If you have browsed though the latest J. Crew catalog – and looked beyond the chinos and tunics – you might have noticed some familiar golden grasses and stately acacia trees. Where are they? Tanzania, of course!
The catalog was photographed at Ndarakwai Ranch, one of our favorite places to stay in Tanzania. In fact, for close to a decade, trekkers on our unique Western Approach Route and recently pioneered Grand Traverse have been raving about their stay at Ndarakwai; they agree it is the perfect place to relax, regroup and acclimatize before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Ndarakwai was not always camera-ready, however. Nearly 20 years ago – before conservator and Ndarakwai owner, Peter Jones established the property – the land was nearly decimated due to rampant poaching and unregulated tree cutting. Peter Jones’ conservation efforts to restore the ranch’s health have been profound; today, the ranch supports a variety of species such as elephant, zebra, eland, giraffe, wildebeest, gerenuk, lesser kudu, cheetah and lion.
In addition to the eco-friendly accommodations, absolutely stunning views, and the opportunity for wildlife viewing, our guests love getting their hiking boots primed on guided nature walks through this exclusive property. Western Approach trekkers, Dave and Amy said:
“What they’ve done and are currently doing at Ndarakwai Ranch is awesome. We were especially impressed with our walking guide who wouldn’t give up until we had seen some elephants up close.”
J.Crew shot their men’s catalog on-location in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Another great destination! Stone Town offers a unique perspective of Tanzania and an opportunity to soak in local culture – as well as some sunshine – after a safari or Kilimanjaro trek.
We are honored to earn a place in Outside Magazine’s 2012 Travel Awards Hall of Fame. The trek and safari package included on Outside’s “All-Time Favorite Trip List” begins with our Grand Traverse Route, a 10-day trek virtually circumnavigating Mt. Kilimanjaro. Not only does this lesser-traveled route offer stunning views, extra acclimatization days and a daytime summit bid, it also gives trekkers access to explore ancient glaciers while providing the best opportunity for summit success. Our 12-day Explorer’s Safari rounds out the itinerary by combining a mix of traditional wildlife viewing with a special Maasai-led hiking adventure across the Great Rift Valley. From the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the plains of the Serengeti, this trip has it all!
“We are honored and thrilled to be recognized by Outside,” says Judi Wineland, Thomson Safaris’ co-founder and co-director. “Travelers first started going on adventures with us in Tanzania more than 30 years ago. Today you will find the beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti to be as breathtaking and boundless as ever.”
The April issue of Outside Magazine, America’s leading active-lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine, is available on newsstands this week.