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Traveling in custom four-wheel drive Land Rover safari vehicles, navigate back roads and dusty tracks to encounter a new surprise every day. Your family will discover vast, ruggedly beautiful landscapes, stretching from the volcanic cone of Mount Meru to the Great Rift Valley, from the dramatic, tree-strewn landscape of Tarangire to the endless plains of the Serengeti. You'll meet local villagers, school children, artisans, the Maasai and your Tanzanian guides – who share their thoughts, traditions, language and everyday lives with you.
You never know what you might see: a lion stalking a herd of zebra; a hundred Thomson gazelle springing across a dirt road; a tiny dik-dik antelope hidden in the tall grass; hippos wallowing in a pool; or a family of cheetahs waiting patiently to strike.
People from our US office go back to Tanzania every year to experience the land anew. And each time we feel – as your family will – the thrill of untamed nature and the warmth of some of the kindest, most hospitable people in the world.
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|03/14 - 03/26||$6,890||$6,590||$5,890|
|06/14 - 06/26||$6,990||$6,690||$5,990|
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|07/24 - 08/05||$6,990||$6,690||$5,990|
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|08/05 - 08/17||$6,990||$6,690||$5,990|
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|12/17 - 12/29||$7,290||$6,990||$6,290|
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|03/13 - 03/25||$6,990||$6,690||$5,990|
|03/19 - 03/31||$6,990||$6,690||$5,990|
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your lodge, where your Thomson Family Safari begins.
The wonders of Arusha National Park often draw comparison to Mount Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater, its larger counterparts in northern Tanzania. Mount Meru has been called Mount Kilimanjaro’s little cousin, and Ngurdoto Crater, which teems with wildlife, has the nickname “Little Ngorongoro.” Arusha National Park, however, has offerings found nowhere else in the region, including lush mountain forests that are home to the exquisite colobus monkey, and some 575 bird species. The park is truly a hidden gem.
- Wildlife safari
- Hike to a waterfall in the foothills of Mount Meru
This is Tanzania’s fourth-largest national park. Spend two full days with your family in Tarangire, exploring its rugged landscapes by safari vehicle. This park, often overlooked, astonishes many with its massive herds of elephant and distinctive winding riverine landscapes and swampy floodplains. It is also known for its large numbers of bizarre baobab trees, famous for their enormous trunks and root-like branches.
- Wildlife safari
- Learn to play some traditional Tanzanian games
As you travel to the Ngorongoro Highlands en route to the Crater, you and your kids will head up a steep, winding road near the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Make sure to keep your cameras ready on the drive – you will be rewarded with expansive vistas of Lake Manyara and the exquisite surrounding plains. At the top of this slope lie the lush Ngorongoro Highlands, where the region's rich volcanic soil makes for some of the most fertile land in Tanzania.
- Guided tour and lunch at Gibb’s Farm
- Gibb's Farm nature walk on forest pathways
- Optional Gibb's Farm afternoon activities
Drive a short distance from the rural highlands to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a wildlife and cultural preserve that covers 3,200 square miles, of which a mere 102 square miles represent the Ngorongoro Crater itself. Only members of the Maasai tribe are permitted to live within the Conservation Area's boundaries, and they can be seen wearing bright red and royal blue cloths and tending to their herds of goats and cattle; although they can't actually live on the crater floor, they often bring their cattle there to drink the mineral-rich water.
- Wildlife safari on the Crater floor
Protected since 1921, the Serengeti became Tanzania’s first National Park thirty years later. It is almost the size of the US state of Connecticut, and features grassland plains and savanna as well as riverine forest and woodlands. You will see wooded knolls around the official entrance called Naabi Hill Gate, which then drops into the park’s signature wide-open expansive plains. Like no other, this stretch embodies the meaning of the word “Serengeti,” which derives from the Maasai word Siringet, and has been translated as “the land that flows on forever.” Serengeti National Park covers 6,000 square miles of pristine land, and offers not only sprawling landscapes but the largest migration of mammals on earth, including 1.5 million wildebeest. Your family spends time in two different locations of the park, with a total of four nights in the green and comfortable Nyumba camps.
- Wildlife safari in the Serengeti
- Brief stop at Olduvai Gorge
- Optional balloon safari
You and your family will head from the Serengeti to a Nature Refuge in the eastern part of that ecosystem. The terrain will get more rugged as you depart the park and head across scrubland covered in candelabra trees and Maasai bomas and villages, finally arriving at the 12,000-acre wildlife preservation area. This is off-the-beaten path travel at it’s best!
Over the next two days you’ll have opportunities for wildlife viewing by Land Rover, on foot, and on a night drive through the bush. You’ll also be able to meet members of the local Maasai community who live in this remote region. There are very few visitors to the area and the connection guests make with local people is extra special as a result. Whether you’re listening to folk tales from a Maasai grandmother or welcoming the warriors as they return home at night, each visit is unique and will add an unparalleled measure of authenticity to your family’s safari experience.
- Wildlife safari
- Scenic hikes in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
- Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
- Visit a Maasai boma (village)
- Hear a traditional Maasai storyteller
This area is just one example of how Tanzania has been a magnificent inspiration for the world in terms of wildlife and environmental conservation. There is time for one last game viewing drive before returning to Arusha on a short flight. Rest, repack, and shower before your departing KLM flight.
- Stop at Cultural Heritage Center
- Farewell lunch
Swahili for “home,” the Nyumbas are eco-friendly, mobile, tented camps, well-located for the best wildlife viewing in northern Tanzania. Designed exclusively by Thomson, for Thomson, and based on over 30 years of experience, these seasonal camps allow you direct access to the wildlife while keeping your family comfortable during your safari. Private, en suite bathroom facilities include self-contained, pump-flush toilets that do not require fixed plumbing. You will have all you need with plenty of washing water at any time, safari-style hot showers, a private dressing area, water basins, soft bath towels and hand-made soaps. These eco-friendly camps feature superior service, delicious gourmet and kid-friendly cuisine, fine bedding, and the luxury of peaceful and sustainable co-existence with the surrounding landscape and wildlife.
Gibb’s Farm is a small and intimate lodge nestled on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands, four kilometers from the small town of Karatu. Surrounded by coffee plantations and a vegetable farm, it offers expansive views over lush and verdant agricultural country. The main facilities—a lounge, dining room, and shop—are situated in the old farmhouse, graced with locally crafted furniture and African hospitality. The sleeping accommodations are cozy bungalows set amidst the colorful gardens. The cuisine is among the best you'll have on safari, prepared from produce from their own organic garden.
An Arusha mainstay near the busy downtown area, the Mount Meru Hotel sits on a 15-acre garden and provides comfortable, modern accommodations. Amenities include cable TV in all rooms, internet access, currency exchange facilities, concierge, massage services, babysitting on request, playground for children, outdoor swimming pool, sun bed, a volleyball court, and a nearby golf course. The Themi Grill serves both international and African cuisine.
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