10 day Tanzania & Zanzibar vacation for families

Your journey starts in the town of Arusha at the foothills of Mount Meru. Your base, Arusha Coffee Lodge, is located on one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations and is the ideal starting point before your East Africa safari. Next up, you will venture into the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area for your 2 night stay at The Manor. Expect unparalleled wildlife viewing experiences at both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park. Your time at the crater will be followed by 2 nights in the South Central Serengeti at Serengeti Pioneer Camp. Enjoy daily game drive through the Serengeti before heading to the islands for your Zanzibar vacation.

Summary

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Price: From $5640 Per person sharing
  • Destinations: Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti & Zanzibar
  • Accommodation Type: Luxury
  • Best time to visit: All year
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INCLUSIONS

  • Transportation (4×4 Toyota)
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF)
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day®
  • Complimentary EOS hat and cap with Logo
  • Internet Access & 24 hrs Call support
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes, and all taxes
  • Guide with English speaking driver/guide

On this Family safari in Tanzania, you can look forward to the following highlights:

  • Arusha Coffee Lodge is a family friendly lodge with a kid’s playground in the gardens. The lodge has triple rooms and additional room types where up to 2 children under 12 can share with 2 adults.
  • The Manor is responsible and sustainable and supports the local community with visits to a local Maasai village.
  • Pioneer Camp was designed to have little impact on its natural surroundings. The camp follows a strict recycling system and implements eco-friendly power sources.
  • Gold Zanzibar is very family friendly and offers a kids ‘club with qualified child minders. The hotel also features a kiddies pool.

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Itinerary Overview

  • DAY 1: Arrival in Arusha, ( Arusha Coffee Lodge)

  • DAY 2 – 3: Ngorngoro Crater ( The Manor at Ngorongoro)

  • DAY 4 – 6: Central Serengeti (Serengeti Pioneer Camp)

  • DAY 7 – 9: Zanzibar (Gold Zanzibar)

  • Day 1

    Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha

    Touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be welcomed by a Eyes On Serengeti Family Safaris representative. Your driver will accompany you to Arusha Coffee Lodge located in central Arusha, a mere 1.5 hours’ drive away.

    Located at the foothills of Mount Meru, in one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, Arusha Coffee Lodge is the ideal place to unwind after your travels. Featuring 30 plantation houses and a main plantation house, Arusha Coffee Lodge welcomes families traveling with kids of all ages.

    Enjoy an afternoon unwinding by the swimming pool or explore the coffee plantations alongside an expert guide.

    Accommodation: Arusha Coffee Lodge

    Day 2 – 3

    The Manor, Ngorongoro Crater

    Wake up to a hearty breakfast at Arusha Coffee Lodge before your transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater in a 4×4 safari vehicle. En route to the legendary Crater, your driver will make a stop at Lake Manyara National Park to kick start your East Africa safari experience.

    Crossing the Rift Valley, your base for the next to nights is The Manor. The lodge is located adjacent to the crater on a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate and features 9 cottages, as well as a family cottage and manor house.

    Enjoy game drives through the Ngorongoro Crater, picnic lunches on the crater floor as well as horse riding excursions through the estate.

    Accommodation: The Manor at Ngorongoro

    Day 4 – 6

    Serengeti Pioneer Camp, Serengeti National Park

    This morning you will wake up and enjoy your final breakfast at The Manor before your transfer to the Serengeti National Park, a 3 hour drive away. Enjoy a scenic game drive and picnic lunch as you make your way through the Serengeti National Park to your next location.

    The next stop on your family safari is Serengeti Pioneer Camp. Located in the South Central Serengeti, the tented camp offers offers direct access to the annual Great Migration and boasts sweeping views of Lake Magadi and the surrounding plains. The camp consists of 10 tented suites and a 2 bedroom suite for families.

    Discover the Serengeti on Big 5 morning and afternoon game drives and enjoy bush picnics, sundowners and camp-fire dining.

    Accommodation: Serengeti Pioneer Camp

    Day 7 – 9

    Gold Zanzibar, Zanzibar

    Wake up to a filling breakfast at Serengeti Pioneer Camp, before your timely transfer to the airstrip for you charter flight. Today marks the start of your Zanzibar vacation.

    On arrival at Zanzibar Airport, a lodge representative will meet you and accompany you to Gold Zanzibar in Kendwa. Located on the north west coast of the island, Gold Zanzibar offers luxurious accommodation with two on-site restaurants, Healing Earth Spa and an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the beach.

    Optional activities on the island include sunset dhow cruises, snorkeling excursions, a spice tour and historical tours of Stone Town.

    Gold Zanzibar.

    After breakfast, you will depart for Zanzibar Airport for your Coastal Aviation flight to Dar es Salaam Airport. You will then catch your connecting flight and bid farewell to your guide for your onward journey.

    Our website contains all you need to know to start researching your Tanzania adventure. We keep it as informative as possible, but it is always worth getting in touch directly, by email or telephone. As with any destination, things change and the excellent deals we get from our suppliers vary from week to week, which means your best source of information, travel advice, and recommendations will always be our expert consultants.

    Our Planning safari Guide to Tanzania is a good place to start if you are in the initial research stage of your planning. It provides a brief overview of what a Tanzania holiday has to offer, a few of our favorite things about Tanzania, and how the experts here can craft an itinerary to suit your special interests and expectations.

    The majority of Tanzania’s wildlife is resident year-round, so safari experiences and wildlife viewing can be fantastic year-round. However, April and May can be rainy and are probably best avoided – especially if you are also planning time on the beach. Generally, the best time for dry-season wildlife viewing is from July – October. However, The Great Migration is exceptional in February, as this is calving season, so there are definitely exceptions to this rule! We cannot stress enough that the most effective way to find the best itinerary to suit you is for you to call us and discuss.

    Zanzibar: Most people visit the island of Zanzibar after their Tanzania safari. Zanzibar has a huge variety of boutique hotels to suit a range of tastes and budgets, with a similarly wide range of activities, including diving. The island does mostly conform to the Indian Ocean idyll that its name suggests, although some beaches are tidal, so it is worth doing a bit of research on our Zanzibar beaches page before setting your heart on a specific beach resort. Stone Town is also a great non-beach town to explore whilst staying on the island.

    Tanzania experiences two dry seasons, lasting from January to March and June to September. If you’re coming to Tanzania for the sublime array of wildlife then we recommend timing your visit with either of the dry seasons. The reason being that the vegetation is less dense, so game viewing is somewhat easier and animals tend to head to commonly known waterholes, rivers, and lakes for refreshment.
    The second dry season from June to September is the most popular time to visit Tanzania. So if you want the great weather and easily found wildlife but fewer crowds, maybe plan to visit between January and March.

    April to May and October to November mark the rainy seasons in Tanzania. The first rainy season, from April to May is seen as the heaviest and a raincoat is a must-have. The second, from October to November, then sees lighter rainfall.
    The rainy seasons can be a beautiful time to visit as the vegetation is at its most lush and green. Rainfall tends to fall in short showers, interspersed with bursts of sunshine, which can make for some excellent photography. April to May is also the low season in Tanzania, so parks are usually less crowded and rates for accommodation and tours can be lower.

    If you’re visiting the vast Serengeti, time your visit with the second dry season from June to September to experience the annual highlight of the great migration. This epic natural event sees millions of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope migrate north to the Masai Mara in Kenya from July to November.

    This is also a great time to visit if you’re looking to do a combined safari to Tanzania and Kenya. But if you’re looking to avoid the crowds the migration brings, visit the Serengeti in the first dry season from January to March, which is also the wildebeest calving season.

    Wildlife viewing inside the Ngorongoro Crater is excellent year-round. However in the dry seasons, from January to March and June to September, the grass on the crater floor is short – making Africa’s iconic wildlife much easier to spot.

    If you are looking to climb Kilimanjaro then there are a few things to bear in mind. The warmest months are January and February, however these also bring with them the largest numbers of trekkers. By March through to May the rains come making trekking potentially more challenging – however there are considerably less people on the mountain.
    June to August then see colder temperatures but less rain and September and October are fairly dry with pleasant temperatures. November to December see the rains return but the temperatures are still quite mild. Despite what the daytime temperature is, it gets cold at night on the mountain and naturally the closer you are to the summit the colder it will be.

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