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Family Tanzania Safari – Private Custom Safari

An Exciting Private Adventure for All Ages to Some of East Africa's Best Wildlife Parks
Family Tanzania Safari The following itinerary is a sample of the highlights of Tanzania. To customize this itinerary to your wishes and preferences, please contact one of our Adventure Specialists at 1-800-543-8917.

Day 1: Arusha
Your family Tanzania safari begins upon arrival in Arusha, where you will be transferred to Ngurdoto Lodge, set among tropical gardens with towering Mount Meru as a backdrop.

Day 2: Arusha National Park
An early-morning wildlife drive immerses you in the Africa you’ve dreamed about. Arusha National Park offers views of Kilimanjaro and several massive craters, and plentiful wildlife: You may see antelope of all sorts, Cape buffalo, giraffe, elephant, leopard, hyena, baboon, colobus monkey and hippopotamus. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater lake.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara, edging the Great Rift Valley escarpment, rests in a setting Ernest Hemingway called “the loveliest in Africa.” When water levels permit, its soda-white surface turns pink with thousands of flamingos, among the park’s 400 species of birds. There’s lots of other wildlife here, too, including elephant, giraffe, buffalo, warthog, impala, baboon and monkeys. If you’re very lucky, you may see one of the park’s unique tree-climbing lions. Overnight at peaceful Plantation Lodge, located on a working coffee plantation in the green hills of Karatu. There will be time for a swim in the pool before dinner.

Day 4: Cultural Visits: Coffee Farm & Maasai School
This morning, enjoy a walk to a nearby waterfall and visit a coffee farm. A highlight of your trip to Africa is a chance to meet people from other cultures, broadening our understanding of the human experience. A visit to a Maasai school this afternoon will enrich your understanding of traditional tribal life.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater
World-famous Ngorongoro Crater provides a safari experience second to none. This ancient caldera is home to Africa’s densest concentration of wildlife, with some 25,000 animals living on its floor. Twelve miles in diameter, the crater's sheer walls enclose a fertile “bowl” with permanent water sources, ensuring that wildlife here has little reason to leave. With your guide, drive down the rim of the crater to find an astounding assortment of African animals. From the vantage point of your open-topped vehicle, you’re likely to see zebra, wildebeest, eland and gazelle in numbers great enough to sustain a major predator population. Lions are abundant here, while leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena are also resident. Cape buffalo thrive in large herds, and you may even glimpse the rare black rhinoceros. After an exhilarating day on safari, adjourn to your lodge directly on the rim, with broad views over the crater.

Days 6 - 8: Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is legendary. Here on Tanzania’s Great Plains, herds of wildebeest traverse the savanna in enormous numbers, while thousands of antelope and gazelle are ever-present. Giraffes lope among the acacia trees, while the big cats race after prey. You stay amidst it all at your intimate tented camp in a remote sector of the park. The mobile tents ensure that you experience all the natural wonder of this fabled setting, rather than crowded tourist centers. Your camp, reminiscent of the safari era of yesteryear, offers surprising rustic luxury and comfort.

Day 9: Arusha / Home
Your family Tanzania safari comes to a close as you fly back to Arusha from the Serengeti, where you’ll have the use of a dayroom before connecting to flights home.

Physical Rating: Easy

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