Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari (BBC Earth Journey)
10 days with Tauck Rating:
Day 1 Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Tour departs: Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport. A transfer is included from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Meliá Arusha in Arusha. Your new 5-star luxury resort is located adjacent to a traditional coffee plantation. Your family's Africa safari adventure begins in the morning!
Day 2 Start your safari in Kilimanjaro or Arusha national parks
A choice of adventures awaits to kick off Tauck Bridges' family safari today! You can choose to hike with us in Kilimanjaro National Park - home to Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world's highest mountains. While you won't be going all the way to the top, you'll take an exciting walk up (and down) Kilimanjaro's Merengu Trail, keeping an eye out for inquisitive monkeys, doe-eyed antelopes and abundant birdlife; you'll also visit the traditional home of a member of the Chagga tribe. Or, your family can join an experienced local guide on a full-day game drive in Arusha National Park (the first of many on your journey) to look for gentle giraffes, boisterous baboons, colorful flamingoes and big buffalo. Later, everybody meets back at the resort for a welcome reception and dinner tonight to share stories of the fun you'll have on your family's Africa adventure. (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 Fly to the Serengeti
Today, you'll depart Tloma Lodge and hop a morning flight from Lake Manyara to the Seronera airstrip in Serengeti National Park. As you do, you'll fly over Oldupai Gorge, where, over 50 years ago, archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the fossilized remains of some of the earliest known human species, an estimated 1.8 million years old. Arrive late morning at the Meliá Serengeti Lodge, where you'll begin a three-night stay in the heart of the vast Serengeti plains. After lunch, embark on a late-afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park, in search of animals that make their homes here; perhaps you'll see lions, antelopes, elephants and zebras in their daily rituals. Return to camp for a briefing on tomorrow's hot air balloon flight across the Serengeti, followed by dinner at the lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Ballooning over the Serengeti & Maasai traditions
Rise early this morning for a whole new perspective on the vast landscapes and remarkable wildlife of Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - an unforgettable ride in a hot air balloon* that soars over the Serengeti's savannah and open woodlands, home to herds of grazing animals and the carnivores that prey on them. Touch down for a champagne breakfast in the bush, followed by a morning game drive closer to the animals you may have spotted from on high. Look for zebras, hyenas, elephants, leopards, great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of giraffes, and lots of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle and more. Return to your lodge for lunch and discover local Maasai traditions. Your whole family can learn about Maasai crafts and local conservation projects in classes at the lodge, and will have the opportunity to take a nature walk with Maasai staff. Have dinner tonight at your leisure, back at the lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 9 A final game drive and farewell to the Serengeti
Enjoy a farewell game drive in Serengeti National Park this morning after breakfast, for a last chance to experience the unforgettable spectacle of Africa's circle of life. Serengeti National Park, one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world, has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa, including wildebeests, Thomson's gazelles and zebras, and lions and cheetahs who are often close by. Look for them as you drive through stunning landscapes. Enjoy a final sundowner before our festive farewell dinner and authentic Maasai fun in the lodge's boma restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Back to Arusha & journey home
Tour ends: Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport. Your family adventure concludes after a flight back to the city of Arusha, a visit to the Shanga community project, and lunch at the Cultural Heritage Center. Flights departing Africa leave late tonight; we have reserved a day room for you at the Meliá Arusha so that you can repack and relax as you wish. A transfer is included from Meliá Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport this evening. (B, L, D)
All This Included
Where the wild things are... your family discovers the spirit of adventure witnessing the "Big Five" during morning, afternoon and evening safari game drives... a two-million-year-old crater... Mt. Kilimanjaro.... elephant herds that dwarf their neighbors, antelope, zebra, gazelle... buffalo, wildebeest and long-necked giraffes.. and in the Serengeti, golden-maned lions playing their part in the circle of life. 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. 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!
Arusha: Melia Arusha
Tarangire National Park: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Karatu: Tloma Lodge
Serengeti National Park: Melia Serengeti Lodge
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