A Taste of the Wild with Chef Jody Adams

from $8,990 adult

12 days

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

Elephant in Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

Trip Highlights

Learn how to cook in the rough – safari style
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

Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Crater

Full Itinerary

Days 1-2

Depart North America / Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to tonight’s lodge in Arusha. 

Overnight: Lake Duluti Lodge

Days 3-4
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

A scenic flight will bring you to a 12,000-acre private nature refuge. A conservation success story, the refuge is exclusive to Thomson guests, and offers opportunities that are rare or impossible in the national parks, including guided hikes and night drives.

Our friends in the surrounding Maasai community will welcome you into their homes. Without the convenience of supermarkets, preparing a meal requires a whole different skillset. Meet a Maasai moran – a warrior – who will bring a goat to camp for dinner this evening.  You can observe or assist in the preparation of the goat to the extent you wish; those who do not wish to take part, can sip wine and enjoy the view from the lounge tent.

Overnights: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

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

Days 5-7
Serengeti National Park

The best-known park in Tanzania, and one of the most iconic landscapes in all of Africa, the Serengeti is a vast 6,000 square miles (about the size of the state of Connecticut). Experience a true taste of the wild in this park famous for the Great Migration of the wildebeest and huge big cat populations.

During a demonstration by camp chefs, you’ll get a lesson in not only how to make a traditional Tanzanian meal, but in perfecting the subtle skills that allow Tanzanians to cook a range of dishes with just a few simple tools.

Join an optional  hot air balloon ride  to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. (Advanced reservations and additional fees apply).

Overnights: Southern Serengeti Nyumba

Days 8-10
Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater

You’ve never seen “farm to table” living like this before. Gibb’s Farm is everything: a stunning eco-lodge, a working organic farm, a coffee plantation, and a historic fixture in the highlands for over 80 years. An organic farm on the property supplies the majority of the award-winning resort’s food, and the setting, in the Ngorongoro Highlands, is breathtaking.

Highlights of your stay here include a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, a lush environment packed with wildlife, and a chance to join chef Jody in the (fully modern) kitchen. Get out in the fields and help harvest the components of your meal if you wish! 

Indulge in spa services and various optional activities at Gibb's Farm (additional fees apply).

Overnights: Gibb’s Farm

Days 11-12

Arusha / Return to North America

Head from the Highlands back to Arusha. A farewell lunch at River House (a community-based nonprofit organization) and a visit to the Shanga workshop (which employs disabled locals) is the perfect opportunity to shop for souvenirs. Relax in a day room before your flight home.  Some of you may wish to extend the experience by continuing on to Zanzibar!

Day room: Mount Meru Hotel

Days 11-16 Optional

Arusha / Zanzibar / Return to North America

Finish your safari with the group in Arusha and fly directly to Zanzibar for 4 nights on the exotic “Spice Island.”  Spend three nights relaxing at a quiet resort on the white-sand shores of the Indian Ocean, and spend a day exploring the spice farms for which the island has become known.  Spices have been grown on the island for as many as 2,000 years, but a vigorous trade took hold in the 18th century, corresponding with the island’s more infamous role in the slave trade. Nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon grass, pepper, vanilla – you will be amazed to see how every item in your spice cupboard is actually grown.

Swahili cuisine – combining African, Middle Eastern and Asian influences – is served all over the island and usually includes local seafood. The sights, smells, sounds and tastes of this island paradise will please your palate and inspire your culinary curiosity!


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.

Mount Meru Hotel

The Mount Meru Hotel has been a mainstay of Arusha accommodations since it opened in the 1960's, when Tanzania tourism was still in its infancy.  It was recently renovated top to bottom, and the finished product is even better than the original. With reliable modern conveniences, a variety of dining options, a beautiful pool, and a central location, it is one of the best places to start or end your safari or trek.

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. 

Dates & Prices
Depart US Return US Adult New Tanzania-imposed VAT Notes
January 21 February 01 $8990 $225 Sold Out

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.



  • Internal Flight
  • Land Rover Route
  • Hotel: Lake Duluti
  • Camp: Thomson Eastern Serengeti Nyumba
  • Camp: Southern Seregenti Nyumba
  • Hotel: Gibb’s Farm
  • Hotel: Mount Meru Hotel

See More of Africa!

  • Extend your trip with a beach excursion to the island paradise of Zanzibar.
  • Add a hot air balloon ride to your safari.
  • Customize your safari.
  • Ask us about our competitive Business Class fares.

Contact us for more information 800-235-0289



Thomsonsafaris Safari Catalog 2016-2017