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12 Nights Classic Northern Tanzania Family safari and Beach Adventure

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Spectacular landscape, beautiful scenery, abundance and variety of wildlife as well as community interactions are what to expect on this 12-night Bush and Beach family adventure to Tanzania. A family Safari is a come together for family members to spend quality time and to make common memories that will be shared for generations to come.

Together as a family, you will track herds of Elephants through the Tarangire’s vast open woodlands, observe climbing tree lions in Lake Manyara National Park, large Lion pride in the Jurassic caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater, have an insight into the daily life of the last tribes – the Hadzabe and Datoga – still leaving one in nature like in bygone Africa era.

Then it is time to visit Africa’s most famous park, the Serengeti where you will follow the migration and see wildebeest herds stalked by predators across the northern Serengeti plains. This trip will deliver you some of Tanzania’s signature game sights and thrilling animal encounters and behaviour in style and with expert guiding throughout. Complete this journey on the tropical beach of Zanzibar soaking up the sun in barefoot paradise.

Summary of your Trip
  • 1 Night Forest Hill Hotel (Arusha) | Tanzania
  • 2 Nights Sangaiwe Tented Lodge (Tarangire National Park) | Tanzania
  • 2 Nights Ngorongoro Farmhouse (Karatu) | Tanzania
  • 3 Nights Mara Under Canvas Tented Camp (Serengeti National Park) | Tanzania
  • 4 Nights Shooting Star Lodge (Zanzibar Beach) | Tanzania
Price Includes
  • Experienced English-speaking driver/ guide
  • Transportation and all game drives in Private safari custom built 4×4 vehicle with pop up roof
  • Domestic flight Serenti/Zanzibar Airport
  • Road transfers to and from Airports in Arusha and Zanzibar
  • Full Board Meals as specified (except in Arusha – Bed & Breakfast; Zanzibar – Half Board)
  • Parks and concession fees, entrance fees to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge Museum
Price Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Drinks (excluding welcome drinks and water)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at hotel, lodge/camp
  • Spa treatments

Day 1Arrival Arusha

You are met at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by our representative and transferred to The Forest Hill Hotel, a gem located in Kisongo, just 1.5 km from Arusha Airport and along Arusha -Dodoma road; en route to Ngorongoro conservation area on A104, Arusha.
The hotel offers superb accommodation in 32 elegant rooms. Amenities are two restaurants, three bars, a coffee lounge, a children’s playground and a discotheque “Club Safari”, Forest Hill Carnival offers many options for an enjoyable entertaining stay.
On arrival at the hotel, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink while completing check-in procedures. Settle in your room – The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind and get ready for your first adventure tomorrow morning.
Dinner (on your own account) at the hotel.

Room Type: Standard Family Chalet
Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2 - 3Tarangire National Park

This morning after breakfast meet your local professional Driver-guide at the reception of the hotel and depart to Tarangire National Park for a full-day game drive.
The Tarangire National Park has the highest density of elephants in North Tanzania, and you can view these animals all year round in which the herds often can reach an impressive number of 300 animals. The Tarangire River has water all year round and during the dry season, between July and October, many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river for drinking. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you can observe wonderful creatures such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests and zebras as well as various types of antelopes and gazelles and with little luck, you can also spot a python! Bird lovers are also rewarded during the dry season with over 550 different species including the Masai Ostrich -the world’s largest bird recorded. Around lunchtime, enjoy lunch in the park at a suitable picnic place.

The afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching. As the sunset approaches drive to Sangaiwe Tented Lodge located near the new Sangaiwe gate to Tarangire National Park with stunning views over Lake Burunge and considered one of the best family locations from which to explore the Tarangire National Park. Check in at the lodge, settle in your luxury tent and later dinner.

The following morning, depart for a full-day game drive in the park to spot more games.
Ranking as the 6th largest National Park in Tanzania and covering an area of 2,600 square kilometres, there is an estimate of over 250 lions residing in Tarangire National Park, and with the conservation efforts of the Tarangire Lion Project, this Park lion population is believed to grow steadily.
As the evening approached, back again at the lodge after an exhilarating full day of unforgettable bush encounters. Get ready for dinner and time to discuss the day’s highlights with fellow guests and rangers and make new friends.

Room Type: Luxury Family Tent
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner), bottles of water, Hot beverages (Coffee and Tea).

Day 4Tarangire National Park - Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu

After breakfast, we head to Lake Manyara National Park for a full-day game drive. This park is one of the smaller but most sought-after destinations in Tanzania’s northern circuit. It is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located African wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment.
We will enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park.

Proceed with the afternoon game drive. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals. Expect to see games such as Buffalo, including one of Africa’s densely populated African elephants herds, Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, Giraffe, Impala, and hippo, as well as large flocks of flamingos, attracted by the algae in the lake.
After spending most of the day in your custom-built 4×4 safari vehicle, you might enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Kirurumu River which has to be crossed on large rocks a couple of times. This is a great chance to get out of your vehicle and explore this beautiful area on foot. Note that wet muddy feet cannot entirely be avoided!

In the late afternoon, we will drive to Ngorongoro Farm House, a wonderful stop-off during a safari on the north circuit and a privileged place from where one can visit the crater or enjoy activities such as walking safaris to the volcano or excursions to Lake Eyasi on the Rift Valley still inhabited by the Hadzabe tribe.
This stay allows the family to live the legendary atmosphere of past times on a colonial-style coffee plantation farmhouse. The children can spread their wings throughout the vast property or take a dip in the Mondial athletic size pool to freshen themselves.
Enjoy dinner at the lodge.

Room Type: Standard Family Chalet
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner), and mineral water during meals.

Day 5Explore Ngorongoro Crater

This morning, after breakfast, get ready to descend to the crater floor with your picnic lunch. The crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in its natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck, the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only.
Take a stroll on the rim of the Crater with your guide and relish sundowners with a sensational view.

In the afternoon, ascend the crater and drive back to the lodge to embark on an afternoon Coffee Walk, the whole family will enjoy it. Alternatively, on your way back to the lodge, drive to the colourful bustling town of Mto Wa Mbu, with its main street wide and always vibrant with people in brightly coloured clothes chatting, laughing and going about their daily activities. The whole family will love walking along the safe pavement and for the active at heart, they can ride a bicycle. For the adults, this is an opportunity for a Maasai souvenir as stalls sell everything from spices to saucepans and oxcarts weave all over the road. In the centre of town, there is a lively market selling fruit and vegetables. It’s a fun place to visit to practice your bargaining aptitude when buying Tinga Tinga paintings, carved wooden ornaments, local scarfs and more. Drive back to the lodge for a delicious dinner.

Room Type: Standard Family Chalet
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner), and mineral water during meals.

Day 6Karatu – Lake Eyasi – Serengeti National Park (Central)

This morning is an early start for a cultural day Interaction with the Hadzabe and Datoga at Lake Eyasi.
Lake Eyasi is an endorheic salt lake on the floor of the East Africa Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau and just south of the Serengeti National Park and proximately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater.
The lake is seasonal, elongated, orientated southwest to northeast, and lies in the Eyasi-Wembere branch of the Great Rift Valley. During the dry season, the lake may dry up almost entirely, especially in drier years, so that Datooga herders and Hadza foragers will cross the lake on foot, but in heavy rains years, it may flood its banks and attract hippopotami from the Serengeti. It is a seasonal stop for migrating flamingos.

Spend time with the Hadzabe people and immerse yourselves in their cultural activities. They are hunters and gatherers for honey and insects in the bush. They hunt with bow and arrow and will teach the family how to make their hunting instruments and if time permits, they will take you to visit their caves where they sometimes spend their nights while hunting.
The Datoga on the other hand are cattle herders and are forever on the move to find greener pastures for their flocks. But in recent decades, with the government’s efforts to get them closer to Civilisation, they have a village where the family will them to learn a thing or two about their daily lives.
After a day of culture, you will head to Serengeti National Park. The drive to this park is a game drive in itself. Arrival at Kati Kati Tented Camp is in the late afternoon. Your accommodation for the night is to break the long drive to Northern Serengeti.

Kati Kati Tented Camp is a mobile camp strategically situated in central Serengeti, ideal for exploring the extensive Serengeti plains. It is open all year around except in April.
Backed by a tree-covered hill, its 11 tents look out over the plains, their views unobstructed by vegetation, their canvas walls blending almost seamlessly into the soft greens and browns all around.
The perfect spot for seeking out wildlife, the central Serengeti is particularly known for its cheetah, for whom the vast open spaces are an ideal hunting ground.
The camp has been designed to cause a minimum impact on the environment. All of the infrastructure is mobile and the company’s philosophy is not to leave anything behind. Enjoy a delicious dinner freshly made from choice, locally sourced ingredients. Fine teas, coffee, juices and tisanes are available as well as wines and beers. Delightful pastries, cakes, puddings and desserts fill up any remaining gaps as your appetite is awakened by the exhilaration of outdoor living.

Room Type: Family Tent
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner), bottles of water, Hot beverages (Coffee and Tea).

Day 7 - 8Northern Serengeti

This morning after breakfast, excitement mounts as we are back on the road driving towards Northern Serengeti, this is the game drive in itself, with stops en route to enjoy wildlife until we get to our next accommodation at Mara Under Canvas Tented Camp. This is when one starts to grasp the sheer scale and beauty of the Serengeti; kopjes, granite outcrops and acacia woodlands dotting open savanna, hills and rolling valleys with distant blue hills and tantalising horizons drawing you on. Wildlife thrives in every corner of the park.

Mara Under Canvas is the closest camp to the river Mara where each year enormous columns of wildebeest cross the river, negotiating the jaws of the hungry crocodiles, to get to the pastures on the other side in what could be considered the climax of the Great Migration.
If you travel during the Migration period of July to November with the Mara River practically at your doorstep, all the excitement, anticipation and thrills of the wildebeest migration are only a short distance away. The Mara River will provide spectacular views of crossing herds of hundreds of thousands of migratory wildebeest, gazelles and zebra in their specific season as well as the sharp canine crocodiles that seize any opportunity to feast on the weary stragglers.

Game drives are tailored to suit your preference, with a choice between shorter, twice-daily drives, or one full-day game drive, with a stop for a picnic lunch. Your expert guide takes you across the terrain in a special 4×4 safari vehicle, while offering amazing knowledge of details about the Serengeti. You’ll be in awe when you arrive at prime vantage points for the Mara River crossing and other wildlife sites in the park.
Outside the Wildebeest Migration period, the drive to Northern Serengeti is still worth taking as travellers will be rewarded with spectacular landscape and predators experience.
The schedule of the drives mirrors animal activity. The resident predators are territorial and can be seen all year round, making the game drives exciting.
Spend your days mostly exploring the northern section of the Serengeti on safari tracking the incredible array of game and wildlife that this vast area offers including lion, leopard, cheetah, civet, serval, wild cat and caracal. Meet your guide after a bit of coffee and tea and set out into the landscape of Serengeti National Park, always a highlight for even the most experienced traveller.

Back again at the lodge after an exhilarating afternoon or full day of unforgettable bush life.
Once refreshed, it’s time to gather around the campfire to chat over the day’s adventures with fellow guests and rangers before settling down to a hearty dinner and later going to bed to the sound of a lonely male lion.

Room Type: Family Tent
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or picnic lunch and Dinner), bottles of water, Hot beverages (Coffee and Tea).

Day 9 - 12Zanzibar Beach

This morning after one last morning game drive followed by a delicious breakfast, it is time to wave goodbye to the vast plains of the Serengeti and its large wildlife herds as you are being transferred to Kogatende the airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar.
On arrival at Zanzibar airport, you will be met and transferred to Shooting Star Lodge, your home for the next 4 nights and from which you will be exploring the magic of the Island of Zanzibar.
Set on a cliff top, the main feature of Shooting Star Lodge is the bar/restaurant and the pool areas…all of which offer outstanding views.
Shooting Star Lodge is a relaxed, family-run, boutique resort situated on the eastern beaches of Zanzibar. It is a small intimate accommodation beautifully located at the northern end of Kiwengwa Beach, east coast of Zanzibar, well away from other resorts. It is a great contrast to some of the larger resorts that are now populating the beaches around it.

Because of its location and size, the hotel allows a real break and remoteness, making it a very peaceful place to relax. This is the perfect excuse to kick off your shoes, take off your watch and gear down to the slow pace of island life: swim, snorkel, laze in the sunshine or set sail on a sunset dhow cruise. When the mood takes you there are richly coloured coral reefs waiting to be explored on scuba diving trips, and the clear waters are world-renowned for big game fishing.

In addition to the activities mentioned above, guests can embark on a plethora of activities at the lodge or nearby such as Canoeing, Cycling, and Horse riding as well as a day visit to Stone Town – activities that can be taken together as a family. The staff at the reception of the lodge will be more than happy to assist with any activity booking.

Room Type: Sea View Family Cottage
Meal Basis: Half Board (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)

Day 13Departure

This morning your Tanzania family safari comes to an end. After breakfast followed by check-out procedures, you will be transferred back to Zanzibar airport to connect with your flight back home.

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