Tanzania

Tanzania Family Safari

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The Tanzania Family Adventure Safari holds the classic spots: Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara National Park. But there are also other National Parks in the program as well as some family activities to choose from. Tanzania offers a lot to families vacationing with children.

 

This particular safari package has put into consideration the specific needs of your children by simply including places which actively embrace children, instead of just acknowledge them. Moreover family safaris establish a rich chance to learn for youngsters, and everybody fortunate enough to journey with them. While on safari, studying is a means of joyous discovery.

 

The Accommodations for family safaris are cautiously selected to consider the preferences of our much younger guests. A safari within Tanzania together with your beloved family is an exceptional means of spending good time together. Many countries within Africa are ideal for family safaris however Tanzania is up on priorities.

 

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BRIEF SUMMARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Arusha. Transfer from airport to your accommodation.

Day 2:

Tarangire National Park.

Explore the wildlife of the Tarangire National Park with your children

Day 3:

Lake Manyara National Park.

Optional Activities - cultural encounter with some of Tanzania’s colourful tribes and/or visit extensive local market to teach the children the art of haggling.

Day 4:

Ngorongoro Highlands.

Optional Activities - a guided walking safari through the local countryside for the children and/or visiting the Rhotia Valley children’s home to provide wonderful opportunity for your children to meet locals their own age.

Day 5:

Ngorongoro Highlands.

Rest day to enjoy the beauty of the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Day 6:

Olduvai Gorge & Serengeti National Park.

Optional Activities - stopping by an excellent museum (very small, perfect for the kids!) in Olduvai Gorge and/or guided tour in the Serengeti National Park.

Day 7:

Serengeti National Park.

Exploring the Serengeti National Park.

Day 8:

Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 9:

Zanzibar.

Free day to enjoy Zanzibar with your family.

Day 10-12:

Zanzibar.

Three days to relax with your family. Optional Activities – snorkelling.

Day 13:

Stonetown. Morning transfer to Stonetown for your onward flight.

Free day to enjoy Zanzibar with your family.

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Arusha.

Arrive in Arusha and transfer to your hotel. This is a welcoming lodge set on a secluded hill-top with magnificent views over the savannah to Mount Kilimanjaro. Accommodation is in individual thatched cottages which are attractively decorated with traditional African art. The children will leap straight into the wonderful pool; just what is needed after the flight! (No meals)

Day 2:

Tarangire National Park.

This morning you have a three hour drive to Tarangire National Park. The park is cut through by the Tarangire River which proves a magnet for all manner of wildlife during the long dry season when the surrounding area becomes completely parched. This is a brilliant start to your trip and the children will be immediately immersed in trying to spot the huge variety of species; the park is home to the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. Elephants roam the river bed in herds of nearly 300 whilst zebra, buffalo, gazelle and wildebeest try to avoid the predatory advances of lion and leopard. There is also a remarkable profusion of bird life as the Tarangire swamps are home to 550 bird varieties including many rare species. This afternoon you will enjoy a game safari in the national park, before transferring to your lodge, situated on a high bluff directly over the Tarangire River. There are sensational views not only of the surrounding scenery but also of the animals that come to the river to drink. You will stay in individual thatched bungalows and there is a lovely pool. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3

Lake Manyara National Park.

After breakfast you will take a short drive (about 90 minutes) to Lake Manyara National park, a real scenic gem. The lake itself is beautiful, the calm waters stretching for nearly 50km along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment, flecked with the pink of a thousand flamingos. There is dense jungle-like forest that is home to groups of baboons and thick acacia forest where you can spy the tree-climbing lions for which the park is so famous. You will have a morning game drive in the park before enjoying a picnic lunch and later head to the bustling village of Mto Wa Mbu for a cultural encounter with some of Tanzania’s colourful tribes. It is time to teach the children the art of haggling before exploring the extensive local market with its wealth of souvenirs and curios. In the afternoon you can either relax at your lodge or take an optional walking safari. You will spend the night at a lovely peaceful tented camp near the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park. Accommodation is in gorgeous individual tents situated around a peaceful glade, lit at night by hurricane lamps. There are many monkeys in the area and the children will be fascinated watching them play during the day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4:

Ngorongoro Highlands.

A morning drive of around 90 minutes takes you towards the Ngorongoro Highlands. In the afternoon the kids will love a guided walking safari through the local countryside, taking in villages, coffee farms, local markets and traditional Iraqw houses. Later there is the option to visit the Rhotia Valley children’s home, a remarkable place that is home to 24 children who for a variety of reasons, cannot be cared for by their families. This provides a wonderful opportunity for your children to meet locals their own age and perhaps team up for a game of soccer. Your lodge this evening has been built in the style of an old colonial farm, with beautiful views towards the Oldeani Volcano. Accommodation is in spacious individual cottages, rustically decorated with local materials. There is a great pool. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5:

Ngorongoro Highlands.

After a few days on the move, today is a rest day and you can relax by the pool. However, if you still have a thirst for activity or adventure there are a number of options including walking tours in the many beautiful areas around your lodge. You will spend the night at the same lodge as on day 4. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6:

Oduvai Gorge & Serengeti National Park.

After breakfast depart for the Serengeti National Park, the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s game parks. Along the way you will stop at the Olduvai Gorge. This is a steep sided ravine in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, and is famous for the variety of early hominid fossils that have been found here. There is an excellent museum; it is very small (perfect for the kids!) but informative and well worth the stop. You will also take a walk to a Masai Boma (traditional homestead) for a cultural encounter with the Masai tribe. Your guide will explain many interesting things about ‘the bush’ and Masai culture and you will meet the village chief and have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the nomadic way of life. There may also be the opportunity to watch or take part in a traditional dance. Please note that the Masai villages are not ‘untouched’ by tourism; whilst we try to offer as interesting an experience as possible, it is not going to be entirely authentic. However, we find that children are fascinated by the villages and enjoy the unusual Masai dancing. You will spend two nights in a tented camp situated in an acacia grove on the edge of the Serengeti. Your accommodation will be in a spacious large permanent tent, complete with thatched roof, private veranda and en-suite bathroom. There is a camp fire in the evening, which is always popular with the children

Day 7:

Serengeti National Park.

Today you will spend a full day exploring the Serengeti. In the morning there is the option to take a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti, a once-in-a-lifetime experience in which you will see the sun rise over the plains. (This is at additional cost). You will also have both morning and afternoon game drives. The Serengeti offers arguably the best game viewing in Africa and will be an unquestionable highlight of the trip for all the family. The setting is perfect – a sea of endless plains that stretches to the horizon, dotted with the occasional acacia tree and termite mound. This savannah is home to huge herds of buffalo that every year make the mass migration north, through crocodile infested rivers, in a frenzied mixture of mating and galloping that is driven by instinct. At other times, although the plains may not thrum to the beat of a million hooves, the spectacle remains just as impressive. Prides of lion rule here, their hungry gaze sweeping the savannah for a chance to attack the thousands of eland, impala and gazelle. Solitary leopard stake out their place in the high branches of the acacia tree and herds of elephants roam at will. This is the Africa that you have always dreamed of. You will spend a second night in the same lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8:

Gorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park.

What a fabulous day! You start off another game drive in the Serengeti before heading to the Ngorongoro Crater, an ancient volcanic crater that is home to an extraordinary concentration of wildlife including a very dense population of lion and spotted hyena. You are almost guaranteed to see all of the ‘big five’ (lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo) as well as a great variety of other species; by now your children will be very accomplished ‘wildlife spotters’. The views are superb, from the first glimpse of the crater at ‘Heroes’ Point’, through the thick rain forest that covers its sides, down to the rich grassy plains that form its centre. The combination of natural scenery and wildlife is truly breath-taking. During the game drive you will stop for a delicious picnic on the crater floor, always a hit with the kids. Later in the day you will transfer to your lodge, the same place that you stayed at on days 4-5.

Day 9:

Zanzibar.

This morning you drive to Arusha and fly to Stonetown in Zanzibar. The drive is approximately 3 hours and the flight is about 1½ hours. On arrival you will transfer to your hotel, an old converted mansion in the heart of the town, next to the beach and with great views of the harbour. There is also a lovely pool. The rest of the day is free to relax. (Breakfast)

Day 10,11 & 12:

Zanzibar.

After breakfast you will head to the coast, stopping en-route for a spice tour. After an hour or so, you will arrive at your hotel, a gorgeous spot on the white sands of Nungwi beach. Although the hotel is very centrally located, with easy access to the main bars and restaurants of Nungwi, it has a secluded feel. You will stay in a cottage set within lush tropical gardens right next to the beach. You will have three days to relax and enjoy yourselves. There are also a number of optional activities (at additional cost) which you might like to take part in, such as snorkelling at remote atolls, big game fishing or sunset trips on a local dhow (sailing ship). (Breakfast)

Day 13:

Stonetown, Zanzibar.

In the morning you will be transferred to Stonetown for your onward flight. It takes approximately one hour to get to the airport. (Breakfast)

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PRICE & SERVICES

The price here presented is for mid range accommodation provided for the duration of the safari described in this document.

The price options for budget and luxury accommodation are available on request.

Price per person sharing in a double/ twin room:

  • 2 people travelling from from EUR 5800,00
  • 4 people travelling from from EUR 5360,00
  • Single supplement (adult) from EUR 1850,00

Prices for Children:

Children under the age of 5: Free

Children of the age of 5-11 in the room of their parents pay: 50%

Teenager of the age of 12-17 in the room of their parents pay: 75%

Teenager of the age of 12-17 in their own room pay: 90%

Features Included in Safari Price:

  • Airport transfers
  • Transport in a 4x4 vehicle
  • Petrol & all costs which apply for the car & driver guide
  • English speaking, driver guide
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Accommodation and meals as stated above

Features Excluded in Safari Price:

  • All international flights
  • Visa fees (please refer to your country of origin regarding applicable cost for visa)
  • Travel and accident insurances
  • Tips and expenses of private nature
  • Optional activities

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T's & C's

Additional Notes:

  • This is a proposal only and subject to availability. If components of this itinerary are not available at the time of booking, we shall endeavour to offer suitable alternatives.
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits are not included. Please note that
  • Gorilla permits of US $ 600,00 per permit in Uganda and/ or US $ 750,00 per permit in Rwanda and US $ 150,00 for Chimpanzee permits in Kibale, Uganda need to be paid together with the deposit. The price for these permits is nonrefundable, however in case of cancellation, we shall endeavor to resell excess tickets through the available official channels.
  • The appointed driver/ tour guide will accompany clients throughout the safari, assist them with check-in at accommodation and share his knowledge of flora and fauna.
  • A language specific tour guide is available against a surcharge.
  • A 4 x 4 wheel drive vehicle such as a Land Cruiser is available against a surcharge.

Where applicable for charter or scheduled local flights, the following baggage restrictions apply:

  • 15 kgs on all flights in small, soft-sided bags.

Abbreviations for the meal plan are as follows:

  • BB = Bed & Breakfast.
  • DBB = Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
  • FB = Full Board.

Terms and Conditions of our Services Payments Deposit:

  • 25% of the total safari price within 7 days of confirmation.
  • Balance: full balance due 45 days (6 weeks) prior to arrival.
  • Reservations: made within 45 days or less prior to arrival: Immediate full prepayment due.
  • Cancellations: received within 30 days before safari date 20%
  • 29 to 23 days before safari date 25%
  • 22 to 15 days before safari date 40%
  • 14 to 08 days before safari date 55%
  • 07 to 03 days before safari date 65%
  • 02 days before safari date 95%
  • No Show 100 % Changes Without Prior Notice Tariffs quoted are valid for 2015 wherever possible.

Not all service providers release or guarantee their rates well in advance and therefore the itinerary price may be subject to changes without prior notice.

Factors that can not be anticipated and may influence this cost calculation include, but are not limited to, supplier increases (including gorilla permits and park/conservation fees), government tax increases, fuel price increases, unforeseeable itinerary amendments due to circumstances beyond our control, availability restrictions, etc.