Exciting family vacation in Tanzania

“Split between the national parks of Tanzania and the beaches of Zanzibar, this 13 day tailor made tour is for families wishing to experience the best of both.”

Highlights

Arusha | Tarangire National Park | Lake Manyara National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Serengeti National Park | Zanzibar | Stone Town | Zanzibar Beach |

Travel Team

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Overview:
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Limited mobility:
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
Wheelchair:
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveler with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
Deaf/limited hearing:
As stated above, all of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveler with limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travelers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be traveling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveler with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
LGBT:
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Exciting family vacation in Tanzania

Environment

Our tours in Tanzania are run in conjunction with a locally owned and based partner who shares our environmental goals and commitment to operate in a responsible manner. There are many fragile eco-systems in Tanzania and our safari guides and drivers provide advice on how to behave to ensure that any negative impact is prevented and to uphold these values on ecologically sustainable treks and safaris.

Whilst on safari, travelers will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local ranger at all times who will explain how to view wildlife responsibly, without infringing upon their normal behaviour. They will advise our families to be as quiet as they can at all times, be as unobtrusive as possible, wear the correct coloured clothing whilst walking in the bush and avoid dressing or acting in a way which might cause offence to local people.

It should go without saying that our guides remind travelers not to litter – everything you carry in you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to the wildlife. In addition to this, travelers can not interfere with the wildlife and habitat by not encouraging guides to take them too close to the animals, thus putting them under pressure. They also should not pick plants and flowers, encouraging the driver to depart from the usual track, make noises to attract or frighten the wildlife. Also remember - do not be afraid of the animals – even the largest will move quietly away if given the opportunity.

It is important that families obey all game laws and regulations, and respect the fact that their guide is also bound by these same laws and regulations.

It is also of crucial important to refrain from buying, or trading for, any items which are covered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This includes ivory, rhino horn, butterflies, turtle products, furs, and many plant species.

Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.

Community

Our local partner has a strong commitment to sharing expertise with Tanzania's indigenous population through access to employment, training, quality living wage and improved living conditions. Labour and consumables are all sourced locally in order to ensure a sustainable and localized business.

Our guides will remind families that it is good to support the local economy by buying locally crafted souvenirs, however when bartering over the price (which is both expected and accepted) there is no need to drive too hard a bargain – an amount which may be fairly insignificant to you can represent a lot to a local.

We would also advise people not to give sweets, pens etc to children on the street as it can encourage begging. It is better to give through a local organisation or school.

As a courtesy, ask before you take a picture of someone. If they ask you to pay, we would discourage you from taking the picture.

We update equipment regularly to maintain the highest standards of customer standards and care, offer a quality menu and ensure that we meet the highest safety standards with no compromise on client or crew safety.

3 Reviews of Exciting family vacation in Tanzania

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Reviewed on 08 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We (from age 1 to over 60) cannot agree on the best as there were so many highlights
• The amazing variety of wildlife seen close up
• Looking a resting lion in the eye
• Lion cubs at play
• Feeding the giant tortoises
• Seeing a leopard with her cubs on a outcrop surveying the surrounding wildlife
• Seeing cheetahs after catching their prey
• Catching sight of several endangered black rhinos
• Having two families of elephants amble past close to our vehicles
• Swimming at Sopa Lodge with that wonderful view across the crater
• Swimming in a thermal spring at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro
• Snorkelling off Prison Island, Zanzibar
• Walking along the expanse of beautiful white sands at Matemwe – next stop Sumatra!


2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a fleece for chilly mornings and evenings, particularly at Sopa Lodge at Ngorongoro.
Be prepared for the slower pace of life. The Swahili phrase “pole pole” meaning slowly, slowly is very appropriate. A meal may take more than an hour to
arrive but it will be fresh.

Everyone we met was very friendly – be prepared to stop and talk.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


• Benefited local people? Yes – definitely, through all the people whose services we used

• Reduced environmental impacts?
We would love to be able to respond positively on this element – but we flew 14 hours to get to Tanzania, and travelled 3000km in two cars while there, so
we are afraid we will have had a negative impact on the environment. In addition, as we were strongly discouraged from drinking local water, we generated many empty plastic bottles each day, and we fear they went to landfill or burning.

• Supported conservation? Yes, by virtue of entering the national parks and paying the fees.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Strongly recommend and gratefully thank everyone involved for making it such a super vacation: Responsible Travel; the UK operator; and the local operator in Tanzania.

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The Safari in ngorongoro and terengeri parks were the best but the siringit serengeti camp was unique ...amazing !!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you go to serengeti definetevely stay at the siringit serengeti camp ..a dream
rent in the savanna ....and ngorongoro retreat

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Sure ! We supported the local people, using local guides, going to local
business and restaurants, tipping them for their effort to make our staying sϊper.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An unforgettable family vacation, Africa is beautiful , the wild life is well preserved until now. I was feeling emotional to see how the people live here and still ...they smile.

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Arriving in the Serengeti in a huge storm and seeing cheetah chasing gazelles immediately!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Our tour operator will give you brilliant advice and tailor your vacation to your needs, I would recommend them. If I redid the vacation I would leave out the
Arusha part, after being in the wilderness for several days, we found the city a bit jarring but we did not know we would feel like that and it was a very personal
thing, others may be glad of the hustle and bustle. The tours to the foothills of Kili were actually much further away from Kili in a very flat landscape - This
part needs to be more accurately described.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, as much as it can - everything about our stay was as authentic and Tanzanian as possible. All of the locals we spoke to spoke of the benefits of tourism and also of their precious, unique, environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was a vacation of a lifetime. Our two sons (8 and 10) never got bored despite spending 6 days in total in a car on safari. They learned so much about
wildlife, conservation, land pressures, climate, Tanzanian culture and politics. This was a fantastic adventure to share as a family. Our guide, Godfrey was
such good company and had 25 years worth of in depth wildlife knowledge - we all really missed him when we went onto the next part of our adventure. We stayed in some fantastic places - I like the fact we could look at the itinerary before hand and request changes and Liddy was soooooo helpful, especially when we got delayed a day due to passport issue. As mentioned above, personally we would leave out the city part and think the Kili foothills section could be more accurately described. I would recommend this vacation and we haven't stopped talking about it.

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