Tanzania Family Safaris and Zanzibar Beach HolidayOn December 24, 2019 by Eli Johnson
Visiting Tanzania is better when you do it with family! Here’s a great, relaxing, and family-friendly Tanzania family safari vacation to get the planning going.
Day 1: Arrival – Arusha
On arriving Kilimanjaro international airport, our guide will meet you and drive you to Kibo Palace hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 : Arusha-Lake Manyara National Park
Depart Arusha for Lake Manyara with afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake that is part of the Rift Valley wall; the lake is at the base of this dramatic western escarpment giving it a beautiful and serene setting. In addition to this peaceful setting, Lake Manyara’s main attractions are its rich bird life, tree climbing lions and its hippos, which you can see at a closer range than many other places. The Lake also hosts thousands of flamingos at certain times of the year and has diverse vegetation ranging from savannah, to marshes and acacia woodland, enabling a variety of wildlife habitats including butterflies
Day 3: Lake Manyara –Serengeti National via Olduvai Gorge
Breakfast then proceed to Serengeti National Park passing through Ngorongoro Conservation Malanja Depression towards Olduvai Gorge. This desert like gorge lies at the foot of the Ngorongoro highlands and is world-renowned site as a repository for the remains of vast numbers of animals that roamed these plains years ago. We will visit the museum featuring the famous Zinj skull, the Zinjanthropus men of 1.8 million years ago, whose remaining were found here by Dr. Leakey. We proceed to Serengeti national park for a full afternoon game drives with picnic lunches. Dinner and overnight stay at Serengeti Serena Lodge located in Seronera area.
Day 4: Serengeti National park
Full day spent exploring the park. Morning and after noon game drives are offered. Dinner and overnight stay at Serengeti Serena Lodge
Serengeti is Africa’s most famous and Tanzania’s largest park covering 14,736 sq km and is adjoining with the Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya. With a wildebeest population of about 2 million and several other hoofed species (which include zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, impala, topi, Grants gazelle, Kongoni, Eland, Kirk’s dik dik, klipspringer, roan, Oryx, oribi, waterbuck, buffalo, giraffe and warthog), the Serengeti is sure to attract a string of prey such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, golden jackals and bat eared foxes. Elephants are relatively scarce and the few remaining black rhinoceros are restricted to the Moru Koppies area.
Serengeti also offers rewarding bird viewing with ostrich and kori bustard being common, a variety of larks, finches, and raptors can be seen but the most distinctive small bird is the lilac breasted roller.
Day 5: Serengeti – Ngorongoro
We view game as we drive southeast up into the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation .Full afternoon crater tour followed by dinner and overnight stay at a lodge Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge by the crater rim.
The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s biggest whole volcanic caldera at 8300 sq km and is arguably the most stunning arena.
It is frequently described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its geological magnificence, but also because it serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s largest populations of large mammals. Ngorongoro and other freestanding mountains are volcanic in origin, formed during the fracturing process that created the Rift valley 15 to 20 million years ago. When it peaked in size 3 million years ago it was a similar height to Mt. Kilimanjaro today
Day 6: Ngorongoro – Zanzibar
Breakfast at leisure then proceed to Arusha town where you take lunch before proceeding to Kilimanjaro airport to board your afternoon flight to Zanzibar. On arriving Zanzibar, our representative will meet you and drive you to Ocean Paradise Beach resort to start your beach holiday.
Days spent sunbathing and relaxing in the white sand beach resort. Optional excursion to Stone town, Prison Island, Spice tours, Sunset cruises can be arranged at an extra cost.
Day 10– Zanzibar – Nairobi/Kilimanjaro/Departure
Transfer to the airport to board your flight arriving in good connecting time with your home bound flight.