Northern Tanzania for active families

A perfect safari holiday for an adventurous family. The best of Northern Tanzania and the wildebeest migration from beautiful camps in authentic wilderness locations.
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Where
Tanzania
When
June to October
How long
8 nights
How much
POA
why
EPIC WILDLIFE; WILDERNESS; WILDEBEEST MIGRATION; CYCLING; WALKING; EXPERT PRIVATE GUIDE
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Light mobile camps and small lodges

Everything you need, nothing you don't. This safari is aimed squarely at families looking for a safari with plenty to keep kids busy, while not forgetting the home comforts for parents

Light tented camps set in beautiful remote locations get you away from large impersonal lodges. Outstanding guides and wildlife underpin the experience. Expect great home cooked food using local ingredients and simple but comfortable accommodation throughout

THE LESS-IS-MORE FORMULA NATURAL HIGH ADVOCATES MAKES COMPLETE SENSE. LUXURY LIES IN EXPOSING THE SENSORY, INSTINCTIVE SELF TO THE SCENTS AND SOUNDS OF THE WILD ”

- The Daily Beast

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DAYS 1&2

Southern LAKE MANYARA

For most people Lake Manyara involves a lunch time visit, diving in and out of the northern gate for a hectic 2 hour game drive. This is to entirely miss the true appeal of this rich and beautiful park.

Our approach is rather different - coming in from the southern end of the park we prefer to stick to the quiet areas where few other people visit.

Southern Manyara

Cycle into Camp

For those feeling active, the ideal way to arrive is to take a mountain bike and head off on the tracks that begin in the villages in the north and gradually take you to the lake shore which you follow to the southern end where camp is located 

Southern Manyara: The Park

Lakeshore, Walks and waterfalls

This secluded spot sits under a waterfall that comes out of the dramatic Rift Valley Escarpment. As well as game drives, this is an ideal place to walk. Stroll along the shores of this sublime soda lake or scramble up the waterfall to swim in rock pools and watch as herds of elephant come to drink below you.

Southern Manyara: The Wildlife

More than tree-climbing lions

Manyara is famous for its tree climbing lions - and you have a good chance of seeing them, but there's much more here - plains game graze on the short grass of the lake shore while elephant and buffalo feed in amongst the mature woodland.

Southern Manyara: The camp

Tented simplicity

We love these camps for their conciously simple approach. Everything is designed to be as comfortable as possible, while giving the best experience of the stunning location. Hence no noisy generators, no glass, no concrete and only a handful of other guests.

Days 4&5 Ngorongoro

Up into the Highlands

From Manyara head west, climbing the switchbacks of the Manyara Escarpment to reach the Ngorongoro Crater. A well known tourist hotspot, this breathtaking specatcle should none the less not be taken for granted. Dive into the Crater for a few hours and you'll encounter a huge amount of wildlife from all the major cats to elephant, rhino and more. Do it once, do it well.

Ngorongoro: The Maasai

A Cultural element

Unlike the majority of people who come to the Crater we also give you the opportunity to get a proper understanding of the Maasai culture in this area. Pastoralist families live throughout this part of Northern Tanzania and are largely responsible for its preservation. The best way to meet your hosts is to walk the rim of the Crater for a few hours, timing it as the herds of cattle return to their bomas in the evening 

Ngorongoro: Walk the Rim

Get out on foot to see it best

Days 6,7 & 8

The SERENGETI

From Ngorongoro its an extended game drive down into the Serengeti. In the dry season between July and October you'll be heading to the north of the park to see the River Crossings, while between December and May the action is in the southern end of the park where the wildebeest gather to give birth. 

Serengeti: The park

Endless Plains, valleys and riverlines

Few other parks in Africa have the sense of unlimited space, unfettered views and sensational wildlife as the Serengeti. And no two parts of the park are alike from the rivers and valleys of the north to the wide open short grass plains of the south.

Serengeti: The wildlife

The Wildebeest Migration and more

Serengeti: The camp

Light-touch camps in wild areas

As in Manyara you'll be staying in simple but brilliant lightweight safari camps while in the Serengeti.

Serengeti: The camp

Far from the crowds

Miles from the nearest lodge, this is the way to experience wild Africa properly. Dine under the stars at night and retreat under canvas to sleep, while the noises of the Serengeti surround you. This is an unforgettable experience that you will never forget. 

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Perfect family Safari!!

"Our family Kenyan safari trip to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary was perfectly planned by Catherine from the moment we landed in Nairobi, to our last day. We traveled to Ol Malo in Laikipia, Lewa House in Lewa Downs, and Tangulia Mara in the Maasai Mara. Each place offered incredibly talented and informative guides, and gracious, loving staff. The variety of animals we saw was breathtaking. Our grand daughter celebrated her 14th birthday with special pancakes and singing in Ol Malo, and then a beautiful candlelit dinner under the starry night in Lewa. Our 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated at Tangulia Mara with an amazing day watching the migration of the wildebeest in the Maasai Mara, and beautiful intimate dinner party and dancing with the entire staff during the evening.
Thank you, Natural High, for the best trip of our lifetime!"

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Fantastic Zambia holiday - South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi

"We cannot thank Natural High and Catherine enough for such a fantastic holiday. During the planning, Catherine answered endless questions from our family and supported us every step of the way in coordinating our separate itineraries (which can't have been easy when we were a party of 11 and all travelling from different locations!). The South Luangwa has become our favourite Africa destination - and Flatdogs our favourite camp! Catherine was very thoughtful in arranging extra surprises for our group as we were celebrating a special birthday. The staff at Flatdogs treated us so well, and they were very open to letting us have large family dinners at various locations around camp. The guides were so enthusiastic the entire week!
We had our own separate holiday afterwards for just the two of us at Chongwe River Camp in the Lower Zambezi. Catherine was so supportive and flexible in helping us identify a suitable camp within an easy distance of Flatdogs, which also provided a different range of activities (boat safaris, tiger fishing and canoeing in addition to game drives!).
All in all a brilliant holiday (Flatdogs and Chongwe were the perfect combination), and everything went so smoothly. We are very much missing enjoying our G&Ts whilst watching elephants in the sunset...!"

Edgar & Alexandra Bailey CR

Absolutely amazing Family Celebration at Flatdogs!

"Outstanding service from Catherine who really understands what we want from our holiday. Catherine always goes the extra mile to choose the very best camps for us; to make sure all arrangements are in place; and to make sure we are treated as special guests when we arrive. This trip was an extra challenge given the size of our group - 11 with age range from 4 to 64 and wide range of "Africa experience" and in choosing Flatdogs, she made the best call possible - it was an amazing trip and could not have been better! Jess, Adrian and all the staff made sure our stay was fabulous; the guides were superb; the accommodation wonderful; and the "treats" -sundowners; brai; pimms; picnic; evening meals together (with hippos, bushbabies and elephants in attendance) and drinks at the fire were all that we could have hoped for - all in all, a really special family holiday."

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