Tanzania Family Safari
9 Days/8 Nights
A family safari that takes in the lush jungle like forest of Lake Manyara, extraordinary game viewing opportunities in the stunning Ngorongoro Crater and the world famous plains of the wildlife rich Serengeti National Park. The entire family will get the chance to enjoy nature walks and educational talks at each of the lodges. As a stunning conclusion to your safari we have included a small plane flight direct from the Serengeti to Arusha.
- Lake Manyara
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Serengeti National Park
- Maasai Boma
- Olduvai Gorge Museum
- Serengeti Visitor Centre
- Flight Over The Serengeti
- Family Breakfast in the Serengeti
- Guided Walks & Bird Spotting in Lodges
Safari at a Glance
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
Jambo, welcome to Tanzania. A SafariHQ guide will meet your family at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation at Arusha Mountain Village Lodge, in the bustling small town of Arusha. Arusha Mountain village offers interconnecting family rooms and baby sitting services as long as prior notice is offered. The lodge offers guided walks, canoeing or mountain biking. Alternatively, you can take the time to enjoy the extensive flower gardens and lawns. For the children, the lodge offers a wide selection of board games and books on Africa. They have professional nature guides on hand that offer nightly talks and video presentations on wildlife.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast you will be greeted by one of our guides who will brief you before setting out for your safari. The briefing will familiarize you with our vehicles and will cover safety tips that must be followed whilst in the National Park. After the briefing we will depart for Lake Manyara National Park. En-route we will take the opportunity to stop and explore Mto wa Mbu Village. This village is considered a melting pot of the many different tribes in Tanzania. The children will love to explore the busy and interesting market place. You will arrive at your accommodation, Lake Manyara Serena Lodge in time to settle in and enjoy a hot lunch. In the evening you will enjoy a game drive.
Stretching for 50km’s along the base of the 600 metre high Rift Valley Escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting described by Ernest Hemingway as the “loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater where hundred strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and forest hornbills honk high in the jungle canopy. The park is world famous for it’s tree climbing lions which you may be lucky to observe. Highlights include thousands of pink hued flamingos, elephant, giraffe, large buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, baboons and blue monkeys.
Day 3: Lake Manyara
Today you have the option to enjoy a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, or you may choose to enjoy the many activities offered by the lodge. Breakfast can be arranged by the lodge and enjoyed either on the escarpment or in the park. You may enjoy some time by the pool(which is supervised by a life guard but we do recommend parental supervision at all times). The lodge also offers a combination of mountain biking, boating, canoeing, guided walks, bird spotting and cultural tours. Evening educational talks are given by resident naturalists. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.
Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park
This morning we will make the short journey to the Ngorongoro Highlands and arrive at your accommodation, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon at your leisure either enjoying the fantastic views from your Lodge, taking a guided walk along the crater rim or take the opportunity to visit a Maasai traditional village were you will have chance to explore rich cultures of the different tribes in this area of the Great Rift Valley.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater
At sunrise, we descend 600 metres into the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Animals that you may find in the crater include wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo and elephant. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is the dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. Tour the Lerai Forest with its yellow-barked acacias, searching for giant-tusked elephant, rare black rhino and black- maned lion. Bird lovers can view flamingo and other species, which share the shallow waters with big game. You may also see Maasai herdsmen and their cattle — the crater is in their territory, and the Maasai continue to coexist with wildlife as they have for centuries. Stop for a picnic lunch near the hippo pool and watch resident hippos bobbling in the river. Ascend the crater in the early afternoon and return to Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.
Days 6 - 8: Serengeti National Park
Enjoy breakfast, before departing through the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands as we head toward the Serengeti National Park via the spectacular Malanja Depression, stopping en-route to visit the famous Olduvai Gorge (world-famous hominid fossil site) where you will have your picnic lunch. This world famous archaeological site containing fossils of our early human ancestors, thought to be over 2 million years old. We will continue on our journey and will enter the Serengeti National Park via Naabi Hill gate. Enjoy an afternoon game drive en-route to your lodge, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge which is located in the Seronera Area of the Serengeti National Park. Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa. You will enjoy 3 nights accommodation at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.
Day 9: Serengeti National Park to Arusha
After breakfast enjoy your last opportunity to witness the mornings sun rays as they kiss this pristine and majestic landscape of the Serengeti. This will also be your last opportunity to observe the Serengeti’s diverse range of animal and birdlife. We bid the Serengeti farewell as we head to Seronera Airstrip for your flight back to Arusha where you may rest before your international flight. You may wish to add one of our optional activities as your next destination. A beach break in Zanzibar is a great way to relax and unwind before concluding the holiday of a lifetime.
- Full broad accommodation on safari
- Airport/ Airstrip transfers
- Flights from Serengeti to Arusha
- National Park fees
- Bottled water on safari
- Transportation in private 4WD
- Private driver/guide
- Family breakfast in Serengeti
- Guided walks and bird spotting around lodges
What's Not Included?
- International flights
- Seasonal supplement
- Any items of a personal nature