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Best of Tanzania: Wildlife Safari Soirée 2020

Arusha, Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro

February 23 - March 5, 2020


MARCH 5 - MARCH 8, 2020

Grab your gear and get ready for the ultimate safari adventure
Surrounded by wildlife and incredible views in
Northern Tanzania’s Serengeti
The big five at your fingertips (but at a safe distance)
One of the seven wonders of Africa
The great migration, baby wildebeest & survival of the fittest
Giraffic park & birdlife chorus
Lion’s roars echoed up to five miles away 
Waiting for actual zebra crossings
Endless plains, savannahs and massive craters
Private planes & decked-out jeeps
Expert guides & animal whisperers
Coffee right from the source at the farm & Chai on your very own verandah
The ancestral land of the Maasai: Enaboishu warrior dances & fireside folklore 
Is that a leopard taking a nap in the acacia tree?
Stargazing from your private tent
We will organize all the details.
All we need is you (and your best safari outfit).


Our Soirées

The goal of these small and elegant confections is to capture the energy of a perfect dinner party—great food, fine wine, excellent conversation, beautiful company—and extend it for an entire trip. The group must be curious, intelligent, and fun. That’s you.  The hosts need to be witty, charming, and full of great stories. That’s us. The location should hum with art, culture, history, stunning sights and culinary delights. This time it’s Tanzania – its national parks and awesome wildlife – starting in Arusha, through the Serengeti, and ending at the breathtaking Ngorongoro crater with optional add-ons for adventure seekers while on safari and a luxurious extension to Zanzibar for a hit of beach and history.    



During our soirée, we will visit northern Tanzania's most wildlife-rich and culturally fascinating places, providing both impressive safari viewing and a glimpse into the people and history of this extraordinary country. Our trip will be in partnership with Thomson Safaris, who have been organizing the dreamiest and wildest trips around Africa since 1981, with a focus on eco-tourism, building community and protecting the environment via conservation initiatives. Your accommodations put you in the heart of the wilderness as you stay in Nyumba camps, two nights at the esteemed Arusha Coffee Lodge and three nights at the award-winning Gibbs Farm (voted best safari lodge in Africa by Travel & Leisure for two years running). Your hosts Dana Conley and Professor Adam Tooze will be there to regale you with great stories and insightful history throughout – with formal talks and not-so-formal fireside chats.  This is safari at its best, and we can’t wait to embark on this journey across the savannah with you.




❖ Discover what makes the Serengeti one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa with over 70 large mammals and 500 different kinds of birds. 

❖ Witness the frenzy of The Great Migration during which over 1 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 450,000 gazelle cross the plains of the Serengeti, as well as the largest mass birthing on the planet during The Great Migration and meet thousands of baby wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Possibly the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

❖ Get up close and personal with The Big Five: lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and rhinoceroses as you’ve never seen them before. 

❖ Travel in style enjoying private flights and decked out-jeeps with breathtaking views. Sleep in luxury at the best lodges in northern Tanzania and get a taste for ecological “glamping” in national parks. 

❖ Taste the freshest coffee straight from the source at the oldest working farm and coffee plantation in the area.

❖ Get a unique glimpse into the life of Maasai in the savannah, as this semi-nomadic tribe continues to live in traditional boma (houses) and herd cattle as they have for hundreds of years.

❖ Combine days full of adventure with lazy afternoons sipping tea on the verandah. Take in the views of opulent gardens or giraffes grazing nearby. There’s always something striking a stone’s throw away.

❖ Venture out at dawn to catch the big cats in action before they hit the snooze button for the day and join your host Dana for rise-and-shine fitness. 

❖ Enjoy evening walks in the wooded savannah accompanied by your trusty guides.

❖ Leave your telescope at home and pack your star maps – the Serengeti offers stargazing at its best. Without any nearby light pollution and with the most ethereal peace and quiet, you’ll locate constellations, stars and galaxies to your heart’s content.  


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We have personally selected the best hotels and traditional Nyumbas for our soirée in the most picturesque locations.  Our selected hotels range from boutique luxury resorts to upscale eco-friendly signature bush camps in the heart of the Serengeti. 

Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha (2 nights)

Arusha Coffee Lodge offers the most elegant accommodations in town. Only a short way from bustling downtown Arusha, the individual bungalows are set amidst a coffee plantation and manicured garden. The amenities here are top notch: the pool, a wonderful restaurant and the unique decor make this the perfect way to start your Tanzanian adventure in style. Rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, coffee-makers and minibars with a European design.

Click here to visit the Arusha Coffee Lodge.


Eastern Serengeti Nyumba, Serengeti (2 nights)

Sitting on a slope of Moruga Hill, the Eastern Serengeti Nyumba camp (for the exclusive use of our group) overlooks a sweeping valley of wooded savannah, wide-open plains, and a remote wilderness like no other in Tanzania. With its signature style, the campsite provides the perfect place to explore the Eastern Serengeti’s rolling hills and woodlands by foot or by vehicle and engage in authentic local Maasai cultural programs.

After days full of adventures, the Nyumba offers exquisite, environmentally responsible comforts and personalized care for a discerning clientele. En-suite bathrooms have water-saving safari showers and self-contained, pump-flush toilets.

Kitted with private verandahs, enjoy a refreshing with breathtaking views as you look out to the acacia-covered plains where giraffe, wildebeest, and gazelle come to graze. This is Tanzania at its boundless, wildest, magical best.

Click here to visit your Nyumba.


Serengeti Nyumba, (3 nights)

The Serengeti Nyumba, also exclusive to our group, will afford you an ideal way to camp comfortably in the wilderness while immersing yourself in one of Tanzania’s most spectacular ecosystems. The spacious walk-in tents feature traditional hand-crafted furnishings, cushy beds and fine linens as well as en-suite bathroom facilities (including a gravity-fed shower and self-contained flush toilet). Oversized, fine-mesh windows allow the breezes to circulate while keeping any bugs out. At the front of your tent, enjoy a private verandah with a stunning view of the vast Serengeti plains.

Meals are served nearby in your dining tent and are prepared by skilled chefs using the finest local products. Hot baked breads, fresh salads, homemade soups, delicious entrees and scrumptious desserts are for you to enjoy. In case you thought it couldn’t get any better: each morning hot drinks will be brought right to your room to start your day on the right foot. During the evening, you will love relaxing by the fire with a cool beverage while star-gazing and regaling your friends with stories of the day’s adventures.

Click here to visit your Nyumba.  


Gibb’s Farm, Ngorongoro Highlands (3 nights)

Awarded Travel + Leisure’s Best Safari Lodge in Africa two years in a row, Gibb's Farm is a dreamy getaway tucked into the rolling hills of the Ngorongoro Highlands. You’re at Gibb’s Farm to indulge - enjoy an afternoon at the spa, an evening on your private verandah, a dinner brimming with fresh farm-to-table delicacies and rich South African wines. The country’s longest-standing farm and coffee plantation, Gibb’s Farm with its stunning gardens is a world-class lodge with authentic East African flair.

Click here to visit Gibb’s Farm.


Rivertrees Country Inn (Day rest)

Set beside the rushing waters of the Usa River on the outskirts of Arusha, Rivertrees Country Inn blends Colonial charm and simple yet elegant style: the décor reminiscent of its country heritage as a former German Colonial farm and coffee estate. Modern-day amenities such as a pool and internet as well as fantastic cuisine make the Rivertress Country Inn the whole package.

Click here to visit Rivertrees Country Inn.


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Your hosts

We will be accompanied by excellent local guides throughout our trip, personally vetted by your Tour Director, Dana Conley

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Dana fell in love with international travel during college while studying art and politics at the Stanford-in-Florence program. She majored in International Relations and has traveled to over 50 countries in search of authentic adventures, beautiful meals, and life-changing moments to share with her private and organizational clients.  Via Conley & Silvers LLC, her goal is to provide guests with the highest level of customer service while creating unique and magical itineraries and events.  Before co-founding Conley & Silvers with long-time Stanford mate Alison Silvers, Dana’s career spanned from being a researcher at the Pentagon and International security think tanks to art appraisal and directing a gallery.  When Dana is not tour managing or on a reconnaissance mission, she divides her time between Europe and New York City where cheese consumption, museum going and walking puppy Ruby reign as her favorite pastimes.


We will be joined by historian Professor Adam Tooze, one of the world’s leading historians.  He is also good fun, a tireless conversationalist, and an experienced travel study leader.  Adam studied at Cambridge and London School of Economics where he was also a professor; he also taught at Yale University, and he is now teaching at Columbia University, where he is Director of the European Institute. As Tanzania was a Germany colony, and Adam’s passion is German history, he looks forward to helping us place the sites we are visiting into historical, political, and cultural context.


What to expect

To experience all of our planned activities and participate in wildlife viewing, you’ll need to be happy with riding in the safari vehicle up to 8 hours on some days.  Everyone will have a window seat, and we will take lots of breaks along the way, however, safari does mean a lot of jeep time.  There will be easy walking, but it may be in the bush, so you need to bring good non-slip hiking boots. We will discuss daily the upcoming walking difficulty and time in the car in advance, so you can make your decisions and organize your days accordingly. On days where we are not transferring lodges, you’ll have the option to stay back and enjoy the facilities.  Of course, we have kept you all in mind when designing this trip, so we’ve handpicked beautiful walks that we feel most everyone can enjoy. 

Due to the nature of this travel and small charter flights, luggage allowance is strictly limited per person to: (1) 33 lbs. soft duffel bag + (1) small purse or backpack.  Laundry service is not included but is available, and a full load can be washed and pressed same day for between $30 and $40 USD.

While we hope that you love the itinerary outlined above, this is not the finalized itinerary and we reserve the right to mix things up, change accommodations and swap things in to maximize the good times.

The Nitty Gritty

To enhance personal attention and limit costs, we need a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 attendees.  We have limited space for single passengers.  If you can vouch for your friends and think they would enjoy our company and style, we’d love to have them join. No sticks in the mud allowed. Ages 18 and up only, so we don’t have to censor any dinner conversations.



  • 10 nights in luxury and eco-friendly accommodations

  • All meals

  • 1 x formal afternoon tea on the verandah

  • Guaranteed Window Seating in Safari Vehicles

  • Local wine, beer, and soft drinks at seated lunch and dinner (alcohol not provided with picnic / box lunches)

  • Bottled drinking water on Safari

  • Multiple fireside chats led by Adam Tooze

  • Safari journal and briefing throughout the trip

  • All group entry, park fees, guide fees and tickets

  • $200 per Person Nature Refuge Conservation Fee

  • All gratuities

  • Expert English-speaking resident tour director and expert local guides

  • Airport meet and greet with private transfers on set arrival and departure days

  • Scenic private charter flights & private coaches

  • All luggage handling and porterage

  • Unlimited mileage in Safari vehicles

  • Keep Fit Kit at Each Nyumba Camp

  • Movie and book lists to get you excited

  • 24/7 concierge services by Conley & Silvers 

  • Lots of good stories and great memories

** To help you make the most of time on your own, we will happily help you arrange special activities, such as: private tours, hot air balloon rides and more.     


Not included:

  • Airfare to and from the United States.

  • Travel, medical, or evacuation insurance.  We strongly recommend you purchase any insurance policies for your specific needs within two weeks of your deposit.

  • Laundry service is not included but is available, and a full load can be washed and pressed same day for between $30 and $40 USD.

  • Internet is not guaranteed, and a large part of this trip is going to be “off the grid”. There may be intermittent WiFi and internet at permanent lodges (you may even get service on your cellphone), but there is strictly no WiFi in the bush.

  • Meals and beverages other than those specified as included.

  • Personal charges such as telephone calls, and mini-bar blowouts.


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Notes for Arrivals and Departures

For a complimentary arrival transfer, we will accommodate any arrivals on Monday, February 24th.  You will want your flight to arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on Monday, February 24th.  This most likely means that if you are flying from the USA, you will depart on Sunday, February 23rd—however double check your flights.  Conley & Silvers will provide you with ideal flight itineraries for this trip.    

For a complimentary departure transfer, flights should be scheduled out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) on Thursday, March 5th.  We will accommodate any flight time on this day for providing private or semi-private transfers. 


As things can change, Dana Conley will be running through the trip in February/March 2019 for a quality control trip and to make sure the itinerary and choices are exactly what we wish to share for our 2020 safari.  We will finalize the itinerary with any tweaks in March and publish the finalize the price. The price below is our best estimate and should be within four hundred dollars one way or the other of our final price in March. All prices are for paying via bank transfer or via check.  If you would like to pay via credit card, let us know and we will add a transaction fee of 3% to your invoice.

Estimated Price, including the $400 per person Tanzania–imposed tax.

Double Occupancy
$11,290 per person

Single Occupancy
$14,190 per person           



OPtional Zanzibar Extension

March 5th - March 8th, 2020

Zanzibar. Its name alone inspires romantic visions of mythical seafaring tales and indigo ocean vistas. Spend the day taking in the local Swahili culture and enjoying the beach – whether swimming, snorkelling, diving, or simply relaxing at the resort. The reefs and coral offer exquisite views, including an immense diversity of vibrant aquatic life: butterfly fish, emperor angel fish, dolphins, lion fish, green turtles, and manta ray are a few of these amazing creatures. Along the beach, you might also see Zanzibari fishermen and sea merchants carving or readying their dhows: these are old Arab-African sailing vessels that have been used to navigate between East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula for centuries. Once a hub for the vast Indian Ocean trading network, Zanzibar became a home for Africans, Arabs, Persians, and Indians alike. The island was the main slave market of the East African Coast and an important center for ivory trade, as well as a home to many clove and spice plantations. Today, fishing and trade by sea remain the backbone of Zanzibar’s economy, along with tourism.

Zanzibaris have strong identities that are distinct from their compatriots on mainland Tanzania. They have a resilient culture, having broken away from slavery’s shackles and risen above the rule of many different empires and kingdoms. The elements of Persian, Arabic, Indian and European culture are most visible in the culture and architecture of the capital, Stone Town, which was recently declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The cosmopolitan influences continue until today: taarab traditional music mixes with hip hop and R&B; Stone Town’s elaborately carved historic doors are matched by a thriving modern artistic community; both Muslim celebrations and international music and arts festivals are at the pulse of this dynamic island. 97% of Zanzibar's population is Muslim, while the rest is divided between Hindu and Christianity.

Zanzibar Highlights

❖ Truly Relax on private & pristine white sand beaches.

❖ Indulge in a massage (or two, or three) at the resort’s spa.

❖ Venture out on a local dhow to witness incredible aquatic life and coral reefs. 

❖ Feast on Zanzibar’s unique cuisine, combining African, Indian and Middle Eastern Flavors.

❖ Discover Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site with a fascinating history and equally intriguing architecture – be sure to check out the intricate doors as you stroll around the city. 

Zanzibar Itinerary

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Zanzibar Accommodations

We have hand selected your hotels for the height of luxury and relaxation.  


Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort (3 nights)

Zuri means beautiful in Swahili. On 32 acres, the Zuri Zanzibar Resort is located in Kendwa village, which sits on the west-facing shores of Unguja, just 50km from Stone Town. With immediate access to the beach and a focus on culinary and wellbeing, the Zuri is the perfect place for a relaxed and luxurious vacation on the sea. Well-known designers Jestico + Whiles have elegantly combined 21st century tourism requirements with environmentally friendly architecture and the unique atmosphere of the Zanzibar islands. The majority of the bungalows, suites and villas offer stunning views over the Indian Ocean, whilst a few of the bungalows offer a partial ocean view or are located amongst the tranquil tropical gardens.   Our package includes Garden Bungalows with a tropical garden view; they are 710 square feet (sf) with a 270 sf of private terrace.   Please let us know if you would like to upgrade to a suite or to an ocean view bungalow, and we will look into the availability and cost.

Click here to visit Zuri Zanbiar Hotel & Resort.


Kilimanjaro Hotel, Dar es Salaam (day room)

The Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro, is a modern oasis in the heart of the largest Tanzanian city. The five-star hotel’s superb waterfront location, spectacular views of the harbour and Indian Ocean, and proximity to the city’s International Airport ensure it is among the best-situated luxury hotels in the city.

Click here to visit The Kilimanjaro Hotel.

Zanzibar Nitty Gritty

To enhance personal attention and limit costs, we need a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 18 attendees.  If you can vouch for your friends and think they would enjoy our company and style, we’d love to have them join. No sticks in the mud allowed. Ages 18 and up only, so we don’t have to censor any dinner conversations.


  • 3 nights and 1 dayroom  in luxury accommodations

  • All meals at Zuri (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Local wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner

  • Daily history talks led by Adam Tooze

  • A round of drinks during Adam’s history-by-the-beach talks

  • All group entry fees and tickets

  • Airport meet and greet with private transfers on set arrival and departure days

  • Group transportation via planes & private coaches as mentioned in the itinerary

  • All luggage handling and porterage

  • Dana Conley as tour director

  • Expert local guides in Stone Town

  • All gratuities

  • Movie and book lists to get you excited

  • 24/7 Concierge services by Conley & Silvers** 

  • Lots of good stories and great memories

** To help you make the most of time on your own, we will happily help you arrange special activities, at an additional cost, such as: snorkelling, private tours, diving, dhow trips, spa appointments and so much more.   


Not Included:

  • International airfare to and from the United States.

  • Travel, medical, or evacuation insurance.  We strongly recommend you purchase any insurance policies for your specific needs within two weeks of your deposit.

  • Laundry

  • Meals and beverages other than those specified as included. Please note that lunch in Stone Town and dinner in Dar es Salaam are not included.

  • Personal charges such as telephone calls, and spa treatments.

Zanzibar Costs

All prices are for paying via bank transfer or via check.  If you would like to pay via credit card, let us know and we will add a transaction fee of 3% to your invoice.

Double Occupancy
$2900 per person  

Single Supplement
$700 per person    

RSVP & Deposit

We would be thrilled if you’d join us!  Use the button below to return to our RSVP page, where you can compare our two 2020 Tanzania Soiree package options and submit an RSVP online.


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