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5 Days Tropical Wellness, Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Tanzania

Adventure Yoga and Meditation Retreat Africa

Relieve stress while on a tropical adventure in Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania. This retreat is the perfect opportunity to find deep relaxation and serenity. Go on an adventure and explore the Swahili culture and diverse marine life. Switch off your phones, leave your laptops behind, and enjoy a few days of peace and quiet. Orenda will help you relax, re-energize, and you will be home sparkling with a smile.

Retreat highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 1 massage treatment upon arrival
  • 1 daily boat excursion in Chole Bay
  • Juice, herbal infusions, early morning tea, and bottled water
  • Daily meditation sessions and breathing techniques
  • Transfers to and from Mafia Airport (MFA)
  • 3 healthy and delicious meals daily
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The accommodation options at the Pole Pole Lodge are on single, double, and shared family room basis. Pole Pole is located in the Chole bay area, near Utende village on the southeast coast of the Mafia Island Marine Park. It lies on the beach, within a tropical garden, overlooking a spectacular view of the Mafia archipelago and the Indian Ocean.

Seven bungalow suites are subtly blended into a surrounding tropical landscape. The verandas overlook Chole bay's infinite palette of blues and with breathtaking views of surrounding islands. Twin and double bungalows are furnished with carved and antique pieces. The large private verandas are provided with handcrafted wooden furniture.

Each unit is self-contained with a spacious and comfortable bathroom. Two bungalows are family type with two rooms separated by the bathroom and a small corridor for privacy. Pole Pole's fundamental philosophy is founded on natural rhythms, harmony with its surroundings, and the soothing ebb and flow of the ocean, and as such, is quintessentially made for yoga. This venue is considered as one of the most exclusive eco-lodges in the world.

It is renowned for its great cuisine, unpretentious and laid-back atmosphere, and warm but discrete hospitality. Pole Pole is perfect for those looking for relaxation after a safari and for the ocean-lovers who just cant get enough of diving, sailing, islets, and sandbanks.

Orenda Pole Pole Mafia Island Yoga Retreat Program

This retreat is an ideal recipe to reinvigorate your mind, body, and spirit through a combination of yoga, meditation, healthy food, excursions, and relaxation. Breathe, relax, and let go at exclusive and yet unpretentious Pole Pole Bungalows, surrounded by peaceful tropical landscape. You will have a one-on-one initial consultation in order for Orenda to tailor the massages and yoga sessions you will have throughout the whole retreat.

This retreat is for anyone interested in a more personalized attention to distress from your daily routine, gaining your balance back, and reconnecting with nature through yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, and massage while surrounded by beautiful and soothing elements of nature. No previous experience in yoga is required for this retreat.

Upon arrival, soothe your mind and unwind with a re-balancing massage on your private veranda. Revitalize and re-energize with daily yoga classes, meditation, and breathing techniques each morning and one-hour evening sessions of mixed yoga flows based on your needs and health conditions.

Experience one daily boat excursion in Chole Bay that can comprise any of the following, depending on tides, weather, and availability, snorkeling including snorkel equipment, Chole island, Kua ruins, Blue lagoon, Marimbani sandbank, Fishermen island, and Sunset Cruise.

During your free time, you can also engage in diving and snorkeling with whale sharks, stroll along sandy lanes through the coconut palms, hang out at the beach and chill, partake in sailing excursions, avail re-balancing massage treatments, explore the unique and diverse marine life of Mafia Island Marine Park, and experience the warmhearted Swahili culture.

Included excursions

There is one daily boat excursion in Chole Bay for this retreat and can comprise any one of the following, depending on tides, weather, and availability:

  • Blue lagoon
  • Chole island (excluding 5 USD village levy)
  • Fishermen island
  • Kua ruins
  • Marimbani sandbank
  • Sunset cruise


Leila El Krekshi
Leila is a qualified classical Hatha yoga teacher and Thai massage therapist. Leila has practiced meditation yoga, dance, and Capoeira for more than 15 years. She uses yoga, meditation, and rhythmic movement to take individuals through a personal journey of self-discovery, creativity, and inner and outer connection with the elements. Her focus is on prana vital energy and integrating breath with movement for conscious practice.

Retreat location

The retreat will be held in Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania. It is an intimate tropical paradise and is the perfect spot for a relaxing and balancing retreat. In harmony with the elements of nature, the place provides a sacred space to slow down, calm the mind, and lighten your heart by being in the moment.

The warm, safe waters of the inland bays and lagoons are a paradise for both expert and beginner scuba divers as well as those simply wishing to snorkel. Mafia Island Marine Park was established as the first marine park in Tanzania and covers a surface of 821 square kilometers.

Mafia island has so far escaped the invasion of mass tourism as building has been restricted to few tourist lodges. The lodges are like bush resorts in that everything is quiet, thus offering the perfect alternative safari experience. Major tourist activities are scuba diving, snorkeling, beach and offshore island excursions.

Nearby places

  • Kilindali - 20 minutes
  • Mafia Airport - 30 minutes



  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Trekking nearby
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Whale watching nearby


  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • Free bottled water
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The food provided daily consists of three delicious and healthy meals, herbal infusions, bottled water, early morning tea, and juice. Pole Pole’s cuisine is highly praised by international clients, reflects diverse culinary and cultural influences, and combines an Italian touch of class with local flavors and ingredients.

Swahili dinners and tropical fruits and vegetables are enjoyed by guests in the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant. They cater special dietary requirements whenever possible and most of the food served are organically grown and bought on the island to help fishermen and farmers benefit from tourism development. Vegan meals are also available upon request.

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat excursions and picnics in isolated islets, sandbanks, or islands are arranged daily in accordance with the tidal patterns
  • Book private consultations, personalized yoga sessions, and sublime Thai massages with Leila
  • Scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and the occasional visits to the local villages within The Marine Park
  • Swim and snorkel with the wale sharks - in addition to the wonders of its reefs that make it a world-class diving destination, Mafia island hosts also this rare pleasure

Spa treatments

Soothe your mind, and unwind with a re-balancing massage on your private veranda on your arrival. Optionally, you may book massages and yoga sessions offered by Leila, to be paid cash or PayPal to Orenda, or spa treatments at Alasiri Spa.

What's included

  • 1 massage treatment
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 meals daily
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily sailing excursions in Chole Bay
  • Daily meditation sessions and breathing techniques
  • Juice, herbal infusions, early morning tea, and bottled water
  • Laundry (two items per person per day)
  • One on one initial consultation
  • Transfers to and from the Mafia Airport (MFA)

What's not included

  • Additional spa treatments from Alasiri Spa
  • Any other activitiy and/or equipment, which will be charged at normal rates
  • Any other beverage beside the bottled water, herbal infusions, early morning tea and juice
  • Extra massage and yoga sessions offered by Leila
  • Final yoga or wellness consultation and a take home plan
  • Marine Park fees (20 USD per person per day)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mafia Airport (MFA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

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