Tanzania Family Safari & Beach
The excitement of a safari paired with the allure of tropical Zanzibar, staying in family-friendly lodges.
Tanzania Family Safari & Beach
11 days from £2,100 pp plus international flights
The excitement of seeing vast herds of wildebeest, spotting a dazzle of zebras, watching a family of elephants and spying a lion at close range, is perfectly balanced by long days by a beautiful tropical beach. This holiday designed especially with families in mind, but you don’t necessarily need a family to enjoy this – we’d recommend it for safari first-timers even without kids too!
Animals and beaches are two of the main ingredients of this holiday. Both hold an appeal that crosses the generations, which is why we believe this is a great family holiday that can engage and involve every individual. We’ve used lodges that welcome children (and have pools), but actually they would also suit adults who prefer not to go for the more ‘out there’ tented camp experience; perhaps those wanting a first safari.
The sense of anticipation and excitement that surrounds the start of a game drive, and the wonderment at watching wild animals at close range are key components of a safari, and on this holiday you have several days to experience these thrills and emotions. With your own driver and vehicle you venture into some of Tanzania’s best known game parks: Tarangire, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater for an unforgettable safari.
The second half of the trip is set on a perfect sand beach on the island of Zanzibar. Your lodge has plenty of facilities and activities to keep children and parents happy: a lovely swimming pool, choice of restaurants, range of watersports, you can visit the local school, join a guide for a walk to explore the reef at low tide and take a trip to the forest to look for monkeys. It’s all pleasantly low key, with the emphasis very much on relaxation.
- A popular northern Tanzania safari and beach trip
- Your own private driver and vehicle on safari
- Properties chosen with children in mind
- Equally good for safari first-timers
- 5 nights in a Zanzibar beach resort
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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN KILIMANJARO AND DRIVE TO TARANGIRE
Your holiday begins in earnest when your flight touches down at Kilimanjaro airport and you’re greeted and by your driver guide and set off for Tarangire Safari Lodge. The last part of this trip is no ordinary transfer: you are in the bush and can expect to see a variety of small game, so keep your eyes peeled and heed the comments of your guide. Depending on your arrival there may be time for a swim in the pool, or a paddle in the children’s pool, before dinner. Dinner
DAY 2: ON SAFARI IN TARANGIRE EN ROUTE TO KARATU
It’s an early start for your first full day on safari. You set off after a light breakfast in your 4x4 vehicle to see the national park as the day dawns. You should definitely see elephants, as Tarangire is known for its large herds (particularly in the dry season July to October), and individuals are often spotted by the lodge. Zebra, wildebeest, several species of antelope, and lions are commonly sighted, too. Your drive includes a stop for a picnic lunch and concludes at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, your home for the night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 3: DRIVE TO SERENGETI, AFTERNOON SAFARI
Another exciting day spotting wildlife as you travel to the Serengeti, Tanzania’s oldest and best known national park, taking a picnic lunch with you. By the afternoon you are in the park. With 4 of the Big 5 regularly viewed (there are few rhinos), game viewing is good year round and your lodge is quite central. The wide grassy plains make a stunning backdrop, and you should get some superb photos. In the late afternoon you arrive at Sopa Serengeti Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 4: ON SAFARI IN SERENGETI
Arise at first anticipating an exciting Serengeti safari. Armed with a packed lunch you set off in your private 4x4 for a full day out (but bear in mind that this is your safari, so you can go back to the lodge when you like). The thrill of catching sight of wild animals never fails to set your heart pounding, even though you have now spent several days on safari, and each sighting is a highlight. You begin to realise why so many people go on safari time and time again. You return to the lodge in the late afternoon, maybe in time for a swim in the pool. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 5: ON SAFARI IN THE NGORONGORO CRATER
It’s time to leave the Serengeti and head for another iconic safari destination: the Ngorongoro Crater. The enormous caldera is some 20kms across and 600 metres deep, a world in itself. You drive down into it for some top quality game viewing. There is a high density of both game and predators here and you should have some impressive encounters during your drive. The varied terrain which includes forest, grasslands and lakes, makes the safari all the more interesting. At the end of the safari you drive to Plantation Lodge for dinner and overnight. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 6: FLY TO ZANZIBAR
After breakfast you are driven to Arusha where you have lunch before boarding the flight to Zanzibar and the next phase of your holiday. You are met at the airport and taken to Breezes Beach Club on the southeast coast, where you have 5 nights. This well-established resort is ideal for families, with a large swimming pool, plenty of sunny and shady areas to relax and gardens leading on to the beach. Treat yourself to a lazy afternoon and adjust to the easy pace of life, or head off to the spa for their ‘Apres Safari Treatment’. Breakfast, dinner
DAY 7: AT BREEZES BEACH CLUB
There’s no need to rise at dawn on the coast. Enjoy a lie-in and long breakfast as you contemplate the day head. Water babies of all ages will make a bee-line to the Water Club for opportunities to go snorkelling, wind and kite surfing, kayaking and sailing. Special shoes are available for exploring the reef and its marine life at low tide, or you can have a game of beach tennis or volleyball, and the soft sand is ideal for building sand castles. It’s just as well you have several days to fit it all in! Breakfast, dinner
DAYS 8 - 9: AT BREEZES BEACH CLUB
You might want to spend the next couple of days by the pool, perfecting your holiday tan, catching up on some reading and enjoying refreshments from the bar. As lunchtime approaches you may find yourself lured to The Breakers Grill buy the aroma of freshly barbecued food. If you’d like to add some local flavour to your trip you can take a guided tour of Bweju village. clinic and school, which Breezes supports through its charity. Breakfast, dinner
DAY 10: AT BREEZES BEACH CLUB
If you can tear yourself away from the beach and pool, the resort offers a number of excursions including a guided trip to Stone Town if you fancy some sightseeing and last minute souvenir shopping, or to Jozani Forest where you walk among the trees and listen and look out for colobus monkeys. Back at Breezes you can cool off in the pool and enjoy your final afternoon by the Indian Ocean as you look forward to a delicious dinner. Breakfast, dinner
DAY 11: TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT, HOLIDAY ENDS
Your holiday is drawing to an end, and, with bags packed, you are driven back to the airport to check in for your homeward flight. Breakfast
2018 guide price from (pp sharing, based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12yrs travelling, excl international flights):
High season (Jan-Feb, 16 Jun-31 Oct) : £2,685
Low season (10 April-31 May) : £2,100
Please ask us for prices for different numbers in your party, or for children of different ages.
Of course this does not have to be just for families, it is a great trip for anyone really, so if you’d like a price for just adults just get in touch with us (but please expect a significant jump in price if it’s just for 2 people).
Includes: 1 night Tarangire Safari Lodge, 1 night Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, 2 nights Sopa Serengeti Lodge, 1 night Plantation Lodge, all on full board, and 5 nights Breezes Beach Club in standard room on half board, all based on 4 people in 2 twin rooms, all transfers as per the itinerary, private game drives in a 4×4 vehicle with roof hatches, on safari – the services of an English-speaking driver-guide, park, crater and concession fees, one bottle of mineral water per person on safari, flight from Arusha to Zanzibar.
Please note: Adults must each share with a child on safari. At Breezes, we’ve priced this on two standard twin rooms, with the children sharing their own room. If the children are too young for this, please ask us to re-price this for you.
Excludes: International flights and taxes, domestic departure tax, visas, travel insurance, meals not listed as included, laundry, drinks, personal expenditure, tips.
Good for much of the year
About the only time we’d say not to do this trip (certainly if you’re traveling with kids) would be the months of April and May, the time of the long rains. Even late March can get these long rains. The short rains tend to come in about mid-November, but they aren’t so bad on the whole; just a short sharp downpour then sunny days – in some ways it’s quite nice.
The very best wildlife viewing will be in the dry season (July to October), when the grasses are shorter and wildlife heads for the water sources, but actually you’ll see wildlife whatever time you decide to come.
Start planning your tailor-made holiday to Tanzania.
Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.
Call: 01473 599084