Short Family Safari

from $6,290 adult

from $5,990 teen

from $5,290 child

9 days

Please call to discuss flight options. Ask about competitive business class rates.

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Giraffes running in the Serengeti Photo credit: Aravind Krishnaswamy /
Family Wildlife Safari in Tanzania Photo credit: John Slay

Trip Highlights

Awaken to the sound of monkeys running across the roof!
Daily wildlife viewing keeps the whole family entertained
Escape modern-day distractions in eco-friendly camps

Areas Visited

Tarangire National Park
Ngorongoro Crater
Serengeti National Park

Elephant in Serengeti - Thomson Safaris Tanzania
Full Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to tonight’s lodge in Arusha. 

Overnight: Mount Meru Game Lodge

Days 2-3
Tarangire National Park

Your destination for the next two days: Tarangire National Park. Here, you and your family will catch your first thrilling glimpses of African wildlife. See lions bask in the sun, zebra lap up water from a pond, and leopard dash across the savannah. Kids will love our stop at a nearby lodge for a dip in the pool, where elephants have been spotted taking a drink.

Overnights: Tarangire Nyumbas

Days 4-5
Ngorongoro Crater

On a morning drive to Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll stop at a local school so your kids can meet their Tanzanian pen pals. Enjoy a hearty lunch at Gibb’s Farm before your journey continues. Once at tonight’s camp—which sits on the crater’s rim—you’ll have a chance to settle in and listen to your guide talk more about the history of this volcanic caldera.

The next morning, you’ll descend 2,000 feet below camp to the crater’s floor. Your day here will be full of excitement as this 10-mile wide crater is home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Make a game of who can spot the greatest variety of animals.  

Overnights: Ngorongoro Nyumba

Days 6-8
Serengeti National Park

Next stop: Serengeti National Park. Along the way, you’ll stop at Olduvai Gorge, also known as “the Cradle of Mankind.” Your three days in the Serengeti are rich with wildlife viewing. Spot lions, cheetah, crocodiles, and warthogs using the tracking skills your expert guide taught you. In the evenings, return to camp, and enjoy playing traditional Tanzanian games, sitting around the campfire, and sharing stories with fellow travelers.

Join an optional  hot air balloon ride  to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. (Minimum height and age: four feet and seven years. Advanced reservations and additional fees apply).

Overnights: Serengeti Nyumba

Day 9
Serengeti National Park to Arusha / Return to North America

Wave goodbye to the vast plains of the Serengeti on your flight back to Arusha. Enjoy shopping for some final souvenirs, and relax in a day room before your evening flight home.

Day room: Mount Meru Hotel

Extend your discoveries with one of our optional trip extensions. Stroll the colorful streets on the island of Zanzibar … catch intimate glimpses of gorillas in the Virunga Mountains … search for wildlife across uncharted plains in Ruaha National Park … and more.

Additional Details:

Optional Hot Air Balloon Excursion: $550

Please call us to discuss options for international flights to Tanzania.
Ask us about our competitive Business Class fares.


Mount Meru Game Lodge

See monkeys leap through the treetops, or hear them scamper across the roof during your stay at Mount Meru Game Lodge. Originally a private home, the lodge consists of several cottage-style rooms, each with a different architectural style and decorative theme. This comfortable lodge includes a small park that is a refuge and rehabilitation center for stork, zebra, gazelle, warthogs, and even elephants recovering from various traumas. 

Tarangire Nyumba

An authentic experience awaits you at this private camp in Tarangire. Conveniences like solar lighting and ensuite bathrooms with hot showers add a comforting touch to this safari retreat. In the evenings, enjoy dinner prepared from local ingredients, and chat with friendly staff and fellow travelers as you watch the sun set behind towering baobab trees. 

Ngorongoro Nyumba

The Ngorongoro camp is set on the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim and offers the best possible access in and out of the crater, as well as a more private, remote experience. In the morning, you have the eastern floor of the crater almost completely to yourself.  In the evenings, when you return to camp, you'll be greeted with the hospitality that is a hallmark of all our camps.  Settle in to your spacious tent, enjoy a hot safari-shower in your ensuite facilities, head to the campfire for a drink before dinner, and enjoy a traditional Tanzanian meal -- a specialty of the camp chefs here.  Don't forget to bundle up at this camp, as temperatures can be as low as 40 degrees from May to October.

Serengeti Nyumbas

These semi-permanent, seasonal camps are strategically plotted across the Serengeti according to wildlife migration patterns. Each location offers comfort in the heart of the wilderness. With spacious tents, cozy bedding, and ensuite bathrooms, you’ll have to take a look outside to be reminded that you’re deep in the bush. And no need to worry—with eco-friendly features like solar lighting, your stay won't harm the landscape. 

Mount Meru Hotel

The Mount Meru Hotel has been a mainstay of Arusha accommodations since it opened in the 1960's, when Tanzania tourism was still in its infancy.  It was recently renovated top to bottom, and the finished product is even better than the original. With reliable modern conveniences, a variety of dining options, a beautiful pool, and a central location, it is one of the best places to start or end your safari or trek.

Dates & Prices
ARRIVE DEPART Adult Teen Child New Tanzania-imposed VAT Notes
December 21 December 29 $6,890 $6,590 $5,890 $300 Sold Out
December 25 January 02 $6,890 $6,590 $5,890 $300 Reserve Now
February 10 February 18 $6,590 $6,290 $5,590 $300 Sold Out
February 17 February 25 $6,590 $6,290 $5,590 $300 Sold Out
June 10 June 18 $6,590 $6,290 $5,590 $300 Reserve Now
June 16 June 24 $6,590 $6,290 $5,590 $300 Reserve Now
July 28 August 05 $6,590 $6,290 $5,590 $300 Limited Space Reserve Now
August 11 August 19 $6,590 $6,290 $5,590 $300 Reserve Now
November 15 November 23 $6,290 $5,990 $5,290 $300 Reserve Now
December 21 December 29 $6,590 $6,290 $5,590 $300 Reserve Now
December 25 January 02 $6,590 $6,290 $5,590 $300 Reserve Now
February 09 February 17 $6,590 $6,290 $5,590 $300 Reserve Now
February 16 February 24 $6,890 $6,590 $5,890 $300 Reserve Now

Single Accommodations: Starting at $600

Please Note: All prices are subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors.

As of July 1, 2016, Tanzania imposed a new Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism activities.

See More of Africa!

  • Extend your trip with a beach excursion to the island paradise of Zanzibar.
  • Add a hot air balloon ride to your safari.
  • Customize your safari.
  • Ask us about our competitive Business Class fares.

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