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Duration: 11 Days | 14 June to 22 December 2015
Location: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Parks, Ngorongoro Crater
Price: From US$6,519* pp twin share
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    There is no more enriching, exciting family vacation than a real African safari. Explore the natural world at its very best, with twice-a-day game drives. Enjoy the opportunity to spot Tanzania’s fabled Big Five – the lion, the leopard, the buffalo, the rhino and the elephant – as you roam through the Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks as well as spectacular Ngorongoro Crater.

    • Day 1 – Arrive Arusha, Tanzania – and your Africa tour begins

      Tauck Bridges’ family Africa tour departs: Kilimanjaro International Airport. A transfer is included from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arumeru River Lodge in Arusha – get a good night’s rest! African safari tours are among the world’s greatest adventures – and your family’s begins in the morning!

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      Arumeru River Lodge

    • Day 2 – Hiking in Kilimanjaro or a game drive in Arusha

      A choice of adventures awaits to kick off Tauck Bridges’ family Africa tour and safari today! You can choose to hike with us in Kilimanjaro National Park – home to Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s highest mountains. While you won’t be going all the way to the top, you’ll take an exciting walk up (and down) Kilimanjaro’s Merengu Trail, keeping an eye out for inquisitive monkeys, doe-eyed antelopes and abundant birdlife; you’ll also visit the traditional home of a member of the Chagga tribe. Or, your family can join an experienced local guide on a full-day game drive in Arusha National Park (the first of many on your journey) to look for gentle giraffes, boisterous baboons, colorful flamingoes and big buffalo. Later, everybody meets back at the lodge for a welcome dinner tonight to share stories of the fun you’ll have on this Africa tour. B, L, D

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      Arumeru River Lodge

    • Day 3 – Experience Tarangire… where legends say life began

      Head to Tarangire National Park today – the place where life began, according to Maasai legend, and immortalized in many movies about Africa. Marvel at the classic African savannah stretching out all around you, the wildlife-rich plains studded with baobob trees. Hop aboard our open-topped safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive; look for big cats lounging under baobab trees or elephants cooling off at a watering hole. Enjoy dinner and the evening at Tarangire Safari Lodge. B, L, D

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      Tarangire Safari Lodge

    • Day 4 – Lessons from the Maasai in the African bush

      Tauck Bridges’ Africa tour for families features an up-close look at daily life in Tarangire today, starting with a morning game drive to Silale Swamp. Then local Maasai teach you how to make colorful beaded handicrafts, throw a spear and shoot a bow and arrow! Later, indulge in even more experiences guaranteed to create shared memories that will last lifetimes… taking in incredible vistas from “The Viewpoint”… noshing on a barbecue dinner in the bush… and learning about traditional dances from the local Maasai. Following dinner, join members of a local Maasai; learn some Swahili around the campfire such words as jambo (hello), kwa heri (goodbye), simba (lion) and ninafurahia (I am having a great time)! B, L, D

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      Tarangire Safari Lodge

    • Day 5 – Meet village students en route to Ngorongoro

      On the way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stop at a new primary school that Tauck helps support, and visit with the students and teacher. Continue on to your colonial lodge in Karatu, where your cottage-style accommodations for the next two nights overlook a coffee plantation and the eastern wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. B, L, D

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      Tloma Lodge

    • Day 6 – Ngorongoro Crater, Africas -Garden of Eden

      One of the best places on this Africa tour to spot the Big Five – elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo and the rare black rhinoceros – ancient Ngorongoro Crater, often called Africa’s “Garden of Eden,” is home to almost every species in Africa… except the giraffe, which can’t negotiate the steep incline down into the caldera. Game drives and a unique picnic lunch on the crater floor offer ample opportunities to spot lions, cheetahs, hippos and lots of birds. Then it’s back to your lodge in Karatu for the evening. B, L, D

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      Tloma Lodge

    • Day 7 – The Cradle of Humankind – Oldupai Gorge

      Oldupai Gorge, in the Great Rift Valley, is thought to be the home of some of Earth’s earliest “people.” Pack your own box lunch before heading out to see the place where anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey found the fossilized remains of one of the first humans to walk upright. Then travel across the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti to Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp, in the heart of world-famous Serengeti National Park, where you’ll spend the next two unforgettable nights of this Africa tour. B, L, D

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      Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

    • Day 8 – Balloon ride over the Serengeti, a game drive & a drum circle

      Rise early for a whole new angle on the landscapes and wildlife of Serengeti National Park – an unforgettable ride over the vast Serengeti plains in a hot air balloon* – followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. After lunch, look for zebras, hyenas, leopards and more on an afternoon game drive with your local guide. Back at your tented camp tonight, enjoy a special dinner under the stars and a drum circle around the campfire, where you’ll have more stories to share. B, L, D

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      Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

    • Day 9 – Wonders of the western Serengeti

      Make tracks for the western Serengeti, a great place to see the wildlife of the region. A morning game drive showcases Africa untamed, as you view lions, giraffes, zebras and more. Arrive at your hilltop lodge off the beaten path, where you’ll spend the next two nights in a tented chalet overlooking the Mbalageti River. Enjoy lunch and some time to relax before embarking if you wish on an optional afternoon game drive for yet another unique safari experience, spotting prides of lions, fleet-footed cheetahs, and the creature said to have been “put together with spare parts” – the African wildebeest. B, L, D

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      Mbalageti Serengeti

    • Day 10 – Safari traditions & Serengeti sundowner fun

      Your riverfront lodge in the western Serengeti enables you to savor the African landscape as you wish on the last full day of your family’s fun-filled Africa tour. Enjoy an extended farewell game drive in the western corridor of Serengeti National Park, where you can often see wildebeest and large numbers of lions and cheetahs, as well as herds of giraffe and zebra – an unforgettable spectacle of Africa’s circle of life, right before your eyes! Equally impressive are Tanzania’s magical sunsets, which out here are celebrated with traditional “sundowners”… like those you’ll enjoy on a private deck at your lodge on your final night on safari, followed by a festive farewell dinner and some authentic Maasai fun. B, L, D

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      Mbalageti Serengeti

    • Day 11 – Back to Arusha & journey home

      Tauck Bridges’ family Africa tour concludes after a flight back to the city of Arusha, lunch at the Cultural Heritage Center, and a guided tour of a local coffee plantation. Flights departing Africa leave late tonight; we have reserved a day room for you at the Arumeru River Lodge so that you can repack and relax as you wish. A transfer is included from Arumeru River Lodge to Kilimanjaro International Airport this evening. Tauck Bridges’ Africa tour ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport. B, L, D

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  • Included:

    • All safari expenses and adventures
    • Local guides
    • Entertainment
    • Land transportation
    • Luggage handling
    • Admission fees
    • The services of the Trip Director
    • As well as the hot air balloon ride and one on-trip air excursion are included.

     

    Highlights:

    • Arusha National Park
    • Kilimanjaro National Park
    • Tarangire National Park
    • Lake Manyara National Park
    • Great Rift Valley

     

    NOTE: Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult. To qualify for a child discount, the child’s birth date must be provided at time of booking.

  • *TERMS & CONDITIONS

    Order of itinerary is subject to change. Additional nights may be added to the itinerary. No single supplements. All ages welcome. All prices are quoted in NZD (unless otherwise stated), per person, twin share (unless otherwise stated) & are correct as at 18 June 2015. Single supplement and child costs supplied on request. Offers are subject to availability & can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges & currency. Valid for sale until sale date specified with each deal. Valid for travel in low season, unless specified. A deposit must be paid at time of booking & full payment must be received by Book by date where a date is specified. Credit Card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact Fine Travel on 0800 000 3463. Have a Fine Holiday! (REF:AW)