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Not every family has an abundance of time to take out of their hectic lives for an extended vacation; that’s why Thomson created this itinerary – the Short Family Safari – so you can give your family a one-of-a-kind travel experience that still fits into your busy schedule.
There’s a reason Tanzania was the country that first motivated us at Thomson to make a living out of world travel: there honestly is no more majestic destination on the planet. Inspiring the common image of the quintessential African landscape, this country’s natural beauty is unrivaled and almost unfathomable – you truly won’t believe such a place really exists!
Explore Tanzania’s vast plains, dotted with unique baobab trees and brimming with spectacular concentrations of protected wildlife. You’ll become quickly infatuated with the largely uncorrupted ecosystem and rugged terrain of Tarangire National Park, the fertile Ngorongoro Crater Highlands and Conservation Area, and the golden Serengeti.
Thomson's dedicated and expertly trained local guides will lead you through a land of grassy plains, winding, life-giving rivers, and dense woodlands, where you’ll have the opportunity to see lions, elephants, leopards, giraffes, wildebeest, gazelles, spotted hyenas, and countless other fascinating creatures in their precious natural habitat. After your visit to the bountiful paradise that is Tanzania, you’ll understand the love the Maasai people have for their magnificent homeland.
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Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your lodge, where your Short Family Safari begins.
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.
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.
After breakfast, take a short drive from your Nyumba down to the Crater floor for a day filled with exceptional wildlife viewing. The Crater's 102 square miles are situated within the 3,200 square miles that make up the Conservation Area. Many Maasai people live within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, although they are not allowed to live on the Crater floor itself, and you may see them in their vibrant red robes as they tend sheep, goats, and cattle during the day. While they cannot live in the Ngorongoro Crater, the Maasai do have exclusive rights to bring their herds to the Crater floor during the day, where the animals drink the mineral-rich waters. If you look closely along the inside of the crater's rim, you may see the winding, serpentine trails designated for the Maasai to lead their herds in and out.
Protected since 1921, the Serengeti became Tanzania’s first National Park thirty years later. It contains almost as much land as 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 will stay in one of Thomson's signature Nyumba camps.
This park 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 wildlife viewing drive before returning to Arusha on a short flight. Rest, repack, and shower before your departing KLM flight.
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.
Why Tanzania with Thomson?