Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari - 10 Days

TAUCK BRIDGES FAMILY TRAVEL

EARTH JOURNEYS | WITH BBC EARTH

TIME OF YEAR – Jun – Aug, Dec

Wake up to views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from your African lodge… and discover who lives on the slopes of this mighty mountain. Experience the real life home of Maasai warriors and Africa’s Big Five. Get a true taste of daily life in the African bush when you learn how to make beaded jewelry and throw a spear, and go inside a village school. You may see lions resting under enormous baobab trees… wildebeest making their way past herds of elephants and gazelles… elephants, up close. Travel aboard our open-top Africa safari vehicles where everyone has a great view of Tanzania’s amazing wildlife during morning and afternoon game drives. Your Tauck Director provides a window into an unknown, unseen world that introduces Tanzania’s nocturnal society, revealing what would normally be hidden in darkness… And from your tented camp in “the place where life began”…. to your lodge next to Africa’s “Garden of Eden”… to your safari lodge in the Serengeti, your family becomes part of the unbelievable wilderness pageant that comes alive right outside your door!

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On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches Small group departures are limited to 30 guests for a more intimate safari experience.

Tour prices are per person. All safari expenses and adventures, local guides, entertainment, land transportation, porterage, admission fees, the services of the Tauck Director and one on-tour flight are included. Transportation from Kilimanjaro International Airport to the Arumeru River Lodge in Arusha is included, regardless of the time you check in to the hotel, provided you have furnished us with accurate flight or train arrival information at least three weeks prior to the start of your tour. Transportation from Arumeru River Lodge to Kilimanjaro International Airport is also included when you check out of the hotel. Transportation to and from airports and train stations may be shared with other Tauck guests.

If you do not provide your flight arrival information in time, or choose to transfer on your own, you are responsible for arranging and paying for your own transportation, which currently costs approximately $50 USD per vehicle. If you choose to arrive on Day 3 or later, after the group has already departed for Tarangire, you are responsible for your own transportation, which costs approximately $500 USD per vehicle from Arusha to the Tarangire Safari Lodge.

Age Recommendations – Children 8 years of age or older at the time of travel are welcome on this Tauck journey. Based upon our experience with family travelers, we have a minimum recommended age for each journey to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. All children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older in order to make a reservation.

Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked and will vary based on departure date.

Day 1
Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Tour begins: Kilimanjaro International Airport. A transfer is included from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Meliá Arusha in Arusha. Your new 5-star luxury resort is located adjacent to a traditional coffee plantation. Your family’s Africa safari adventure begins in the morning!

Day 2
Hiking in Kilimanjaro or a game drive

A choice of adventures awaits to kick off Tauck Bridges’ family safari today! You can choose to hike with us in Kilimanjaro National Park – home to Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s highest mountains. While you won’t be going all the way to the top, you’ll take an exciting walk up (and down) Kilimanjaro’s Merengu Trail, keeping an eye out for inquisitive monkeys, doe- eyed antelopes and abundant birdlife; you’ll also visit the traditional home of a member of the Chagga tribe. Or, your family can join an experienced local guide on a full-day game drive in Arusha National Park (the first of many on your journey) to look for gentle giraffes, boisterous baboons, colorful flamingoes and big buffalo. Later, everybody meets back at the resort for a welcome reception and dinner tonight to share stories of the fun you’ll have on your family’s Africa adventure.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Tarangire, where legends say life began

Head to Tarangire National Park today – the place where life began, according to Maasai legend, and immortalized in many movies about Africa. Marvel at the classic African savannah stretching out all around you, the wildlife-rich plains studded with baobob trees. Hop aboard our open-topped safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive; look for big cats lounging under baobab trees or elephants cooling off at a watering hole. Enjoy dinner and the evening at Tarangire Safari Lodge.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Game drives in the African bush

An up-close look at wildlife in Tarangire today begins with a morning game drive to Silale Swamp. After returning to the lodge for lunch and and some hands-on learning of Maasai crafts, head back out into the bush for an afternoon game drive and even more experiences guaranteed to create shared memories that will last lifetimes. Following dinner back at camp, learn some Swahili around the campfire, perhaps including such words as jambo (hello), kwa heri (goodbye), simba (lion) and ninafurahia (I am having a great time)!

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
A village school, Lake Manyara & a Maasai boma

Make your way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area today. En route, you’ll stop for lunch in Lake Manyara National Park, a bird-lover’s paradise; meet the students and teacher at a new primary school that Tauck helps support; and visit a Maasai boma (a traditional hut village preserving Maasai cultural customs). Arrive late afternoon at your colonial lodge in Karatu, where your cottage-style accommodations for the next two nights overlook a coffee plantation and the eastern wall of the remarkable Ngorongoro Crater.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Ngorongoro Crater, Africa's "Garden of Eden"

One of the best places on this Africa tour to spot the Big Five – elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo and the rare black rhinoceros – ancient Ngorongoro Crater, often called Africa’s “Garden of Eden,” is home to almost every species in Africa… except the giraffe, which can’t negotiate the steep incline down into the caldera. Game drives and a unique picnic lunch on the crater floor offer ample opportunities to spot lions, cheetahs, hippos and lots of birds. Then it’s back to your lodge in Karatu for the evening.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Fly to the Serengeti

Today, you’ll depart Tloma Lodge and hop a morning flight from Lake Manyara to the Seronera airstrip in Serengeti National Park. As you do, you’ll fly over Oldupai Gorge, where, over 50 years ago, archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the fossilized remains of some of the earliest known human species, an estimated 1.8 million years old. Arrive late morning at the Meliá Serengeti Lodge, where you’ll begin a three-night stay in the heart of the vast Serengeti plains. After lunch, embark on a late-afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park, in search of animals that make their homes here; perhaps you’ll see lions, antelopes, elephants and zebras in their daily rituals. Return to camp for a briefing on tomorrow’s hot air balloon flight across the Serengeti, followed by dinner at the lodge.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
Ballooning over the Serengeti & more

Rise early for a whole new angle on the landscapes and wildlife of Serengeti National Park – an unforgettable ride over the vast Serengeti plains in a hot air balloon* – followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush and some game viewing later in the morning. After lunch at the lodge, look for zebras, hyenas, leopards and more on an afternoon game drive with your local guide. Back at your lodge tonight, enjoy a special dinner, where you’ll have more stories to share.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9
Maasai traditions & a final game drive

Your lodge in the Serengeti enables you to savor the African landscape, view even more wildlife, and discover local Maasai traditionsanddailylifeonthelastfulldayofyourfamily’sfun-filledAfricatour. ThewholefamilywilllearnaboutMaasaicrafts and local conservation projects, and enjoy walks with the lodge’s Maasai staff. After lunch, enjoy a farewell game drive in Serengeti National Park, where you can often see wildebeest and large numbers of lions and cheetahs, as well as herds of giraffe and zebra – an unforgettable spectacle of Africa’s circle of life, right before your eyes! Equally impressive are Tanzania’s magical sunsets, which you’ll enjoy during a farewell reception on the terrace of your lodge on your final night on safari, followed by a festive farewell dinner and some authentic Maasai fun.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10
Back to Arusha & journey home

Tour ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport. Tour concludes after a flight back to the city of Arusha, a visit to the Shanga community project, and lunch at the Cultural Heritage Center. Flights departing Africa leave late tonight; we have reserved a day room for you at the Meliá Arusha so that you can repack and relax as you wish. A transfer is included from the Meliá Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport this evening.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

What's Included

  • On-Tour Air (2 flights)
  • Gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers included
  • Hot air balloon over the Serengeti
  • Private game drives in open-top safari vehicles – a window seat for everyone
  • Multiple-night stays in tented camps and lodges mean more time for safari drives
  • Visit to a primary school Tauck helps to support and a visit to the traditional home of a Chagga family Dinner under the stars and a drum circle; learn Maasai dancing and to speak Swahili
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 27 meals; service charges, taxes, admission fees and porterage

Nights 1-2 Arusha, Tanzania

Meliá Arusha

The Meliá Arusha is a new 5-star luxury resort opening in 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania – located near Kilimanjaro International Airport and the main starting point for all the routes north to such major attractions as Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park and Mount Meru. Set at the gateway to an African adventure in an exceptional natural environment, the Meliá Arusha is adjacent to a traditional coffee plantation, and is perfectly integrated with the surrounding landscapes. The new resort will feature well-appointed guest rooms, a swimming pool, a variety of dining spaces (including a rooftop restaurant), a spa, a fitness center and nearly 2,000-square-meters of facilities for events and meetings.

Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Nights 3-4
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Tarangire Safari Lodge is situated on a panoramic bluff in Tarangire National Park, with one of Tanzania’s most spectacular views, encompassing acacias and baobabs, plentiful wildlife and the Tarangire river. Game drives within Tarangire National Park are a year-round wildlife spectacle! The river flows through the park and is a magnet for wildlife, especially large populations of elephant. The park also contains varied and contrasting landscapes and unrivalled birdlife. The lodge was the first to be built in the park. Since 1985, it has been owned and managed by the Simonson family, who have added a very personal touch. At the heart of the lodge are the impressively high thatched roofs of the lounge and dining area. The open design allows for an uninterrupted landscape view and captures the cooling breeze. Between game viewing excursions, relax in the large, comfortable lounge. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool, browse in the Baobab Boutique, or unwind with a relaxing massage at the Patulivu massage banda. A tented safari camp, accommodations are built on a solid base, with a thatched roof and verandah, screened windows with large curtains and en-suite bathrooms with solar heated showers.

Nights 5-6 Karatu, Tanzania

Tloma Lodge

Turn back time for two nights as you stay at this small cottage-style lodge right next to Africa’s “Garden of Eden.” In addition to enjoying great views of a coffee plantation and a beautiful waterfall, you’ll be treated to home-made meals from organic food raised right here all year round. Your spacious cottage accommodations are built in the style of an old colonial farm and are surrounded by lush gardens. There’s even a solar-heated swimming pool that’s a great way to cool off after a day of exploring!

Nights 7-9
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Meliá Serengeti Lodge

An incredible wildlife experience inside one of the most beautiful national parks in Africa, the Meliá Serengeti Lodge blends into its natural surroundings without relinquishing the services and facilities of a luxury hotel. Overlooking the Mbalageti River Valley in the heart of Serengeti National Park, the Meliá Serengeti Lodge possesses all the ingredients to satisfy your passion for travel and adventure: the perfect location in a national park, a comfortable design, and a unique atmosphere that will make you feel part of your surroundings. The magic of the African continent can be perceived in every corner of the lodge… from elegant guest rooms inspired by local Masai traditions with colonial details and terraces offering breathtaking views, to magnificent

facilities made from sustainable architectural materials – including a pool, gym, spa, Kids&Co and meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology, and exquisite restaurants offering their own interpretations of local dishes with international culinary influences.

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