In our November issue, we highlight Tanzania as the African destination to send clients to in 2013. Although it’s outshined by more publicized neighbors like South Africa, Kenya and Botswana, this east African country offers an array of one-of-a-kind experiences. It is here, after all, where travelers come to discover the Serengeti, Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro.
With iconic sights such as those, this country fits the bill for a family adventure, and for families who like to mix luxury with adventure, Thomson Family Adventures offers top-notch itineraries. Not only does the tour operator specialize in family travel, Tanzania is its flagship destination. With more than three decades of experience in the country, the company owns the ground operation in Tanzania, allowing guests direct access to custom-designed vehicles, exclusive campsites, expert local guides, and top-of-the-line expertise from the full-time staff both in Tanzania and the U.S.
According to Thomson Family Adventures’ Moo Bishop, “The pre-departure support and materials [we provide] are a perfect complement to the personal, knowledgeable attention each family receives before, during, and after their safari.
“We all know Tanzania has the best wildlife viewing,” Bishop continues. “But more than the ‘Big Five’ we offer a family-friendly insider’s look at the people and culture of Tanzania.”
Thomson guests have exclusive access to a 12,000-acre private nature refuge outside Serengeti National Park where they have the opportunity to meet local Maasai families in their village and hear their stories.
There’s also the option to enjoy a night drive or hike the pristine landscape on foot (not allowed inside the national parks), quite possibly with a herd of giraffe passing by. This is something every adult and child will find breathtaking.
Thomson offers five Tanzania itineraries with rates starting at $6,390 per adult for the Tanzania Family Safari and $6,490 per adult for the Tanzania Safari: A Smithsonian Family Adventure.
For more information, visit familyadventures.com.
National Geographic Expeditions, meanwhile, offers a Tanzania Family Safari trip, taking travelers on an 11-day safari through the country’s national parks. Families will be taken on a canoe safari in Arusha National Park; visit a Maasai village; meet a local wildlife researcher; examine fossils of some of the earliest humans at Olduvai Gorge; and enjoy hands-on activities designed for kids.
Families can descend 2,000 ft. to the bottom of the Ngorongoro Crater, which shelters almost 30,000 animals, including elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, lions, hyenas and hippos.
Along with game drives and safaris, travelers will enjoy talks with wildlife researchers and learn more about the culture of the nearby village and Maasai tribe.
Rates start at $7,190 per adult dbl and includes internal flights for remaining 2012 departures. For more information, visit nationalgeographicexpeditions.com.
For the full Tanzania story, see our November issue.