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Serengeti, Ngorongoro Family Safari & Zanzibar Beach

A superb & varied private family safari holiday in Northern Tanzania staying in comfortable lodges and camps. Begin with game viewing at Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the spectacular Serengeti, then sun bathe & snorkel to your heart’s content off the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Spot flamingos wading in Lake Manyara
  • Visit the unique Ngorongoro Crater
  • Go for game drives in the world famous Serengeti
  • Snorkel off Zanzibar's idyllic coast

Your Tanzania adventure begins with a visit to Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake which is surrounded by grassy floodplains, acacia woodlands and evergreen forests. Although a small park, it contains a great diversity of wildlife with good populations of lion, elephant, buffalo and giraffe alongside the pelicans, flamingos and numerous other species of birds that are drawn to the lake for feeding.

Basing yourselves on a working coffee plantation, you will then visit Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most spectacular safari destinations in Africa. Closed off from the plains, it is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, capable of supporting 25,000 large mammals with a large population of predators, in particular lion and spotted hyena. The only downside to the superb game populations are the corresponding safari vehicle populations to match. That said, a visit is still thoroughly recommended en-route to the Serengeti and there are some superb lodge options in the area, especially for families.

From the Crater, you carry on to the vast Serengeti, the world’s last great wildlife refuge. Stretching from the Ngorongoro Highlands in the east, Lake Victoria in the west and continuing into Kenya to the north, the Serengeti's 14,763 km2 contain about three million large animals. The Serengeti is famous for its spectacular annual migration of huge numbers of Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomson’s Gazelle. During your stay here, you will go on a series of game drives with your guide, with time to relax around your safari camp in between

Throughout your safari, you will have a private safari adapted 4WD and Tanzanian safari guide. This is particularly advantageous for families as it means you can go at your own pace and focus in on your own interests.

After your safari, a light aircraft flight takes you across to the tropical island of Zanzibar for a five night stay on the beach to relax and enjoy the sun and sea. Zanzibar is the perfect beach destination, with pristine beaches, excellent snorkelling and diving, a lovely collection of small characterful beach lodges and the fascinating Stone Town to explore with its twisting turning cobbled streets, oriental bazaars and ornate architecture. For this itinerary we have recommended the small and friendly Unguja Lodge which offers beach swimming and snorkelling from the property, a nice pool and relaxed vibe. There are good alternatives to be had for those looking for somewhere at a different price point or different feel. Please get in touch and we would be glad to discuss your requirements.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE KILIMANJARO AIRPORT AND DEPART FOR LAKE MANYARA
Arriving into Kilimanjaro Airport your private safari guide and closed 4x4 vehicle will be on hand to meet you before heading into town for a comprehensive safari briefing. Then the adventure begins with departure by road to Lake Manyara National Park which will take about two hours, taking a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. Spend the afternoon game driving around the park and you will arrive late afternoon at Farm House Valley Lodge
Meals Included: Lunch and dinner included.
Accommodation: Farm House Valley Lodge
Transport: Drive from Arusha into Lake Manyara (+/- 2 hours) Afternoon game driving around Lake Manyara.

DAY 2: GAME DRIVE IN NGORONGORO CRATER
Early start to enjoy sunrise on the descent into the Ngorongoro caldera to enjoy game viewing on the crater floor. Return to Farm House Valley Lodge for organic lunch buffet and to enjoy the afternoon exploring the area at your leisure, taking a swim in the pool or enjoying one of their optional walks of the farm or surrounding areas.
Meals Included: All meals included.
Accommodation: Farm House Valley Lodge
Transport: Morning safari of the Ngorongoro Crater

DAY 3 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast depart for Serengeti National Park, enjoying a picnic lunch in the Naabi Hill Area. Enjoy game drives on route to the camp arriving late afternoon
Meals Included: All meals
Accommodation: Asanja Africa
Transport : Transfer from Ngorongoro to Serengeti. (+/- 3 hours) Safari in the Serengeti

DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
As the vehicle is at your disposal, we would suggest you take a picnic lunch and enjoy a full day exploring the Serengeti. Alternatively, you may want to just go out in the morning and afternoon and relax in camp during the day.
Meals Included: All meals
Accommodation: Asanja Africa Camp
Transport: Safari in the Serengeti

DAY 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Safari in the Serengeti National Park
Meals Included: All meals
Accommodation: Asanja Africa Camp
Transport: Safari in the Serengeti

DAY 6 DEPART FOR ZANZIBAR
Enjoy breakfast in camp then depart for the airstrip, enjoying game viewing en-route. Bid your safari guide farewell and board your light aircraft flight to Zanzibar. On arrival you will be met and transferred by road to Unguja Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Unguja Lodge in a family villa
Transport: Game drive transfer to Serengeti airstrip. Light aircraft flight from Serengeti to Zanzibar. (3 hours) Road transfer from Zanzibar Airport to the Lodge (+/-50 minutes)

DAY 8 ZANZIBAR
At leisure at the lodge enjoy the pool and beach or taking optional ocean trips or exploring the island.
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Unguja Lodge in a family villa

DAY 9 ZANZIBAR
At leisure at the lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Unguja Lodge in a family villa

DAY 10 ZANZIBAR
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Unguja Lodge in a family villa

DAY 11 ZANZIBAR
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Unguja Lodge in a family villa

DAY 12 RETURN JOURNEY HOME
Return road transfer to Zanzibar airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Transport: Road transfer from the lodge to Zanzibar Airport (+/-50 minutes).

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Small comfortable bush camp
- 7 en-suite tents
- Central Serengeti location
- Good Family Tents

Farm House Valley Lodge

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Excellent for Ngorongoro & Manyara
- Large swimming pool
- Spacious rooms and lovely views
- Working farm tours

Unguja Lodge

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Remote Beach Lodge
- Family Villas
- Excellent diving / snorkelling

Details

Getting there

Prices are quoted excluding international flights. Please ask us for a quote.

There are no direct flights from the UK. Kenya Airways via Nairobi offer overnight flights from London Heathrow, with a good connection arriving in good time for the departure of your safari and the same for the return journey from Zanzibar. From £750 - £1200 per person return.

Alternatively there are a variety of options via Europe or the Middle East however some of the timings then mean you require a night in Kilimanjaro. Connections from regional airports also available, please ask for details.

If you book a flight inclusive package with Tourdust, your booking is protected by the ATOL scheme. We charge a £20 per person service charge for researching and booking flights for you. If you wish to book flights yourself, then we are happy to sell a ground arrangement only package

Price includes

Costs based on 2 adults travelling with 2 children under the age of 12 years.

Includes: 5 night private safari in 4x4 vehicle with all meals, unlimited game drives, professional and knowledgeable Tanzanian English speaking driver guide, electronic cool box in the vehicle, one litre of water per person per day during the safari, all National Park Entrance Fees, light aircraft flight from Serengeti to Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam and 5 nights at Unguja Lodge with breakfast, dinner and return airport transfers.

Excludes: International airfare to and from Tanzania, visa fees to Tanzania, gratuities to the driver guide suggested at USD $5 - $10 per person per day, Travel and Medical Insurance, all drinks, laundry, medical requirements such as yellow fever and malaria precautions and items of a personal nature.

When is best?

This holiday fits in perfectly with the slightly longer summer holidays.
It is best to avoid the long rains that run April and May. During this period it tends to rain through the night and into the morning. It is usually possible to get a dry spell between 10am and 2pm for getting out on safari.
The short rains bring some rain during November, but this is less of an impediment and they have usually cleared up by October half term.
December, January, July and August are peak season, expect flight costs to be substantially higher.

Is it for me?

This safari has been designed with families in mind. Accommodation is in good standard camps and lodges and the safari has been designed with a nice balance of game drives, minimised journey / move times where possible and a mix of activities.

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

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