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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June to October
How long
14 nights
How much
staying in
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


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DAYS 1&2


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


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. 

Days 9-14 Zanzibar

Hit the coast for some R&R

After the action packed safari, jump on a plane in the Serengeti and head to Zanzibar or one of the islands off the Tanzania mainland for a few days to unwind, sample some Swahili coastal food and snorkel or dive in the Indian Ocean.

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Catherine Ronan
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