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Tanzania Adventure has specialised in Family Safaris and we have the recepie how to keep everyone in the family happy. Here are some important ingredients:
– special lodges with big enough rooms
– lodges with a flexible price policy
– lodges that are children safe and with special features
– Itineraries with few changes – at least two nights in every place
– itineraries with non-wildlife activities allowing the children to go out of the vehicle for a bit
– jungle walks, bicycling, beadings with maasai, rock climbing, canoeing and making fire etc.
This 12 day Family Safari and Zanzibar explores the most famous parks in Tanzania: Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara. The titinerary is packed with activities to keep restless children, and their parents, happy. If you want to modify this itinerary just contact us, we would be happy to help.
Your Family Safari Zanzibar starts when you are met at the International Airport of Kilimanjaro by your driver/guide and our representative. We will take you to the L’Oasis Lodge, a simple but charming lodge at the foot of Mt. Meru. Traditional round huts are clustered in the tropical garden, and a small pool guarantees refreshing moments on a hot day. Our safari manager will come to meet you and to provide you with a safari briefing.
Accommodation will be in a family room where 3-4 persons can comfortably sleep. Dinner included
After breakfast the family safari starts and we depart for Lake Manyara (driving time some 2.5 – 3 hours). Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. You can see many game animals such as Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, hippo and others.
Overnight at the nice, intimate Rift Valley Lodge perched on a escarpment granting great views over Lake Manyara with grazing animals towards the Rift Valley Escarpment. All meals included
After spending most of the previous days in the car you might enjoy to get out of the car for some physical activities and to explore the area at the Rift Valley Escarpment by walk guided by well trained local guides. First you walk through Mto wa Mbu Village where your guides introduce you to the local village and social life, to economic activities, education and many others things. Instead of the village tour your guides can also take you to a large banana plantation, one of the basics of local economy life and explain you about this agricultural meaning. Later you can walk through a small forest inhabited by monkeys and dikdiks which leads to Miwaleni River. Following the river is a thrilling (maybe little strenuous) hike and climb over rocks and stones until you finally reach Miwaleni Waterfall hidden in the Rift Valley Escarpment:
After lunch at your lodge and some rest you can go for a bicycle ride in the plains towards Lake Manyara.
Overnight at Rift Valley Lodge. All meals included.
After breakfast you pass into Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater often described as one of the wonders of the world. It 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 their 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.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge All meals included
After breakfast you start on your way to Serengeti National Park (driving time some 4 hours, but with plenty to see on the way!) En route you will see grazing zebras, antelopes and giraffes and sometimes some buffaloes hiding in the bush. You will visit a Maasai Boma (traditional village) where some Maasai Warriors will welcome you, show you around and explain their traditional life. They will also show you their famous jumping dance and invite you to join in if you like! You can also see inside houses, meet children, ask questions and take photos!
After stopping for your picnic lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping) in Serengeti you will continue further into the park and go on a game drive in the afternoon. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species.
Tonight and the following night you spend in a comfortable tented camp at the edge of the famous Serengeti, with views over the endless savannah with some animals and typically African acacia trees. Enjoy some relaxing hours at the camp fire under open sky after dinner, chatting with other guests and the charismatic security guards.
Early start today for an early morning game drive to see also nocturnal predators returning from hunting and animals waking up in early morning light. You can take breakfast boxes with you and have a bush breakfast when the sun is up before you visit the interesting documentation center about Serengeti at Seronera. Return to your lodge for a relaxed lunch under the shade of an old acacia tree.
In the afternoon you can go out again on game drives or undertake a nature walk around the camp with some resident tribesmen. They are happy to share their knowledge of plants and animals surrounding them and introduce you into their use of traditional bow and arrow for hunting.
2nd Overnight at Mapito Tented Camp at Ikoma, Serengeti. All meals included
After last bush breakfast at your camp we take you to Seronera Airstrip in the Serengeti, for your flight to Zanzibar (departure at around 11:05 with arrival around 14:30) . Transfer to The Zanzibari Hotel. Breakfast and lunch included
Relax and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner
After breakfast transfer to Stone Town. On the way we will do the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we invite for an sumptuous and filling lunch at the Spice Restaurant, where you can taste the spices and fruits you have just learned about and seen growing fresh.
In the afternoon you have some time at leisure. Your hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Stone Town and you may use their sister hotel at the beautiful waterfront where in the afternoon the locals gather together for some football, gymnastics or just some relaxed socializing on the sand. A turquoise blue pool ensures refreshment from the heat of the day.
Overnight at Dhow Palace Hotel Breakfast and lunch included
( guided historical Stonetown Tour can be booked additionally)
Departure transfer to Zanzibar Airport for your departure.
NB –if you depart from another airport than Zanzibar we’ll arrange flight connections to your departure airport (to Dar Es Salaam also ferry boats possible)
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*** routing subject to changes if necessary ****
All accommodations subject to availability
Prices for children < 15 years (sharing parents’ room):
First Kid: free of charge
Second Kid: 700 USD for the entire trip
Prices for kids in own rooms and kids 16 + years on request
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|01.06.-31.12.2015||3895 US $ US $||3150 US $ US $||595 US $ US $|