Fred Diehl, Department of Biology

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$4,990 adult (16+) per person, double occupancy, land program
$4,790 teen (12-15) per person, double occupancy, land program
$4,490 child (6–11) per person, double occupancy, land program


Tanzania provides a wonderful opportunity to get into the wilds safely, comfortably and purposefully. With knowledgeable guides and U.Va. Professor Fred Diehl at the helm, you can explore far and wide in the unspoiled wilderness of Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Enjoy close-up views of elephants, leopards, zebras and countless varieties of birds. Visit a Masai bowma (village) and a local school, where Young Explorers meet and interact with their pen pals. Take this occasion to share an adventure with your family, see exciting new places, meet new friends and learn about new cultures. There is something for all ages, whether you are learning some Swahili, sharing stories with newfound friends or searching the trees for leopards.

Program Highlights

  • Search for giraffe, elephant, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, lion, gazelle, hippo, warthog, monkey, flamingo and much, much more;
  • Visit Oldupai Gorge in the Great Rift Valley where Louis and Mary Leakey made their incredible discoveries about earliest mankind;
  • Experience the Serengeti—it will change your life;
  • Explore Karatu town;
  • Experience school in Tanzania and meet new friends;
  • Spend invaluable time with family.


Fred Diehl, Department of Biology

Fred Diehl is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia and has over 30 years of teaching biology at all levels. His research and teaching interests are mainly in the areas of zoology, developmental biology, ecology and marine sciences, with a specialization in invertebrate biology. Whenever possible, field experiences and laboratories have been an important component of his courses, and he is a firm believer in learning from direct observation and first-hand exposure to nature. Professor Diehl has a long history of working with the Advanced Placement Biology program and in-service teacher preparation in addition to his dedication to undergraduate and graduate education. His proudest accomplishment as a faculty member at the University of Virginia is having taught a variety of courses to a total of over 25,000 undergraduate students, 700 of whom were enrolled in his renowned course in Marine Biology/Coral Reef Ecology in the Bahamas, which has been offered for more than 25 years. Very popular among alumni, Fred has led Cavalier Travels trips to Panama & Costa Rica ’07, Belize ’08, Galápagos Islands ’08 and the Costa Rica Family Adventure ’09.


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Depart U.S.

Depart the U.S. on NW/KLM Airlines overnight flight to Amsterdam, or independently.

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Amsterdam / Arusha, Tanzania

In Amsterdam, connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, arriving late in the evening. Step off the plane and into a new world. The scent of distant cooking fire permeates the warm night air. You are welcomed in Swahili with “Jambo” and “Karibu.” It’s exotic, and you feel at home. Your guide awaits, ready to welcome you and take you to your lodge, which is located within 33 acres of mature, well-manicured gardens and home to an animal sanctuary. A majority of the animals on the property were once either orphaned or badly injured and brought to the sanctuary for rehabilitation.
Mount Meru Game Lodge (Meals aloft, snack)

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Tarangire National Park

After a hearty breakfast and a safari briefing, head over the Maasai Steppe to Tarangire National Park, where the wildlife viewing begins. The fourth largest park in Tanzania, it has a huge variety of animals, from the enormous elephant to the tiny dik-dik, an antelope barely two feet tall.
Thomson Tarangire Nyumba (All meals included)

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Tarangire National Park

Have a full day to explore Tarangire, searching out lion, hyena and other predators. Be the first to spy a leopard in the gnarled boughs of an acacia tree, tired from the night’s hunt and sporting a suspiciously rounded belly. Kids will appreciate stopping at a nearby lodge for a swim in the pool—where elephants have occasionally been spotted taking a drink from the cool water!
Thomson Tarangire Nyumba (All meals included)

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School and village visits

The highlight of a family safari is often the visit to Ayalabe School, where children have a chance to meet their pen pals. It is extraordinary to watch children exchange curious glances and meet their new friends. Then take a tour of Karatu town before departing for your camp located on the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Share a cozy campfire this evening as the air cools down and enjoy the lovely surroundings of the bush.
Thomson Ngorongoro Nyumba (All meals included)

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Ngorongoro Crater

Spend the whole day exploring the remarkable crater floor, which lies an astounding 2,000 feet below your camp. Look for massive bull elephants roaming the plains, hippos wallowing in their shallow pools, awkward ostrich running across the savanna and much, much more. When we were here two years ago, a cheetah pair was sighted! The variety and sheer number of animals that inhabit this beautiful oasis are astounding.
Thomson Ngorongoro Nyumba (All meals included)

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Oldupai Gorge and Serengeti National Park

From the green hills and high elevations of Ngorongoro Crater, head west to the vast open plains of the Serengeti. Halfway there, stop at Oldupai Gorge. Anyone fascinated by archeology will appreciate the small museum, which displays the incredible finds of Louis and Mary Leakey. For three days, continue your journey into the Serengeti, searching out its vast herds of wildebeest and zebra, great prides of lion, families of giraffe and much more.
Thomson Serengeti Nyumba (All meals included)

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Serengeti National Park

You have another two full days to journey far and wide in this immense park, allowing your guide’s unerring instincts to lead the way. An infinite number of dramas play themselves out on the endless plains: predators stalk prey; animals eat, scavenge and graze; mothers nurture their young; birds hover and soar overhead; young animals frolic as older animals keep a watchful eye on the vulnerable little ones.
Thomson Serengeti Nyumba (All meals included)

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Serengeti / Arusha / Depart

Breakfast on your final day in the Serengeti may be tinged with sadness. It is a rare privilege to find a place as peaceful and unspoiled as this, where you can spend meaningful, uninterrupted family time. Enjoy the view from above as your plane takes off for Arusha. Have lunch with your companions, relax the rest of the afternoon and have an early dinner before your evening flight to Amsterdam.
Day room: KIA Lodge (All meals included)

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Amsterdam / U.S.

Connect in Amsterdam and arrive in the U.S, or independently.
(Meals aloft)

Tanzania is, quite simply, the ultimate safari destination. With its record of thoughtful planning, having set aside fully one-third of its land for the purpose of conservation, it’s no wonder the country boasts the highest concentration of wildlife in the world, including the largest populations of big cats and untamed herds of hoofed animals.
A Safe, Peaceful Country
Tanzania is one of the most peaceful and stable countries on the African continent and is widely referred to as “The Switzerland of Africa,” playing host to the United Nations, peacefully sustaining more than 120 different ethnic groups, and managing to stay free of the political upheaval that has plagued so many other African countries.
Fast friends in Africa.Warmhearted People
With a rich cultural tapestry comprising more than 120 distinct ethnic groups, including Maasai, Hadza, Chagga and Iraqw, Tanzania learned long ago that there is greater strength in tolerance and unity than in divisiveness. As a result, you’ll find the people of Tanzania to be among the most generous and welcoming you’ll ever meet. Collectively, these unique cultures are the heart and soul of this extraordinary corner of the world.

Our Family Safari involves full, eventful days featuring a variety of activities. Participants must be physically fit and in active good health. We welcome travelers ages 6 and above on our Tanzania Family Adventure.

A typical day on safari may start with a full buffet breakfast, followed by a morning excursion to see exotic wildlife in their habitat. Kids and adults tour sites together during the day. In the afternoon, adults enjoy a stimulating lecture by the faculty leader while kids meet for learning-based, fun activities with their peers. In the evening, savor a delicious and hearty meal made from fresh local ingredients.


Swahili for “home,” the Nyumbas are eco-friendly, mobile, tented camps, well-located for excellent wildlife viewing in northern Tanzania. These comfortable mobile camps allow you direct access to the wildlife while keeping you comfortable during your safari.

The Nyumbas offer comfortable accommodations combined with direct access to the remotest wilds, all without noisy generators or light pollution. These eco-friendly camps feature superior service, delicious gourmet cuisine, fine bedding and the luxury of peaceful and sustainable co-existence with the surrounding landscape and wildlife.

The Nyumbas are part of a vision of sustainable travel in which we offer guests comfort and style in the remotest wilds, all without harming the land or the communities around us.


  • Aside from being a spectacular lodge, the Mount Meru Game Lodge and Sanctuaryprovides a safe haven to eland, ostrich, waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, small wildcats and a wide variety of birdlife.
  • Swahili for “home,” Thomson Safaris Nyumbas are ecofriendly tented camps, well located for excellent wildlife viewing in northern Tanzania. The camps are designed by Thomson Safaris, our operator for this program, and based on over 28 years of experience; these comfortable camps allow you direct access to the wildlife while keeping you comfortable during your safari.


All meals included.

Program Fees

All prices are per person, double occupancy, land only.
Adult Land Only: $4,990
Teen Land Only (12–15): $4,790
Child Land Only (6–11): $4,490
A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $590 per person, double occupancy rates.

Program Includes:
• Tanzanian-born professional safari guides who are your companions, your teachers and at your service throughout the trip
• Comfortable wildlife viewing in specially equipped four-wheel-drive Land Rover Defenders with pop-up roofs and customized, convenient battery-charging outlets. Each traveler is guaranteed a window seat.
• Meals and bottled water, as listed in the itinerary, accommodations based on double occupancy, and park fees
• Services at Thomson Safaris Nyumbas
• Daily safari briefing to help you prepare for each day’s wildlife viewing
• Internal flight from the Serengeti to Arusha
• Beer, wine, spirits and soda included at welcome and farewell dinners
• Bush lunch
• Village/cultural visits
• Airport transfers for group

Safari does not include
International airfare and airport departure tax, unless flights are arranged by Thomson Safaris, our operator for this program; fuel surcharge; gratuities for guides and camp staff; activities not included as part of the itinerary; trip insurance; passport, visa and immunization fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, laundry, telephone and fax calls, and excess baggage charges.

International Airfare: We can arrange international air transportation for you or help you to coordinate your own. You will need to fly into and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha, Tanzania. Our recommended flight itinerary takes you through Amsterdam. You may want to consider staying a night at one of the very convenient hotels collocated with Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, which is a short train ride from the popular sites of Amsterdam.

General Terms & Conditions

Cancellation: Notification of cancellation must be received in writing to Thomson Safaris. At the time we receive your cancellation, the following per person cancellation penalties apply:

Booking–91 days before departure
90–61 days before departure
60–46 days before departure
45 days or less before departure
$300 service fee (part of the deposit)
50% of the package price
65% of the package price
100% of the package price

Terms and Conditions: A detailed liability statement, concerning, among other things, limitations of Wineland-Thomson Adventures, Incorporated’s liability for loss of property, injury, illness or death, will be provided to passengers upon enrollment, along with an information form to sign and return to Thomson Safaris shortly after enrolling on the trip. Each of these forms is also available to prospective travelers upon request.