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Conley & silvers

Invites you to celebrate

Best of Tanzania:
Exotic Zanzibar & Wildlife Safari
Soirée 2020

Zanzibar, Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem, Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro

February 11th - February 24th, 2020

Grab your gear and get ready for the ultimate safari adventure
Surrounded by wildlife and incredible views
White sand beaches and fishing dhows in Zanzibar
The Serengeti ‘s 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 Land Rovers
Expert guides & animal whisperers
Coffee right from the source at the farm & Chai on your very own verandah
The most intricate doors you’ve ever seen
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, curated 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, pristine beaches and awesome wildlife – starting in Zanzibar, through northern Tanzania’s Serengeti to the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and ending in Arusha.  Combining adventure, adrenaline and serene relaxation, this is a trip for the ages.

 

Overview

During our soirée, we will visit the island of Zanzibar with its exotic spices, gorgeous white-sand beaches and intricate wooden doors, as well as 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 have been carefully selected for the best possible experience from luxury beachside accommodations in Zanzibar and “glamping” in Thomson’s signature Nyumba camps in the heart of the savannah to ending at award-winning Gibb’s 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.

 

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Highlights

❖ Truly relax on the private & pristine white sand beaches of Zuri Zanzibar.

❖ Venture out on a local dhow (traditional boat in Zanzibar).

❖ 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. 

❖ Uncover 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; meet thousands of baby wildebeest, zebra and gazelle during the largest mass birthing on the planet—possibly the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

❖ Get up close and personal with The Big Five: lion, leopard, cape buffalo, bull elephant and even critically endangered black rhinoceros.

❖ Travel in style enjoying private flights and pop-top Land Rovers with breathtaking views. Sleep in luxury at the lodges 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 on the savannah, as this semi-nomadic tribe continues to live in traditional boma (houses) and herd cattle as they have for hundreds of years.

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

❖ 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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Itinerary

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Details

 

Accommodations

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. 

 
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Kilimanjaro Hotel, Dar es Salaam (1 night)

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. The hotel features a spa, fitness center, business center and great dining options. The Level 8 Bar has become a gathering place for Dar es Salaam’s social elite.  Our rooms will feature King or Twin beds, depending on your preference.

Click here to visit The Kilimanjaro Hotel.

 
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Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort, Zanzibar (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.

 
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Park Hyatt, Zanzibar (1 night)

Sitting on the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, the Park Hyatt Zanzibar is the perfect destination from which to experience Stone Town. The town’s key attractions are easily accessible by foot including Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, the Old Dispensary, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum, and the House of Wonders. The hotel features a swimming pool, spa, fitness center, business center and great dining options. A glass of bubbly on the gorgeous terrace overlooking the water is a must. We will stay in King rooms with Stone Town views.

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Private Eastern Serengeti Nyumba, Serengeti (2 nights)

Sitting on a slope of Moruga Hill, our Eastern Serengeti Nyumba overlooks a sweeping valley of wooded savannah, wide-open plains, and 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 drink with breathtaking views as you look onto the acacia-covered plains where giraffe, wildebeest, and gazelle come to graze. This is Tanzania at its boundless, wildest, magical best.

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Central Serengeti Nyumba, Serengeti (1 night)

Thomson’s signature Serengeti Nyumba is the perfect balance of luxury, comfort and wilderness. These tents were exclusively designed for Thomson Safaris and cannot be found anywhere else. In these spacious, walk-in tents, you will find all the comforts you need out in the bush: artfully crafted furnishings, cozy bedding with fine linens, solar-powered, eco-friendly lighting, and an en-suite bathroom with shower and self-contained pump-flush toilet. It’s a great combination of attentive amenities without leaving a heavy footprint on the landscape.

Oversized, fine-mesh windows allow the breezes to circulate while keeping insects out. At the front of your tent, enjoy a private seating area with a stunning view of the vast Serengeti plains.  Meals are taken in a custom-designed dining tent and are made with fresh, local produce by skilled chefs. Freshly baked breads, homemade soups, salads, and a variety of healthful, delicious entrees are served daily with, of course, decadent desserts.

The cozy campfire is a favorite, from which to marvel at the billions of stars in the clear skies up above.

This Nyumba is the most luxurious one we will stay in, truly defining “glamping”. We will spend one night here, and we may meet fellow Thomson safari goers as this Nyumba is used for other Thomson trips. We anticipate sharing some great fireside stories! Please note that while the Central Serengeti Nyumba is a shared facility, the Eastern Serengenti Nyumba and the Serengeti Nyumba will be for exclusive Conley & Silvers use only.

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Private southern Serengeti Nyumba, (2 nights)

The Private Southern Serengeti Nyumba 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.

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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.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge, Arusha (day room)

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.

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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.

 
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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 the 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 Land Rover 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 day pack.  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.

 

Included

  • 13 nights in well curated accommodations

  • Breakfast each morning

  • 12 x lunches

  • 11 x dinners 

  • 1 x 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 Professor Adam Tooze

  • Safari journal and briefing throughout the trip

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

  • All gratuities

  • $200 per person Nature Refuge Conservation Fee

  • Dana Conley as tour director, along with 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

  • $400 per person Tanzania-imposed tax

 

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 Tuesday, February 11th.  You will want your flight to arrive at the Dar Es Salaam Airport (DAR) on Tuesday, February 11th.  This most likely means that if you are flying from the USA, you will depart on Monday, February 10th—however double check your flights, you may need to depart on Sunday, February 9th. 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 Monday, February 24th.  We will accommodate any flight time on this day for providing private or semi-private transfers. 


Costs

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 finalized 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. 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
$14,190 per person

Single Occupancy
$17,790 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.