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12 Days Safari Yoga Retreat in Africa

  • Zanzibar, Tanzania


Yoga Retreat Africa

The first part of the retreat takes place in a small beautiful beach front hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa. The place has an aura of tranquillity and a feeling of spaciousness with its lush tropical garden lined with coconut palms, frangipani and fanana trees. Short steps at the front lead to the beach and to the turquoise blue sea of the Indian Ocean. The next destination then takes you on a small flight from beach to bush, to Kilimanjaro, where you will make your way for one night's stay in a simple hotel, with pool and magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro. From here is where the safari journey will begin to see the big five.


  • Sunset cruise and tour to Stone town
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes in Zanzibar
  • Transport to and from the airport or port
  • Entrance to three wild life parks
  • 2 daily meals in Zanzibar
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Safari in Tanzania
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English, Spanish
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The retreat space is right on the beach front, where the water is aqua marine and the sand as white as salt. It is within a close walk to numerous restaurants and bars. It has individually styled cottages with spacious rooms and large verandas. Breakfast can be served on your own cottage veranda. All rooms are double occupancy, either with two single beds or a double on request. There is also an option for private rooms if needed. All rooms have en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and a refrigerator. Some cottages have a sitting room.

The retreat starts with 6 nights in Zanzibar beach front retreat space, 2 yoga classes daily in the morning and in the early evening. Different trips are offered, visiting towns, spice tour, diving, sunset boat cruise, shopping or hanging out on the white sandy beaches. This retreat includes a full safari experience with three nights, four days, all food, drinks and accommodation included. Tanzania is the ultimate dream safari destination with a vast array of experiences coupled together with the country's dedication to preservation, you can be ensured an amazing holiday that will stay with you forever. You will sleep under the stars among the wildlife.

Example Schedule in Zanzibar:

  • 7:30 - 9:00: Yoga with Ari
  • 9:00: Breakfast
  • 10:00: Free Time (diving, beach time, massage)
  • 16:30: Boat cruise
  • 18:00: Yoga with Amanda
  • 20:00: Dinner

Sample Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival

Arrival to Moshi and overnight stay in the guest house. There are views of Kilimanjaro from the hotel and a pool on sight. The guest house is very simple, as it is just the meeting place to start your safari early morning the following day.

Day 2, Moshi, Arusha - Lake Manyara

This morning, you will depart for Lake Manyara national park. Spend the afternoon on a game drive of this park, described as one of the hidden gems of Tanzania. This park is famous for its tree climbing lions and large herds of elephant (which are not shy to come straight up to the vehicle). Overnight at Lake Manyara.

Day 3, Lake Manyara - Serengeti

After breakfast, drive to one of the most famous game parks in Africa, the Serengeti. This is home to millions of wilder beast during the migration and over the huge flat plains you are likely to find lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, and many other small predators. All afternoon will be spent on game drive before enjoying dinner and the experience of sleeping in the middle of the Serengeti. Overnight in Seronera, the center of the Serengeti.

Day 4, Serengeti - Ngorongoro crater

An early morning start in the Serengeti to try and find cats before they retreat away from the blazing sun during the day. After a few hours game, drive in the Serengeti drive to the Ngorongoro crater. Overnight at the rooftop of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 5, Ngorongoro Crater Arusha,Moshi

This morning you will descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a wonderful haven for wildlife. Ngorongoro is unique in that almost all the wildlife live within the crater walls hence you have the opportunity to find game easily. Rhino, in particular, can be seen regularly as well as prides of lion and other predators like cheetah. Enjoy lunch by the hippo pond before commencing your drive back to Arusha and then Moshi.

Visit Mount Kilimanjaro National Park from the base, spice tour and trip to Stone town, sailing Trip and options to dive or snorkel.

Amanda Dee

Before Amanda moved to Spain to set up her own Yoga Retreat Space, she was teaching yoga for 10 years, all over New York City. She has taught in many established centers, such as Sonic Yoga, Life in Motion, Kula Reebok Sports Club to name a few. In 2004, she also opened up her own studio called The Ladybird Center, where she began to run worldwide yoga retreats to places such as Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Africa, and Italy. Her next retreat is at Bali on May 2014. She continues to teach classes online with Be More Yogic.

Amanda is a 200-hour E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. But she has done a lot more extensive hours of training. Her advance anatomy training for two years was with Leslie Kaminoff (author of Yoga Anatomy) in Breath Centered Yoga, a therapeutic approach to yoga, using the breath as a starting point to understand the anatomy of the body in depth. She studied "Body Reading," understanding the individual needs of each body and working with the connective tissue with Tom Myers. Tom is the author of Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001).

She also had a year of training with Zachery Dacuk in the art of conscious embodiment and the anatomy of yoga. Amanda is a certified Prenatal / Restorative yoga teacher and a Doula (DONA certified). Amanda brings together her many years of knowledge of teaching and running yoga retreats, to help other teachers host their own. She has learned from experience to cater the retreats for each individual client, making sure their needs are met. Amanda creates a fun, calming, nurturing environment, filled with many wonderful experiences.

This retreat space is located on the northern tip of the Island in Nungwi Village. Previously, a simple fishing village and dhow-building center. Now, one of Africa's most picturesque lines of coast, where palms amble onto a beach that dissolves gradually from spearmint blue into shades of deep turquoise.

Relax in a hammock with a good book or sunbathe in the area facing the turquoise blue ocean and white beach or lounge around the swimming pool in the garden. Hammocks and loungers are distributed at the sun bathing area facing the beach as well as in the garden, around the swimming pool.


There is an option to dive in Zanzibar. The coral reefs surrounding Zanzibar are home to over 400 different types of reef fish, turtles, dolphins, and other marine life. Humpback whales migrate from July to October. It is a paradise for everyone: the macro life lovers, underwater photographers, adventurers, beginning divers, snorkelers. Watch the green turtles cruise the current of the ocean, or the dolphins play in the azure waters surrounding the boat, or the small colorful nudibranchs on a beautiful variety of corals.

Whether you are looking to make fun dives on some of the beautiful dive sites around the island, become a diver with an array of diving courses, or take a snorkeling trip to see Zanzibar's underwater world from the surface, you will be amazed.

  • African Dance
  • Diving
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming pool
  • Music show
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lounge

The chef prepares meals that are a mixture of international and local cuisine, there is choice of a variety of fish dishes. In addition the menu offers chicken, meats, and vegetarian dishes. Nungwi being a fishing village; the fish served is locally obtained and is served at candle lit tables set close to the sea. Snacks are available for extra cost throughout the day and can be taken either on the cottage veranda or by the sunbathing area.

  • Dive in Zanzibars crystal blue waters and pristine white beaches.
  • Enjoy a sunset boat cruise
  • Extend your trip for an extra week to do volunteer work
  • Go on a spice tour and trip to Stone town
  • Join a safari in Tanzania
  • Refresh at the pool
  • Relax with daily meditation class
  • Take a daily yoga class
  • Visit three spectacular wild life parks
  • 1 sunset cruise
  • 2 nights in hotel with views of mount Kilimanjaro
  • 2 classes a day while in Zanzibar (11 classes total)
  • 6 nights in beach front retreat space Zanzibar
  • All breakfast, 4 lunches and dinners
  • All food, drinking water, camping equipment on the safari (including sleeping bags if you don't have your own)
  • At least one pair of binoculars per vehicle on the safari
  • Camping equipment on the safari
  • Camping fees on the safari
  • Cooks on the safari
  • Daily meditation while in Zanzibar
  • English speaking driver / guides on the safari
  • Entrance to three spectacular wild life parks
  • Full safari experience (3 nights, 4 days- all food, drinks and accommodation)
  • Park fees on the safari
  • Safari guide
  • Spice tour and trip to stone town
  • Transfers from Zanzibar airport / port to the retreat space
  • Use of the pools
  • Vehicles on the safari
  • Diving
  • Extra drinks soft and alcoholic,
  • Gratuity for all staff
  • Other extra activities
  • Small flights within Africa
  • There will be no yoga during the 4 day safari only in the Zanzibar part of the trip (11 yoga classes are included with 2 different teachers)
  • Tipping to the driver / guide and cook on the safari (approx. 40 USD per person).

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ).

Transportation to and from the airport is included in the price.

Arrival by ferry

Please book your ferry to arrive at Zanzibar port.

Transportation to and from the port is included in the price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Sun Salute Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Michaela Metcalfe
    10 out of 10

    "I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel with Amanda to Costa Rica twice, Guatemala, and Peru. Each retreat had a unique mix of yoga, meditation, adventure, culinary delight, and friendship. Amanda is truly gifted in creating an amazing community of love and laughter. She shares her gentle kindness both as a devoted yoga instructor and citizen of the world."

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  • Review by Wendy McCulloch
    10 out of 10

    "I attended Amanda's retreat in Tuscany in 2013. The setting was wonderful and the yoga sessions were great. Amanda is the best yoga teacher I've ever had. She puts a lot into her sessions. She is very attentive during class and is always giving helpful adjustments and guidance. She has a wonderful personality and makes everyone feel welcome and special. She would vary the program and there were excursions too. I would highly recommend one of her trips."

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  • Review by Mary Gatchell
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda is not only a loving, caring, and soulful being, she is a consummate and highly creative yoga teacher. As a musician, I was often in awe at her extensive skill of weaving in and out of poses seamlessly and artfully, just like a jazz musician improvises combining musical understand and soul. It is a craft with Amanda and one she excels in. She is truly unique in this manner. Taking classes and doing retreats with Amanda has been life changing for me and I am forever indebted to her for sharing her gifts with me. She is a gem!"

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  • Review by Tatyana Cherkasets
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda is one of the best yoga instructors with a heart of gold and a very unique ability to even in group classes make you feel like you're the only student there. She is incredibly organized which is key for any leader of yoga retreats. But while Amanda is experienced in getting groups of people to show up on places like Machu Picchu, she is always flexible and kind, and adjusts programs where needed. Since almost decade ago, I had come to Amanda's studio in Manhattan. Since that, I have been following my teacher to the several retreats including Italy, Peru, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Her spirit is felt throughout her classes. All the activities she plans during the retreats are appropriate, fun, and set the right tone. If I could go to every one of her retreats, I would book ten years in advance!"

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  • Review by Lynna Borden
    10 out of 10

    "I met Amanda when she was teaching yoga in New York and would always rush out of work so I could make it to her class on time. There are a ton of yoga teachers in New York, but Amanda is truly unique. Her classes are thoughtfully sequenced and challenging, with a keen attention to form, alignment, and breath. I attended Amanda's 2014 retreat in Bali and needless to say, it was an amazing experience. Not only is Bali a magical and spiritual place, but everything about the retreat space Amanda selected was perfect. The food was healthy and locally influenced, the space was serene and beautiful, and the staff were welcoming and accommodating. Aside from that, Amanda herself is such a kind and generous person. She really goes out of her way to make sure everyone is happy and able to get the most out of their experience. I can definitely see myself doing another retreat with her in the future!"

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  • Review by Sharon Lindeman
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda is one of the most accepting and loving people I have ever met. I have found her to be a masterful teacher. At whatever level one finds oneself at, she is there with you. Whether you have never taken yoga or are a yoga teacher yourself, she inspires. Her retreats are more than just about postures. They are about union, the yoking of the body, and the soul. They are also about understanding oneself and others and letting go of fear. She is highly educated in anatomy and physiology, so when you ask her a question, it comes from a knowledge deep within. She deals not just with the physical but with the realm of spirit, of how to bring a joyous spirit to the practice and to one's life. For me, this is the essence of Rumi's poem "spirit sees nothing to criticize". Amanda sees people in their wholeness and this is the gift she shares with others."

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  • Review by Kat Bates
    10 out of 10

    "Hold the phones and listen up everybody! Amanda is the best yoga teacher in the universe and her retreats are ridiculously fun and relaxing. I have literally been on every single retreat for seven years now. Not only that, but I have formed numerous lifelong incredible friendships from the amazing people on these retreats. Amanda always pulls in a great crowd of retreat folks and she puts forth so much work, dedication, and effort to make these retreats as fantastic as possible. I have seen the world and been on beautiful journeys with Amanda. My heart is filled with so much joy, gratitude, and thanks for the many years of service and friendship that we have had together through her being my yoga guru, mentor, teacher, and friend. You will eat delicious food, do crazy fun activities, meet amazing people, and literally have an experience of a lifetime if you come on Amanda's yoga retreat. Also, you will probably meet me too and I'm pretty awesome!"

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  • Review by Derek Rose
    10 out of 10

    "I had so much fun on Amanda's retreat to Peru in 2010! Amanda is such a kind, giving, and fun person who truly loves life and it rubs off on people. And as a yoga teacher, her classes are challenging, yet accessible. I cannot wait to go on another retreat with her!"

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  • Review by Nancy Ma
    10 out of 10

    "One thing that can be described of Amanda's retreats is that you'll not only enjoy great yoga classes in beautiful settings all over the world, you'll have loads of fun and adventure! I have experienced something new on each retreat I've attended. I have gone rock climbing in Peru, hiked up a volcano in Guatemala, went diving, went on a three day safari in Africa, and learned to surf in Nicaragua. Amanda is one of the sweetest souls I've ever known. As a teacher, she is gifted and nurturing with a keen understanding of alignment and the subtle movements of the body. Her classes are dynamic and flowy with intelligent sequencing. Having lead retreats all over the world, Amanda has the experience to anticipate the needs of every type of client. I can't recommend attending one of her retreats highly enough!"

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  • Review by Theresa Banovic
    10 out of 10

    "I went on Amanda's yoga retreat in Tuscany in 2013 with my partner. The venue was sublime. We both enjoyed our time there immensely and left feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and having made new friends and kindred spirits. Amanda's passion for yoga and spreading its positive benefits radiates out to all around her. She is a gentle and free-spirited woman with a wealth of yoga experience to offer her students. The yoga sessions were inspiring and supportive, and if any adjustments were needed, she seemed to always be there softly adapting the posture to individual needs. We really hope to attend another Sun Salute Retreats in the near future."

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  • Review by Grisel Olivo
    10 out of 10

    "Wow! I think that's the best phrase to describe both Amanda and the various retreats I've been on with her. Like a good craftsperson, over the years, her art just keeps getting better and better. Her knowledge base never fails to impress me. I feel like every time I take a class with her, I learn something new. I have witnessed my own yoga practice evolve time and time again under her guidance. Amanda also knows how to pick great retreat spots and her naturally caring and joyful personality has a way of bringing people together. The lasting friendships I've made at the retreats have not been few. I can't wait for the next adventure!"

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  • Review by Paul Gruen
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda's attention to detail makes her retreats a shining star in a sea of mediocrity. She cares about the experience of every one of her students, and she bends over backwards (literally!) to offer a spiritual vacation, as well as yoga retreat. She comes with a plan for fun things to do everyday but will also understand if your choice is to simply chill. Her classes are filled with the joy and expertise that she brings to every aspect of her life. She works hard to keep the prices reasonable and somehow still finds the time to make herself available to anyone who needs a little one on one. I highly recommended these retreats."

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  • Review by Joshua Levine
    10 out of 10

    "I've been on several retreats with Amanda Dee. I had taken her classes for about a decade in New York City and I was fortunate enough to go with Amanda and about twelve yogis to Nicaragua for a week. I also did two more local retreats with her after that. I find her classes have just the right mix of playfulness and groundedness. Her manner is so comforting and her flow so great that you naturally push yourself to new levels without really feeling like you are pushing. She is a lovely person to be around outside of yoga classes and I find that she attracts a really mature, but fun loving group. I recommend joining Amanda Dee for a retreat anytime, anywhere. Out of five stars, she gets ten!"

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  • Review by Leah Greenglass
    10 out of 10

    "I've been on a few of Amanda's retreats, including a trip to Peru in 2010. Her retreats are the perfect mix of yoga, adventure, relaxation, and culture. We practiced yoga outside in beautiful nature, which was so different than practicing in a studio. Amanda is such a warm, loving, and knowledgeable yoga teacher, that she makes every moment fun!"

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  • Review by Paul Gruen from New York City, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Amandas attention to detail makes her retreats a shining star in a sea of mediocrity. She cares about the experience of every one of her students, and she bends over backwards (literally!) to offer a spiritual vacation, as well as yoga retreat. She comes with a plan for fun things to do every day but will also understand if your choice is to simply chill. Her classes are filled with the joy and expertise that she brings to every aspect of her life. She works hard to keep the prices reasonable and somehow still finds the time to make herself available to anyone who needs a little one on one. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Erica Heinz from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "Amanda is the sweetest person and her yoga retreats are amazing. I got to explore Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Tuscany because of her awesome research and planning. She finds beautiful local spots, leads a variety of movement classes, and organizes lots of optional activities, so at the end of the retreat you're both drunk on yoga and high on vacation fun. Her classes are thoughtful and inspiring, teaching you about anatomy and philosophy while you sweat, dance, or meditate. She takes great care of her groups, and somehow makes it all affordable too. So grateful to know her!"

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New York City, United States

Sun Salute Retreats offers yoga retreat vacations for individuals and helps organize yoga retreats for people bringing their own groups.

from US$3,490

12 days / 11 nights


Arrival: Friday June 23, 2017
Departure: Tuesday July 4, 2017

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