10 days from £1860pp plus international flights.
Going on safari with children is such a wonderful experience. And not just for the kids!
This is a safari in northern Tanzania that will give you incredible wildlife viewing in some stunning landscapes. From Tarangire National Park to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, we take you to the best places in this region. You have a chance to see the Big 5 (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) plus many other species too, including monkeys, antelopes, crocodiles, and lots more.
What is more, whilst on safari you have your own vehicle and driver/guide just for your family. This means you can enjoy everything without having to be concerned about other people travelling with you, you can stop when you want, and you can decide if you want to watch any animal for two minutes or two hours!
We have chosen accommodations with swimming pools so that if the kids want a change from being on safari, you can go to the lodge and chill out while they let off steam in the pool.
After your wildlife safari, you fly across to the Indian Ocean and chill out by the beach on Zanzibar for 5 days. Breezes Beach Club is a real favourite with families. It has lots of facilities and watersports too, and friendly staff who love looking after children as well as adults. It makes a great end to this holiday.
Costs & Amendments for this holiday
The ideal itinerary for a family safari will vary depending on the age of your children. As an suggestion we've put together this excellent family safari and beach holiday in Tanzania based on a family of four with 2 children under 12 years of age. We think it will suit most children from about 7-8 years. Older children will definitely also love it, but sadly costs increase for children 12 years and over. The adult guide price is £2340 and the child guide price (under 12) is £1830.
We can however advise you on what might be perfect for your family, so if this isn't quite right, let us tailor make something else for you that is just what you want.
When you arrive at Kilimanjaro airport you'll be met and driven to Tarangire National Park. Depending on the your arrival time you may have time for some game viewing this afternoon. You're staying at Tarangire Safari Lodge tonight, a family-owned and run lodge with panoramic views over the plains. Facilities include a swimming pool and shallow pool for children, comfy lounge and large terrace. Lunch & dinner
Most of the day is spent game viewing in Tarangire National Park, in your private 4x4 safari vehicle with your personal driver/guide. Tarangire is a large reserve centred on the Tarangire River which provides permanent water. Resident wildlife includes big herds of zebra, impala, wildebeest as well as buffalo, giraffe, warthog, eland, big cats (especially cheetah) and many birds. It is the number of elephants which will probably make the deepest impression on you though. In the dry season, huge herds are often seen along the Tarangire River. later in the day you then travel to Karatu and your overnight accommodation at Bougainvillea Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner
You will depart the lodge after breakfast, travelling through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area en-route to the Serengeti, game viewing on the way. You should reach Serengeti Sopa Lodge around lunchtime, later having time to relax or swim in the pool. Fully refreshed, in the late afternoon you'll head out on a game drive in the national park, a chance to see the Big 5 among other wildlife. Your driver will make sure you're back at the lodge in time for dinner. Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Today you have a full day in the world-famous Serengeti National Park and can arrange your activities with your driver/guide. The landscape is mainly grassy plains, with occasional rocky outcrops and acacia woodland. The sheer number of plains animals attracts all types of predators, and game drives here are always exciting. You could see zebra, wildebeest and gazelle, giraffe and buffalo and of course the big cats - lion, cheetah and leopard. Breakfast, lunch & dinner
After breakfast you drive you to Ngorongoro Crater, another excellent game viewing area. There is a profusion of wildlife here and you are almost bound to see lions, elephants, buffalo, hippos, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and occasionally you can even find leopard or black rhino. The views from the rim are breathtaking.
Drive to nearby Karatu, this time staying at Plantation Lodge, arriving in time for dinner. Breakfast, lunch & dinner
You will be driven to Arusha for the flight to Zanzibar. Following several busy days on safari including early starts, you now have five days on this exotic Indian Ocean island. You're staying at Breezes Beach Club on the east coast, a family-run establishment where you'll all receive a warm welcome. The pace of life is agreeably slower here and you'll soon adapt, relaxing after your safari, walking on the sandy beach, swimming in the pool and enjoying tasty food. Breakfast & dinner
A full day to enjoy life at Breezes Beach Club. The topical gardens lead down to a pristine beach and the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. You can take your pick from a number of water-based activities including diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, kayaking, sailing and pedalos. On the beach staff arrange various activities such as games of football, volleyball and sandcastle-building competitions, so there's something for every member of the family. When it comes to refreshments, the hotel has a selection of al fresco restaurants specialising in different cuisines and styles of cooking, and a choice of bars. Breakfast & dinner
Two more days on the fabled 'spice island'. As well as the wealth of marine activities, staff at Breezes are happy to organise tours to different parts of the island, such as Jozani Forest where you can spot red colobus monkeys among the trees. There are also regular 'classes' on the beach where you can learn to weave using palm fronds, and pick up a few words of Swahili to impress friends back home. The staff here take great pleasure in ensuring you enjoy your stay and it's no surprise that many people come back time and again. Breakfast & dinner
After breakfast it's time to pack up your bags ready for the journey home. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time for a final stroll along the beach or to relax in the lounge before you're driven back to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1860 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing for a family of 4 (with 2 children under 12yrs): April and May £1,860. 16-30 March and Nov-19 Dec £2,085. Jan, Feb, June-October £2,375.
Full board accommodation on safari; half board accommodation in standrad room in Zanzibar; airport transfers; private driver/guide and vehicle; game viewing activities, park and concession fees; 1 bottle of water per day in vehicle; reference books; backup support; internal flight Arusha-Zanzibar
Flights and taxes, visa, insurance, tips, items of a personal nature.
Getting there: We'd recommend flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport and out of Zanzibar. Flights will cost from about £750 per person depending on the season and availability. There are reductions for children under 12 years of age.
Departure dates: This trip can be tailor made at any time to suit you, but has been priced for travel between July and October 2014 with 2 adults and 2 children under 12 yrs.
A friendly, locally run lodge in Karatu with comfortable rooms and a pool close to Ngorongoro.
A modern, stylish beach resort on the south east coast of Zanzibar
Plantation Lodge has 15 elegant rooms in a lush, shady garden near the Ngorongoro Crater.
This large lodge offers good facilities and wonderful views in central-west Serengeti.
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