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Tanzania's Luxury Family Serengeti & Selous (Private Villas)

tour iconTours & Safaris|9 days

Tanzania's Luxury Family Serengeti & Selous (Private Villas)

Highlights

  • Housekeeping and babysitting services for little ones
  • Private chefs and butlers for personalised meals and service
  • Views of Lamai Wedge and Mara River Valley from Mkombe's House
  • Flexible daily schedule for game drives and guided nature walks in the Serengeti
  • Utmost privacy in the remote and untamed Selous
  • Game drives, nature walks and boat trips on the Rufiji River
  • Optional fly-camping for the adventurous at heart
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Overview

This sensational 9-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’ showstoppers – the kingdom of Jurassic-size crocs, patrolling hippos, bathing elephants and an immense amount of birdlife. Explore this isolated jewel of Africa on early morning game drives, nature walks and boating excursions lead by your experienced and private safari guide.

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Summary

  • Tour Duration: 9 Days

Accommodations Visited

Arusha, Tanzania

Lemala Kili Villas

1 Night
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

Arusha, Tanzania
Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania | 1 Night

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Arusha, Tanzania

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: Fly into the Serengeti | 3 Nights

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Serengeti, Tanzania

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.

Mkombes House Lamai bedroom

Day 3-4: Explore the northern Serengeti

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Plan your daily schedules around your family's wishes. You set your own pace at Mkome's House. Go on game drives and nature walks accompanied by your private game ranger. The rolling grasslands of the Lamai Wedge supports countless large animals like buffalo, elephant and giraffe and, of course, thousands upon thousands of wildebeest and zebra. And for this very reason, the Serengeti is a paradise for predators such as the big cats - especially lion. Remember to take your camera!

If you rather feel like hanging out at your luxury safari home, then opt for a relaxing afternoon beside one of the refreshing pools - there is a plunge pool and larger swimming pool. A spacious deck with ample seating allows you and your family to look out over the expansive Lamai Wedge and the Mara River Valley.

Enjoy delicious family meals in the gorgeous dining room or al fresco, tailor-made by your personal chef. Mkombe's dedicated staff can also arrange delectable bush picnics and sundowner drinks in breath-taking locations.

Family vacation Serengeti
Mkombes House Lamai outdoor dining
luxurious en suite bathroom Mkombes House Lamai

Day 5: Fly into Selous | 4 Nights

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Selous, Tanzania

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.

Day 6-8: Enjoy maximum privacy in the remoteness of Kiba Point

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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.

Day 9: Bid farewell to pristine wilderness

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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.

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Inclusions

  • Park fees
  • Road transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Shared light aircraft flights as specified in the itinerary
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Rates

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DatesPrice
2018-07-01 — 2018-10-30 $18,870
2018-11-01 — 2018-12-21 $12,235
2018-12-22 — 2018-12-31 $18,870
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.