On Safari with Chef Tanya Holland

from $8,990 adult

9 days

Please call to discuss flight options. Ask about competitive business class rates.

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Overview

Trip Highlights

Roast a goat with a Maasai warrior!
Stay in the wilderness, surrounded by wildlife
Taste banana beer, Tanzanian doughnuts, and fresh cinnamon
Experience Swahili cuisine
(Don’t worry, the wildlife is for viewing only)

Areas Visited

Arusha
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Crater


Full Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Arusha

Thomson Safaris staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable lodge.

Accomodations: Lake Duluti Lodge (Light Snack)

Day 2

Arusha to Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

Take a brief, scenic flight to a private nature refuge in the Eastern Serengeti. As you journey to camp, your guides will give you a brief history of the 12,000-acre refuge. Enjoy wildlife viewing along the way, one of the tangible results of conservation efforts in the area. Giraffe, eland, dik dik, ostrich, leopard and even wild dog can be seen in this unique wildlife haven, dubbed “Giraffic Park” by one enthusiastic Thomson guest. This afternoon, stretch your legs on a brief but scenic walk (a luxury not available in the national parks). A local wildlife scout will accompany you and your guide, pointing out nearby wildlife. Enjoy a welcome dinner at camp this evening.

Accomodations: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba (BLD)

Watch the  VIDEO HIGHLIGHT   to learn more about the Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge.

Day 3

Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

Rise early for a morning hike out into the refuge. Being out on the plains on foot at this time of day is magical. Next, you’ll visit a local primary school and medical dispensary to learn more about the role of education in Maasai life as well as the benefits of community-based eco-tourism in the area. After lunch you will learn more about the extraordinary culture of the Maasai by visiting a nearby boma just as young warriors return home with their herds. This evening at your Nyumba, the camp chefs will put on a cooking demonstration culminating in a traditional Tanzanian meal. Those interested in continuing their adventure can participate in a night wildlife drive by infrared spotlight to locate nocturnal animals like bat-eared fox and aardvark.

Accomodations: Southern Serengeti Nyumba

Day 4

Eastern Serengeti Ecostystem to Serengeti National Park

On your way out of the Eastern Serengeti, you’ll meet members of the Enjipai Women’s Group, formed by a small group of Maasai women with a great entrepreneurial spirit. Guests can support their community initiatives by purchasing elaborately beaded jewelry. As you journey into the heart of Serengeti National Park, you’ll be able to spot loads of wildlife. The big cats often spend these hours lying drowsily on the granite outcroppings of rock (also known as kopjes) that dot the plains, or up in a tree, while antelope, zebra, giraffe and other animals continue to graze.

Accommodations: Southern Serengeti Nyumba (BLD)

Day 5

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti, Tanzania’s second largest national park, covers nearly 6,000 square miles of grassland plains, savannah, kopjes, hills, woodlands, and riverine forests. Safari goers in search of big cats will be astounded by the large prides of lion as well as resident leopard and cheetah. Other commonly seen animals include gazelle, buffalo, giraffe, topi, hartebeest, ostrich, and jackal, but it is the full diversity of wildlife and habitats that you will truly find amazing.

Accommodations: Southern Serengeti Nyumba (BLD)

Day 6

Serengeti National Park

Early this morning, guests with advance reservation will have the opportunity to balloon across the Serengeti plains. Call to inquire about the Optional Serengeti Balloon Safari. The rest of the group will head out on a full day of wildlife viewing in the southern Serengeti. Most of us know about the “Great Migration” from nature programs that capture some of the most thrilling moments on film. Often misunderstood, the migration is a perpetual, year-round process involving over one million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra who roam the plains quietly, in search of food and water. In the green season month of February, vast mega-herds of wildebeest will converge on the short grass plains of the Serengeti for their annual calving season during which pregnant wildebeest drop all of their calves over a 10-14 day period. After a full day of wildlife viewing, return to camp where Chef Tanya will prepare a tasty dish with the Tanzanian kitchen staff. Part of what makes the food experience on safari so special is the fact that all camps are located off the grid and do not feature full-time electricity or modern kitchen appliances.

Accommodations: Southern Serengeti Nyumba (BLD)

Day 6

Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

As you follow the meandering path out of Serengeti National Park, take in the gorgeous scenery and wildlife before moving on to the next part of your adventure. Make a short stop at Olduvai Gorge, a deep ravine and the site where fossilized remains of animals and hominids that date as far back as two million years were discovered. After settling into your cottage at Gibb’s Farm, stretch your legs on a guided walk through the historic herb and flower gardens, coffee fields, and organic farm. You will see and learn why Gibb’s has become the model for sustainable, environmentally-respectful practices.

Accommodations: Gibb’s Farm (BLD)

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater

Early this morning, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro Crater, a self-contained ecosystem teeming with wildlife. Often called “Africa’s Eden,” this caldera is one of the few places on earth where it is possible to see all of the Big Five in just one day. And that’s just the beginning: baboons and warthog in the Lerai Forest, hundreds of brilliantly pink flamingo around Lake Magadi, and clusters of wildebeest and zebra call this ecological wonder home. At the end of the day, return to Gibbs Farm where you and your new friends will gather around the tembo fire, an open-air sitting area nestled at the foot of the organic gardens.

Accommodations: Gibb’s Farm (BLD)

Day 8

Farm to Table Experience at Gibb's Farm

Gibb’s Farm consists of 30 acres of coffee, 10 acres of vegetables and fruit, 5 acres of flowers and herbs and a working dairy and pig farm and today you will become a participant in the rhythm of farm life. Rise early and join chefs on their daily ritual to harvest fresh, organic vegetables for the day’s meals. Later this morning, divide into smaller groups and get ready to get your hands dirty as you join Jody in the kitchen. Today’s gourmet lunch will be a culmination of the talent, passion, and cultural experiences to celebrate your Tanzanian adventure. The remainder of the day can be spent as you wish; taking in the views from your veranda, exploring the gardens or taking in a Maasai-inspired spa treatment. Tonight you will relax and enjoy a farewell dinner prepared by the talented Gibb’s Farm chefs.

Accommodations: Gibb’s Farm (BLD)

Day 9

Departure

Rise early to take in the delightful chorus of songbirds from your verandah before heading back to Arusha. During a special farewell lunch at River House, you will have time to say goodbye to your safari companions and visit the heartwarming Shanga workshop. This socially conscious business creates new jobs and a sense of purpose for disabled local people who had few, if any, employment opportunities elsewhere. As the employees learn new skills, they are able to become active members of the community and make contributions to their families’ wellbeing. Transfer to a day room so you can freshen up and enjoy a light snack before your evening flight home.

Accommodations: Day Room at Rivertrees Country Inn (BL Snack)


Accommodations

Lake Duluti Lodge

Situated on the shores of Lake Duluti, this welcoming lodge just outside Arusha is surrounded by a working coffee plantation. Enjoy the top-class amenities and eco-friendly design of this comfortable property.

Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Wake up with a hot shower in your ensuite bathroom, and marvel at sweeping views of the eastern Serengeti ecosystem’s remote savannah. After a day of adventure, you’ll appreciate the comforts of the camp. Enjoy a hearty dinner prepared fresh from local ingredients, and discuss the day’s excitement with your fellow travelers and attentive staff.

Serengeti Nyumbas

These semi-permanent, seasonal camps are strategically plotted across the Serengeti according to wildlife migration patterns. Each location offers comfort in the heart of the wilderness. With spacious tents, cozy bedding, and ensuite bathrooms, you’ll have to take a look outside to be reminded that you’re deep in the bush. And no need to worry—with eco-friendly features like solar lighting, your stay won't harm the landscape. 

Gibb's Farm

Fresh food, fresh air, and fresh perspectives abound at Gibb’s Farm (2013 and 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Award winner). At the end of full days of exploration, relax in your eco-friendly cottage, set amidst the farm’s lush gardens. You can even ask the attentive staff to provide insight into local culture and history. 

Rivertrees Country Inn

Reminiscent of its legacy as a former German colonial farm and coffee estate, Rivertrees Country Inn blends simple elegance and modern convenience. Wake up in your farmhouse-style room to the sound of the rushing Usa River, and enjoy a hearty breakfast in an open-air, thatched-roof dining area. 

Dates & Prices
ARRIVE DEPART Adult New Tanzania-imposed VAT Notes
2018
February 21 March 02 $8,990 $300 Call 800.235.0289 to reserve

Please Note: All prices are subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors.

As of July 1, 2016, Tanzania imposed a new Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism activities.

HOW TO BOOK

Call Thomson Safaris and refer to "On Safari with Chef Tanya Holland." A non-refundable deposit of $1,500/person paid by credit card or check secures your spot. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure and must be in the form of a check, or wire transfer.

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