Child Friendly Safaris & Family Safaris

You are traveling with your children and you dreamed of a safari adapted to your family needs
No matter your budget or travel interest, we will listen to your wishes and make it happen
You can choose your preferred accommodation: Traditional Lodges, or specific Tented Camps recognized as child friendly, safety is our first concern
Following the age of your children, we will build a specific tour made for them… and for you!
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How to book such a safari?

  • Tell us about your family and the age of your children
  • Send us an email specifying the number of persons traveling, the number of days you wish to travel and an idea of your budget
  • Specify your personal interest, any special needs, requirements or wishes
  • We will build a specific safari just for you and your family
  • We include the Flying doctor membership to take that hassle away from you

We will propose an encounter with local communities, schools and community projects to build friendship and awareness

Specifications:

  • We will help you pick the right airline company for maximum comfort, while traveling with children
  • We select the right accommodation where your children will be safe and entertain
  • We care about hygiene and safety and will advise on the good places to visit and stay
  • We develop itineraries with special activities for kids
  • Your children will receive their own safari kit with fun material and their own binoculars


Itinerary sample
It can be adapted to suit the needs and budget of our travelers
10 Days Classic Child Friendly Safari in Lodges
and/or Tented Camps

This sample itinerary can, of course, be customized to follow your interests, needs and budget from simply charming to luxury and extravaganza. Everything is possible and we will dedicate our time and energy to build the perfect trip for you.
Please email us to get your own tailored quotation either on individual basis or for a group of your own.

To suit the needs of children we will focus on the following:
  • We help you pick the right airline with enough space for your children, with seat-back screen (so important for a quiet flight) and proper child kit, we will help you identify the proper airports (in case of change of flight) where you will wait and rest with a maximum comfort
  • We will make sure we identify proper medical help on your itinerary, to prevent any unnecessary stress during your trip
  • We include the Flying Doctors membership to take that hassle away from you
  • We create an appropriate itinerary to avoid boredom and too long drives
  • ANIMAL ALPHABET

  • We select Lodges or Tented Camp for their security (where wildlife is not roaming too close) and for their child friendly attitude and equipment
  • We give to your children a proper safari kit, containing their anti-poaching t-shirt, their own binoculars to use during the trip, a complete safari kit with games, puzzles, fun questionnaires, their own animal checklist, their trip diary; everything packed in their own animal bag
  • Our guides will pay extra attention to their needs and have educative material to help them understand wildlife
  • We will arrange in advance for your children to contact “pen pals” from our school in Arusha, which is linked to the Arusha Children Trust we have set up
  • Your children will meet their pen pal friends and have the opportunity to play with them and visit their school
  • We will create special activities: walking safaris to meet monkeys, birds and look for traces of wildlife; all in safety
Let us create a perfect memory of Africa that your children will cherish forever!
Day 0 – Arusha
On arrival at Arusha or Kilimanjaro International airports, you will be greeted by Tropical Trails and transferred to Karama Lodge, our own charming place set in the forest on the outskirts of Arusha town. Depending on your arrival time, you will be able to relax by the pool or enjoy a tour of Arusha town (in option). Overnight at Karama Lodge (HB)

 

Day 1 – Arusha National Park
After breakfast, you will meet your driver/guide for a short briefing about your trip, you will be given your children safari kit and you will head-out in a 4×4 vehicle to Arusha National Park (40 minutes drive).
black colobusThe closest national park to Arusha town – Northern Tanzania’s safari capital – Arusha National Park is a multifaceted jewel, often overlooked by safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours. The entrance gate leads into shadowy alpine forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colorful turacos and trogons – the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.
Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, each one a different hue of green or blue. Their shallows sometimes tinged pink with thousands of flamingos, the lakes support a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, and shaggy waterbucks display their large lyre-shaped horns on the watery fringes. Giraffes glide across the grassy hills, between grazing zebra herds, while pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik dart into scrubby bush like overgrown hares on spindly legs.
Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park and lions absent altogether, leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon. It is also at dusk and dawn that the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, only 50km (30 miles) distant. Your guide will take you for a walking safari and show to your children how to recognize traces left by wildlife. You will have you picnic lunch in a breathtaking natural setting. In the afternoon, you will go back to Arusha and enjoy a good rest by the pool while waiting for your evening meal. Overnight at Karama Lodge (FB).

 

Day 2 – Tarangire National Park
The adventure begins with an easy morning drive to reach Tarangire National Park (1h30); Africa at its best, with a very diverse landscape of open savannah plains, acacia woodland with large stands of doum palms and ancient baobab trees, carved by the huge herds of elephant. You can view a magnificent array of bird-life and some mammal species rarely seen in other parks, such as kudu and gerenuk. Tarangire is also known for its tree climbing pythons. Relax by the pool during the hot early afternoon followed by a game drive along the Tarangire River, the life-line of this fascinating park, where you are likely to find elephant, lion and occasionally leopard in the fig trees that line the river bank. Return to the lodge or tented camp in time for a sun-downer on the terrace overlooking the river, before enjoying a hot shower, dinner and a good nights’ sleep (FB).

 

Day 3 – Tarangire National Park and Karatu area
After breakfast, you will have a morning drive in the park to enjoy the wildlife before leaving Tarangire. After one hour drive you will reach Karatu and have lunch at Gibbs Farm. You can enjoy a visit into the coffee plantation and learn how to make one of the best coffee in the world. You can also visit the Farm and milk the cows. A Maasai guide will tell you all about the plants growing in the area and the way the elders are using them to make medication. Overnight and dinner at Gibbs Farm (FB).

 

Day 4 – Karatu area
After breakfast, you will meet children of Karatu and learn about their school and daily life. They will teach you some traditional Tanzanian games. If you want you will be able to visit an orphanage and meet very joyful children even if they suffered from a bad start in life. In the afternoon, Gibbs Farm will let you use their art studio and you will be able to do some art work (drawing, painting) with the help of a local artist on site. Overnight and dinner at Gibbs Farm (FB).

 

Day 5 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
ngorongoroAfter an early breakfast drive up to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Climb through the indigenous forest to reach the rim of the crater from where you get your first breathtaking view into Ngorongoro Crater, one of the worlds’ largest calderas, before driving down into the crater and discover this garden of Eden. You will spend the day in the park and enjoy a picnic lunch by a peaceful lake. Here, you will have the opportunity to see many wild animals very close-by. In the afternoon, you will return to the rim of the crater and spend the night in the Lodge alongside the rim. If you still have energy, you can join a nature walk with a Maasai warrior and see the sunset onto the crater. Overnight and dinner on the crater rim (FB).

 

Day 6 – Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast drive to the vast Serengeti Plains. Take a short stop at Olduvai Gorge, the ‘cradle of mankind’. Continue across the plains. Stopping for a picnic lunch under the acacia trees, as you take in the vastness of these grassland plains dotted with granite kopjes.
Serengeti National Park is arguably the most famous game park on Earth. More than three million large mammals share this ecosystem. It is possible to see the “big five”, cheetahs, elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus, crocodile, and numerous species of antelope and gazelle and over 500 species of birds all within the Serengeti.
Arrive at your lodge or tented camp in the early evening in time to appreciate an African sunset. Accommodation and overnight in FB.

 

Day 7 – Serengeti National Park
Full day in the Serengeti to explore this amazing eco-system, find the wildebeest migration, search for a sleeping leopard up a tree, follow the circling vultures to a recent lion kill or study the birdlife. You can choose to stay out all day or return to your lodge for lunch and a siesta before venturing out again in the cooler evening temperatures and then get back to your lodge or tented camp before sunset. Accommodation in FB.

 

Day 8 – Serengeti National Park
You will have a second full day to enjoy the Serengeti. You will spend time at the hippo pool where you can step out of the car. Your guide will take you for a walk in a secure area where you will learn more about the geology, history of the park and where you will see the funny Hyrax.

 

Day 9 – Flight to Arusha
After a leisurely breakfast, you will enjoy a short game drive before taking your flight back to Arusha where one of our driver will pick you up and take your to the Arusha Children Trust. You will meet your pen pals and have the opportunity to visit the school and learn more about Tanzanians way of life. Overnight and dinner at Karama Lodge (FB).

 

Day 10 – Arusha
Enjoy a relax morning and a last breakfast at Karama Lodge. Depending on your flight schedule, you will be taken directly to the International airport or you will have time to do a half-day or full-day activity around Arusha. If you wish to extend your stay, we can, of course, help you to built an extension either to discover the parks in southern Tanzania, to undertake a cultural tour or just to relax in Zanzibar.

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