15 Days Serengeti and Zanzibar Family Holiday
This Adventure family safari holiday offers a superb experience of Tanzania’s very best game viewing areas. The Northern Parks of Tanzania, offer incredible wildlife, diverse and spectacular landscapes as well as some cultural experiences in the traditional homelands of the Maasai people. As a family travelling together, this privately driven and guided overland 4×4 safari is the perfect way to experience Tanzania, with the extra space, privacy and flexibility to travel at your own pace each day when on safari.
This area of Tanzania also offers the best time of year climatically and for game viewing during the school holiday seasons of August, October Half term and Christmas and New Year. The best parks to explore at this time of year are the Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and of course the Serengeti National Park.
We recommend a mix of lodges and authentic luxury tented camps that cater well to families. Furthermore we look to use camps with specially designed safari tents that can sleep up to four, offering a greater feeling of security for families. Following your safari, head to the island of Zanzibar where you can relax at a beach hotel or lodge or resort of your choice. There are a handful of great smaller hotels for families in Zanzibar and we are able to recommend these to fit your budget and requirements.
Day 1: Arusha
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. After clearing customs, look for your Kuwa Huru Adventure Tanzania Driver. He will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it. Your driver will transfer you to A great choice for Families in Arusha, Ahadi Lodge, which offers adjoining rooms which are ideal for families. Overnight Arusha. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
Your guide will collect you after breakfast in your own 4×4 open roof top vehicle. Head out to the Tarangire National Park, famous for the large numbers of elephants it attracts during the dry season. Tarangire River, which never dries up. Being the only source of water during the dry season, it draws hundreds of animals to the park, making for a wildlife and bird viewing spectacular. The landscape is varied, with grassy savannah plains, swamps, hills and spectacular baobabs. Enjoy a full day in the park with game viewing, Spend the day exploring the park. We recommend Ndovu Tented Camp as a great option for family accommodation in Tarangire as they offer great family tents. Overnight Tarangire. All meals & game activities included.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park
The Tarangire National Park is famous for its spectacular landscape, general wildlife, but primarily for its large herds of elephant which migrate into the parks wetlands during the dry season. Spend the day exploring the park, with a picnic lunch in the park. Overnight Tarangire. All meals & game activities included.
Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park
This morning drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Set against the steep escarpment of the Rift Valley, you’ll find Lake Manyara National Park with its evergreen groundwater forest and variety of ecosystems including acacia woodland, grassy plains, a swampy fan delta, and – of course – the expansive lake. This diversity attracts a wide variety of mammal, bird, and wildlife species. Manyara is also home to rare tree climbing lions. The park offers excellent game viewing with buffalo, impala, giraffe, bushbuck, waterbuck, hippos, and lots of elephants roam near the lake. Also look out for blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, and the very active Olive baboon troops.
A good idea is to head to your accommodation after lunchtime to arrive mid-afternoon, allowing time to relax around the lodge and have a break from the safari vehicle. We highly recommend the family rooms at Endoro Lodge as a great family option in Lake Manyara. Overnight Lake Manyara National Park. All meals and game activities included.
Day 5: The Ngorongoro Crater
After an early breakfast depart for the Ngorongoro Crater, The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of Africa and is home to some incredible wildlife, Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game driving and exploration. The crater is 600m deep, 16 km across and 265 sq.km in area.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery and game viewing, in what has been described as the eighth wonder of the world, including the rare and endangered Black Rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor, surrounded by some of the 20,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, zebra and gazelle.
Flamingo, among other bird species, can often be seen feeding at Makat Soda Lake as well. Ngorongoro permits are valid for a maximum of 6 hours in the crater floor, which is enough time to traverse the Crater floor and enjoy a picnic lunch. We recommend Ngorongoro Farmhouse as a great option for families in Ngorongoro. Overnight Ngorongoro. All meals & game drive included.
Day 6: The Serengeti National Park
This morning depart early for the drive to the Serengeti.En-route, a great stop is at Olduvai Gorge & the Museum of Mankind. This is an area of great historical significance and also has a local Maasai market that offers an insight into the Maasai lifestyle.
Continue to the Central Serengeti, home to some of the largest prides of lions and good numbers of cheetah, leopard and other predators. We recommend Naona Moru Camp as a great family option in the Central Serengeti as they have very good family tents. Overnight Serengeti. All meals and game activities included.
Day 7: The Serengeti National Park
Relax with two full days in the Serengeti with game drives – unequaled for its beauty and home to the Great Wildebeest Migration. The huge herds of plains game such as wildebeest, zebra, and antelope dominate the park while the attendant predators such as lion and cheetah are to be found amongst the many kopjes scattered across the plain.
Its landscape varies from open grass plains in the south, savanna with scattered acacia trees in the center, hilly, wooded grassland in the north, to extensive woodland and black clay plains to the west. Spend the day exploring the Serengeti, before returning to camp at the end of the day. Overnight Serengeti. All meals and game activities included.
Day 8: Zanzibar Beach
After a short morning game drive and breakfast your guide will drive you to the local airstrip where you will board your scenic flight to Zanzibar.
On arrival you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to your chosen family friendly hotel in Zanzibar. We recommend Matemwe Beach Village amongst others as a great choice for families looking for a smaller family friendly hotel in Zanzibar.
Matemwe Village is a delightful and relaxed small beach lodge offering authentic Zanzibarian style accommodation and hospitality with excellent food, stunning beach and a superb dive centre on site that offers daily dive and snorkelling trips out to the beautiful Mnemba Marine Park. Overnight Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner included.
Days 9 – 14: Zanzibar
Enjoy six full days to relax on the beach or explore the island. For the water lovers, there is some amazing diving and snorkeling around the spectacular reefs of Mnemba Island.
Excursions worthwhile doing include:
- Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Mnemba Marine Park
- Sunset Dhow Cruise
- Kite Surfing
- Jozani Forest to see the Red Colobus Monkey’s
- Spice Farm Tour
- Tour of Stone Town – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Overnight Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 15: Depart for Home
Transfer to the airport for your return flight back to Home
Price from $ 4135 per person.
This is a guide price only, based on travel in low season. Prices will vary according to choice of hotel and seasonal airfare and hotel surcharges. Please ask us for any current special offers. Contact Us:
All of our Tanzania Family Holidays are completely tailor made and we can put together any kind of itinerary to suit your interests and budget.
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