40 Trips to Change Your World | Tanzania
Published: August 2009
By Jennifer Bain
Explore the majestic landscape of Tanzania with Thompson Safaris, a tour operator that specializes in organizing family vacations. Travel through five different villages and visit organic working farms and two national parks full of lions, elephants, zebras, and hippos. Thompson Safari hires locals to prepare meals made with regionally sourced fruits and vegetables. The company also works closely with the nonprofit agency Friends of Tanzanian Schools, Inc. (friendsoftanzanianschools.org).
Trip Tip: Leave with more than a souvenir. Children can sign up and become pen pals with a local villager.
Luxury Level: Families stay in sustainable luxury camps, owned by Thompson Safaris. Each has a bathroom with solar-powered hot water.
Key Cultural Immersion, Environmental Conservation: Thompson Safaris; 800/235-0289; thomsonsafaris.com; two weeks starting at $5,390.