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Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari (BBC Earth Journey)

10 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

Tauck Offers for this Trip

  • Travelers age 11 and under receive $500 per person off family departures. Click here for eligible departures.

Offers subject to change or withdrawal, availability is limited. Some offers are not combinable.


Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Tour departs: Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport. A transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arumeru River Lodge is included upon your arrival. Your African lodge, set in dreamlike tropical gardens, is located on the grounds of an old coffee farm. ()

Day 2 Start your safari in Kilimanjaro or Arusha national parks
Choose between hiking up the Merengu trail on Mt. Kilimanjaro to see birds, monkeys and small antelope, followed by a visit to a Chagga-tribe-member's home and a lesson in banana-beer making - or opting for a game drive in Arusha National Park, seeing giraffe, zebra, buffalo, baboons, and more. Everyone meets up for a welcome dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Tarangire, where legends say life began
Head to Tarangire National Park today - the place where life began, according to Maasai legend, and immortalized in many movies about Africa. Marvel at the classic African savannah stretching out all around you, the wildlife-rich plains studded with baobob trees. Hop aboard our open-topped safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive; look for big cats lounging under baobab trees or elephants cooling off at a watering hole. Enjoy dinner and the evening at Tarangire Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Game drives in the African bush
An up-close look at wildlife in Tarangire today begins with a morning game drive to Silale Swamp. After returning to the lodge for lunch and and some hands-on learning of Maasai crafts, head back out into the bush for an afternoon game drive and even more experiences guaranteed to create shared memories that will last lifetimes. Following dinner back at camp, learn some Swahili around the campfire, perhaps including such words as jambo (hello), kwa heri (goodbye), simba (lion) and ninafurahia (I am having a great time)! (B, L, D)

Day 5 A village school, Lake Manyara & a Maasai boma
Make your way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area today. En route, you'll stop for lunch in Lake Manyara National Park, a bird-lover's paradise; meet the students and teacher at a new primary school that Tauck helps support; and visit a Maasai boma (a traditional hut village preserving Maasai cultural customs). Arrive late afternoon at your colonial lodge in Karatu, where your cottage-style accommodations for the next two nights overlook a coffee plantation and the eastern wall of the remarkable Ngorongoro Crater. (B, L, D)

Day 6 A two-million-year-old "Garden of Eden"
Hop aboard an open-top safari vehicle for a game drive and picnic lunch in two-million-year-old Ngorongoro Crater, "where time began" - and where volcanic craters are stunning backdrops to some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa. Look out for Africa's "Big Five" - buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and the rare black rhinoceros. (B, L, D)

Day 7 The "Cradle of Humankind," Oldupai Gorge
Pack your own box lunch before heading out to Oldupai Gorge, in the Great Rift Valley, thought to be the home of some of Earth's earliest "people." Here, you'll see the place where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey found the fossilized remains of one of the first humans to walk upright; check out the Oldupai Museum and enjoy a talk by a docent. Then travel across the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti, taking part in a game drive before arriving at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, in the heart of world-famous Serengeti National Park, where you'll spend the next three unforgettable nights of this Africa tour in luxury safari lodge accommodations. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Hot air ballooning & a Serengeti game drive
Rise early for a whole new angle on the landscapes and wildlife of Serengeti National Park - an unforgettable ride over the vast Serengeti plains in a hot air balloon* - followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush and some game viewing later in the morning. After lunch at the lodge, look for zebras, hyenas, leopards and more on an afternoon game drive with your local guide. Back at your Four Seasons lodge tonight, enjoy a special dinner, where you'll have more stories to share. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Maasai traditions & a final game drive
Your Four Seasons lodge in the Serengeti enables you to savor the African landscape, view even more wildlife, and discover local Maasai traditions and daily life on the last full day of your family's fun-filled Africa tour. The whole family will learn about Maasai crafts and local conservation projects in classes at the lodge's Discovery Center, and walks with the Center's Maasai staff. After lunch, enjoy a farewell game drive in Serengeti National Park, where you can often see wildebeest and large numbers of lions and cheetahs, as well as herds of giraffe and zebra - an unforgettable spectacle of Africa's circle of life, right before your eyes! Equally impressive are Tanzania's magical sunsets, which you'll enjoy during a farewell reception on the terrace of your lodge on your final night on safari, followed by a festive farewell dinner and some authentic Maasai fun. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Back to Arusha & journey home
Tour ends: Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport. After a flight back to the city of Arusha, enjoy lunch at the Cultural Heritage Center, and a guided tour of a local coffee plantation. Flights departing Africa leave late tonight; we have reserved a day room for you at the Arumeru River Lodge so that you can repack and relax as you wish. A transfer is included from Arumeru River Lodge to Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport this evening. (B, L, D)
Map
All This Included
Your family experiences the safari of a lifetime... Tauck Bridges' amazing family Africa tour is a safari adventure unlike any other. Wake up to views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from your African lodge... and discover who lives on the slopes of this mighty mountain. Experience the real life home of Maasai warriors and Africa's Big Five. Get a true taste of daily life in the African bush when you learn how to make beaded jewelry and throw a spear, and go inside a village school. You may see lions resting under enormous baobab trees... wildebeest making their way past herds of elephants and gazelles... elephants, up close. Travel aboard our open-top Africa safari vehicles where everyone has a great view of Tanzania's amazing wildlife during morning and afternoon game drives. With the aid of field equipment gadgets such as FLIR® thermal imaging cameras and camera traps, your Tauck Director provides a window into an unknown, unseen world that introduces Tanzania's nocturnal society, revealing what would normally be hidden in darkness... And from your tented camp in "the place where life began".... to your lodge next to Africa's "Garden of Eden"... to your safari lodge in the Serengeti, your family becomes part of the unbelievable wilderness pageant that comes alive right outside your door!

  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts
  • Field equipment gadgets may include FLIR® thermal imaging cameras and camera traps
  • Gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers included
  • Small group departures are limited to 30 guests for a more intimate safari experience
  • Private game drives in open-top safari vehicles - a window seat for everyone
  • Multiple-night stays in tented camps and lodges mean more time for safari drives
  • Three-night stay at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, a safari-themed resort
  • Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti
  • Visits to a primary school Tauck helps to support and a visit to the traditional home of a Chagga family
  • Dinner under the stars and a drum circle; learn Maasai dancing and to speak Swahili
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 27 meals (9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners); service charges, taxes, admission fees and porterage
Highlights
  • Earth Journeys crafted by Tauck and BBC Earth
  • Private game drives in open-top safari vehicles
  • Hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti
  • Picnic lunch in the heart of Ngorongoro Crater
  • Experiencing Maasai cultural traditions
  • Dinner & drum circle under the stars
Accommodations
Arusha: Arumeru River Lodge
Tarangire National Park: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Karatu: Tloma Lodge
Serengeti National Park: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
Notes
  • On tour airfare of $260 to $295 is not included.
  • Group size limited to 30! All departures are limited to 30 guests to ensure a more intimate safari experience!
  • Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult. Triples are usually a two-bedded room plus one rollaway cot, when available. Quad accommodations are not available on this tour.
  • Recommended age: 8+ – please note that the minimum age for children on this trip is 5; children must be at least 8 or older to participate in the hot air balloon ride on day 8.
  • For your family’s comfort and enjoyment, we recommend booking an additional hotel night before your journey.
  • Activities marked with an asterisk (*) are at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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