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Classic Game Parks & Zanzibar

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Overview

Family Fun from Savanna to Seashore

From the Serengeti grasslands to the spice island of Zanzibar, this uniquely vibrant family safari gives you the best of everything: heart-stirring wildlife encounters, on-the-go outdoor activities, and cultural excursions. You’ll discover highlights both on and off the beaten track, all designed to create everlasting family memories.

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Picture your family searching for elusive leopards and grazing giraffes amid lush bushveld in Tarangire National Park. On the serene shores of Lake Eyasi, you encounter the Hadzabe tribe with their intriguing “click” language and nomadic lifestyle. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, extraordinary natural sanctuary, for a thrilling game drive. Traverse the legendary Serengeti plains, and rest in the shade of giant mahogany trees. Inhale the spice aromas of exotic Zanzibar, and enjoy beach-house ambiance and endless water-centered activity on the Indian Ocean. All of these experiences await you on this trip of a lifetime.

Safari Style: Private Family Safari
Activities: Game drives, nature walks, animal tracking, cultural visits, swimming, snorkeling
Accommodation: Family-friendly lodges, tented camps, and beach resort
Getting Around: 4x4 safari vehicles with guaranteed window seats, Internal flight
When to Visit: Year-round; Jan-Jun and Oct–Dec for Great Migration Read More
Meeting & Departure Point: Arusha, Tanzania / Stone Town, Zanzibar

Tour Highlights:

  • Feel Africa’s grandeur as you mingle with great mammals on the vast Serengeti plains
  • Spend an unforgettable day in “Africa’s Eden,” the primeval, wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater
  • See tree-climbing lions and pink flamingos at Lake Manyara National Park
  • Step into another culture with a visit to the Hadzabe, Tanzania’s last remaining hunter-gatherers
  • Snorkel and swim off Zanzibar’s stunning beaches, and wander the spice-scented alleys of Stone Town
  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides and service of local representative
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • Family-friendly lodges, tented camps, and beach resort (with private baths)
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flight(s)
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    Every day brought unexpected sights. The tented camps were quite comfortable and the food was delicious.
    K. & R. Wilkens, California, March 2013

Dates & Prices

Private Family Safari 2015 Pricing

Seasons Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Jan 1 - Jan 5 $7,998 $7,998 $7,298 $7,298 $7,298 $1,805
Jan 6 - Jan 31 $7,698 $7,698 $7,098 $7,098 $7,098 $1,585
Feb 1 - Feb 28 $7,998 $7,998 $7,298 $7,298 $7,298 $1,635
Mar 1 - Mar 31 $7,298 $7,298 $6,598 $6,598 $6,598 $1,535
Apr 1 - May 31 Call for Pricing Call for Pricing Call for Pricing Call for Pricing Call for Pricing Call for Pricing
Jun 1 - Jun 30 $7,898 $7,898 $7,198 $7,198 $7,198 $1,615
Jul 1 - Oct 31 $8,298 $8,298 $7,598 $7,598 $7,598 $1,845
Nov 1 - Dec 15 $7,298 $7,298 $6,598 $6,598 $6,598 $1,815

*Pricing based on double occupancy. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Children (12 and under)

2015 Dates Number of Children
1 2 3 4 5 6
Jan 1 - Jan 5 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998
Jan 6 - Jan 31 $4,898 $4,898 $4,898 $4,898 $4,898 $4,898
Feb 1 - Feb 28 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998
Mar 1 - Mar 31 $4,698 $4,698 $4,698 $4,698 $4,698 $4,698
Apr 1 - May 31 Call for Pricing Call for Pricing Call for Pricing Call for Pricing Call for Pricing Call for Pricing
Jun 1 - Jun 30 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998 $4,998
Jul 1 - Oct 31 $5,098 $5,098 $5,098 $5,098 $5,098 $5,098
Nov 1 - Dec 15 $4,598 $4,598 $4,598 $4,598 $4,598 $4,598

Child price based on sharing with two adults. Pricing available for 13 +. Please phone our office.

Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Arusha

Welcome to Arusha, safari capital of Tanzania. On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Arusha, nestled under the peaks of Mount Meru and surround­ed by lush coffee plantations. An evening orientation meeting will introduce you to your tour guide. Arriving early? Explore lovely Arusha National Park, one of Tanzania’s smallest parks but also one of its most beautiful. Or venture into the markets, aromatic food stalls, and enlightening National Museum.

Included: Airport arrival transfer/no meals included today

Approximate Travel Time: 45 minutes

Day 2 Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, your family will journey to Tarangire National Park for an afternoon game drive. These African woodlands are home to towering baobab trees, elephant, many species of birdlife, plus fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk. In dry season (June/July), herds of up to 300 elephants, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. Your CW guide will point out pythons, lions, and leopards lounging in the branches of the sausage trees.

Included: Game drive and land transfer/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Day 3 Ngorongoro Highlands

Dawn brightens the bushveld as you breakfast early and head out on a morning game drive. In Tarangire, your family becomes a detective squad, investigating the previous night’s wildlife activities by tracking footprints, following bush trails, and perhaps sighting the remains of a kill. As elephants jostle for position and antelope bound in the distance, giraffes drink from the waterholes. Before heading north, you’ll stop en route for an authentic cultural exchange at a neighboring Maasai village. Your drive to your next stop will surely be full of stories from your explorations!

A four-hour drive brings you to the town of Karatu, as you close in on the amazing Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Following check-in at your warm and welcoming accommodations, enjoy a farmhouse lunch. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure to choose from the many farm activities on offer, including hiking, biking, garden exploration, and a farm walk, to name a few. Reunite at the table tonight for another farm-fresh meal together.

Included: Game drive and land transfer. Optional afternoon activities of your choice (own expense)/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Day 4 Ngorongoro Highlands

Heading south, you’ll follow a dirt road to the settlement of Mangola. Here, near Lake Eyasi, you’ll spend the day visiting with Tanzania’s only remaining tribe of true hunter-gatherers, the Hadzabe. Fewer than 1,000 tribespeople now remain, living much as they have for thou­sands of years.

The Hadza language is infused with click-based tongue sounds and hand signals. Their nomadic lifestyle requires rudimentary encamp­ments of grass shelters, assembled in hours as they follow game migrations and weather patterns. Hunting with poison is predominately a male activity; women and children collect roots, seeds, and make animal coats with intricate beaded designs. A visit to their village is a step back in time.

Return to the lodge for another satisfying dinner in the company of friends, followed by a well-deserved good night’s rest.

Included: Full-day cultural encounter with the Hadzabe tribe of Lake Eyasi/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater

Today’s adventures start early as you enter one of the natural wonders of the world, the fabled Ngorongoro volcanic crater. Experience your first breathtaking view of this extraordinary natural sanctuary from Heroes Point before descending 2,000 feet into the heart of the caldera (collapsed crater) for a thrilling game drive. An exceptionally high concentration of wildlife shares this conservation area with the Maasai people and their cattle. Often called “Africa’s Eden,” Ngorongoro supports a dense population of lion and spotted hyena; game viewing is almost guaranteed to provide the “Big Five.”

You’ll enjoy a full day on the crater floor complete with a picnic lunch. With over 30,000 animals in this naturally enclosed volcano, your odds are excellent to have a thrilling day! Wrap up the excitement as you ascend this afternoon to your home for the evening on the crater rim.

Included: Full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6 Serengeti National Park

Following breakfast this morning, you transfer to the legendary plains of the Serengeti, stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge. The ancient valley cuts through a chronological sequence of rock beds, preserving fossil records of life for the past two million years. The small but informative Olduvai Museum will add to your enjoyment of this geological treasure.

Your safari continues to the Serengeti for an exhilarating afternoon game drive. In migration season, over two million wildebeest and other herbivores cross these grasslands, tracked by their tenacious preda­tors. While the migration is spectacular, the Serengeti panorama is dramatic in any season. No words can do justice to the wonders of the fabled Serengeti. The name is Maasai for “endless plain,” and that is what stretches before you. In this land of infinite vistas, reality becomes dreamlike. Thundering herds, vast flocks of birdlife, and an endless abundance of natural beauty make this one of the most legendary places on earth.

Lunch and an afternoon game drive will immerse you in the endless beauty of the Serengeti. Dinner is at the camp.

Included: Land transfer, Olduvai Gorge visit, and game drive/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7 Serengeti National Park

So much to see in the mythic Serengeti—and today provides time to enjoy it! After golden dawn breaks over the endless savanna, spend the full day exploring on morning and afternoon game drives across grassy, rolling plains teeming with wildlife. Optional hot-air balloon rides are easily booked for amazing bird’s-eye views of the panoramic vistas. Depending on the time of year, you may see wildebeest, lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, monkeys, baboons, hippo, rhino, antelope, and many birds and other species. Your full day of exploration is topped off with dinner under canvas and stories by the fire under the stars.

Included: Game drives. Optional activities (own expense) such as guided nature walks and hot-air balloon safaris/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8 Lake Manyara National Park

Before you bid farewell to the Serengeti plains, there’s time for one more early-morning game drive. Then safari on to your next adventure toward the Great Rift Valley. Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its tree-climbing lions, dusty herds of nomadic elephants, and flocks of pink flamingos that congregate on the shimmering lake surface. The lake is a bird-watcher’s paradise where 300 migratory species pass through as well as long-crested eagles and grey-headed kingfishers.

The lake is a scenic gem, extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa.” This afternoon, set off on a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, taking time to explore its rich geography before checking in to your accommodation for the night.

Included: Game drive and land transfer/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours

Day 9 Stone Town, Zanzibar

After an early breakfast, take the morning to explore this unique area on optional excursions; perhaps a mountain-bike ride along the lake, a guided bird-watching walk, or a visit to the bustling village of Mto Wa Mbu, all options included in your tour. Continue toward Arusha and board a scheduled flight (approximately 1-2 hours) from Kilimanjaro Airport to the historic city of Stone Town on the spice island of Zanzi­bar. Your family will be met in Zanzibar by our local representative and comfortably transferred to your hotel. Take your pick of ways to explore this island paradise, equally renowned for its fragrant spices and mag­nificent beaches. Optional activities include: boat trip to nearby islands; wander the passageways, colorful spice markets, and haphazard roof­tops of old Stone Town; sample fragrant coffee or coconut milkshakes; watch the sunset from a charming rooftop restaurant.

Included: Game drive, land transfer, internal flight, and airport arrival transfer/breakfast and lunch

Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Day 10 Stone Town, Zanzibar

Following breakfast, you will be escorted on a guided walking tour of Zanzibar’s fabled Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your family will love the unique sights and sounds of Stone Town, with its labyrinth of passageways, ornately carved and studded doors, aromatic food stalls, the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, St. John’s Cathedral, the Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens, and harbor dockside. Optional day trips can be easily arranged to the smaller islands around Zanzibar, to visit the giant tortoises on Prison Island, track giant coconut crabs on Chumbe Coral Island, or explore the marine life on a Safari Blue adventure. You can even take a traditional Swahili cooking lesson at the fort.

This afternoon, you transfer to the north coast of Zanzibar and your retreat for the next few days. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon exploring your scenic surroundings.

Included: Historical Stonetown guided walking tour (approximately 3 hours), and land transfer to north coast /breakfast

Days 11 & 12 Zanzibar, North Coast

Soak up the sunshine and timeless essence of Zanzibar—relax on the beautiful beach or explore the area’s many captivating attractions. Optional activities range from diving and snorkeling at Mnemba Atoll, visiting the turtles on Prison Island, discovering the red colobus monkeys and mangroves of Jozani Forest Reserve, experiencing the village cultures of Kendwa and Nungwe, seeing how a dhow is built at the boatyard, or sailing to Pemba (Voodoo!) Island—home to the rare Pemba fox.

We have included a visit to the forest interior for a Zanzibar spice tour. It’s a marvelous chance to observe how different spices are grown—and the quantities are truly impressive. Clove, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, and many others are mounded in fragrant heaps. The dark side of these wonderful spice plantations was Zanzibar’s infamous slave trade, dating back to the 1840s. The tour also includes a visit to Kidichi Persian Baths, built in 1850 by Seyyid Said bin Sultan for his Persian wife Princess Sheherezade, granddaughter of the Shah of Persia. You’ll explore the Maruhubi Palace ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Barghash, for his 99 concubines and Dr. David Livingstone’s house—built in 1860 for Sultan Maji—where he lived before commencing his last journey to the mainland interior.

Included: Leisure days—optional activities of your choice (own expense)/breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 13 Stone Town

After breakfast, our representative will assist you in your return to Stone Town, and transfer you to your port of departure (airport or ferry).

Included: Transfer to Stonetown, departure transfer/breakfast

Approximate Travel Time: 45 minutes

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Guides

Our Guides

Guests who travel frequently with CW Safaris know that our guides truly set us apart from other adventure travel companies. All CW Safaris guides are locally based and fluent in English, with exceptional knowledge of the region where you’ll be traveling. Their expertise in wildlife and natural history and their keen, deeply rooted understanding of life in the African bush will ensure your safety, well-being, and enjoyment throughout every safari. You could not be in better hands!

Here is a sampling of our extraordinary guides in Tanzania:

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Wakara Kizito

Initially a teacher by profession, Wakara is an excellent safari guide. His outgoing personality enables him to make every safari experience unique. A certified wildlife manager with eight years of experience, he has commendable knowledge of flora, fauna, and the wildlife of Tanzania. He is a member of the Tanzania Tour Guides Association and speaks fluent English and Swahili, and some French. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are his favorite locations to guide safaris. He has a liking for the warthog, vulture (not always tops on everyone’s “like” list), and cheetah. When he is not guiding, Wakara enjoys football, reading, and traveling to more remote places.

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Severin Mallya

Severin Mallya grew up in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania. His parents were both farmers and retired teachers. He completed his education with a Wildlife Management Course before starting his guiding career. Though he has traveled widely throughout Tanzania, he claims the Serengeti National Park as his favorite. Severin’s favorite animal is the giraffe. Our guests repeatedly sing the praises of Severin’s personality and skill as a guide on our safaris.

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Raphael Kugesha

Raphael Kugesha grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Beyond exploring all corners of his country, Raphael has also traveled through Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo – each affecting him in a different way. He completed his degree in Cooperative Business Studies at Moshi University before following his passion to share his world. Raphael is well educated in flora and fauna, and is a certified member of the Tanzania Tour Guides Association; he speaks fluent English and Swahili.

Outgoing and sociable, there is never a dull moment with well-traveled Raphael. Raphael is a storyteller while on safari – a favorite being a recounting of the thrill of watching a lion chasing a leopard, right up the same tree! However, it is not only about the Big Five on safari with him, as you’ll soon learn his favorite animal is one of the littlest: the elephant shrew. In his spare time, you’ll likely find Raphael playing soccer (his favorite team is Arsenal) or listening to reggae music.

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Godfrey Mmani

Godfrey Mmani was born to guide in the famed parks of Tanzania. Raised and educated in Arusha, Tanzania, Godfrey knew from a young age that he wanted to work with wildlife when he grew up. His father was a doctor and his mother a nurse. He finally settled on studying wildlife management, eventually leading him to guiding. His favorite moments with guest are in the Serengeti National Park in the heart of the great migration. Well loved on the trail and off, a safari with him is sure to be a lot of fun. In his free time, Godfrey enjoys watching movies and wildlife documentaries, reading books, playing soccer, and listening to R&B and Swahili music.

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Francis Kembo

If you want to learn to jump with the Maasai while on safari, Francis Kembo is the one to practice with – he played for the Tanzania men’s national basketball team for five years! Francis’s father was a judge and his mother was a teacher – Francis himself grew up on the shores of Lake Victoria wanting to be a priest. Guiding became his passion by coincidence after his father passed away. He landed a job guiding to help pay for his siblings’ school fees. This life event turned into an exciting career.

Francis is an active member of the Tanzania Tour Guides Association, a professional association of highly trained nature safari guides, tour operators, and hospitality companies. Francis’s favorite animal is the stately African elephant and providing interpretation of animal behavior is the most rewarding part of guiding for him. The most rewarding part for our guests: Francis’s incredible personality and expert skills on safari.

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Emmanuel Kimario

Emmanuel Kimario grew up in Karatu bordering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. He was raised by a mother who was a teacher and a father who was both a businessman and small-scale farming entrepreneur. Emmanuel first considered being a safari guide when he was just an impressionable youngster in primary school. As it turns out, he was inspired by a guide who brought small groups of tourists to visit his school. It didn’t take long for Emmanuel to realize the importance and impact of guiding.

He is exceptionally knowledgeable about the subtleties of safely conducting an off-road vehicle through the Tanzanian backcountry. Guests are often amazed by his command of local flora and fauna. A master of many tongues, Emmanuel speaks English, German, and Spanish fluently in addition to his native Swahili. His favorite park to share in Tanzania is the Serengeti National Park – with his favorite animal being the cheetah, you know he’ll be on the lookout! When not guiding, Emmanuel spends his spare time playing basketball, watching wildlife documentaries, and listening to country music.

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