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Serengeti & Ngorongoro Family Adventure

Our most popular Tanzania family safari, this 7 day / 6 night safari has been designed specifically for families. Visiting the classic highlights of Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti, we include a private guide and safari vehicle for your family and a fantastic mix of activities from game drives to cycling and walking.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Game Drives in Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti
  • Cycling in Manyara, walking in the Serengeti and culture in Mto Wa Mbu
  • Superb value small camps with bags of atmosphere and superb locations
  • Private mobile safari perfect for families
  • Option to extend to include beach time in Zanzibar

In our experience, having a private guide and vehicle is a huge advantage for families allowing you to travel at your own pace. On this safari, which has been designed specifically for families, you will have your own private safari guide and safari 4WD and stay in good value camps which don’t compromise on location or comfort. By necessity, visiting the Serengeti will always involve some driving time, but we have tried to keep travel to a minimum here where possible. Those who are less keen on this aspect should consider a fly in safari to the Selous in Southern Tanzania instead.

The safari starts in Lake Manyara, a small park centred on a shallow alkaline lake with superb birdlife (including pelican and flamingo) and good populations of lion, elephant, buffalo and giraffe. Our Camp is situated in an isolated location set at the base of a waterfall on the banks of the Endabash River. Although dry for most of the year, the waterfall forms the only lake for miles, providing superb wildlife viewing (including buffalo, elephant and lion). We use this as a base for game drives in Lake Manyara itself and in Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is an incredible natural amphitheatre which supports 25,000 large mammals and a large population of predators (including lion). Whilst at the Manyara Camp, we balance the game drives with some gentle mountain biking through forest and lake shore areas around the farming village of Mto Wa Mbu.

The second half of your safari is in the renowned Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti covers a vast area continuous with the Masai Mara in Kenya and 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, enjoy a guided walk with qualified walking guide and armed National Park ranger and have plenty of time to relax around your safari camp in between.

To save on the long journey back, we fly from a small local airstrip in the Serengeti back to Arusha for your International flight home. Alternatively, this safari combines nicely with some time relaxing on the beach on Zanzibar. Please get in touch and we will be happy to quote this safari including 3-7 days on Zanzibar. As a guide, a 5 night extension to Zanzibar with internal flights and 5 nights full board at Matemwe Beach Lodge would cost approximately £600pp (based on a family of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years).

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE ARUSHA AND DEPART FOR LAKE MANYARA
Arriving early morning your private safari guide and closed 4x4 vehicle will meet you and depart for Mto Wa Mbu Village which is only an hour from Arusha and has over eight thousand residents with 120 tribes represented, this will give you a taste of the various cultures in Tanzania. Continue onto Lake Manyara National Park which will take about two hours for an afternoon game drive around the park with picnic. This national park has no less than 11 different eco-systems, home to a variety of antelope, elephant, buffalo, hippo, leopard and tree climbing lion. You will arrive at Manyara Green Camp for late afternoon to settle in and enjoy your first dinner in Africa.
Meals Included: Lunch and dinner included.
Accommodation: Manyara Green Camp
Transport: Drive from Arusha into Lake Manyara (+/- 2 hours) Afternoon game driving around Lake Manyara, then onto Ngorongoro Conservation Area

DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA
After breakfast depart on morning mountain bike trip around the farming village of Mto Wa Mbu, through ground water forest and small herds of wildlife on the lake shore. This will take about 2-3 hours and a reasonable level of fitness is required. After lunch you will have some time to relax around camp before the afternoon drive and dinner. This evening there will be a rare opportunity to enjoy a night game drive which is not allowed in the other parks. Lake Manyara has a variety of eco-systems from rift valley cliffs, acacia woodland, savannah, ground water forests and the alkaline lake. This drive is from about 19h30 to 22h30 and you may be lucky enough to see nocturnal animals such as porcupines, genets, civet cats, hippos out of the water grazing, leopard and lion.
Meals Included: All meals included
Accommodation: Manyara Green Camp
Transport: Game Drive in Lake Manyara

DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER
Depart early to be at the entrance of the Ngorongoro Crater which is an hour away in time for a sunrise entrance, spend the day on game drive driving within the crater floor with picnic lunch. This spectacular unbroken caldera is capable of supporting 25,000 large mammals which are all use the vehicle presence and provide excellent close up photo opportunities
Meals Included: All meals included.
Accommodation: Manyara Green Camp
Transport: Drive Manyara to Ngorongoro (approx. 1 hours). Game Drive in Ngorongoro Crater. Return to Manyara (approx. 1 hour drive)

DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Depart early for Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch. You will spend the afternoon on a game drive in the Serengeti ending your day at Serengeti Green Camp
Meals Included: All meals
Accommodation: Serengeti Green Camp
Transport: Transfer from Ngorongoro to Serengeti. (approx. 3 hours). Safari in the Serengeti

DAY 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK WALKING SAFARI
Today you will be taken on a guided walk with qualified walking guide and armed National Park ranger. There are very few companies granted the permissions to walk in Northern Tanzania. The open plains of the Serengeti are perfect conditions for this with excellent visibility. This walk will be about looking at the smaller things, rather than covering great distance. You will see things such as insects, plants and birds, not to say you won’t come across larger animals.
Meals Included: All meals
Accommodation: Serengeti Green Camp
Transport: Safari in the Serengeti

DAY 6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK GAME DRIVE
Full day game drive in the Serengeti with picnic lunch.
Meals Included: All meals
Accommodation: Serengeti Green Camp
Transport: Safari in the Serengeti

DAY 7: RETURN HOME
Enjoy breakfast in camp then depart for the airstrip, enjoying game viewing en-route. A light aircraft flight will take you back to Arusha, where you will have a day room use and local lunch before your return flight home.

BEACH EXTENSION OPTION.
A safari in Tanzania combines nicely with some time relaxing on the beach on Zanzibar. Please get in touch and we will be happy to quote this safari including 3-7 days on Zanzibar. As a guide, a 5 night extension to Zanzibar with internal flights and 5 nights full board at Matemwe Beach Lodge would cost approximately £600pp (based on a family of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years)

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 2

- Intimate setting in prime location
- Only five tents
- En suite hot bucket shower

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Mobile safari camp
- Ideal for the migration
- En-suite tents
- Comfortable beds

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 £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

Inclusive of bed and breakfast accommodation in Arusha with airport transfer, 6 night private safari in 4x4 vehicle with all meals, unlimited game drives, professional and knowledgeable Tanzanian English speaking driver guide, all National Park Entrance Fees, light aircraft flight from Serengeti to Kilimanjaro.

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 summer holidays and half term holidays in February and October.

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 is a private departure and children of all ages will be accepted. However we do recommend this for children over the age of 8 years, as it involves long travel distances on particular days when moving between areas, seeing wildlife and passing through rural African towns. Most importantly children are your responsibility for the duration as you are in unfenced wild environments. A trip of this nature will be an experience of a life time given the diverse scenery and exceptional wildlife. Guide will do their utmost to engage with children and smaller bikes are available in Lake Manyara.

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    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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