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Come join us on this special itinerary for families who are fascinated by wildlife and interested in exploring some of the planet's most remarkable landscapes. This special safari provides a wonderful opportunity to get your family into the wilds safely and comfortably. With knowledgeable local guides at the helm, adults and kids of all ages can explore far and wide in the scenic parks of northern Tanzania, the only place on earth where you can see the "Big Five"—lion, leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo, and rhinoceros.
Take advantage of incredible wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, and a private nature refuge that Thomson guests have exclusive rights to visit. Enjoy unforgettable cultural encounters on a visit to a local school and during village visits to a local Maasai boma.
Included in this exceptional itinerary are several special opportunities for behind-the-scenes access and exclusive tours and activities, such as:
Visit a private nature refuge, part of the Serengeti ecosystem, where Thomson guests have exclusive visiting rights and things such as walks and night drives are permitted.
Experience the best wildlife viewing. One third of the country is set aside for conservation, so it's no wonder Tanzania has the highest concentration of wild animals in the world.
Stay two nights at Gibb's Farm. Explore the verdant grounds and winding forest pathways of Gibb's Farm, a gorgeous working organic farm. Take a farm tour, various nature and cultural walks, games, biking; it's all at your disposal.
Authentic meetings and interactions with the Maasai. Experience exclusive off-the-beaten path opportunities to meet and interact with Maasai, both in their boma and at our camp.
Unmatched variety. The variety of experiences offered by this adventure puts other family safaris to shame; it hits on so much of what makes Tanzania such a precious destination, from the vast Serengeti, to Ngorongoro, to the exclusivity and unique cultural encounters offered by the private nature refuge.
Final payment can be made by credit card. Exclusively on our Smithsonian Family Adventures, families are able to make their final payment by credit card.
|03/15 - 03/26||$6,790||$6,490||$5,790|
|06/14 - 06/25||$6,790||$6,490||$5,790|
|07/12 - 07/23||$6,790||$6,490||$5,790|
|12/20 - 12/31||$7,090||$6,790||$6,090|
Upon arrival in Arusha, you and your family will be met and transferred to your lodge. Rest and relax after your long journey—the real adventure begins tomorrow!
- Fly from Arusha to the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
- Afternoon wildlife viewing
- Late afternoon walk
- Welcome Dinner
- Morning hike
- Enjipai women's group visit
- Maasai storyteller
- Night wildlife viewing drive
- Visit a Maasai school
- Meet your Pen Pals to play soccer
- Afternoon wildlife viewing
- Relax at camp
- Optional hot air balloon excursion
- Full day of wildlife viewing
- Morning wildlife viewing drive
- Visit Olduvai Gorge
- Full day on the Ngorongoro Crater floor
- Gibb's Farm guided bike tour to Tloma village
- Lunch at Gibb's Farm
- Forest walk
- Tembo Fire
- Farewell Dinner
- Breakfast at Gibb's Farm
- Morning walk
- Visit Cultural Heritage Center
- Farewell lunch at River House
- Day rooms in Arusha
- Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport
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.
Why Tanzania with Thomson and Smithsonian?