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7 Days Refreshing Yoga Safari in Tanzania around Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro

Green Mountain Hotel, Old Moshi Road, Arusha, Tanzania

Yoga Retreat and Safari Tanzania

Enjoy this famous wildlife safari of Tanzania combined with a yoga retreat. Leadwood Expeditions will take you to the best spots in Tanzania to experience the best of it. And in between, you'll get to enjoy a fruitful yoga session with yoga instructors. Traverse Tanzania’s best-protected areas for Big Five viewing, from big herds of elephants in Tarangire, tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara, big cats and spectacular wildebeest migration in Serengeti, to the rare rhinos in Ngorongoro. If you're a wildlife and nature enthusiast at heart, plus looking for a yoga retreat, then this trip is definitely one you don't want to miss!

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Group size: Minimum 2 persons, maximum 6 persons.
  • Children policy: Children are not allowed.
  • Starting point and ending point: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Languages: English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 5 days with game drives
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • 4×4 safari Land Cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Chance to see the Big Five, diversity of birds, hippo, rhino, and wildebeest
  • Explore Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Full board meals and drinking water whilst on safari
  • 6 nights lodge accommodation
  • Free airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Green Mountain Hotel

If you’re looking for a good, comfortable place, Green Mountain Hotel will suit your needs. Safety storage boxes are available, ensuring the protection of property and valuables throughout the guests’ stay at the hotel.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Business center
  • Car parking
  • Conference room
  • Gift shop
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Restaurant
  • Secretarial services
  • 24-hour room service

Burunge Tented Lodge

The camp is located 10 minutes from the entrance to the park known as Sangaiwe. This camp is the perfect place to relax in comfort after a day of game drives in Tarangire, simply carried away by the breeze and the colors of the African sunset from your private terrace.

There are 20 tents built on wide wood platforms and 10 bungalow. Double rooms come with a double bed, with two and three beds. They have a private bathroom, private terrace. They also have 24-hour solar electricity. Each tent is built over a wood platform with a terrace where the guests can enjoy the views of Lake Burunge, Tarangire National Park and on clear days Mt. Meru.

The main building is located in the middle of the camp. It includes a living room, restaurant and a large terrace with spectacular Lake Burunge and Tarangire National Park views. The meals can be enjoyed inside or on the large terrace, and there is also the possibility of arranging a picnic meal. It has an infinity pool where guests can enjoy Lake Burunge.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi
  • Living room
  • Terrace

Marera Valley Lodge

Located between Karatu Town and Rhotia Village, Marera Valley Lodge is close to the main road to Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Lovely country setting and beautifully landscaped, the lodge offers 19 spacious cottages with views and private decks.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Dining room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shop
  • Coffee and tea station
  • Large common area

Mbugani Tented Camp

Enhance your safari adventure with a stay at Mbugani Camps located in Seronera, the heart of Serengeti National Park. They're open year-round to offer prime game watching and full immersion in nature in a safe, serene, and home-like setting.

You'll enjoy amazing vistas, oversize tented suites with 24/7 water and power, professional and friendly staff, lounge area with bar service, and evenings by the campfire. Each roomy tented suite features queen-size beds, private bath, and oversize screened windows for taking in fresh air and scenery. The camp is powered by solar energy and a backup generator to keep essential systems running at all times.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Furnished sitting area
  • Oversize design for roominess ​
  • Private bath with shower, sink, and flush toilet
  • ​Running hot and cold water available 24/7
  • Soft linens for bedding
  • Spacious, wide, airy windows
  • Two queen beds with elegant wood base
  • 24/7 power with charging cables

Program

Why do a yoga safari tour

It’s all about balancing your inner and outer self. Yoga safari tours are not just for enjoyment but also to nurture your body and soul even while you are on vacation. Leadwood Expeditions understands the needs of their guests to be able to nurture their souls and bodies while on vacation. This is why they are offering a unique chance to experience the quintessential African safari adventure while not compromising your need to meditate and take care of the inner and outer selves.

What better way to nurture yourself than to be away from the hustle and bustle of regular city life. Experience a different kind of peace and relaxation surrounded by the sound and sight of nature. Just picture yourself on your yoga mat facing the vast expanse that is Africa with its beauty before you.

What to expect on a yoga safari

You can definitely expect a mix of adventure, leisure, and relaxation on a yoga safari retreat. You’ll be housed in relaxing accommodations that will allow you to unwind in between your safari itinerary for the day and accommodate either an outdoor or indoor yoga activity before starting your day. This way, you will feel recharged and ready for your game drive before you embark on a memorable journey into the African wilderness whether in Tanzania or Kenya. There’s no better way to start a day’s journey than through a peaceful relaxing yoga session.

A typical day on a yoga safari retreat would compose of the following itinerary:

  • Getting up early for a sunrise yoga session followed by a healthy breakfast
  • Morning game drive
  • Return to the accommodation for a healthy lunch with your yoga group or a bush lunch
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Return to the accommodation
  • Optional afternoon yoga session or enjoy the bonfire with drinks
  • Healthy dinner specially prepared for the yoga safari group
  • Personal time to spend in common areas or your room

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania (Kilimanjaro Airport)

Karibu Tanzania - Welcome to Tanzania. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by one of Leadwood Expeditions' staff members. After greet and meet services, he will escort you to your accommodation in Arusha (approximately 60 kilometers), ready for the safari tomorrow. The lodge is perched on the slopes of Mount Meru with a magnificent view of the mountain.

  • Main destination: Arusha
  • Accommodation: Green Mountain Hotel (mid-range hotel located in or near Arusha)
  • Meals and drinks: Breakfast and dinner are included. Lunch and drinks are not included.

Day 2: Discover the Tarangire

After breakfast, set off on a safari with your private car and driver to Tarangire National Park (approximately 120 kilometers). Named for the river that nourishes the wildlife of a vast ecosystem, Tarangire is home to elephant, zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, buffalo, eland, waterbuck, lion, giraffe, onyx and an unsurpassed diversity of birds.

From June to November, masses of wildlife congregate around the river, but the park is a stronghold for big game year-round. Take your first game drive before retiring to your beautifully designed lodge, hidden among ancient baobab trees and giant rock kopjes within the park.

  • Main destination: Tarangire National Park
  • Accommodation: Burunge Tented Lodge (mid-range tented camp bordering Tarangire National Park without fences)
  • Meals and drinks: All meals and drinking water are included. Other drinks are not included.

Day 3: On to Lake Manyara

After breakfast, you depart for Lake Manyara National Park (approx 90 kilometers) with en-route views. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, a beautiful park, Lake Manyara contains a diverse range of habitats and topographical features ranging from the rift wall, ground water forest, acacia woodlands, and open grasslands to the shores of Lake Manyara and the lake itself.

Have afternoon game viewing in the park searching for the diverse flora and fauna of the park. There are some 350 different bird species in the park. The park provides sanctuary to a variety of animals such as the gazelle, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hyena, baboon, giraffe, hippo and the famous tree-climbing lions that are unique to the Lake. The park is generally recognized for its incredible beauty.

  • Main destination: Lake Manyara National Park
  • Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge (mid-range lodge located outside Lake Manyara National Park)
  • Meals and drinks: All meals and drinking water are included. Other drinks are not included.

Day 4: Drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro

The legendary Serengeti Plain is your destination today (210 kilometers), a vast rolling plain whose sparse vegetation allows for some of the best wildlife viewings in the world. The annual migration of wildebeest and zebra is one of the park’s great attractions, but throughout the year the Serengeti is excellent for seeing predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah, along with elephant, giraffe, hyena, hippo, rhino, and many varieties of antelopes and birds. Depending with the animal movement, you can arrange packed lunch or go back to the lodge for a hot lunch. The evening is free to rest.

  • Main destination: Serengeti National Park
  • Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Camp (mid-range tented camp located inside Serengeti National Park)
  • Meals and drinks: All meals and drinking water are included. Other drinks are not included.

Day 5: Full day in the endless plains of Serengeti

If you rise early, you can take a morning game drive through the park to see the nocturnal predators returning from their nightly hunt and very active animals waking up in the early morning light. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds, you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes, birds and other species.

You enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing drives on the vast Serengeti plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. The park is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve.

Depending on the wildlife movement, you can have a hot lunch at the camp or enjoy picnic lunch packets.

  • Main destination: Serengeti National Park
  • Accommodation: Mbugani Tented Camp (mid-range tented camp located inside Serengeti National Park)
  • Meals and drinks: All meals and drinking water are included. Other drinks are not included.

Day 6: A day in the "African garden of Eden", Ngorongoro

After breakfast, you descend some 610 meters into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a full day of game viewing drive with picnic lunch at a private scenic site (hippos pool). Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Pride of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, golden and black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena freely roam on the crater floor plains.

Unmatched for its natural variety and breathtaking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. In the afternoon, ascend and spend the night close to Ngorongoro.

  • Main destination: Ngorongoro Highlands
  • Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge (mid-range lodge located outside Ngorongoro Highlands)
  • Meals and drinks: All meals and drinking water are included. Other drinks are not included.

Day 7: Departure or continue with other plans

The day you drive to Arusha and you will have a few hours for shopping in Arusha. In the afternoon, you will drive to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) for your international flight back home or continue with other plans.

  • Main destination: Ngorongoro - Arusha
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals and drinks: Breakfast, lunch, and drinking water are included. Dinner and other drinks are not included.

Retreat location

Tanzania is Africa’s visual masterpiece. It is a country of magnificent natural splendor, astounding wildlife, seductive beaches, charming ancient towns, ancient archaeological sites, and geological wonders. This lush East African Eden is the stunning backdrop to one of nature’s most remarkable events when it hosts the spectacular Great Migration of one million wild animals. The herds move across the Serengeti Plains and charge through the treacherous crocodile-infested Mara River to reach the Mara Nature Reserve in Kenya.

Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, rises from lush, grassy plains and towers over the land. Its snow-capped peak is a sight to behold. Climbing Kilimanjaro is surprisingly easy, and standing on the roof of Africa is a life-changing experience.

There are numerous game parks and reserves available for tourists to visit for an adventure. One of the best-known ones is, of course, the Serengeti National Park, where you will find the Great Migration starting and traversing until it makes its way across the Mara river. You will not only get to witness the Great Migration in the area but also the Big Five and other wildlife. There won’t be a shortage of things to see when you’re at the Serengeti National Park.

Another popular tourist location is the Ngorongoro Crater. This crater is a perfect caldera that used to be a supervolcano that erupted years ago and caved in to form what it is now. It’s a spectacular sight to see as you won’t find anything quite like it just anywhere in the world. Get to experience a picnic lunch while observing the wildlife around you go about their daily routine.

Lake Manyara is another location which should be considered for a stop on a trip to Tanzania. When you’re at Lake Manyara, you will be able to roam around and see its famous tree-climbing lions, giraffes, elephants, flamingos and warthogs amongst others. It’s truly a beautiful scenery to explore.

You’ll also be able to take a break from enjoying a safari adventure to spend time in local tribes learning about their culture and tradition. Experience a different lifestyle to that of yours!

Food

For large yoga safari retreat groups, Leadwood Expeditions typically arranges for meals to be taken together. This would usually be a buffet or set meals but they are able to make special arrangements so long as the request is made beforehand. Meals include normal recipes with vegetarian and vegan options available. Every meal is prepared with fresh and local ingredients so you are sure to get the best nourishment for your body.

Leadwood Expeditions has worked closely with the accommodations to develop menus and ensure recipes fits the needs of the yoga retreats and guests. Feel free to get in touch with them for any special requests and they are happy to customize the menus and recipes for your needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Shopping in Arusha

What's included

  • 1 game drive in Tarangire National Park
  • 1 game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • 2 game drives in Serengeti National Park
  • 1 Ngorongoro Crater tour (conservation fee)
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All national park fees and government taxes
  • Complimentary drinking water while on the safari
  • Full board meals whilst on safari as in the itinerary
  • Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
  • Transport whilst on safari in 4×4 safari Land Cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Transfer upon arrival and departure

What's not included

  • Accommodation after the safari
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
  • Change in itinerary
  • International flights/local flights
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. toiletries, torch, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guide, hotel/camp and restaurant staff, room service
  • Yoga mats

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Leadwood Expeditions will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 61 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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