10Days

9Nights

From$7,490Per Adult

On Safari

With Chef Tanya Holland

Get ready for an adventure that excites all your senses. Bask in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Tanzania with Tanya Holland, the Executive Chef and Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland. This classic safari combines world-class wildlife viewing with intrepid bush walks, intimate Maasai culture, and a fun and engaging farm-to-table experience.

The journey begins at a 12,000-acre private nature refuge where wildlife populations are on the rise and local people enjoy the benefits of community-based eco-tourism. The adventure continues deep into the Serengeti during the peak of the Great Migration and annual calving season. You’ll descend into the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera and home to each of the Big Five. Finish with a soft landing at the award-winning Gibb’s Farm. Great food, great people, and great times await!

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a farm-to-table experience at Africa’s Best Safari Lodge, voted by Travel + Leisure
  • Explore the Serengeti during the peak of the Great Migration
  • Search for the Big Five in Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera
  • Experience fresh, home-cooked Tanzanian meals alongside Chef Tanya Holland
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Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania

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

Where are we sleeping?

Overnight

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.

DAY 2

Arusha Market Day

Enjoy a full day exploring the bustling streets and neighborhoods of Arusha, Tanzania. Arusha’s markets are a hub of activity and vendors sell everything from fresh produce and meats, to motorcycles, cell-phones and shoes. Meet with one of the best kanga vendors in town and stop by the Themi Living Garden for lunch and a tour of their urban farm network. Finish the day back at Rivertrees where you will be warmly received.

Where are we sleeping?

Overnight

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.

DAY 3

Arusha to Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

Take off on a brief scenic flight to a whole new world of cultural interest and natural beauty. This 12,000-acre private nature refuge is home to giraffes, elands, dik diks, ostriches, leopards, wild dogs and more. Set out on nature walks with a wildlife scout to see it all. Enjoy a welcome dinner at camp this evening.

Where are we sleeping?

Overnight

Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

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

DAY 4

Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

Rise early for a morning hike in the refuge. Next, visit a local primary school and medical dispensary to learn more about the role of education in Maasai life and the benefits of community-based eco-tourism in the area. After lunch, learn about the extraordinary culture of the Maasai at a nearby boma 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.

Where are we sleeping?

Overnight

Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

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

DAY 5

Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem to Serengeti National Park

On your way out of the Eastern Serengeti, meet members of the Enjipai Women’s Group, formed by a 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 spot vast amounts of wildlife. Big cats often spend these hours lying drowsily up in the trees or on the granite outcroppings of rock (also known as kopjes) that dot the plains, while antelope, zebra, giraffe and other animals continue to graze.

Where are we sleeping?

Overnight

Southern Serengeti Nyumba

These seasonal camps are strategically located across the Serengeti to place us at the center of migrating wildlife. Relax with spacious tents, comfortable beds, and en-suite bathrooms, as sounds of the surrounding wildlife fill your ears. And no need to worry—with eco-friendly features like solar lighting, your stay won't harm the landscape.

DAY 6

Serengeti National Park

Early this morning, guests with advance reservation can 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. The Serengeti is home to the Great Migration, a perpetual journey involving over one million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra that roam the plains quietly in search of food and water. In the green season month of February, vast mega-herds of wildebeest converge on the short grass plains for the annual calving season, during which pregnant wildebeest drop thousands of calves over a 10- to 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.

Where are we sleeping?

Overnight

Southern Serengeti Nyumba

These seasonal camps are strategically located across the Serengeti to place us at the center of migrating wildlife. Relax with spacious tents, comfortable beds, and en-suite bathrooms, as sounds of the surrounding wildlife fill your ears. And no need to worry—with eco-friendly features like solar lighting, your stay won't harm the landscape.

DAY 7

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 3 million years were discovered. At the end of the day, settle into your camp high above Ngorongoro Crater in a forest of umbrella acacias. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Tanzanian dinner. Gather around the campfire for star-gazing and storytelling this evening.

Where are we sleeping?

Overnight

Ngorongoro Nyumba

Set on the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim, this Nyumba offers the best possible access to the Crater—all within a remote, private setting. With temperatures as low as 40 degrees at this camp, you’ll want to remember to bundle up. But don’t worry: our chefs will treat you to a traditional Tanzanian meal to warm you up.

DAY 8

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 the Big Five in just one day. And that’s just the beginning: baboons and warthogs in the Lerai Forest, hundreds of brilliant pink flamingos around Lake Magadi, and clusters of wildebeest and zebras call this ecological wonder home. At the end of the day, return to Gibb’s Farm where to gather around the tembo fire, an open-air sitting area nestled at the foot of the organic gardens.

Where are we sleeping?

Overnight

Gibb's Farm

Fresh food, fresh air, and fresh perspectives abound at Gibb’s Farm (Travel + Leisure World’s Best List #1 African Safari Lodge 2017 and 2018). After full days of exploration, relax in your eco-friendly cottage, set amidst the farm’s lush gardens. Enjoy an outdoor shower, in-room spa treatment, farm-to-table dining, and learning about local culture from the attentive staff.

DAY 9

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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 Tanya 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 verandah, 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.

Where are we sleeping?

Overnight

Gibb's Farm

Fresh food, fresh air, and fresh perspectives abound at Gibb’s Farm (Travel + Leisure World’s Best List #1 African Safari Lodge 2017 and 2018). After full days of exploration, relax in your eco-friendly cottage, set amidst the farm’s lush gardens. Enjoy an outdoor shower, in-room spa treatment, farm-to-table dining, and learning about local culture from the attentive staff.

DAY 10

Departure

Rise early to take in the delightful chorus of songbirds from your verandah before heading back to Arusha. Enjoy a special farewell lunch at River House and visit the heartwarming Shanga workshop. Transfer to a day room so you can freshen up and enjoy a light snack before your evening flight home.

Day room: Rivertrees Country Inn

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Dates & Prices

2019

Mar 14 - Mar 23

$7,490

Guests can reserve their space with a $1000 deposit by credit card.

Safari price does not include $250 Tanzania imposed Value Added Tax (VAT).

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