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Tanzania Family Journey: A Serengeti Safari
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8 days

from $5,799 AUD

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

Max 18

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Lions, leopards, and buffalo—oh my! Spot amazing wildlife on safari in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park.
  • Unearth the history of human evolution at Olduvai Gorge, where National Geographic archaeologists Mary and Louis Leakey made world-famous discoveries.
  • Paint traditional crafts alongside artisans at their workshops in Mto wa Mbu, and learn about village life while exploring lush banana plantations and rice paddies.
  • Meet Maasai herders and help local engineers put together a new stove in a traditional Maasai boma house.
Itinerary

Adventure is calling from the wild African savanna! Head out on safari in Tanzania’s world-renowned national parks to see huge herds of wildebeests and zebras; playful elephants; and cunning hunters such as lions, cheetahs, and Nile crocodiles. From Arusha to Mto wa Mbu, taste bananas and coffee beans fresh from the farm, learn about traditional crafts, and hear how locals are working to protect the cultures and creatures of their remarkable homeland.

Day 1: Arusha

Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.

Day 2: Arusha/Mto wa Mbu

Duck under the giant leaves of banana trees as you explore the lush farmlands surrounding the vibrant village of Mto wa Mbu. Take a guided walk through the village, learning about local history, industry, and cuisine from members of several Tanzanian tribes. Enjoy lunch with a local family, tasting different types of banana and rice dishes harvested from nearby farms; and visit the workshops of village artisans to try your hand at painting. Continue to the Rift Valley escarpment and settle into our lodge overlooking Lake Manyara.

Day 3: Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park

Set out into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, centered around an enormous volcanic caldera where animals of all kinds gather to graze or hunt. Spot buffalo, wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles as they bound across the grass. Delve into the story of human origins at the Olduvai Gorge Museum and Visitor's Center, located near the site where National Geographic archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered early hominid fossils and stone tools. After lunch, continue to the world-famous Serengeti National Park and go on a safari across the wild Serengeti Plain, keeping an eye out for galloping giraffes and lounging lions; then settle into our tented camp under the setting sun.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Today, get to know the incredible creatures of the Serengeti. Choose to get a bird’s-eye view of the park as you float above it on an optional sunrise hot-air balloon safari. Or set out on morning and afternoon wildlife-viewing adventures. Ride in a 4x4 over golden plains, gazing out from the pop-up roof to glimpse wildlife through binoculars, or watch as animals walk right by us! Watering holes also draw all kinds of visitors, from towering giraffes to the tiny dik-diks, a miniature species of antelope. With luck, spot all of Africa’s “big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater/Karatu

On a morning safari, look out for cackling jackals, brave honey badgers, or long-necked ostriches strutting through the grass. Enjoy a picnic breakfast surrounded by the vast savanna, then head out of the Serengeti and stop for lunch on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend into the caldera for an afternoon safari drive, ready to be mesmerized by zebra stripes and the eland’s spiral horns. Settle into our safari lodge in Karatu this evening.

Day 6: Karatu

Wake up and smell the coffee at a morning tour of a local farm, where we’ll learn about coffee cultivation and preparation. Return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy an afternoon to relax by the pool and soak up the views of the valley.

Day 7: Karatu/Arusha

Enter the Great Rift Valley, a vast trench where the African tectonic plate splits in two. Visit a Maasai village to chat with locals and learn about the G Adventures–supported Clean Cookstoves project, which seeks to reduce household air pollution. Meet one of the project’s female engineers and lend a hand during the installation of a new stove in a village boma, or traditional home. Return to Arusha and spend the afternoon relaxing, or opt to explore the city’s cultural heritage center. In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner and share stories about our exciting adventures.

Day 8: Arusha

Depart at any time.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY JOURNEYS

National Geographic Family Journeys, offered in partnership with G Adventures, are small-group trips designed for adventurous, multigenerational families in search of a meaningful way to discover the world together. Families will enjoy enlightening experiences, the freedom to explore, and quality time together—and return home with a renewed sense of wonder.

Age Requirement: 7+
Family Journeys are designed for groups traveling with children between the ages of 7 and 17. Your group must include a child in order to book, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

National Geographic Themes

When you travel with Family Journeys, you’ll explore through interactive and hands-on activities inspired by National Geographic’s expertise in topics such as photography, wildlife, history, and more! The following themes are integrated into this trip:

Exploration
National Geographic has a legendary legacy of exploration. Through on-trip activities that encourage in-depth and hands-on discovery, Family Journeys seek to cultivate tomorrow’s explorers—people who are infinitely curious about our planet, committed to understanding it, and passionate about helping make it better.

Photography & Storytelling
Our Family Journeys illuminate the art of photography and storytelling in the great tradition of National Geographic. Customized National Geographic resources for kids and adults sent to you prior to your departure provide inspiration to see the world with new eyes, make real-world connections, and craft compelling travel tales during the trip.

Wildlife & Conservation
National Geographic strives toward a planet in balance. On this trip, wildlife encounters and hands-on conservation experiences will provide information and inspiration for travelers to continue protecting the world and its creatures long after returning home.

History & Culture
National Geographic celebrates the history and diversity of human life on Earth. Family Journeys reveal the richness of local cultures in its many forms and encourage meaningful cultural exchange, whether through language and music, art and architecture, cuisine, clothing, and more.