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Tanzania: A Grand Family Safari 2019 (BBC Earth Journey)
10 days with Tauck  |  See Prices

  • Earth Journeys crafted by Tauck and BBC Earth... Private game drives in open-top safari vehicles
  • hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti
  • picnic lunch in the heart of Ngorongoro Crater
  • experiencing Maasai cultural traditions
  • dinner & drum circle under the stars


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Day 1 Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Tour departs: Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport. A transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arumeru River Lodge is included upon your arrival. Your African lodge, set in dreamlike tropical gardens, is located on the grounds of an old coffee farm. ()

Day 2 Start your safari in Kilimanjaro or Arusha national parks
Choose between hiking up the Merengu trail on Mt. Kilimanjaro to see birds, monkeys and small antelope, followed by a visit to a Chagga-tribe-member's home and a lesson in banana-beer making - or opting for a game drive in Arusha National Park, seeing giraffe, zebra, buffalo, baboons, and more. Everyone meets up for a welcome dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Tarangire, where legends say life began
Head to Tarangire National Park today - the place where life began, according to Maasai legend, and immortalized in many movies about Africa. Marvel at the classic African savannah stretching out all around you, the wildlife-rich plains studded with baobob trees. Hop aboard our open-topped safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive; look for big cats lounging under baobab trees or elephants cooling off at a watering hole. Enjoy dinner and the evening at Tarangire Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Game drives in the African bush
An up-close look at wildlife in Tarangire today begins with a morning game drive to Silale Swamp. After returning to the lodge for lunch and and some hands-on learning of Maasai crafts, head back out into the bush for an afternoon game drive and even more experiences guaranteed to create shared memories that will last lifetimes. Following dinner back at camp, learn some Swahili around the campfire, perhaps including such words as jambo (hello), kwa heri (goodbye), simba (lion) and ninafurahia (I am having a great time)! (B, L, D)

Day 5 A village school, Lake Manyara & a Maasai boma
Make your way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area today. En route, you'll stop for lunch in Lake Manyara National Park, a bird-lover's paradise; meet the students and teacher at a new primary school that Tauck helps support; and visit a Maasai boma (a traditional hut village preserving Maasai cultural customs). Arrive late afternoon at your colonial lodge in Karatu, where your cottage-style accommodations for the next two nights overlook a coffee plantation and the eastern wall of the remarkable Ngorongoro Crater. (B, L, D)

Day 6 A two-million-year-old "Garden of Eden"
Hop aboard an open-top safari vehicle for a game drive and picnic lunch in two-million-year-old Ngorongoro Crater, "where time began" - and where volcanic craters are stunning backdrops to some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa. Look out for Africa's "Big Five" - buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and the rare black rhinoceros. (B, L, D)

Day 7 The "Cradle of Humankind," Oldupai Gorge
Pack your own box lunch before heading out to Oldupai Gorge, in the Great Rift Valley, thought to be the home of some of Earth's earliest "people." Here, you'll see the place where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey found the fossilized remains of one of the first humans to walk upright; check out the Oldupai Museum and enjoy a talk by a docent. Then travel across the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti, taking part in a game drive before arriving at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, in the heart of world-famous Serengeti National Park, where you'll spend the next three unforgettable nights of this Africa tour in luxury safari lodge accommodations. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Ballooning over the Serengeti & Maasai traditions
Rise early this morning for a whole new perspective on the vast landscapes and remarkable wildlife of Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - an unforgettable ride in a hot air balloon* that soars over the Serengeti's savannah and open woodlands, home to herds of grazing animals and the carnivores that prey on them. Touch down for a champagne breakfast in the bush, followed by a morning game drive closer to the animals you may have spotted from on high. Look for zebras, hyenas, elephants, leopards, great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of giraffes, and lots of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle and more. Return to your lodge for lunch and discover local Maasai traditions. Your whole family can learn about Maasai crafts and local conservation projects in classes at the lodge's Discovery Center, and will have the opportunity to take a nature walk with the Center's Maasai staff. Have dinner tonight at your leisure, back at the lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 9 A final game drive and farewell to the Serengeti
Enjoy a farewell game drive in Serengeti National Park this morning after breakfast, for a last chance to experience the unforgettable spectacle of Africa's circle of life. Serengeti National Park, one of the best-known wildlife sanctuaries in the world, has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa, including wildebeests, Thomson's gazelles and zebras, and lions and cheetahs who are often close by. Look for them as you drive through stunning landscapes. Enjoy a final sundowner before our festive farewell dinner and authentic Maasai fun in the lodge's Boma restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Back to Arusha & journey home
Tour ends: Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport. After a flight back to the city of Arusha, enjoy lunch at the Cultural Heritage Center, and a guided tour of a local coffee plantation. Flights departing Africa leave late tonight; we have reserved a day room for you at the Arumeru River Lodge so that you can repack and relax as you wish. A transfer is included from Arumeru River Lodge to Kilimanjaro Int'l Airport this evening. (B, L, D)
For more information about safari accommodations on this trip, click the link next to any lodge or camp name below.

Arusha: Arumeru River Lodge more...
Tarangire National Park: Tarangire Safari Lodge more...
Karatu: Tloma Lodge more...
Serengeti National Park: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti more...
Your family experiences the safari of a lifetime... Tauck Bridges' amazing family Africa tour is a safari adventure unlike any other. Wake up to views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from your African lodge... and discover who lives on the slopes of this mighty mountain. Experience the real life home of Maasai warriors and Africa's Big Five. Get a true taste of daily life in the African bush when you learn how to make beaded jewelry and throw a spear, and go inside a village school. You may see lions resting under enormous baobab trees... wildebeest making their way past herds of elephants and gazelles... elephants, up close. Travel aboard our open-top Africa safari vehicles where everyone has a great view of Tanzania's amazing wildlife during morning and afternoon game drives. Your Tauck Director provides a window into an unknown, unseen world that introduces Tanzania's nocturnal society, revealing what would normally be hidden in darkness... And from your tented camp in "the place where life began".... to your lodge next to Africa's "Garden of Eden"... to your safari lodge in the Serengeti, your family becomes part of the unbelievable wilderness pageant that comes alive right outside your door!
  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts and other select BBC Earth touches
  • Gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers included
  • Gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers included
  • Small group departures are limited to 30 guests for a more intimate safari experience
  • Private game drives in open-top safari vehicles - a window seat for everyone
  • Multiple-night stays in tented camps and lodges mean more time for safari drives
  • Three-night stay at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, a safari-themed resort
  • Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti
  • Visits to a primary school Tauck helps to support and a visit to the traditional home of a Chagga family
  • Dinner under the stars and a drum circle; learn Maasai dancing and to speak Swahili
  • On-Tour Air (1 flight)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 27 meals (9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners); service charges, taxes, admission fees and porterage
  • Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult. Triples are usually a two-bedded room plus one rollaway cot, when available. Quad accommodations are not available on this tour.
  • Group size limited to 30! All departures are limited to 30 guests to ensure a more intimate safari experience!
  • Special December holiday departures.
  • Recommended age: 8+ – please note that the minimum age for children on this trip is 5; children must be at least 8 or older to participate in the hot air balloon ride on day 8.
  • For your family’s comfort and enjoyment, we recommend booking an additional hotel night before your journey. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.