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Duration

10 days 9 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

TANZANIA FAMILY SAFARI – GIRAFFE, PUMBAA & NALA THE LION ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Compiling ideas for the best Tanzania family safari can sometimes be overwhelming! But, spending some quality time in the wilderness with your loved ones is something special and just so priceless! Without the distractions and technology of day-to-day life, you can take the time to connect with each other on a whole new level and share a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you’ll be talking about for years to come!

Overview of our family safari experience in Tanzania – the lion king style

This slow-paced itinerary has been curated to invite safari-goers of all ages to discover their favorite childhood book and movie characters, including Nala the lion, Pumbaa the warthog, and many more! From the “Big Five” to the “Ugly Five”, the game-filled northern safari parks of Tarangire, Arusha National Park, Ngorongoro, and the vast Serengeti are sure to offer the greatest family adventure of your lives!

To add even more fun and magic into the mix, our selection of family experiences – including walking and biking safaris, tinga painting and Swahili cooking lessons, canoeing, and hot air ballooning – will keep everyone entertained. To get the most out of a family safari, it’s worth thinking about booking a private tree house or villa, and private vehicles, so that you and your kids can enjoy your own space and flexibility.

What makes the best family safari experience in Tanzania?

If you are looking to book the best safari in Tanzania, you first need to consider which national parks will offer you the ultimate wildlife viewing experience and when is the best time of the year to go on your Tanzania safari holiday. 

Our Tanzania safari experts have compiled the ultimate cheat sheet to help you with your trip planning.

A list of the best national parks that you can visit while on safari in Tanzania

Tanzania is a country of incredible beauty, with a vast amount of wildlife to enjoy amid stunning landscapes. There are many national parks to choose from, with the most famous being Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Serengeti is one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas and offers the best bucket list safari experience in Africa. It is renowned for its epic annual Great Wildebeest Migration, when an estimated two million wildebeests cross the vast plains of the Serengeti into the Masai Mara of Kenya. A descent into Ngorongoro Crater, which all year round is teeming with resident wildlife including the Big Five African animals (elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards and lions), will ensure that all of your interests and the highlights of a Tanzania safari are experienced! 

Additionally, you have other amazing national parks such as:

  • Tarangire National Park (which has one of the largest numbers of elephants across all of Africa)
  • Lake Manyara National Park (known for its tree-climbing lions)
  • Mahale Mountains National Park (a rainforest heaven filled with the world’s last remaining wild chimpanzees)
  • Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve (Africa’s largest game reserve and unspoilt wilderness, filled with a variety of wildlife and the big 5 safari animals). 
  • Mount Kilimanjaro National Park (Africa’s highest mountain and one of the world’s tallest free-standing mountains)

The list goes on, and on!

Why You Should Work with Our Tanzania Family Safari Planning Experts

Since Tanzania is not just our passion, but our home country – we have been there and done that. Therefore, we can save you time, money, headaches and heartache by allowing us to help you plan your dream safari. By having us plan your family vacation for you, we will provide you with more realistic expectations than trying to figure everything out on your own based on suggestions from booking engines, or worse, from big off-the-shelf packaged companies that have never been to Africa. 

Unlike most travel companies, we only offer fully customized, private-guided African safaris that allow you to have full control over your experience and all the flexibility you need to plan your daily game drives with your private driver, exclusive safari vehicle, and an English-speaking safari guide. Ultimately, you choose exactly what you’d like to do, when you would like to start your private safari trip, and where you’d like to go.

Lucky for you, when we are in charge of your family safari planning, you will never have to worry about how to obtain your visa, which flight route is best, what to prepare, or how to pack for your African safari (what to wear)! 

Will you plan my dream family safari in Tanzania or Kenya?

Absolutely! We would be happy to help you plan your tailor-made Kenya Tanzania family safari experience based on your travel interests, budget and expectations. A detailed interactive digital itinerary for this private-guided safari is available upon request.

While the sample itineraries on our website are intended to provide inspiration and give you an idea of how to capture the soul of Tanzania’s wilds and touch the real heart of Africa, we will work with you to customize, tweak, and tailor your trip to a tee, so that you can start looking forward to your dream Tanzania family safari vacation. Please call now at 1.315.805.4040 or email us for more information. 

 

What’s it like to be on a family safari in Kenya or Tanzania?

To get a sense of our amazing tailor-made Kenya Tanzania safari experiences from all over Africa, please watch our short video.

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When my friend and I booked our flights to Africa, we were sure we were going to plan the whole trip ourselves. Turns out that was a very overwhelming thing to even begin! So happy to have connected with Wito Africa Safaris, because not only did we get to do everything we set out to, we got so much more! A trip tailored to our wants and must dos, without any of the stress that comes with planning and not knowing what or who to book with and transfers to and from airports that we had never been to. It was the most amazing experience and not having to worry about the details made it that much more incredible. The most magical part of our trip was by far the Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti. Words can’t describe how amazing it is! We also went to Zanzibar for the beach, Cape Town for the mountains (and wine!), Botswana for more animals and Zimbabwe for Victoria falls. If you’re considering booking a trip to Africa, don’t think, just do it! And planning with Wito Africa Safaris will make it a thousand times more relaxed and enjoyable:)
Kate M.
Kate M.
9. January, 2020.
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This trip has left me speechless. Tanzania will take your breath away the Serengeti is an absolutely magical place and the ngorongoro crater is an absolutely must!!. Abdullie planned a dream trip for us. Every detail was perfection and tailored exactly to the type of trip we wanted to have. The accommodations were beyond expectations. The communication with this company is top notch, Abdullie was readily available for any and all questions prior and during the trip. I would very highly recommend booking your trip to Tanzania with Wito!!!
Rachel T.
Rachel T.
6. January, 2020.
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Amazing experience! Abdullie from Wito Safaris organized the perfect trip for us and while doing so, stayed in close contact with us to listen to our wishes and explain the possibilities. We explicitly chose an Tanzanian organization and we were very happy with the outcome. All the lodges were excellent quality with very nice staff. Our guide was the best. We stayed together for 6 days, so you better get along! And we certainly did. He had great knowledge of the wildlife and their ecosystem, which really enhanced our enjoyment. We had a chance to see all the animals, from the big 5 to the small beautiful birds. And everything went smoothly, we had no worries whatsoever. Perfectly organized trip and truly a trip of a lifetime.
mevrouw Combe
mevrouw Combe
26. November, 2019.
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Our experience with Wito Africa Safaris could not have been more pleasant from the initial communication through the completion of the safari in Ngorongoro. Our driver was courteous, fun and most informative of the surrounding area, the history of the park, and of every species we saw inside the park and even on the fringe. The vehicle was comfortable and accommodated our group well; the lunch was delicious and even special dietary needs were met. All prearranged details were executed precisely. I would highly recommend Wito Africa Safaris.
JB
JB
2. August, 2019.
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We had an amazing experience climbing Kilimanjaro followed by a few days safari. For both elements of our trip the guides were knowledgeable and fun, and everything went smoothly and seamlessly.
Myrtil
Myrtil
29. July, 2019.
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Made it to Uhuru! Abdullie was phenomenal to work with before my trip. And the pairing of Wito and Pristine was incredible. Couldn't have had a better experience. Thank you.
Manny Peredo
Manny Peredo
11. July, 2019.
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Spectacular experience tailored to our requests, went above and beyond in every way.
CB
CB
10. July, 2019.
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Booking with Wito Africa Safaris was the best decision I could have made. I enjoyed a first-class quality experience, and everything surpassed my expectations. I booked a safari to follow the world’s greatest migration—the Wildebeest Migration. Not only did I get a close up of the most dangerous and spectacular animals in Africa (I was so close to lions and elephants that I could touch them!), but I also spent time with the Maasai Tribe, Hadzabe Tribe, and the Datoga Tribe. I went hunting and dancing with the Hadzabe, I learned the ways of the Maasai, danced with them and even got the chance to learn their fighting style and practice with the village warriors. The Datoga Tribe thought me the ancient African ways of living and gave me the opportunity to cook, clean, and forge weapons with them. My accommodations were not only luxurious but very authentic. The luxury did not take away from the thrill and aw of being in the wild, gazing at the shooting stars, hearing, and seeing the Serengeti nightlife action. I especially recommend Wito Africa Safaris for their professionalism and care towards their clients. You can rely on this team and they will go beyond their way to threat you like royalty. One evening I felt sick and I called Abdullie the CEO of the company to ask if I could possibly get some medicine and a unique dinner in order to help me feel better. He immediately contacted the lodge, the guide and his team in Tanzania to help. I didn’t even wait 5 minutes, and I had all the attention and service I could ask for. My needs were taken care of quickly, and there were follow-ups made over the phone and in person to ensure that I was ok. If you want the best possible experience in Africa, go with Wito Africa Safaris.
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Chesed Lic
7. June, 2019.
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the vast Serengeti—home to the Great Wildebeest Migration
  • Stay in an amazing selection of intimate tented safari camps and well-appointed lodges that are strategically positioned in the best wildlife viewing areas
  • Enjoy uninterrupted wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities
  • Have an opportunity to walk and explore outside the vehicle
  • Fly the long stretches and enjoy scenic vehicle transfers inside the parks
  • Enjoy the incredible diversity of wildlife, landscape and culture

Itinerary

DAY 1 & 2: ARUSHA, TANZANIA (TWO NIGHTS)

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will be warmly welcomed by a Wito Africa private vehicle and driver who will transfer you to Arusha Coffee Lodge for a pre-safari briefing and overnight stay. Dinner will be served in the main Plantation House and your butler will then show you to your family cottage, where you will spend two nights.

The next day, after a leisurely breakfast, your Wito Africa private guide will greet you and take you to Arusha National Park, where you will enjoy an exciting game drive and exploration. The Arusha National Park is home to the highest concentration of giraffes of any park in Africa, as well as Tanzania’s second highest mountain, Mt. Meru (14,977ft). Known for its stunning scenic views and its Ngurdoto Crater, Arusha National Park will give you a good introduction to the thrilling family adventures of the northern safari circuit. At the Momella Gate, an armed ranger will be waiting to accompany you on your walking safari, which will give you the chance to experience the wildlife up close. You will have a picnic lunch, followed by an afternoon game drive through the pristine areas of the Arusha National Park. Return to your accommodation in Arusha for dinner and an overnight stay.

DAY 3 & 4: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK (TWO NIGHTS)

After a delicious breakfast, your Wito Africa private field guide and vehicle will transfer you to Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive and exploration. Tarangire is known for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and backdrop of baobabs. During your game drives, you will marvel at your first sightings of what is probably one of Africa’s largest population of elephants, along with Cape buffalos, impalas, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest who— in addition to some big cats and an abundance of mammal species—call the park their home. Lunch will be a classic safari picnic inside the park, while enjoying a glimpse of the great wilds of Northern Tanzania. In the afternoon, check in to your beautiful and intimate camp, get settled and enjoy sundowners and a magical African sunset by the campfire. Mouthwatering, locally sourced, slow-cooked meals will be served at your camp’s unique dining setting.

The next day, your guide will greet you and take you for another exciting morning game drive in Tarangire. Return to the camp for lunch and relaxation before setting out again in the afternoon for further exploration.

DAY 5 & 6: NGORONGORO CRATER HIGHLANDS (TWO NIGHTS)

After a leisurely breakfast, your Wito Africa private guide will greet you at the lodge and transfer you in the direction of the Great Rift Valley to the crater highlands, for a taste of culture. Your guide will take you to a local Maasai village, or perhaps to the FAME Africa Hospital, where you will meet the people who started this local hospital in order to help the people of Tanzania (you could choose to visit a school, orphanage, village, hospital … whatever most interests you!). After lunch, transfer to the crater rim for relaxation and an overnight stay.

The next day, after an early breakfast, you will descend with your private safari guide to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, where you will find spectacular scenery (arriving nice and early gives you the best chance of witnessing the predators returning from their overnight hunts) and game viewing in what has been described by UNESCO as the eighth wonder of the world. Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano – an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km across, and teeming with more than 30,000 protected animals, including all members of The Big Five. Depart from the lodge with a picnic so that you can maximize your time in the Crater. In the late afternoon, return to your lodge for sundowners and relaxation before your scrumptious dinner.

DAY 7, 8 & 9: NORTHERN SERENGETI (THREE NIGHTS)

After a leisurely breakfast, your Wito Africa private guide will transfer you to the Lake Manyara airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Northern Serengeti. You will be greeted at Kogatende airstrip by a private safari guide and vehicle and taken on a gentle game drive on your way to your intimate lodge. From your Serengeti luxury accommodation, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the endless plains and stunning wildlife. A stay here offers a front row seat to the Great Wildebeest Migration. For the next three days and nights, you will explore the resident wildlife and stunning landscapes, and venture to the river for a chance to witness the dramatic river crossing!

OPTIONAL – Why not take an unforgettable flight over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon!

DAY 10: KILIMANJARO & BEYOND (DAY ROOM AT ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE)

You will say goodbye to the Serengeti with hearts and minds full of incredible memories, and board your scheduled flight to Arusha Airport. Since your flight home will probably not depart until later in the evening, we have arranged a day room for you at the unparalleled Arusha Coffee Lodge. Here, you can wash up, rest and relax by the pool, take a tour of the coffee estate, and visit the remarkable workshop and gift store, Shanga. Shanga is an inspiring local initiative that strives to support the lives of Tanzanians with disabilities. We love connecting our clients to Shanga and encourage them to support their fair trade, handmade goods (made from recycled materials) as a way for us to highlight their amazing work.

In the evening, your driver will greet you and transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your scheduled flight home.

Included/Excluded

  • Professional private English-speaking safari guide;
  • Exclusive use of 4x4 safari Land cruiser (open-sided or enclosed with pop-up roof for game viewing);
  • Accommodation as detailed;
  • All Domestic flights;
  • All national park entrance fees for sightseeing, concession and camping fees;
  • All food – breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals during safari;
  • All local brand drinks (house wine, beer & spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, tea & coffee, juices);
  • Donations and payments to local community projects;
  • All government taxes and fees;
  • Emergency evacuation insurance;
  • International flights;
  • Travel and personal accident insurance;
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines;
  • Gratuities for airport transfer drivers, safari guide, hotel and camp staff;
  • Expenditure on personal bar bills for premium brand drinks (those not included), souvenirs, etc.;
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary;

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FAQs

When is the best time of the year to go on my Tanzania family safari holiday?
The best time to visit Tanzania is during the main dry season, from June to October, when good weather conditions can be expected across the country and wildlife viewing should be spectacular.

Another major highlight is the migration calving season in Serengeti (December to March), which coincides with good trekking conditions on Kilimanjaro and fair weather down on the coast as well.
Is a Tanzania safari safe?
Absolutely. Tanzania is considered to be a safe country to visit in Africa and is considered one of the best wildlife-viewing spots in Africa, which naturally provides an ideal destination for first time safari-goers as well as seasoned travelers.
Where does the tour start and end?
This private safari experience starts in Tanzania at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and ends the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Our private safari guide and vehicle will meet and greet you upon arrival, and they will transfer you back to the airport on your last day of your safari experience with us.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are included in the price of this private safari experience. In this case our private safari guide/representative and vehicle will be at the airport to meet & greet you upon arrival. When you arrive at the airport, please proceed to the arrival areas and look for a sign with your last name written on it.
How much does African safari cost?
Your total cost will vary depending on seasonality, size of group and specific travel arrangements, but this is a good guideline for an all-inclusive safari (everything except international flights):

$499 USD per person per day for 3-star accommodation
$699 USD pp per day for 4-star
$999+ USD pp per day for 5-star

It’s worth noting that, depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost. Our rates are per person sharing unless stated otherwise. Single supplements may apply. Accommodation are subject to availability.
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