Tanzania Family: Classic Game Parks & Zanzibar

Safari, Tanzania Family: Classic Game Parks & ZanzibarSafari, Tanzania Family: Classic Game Parks & Zanzibar

Tanzania Family

Classic Game Parks & Zanzibar

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This uniquely vibrant CW Family Safari gives you the best of everything: heart-stirring wildlife encounters, on-the-go outdoor activities, and cultural excursions. You’ll discover highlights both on and off the beaten track. Soon, your family is searching for elusive leopards and grazing giraffes amid lush bushveld in Tarangire National Park. On the serene shores of Lake Eyasi, you encounter the Hadzabe tribe with their intriguing “click” language and nomadic lifestyle. Descend the Ngorongoro Crater, extraordinary natural sanctuary, for a thrilling game drive. Traverse the legendary Serengeti plains, and rest in the shade of giant mahogany trees. Inhale the spice aromas of exotic Zanzibar, and enjoy beach-house ambiance and endless water-centered activity on the Indian Ocean.

Activity Level
Easy to moderate
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Meet
Arusha, Tanzania
Depart
Zanzibar, Tanzania
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13 days, 12 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides and service of local representative
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • Family-friendly lodges, tented camps, and beach resort (with private baths)
  • Airport meet-and- greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flight(s)
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW staff

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Arusha
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2
Tarangire National Park
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3
Ngorongoro Highlands
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4
Ngorongoro Highlands
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5
Ngorongoro Crater
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6
Serengeti National Park
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7
Serengeti
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8
Lake Manyara
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9
Stonetown, Zanzibar
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10
Stonetown, Zanzibar
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11 - 12
Zanzibar, North Coast
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13
Stonetown
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Day 1

Arusha

Welcome to Arusha, safari capital of Tanzania. On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Arusha, nestled under the peaks of Mount Meru and surrounded by lush coffee plantations. An evening orientation meeting will introduce you to your tour guide. Arriving early? Explore lovely Arusha National Park, one of Tanzania’s smallest parks but also one of its most beautiful. Or venture into the markets, aromatic food stalls, and enlightening National Museum.

Included: Airport arrival transfer/no meals included today
Approximate Travel Time: 45 minutes

Arusha Safari Lodge

Arusha, Tanzania

Enjoy your stay in a private poolside cottage at Arusha Safari Lodge. Its traditional safari-style décor will transport you to a different time and place. Facilities include a tennis court, fitness center with fully equipped gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and tropical pool. Massage is available. Cottages feature large en-suite bathroom. Public areas include sitting room with fireplace, gazebo, and summer house with views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 2

Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, your family will journey to Tarangire National Park for an afternoon game drive. These African woodlands are home to towering baobab trees, elephant, many species of birdlife, plus fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk. In dry season (June/July), herds of up to 300 elephants, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. Your CW guide will point out pythons, lions, and leopards lounging in the branches of the sausage trees.

Included: Game drive and land transfer/breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Tarangire Maramboi Camp

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

A short drive from the park brings you to Tarangire Maramboi Camp. Located in a shady grove with spectacular views of Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Highlands, this comfortable camp offers a central lounge and bar/dining area built on a raised wooden deck—ideal for relaxing with a sundowner by the fireplace. Rooms are furnished with large beds, bathrooms en suite, and private veranda overlooking Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley.

Day 3

Ngorongoro Highlands

Dawn brightens the bushveld as you breakfast early and head out on a morning game drive. In Tarangire, your family becomes a detective squad, investigating the previous night’s wildlife activities by tracking footprints, following bush trails, and perhaps sighting the remains of a kill. As elephants jostle for position and antelope bound in the distance, giraffes drink from the waterholes. Before heading north, you’ll stop en route for an authentic cultural exchange at a neighboring Maasai village. Your drive to your next stop will surely be full of stories from your explorations!

A four-hour drive brings you to the town of Karatu, as you close in on the amazing Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Following check-in at your warm and welcoming accommodations, enjoy a farmhouse lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure to choose from the many farm activities on offer, including hiking, biking, garden exploration, and a farm walk, to name a few. Reunite at the table tonight for another farm-fresh meal together.

Included: Game drive and land transfer. Optional afternoon activities of your choice (own expense)/breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Gibb's Farm

Karatu, Tanzania

Gibb’s Farm is a true oasis, offering a luxurious, welcome retreat for a few days’ respite while on safari. Experience the warmth and gracious hospitality of the team, deeply rooted in East African culture and community, during your stay in one of the intimate and inviting cottages. The historic farmhouse’s living room and dining areas along with 17 beautifully decorated guest cottages provide an elegant, comfortable home away from home. Each cottage features a unique theme and is richly appointed with eucalyptus floors, handcrafted furniture, two queen-size beds, indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace, and private veranda. A cottage with a common living area and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms is available for families.

Day 4

Ngorongoro Highlands

Heading south, you’ll follow a dirt road to the settlement of Mangola. Here, near Lake Eyasi, you’ll spend the day visiting with Tanzania’s only remaining tribe of true hunter-gatherers, the Hadzabe. Fewer than 1,000 tribespeople now remain, living much as they have for thousands of years.

The Hadza language is infused with click-based tongue sounds and hand signals. Their nomadic lifestyle requires rudimentary encampments of grass shelters, assembled in hours as they follow game migrations and weather patterns. Hunting with poison is predominately a male activity; women and children collect roots, seeds, and make animal coats with intricate beaded designs. A visit to their village is a step back in time.

Return to the lodge for another satisfying dinner in the company of friends, followed by a well-deserved good night’s rest.

Included: Full-day cultural encounter with the Hadzabe tribe of Lake Eyasi/breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Gibb's Farm

Karatu, Tanzania

Gibb’s Farm is a true oasis, offering a luxurious, welcome retreat for a few days’ respite while on safari. Experience the warmth and gracious hospitality of the team, deeply rooted in East African culture and community, during your stay in one of the intimate and inviting cottages. The historic farmhouse’s living room and dining areas along with 17 beautifully decorated guest cottages provide an elegant, comfortable home away from home. Each cottage features a unique theme and is richly appointed with eucalyptus floors, handcrafted furniture, two queen-size beds, indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace, and private veranda. A cottage with a common living area and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms is available for families.

Day 5

Ngorongoro Crater

Today’s adventures start early as you enter one of the natural wonders of the world, the fabled Ngorongoro volcanic crater. Experience your first breathtaking view of this extraordinary natural sanctuary from Heroes Point before descending 2,000 feet into the heart of the caldera (collapsed crater) for a thrilling game drive. An exceptionally high concentration of wildlife shares this conservation area with the Maasai people and their cattle. Often called “Africa’s Eden,” Ngorongoro supports a dense population of lion and spotted hyena; game viewing is almost guaranteed to provide the “Big Five.”

You’ll enjoy a full day on the crater floor complete with a picnic lunch. With over 30,000 animals in this naturally enclosed volcano, your odds are excellent to have a thrilling day! Wrap up the excitement as you ascend this afternoon to your home for the evening on the crater rim.

Included: Full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ascend to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge for the evening and dinner. Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent crater, with unparalleled views. Built long and low, the lodge is constructed from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the crater 2,000 feet below. Strung around the crater rim, the rock-built rooms have private balconies for panoramic views of the remarkable craterscape.

Day 6

Serengeti National Park

Following breakfast this morning, you transfer to the legendary plains of the Serengeti, stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge. The ancient valley cuts through a chronological sequence of rock beds, preserving fossil records of life for the past two million years. The small but informative Olduvai Museum will add to your enjoyment of this geological treasure.

Your safari continues to the Serengeti for an exhilarating afternoon game drive. In migration season, over two million wildebeest and other herbivores cross these grasslands, tracked by their tenacious predators. While the migration is spectacular, the Serengeti panorama is dramatic in any season. No words can do justice to the wonders of the fabled Serengeti. The name is Maasai for “endless plain,” and that is what stretches before you. In this land of infinite vistas, reality becomes dreamlike. Thundering herds, vast flocks of birdlife, and an endless abundance of natural beauty make this one of the most legendary places on earth.

Lunch and afternoon game drives will immerse you in the endless beauty of the Serengeti. Dinner is at the camp.

Included: Land transfer, Olduvai Gorge visit, and game drive/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

The Serengeti, Tanzania

Lying in a hidden glade, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp is known as “the place of the klipspringer.” This unique, premium tented camp offers 16 widely spaced, en suite tents guarded by three-million-year-old granite towers, at the very epicenter of the Serengeti.

Day 7

Serengeti

So much to see in the mythic Serengeti—and today provides time to enjoy it! After golden dawn breaks over the endless savanna, spend the full day exploring on morning and afternoon game drives across grassy, rolling plains teeming with wildlife. Optional hot-air balloon rides are easily booked for amazing bird’s-eye views of the panoramic vistas. Depending on the time of year, you may see wildebeest, lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, monkeys, baboons, hippo, rhino, antelope, and many birds and other species. Your full day of exploration is topped off with dinner under canvas and stories by the fire under the stars.

Included: Game drives. Optional activities (own expense) such as guided nature walks and hot-air balloon safaris/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

The Serengeti, Tanzania

Lying in a hidden glade, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp is known as “the place of the klipspringer.” This unique, premium tented camp offers 16 widely spaced, en suite tents guarded by three-million-year-old granite towers, at the very epicenter of the Serengeti.

Day 8

Lake Manyara

Before you bid farewell to the Serengeti plains, there’s time for one more early-morning game drive. Then safari on to your next adventure toward the Great Rift Valley. Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its tree-climbing lions, dusty herds of nomadic elephants, and flocks of pink flamingos that congregate on the shimmering lake surface. The lake is a bird-watcher’s paradise where 300 migratory species pass through as well as long-crested eagles and grey-headed kingfishers.

The lake is a scenic gem, extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa.” This afternoon, set off on a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, taking time to explore its rich geography before checking in to your accommodation for the night.

Included: Game drive and land transfer/breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Standing high on the edge of a towering terra-cotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The rooms are housed in circular, double-story, whitewashed rondavels (traditional circular buildings with conical thatched roofs), which are strung out along the edge of the cliff so as to allow for maximum views. Each spacious circular room has its own small veranda while the interior décor reflects the blue of the lake and the pink of its flamingos. Behind each bed hangs a spectacular handwoven rug, while the furnishings and fittings reflect traditional Maasai beadwork.

Day 9

Stonetown, Zanzibar

After early breakfast, take the morning to explore this unique area on optional excursions; perhaps a mountain-bike ride along the lake, a guided bird-watching walk, or a visit to the bustling village of Mto Wa Mbu, all options included in your tour. Continue toward Arusha and board a scheduled flight (approximately 1-2 hours) from Kilimanjaro Airport to the historic city of Stonetown on the spice island of Zanzibar. Your family will be met in Zanzibar by our local representative and comfortably transferred to your hotel. Take your pick of ways to explore this island paradise, equally renowned for its fragrant spices and magnificent beaches. Optional activities include: boat trip to nearby islands; wander the passageways, colorful spice markets, and haphazard rooftops of old Stonetown; sample fragrant coffee or coconut milkshakes; watch the sunset from a charming rooftop restaurant.

Included: Game drive, land transfer, internal flight, and airport arrival transfer/breakfast and lunch
Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Zanzibar Serena Inn

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar Serena Inn is idyllically situated on the seafront of ancient Stonetown, flanked by an exotic mix of sultans’ palaces, Portuguese forts, and ancient dhow harbors. The inn is a haven of tranquility and luxury, styled to combine Swahili elegance with Arabic opulence. The high-ceilinged rooms have shuttered windows, cool white walls, arched niches, antique plates, and brass lamps. Four-poster, net-draped beds are offset by delicate side tables; louver doors open onto balconies, some with hammocks. All rooms are equipped with 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, direct-dial phone, in-room satellite TV, minibar, private safe, and many other thoughtful amenities.

Day 10

Stonetown, Zanzibar

Following breakfast, you will be escorted on a guided walking tour of Zanzibar’s fabled Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your family will love the unique sights and sounds of Stonetown, with its labyrinth of passageways, ornately carved and studded doors, aromatic food stalls, the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, St. John’s Cathedral, the Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens, and harbor dockside. Optional day trips can be easily arranged to the smaller islands around Zanzibar, to visit the giant tortoises on Prison Island, track giant coconut crabs on Chumbe Coral Island, or explore the marine life on a Safari Blue adventure. You can even take a traditional Swahili cooking lesson at the fort.

This afternoon, you transfer to the north coast of Zanzibar and your retreat for the next few days. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon exploring your scenic surroundings.

Included: Historical Stonetown guided walking tour (approximately 3 hours)/breakfast

Matemwe Lodge

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Matemwe Lodge perches on a coral rock, surrounded by stunning beaches and right opposite the Mnemba Atoll. Spectacular diving and snorkeling are at your doorstep. The lodge consists of beautiful thatch bungalows, built from local materials and surrounded by lush garden. Each suite has a private veranda with hammock and couch, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Bathrooms are large with deep bathtub and walk-in shower; all rooms are equipped with large mosquito nets. The open-air restaurant overlooks the ocean and has a tranquil lounge area. Seafood is the specialty of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets. The multilevel swimming pool is surrounded with lounge chairs overlooking the ocean. Freshly mixed drinks are served at the poolside bar.

Day 11 - 12

Zanzibar, North Coast

Soak up the sunshine and timeless essence of Zanzibar—relax on the beautiful beach or explore the area’s many captivating attractions. Optional activities range from diving and snorkeling at Mnemba Atoll, visiting the turtles on Prison Island, discovering the red colobus monkeys and mangroves of Jozani Forest Reserve, experiencing the village cultures of Kendwa and Nungwe, seeing how a dhow is built at the boatyard, or sailing to Pemba (Voodoo!) Island—home to the rare Pemba fox.

We have included a visit to the forest interior for a Zanzibar spice tour. It’s a marvelous chance to observe how different spices are grown—and the quantities are truly impressive. Clove, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, and many others are mounded in fragrant heaps. The dark side of these wonderful spice plantations was Zanzibar’s infamous slave trade, dating back to the 1840s. The tour also includes a visit to Kidichi Persian Baths, built in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin Sultan for his Persian wife Princess Sheherezade, granddaughter of the Shah of Persia. You’ll explore the Maruhubi Palace ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Barghash, for his 99 concubines and Dr. David Livingstone’s house—built in 1860 for Sultan Maji—where he lived before commencing his last journey to the mainland interior.

Included: Leisure days—optional activities of your choice (own expense)/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Matemwe Lodge

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Matemwe Lodge perches on a coral rock, surrounded by stunning beaches and right opposite the Mnemba Atoll. Spectacular diving and snorkeling are at your doorstep. The lodge consists of beautiful thatch bungalows, built from local materials and surrounded by lush garden. Each suite has a private veranda with hammock and couch, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Bathrooms are large with deep bathtub and walk-in shower; all rooms are equipped with large mosquito nets. The open-air restaurant overlooks the ocean and has a tranquil lounge area. Seafood is the specialty of the house, with all produce bought daily from the local markets. The multilevel swimming pool is surrounded with lounge chairs overlooking the ocean. Freshly mixed drinks are served at the poolside bar.

Day 13

Stonetown

After breakfast, our representative will assist you in your return to Stonetown, and transfer you to your port of departure (airport or ferry).

Included: Transfer to Stonetown, departure transfer/breakfast
Approximate Travel Time: 45 minutes

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Edwin Frank Nyakoi

Born and raised in Nairobi, Edwin had a passion for nature from an early age and spent his school holidays in Kenya’s parks with family and friends. As a student, he founded a wildlife club where he planned, organized and led safaris into the bush. He also volunteered in wildlife conservation projects such as de-snaring and national park clean-ups. After graduating University with a diploma in Tourism and Guiding, Edwin began his career as a professional safari guide. It is his joy and life’s mission to share his knowledge and love for the African bush with our safari guests.

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