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Tanzania Family Adventure

Experience the best of Tanzania’s wildlife and culture on a diverse, activity-filled safari for all ages
Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport where you are met by our vehicle and driver who will transfer you to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge. Set in lush gardens on the forested slopes of Mt. Meru, this venerable family-run lodge has been adapted from a century-old colonial farmhouse and is an ideal base from which to launch a safari in Tanzania’s northern circuit. Enjoy nature walks in the forest inhabited by troops of colobus and Sykes monkeys as well as hundreds of bird species, then watch the sunset colors on Kilimanjaro’s glaciers from the verandah.
Overnight Ngare Sero Lodge

Day 2: Cultural Visit / Afternoon at Leisure

This morning you’ll visit a school in Arusha where you’ll have a chance to meet the children and hear about their studies and activities—and of course they will be just as interested in your life! A visit is also included to a local health-care clinic, to learn about strides being made to improve the wellbeing of families in the area. This afternoon is free to enjoy the many activities available at the lodge: fish for rainbow trout in the lake on the grounds (the chef will prepare your catch!), take a bird walk to see some of the 200 species that live on the lodge grounds, ride horseback on the lush slopes of Mt. Meru, play a round of croquet or swim in the pool amid the colorful gardens of ginger, bougainvillea and jacaranda trees.
Overnight Ngare Sero Lodge

Days 3-4: Tarangire National Park
Travel to Tarangire today, with a picnic lunch and game drive en route. Our destination is Tarangire Safari Lodge, situated on a panoramic bluff with one of Tanzania's most spectacular views. The hospitable family-run lodge overlooks a vast expanse of acacias and giant baobab trees, abundant wildlife, and the Tarangire River. The river flows through the park year-round and is a magnet for thirsty wildlife, especially large herds of elephant for which Tarangire is famed. The park also boasts unrivalled birdlife. Lodge accommodations are in deluxe canvas tents under thatched roofs or stone bungalows built in the circular style of Maasai huts. All rooms have en suite facilities and enjoying a splendid valley view. Dining is a treat here, at candlelit tables on the terrace under the stars.

Game drives in Tarangire are full of excitement. With its varied habitats and the constant water areas, the park hosts a large diversity of wildlife: 94 species of mammals and over 500 bird species have been recorded thus far. The park is best known for its great concentration of elephants—approximately 2,500 individuals live within the park, and large herds are regularly on view from our lodge. On Day 4, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, or go on safari in the morning, then relax in the lodge’s big swimming pool later in the day. From the shade of your private verandah, be ready for visits from habituated hornbills and buffalo-weavers, as well as a host of smaller birds that reside in the acacia scrub.
Overnight Tarangire Safari Lodge

Day 5: Karatu / Coffee Plantation Tour
Depart for Karatu this morning, where you’ll enjoy a variety of activities that reveal a slice of daily life in this scenic region of the Tanzanian highlands.The town of Karatu is surrounded by fertile coffee plantations, arable farms and cattle ranches on the southeast slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. The area sits at about 7,500 feet above sea level, often veiled in a misty cloud cover, and is very lush and green in contrast to the dry floor of the Rift Valley a short distance to the east.

You’ll stop along the way at a lively market where local people sell produce and handcrafts, and take a guided walk through the village to observe typical homes, shops and activities. After a picnic lunch en route, tour a coffee plantation this afternoon, learning about how the plants are grown and beans are harvested to make the smooth brews Tanzania is famous for. We reach our charming local inn, the Plantation Lodge, in plenty of time to relax by the pool and enjoy the lavish gardens flower gardens on the estate before dinner.
Overnight Plantation Lodge

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater / Lemala Ngorongoro Camp
An exhilarating day is in store as you rise early to descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for some of Africa’s best wildlife viewing. We make our way by 4x4 down the steep crater walls, anticipating a full day’s game drive on the crater floor. Twelve miles in diameter, the world’s largest unbroken caldera is home to some 25,000 animals that thrive within its diversity of habitats, from fever-tree forest to lakeside marshes to open grasslands. You’re sure to see healthy numbers of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle and eland, and most likely the lions and hyenas that prey upon them, too. If you’re lucky, you may even spy the elusive and highly endangered black rhinoceros.

On our return journey, as we approach the lush forests along the crater rim, keep an eye out for species that live in this sheltered higher-altitude environment—you could spot leopard, elephant, mountain reedbuck. buffalo, jackal, cheetah and rare wild do. After a thrilling day on safari, it’s time to settle in to the comforts of your secluded tented camp on the crater rim. Lemala Camp is located at the top of the remote yet shorter Lemala access road, meaning that you’ll have more late-afternoon time in the crater without other travellers present, since most of them must depart earlier via a different route to reach the centrally located safari lodges by sunset.
Overnight Lemala Ngorongoro Lodge

Day 7: Serengeti National Park
Drive to the legendary Serengeti today, with a picnic lunch and game drive en route. You’ll spend the next three nights in an extraordinary setting at our Private Mobile Camp, a remote yet luxurious tented outpost in the middle of the wilderness. This is iconic East Africa, and few things compare with the delights of a mobile tented camp, situated in solitude on the vast plains with no one about but wild animals. At night, you’ll share amazing stories around the campfire under a sky full of glittering stars, then drift off to sleep under canvas as you listen for the distant roar of lions.
Overnight Private Mobile Camp
(Note: the Mobile Camp is usually in the Western Corridor in June / July, Northern Serengeti in August / September, and Lobo area in October)

Days 8-9: Discovering the Serengeti
Over the next two days you’ll explore the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuary on full-day game drives through Serengeti National Park. At 14,763 square kilometers, the park’s vast expanse is home to more than three million large mammals living in complete freedom on the “endless plains” (which ‘Serengeti’ means in the Maasai language), scattered with rocky outcrops, acacia woodlands and occasional rivers. You may observe up to 35 species of plains animals including the vast migratory herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. The Serengeti is also home to elephant, cheetah, leopard and more than 2,000 lions.
Overnight Private Mobile Camp

Day 10: Arusha / Home
Fly back to Arusha today where lunch and a day-use room await on your arrival. A transfer is included to Kilimanjaro Airport for departing flights this evening.

Two-Night Kisima N’geda Cultural Extension

Enhance your traditonal safari with this optional two-night extension that takes place on Days 6 & 7 between your stay at Plantation Lodge and Lemala Ngorongoro Camp. The extension focus is on cultural interactions with the indigenous tribal people of this region, the Hadza hunter-gatherers and the waDatoga, pastoralist herders similar to the Maasai. At the the conclusion of the extension, the itinerary above will resume, with Day 6 above becoming Day 8.

Day 1: Kisima N’geda
Depart after a leisurely breakfast and arrive at Kisima N’geda Tented Camp in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore your setting on the shores of Lake Eyasi, with stunning views of the seasonal soda lake and across to the Alipi escarpment. While the scenery around camp is fantastic, the real draw here is the opportunity for rich cultural interaction with the local people. This region is home to the Hadza, one of the world’s last few remaining hunter-gatherer tribes, as well as the waDatoga, who are pastoral nomads. Several activities are possible this afternoon, including a visit to the local Datoga blacksmith, a hike around the lake, or a canoe excursion along the shoreline.
Overnight Kisima N’geda

Day 2: Visit with Hadza Hunters
A highlight of your time at Kisima N’geda is a half-day visit with the Hadza bushmen, traditonal hunters and gatherers who live a subsistence lifestyle for millennia and still speak the ancient language they have used for centuries. Depending on the activities they are pursuing that day, you may join them on a hunt or spend a morning gathering roots or seasonal fruits. You’ll return to the lodge for lunch, followed by a free afternoon to relax, swim in the pool or partake in more activities. Drink in a last sunset view before dinner, though meals are a highlight here, too—delicious, freshly prepared dishes are made with locally produced ingredients, including dairy products from the camp’s own cows and
vegetables grown on nearby farms.
Overnight Kisima N’geda

Day 3: Resume Main Itinerary

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