Tanzania Active Family Safari with Teens

from $8,240 adult

from $7,940 teen

12 Days

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

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Family trekking Mount Meru on Thomson's Family Safari Photo credit: Jon Goulden
A Pair of Zebras seen on safari in Tanzania Photo credit: Andy Biggs

Trip Highlights

Experience the best wildlife viewing in the world!
Enjoy a scenic, moderately strenuous trek up Mount Meru
Eat every breakfast, lunch, and dinner as a family
Meet our local friends on a visit to a Maasai home

Areas Visited

Arusha National Park
Mount Meru
Ngorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Crater
Serengeti National Park
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

Full Itinerary

Day 1
Depart North America/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: Rivertrees Country Inn

Day 2
Arusha National Park

Begin your morning with a visit to a local village, located on the slopes of Mount Meru. Meet the people of Tanzania, and snap some stunning shots of the second highest mountain in Tanzania. Later today, your expert guide will lead an informative discussion about your trek on Mount Meru tomorrow.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

Day 3
Mount Meru Trek

After breakfast, take a short drive to Arusha National Park, known for its impressive range of altitude, topography, and vegetation. Begin your trek up Mount Meru, passing fig trees, waterfalls, and wildlife along the way. You’ll reach an altitude of 8,250 feet before sunset, and settle in to camp.

Overnight: Miriakamba Hut

Day 4
Mount Meru Trek

Wake up bright and early to a 3-5 hour descent from Miriakamba Hut to Momella Gate. Keep your eyes peeled for tropical birds perched in the trees and Colobus monkeys swinging from the canopy. Later this afternoon, enjoy free time to relax at your lodge, soak in the pool, or play soccer with friends. 

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

Days 5-7
Ngorongoro Highlands / Ngorongoro Crater

Today, you’ll cross the Maasai Steppe on your way to the Ngorongoro Highlands—your base for the next three days. Have lunch at Gibb’s Farm, and spend a relaxing evening sipping tea on the veranda.

On your second day, take a short drive to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater. Spend a full afternoon observing buffalo, lions, rhino, hyena, flamingos, and more. See who can spot the greatest variety of animals. In the evening, take a starlit stroll through the gardens.

On your final day in the Ngorongoro Highlands, you’ll meet the people of Tanzania. Share stories and learn about local customs before returning to Gibb’s Farm for lunch. Conclude your day with a guided mountain bike ride.

Overnights: Gibb’s Farm

Days 8-9
Serengeti National Park

After a farm-fresh breakfast, head west to Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is Maasai for “endless plains,” and you’ll see why during two days among the park’s myriad of wildlife and unspoiled landscapes. Your expert guide will teach you some of his secrets to spotting animals.

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 Nyumbas

Days 10-11
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

Spend the next two days traversing the pristine landscapes of a private nature refuge. Lose yourself in the vast wilderness. Spot wildlife. Learn about local flora. Embrace the opportunity to visit a Maasai home and a Maasai women’s collaborative. During your last evening here, gather around the campfire and listen to traditional folklore from a Maasai storyteller. 

Overnights: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Watch the  VIDEO HIGHLIGHT  to learn more about the Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge.

Days 12
Eastern Serengeti to Arusha / Return to North America

This morning, you’ll fly to Arusha, arriving in time for a hearty farewell lunch. Enjoy some last-minute shopping, and relax in a day room before your 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.


Rivertrees Country Inn

Reminiscent of its legacy as a former German colonial farm and coffee estate, Rivertrees Country Inn blends simple elegance and modern convenience. Wake up in your farmhouse-style room to the sound of the rushing Usa River, and enjoy a hearty breakfast in an open-air, thatched-roof dining area. 

Miriakamba Hut

Located high on the slopes of Mount Meru at an elevation of 8,250 feet, this dorm-style mountain hut offers magnificent views. At the end of a full hiking day, enjoy a hearty meal, and rest up in the bunk-style beds, for which we've provided cozy sleeping bags with fleece liners.

Gibb's Farm

Fresh food, fresh air, and fresh perspectives abound at Gibb’s Farm (2013 and 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Award winner). At the end of full days of exploration, relax in your eco-friendly cottage, set amidst the farm’s lush gardens. You can even ask the attentive staff to provide insight into local culture and history. 

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. 

Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Wake up with a hot shower in your ensuite bathroom, and marvel at sweeping views of the eastern Serengeti ecosystem’s remote savannah. After a day of adventure, you’ll appreciate the comforts of the camp. Enjoy a hearty dinner prepared fresh from local ingredients, and discuss the day’s excitement with your fellow travelers and attentive staff.

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 22 January 02 $8,540 $8,140 $250 Sold Out
March 12 March 23 $8,240 $7,940 $250 Reserve Now
June 16 June 27 $8,540 $8,140 $250 Reserve Now
July 02 July 13 $8,940 $8,640 $250 Sold Out
July 14 July 25 $8,940 $8,640 $250 Reserve Now
August 05 August 16 $8,540 $8,140 $250 Reserve Now
December 25 January 05 $8,540 $8,140 $250 Reserve Now
March 11 March 22 $8,540 $8,140 $250 Reserve Now

Single Accommodations: Starting at $1,500

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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