranging from acacia forests to savanna to soda lakes, Ngorongoro Crater is a year-round haven for wildlife, and viewing is always spectacular. Here the animals have little to fear from humans, so close-up viewing is quite common.

In addition to game drives on the crater floor, we will visit with our Maasai friends and learn about their fascinating pastoral lifestyle and colorful traditions. Each night, we return to our Classic Camp for a hot shower, some quiet relaxation, a delicious meal and maybe a game of soccer or frisbee. As your re-entry into the bustling modern world approaches, you will truly savor sharing the equatorial sunset with your family and sitting around the welcoming glow of the camp fire, the sounds of the African night all around you.
Days 9-11 Serengeti National Park

Today we depart for the vast plains of the Serengeti. On the way, we stop at Olduvai Gorge where the Leakey family made their remarkable discovery of Zinjanthropus 'Man'. We take time to visit the small but informative Olduvai Gorge museum before continuing on to the Serengeti, home to the annual wildebeest migration and to some of the largest prides of lions in East Africa.

Cheetahs, elephants, zebras, hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, hyenas, and antelope roam freely - just the way they have for hundreds of thousands of years. We will arrive at our comfortable lodge in time for a late lunch followed by another exciting afternoon of wildlife spotting.

 

 

Days 10 and 11 will also be spent wildlife viewing, but we will also have the opportunity for taking guided bush walks and taking part in our Serengeti Workshops. Adventurer's Club members will go exploring together (with a guide), searching for animal tracks and recording their discoveries as they go.
Later, enjoy delicious meals served in the spacious dining tent, and retire afterward to the campfire to share stories, or simply to listen to the sounds of the African night.

Days 12-13 Serengeti / Arusha / Depart

After a final breakfast prepared by our camp chef, we depart for Arusha on our mid-morning flight. Our safari ends with a farewell lunch, and dayrooms are provided to refresh, repack and relax. Early this evening, you are met and transferred to the airport for your overnight flight to Amsterdam. Arrive home on day 13.

Serengeti Family Safari

A Luxurious Family Adventure 

  • 2 nts classic camping, 8 nts luxury lodge 
  • 13 days, 10 nights 
  • Adult land & air from $5,990 
  • Child discounts available

 

Days 1-2 Depart U.S. / Arrive Arusha


Depart the U.S. late afternoon for Amsterdam. Arrive Amsterdam the following morning. Check-in for connecting flight to Kilimanjaro, arriving in the evening. Upon arrival, you are met by your guide and transferred to the Moivaro Lodge. The Moivaro is a beautiful lodge set amidst well manicured gardens and featuring an inviting pool.
Day 3 Mount Meru Village & Sakila School Visit

After breakfast and a safari briefing at the lodge, we head to a village nestled on the slopes of Mt. Meru. We spend the morning walking through the village and learning about the rural lives of the Tanzanians.

With eighty percent of Tanzanians living as subsistent agriculturists, this day gives us an introduction into the way they farm, the houses they live in, and what a typical day entails in Tanzania. We are welcomed into their village and schools as friends of Thomson Safaris and invited to a game of soccer for those interested. We continue on to our guide's home for a traditional lunch and an afternoon walk into the forest in search of Colobus and Sykes monkeys.


Days 4-5 Tarangire National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Arusha for scenic Tarangire National Park, Tanzania's fourth largest. Here you'll find a geologic landscape as diverse as the wildlife, with nine distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to woodland, from deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops. See the distinctive bulbous baobab trees and the dramatic vistas of the Tarangire River valley. The river attracts an abundance of wildlife, from elephant, lion, cheetah, and buffalo to a variety of colorful birds. We return to the lodge for lunch and a swim before heading back into the bush.

Day 6 Mount Meru Village & Sakila School Visit

After morning wildlife viewing in Tarangire, we head off across the Great Rift Valley into the Ngorongoro Highlands, stopping at an idyllic organic farm and working coffee plantation. Here we enjoy a delicious lunch prepared from fresh produce grown on the farm.

After lunch, relax or explore the lush beauty of the gardens and surrounding farm lands. It's a great place to practice your bird-watching skills. Keep an eye out in the treetops for troops of monkeys passing through.

Days 7-8 Ngorongoro Crater

This morning we enjoy a forest walk to waterfalls and an elephant mineral lick. This is a great opportunity to identify the tracks of animals that passed through during the night.

Later, we depart for Ngorongoro Crater, winding our way along the rim of the crater and arriving at our lodge for lunch. For this afternoon and the entire next day, we descend 2,000 feet into this magnificent crater to view wildlife.

Here, a nearly perfect balance of predator and prey exist within the 102 square miles of the crater floor. Experience an unforgettable spectacle of African wildlife: a teeming world of elephants, rhinoceros, lions, hyenas, zebra, and wildebeests, to name a few, living in harmony in this unique eco-system. At the end of the day, we ascend the crater wall to our lodge perched on the rim.
Day 9 Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge

Leaving the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we stop at the famed Olduvai Gorge, where some of the earliest remains of human-like species were unearthed by the dedicated Leakey family. Here in these desolate gullies the jawbone of Zinjanthropus "Man" was discovered. The Gorge Museum explains the Leakeys' methods and their remarkable finds.

We then begin the journey into the great Serengeti traveling deep into the wilds of Africa. The sight of giraffes, lions, ostriches, zebras and warthogs will dazzle you. See herds of animals swiftly running across vast open spaces, and predators hunting prey. The multitude and diversity of species here is unrivaled. We spend our first night at a beautiful lodge, well located in the central Serengeti.

Days 10-11 Serengeti National Park

We enjoy another 2 full days of game viewing as we drive to our Thomson Classic Camp a bit further north. On the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti are literally millions of hoofed animals. They are constantly on the move in search of pasture, watched and pursued by the predators that feed on them.

We arrive at Camp, located in the Ikoma Hills, in time for lunch. This afternoon, Young Adventurers Club members will gather for a lesson in bush craft, which will be like a treasure hunt for intrepid explorers fo all ages. Search for animal prints, look for the curious dung beetle, or listen for the magical tunes of the whistling thorn bush.

At the end of each day you will be able to gather around a campfire to look at the millions of stars overhead, see the spectacular colors of the Serengeti sunset or exchange stories with your guides and safari-mates.
Days 12-13 Serengeti / Arusha / Depart

After a final morning of game viewing in the Serengeti, we fly back to Arusha for a farewell lunch. Day rooms are provided for a shower, rest, shopping or a swim before you are transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home.

 

Safari Extensions for Families

  • Travel high on an exciting Serengeti Balloon Flight.

  • Or trek to the lofty summits of Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru.

  • On the sea, enjoy the splendor of Zanzibar.

And if you wish to see more wildlife, explore the untamed wilderness of Selous Game Reserve, or visit an amazing chimpanzee refuge in the isolated, pristine wilderness of the Mahale Mountains.

 

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