Gourmet Food: Fresh, healthy meals with local ingredients and catering for special needs2020-03-03T16:54:24-07:00
Gourmet Food: Fresh, healthy meals with local ingredients and catering for special needs
Our menus have been developed by a team of professional cooks and mountain foodies with decades of experience in Tanzania. We constantly develop and improve our menus to create impressively tasty meals, despite the inhospitable mountain environment and use of only propane gas cookers.
Fresh, tasty, nutritious meals using ingredients from our organic garden
Most of our meals are produced in our Arusha kitchen, using fresh, nutritious ingredients which energize our guests for high altitude mountain trekking. You won’t find any unhealthy additives like stock cubes, MSG or processed foods in our kitchen or meals.
Our delicious meals are created from local ingredients with no shortcuts or additives. For example, our soups include fresh butter or extra virgin olive oil, although cheap margarine and saturated oils are usually the norm in Tanzania.
We grow over 30 different herbs and vegetables in our half acre organic garden including basil for our fresh pesto sauce, and rosemary and garlic cloves to flavour the fillet steaks for your final trek dinner. We even grow our own bananas for the decadent banana bread guests enjoy for breakfast on day two of each trek.
Special dietary needs catered for
We have inspired special menus available for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free climbers. We’ll happily cater for allergies or faith-based dietary restrictions on request.
Trekking menu highlights
Trained chefs – Your mountain chef will have undergone intensive training and regular additional training to make sure your meals meet our high standards. Each chef carries a recipe book for the set menus with laminated photos of each dish for every meal. This means our guests are consistently provided with high quality meals. We constantly monitor guest feedback so we can tweak and change menus where needed to carry on exceeding guest expectations for mountain cuisine.
Organic ingredients – Including produce grown in our garden.
Homemade trail snacks – Including our own dried fruit and delicious dehydrated (not baked) energy bars, energy balls and other tasty trail snacks, produced in our kitchen.
Custom made cool boxes – We design and make our own mountain ice boxes to keep food fresh.
Fresh, homemade bread – Our head baker, Dennis Mchimbi makes ten different types of bread.
Homemade cookies, cakes and desserts – All cooked in our own kitchen including Dennis’s decadent chocolate cake, which is famous in Arusha! Snacks – To take the edge off your hunger on arrival in camp, including yummy Tanzanian mandazi doughnuts.
French press coffee – Made with the best Tanzanian freshly ground coffee from Kimemo Estates and served in insulated stainless-steel coffee pots.
Cheese platter – A selection of fine cheeses served with locally produced crackers to start or end your trek.
Sparkling wine – Served in glass flutes to toast your arrival at Uhuru Peak (once you are safely down!).
Nature Discovery was very efficient at organising my trek, I dealt directly with them rather than a travel agent. Whilst on the trek, the team of guides and porters were professional, knowledgeable and enjoyable to spend time with. An amazing experience all round. Thank you.
Nature Discovery are simply phenomenal. Without their superb planning, attention to detail, and the expertise of the guides we wouldn’t have been able to even attempt the World Record. (World’s Highest Football Match ) We cannot recommend the team highly enough and you can trust Ailsa, Thomas, MC and the team completely for your amazing adventures.
Laura YoungsonUnited Kingdom
Wow, what a great experience! The final walk up the summit ridge was a just an amazing feeling and luckily, weather conditions on the top cleared up after starting from School Hut in lightly falling snow.
Everything ran like a well-oiled machine. We just couldn’t fault it! We really liked the team approach across porters and guiding staff. I know that these things don’t just happen and you should be proud of your staff and their efforts. Would I recommend a Nature Discovery Kili trek to friends and family – absolutely! That to me is always the test after completing something like this.
Your advice as to the Shira Plateau route was spot on. Excellent to get the necessary acclimatization time in and nobody suffered from altitude sickness. Having experience that at Everest Base Camp, I was very pleased (and relieved) to come through unscathed this time.
Some specific comments:
Hire gear was great.
Food was exceptional, both as to variety, quality and quantity. Our chef, Felisiana August was superb and turned out meals of a consistently high standard. Both the menu design was excellent and we were continually surprised as our waiter Good Luck announced each evening what we were having.
Guide team: Onest Mtui is the sort of person you just trust and respect. Quietly spoken, very knowledgeable, and as we headed up the mountain on summit day with the ground covered in snow, you just knew that he was right on top of his game. Excellent man and we all really enjoyed his company.
Assistant guide William Bwenje is someone that you need to keep in mind when you are looking to promote new head guides. Both Michael and I were impressed with his depth and maturity. He anticipated problems, worked with people who needed assistance, demonstrated really good leadership qualities and has a very good grasp of English. The overall caliber of your people on our trek was just superb.
So in summary, I must compliment you and all the team on a job well done.