Tanzania Family Safari (trip)

Tanzania Family Safari

  • Arusha Airport, Arusha, Tanzania
  • Family & Friends
“Your guides are so great with kids; they have endless patience and seem to really enjoy them. ”
Tanzania, Africa

from $6,190* per person13 DaysMarch, June-August, December
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 2
Operator: Thomson Safaris 16 people max
The best of everything: wildlife, exclusive camps, walking, cultural interactions, and creature comforts for families

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Locations visited/nearby

Tanzania, Africa

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: P Robbins located in Elkton, MD USA
    Your guides are so great with kids; they have endless patience and seem to really enjoy them.
  2. Reviewer: T Lynch located in Seattle, WA USA
    It was apparent that Thomson has corner the market on dedicated family safaris. You could tell just by looking that other families we ran into were not having as much fun as our lot were. I don’t know if it was the cookies in the back of the Land Rover or just the presence of other kids, but all the kids on our outing has a splendid time.

3 testimonials about the provider, Thomson Safaris:

  • Reviewer: L Mullens located in Kihei, HI USA
    The Thomson Safari team is amazing. While lodging, food and the wildlife define safari, it is the people who make it memorable. From the porters, chefs, waiters, and guards to your PHENOMENAL guides, Thomson really has succeeded at creating an inspirational and life-transforming experience. You have given me memories and inspiration to fuel a life of true adventure!
  • Reviewer: D Bleckner located in Kirkland, WA USA
    We could go on to enumerate all the superlatives about your operations in Tanzania: the accommodations, the food, the camp crews, the vehicles, the excursions & activities in between animal viewing, the schedule..... you've got it figured out perfectly. But we can't say enough about your guides and your team in Arusha that make sure every detail is taken care of so that we get the most out of our visit and safari experience. I can't imagine having made this trip without them.
  • Reviewer: R Kuphal located in Norfolk, MA USA
    Nothing got us ready for the Thomson Safari way of doing things. First class all the way. From our accommodations, to food, to our transportation in the new and top shelf Land Rovers. The Nyumbas are splendid. I slept like a baby every night!

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Special information

  • Family oriented trip.


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

Connect in Amsterdam with your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport, arriving late evening. You will be met by Thomson Safaris staff and transferred to your lodge. We can arrange your international flights, please call for competitive pricing and availability.

    Overnight: Arusha Lodge

Day 3
Arusha National Park

Just outside of Arusha city, Arusha National Park is a special gem, offering lush mountain forests that are home to colobus monkey and 575 bird species. Here, you will head to the foothills and follow a gentle uphill trail to the Tulutuluisia Waterfall where you will have beautiful views of the park's diverse landscapes.

    Wildlife viewing and waterfall walk at Arusha National Park
    Overnight: Arusha Lodge

Day 4
Tarangire National Park

Make your way to Tarangire National Park, Tanzania's fourth largest, offering diverse scenery including dramatic baobab trees. In the evening, enjoy the campfire at your Nyumba with millions of stars overhead.

    Wildlife viewing in Tarangire National Park
    Overnight: Thomson Tarangire Nyumba

Day 5
Tarangire National Park

Enjoy a full day exploring Tarangire National Park, one of the best places to view elephant herds. Keep your eyes peeled near Tarangire's riverbanks looking for lion, leopard, giraffe, gerenuk, reedbuck, and even the rare fringe-eared oryx. The kids will enjoy cooling off at a swimming pool during the lunch break.

    Wildlife viewing in Tarangire National Park
    Swimming at Tarangire Safari Lodge
    Overnight: Thomson Tarangire Nyumba

Day 6
Ngorongoro Highlands

Travel through the rolling hills and vibrant colors of the Great Rift Valley as you make your way to the Ngorongoro Highlands. After months of anticipation, meet your pen pals today! This visit to their school is often a highlight as the kids learn from each other's cultures and interact in activities, from soccer to arts and crafts. Gibb's Farm offers you and your family the perfect blend of relaxation and activities; choose from a variety of activities from biking to bird watching.

    Meet your pen pals and visit their school (An alternate cultural component will be offered on Teen trips)
    Optional afternoon activities include mountain biking, spa services, bird watching, coffee roasting, tea on the verandah, a visit to the artist in residence, and more! (additional fee applies for bike rental and spa services)
    Overnight: Gibb's Farm

Day 7
Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is a geological marvel boasting several vegetation zones from lakes to forest to savannah. Despite its tiny size of only 10 miles across, the Crater is home to about 30,000 animals, including lion, hippo, the rare black rhino, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, African buffalo and much more.

    Full day of wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro Crater
    Overnight: Gibb's Farm

Day 8
Serengeti National Park

Make your way into the Serengeti, a pristine and unique sanctuary that will give you a glimpse into “the world as it was in the beginning.”

    Full day of wildlife viewing in Serengeti National Park
    Overnight: Thomson Serengeti Nyumba

Day 9
Serengeti National Park

After wildlife viewing this morning, set out on foot to the local village where you can learn more about Tanzanian life. The people who inhabit this village, the Ikoma, are known for their drumming, dancing and storytelling. Relax at your Nyumba in the evening while the kids learn traditional Tanzanian games.

    Wildlife viewing in Serengeti National Park
    (if you have advance reservations, make an early departure for your hot-air balloon excursion today)
    Walk and village visit
    Overnight: Thomson Serengeti Nyumba

Day 10
Private Nature Refuge

After breakfast, take a brief, scenic flight to a private nature refuge, an exclusive area for Thomson guests in the Serengeti ecosystem. Your family will appreciate the opportunities to stretch their legs and explore the area on foot.

    Wildlife viewing in the Eastern Serengeti ecosystem
    Afternoon hike
    Overnight: Thomson East Serengeti Nyumba

Day 11
Private Nature Refuge

This remote and pristine region is a private wilderness refuge - its unique geography, and its location outside the park make it a perfect destination for families who wish to enjoy a true wilderness and exploration experience. In the afternoon, you will learn more about the Maasai culture by visiting their homes and then later, they will visit you at your campfire.

    Morning hike
    Maasai boma visit
    Gather around the campfire to listen to traditional folklore from a Maasai storyteller
    Overnight: Thomson East Serengeti Nyumba

Day 12
Arusha / Depart

Depart on a scenic flight late this morning arriving in Arusha in time for a farewell lunch, some shopping and a dayroom to prepare for your flight home this evening.

    Scenic flight to Arusha (33lbs baggage maximum)
    Farewell lunch in Arusha
    Dayroom in Arusha
    Transfer to the International Airport for your flight home

Day 13
Arrive North America

Connect in Amsterdam and arrive in North America. Please check your flight itinerary for arrival dates and flight details.

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