Big Five Family Safari Holiday

East Africa`s finest family adventure safari holiday in Tanzania







From $2,740 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Camp in the Serengeti and hear the lions roar!
  • Spot the Big Five: elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion
  • Walk on the slopes of Kilimanjaro with your family
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Olduvai Gorge

This great family adventure holiday in Tanzania is a superb into East African Safari's. On the forested lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, this holiday begins with a visit to the village of the agriculturalist Chagga people - a superb introduction to this culture. Transferring to the Rift Valley, our first game viewing is in the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park where we have a chance to spot lion and elephant. Next, it's on to the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the world's wildlife hotspots, where we have a morning's game drive amongst teeming antelope, zebra and wildebeest - and their predators, lion, cheetah and hyena. Moving on to the immense and unmissable plains of the Serengeti we have 3 nights at a remote safari-style camp. In this game-rich corner of Africa, we have the best possible chance of spotting the 'big 5' of elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion. The for an insight into the origins of mankind, we will visit Olduvai Gorge en route to our final wildlife encounters along the baobab-lined waterways of the excellent Tarangire National Park. A family holiday that no-one will forget!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 8yrs old

This is family adventure safari holiday in Tanzania, which necessitates spending some quite long periods of time in vehicles travelling and viewing game. Some of the roads can be rough, especially if it's rained. There are 4 nights camping in national park campsites, where tents will be erected and a full camping service provided, but please bear in mind that on these nights facilities will be basic. However, the feeling of being in the wild amongst the animals more than makes up for this!

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marangu. Transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport are provided.
  • Walk on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to a Chagga Village. Return to Marangu.
  • Transfer to Lake Manyara. Afternoon game drive.
  • Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater, transfer to Seronera in the Serengeti.
  • Game drives in the Serengeti.
  • Game drives in the Serengeti.
  • Transfer to Tarangire National Park. Afternoon game drive.
  • Departure day. Kilimanjaro International Airport transfers are provided.
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Sat 19 Dec - Sat 26 Dec Code FTZ /08/15/ Adult$2,740 Child$2,100 Status Available Book now
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Arusha. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Arusha Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marangu. Transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport are provided.

    Rendezvous at the group hotel in Marangu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all daytime flights into Kilimanjaro Airport. We have a 2 hour transfer to the group hotel, which is a comfortable, modern establishment, situated on the south-east slopes of Kilimanjaro just a couple of kilometres from the Marangu Gate. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

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  • Walk on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to a Chagga Village. Return to Marangu.

    After breakfast we transfer to the Marangu Park Gate for a walk in the forest at the start of the climb to Kilimanjaro. In the afternoon we make a visit to a Chagga Village and take a walk around the local farms. The Chagga people who live on the southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro are predominantly agriculturalists tending their animals and growing staple crops and animal fodder. The traditional Chagga house was cone-shaped, with a thatched roof though modern dwellings are rectangular with cement walls and corrugated metal roofs. After our walks we return to the hotel in Marangu for dinner and our second night’s stay.

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  • Transfer to Lake Manyara. Afternoon game drive.

    Today we drive to the Rift Escarpment and check in at the Lake Manyara Lodge, located on the edge of the escarpment. The lodge offers spectacular views of Lake Manyara below and to the Rift Valley hills fading to the horizon. The Park is home to three distinct habitats including a lush groundwater forest, open floodplains and acacia woodlands, and has a consequently diverse ecology supporting tree-climbing lions, elephants and large troops of baboons. The Park is also home to an amazing variety of birds and its lush green jungle habitat makes it quite different to other parks in Tanzania. After lunch we have a game drive in the Park and then return to the lodge in time for the traditional ‘Sundowner’ as the sun sets over the Rift.

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  • Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater, transfer to Seronera in the Serengeti.

    Another early start to reach Ngorongoro and make the slow descent into the crater. The vast scale of Ngorongoro (Big Hole in the Maasai language) will become immediately apparent. Another observation which will be hard to avoid is that the crater floor is teeming with wildlife, from the thousands of flamingos in the shallow soda lakes, to the large herds of grazers on the open grassland, including wildebeest, zebra and buffalo. The crater also boasts several lion prides, as well as the very rare black rhino. Leopard are frequently spotted during the daytime, sleeping in the trees, and you are also likely to come across warthog, jackal, hyena, elephant several antelope species and hundreds of different species of birds in this natural amphitheatre. By midday, there is a real chance that you will have seen all of the big five. There are few places on earth where you can see so much wildlife in such a short time. Having packed a whole day into a morning, we drive to Seronera in the Serengeti where we stay in a tented camp/lodge.

    • Accommodation Tented Lodge

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  • Game drives in the Serengeti.

    The Serengeti Ecosystem (of which the Masai Mara in Kenya is part) has the highest concentration of wildlife anywhere in the world. The southern Serengeti is where the wildebeest migration calves each February and where 600,000 baby Wildebeest are born over a 3 week period. Over the summer months (the dry season) over 2 million animals migrate north into the Masai Mara before returning to the Serengeti each October. We have a full day of sensational game viewing before returning to our tented camp/lodge.

    • Accommodation Tented Lodge

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  • Game drives in the Serengeti.

    Another great day out in our specially adapted game viewing vehicles. Accompanied by expert trackers we will follow the wildlife. Our drives may be quite short or we may have to cover several miles on rough tracks to find the animals, but bouncing along through the grasslands and bush on the trail of big game is all part of the fun and experience of a real African Safari. This will be our last night in the tented camp/lodge.

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  • Transfer to Tarangire National Park. Afternoon game drive.

    We drive now to the Tarangire National Park. En route, we stop off at Olduvai Gorge, the most famous paleoanthropological location in East Africa where remains of early man, homo habilis, dating back 1.9 million years have been found. There is an anthropological museum where we can learn more about the world’s first human beings. We then pass close to the Ngorongoro Crater, before descending to Tarangire. Bordered by the Rift Valley to the west and the Masai Steppe to the east, Tarangire is a dry park with one rainy season in March-April. There are good game viewing opportunities along the boabab-lined Tarangire River, particularly for elephant, lion and other large plains game. We spend the afternoon in an adapted vehicle, taking up the best viewpoints along the edge of the river, with the possibility of seeing large numbers of elephants. The waterholes here attract lots of game and this is probably the best place to see lions hunting in the whole of East Africa. The park is also home to over 300 nesting bird species, which makes it one of the richest ornithological sites in the world. We stay overnight at the Tarangire Safari Lodge which is located on a ridge above the river.

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  • Departure day. Kilimanjaro International Airport transfers are provided.

    We have a 2 hour transfer on a good tarmac road to Arusha. KE Land Only package services end after lunch. Complimentary transfers to Kilimanjaro Airport are provided.

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    After a relaxing breakfast on the houseboat, we will disembark and drive to Coir Village Resort at Thrikunpuzzha. Overnight in a beautiful setting on the banks of the backwater canals, surrounded by coconut palms.

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    Today, we drive to Varkala and check in at our beach resort accommodation. We have the rest of the day to enjoy the idyllic soft sandy beaches and warm water of the Laccadive Sea.

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    A full day to relax on the beach or to explore the surrounding area. We spend a second night at our Varkala beach hotel.

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    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Trivandrum Airport are provided.

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional English-speaking local leader
  • National Park Fees
  • Kilimanjaro Airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Full-service camping whilst in the Serengeti including all meals and equipment (except personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for trek staff and hotel staff
  • Tanzanian visa
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

During this trip the group will spend two nights in a 3 star hotel in Marangu, one night in a hotel at Lake Manyara and one night in a safari lodge in the Tarangire National Park. There are a total of 3 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis though family rooms may be available.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 until lunch on day 8.

The food is a mixture of local and international cuisine and there is normally a choice of dishes.

The transfer between Kilimanjaro Airport and the group hotel in Marangu will be provided within the Land Only trip price for all families on all flights. The KE local guide or a representative of our local agent will meet all families arriving on Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The transfer to the group hotel at Marangu Gate takes approximately 2 hours and will depart from Kilimanjaro Airport in the early evening. Families arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport on flights more than an hour or two in advance of this will be transferred to a hotel in Arusha where they can make use of the hotel facilities before returning to the airport for the onward transfer. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights, so that we can arrange their Kilimanjaro Airport transfers. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

The group will be led by an experienced, English-speaking local safari guide. There will also be one or more support vehicles and drivers, as well as appropriate camp crew.

Approximately £300 (or equivalent in dollars or euros) per typical family (Mum, Dad and 2 kids) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including for tips to your local guide and staff. There will be opportunities to buy soft drinks and beers. Souvenirs can be bought in a number of places, some of which will accept credit cards. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. Your travel money should be carried in the form of cash. It is best to change your money at the airport on arrival. Sterling, Euros and US dollars are all readily exchanged for Tanzanian shillings, but US dollars in small notes can also be used in emergencies where change facilities are not available. Tips to trek staff can be paid either in Tanzanian shillings or in US dollars, or a mix of both. Take only new US dollar bills as 2006 bills and older have been refused. Credit cards can be used to purchase some goods and services.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of £100-150 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) for tipping.

The packed weight of each family members trek bag should be no more than 15kg. You should also bring a small daypack to carry the things you need during the day.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of each family member’s trek bag during the trip should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rating +5⁰C)
  • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Trekking trousers (trekking pants)
  • Socks
  • Spare laces
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Thermal base layer shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat with wide brim
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Daypack c.20 to 30 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you need to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (2 pint) x2
  • Several strong plastic bags to keep items separate and dry
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Small towel
  • Basic First Aid Kit including : Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts

The following items are optional:

  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Travel clothes
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Swimwear
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries


  • *A foam camping mattress is provided for the three camping nights. 


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK passport holders do require a visa. The visa fee is $50 and is obtainable on arrival or prior to departure online at . You will require 1 passport photo, and we recommend you travel with 4 passport photos just in case. Payment must be in cash.

USA passport holders do require a visa. It is advised to obtain this prior to departure, full and up to date information can be found online

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

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As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The highland areas of East Africa, including the part of Tanzania which we will be visiting have a pleasant, temperate climate throughout the year with a long rainy season from mid March to June and a second, shorter rainy period from October to late December. The maximum daytime temperatures that we will encounter at the time of any of our scheduled departures will be around 25- 28ºC, dropping to 15ºC at night.

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Serengeti National Park plus the adjoining protected areas of Northern Tanzania and across the border in Kenya, covering the whole of the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem, on a large, detailed map with enlargements and extensive informative text on various aspects of the area, produced by Harvey in cooperation with the Frankfurt Zoological Society, Tanzania National Parks and other environmental and academic organization.

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