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Family Tanzania Safari

An Exciting Private Adventure for All Ages to Some of East Africa's Best Wildlife Parks
Family Tanzania Safari Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and can be customized for your own special needs and interests.

Day 1: Arusha
Our family Tanzania safari begins upon arrival in Arusha, where we transfer to Arumeru River Lodge, set among tropical gardens on a former coffee plantation with Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru as a backdrop.

Day 2: Arusha National Park, Village of Usa River
An early-morning wildlife drive immerses us in the Africa we’ve dreamed about. Arusha National Park offers views of Kilimanjaro and several massive craters, and plentiful wildlife: We 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.” 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 we’re very lucky, we may see one of the park’s unique tree-climbing lions. We 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, we'll take a walk to a nearby waterfall and visit a coffee farm. A highlight of our trip to Africa is a chance to meet people from other cultures, broadening our understanding of the human experience. Our visit to a Maasai school this afternoon will enrich our 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. We drive down the rim of the crater to find an astounding assortment of African animals. From the vantage point of our open-topped vehicles, we’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 we may even glimpse the rare black rhinoceros.

Days 6 - 8: Serengeti, NHA Private Camp
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. We stay amidst it all at our exclusive private tented camp in a remote sector of the park. Our mobile tents ensure that we experience all the natural wonder of this fabled setting, rather than crowded tourist centers. Our camp, reminiscent of the safari era of yesteryear, offers surprising rustic luxury and comfort.

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

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