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Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar Family Safari

An 11 day safari to Tanzania, perfect for families, exploring the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater and wildlife rich Serengeti National Park.

Duration 11 days
Price From $4,193
When Jun - Mar
Destination Tanzania

Safari Overview

Concentrating on the things that matter most, this safari delves into the renowned Ngorongoro Crater and maximises your chances of seeing as much game as possible in Serengeti National Park. Olakira Camp puts you in the right place at the right time resulting in you being right on top of the migration or enjoying the plentiful resident game. Accommodation is well suited to families throughout the safari, and include the beautiful Plantation Lodge, luxurious Olakira Camp and the relaxing Matemwe Lodge in Zanzibar.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • See excellent wildlife, including olive baboons, blue monkeys, elephants, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra, as well as lion, leopard and cheetah.
  • Wonderful, family friendly accommodation throughout the safari .
  • Encounter amazing African wildlife and get the young ones inspired about conserving it.
  • Time out at the end of the safari to relax on the beach and spend time together

A great safari for those with families; staying at friendly lodges, in great proximity to wildlife.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater

Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport you will transfer and meet your internal flight to the Manyara airstrip. From here, you are met by your private driver/guide and private 4x4 vehicle to start your fantastic safari. You head for the famed Ngorongoro Crater. En-route, with your picnic lunch, you enjoy a private overland drive to Lake Manyara National Park, through the wooded pathways that wind between the banks of the shallow Alkaline Soda Water Lake and the impressive rise of the Western stretches of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Lake Manyara is a compact game park with no fewer than 5 different vegetation zones including grassy floodplains, groundwater forest, acacia woodland and the rocky base of the escarpment. There are big troops of Olive Baboon, and Blue monkey, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, and zebra as well as a whole host of smaller animals and the potential excitement of spotting a legendary Lake Manyara tree climbing lion amongst the branches of the sausage trees. Its birdlife is fantastic. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded including White Pelicans, Rose-pink Flamingo, Bee-eaters, and Silvery-cheeked Hornbills. Lake Manyara has streams of fresh water which flows through its porous volcanic rock and also has ancient, crystalline rock that creates impressive waterfalls down the rift valley escarpment. By late afternoon you will experience the impressive rise of the Western stretches of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment before heading to your lodge for the next number of nights very close to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gate.

Overnight: Plantation Lodge L, D

Day 2

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

We suggest that an early morning start is definitely the order of the day, as you head towards the Ngorongoro Crater and onto the Crater floor to experience this wildlife spectacular, with the world’s densest population if lions and spotted hyena. The crater is one of the few places in Tanzania where you can reliably see black rhino and many old tuskers, who come to spend their retirement peacefully feeding in the Gorigor swamp. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Ngoitokitok Springs; where hippos wallow and Black Kites might nab your lunch! This afternoon you continue your explorations in search of the Big Five that roam the plains of this natural amphitheatre before heading back to the lodge.

Overnight: Plantation Lodge B, L, D

Day 3

Ngorongoro - Serengeti National Park

Today, you will head to the northern part of the Serengeti, the famed ‘Mara Triangle’ and the Mara River, an area that borders the Masaai Mara in Kenya. From Plantation Lodge you are driven back to the Manyara airstrip where you catch your internal flight to Kogatende. Upon your arrival at Kogatende airstrip, you travel to the luxury of Olakira Camp enjoying a shared game drive along the way.

Overnight: Olakira Tented Camp B, L, D

Days 4-5

Serengeti National Park

The majestic landscape of the northern Serengeti is one of the best kept secrets of Tanzania. Far from the tourist track, this area of open grasslands and riverine woodlands supports some of the densest grazer populations in East Africa. If you are lucky you may get to see the Big 5 (rhinos sometimes cross from Kenya’s Maasai Mara) and its home to lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, large herds of antelope and a host of other wildlife. The stunning Mara River, filled with hippos and crocodiles, cuts through this land and is hosts to one of the greatest spectacles nature has to offer: the dramatic wildebeest crossings of the Mara River. Between mid July and November, the Great Migration typically visits the area and crosses the Mara River back and forth in search of green grass. This area does offer a truly unique safari experience; undisturbed exploration of this majestic part of the Serengeti National Park. During the next couple of days, you will enjoy shared game drives and enjoy the wonderful landscapes and wildlife in the Serengeti National Park.

Overnight: Olakira Tented Camp B, L, D

Day 6

Serengeti NP - Zanzibar

One last game drive this morning before catching an internal charter flight to Lake Manyara airstrip. Met upon arrival and make your way to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater. A truly breathtaking spectacle with some great game and an ideal location to relax for the afternoon enjoying its resident game including flamboyant flamingos, huge tusker elephants, rhinos and prides of lion. This evening you have a short transfer to your lodge for the evening where you have a chance to sit back, relax and reminisce over the adventures of the last week or so.

Overnight: Matemwe Lodge B, L, D

Days 7-10

Zanzibar

You have four full days at leisure to relax on the beach or to explore Zanzibar. Matemwe is lovely intimate beach lodge, surrounded by some of the best beaches on the island. Fantastic diving and snorkelling can be enjoyed around the Mnemba atoll, right opposite Matemwe. The lodge also offers a host of other activities that include: guided reef & village walks, dhow boat trips, kayaking, cycling as well as a range of excursions such as exploring Jozani Forest or visiting Stone Town and its world famous spice tours, and its narrow streets, shops and markets. Experience the colours, the sounds and the spices of the capital and visit the mosques, palaces, shops, and old historic houses. You can learn about its dark history as one of the slave-trading ports of East Africa.

Overnight: Matemwe Lodge B, L, D

Day 11

Depart Zanzibar

Today you depart the comfort of Matemwe and make your way to the Zanzibar International Airport for your onward flight.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This safari is tailor-made and can be redesigned to your specific requirements and amended to your preferred number of days, dates of travel and budget. This trip is ideal for families and is a great way of getting children excited about and inspired by African wildlife.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safaris is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you

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