Tanzania Family Safari
Days 1, 2 and 3 – Chem Chem Wildlife Reserve
You and your family will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport for the start of your family safari to Tanzania. From Kilimanjaro you get a short flight to Manyara where you will be met by the team from Chem Chem Lodges. Let your Tanzania Family Safari begin. Chem Chem is a wildlife corridor located between Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks making it a fundamental wildlife reserve as animals move between the areas. Chem Chem is where time stands still and guests get the chance to reconnect with nature, perfect for families who live busy lives. Each family gets their own vehicle and guide and so can do activities at their own pace. Whether you want to wake up later and enjoy a leisurely game drive or if you want to get up at sunrise and go for a jog with your Masai warrior – it is up to you.
Chem Chem is renowned for its large elephant bulls with impressive tusks – known as tuskers. The reserve is also home to lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and so much more. Enjoy your time on game drives, walking safaris, relaxing, visiting crater lakes full of flamingos. The team at Chem Chem have a foundation that works with local schools and conservation projects and guests staying the lodge have the opportunity to visit one of the school projects. This is a great chance for the kids to see what local kids in Tanzania have to go through to get to school and often these visits end in impromptu soccer game.
Chem Chem is the perfect start to your Tanzania family safari as you set the pace and reconnect as a family and with nature.
Days 4 and 5 – Ngorongoro Crater
From Chem Chem you head to the highlands and one of the most famous wildlife places in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater. On Day 5, after an early breakfast you will descend the crater wall into the middle of the extinct volcano. It is only once you are down on the Ngorongoro Crater floor that you realise the paradise that lies down here. Completely surrounded by the crater walls, the Ngorongoro Crater is home to the big five. Large elephant bulls with impressive tusks roam the crater floor, herds of buffalo wallow in the lakes, rhino move through the grasslands, lion are always on the prowl and leopards hide out in the woodlands and cheetah are often seen hunting gazelle in the grasslands. The soda lakes are pink with flamingos and other water birds. This is truly a wildlife paradise.
Spend the day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater before heading back to the lodge for the night..
This is also one of the best opportunities to learn more about the Masai culture with a visit to a local village.
Days 6, 7 and 8 – Serengeti National Park
Depending on the time of the year will depend on where we suggest for you to stay inside the Serengeti National Park. The wildebeest migration is always moving as they follow the rains. Starting in the very south in December where they give birth, they move north through the western corridor reaching the norther Serengeti and Masai Mara around June, July and August time. They then start to move south through the Eastern corridor around September/October making their way back to the Ndutu section intime to give birth in December.
There are plenty camps throughout the park to choose from ranging from permanent lodges to luxury mobile camps and more rustic mobile camps. Activities here are mainly focused around morning and afternoon game drives in search of the plentiful game. The Serengeti is typical East African open grassy plains that are home to large herds of herbivores including gazelle, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, topi, rhino and more. The Serengeti is also one of the best places in Africa for predators. Because of the plentiful prey species, lions, leopard and cheetah are regularly seen.
Days 9, 10, 11 and 12 – Zanzibar
From the Serengeti National Park, you will transfer to the closest airstrip for a flight to the tropical island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Dar es Salaam. Made famous as one of the spice routes and slave markets, today Zanzibar is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, tropical reefs teeming with life and white sandy beaches. A trip to Zanzibar would not be complete without a tour of Stone Town with its narrow streets, spice markets, history and amazing door designs.
For those looking to relax on white sandy beaches, there are plenty of options available, typically on the east coast which has the benefit of having a protective reef, ensuring calm waters and sandy beaches. For those looking for a little more adventure there are various activities you can enjoy like dhow trips, snorkeling, scuba diving and more.
This is the perfect end to your family safari to Tanzania……