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Expedition Details


Venture into the wilds of Tanzania on a family safari and encounter a mind-boggling array of wildlife. Here, humans are but tiny dots on a sweeping savannah, surrounded by zebras and wildebeest, lions and cheetahs, elephants and rhinos, and hundreds of colorful bird species. Settle into a remote camp in a part of the eastern Serengeti known for its vast numbers of giraffes and elands. Get to know local Maasai people, who welcome us into their homes and schools and share their vibrant traditions. With the help of our trip leader and local rangers, learn to identify tracks and interpret animal behavior, and encounter an incredible diversity of wildlife on safari in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the thrill of a wildlife safari during five days in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, and discover lions, leopards, elephants, zebras, and colorful birds with local guides.
  • Get immersed in Maasai culture on visits with warriors, artisans, and schoolchildren, and explore a traditional Maasai boma.
  • Take bush walks with rangers and examine fossils at the fabled Olduvai Gorge.
  • Hike through the wilderness of a private nature reserve with our rangers for an optional night of authentic bush camping.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Day 1 — Arusha, Tanzania

Karibu! Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania and transfer to our hotel in Arusha.
Lake Duluti Serena Lodge

Days 2 & 3 — Eastern Serengeti

Take a short flight to the eastern Serengeti and continue to a private nature refuge, nicknamed “Giraffic Park.” Explore on foot or by safari vehicle, meet young Maasai warriors, visit a Maasai women’s collaborative, and hear folktales told by a Maasai storyteller; then head out on a thrilling night safari. The next morning, take a bush walk with a wildlife expert and visit a Maasai village school. Kids will get to know their pen pals, participating in a variety of fun activities. Venture into a typical boma settlement, and “jump” into a traditional Maasai dance. If you wish, hike into the wilderness with our rangers for a night of authentic bush camping under the stars.
(B,L,D, daily)
Eastern Serengeti Nyumba Camp

Days 4, 5, & 6 — Serengeti National Park

Enjoy three days on safari in the fabled Serengeti, observing a mind-boggling array of animals. Float over the savanna on an optional early-morning hot air balloon ride, or spot wildlife on a dawn game drive. Learn the game of bao, try Tanzanian cuisine, and identify animal prints with trackers.
Central Serengeti Nyumba Camp (B,L,D daily)

Day 7 — Ngorongoro Highlands

Examine fossils at Olduvai Gorge where Louis and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis remains on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition. Then settle into a coffee estate on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Relax on the veranda, visit the farm animals, or ride a bike to the nearby village.
Gibb's Farm (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Ngorongoro Crater

Descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor and spend a full day on safari surrounded by some 25,000 wild animals! Later, gather around a fire to hear tembo (elephant) folktales before our farewell dinner. Enjoy a rare chance to spot nocturnal bush babies tonight.

Day 9 — Arusha

Today, meet an Iraqw storyteller and his artisan wife at their home, visit an art center, and browse local handicrafts. Relax in day rooms in Arusha before heading to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Mount Meru Hotel (B,L)

Optional Extension

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Expedition Cost

2017 departures



Children (ages 7-17)


Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $800. Effective July 1, 2016 there is an additional tax of $160 per person, due to changes in Tanzanian VAT regulations

Please note that on December departures, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $300 per person. The optional bush camp accommodations on Day 4 are $300 per person.

International airfare to/from Kilimanjaro and airfare within Tanzania is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight within Tanzania is $300 (subject to change).

Featured Expedition Moment

What To Expect

About Our Accommodations:
In the eastern Serengeti, we stay in eco-friendly, mobile safari tents situated to maximize wildlife viewing while keeping in harmony with our surroundings. Each tent is comfortably appointed and features private facilities with queen beds, fine linens, and a hot shower.

About this Expedition

We tap into National Geographic’s vast network to design unique travel experiences for the whole family, filled with hands-on activities and memorable moments. A special aspect of this expedition is the Kid-to-Kid Connection, which links every young traveler with a pen pal of similar age in Tanzania. During our stay in the Eastern Serengeti, kids will spend time in a Maasai village getting acquainted with their pen pals. We'll learn phrases in Swahili and the local language, Maa; play a friendly game of soccer; and teach our Maasai friends traditional American games.

Expedition Team

Our dynamic Expedition Leaders enrich each experience with their insights, knowledge, and energy, and a Young Explorer Leader joins every group to facilitate fun activities that help kids get the most out of the places we go. As we travel, we’ll also meet up with fascinating people doing meaningful work in the field.