Conley & silvers
Invites you to celebrate
Best of Tanzania:
Exotic Zanzibar & Wildlife Safari
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).
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.
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, to staying at the Four Seasons in the Serengetti, to “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 Tanzania with you.
❖ 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 At a Glance:
Day 1: Depart U.S.
Day 2: Arrival in Dar Es Salaam; R&R
Day 3: Travel to Zanzibar; Check-in to Zuri Zanzibar resort
Day 4: Relaxing at Zuri Zanzibar
Day 5: Relaxing at Zuri Zanzibar
Day 6: Day and overnight in Stone Town (UNESCO)
Day 7: Stone town tour, Private charter to Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem; Guided bush walks with grazing mammals; Maasai boma visit; Night drive to see nocturnal animals
Day 8: Safari in Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem; Giraffic park; Enjipai Women’s Group visit; Maasai roundtable
Day 9: Travel to Serengeti National Park; Safari
Day 10: Safari in Serengeti National Park; The Big Cats
Day 11: Serengeti National Park’s Great Migration; Travel to Ngorongoro Highlands; Wildlife viewing
Day 12: Ngorongoro Crater
Day 13: Gibb’s Farm
Day 14: Gibb’s Farm
Day 15: Day in Arusha; Departure home
Click on an image to view the in-depth information for each day of the itinerary
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We have personally chosen 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.
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.
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, it will cost an additional $200 per person in double occupancy. The drinks policy here included one glass of wine or beer with lunch & dinner.
Park Hyatt, Zanzibar (1 night)
Located 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. We will stay in deluxe Indian ocean view rooms with a private balcony.
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 out onto the acacia-covered plains where giraffe, wildebeest, and gazelle come to graze. This is Tanzania at its boundless, wildest, magical best.
Four Seasons Serengeti
Deep within Africa’s finest national park, this safari lodge offers five-star comfort in the heart of the wilderness. The location offers excellent access to the Serengeti's best wildlife viewing; sometimes you can even observe wildlife right from the lodge's infinity pool or from the elevated walkways that connect various parts of the lodge. For a bird's eye perspective on the Serengeti's natural wonders, each Horizon Room offers a private balcony overlooking the plains.
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Ngorongoro Nyumba (1 night)
This Nyumba is located at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater where it is poised for optimal access not only to the nearby cultural treasures, but also to the crater floor where you will experience exceptional wildlife viewing. The air here has a heavenly fresh scent, though the high elevation (about 7,200 feet) makes for potentially chilly nights; it will be important to bring warm clothes, per your packing list.
The exceptional camp crew will make sure you have everything you need to stay comfortable, for example, making sure hot showers are available in your en suite bathroom, preparing delicious four- course meals and offering you drinks or snacks around the roaring camp fire.
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.
Mount Meru Game Lodge, Arusha (day room)
Homey, comfortable cottages are placed throughout the garden, while in the main building, an elegant lounge and dining area offer a quiet place to relax and share safari stories. At one end of the picturesque garden, there is a semi-enclosed park-like setting where marabou stork, zebra, gazelle, warthog and even elephant recover from injuries obtained in the wild. Depending on their condition, every effort is made to reintroduce them to the wild.
You may be lucky enough to hear monkeys chattering in the trees in the evening or scampering over the roof in the morning.
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We will be accompanied by excellent local guides throughout our trip, personally vetted by your Tour Director, Dana Conley.
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 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 16 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.
13 nights in well curated accommodations
13 x breakfasts
12 x lunches
11 x dinners
1 x boxed Snack
1 x afternoon tea on the verandah
Guaranteed window seating in Safari vehicles
House wine, beer, and soft drinks at seated lunches and dinners (alcohol not provided with picnic / box lunches)
Bottled drinking water on Safari
Multiple informal lectures led by Professor 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
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
Media and book lists to get you excited
24/7 concierge services by Conley & Silvers
$400 per person Tanzania-imposed tax.
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 such as those en route to Tanzania.
Personal charges such as phone calls, massages and mini-bar blowouts.
Water sports activities in Zanzibar such as diving and snorkeling.
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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 after lunch. We will provide a private or semi-private transfers to the airport.
Remember you fly into DAR and out of JRO
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.
$14,290 per person
$17,890 per person
RSVP & Deposit
We would be thrilled if you’d join us! First come, first serve for booking, so even if you have already told us that you wish to join, we still need for you to respond now that you are “in”. Let us know if you are “in” by using 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.
Once we have confirmed your reservation, we will send you an invoice with instructions for remitting your deposit. The initial deposit of $1500 per person will be due within 30 days of your RSVP. The deposit will be fully refundable until April 30, 2019.The final deposit with the remaining balance due will be due by October 21st, 2019. As all payments are non-refundableafter April 30, 2019, we strongly recommend getting trip insurance within two weeks of paying your deposit. Once we receive your deposit, we will send you a trip insurance quote from our partners at AIG/Travel Guard so you have a place to start with comparisons.