10 Days Tanzania’s Luxury Family Safari
This sensational 10-day tour offers close families and friends a truly private and luxurious safari experience among the world’s biggest concentration of wildlife, far away from the crowds. Your adventure begins in the outstanding Serengeti – Tanzania’s flagship conservation area and the stage for the largest and most spectacular natural migration on Earth, the annual Wildebeest Migration. Here, your home away from home is named after one of Tanzania’s most legendary guides, Mkombe Mniko. The exclusive Mkombe’s House is beautifully designed from stone and thatch, providing families with an opulent retreat overlooking the picturesque Lamai Wedge. Go on game drives and guided nature walks to encounter the area’s abundant year-round wildlife, and indulge in delectable bush picnics and sundowner drinks in stunning locations. Your family and friends can marvel at Mkombe’s uninterrupted views over the Mara River Valley – home to the dramatic river crossings between July and October.
Your final destination is remote, raw and wild and home to masses of animals including the iconic Big 5. Selous is Africa’s biggest game reserve – almost four times bigger than the Serengeti and more than double the size of Israel. Although it is one of Tanzania’s least-visited reserves, it serves up some of the most breath-taking wildlife viewing in an alluringly untamed landscape. Experience the pinnacle of privacy at Kiba Point, an exclusive-use safari lodge hidden beneath a riverine forest on the banks of the mile-wide Rufiji River. This enormous stream of flowing water is one of Selous’ show stoppers – the kingdom of Jurassic-size crocs, patrolling hippos, bathing elephants and an immense amount of bird life. Explore this isolated jewel of Africa on early morning game drives, nature walks and boating excursions lead by your experienced and private safari guide.
Day 1-2: Welcome to Tanzania! | 1 Night
Welcome to safari paradise – home to the legendary Big 5, the Great Wildebeest Migration and Africa’s highest mountain. After arriving at Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be transferred to a lush private estate about 45 minutes away. Your luxurious villa awaits at Lemala Kili, built around a gorgeous central courtyard. After settling in, unwind with a refreshing drink on your private terrace, or take a walk through the estate’s enchanting gardens while your chef prepares a fresh and wholesome meal catered to your family’s dietary requirements. After dinner, enjoy a nightcap while gazing at the dazzling night sky from your open-air fireplace, before retiring to your plush room. Tomorrow marks the start of an unforgettable family safari in Tanzania
Day 2-6 Fly into the Serengeti | 4 Nights
Rise and shine for an early breakfast and road transfer back to Arusha Airport. As the aircraft takes off and sets course for the mighty Serengeti, your excitement levels start to peak, for when this 2-hour flight touches down at Kogatende airstrip, you will be right in the heart of the richest mammal habitat on Earth. After landing, your 45-minute road transfer takes you through beautiful grassland plains of the northern Serengeti and the excitement of going on safari has now reached new levels.
You will travel into the iconic Kogakuria Kopjes and catch the first glimpse of your family’s hillside home for the next few days. Named after a legendary Tanzanian guide, Mkombe’s House is a self-contained private villa overlooking the sensational Lamai Wedge and Mara River Valley – the renowned scene of the gripping river crossings during the Wildebeest Migration from about July to October. This contemporary safari home offers your family complete privacy. The house’s spacious bedrooms, kids’ areas, viewing decks, swimming pools, lounges and dining areas are all yours to enjoy, while the dedicated staff and personal chef ensure that your family is well looked after in Africa’s great wilderness.
Day 6-10: Discover Selous | 4 Nights
An early morning transfer will take you back to the Kogatende airstrip for your charter flight to the only private hideaway in Selous, Africa’s biggest game reserve. The first thing you will notice as you step off the aircraft is the immense remoteness of this location. You will be transferred through an unbelievably untouched landscape to an exclusive lodge on the banks of the great Rufiji River. Set beneath a riverine forest, the open-fronted Kiba Point is built on raised decks that look out over the river governed by gargantuan crocodiles. Settle into your stone and thatch cottage, elegantly furnished, spacious and equipped a private plunge pool.
Spend your days exploring this remote wilderness with your loved-ones. Go on game drives, nature walks and boat trips under the expert guidance of your personal game ranger – learning fascinating insights about Africa and her unique fauna and flora. The area around Rufiji is rich with wildlife and you’ll most likely encounter grazing elephants, basking crocs and a tremendous amount of bird species like wading storks and spoonbills, as well as deep-red flocks of carmine bee-eaters. Selous is also home to Africa’s iconic Big 5.
During your stay at Kiba, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an optional fly-camping excursion. This phenomenally adventurous outing usually starts with a gentle walk of between two and four hours to a beautiful spot of wilderness where your tents have been set up for the night. Enjoy a quenching sundowner drink beside the orange glow of a crackling campfire, after you have washed away the day’s dust under a classic bucket safari shower. Enjoy a 3-course meal under the biggest sky you have ever seen. Lying in your bed and gazing at the infinite stars in the African sky is a life-changing experience that words cannot describe.
After one final delicious breakfast prepared by your personal chef, you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your charter flight to Dar es Salaam.