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Ultimate Tanzania for Families

Experience the best of Tanzania's Northern Circuit on this superb family safari featuring a stunning camp perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater and an incredible private bush lodge deep in the Serengeti. Throughout your safari you'll have a private guide and safari vehicle at your disposal with game drives in Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

Tailor-made Luxury 1 week

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $916 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview


  • Private guide & Safari vehicle throughout

  • Two nights at Entamanu Ngorongoro perched on the Ngorongoro Crater rim

  • Three nights in a stunning exclusive use bush lodge in the Serengeti

  • Game drives in Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti

  • Small aircraft flights Manyara > Serengeti & Serengeti > Arusha to minimise transport time

Experience the best of Tanzania's Northern Circuit on this superb family safari featuring a stunning camp perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater and an incredible private bush lodge deep in the Serengeti.

Throughout your safari you'll have a private guide and safari 4WD at your disposal with game drives in Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

This safari is perfect for families seeking an exclusive safari experience and larger (multi-generational) family groups where the flexibility of having dedicated guides, vehicles and accommodation makes it so much easier to suit the needs of the whole family.

If you have time, we recommend extending this safari with 3-4 nights on the beautiful Island of Zanzibar. To compliment this level of safari, we would recommend the private island lodge at Mnemba Island Lodge or an oceanfront villa at Baraza Resot & Spa.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: GAME DRIVE IN LAKA MANYARA NP ON ROUTE TO NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport or your Arusha hotel. Enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Drive west to the Ngorongoro Highlands, a perfect spot from which to explore the Crater tomorrow.
Accommodation: Entamanu Ngorongoro

DAY 2: NGORONGORO CRATER
Spend the morning discovering the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater and the fabulous wildlife with your private guide. After a picnic lunch in the Crater, head back up to camp. This afternoon you can relax and enjoy the view, or head out on a Highland walk with your guide - perhaps to meet the nearby Maasai.
Accommodation: Entamanu Ngorongoro

DAY 3: SERENGETI
Wave an early goodbye to Entamanu Ngorongoro as you set off for the Serengeti. Fly to the Serengeti. Settle into your private home away from home before a delicious lunch in the open dining room. Have a chat to your guide and house crew about what you would like to do - perhaps a gentle afternoon game drive before returning to camp in time for a hot shower and ice cold gin and tonic.
Accommodation: Mkombe's House

DAY 4: SERENGETI
Today you can do whatever you please - no need to fit into other peoples schedules here. We would suggest that after an early breakfast, you head out with your private guide to make the most of the day. Whether it is migration time and the herds gathering in a frenzy on the Mara River banks or the wildlife is peacefully spread out across the plains, it's always an unforgettable spectacle. Return for lunch in camp followed by a siesta and a swim to recharge batteries for an afternoon walk and sundowner.
Accommodation: Mkombe's House

DAY 5: SERENGETI
Enjoy another day of game drives in the Serengeti. Or you may just want to enjoy the magic of Mkombe's House and soak up the views by the pool. If you are with little ones send them out to learn about the critters just around the house with your guide. Lizards, hyraxes and all manner of wonderful creatures are waiting to be discovered.
Accommodation: Mkombe's House

DAY 6: FLY BACK TO ARUSHA
Catch the morning flight to Arusha for your onward arrangements

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.

Entamanu Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Highlands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Brand new, luxury tented camp
- Stunning, elevated location
- Good range of activities
- Nomad Tanzania portfolio

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive private house
- Tailored to families and groups
- Vehicle and walking safaris
- Flexible, personalised itineraries

Details

Getting there

Due to the variability in flight costs, our prices are quoted excluding international flights. We usually arrange flights for most of our clients travelling to Tanzania and have good rates, but if you prefer to book your own or use air miles, we are happy to book ground arrangements and domestic flights for you.
There are no direct flights from the UK or US to Tanzania. Direct flights are available with KLM direct from Amsterdam, Turkish direct from Istanbul, Qatar from Doha, Etihad from Abu Dhabi and Emirates from Dubai. We usually find KLM and Turkish best for North American clients with just one stop in Amsterdam / Istanbul and an overall flight time approaching 22 hours.
Kenya Airways via Nairobi is another good option with direct flights from London Heathrow into Nairobi and a short hop onto Tanzania.Qatar is an excellent option if you are combining a safari with Zanzibar as it has direct flights to/from Kilimanjaro Internatonal Airport and Zanzibar Airport, meaning you can do the outbound and return flight with just one stop to many International destinations.

Price includes

This sample itinerary includes scheduled domestic flight (Manyara to Serengeti & Serengeti to Arusha), private vehicle and guide throughout, all park fees, all meals, house drinks, laundry and shared activities (4x4 game drives and short walks). It excludes non-house drinks and gratuities.

When is best?

January, February, July, August, September and October are the dryest months, with the Christmas / New Year period and July / August period representing peak season in Tanzania, expect flight costs to be substantially higher and we advise booking in advance for the best choice of lodges.
We usually avoid the long rains that run through March, April and May. The typical pattern during this period are tropical downpours in the afternoon / evening that usually clear in the mornings. If this is the only time you can travel then it is usually possible to get a dry spell between 10am and 2pm for getting out on safari and of course rates tend to be lower.
The short rains bring some rain during November and early December, but the rains are much lighter and much less of an impediment.

Is it for me?

This safari is suitable for family groups looking to experience the very best of Tanzania in comfort and privacy. It is perfect for those who desire a high degree of comfort without giving up on the quality of safari experience and the connection with the wilderness.

With a private house in the heart of the Serengeti, this is ideal for family groups who want a completely tailored and private experience. Mkombe's House is particularly well suited to multi-generational groups with space and accommodation and privacy for the whole family.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 494 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    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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