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Best African Family Safari Vacation

Northern Tanzania & Zanzibar




11 days

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Tour Overview

Embark on an epic African adventure with our unbeatable Tanzania safari program! Brace yourself for the ultimate thrill as we journey to the heart of northern Serengeti, where millions of wildebeest cross the Mara River in a stunning display of nature’s raw power. But that’s not all – we’ll also explore the world-renowned Ngorongoro conservation area, where exotic wildlife roam free and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking.

For the ultimate safari experience, you’ll want to join us between June and October, when the river crossing is at its peak, or from December to March when the herds migrate southward to calving grounds in southern Serengeti. And if you want to take your adventure to new heights, we highly recommend adding a balloon safari to your itinerary – it’s an experience you’ll never forget! So, what are you waiting for? Join us on our Tanzania safari and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime!

Trip Itinerary

Upon arrival at the International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed. One of our knowledgeable safari guides will meet you and make you feel at home. Your journey begins with a friendly guide. You will be escorted to your opulent lodging in the lavish city of Arusha.

Our professional guides are dedicated to highlighting all the hidden gems of Tanzania, ensuring an unbeaten experience from start to finish. So, take a moment to unwind and prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure with us! Today you’ll stay at Rivertrees Country Inn Lodge

About the Lodge

Rivertrees Country Inn is a serene retreat at the base of Mount Meru. The extensive gardens feature fig trees and playful Sykes' monkeys, while the sound of the nearby river creates a peaceful atmosphere. The inn offers luxurious stays throughout the gardens, forest, and riverbank, catering to a diverse range of preferences.

After your breakfast this morning, your knowledgeable private guide will meet you and take you to Tarangire National Park. At the park's entrance, you may experience a slight delay depending on the level of activity. Game viewing will begin as soon as you enter the park.

After an extensive game drive, you will stay at Nyikani Tarangire Camp.

About the Camp

For the next two nights, you'll stay at Nyikani Tarangire Camp. This exclusive camp, situated among a collection of Acacia and Kigelia trees, is conveniently located near the Tarangire River. It boasts twelve deluxe and tastefully-designed safari tents that provide optimal privacy throughout the surrounding bushveld.

The camp is located in a breathtaking region of the park where a variety of animals routinely go from the west hills to the east wetlands, as well as from the north to the south along the river.

Following your arrival at the camp, you can unwind and then embark on an exhilarating game drive with your guide this afternoon. Also, you may discuss the option of partaking in a magical night drive during your stay.

Extra Activity!

Looking to add a spark of adventure to your wedding anniversary, family reunion, or honeymoon? Or perhaps you're just craving a one-of-a-kind experience during your safari? Look no further than a heavenly bush dinner, nestled on the plains of the Tarangire National Park.

This is dining at its most daring and romantic! Picture this: your table is set up outside the camp, amidst the vast savannah plains, but close enough to feel safe. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking sunset over the Tarangire and the crackling of the roaring campfire, all while indulging in a sumptuous dinner.

Gaze up at the sky, twinkling with a thousand stars as you listen to the sounds of the wild - from the bleating zebras and wildebeests of the great migration to the awe-inspiring roar of the mighty lion. An experience that will stay with you forever! WE CAN ADD THIS TO YOUR ITINERARY AT AN EXTRA COST.

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Tarangire! Set off early and prepare for the ultimate wildlife experience. In this incredible park, you'll roam through the swamps and woodlands in a custom-designed vehicle, or go off the beaten path and journey on foot from camp.

Fun fact: Tarangire National Park boasts the highest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti ecosystem! Don't let this gem of a park slip under your radar – spanning over 1,100 square miles, Tarangire's stunning landscapes and fantastic wildlife will take your breath away.

In the dry season, animals flock to the river, their only source of water for miles around. You'll witness herds of elephants from afar, sometimes totaling up to a whopping 300 Elephants, as you venture through the wild, be sure to keep an eye out for the majestic wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, and eland, gracefully making their migratory journey. Later today you’ll return to your safari camp for an overnight.

We will depart from Tarangire and proceed towards Lake Manyara, where we will enjoy a game drive through the park and the duration of which will depend on the sightings along the way. We will have ample time to explore the northern region of the park and indulge in a leisurely picnic lunch before continuing our journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority Area.

Upon entering this distinguished area, we will ascend higher on a narrow and winding path, experiencing a shift from the drier lowlands to a lush rainforest-like ecosystem of mature trees and hanging vines.

Upon arrival at the crater rim, take a moment to pause and appreciate the breathtaking view of the crater floor from the designated viewpoint. Afterward, make your way to Rhino Lodge, where you will be lodging tonight.

About this Lodge

This exceptional lodge is situated in an isolated area on the untamed edge of the crater rim, providing an unmatched wildlife encounter while also providing an authentic glimpse into the surrounding landscape and culture.

Your private guide will accompany you on a full-day excursion to experience the Ngorongoro Crater. Conveniently located only 25 minutes away from the Soneto Descent Road, Rhino Lodge offers the opportunity to be among the first cars down to the crater floor in the morning to capture the spectacular golden light.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and renowned as one of the most iconic wildlife areas globally, the Ngorongoro Crater is an impressive natural phenomenon. Created approximately two to three million years ago, the Crater is the world's largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera, formed after a massive explosion that led to its collapse.

Across an area of 100 square miles, the crater's floor is mainly covered by grasslands, two small wooded areas, and a seasonal Salt Lake, also known as Lake Magadi or Lake Makat, at the center of the crater. The eastern crater wall features the Ngoitokitok, which serves as the other significant water source.

Wildlife sighting is a relatively easy and exciting experience in the crater, and you can expect to cover a considerable area within a day. Later you’ll proceed to Serengeti National Park for your overnight.

Today you’ll overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp

The term "Kati Kati" means "center" in Swahili and is situated in the stunning central Seronera area of the Serengeti. This mobile camp comprises ten en-suite guest tents, ensuring a serene and intimate ambiance that's further enhanced by the amiable staff.

Revel in an authentic bush experience while staying at this camp, and relish snacks and beverages around the campfire in congenial company, recounting your safari exploits of the day.

Savour a moment to yourself in the lounge tent or library when not out exploring the wilderness, or simply soak up the untamed landscape while relaxing on your veranda, scanning for wildlife sightings.

You will have a total of two days at your disposal to indulge in a private safari in Serengeti, an exceptional wildlife viewing destination throughout the year thanks to the abundance of games that call this area their home.

An array of species such as zebra, topi, gazelles, impala, buffalo, and giraffe can be frequently spotted going about their routines in the region. While leopard sightings are rare, lions tend to be nearby.

This lush and rolling grassland where watercourses are dotted with trees marks the northernmost location of the migration journey, alongside Kenya's Masai Mara.

From July to October, the herds congregate on both banks of the Mara River, often braving the crocodiles as they cross back and forth in response to local weather conditions that only they appear to have grasped. While watching the renowned "River Crossing" is a must-do for many explorers, the event is unpredictable and ultimately subject to chance.

You’ll stay in Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp

The camp presents a remarkable chance to relish an authentic safari camp encounter while indulging in comfortable accommodations. It is nestled in the north of Serengeti, a mere ten-minute drive from Mara River.

At the heart of the camp lies a warm and welcoming mess tent, where delectable meals are served. Indulge in appetizers and snacks before dinner by the campfire, set ablaze every evening.

Guests can accommodate themselves in ten double tents, equipped with en-suite amenities. Additionally, a family tent is also available that can comfortably accommodate two adults and two children.

Your flight schedule will determine whether you can embark on a final game drive with your guide before their departure. Afterward, you will take an internal flight to Zanzibar via a scenic light aircraft adventure.

Once you arrive at Zanzibar Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to Fumba Beach Hotel. Located beachfront, you will be staying for four nights on a half-board basis, experiencing a wonderful retreat amidst the beautiful landscape.

During your stay in Zanzibar, you will have three entire days at your disposal to discover the island at your own pace. Whether you choose to engage in a wide variety of activities or simply take it easy and relax, the choice is entirely yours.

Numerous exciting adventures await you, such as visits to the tortoise sanctuary on Prison Island or the Zanzibar red colobus monkey habitat in Jozani Forest. Additionally, you may want to consider taking a day trip to Stone Town or visiting one of the local spice plantations.

At the plantations, you will have an opportunity to engage in a hands-on experience, tasting and smelling Zanzibar's renowned spices. As part of your tour, you will also savor a delicious, locally cooked lunch.

All of these and additional activities can be prearranged ahead of time or organized through Fumba Beach Hotel while you are here.

It's time to bid adieu to the mesmerizing Fumba Beach Hotel, for your adventurous soul is craving for more. Buckle up to be driven to Zanzibar Airport for your return international flight, marking the conclusion of your Tanzanian escapade. But wrinkles on the map do not bother a true adventurer like you, so where does your compass lead next? The world is your playground, let the journey unravel.

Inclusions / Exclusions

  • A lodge safari as per the specified schedule,
  • Transportation in a 4x4 safari vehicle,
  • Accompanied by a professional and English-speaking guide.
  • All meals as per the program
  • Mineral water, meals,
  • And all activities mentioned are included,
  • All National Park fees and
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari.
  • Domestic flight to Zanzibar.
  • As International flights,
  • Optional activities,
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks,
  • Visa fees,
  • Tips,
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs, and
  • Travel Insurance

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What about Luxury lodges and camps?

Tanzania’s hospitality industry has garnered a commendable reputation for its top-notch accommodations. With numerous award-winning camps and lodges scattered throughout the national parks, this industry caters to a discerning clientele with a taste for high-end experiences.

A trip to Tanzania is sure to provide visitors with a luxurious stay that is nothing short of exceptional. Whether nestled in a remote location by the Tarangire River, surrounded by the Serengeti plains, or treated to stunning views of the Great Rift Valley, guests can expect nothing less than the finest wines, chef-prepared meals and a suite of indulgences that are synonymous with deluxe four or five-star hotels.

To ensure that our guests receive nothing but the best, we have meticulously handpicked hotels that have been highly rated. Additionally, our staff members regularly visit these accommodations to ensure that the quality and service delivered to our guests are consistent with our exacting standards.

Can you please explain what constitutes a game drive?

A game drive is an activity commonly organized in African game reserves and national parks where visitors go on guided tours to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

The drive can take place at different times of the day and typically lasts between 6-8 hours. Visitors are accompanied by experienced guides, who can offer insight into the different animals and birds encountered during the tour.

To maximize the chances of seeing animals, guides often use specialized vehicles that are open, allowing visitors to move around and observe wildlife from different angles. Game drives are popular with tourists as they provide a unique and unforgettable experience of the natural world.

What is a Safari?

Have you ever heard of a safari? Wondering what sets it apart from a regular vacation?

The term safari has roots in the Swahili language, signifying a journey and serving as the foundation for the verb “to travel” in this East African tongue. When seeking a remarkable safari experience, Tanzania reigns as the top destination throughout Africa. Not only does Tanzania showcase the biggest national parks, but it features UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lays claim to Africa’s highest mountain.

Serengeti National Park, located in Tanzania, has consistently been recognized as the leading safari destination in Africa for multiple years in a row. This accolade serves as a testament to Tanzania’s position as the top country for safaris in the continent, as Serengeti National Park has been awarded the title of ‘Best Safari Destination’ by experts, surpassing several national parks within Africa.

A safari in Africa offers more than just a mere vacation but a compelling travel experience. It is noteworthy that advertising ‘safaris’ at other destinations such as Thailand or India is significantly different and cannot be matched to an African safari. Additionally, these excursions to observe animals lack any historical relevance to the Swahili word ‘safari.

Do I need Visa?

It is mandatory to have a visa for entry. The visa fee is USD 50 per individual, whereas US citizens are required to pay USD 100 per person. While it is possible to obtain visas on arrival, it is advisable to obtain them beforehand.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

To safeguard against unforeseen events that may disrupt travel plans, travel protection plans offer a range of benefits including coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay, and other customizable options.

As a responsible travel operator, EAS Guides mandates all travelers to acquire essential Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation insurance protection. This rudimentary coverage, also known as Post-Departure or Travel Med, is available for as little as $60 per person and guarantees peace of mind during travel.

How do I tip?

While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary to show appreciation for exceptional service. To assist you in determining an appropriate gratuity, below are some suggested tipping ranges per person per day/vehicle, based on the number of people in the vehicle:

– 6 people: $10 to $15 per person per day

– 4 people: $12 to $20 per person per day

– 2 people: $15 to $25 per person per day

If you are on a camping safari, it felt your chef should be tipped like the safari guide, as they work as a team. Most lodges/camps have a tip box at the front desk, and we recommend using it instead of tipping individuals so that everyone who contributed to your enjoyable experience can share in gratitude, including those working behind the scenes. In most lodging and hotels, it is usually for staff members to offer assistance with your luggage. While it is common to consider tipping as an appropriate gesture, the decision to do so is ultimately at your discretion.

About Kilimanjaro Tipping

These are our recommended tipping guidelines when trekking on Kilimanjaro (not per climber): Guides should receive $15/day, assistant guides should receive $10/day, cooks should receive $10/day, and porters should receive $5/day. For every 2 hikers, we suggest having 1 guide, for every 3 hikers, 1 assistant guide, and for every 8 hikers, 1 cook. The number of porters should meet the following minimums:

– 4 porters per hiker for the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters)

In some cases, additional porters might be required based on luggage weight. We recommend a budget of $250-300 per hiker for tips during an 8-day trek.

How about Security?

While Tanzania is generally a secure country, it is advisable to exercise caution. Avoid attracting attention by keeping a watchful eye on your personal belongings. It is recommended to refrain from walking in towns or cities after dark and instead, opt for a taxi.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or displaying valuable items like cameras, as these can make you a target for pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes and ensure to obtain a receipt to secure your valuable possessions. Consider leaving valuable jewelry at home to avoid any unwanted attention.

How about Health?

It is essential for all individuals traveling from yellow fever-endemic countries/regions to obtain the yellow fever vaccine. This requirement applies to individuals who are in transit for at least 12 hours or those who venture beyond the immediate airport premises in a yellow fever endemic area. Furthermore, individuals from yellow fever endemic regions traveling via air, marine, or land transportation must also meet this vaccination requirement. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the United Republic of Tanzania has reinstated HEALTH SURVEILLANCE DESKS in all border crossings, ports, and international airports. Therefore, it is crucial to carry your health certificates when entering Tanzania. While malaria is endemic in Tanzania, it is preventable by taking appropriate measures, including using insect repellent, protecting oneself at sundown, sleeping under a mosquito net, and taking anti-malaria prophylactics as prescribed by a medical professional. It is wise to bring prescription medication, spare glasses, contact lenses, solution, sunscreen, a first aid kit, cream for insect bites and stings, and medication for diarrhea.

About Covid-19

To enter Tanzania, travelers arriving from or transiting through Uganda or the DRC need to complete a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form at least 24 hours before their arrival. The completed form will generate a Unique Health Code (UHC), which the traveler needs to present upon arrival. To access the form, please follow this link: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/. For those arriving directly in Zanzibar, please use this alternative link.

While proof of Covid-19 vaccination is not required, arriving guests are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. No RT-PCR certificates or Rapid Antigen tests are needed upon arrival; however, guests will undergo thermal and physical screenings. It is essential to review your airlines and international airport(s) pre-boarding testing requirements carefully. Kindly ensure you read and understand the full regulations to avoid any inconvenience during your travel and entry into Tanzania. A significant number of our visitors transit via Amsterdam, and it’s important to note that as of now, passengers who do not exit Schiphol Airport are not subject to Covid-19 testing protocols.