Gourmet Food

Fresh, healthy meals with local ingredients and catering for special needs

Kilimanjaro MealsOur 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, Angel Temu makes ten different types of bread.

Homemade cookies, cakes and desserts – All cooked in our own kitchen including Angel’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.

Optional extras

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!).

Now doesn’t that sound good?

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Working with Upendo to plan this amazing experience was absolutely wonderful. She was thoughtful, knowledgeable, professional, and impressively responsive. When we arrived, she helped us have an amazing experience in Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park. Even when we came out of the mountain trek a day early, she made us wonderful last-minute accommodations. Upendo is a dream to work with.

Gretchen Warner, USA

It was fabulous! Excellent organization, super guide. If it was possible, we could come back again just with Nature Discovery. We have a lot of memorable pictures. It was a wonderful trip. Thanks a lot.

Cochemé, France

Very well planned and very nice both the organization and the guide. Very supportive during all the organization and the hotels chosen have been incredible. Very recommendable.

Ana, Spain

It was the second time now that we went on safari with ND and it was the best decision to book it with them again. Everything was so easy, the correspondence was uncomplicated, same as the organization and planning of the trip. If we needed any assistance or help even before the trip, it was no problem at all. We always felt safe throughout the trip.

Janine, Germany

Excellent organization with a very good choice of accommodation. Quality welcome and contact on arrival. Pleasant and competent French-speaking guide, thanks to Joseph and Emilie for this wonderful trip.

Brigitte de Coulon, Switzerland

C’est Emilie de Nature Discovery qui nous a organisé ce SAFARI photos. Ce fut parfait : très professionnel, tout à la hauteur de nos esperances aussi bien les parcs que les lodges, et aucun incident à deplorer. Cerise sur le gateau: notre guide Joseph PANDA, parle parfaitement le français, plein de savoir sur la faune, repere les animaux mieux qu’une paire de jumelles et est très attentionné.

Mantovani Mireille, Nouvelle Caledonie

Our safari with Nature Discovery has been the experience which changed our lives! We spent 10 days in the north to see the migration, each day a new adventure in the parks, being part of nature. The camping in public camps has been unforgettable: totally immersed, no price! Emilie, Henry our guide, and Jacks our cook made the trip perfect.

Augusta & Andrea, France

Very good safari, enjoyed a lot. Good communication from start to end. Our guide was experienced and very nice. Recommendations!

Markku Nieminen, Finland

I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Tanzania with Nature Discovery. I completed the 8-day Grand Traverse Kilimanjaro Trek, followed by a two-day Safari in Tarangire. The entire trip was extraordinary. Everyone who supported us on the Kilimanjaro trek was kind, caring, generous, professional, happy, and supportive. I strongly recommend Nature Discovery for the trip of a lifetime!

Katrina, Australia

Tout d’abord sachez que nous avons été enchantés de notre voyage en Tanzanie. La partie Nord que vous avez organisée a été parfaite, elle a pleinement répondu à nos attentes. Les lodges étaient tous super bien très différents des uns des autres. Mais surtout la réussite de cette partie du voyage tient à un nom… Joseph ! Il a été exceptionnel à tous niveaux, professionnel, précis, discret, humble.

Pierrette Mercadal, Nouvelle Calédonie, France

We had the most exciting moments of our lives! Our main guide Polite and his well-organized team were amazing. We could feel their overall experience, care, knowledge, and safety in every step. Even the hardest moments they didn’t give us a single doubt that we will not make it to the peak! Keeping us in positive thinking and perfect organization helped us reach the Peak of Kilimanjaro!

Laura Kaukenaite, Lithuania

If like us you have done a huge amount of reading/research and are unsure which tour operator to use, then look no further than Nature Discovery. The communication from the central office is quick and clear as you email direct to the office in Arusha. We undertook two trips with this company and could not fault them.

Michelle, UK

Very well organized safari and activities, great choice of accommodations. Upendo helped a lot with organizing the perfect safari, communication was always very fast and clear. The biggest Thank You goes out to Mbise who was a reliable, funny, and heartwarming guide, who made us feel comfortable the whole trip, showed us amazing wildlife and taught us a lot about Tanzanian life and culture.

Anna, Austria

Très bon circuit avec un guide très professionnel où on a pu voir des milliers d’animaux dans leur lieu de vie. Des instants magiques. La journée à Longido était super avec Sambeke. Juste j’aurais aimé partir une fois au lever du soleil en safari. Émilie a été super disponible à l’écoute de nos attentes. Sinon tout était au top. Voyage juste magique.

Lamera, France

Excellent safari, with a great guide/driver (Nelvin) and a perfect contact officer (Emilie). We saw what was supposed to be expected (Mara River crossings) and much more. We are strongly recommending Nature Discovery for a Northern Tanzania safari (including a Zanzibar extension).

Marc Lebrun, France

Excellent support from Emilie from Nature Discovery, who organized our safari. She listened carefully beforehand to understand our wishes and adjusted our itinerary accordingly. Contacts by email and WhatsApp were very fluid and responsive. We felt very well accompanied throughout our entire trip. The safari itself ran perfectly. Our guide and driver, Joseph, was very friendly and attentive.

Sophie Valais, France

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