4 nights, 5 days, private safari vehicle with trained driver-guide
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Farm House
Suitable for age groups 6-12, 13-18
Price $1305 per adult, $823 per child (family sharing rooms) low season 2014
On this family friendly safari you and your family will visit the world famous Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater in your own private safari vehicle, staying in some truly beautiful and comfortable lodges. With the option of swimming in the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge “pool-with-a-view” and adding ona fun famliy Maasai expereince, this trip will keep ll the children (and the adults!) happy and busy!
|Day 1||Arriving at Arusha/Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) transfer to Ngorongoro||Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge|
|Day 2||Ngorongoro to Serengeti National Park||Serengeti Sopa Lodge|
|Day 3||Game drives in Serengeti||Serengeti Sopa Lodge|
|Day 4||Serengeti to Karatu via Ngorongoro||Ngorongoro Farm House|
|Day 5||Karatu to Arusha||N/A End of Service|
This five day safari takes you and your family on a swift tour of some of Tanzania's most remarkable wildlife viewing locations, staying in some family friendly lodges and taking in not only game drives but also optional cultural experiences as well. This safari includes game drives of up to five or six hours, so we advise it is suitable for children aged six and over.
Our driver guide will pick you up from Arusha, either an arrival airport or your place of residence, early in the morning at 07:00am. You will begin the approximately three hour drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stopping on the way for a packed lunch with a view! Once you arrive at Ngorongoro you will descend the 600 meters down to the crater floor for a game drive (of a maximum 6 hours permitted in the Crater). The crater is famous for its large mammal populations. Look out for the rare black rhino, of which there are approximately twenty resident within the crater. You will see many elephant, most of which will be bulls - this is because females usually stay out of the Crater because of the high density of predators. You will leave the crater itself by 4pm and drive up to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, where you will settle in for a relaxing evening's dinner and stay.
After an early breakfast you will jump in the vehicle and leave at about 8am, starting the scenic drive down to the Serengeti National Park. This four hour drive takes you through some breath-taking landscape and some excellent game viewing opportunities through the Ngorongoro Highlands. You and your family will arrive in Serengeti in the early afternoon, enjoying a game drive around the Seronera plains and a picnic lunch en route. Although predicting the movements of the famous wildebeest migration is not an exact science, you have an excellent chance of seeing this unforgettable spectacle in the southern plains at the right time of year. Look out for the 'big five' and don't forget to keep an eye out for the myriad smaller creatures and wildlife adventures which make each safari unique! You end the day by settling at Serengeti Sopa Lodge where you will have dinner and overnight.
On the following day, you and your family will enjoy a full day of game drives in Serengeti. This morning we would recommend that you have an early start with a morning game drive, which gives you the chance to catch the nocturnal predators returning from hunting and animals waking up in early morning light. You then return to the lodge for breakfast before spending the rest of the day on further game drives. Once again you will spend the evening at Serengeti Sopa Lodge, on full-board.
The following morning you will be departing the Serengeti, so you can either have an early prebreakfast game drive, returning for breakfast before departure, or simply get up, eat and head out for your game drive through Seronera plain en route to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and beyond. You will take a packed lunch with you and stop at any number of scenic locations for a wonderful relaxing meal time before continuing on to Karatu village after a great day's game driving and landscape viewing. This final evening of your safari you settle into Ngorongoro Farm House before a tasty dinner and a good nights sleep.
On your last morning you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast then start the two and a half hour drive back to Arusha, taking with you a packed lunch . You may choose to stop briefly on the way to visit a Maasai village where you will experience their lifestyle, participate in their cultural activities and traditional dances. This activity is great for children and young people in particular, so if you would like to add it into your package please speak to your safari consultant for further info. Once you have finished at the Maasai boma you will leave the village head back to Arusha where you will be dropped either at your place of residence or at the relevant airport.
Game drives in your own private open-topped safari vehicle, through the remarkable Ngorongoro
Experienced and professional driver guide to help you make the most of your unique experience.
Wander on foot through the forested Crater RIm, enjoying the views out across the open expanse of the Conservation Area
Learn all about the local flora and fauna from your experienced guide
Spend a few hours with the proud Maasai people
Participate in the traditional dances of the Maasai
Experience this unique way of life first hand