14 Days Safari, Mindfulness Yoga Retreat in Tanzania

  • Mindful Adventure, Serengeti, Mwanza City, Rubondo Island, Gombe National Park, Arusha, Tanzania

Overview

Feel the Heartbeat of Nature Safari Yoga Retreat in Tanzania

  • 13 days with instruction
  • This safari will make you experience an unforgettable meeting with the Masaï tribe in Ngorongoro and help you trace for lions, cheetas, leopards, giraffes, elephants and more at Serengeti. From there you will explore two great Lake areas in Tanzania. First you will visit Mwanza Rock City. After sailing and hiking at Rubondo Island, enjoying the diversity of birds, you will be surprised by Hippos coming ashore after 5:00 p.m. and be impressed by face to face meetings with bushbocks, impalas and gazelles which stare at you with their big wonderlingly eyes. A Crocodile will slowly pass if you pay attention. Later you will walk through the rainforest, searching for chimpansees, which hang lazy in their tree or intensily panic when the Alpha male joins them.

    If it was possible to calm down your thoughts and be fully part of this peaceful liveliness around you. But your thoughts keep talking to you like they always do. With the help of nature, meditations, Breath Work and yoga, you will go on a trip with a deeper relaxation than you thought was possible. You do not need meditation experience to join because people will be able to experience meditations and exercises on their own level.

    Highlights

    • Wonderful yoga practices
    • Daily hiking tours in wild nature
    • Mindfulness and meditation sessions
    • Chasing for chimpanzees in the Gombe National Park
    • Cultural tour and gamedriving Serengeti
    • Meeting the Masaï in a personal way
    • 13 nights accommodation
    • Daily local meals

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: Dutch, English
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    During this retreat, you will stay in light weighted tents among the wild nature, simple but clean local guesthouses, and luxury hotels.

    Meditation and yoga

    Do you want to discover what is needed to walk your life in a more relaxed way, while you enjoy an adventurous safari in Tanzania with everything to it? This is only possible with Mindful Adventure. You are invited in a double adventure among friends, who are willing just like you to find a deeper relaxation towards life and at the same time feel more alive and joyful.

    The wild nature in Africa, the walks, meditations, healing, and sharing with your fellow travellers will help you to become more free of restricting habits in your daily life. You will learn to shift from your thoughts to your senses, which feels like waking up from a deep sleep. Also you will be shown what is needed to live more from the heart, which will create better relationships. You can change your life, if only you know what to do.

    Safari Adventure

    This safari is also a vacation and you will experience an unforgettable meeting with Mindful Adventure's Masaï friends in Ngorongoro and help you trace for lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, elephants and more at Serengeti. From there you will enjoy the views of two great lake areas in Tanzania. In Mwanza you will do a Cultural Tour and if you like, you can visit a local outdoor club with swinging African music. After sailing and hiking at Rubondo Island, enjoying the diversity of birds, you will be surprised by hippos coming ashore after 5.00 pm and be impressed by face to face meetings with Bushbocks, Impalas and Gazelles which stare at you with their big wonderingly eyes. A crocodile will slowly pass if you pay attention. Later you will walk through the Rainforest, searching for Chimpanzees, which hang lazy in their tree or intensely panic when the Alpha male joins them.

    Schedule

    Day 1

    You will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania. You will be picked up by Mindful Adventure and brought to L’Oasis Meserani just outside Arusha where you will spend the night. L’Oasis is a place with a real soul. The last seventeen years, it has been built up by Margret; she’s a Tanzanian lady and she did this with heart and soul. She also has her own organic vegetable garden and animals which makes it extra special. Also the place is functioning on solar.

    Day 2

    This day has most of all a Mindful character. You will be doing this program in morning and evening and create a solid bottom for the coming weeks. After an early lunch you will depart to Karatu, the last town before the group enters Ngorongoro. While Mindful Adventure makes the necessary arrangements for being allowed to enter Ngorongoro you can have a look at this red town and visit the market or buy a nice shuka that will nourish you during your safari. You will spend your night at Flamingo Campsite.

    Day 3

    The group will leave early to start the journey to Endonyowas in Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. Mindful Adventure's Masaï friends will have prepared a heartwarming welcome for you. It will be a special meeting. Endonyowas is not a fake tourist village but an authentic village where Masaï are living a simple and sometimes hard life to survive. The circumstances have dramatically changed and they know they have to develop to save aspects of their culture. This is one of the reasons why they are very open to show you their culture, their lifestyle, some activities and gladly exchange with you during a cup of tea. You will not lightly forget this day. In the afternoon you will drive to Seronera in the heart of Serengeti. You will already spot wild animals while you are on the way. You will sleep in Seronera in light-weighted tents with comfortable mattresses. Also you will enjoy a meal made by Mindful Adventure's own cook.

    Day 4 and 5

    It is possible to do two gamedrives today. During that gamedrives you will try to trace lions, leopards, giraffes, cheetahs and other wild animals. Depending on the season it is possible to hear the pounding hooves of animals known as migration. After the morning gamedrive you will enjoy a Mindful program. At night you will stay at a public campsite amongst the wild and listen to strange, tropical sounds from the immediate surroundings. These campsites have enough space for us to do yoga and other exercises or meditations to stretch our bodies after the gamedrives. And you should not be surprised if Impalas, Warthogs, Mongoose or Buffalos walk through your eyesight during your meditation. In the morning of day 5 there’s another gamedrive in the heart of Serengeti, after which the grouop will depart to Mwanza Rock City; a lively town bordering Lake Victoria. You will spend two nights in the Lahe Hotel close to the Lake. In the evening you will have dinner at the Lahe Hotel.

    Day 6

    Today you’ll go for a nice hike at Mwanza City. You can visit the famous ‘ skopjes’ of which the ‘Bismarckrock’ is the most well-known. You will probably come eye to eye with one of the ‘Maraboe Storcks’ of Mwanza. You will also be taken to the lively market of Mwanza and the Masai market. Weary but fulfilled you can relax back in the hotel, dress nicely for a romantic dinner at the Tilapiahotel while you enjoy the view across the bay.

    Day 7 and 8

    You will leave early for Rubondo. Rubondo is an island in Lake Victoria where you will go to see a big diversity for birds and nice walks. During a special boat trip you will see birds nearby, you will pass ‘crocodile island’ and will probably come across some hippos. The group will be dropped off on the island together with your own cook to camp for the night. Hippos will be seen grazing in the grass right in front of you and a big fire will be made in front of the tents to guarantee our safety. The Campsite at Rubondo is a great place for a profound meditation. The privacy, the view, the silence will be great to connect with your inner self. On day 8 you will take time for exercises and meditation. There will be a nice walk with a guide of the Island, have lunch and catch the boat later that day to Chato village where Rama will pick us up to bring us in 3,5 hours to Kibondo where you will spend the night at a camp where the United Nations army stayed to give shelter to refugees from Burundi and Rwanda in the past. It is a nice place with much history.

    Day 9

    After your morning meditation and breakfast you will have a travel day to Kigoma. This is about 6 hours of driving. During this safari you will have enough breaks, Mindful assignments, stops at great viewpoints in the Mountains. In Kigoma you will be brought to the Jakobsen beach and Guesthouse. Jakobsen is a simple but very nice guesthouse located at a very beautiful area at Lake Tanganyika. You can relax and swim here. Nice detail is that many zebras are living in the area. There is a good chance you will meet them.

    Day 10 and 11

    We will leave to Gombe National Park by boat. Gombe National Park is an area next to Lake Tanganyika where Jane Goodall did her research on chimpansees. Two hours after departure you will arrive in paradise with amazing sunsets and a beautiful place to swim or sit on the beach surrounded by the jungle behind you. Gombe National Park cannot be reached by mainland, only through the jungle. Many groups of chimpansees live in the jungle and you will spend time looking for them. Quietly observing the behavior of the chimpansees will be unforgettable and exciting. Don’t forget to enjoy this beautiful walk through the tropical forest. You can also join in a birdwatching tour or visit a waterfall. You will spend two nights in a new, simple and nice hotel.

    Day 12 and 13

    After breakfast you will return to Kigoma by boat and travel by jeep to Tabora where you will spend the night. Tabora is a town with many stories from the time slaves were walking all the way from Kigoma to Dar Es salaam to be transported with boats to Europe and America. Tabora has a museum, you can decide if you want to go there. You will sleep that night in the Orion Hotel. Early in the morning you will travel back to Arusha, to the Safari Lodge in Ilboru, which is situated on the slope of Mount Meru. Safari Lodge is being run by the Dutch Annelies. It has very nice rooms, a good menu (try tortilla chips and guacamole) a big swimming pool a good atmosphere and two nice shops to relax after a long trip.

    Day 14

    Today Mindful Adventure will escort you back to Kilimanjaro airport to fly back home. In case you have a night flight it is possible to join us on a city tour in Arusha. It will be nice to see the markets, the shops, the musea and in general to experience the streetlife.

    Safari njema, karibu tena (a good safari home and welcome again)

    • Tour to Gombe National Park
    • Trip to Arusha
    • Trip to Mwanza City
    • Trip to Ngorongoro
    • Trip to Rubondo Island
    • Trip to Serengeti

    This retreat will be held at seven different locations around Tanzania; Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Mwanza City, Rubondo Island, Gombe National Park, and Arusha.

    During this retreat, you will be served daily delicious and locally sourced meals. Vegetarian food is possible. You will have available a private cook that will prepare fresh meals on site. A small number of meals during some outings are not included.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
    • Vegetarian
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • 13 nights accommodation
    • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
    • Daily locally sourced meals
    • Transportation from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
    • Transportation to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
    • Yoga and meditation sessions
    • Guide, driver, and cook fee (varies from 10 to 20 USD dollar a day per group)
    • Plane ticket
    • Some meals on free days or travel days
    • Visa costs

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.

    Testimonials

    • Review by Jannet from the Netherlands

      "I felt this Safari was too short, so much happened. I needed to stay longer at one place to be able to take it in more deeply. The quietness, the space, the mindfulness moments were so inspiring, that I like to do more with that, in Tanzania with your guidance. Hiking was the most valuable to me, especially the one on music in slow motion. At the start it was very difficult for me, but because it lasted very long, I was taken into the flow and found rest and peace inside. Thanks Alina for these experiences. Also the waterfall and climbing to it was wonderful. The meeting with the Masaï village was overwhelming and difficult for me. Maybe to me it was too early in the trip. I have intensily enjoyed this land, the people and your crew; they were great. I am thinking back a lot of this Safari and I want more. It makes me feel more human”."

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    • Review by Lizanne Croonen from Netherlands

      "I felt carried by nature. Some moments I will never forget. When we were meditating at Empakai, the beautiful Vulcanic Lake in Ngorongoro. I had found a spot where I could just see the Lake through the plants. This was an unforgettable moment of looking within myself ánd looking outward. I felt so carried by nature. All my senses where wide open. Alina chooses for people and places that fit to her Mindfulness approach. The exercises (that certainly have an impact), the walking, camping in the wild, the Masai that we meet, it all was real and pure. I am grateful to Alina, Rama, Msafiri and Tuma for this very beautiful travel experience. A meeting with man and nature, and with myself."

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    • Review by Lieneke Akkerman from Netherlands

      "I had a wonderful time in every way. A camping spot between Masai villages, a tree with a wide view. Dancing Five Rhythms by Gabrielle Roth at daybreak. Memories of years of dancing, memories to profound events then. Now dancing again with emotions of mourning and loss; flowing and crying, stamping staccato and stillness. The Masai guide Muran dancing with us, the teen daughters of driver Rama as well. This is life as it can be in al it’s diversity and liveliness. On the road people are walking from village to village, they stand still, watch, and lean on their walking stick for a while, and continue. A Mindful inner and outer journey through Tanzania, adventurous and inspiring."

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    • Review by Rob Noteboom from Netherlands

      "A journey with beautiful faraways, incisive proximity and deep insights. And what an adventure it was; campfires, plains, Masaï, dryness, dust, silence, primitive, warriors, forgo, compressed energy, vulcans, emotion, clear nights. Unfamiliar men became comrades. And apart from that all the animals and wonders of nature on the way. But also; meditations, yoga and sharings. That was fairly new to me but it gave such en extra dimension. And all of that in such a setting."

      "To describe the intensity, the contrasts, the small and the magnificence, words simply fall short. What I do want to share is what it brought me; personal leadership as human and man and a more intense relationship with my wife. The talks with the trainers and comrades, Tanzania, the Masaï, they all contributed in their own unique way. I end with a powerfull and loving Aho. Thank you Mindful Adventure and Tanzania for seeing the need for this and for making it possible."

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    • Review by Margo Noordhoek from The Netherlands

      "Wow, what a trip! I knew there was something with me and Africa, but this trip made me experience and see this even more. The (walking) meditations made me experience everything more intense and made mee see the beauty of the African landscape even more. The walking trekking, The Masaï, the wild animals, driving through the African landscape, hearing the roaring of a leopard, the African relaxedness, all highlights of this extraordinary safari!"

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    • Review by Lindsey Arnouts from Belgium

      "A real wow feeling! This safari was a trip to an incredible beautiful country but also an incredible inner journey. From the first moment I was there, my nerves fell away and there was only excitement: what would happen these coming 2 weeks. And so much has happened. We watched for lions, elephants, leopards. What was it beautiful to stand amidst of all that! A real wow feeling. Apart from that there was the amazing beautiful landscape during the walks where we enjoyed so much more because of the mindfulness exercises that made us live completely in the NOW. Every meal was a feast from our loverly cook. If you are in doubt, just do it and let you be carried away in a special adventure. I am taking it with me and am absolutely less fearful since I’m back. Really wow!"

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    • Review by Linda Heilygers from the Netherlands

      "AFRICA! I didnt know much about it really. I felt attracted to Africa, but also tense because of my ignorance about the country and its inhabitants and not knowing what was going to happen. Msafiri was welcoming us on arrival and that was very nice. I felt safe from day 1 onwards. The people are very sociable, speak reasonably English and are cheerful with a positive attitude. They also take good care of the food. I especially appreciated camping on small sites and being in touch with nature and locals instead of traveling around like a rich tourist. The contrast between rich and poor was made crystal clear during this trip. The climate is good and certainly not too hot. Nature is overwhelmingly beautiful. I have never been in a country with so many different animals and birds. Streets are colourful. The trip itself has a diverse program with riding, walking, temperature differences, heights, relaxing, meeting Masai villages and towns. I felt I was traveling with friends instead of a travel organisation which made the whole experience very special.Africa, Im glad I met you. Many thanks to Alina and Msafiri for this beautiful experience."

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    • Review by Anita Smulders from the Netherlands

      "It has been a fantastic experience to travel to Tanzania with Mindful Adventure. It was a completely different holiday compared to standard trips offered by most travel agents. Walking with the Masai through the ever changing views of the countryside; absorbing the greatness of nature and camping with donkeys, their riders and our own cook. My three highlights were Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti and I also really enjoyed swimming underneath romantic waterfalls! It is indescribable how many animals can be spotted in such a short time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and often still think about it with great pleasure."

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    • Review by Maarten van der Velde from the Netherlands

      "It has given me the experience of slowing down, a closer relationship to nature and myself, a sense of respect for the Masa people and their unchanged lifestyle through the ages, the beauty and purity of the landscape and a hard question to ask: who is taking better care of this earth, the Masai or the remaining people in this world?"

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    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Mindful Adventure is a sympathetic safari company that offers profound meditation, breathing, and yoga techniques during their tours in Tanzania.

    Speaks English

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    14 days / 13 nights

    FREE cancellation

    The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.

    Availability

    Arrival: Friday July 21, 2017
    Departure: Thursday August 3, 2017

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