8 Days Budget Fitness and Yoga Retreat in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar Yoga Retreat by the Beach

Yoga Zanzibar welcomes the lovers of sun, the goers of the beach, adventure, fitness, and yoga. This fitness and yoga holiday is designed to teach you the basic understanding of functional body movement and to give you a workout program which you can continue with after your holiday. What better setting to develop your fitness on the beach against the backdrop of the sun setting in Zanzibar! You can enjoy the rest of your day, relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, stand-up-paddle-boarding or exploring Zanzibar!

Meet the instructors

Marisa & Oori
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  • Morning yoga classes
  • Sunset fitness classes
  • TRX and body weight training
  • Develop and continue a fitness program by yourself
  • Ashtanga based, Vinyasa Flow, and twist and detox yoga practices
  • One-hour SUP yoga session
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Casa Umoja, where you will be staying is situated in Nungwi at the Northen coast of Zanzibar, the spice island in the Indian Ocean, East Africa. They offer five well decorated rooms and also two bandas in tradition style. Each has its private verandah, shower/wc, fans, mosquito nets, cold/warm water, and much more. Their spacious tropical garden invites you to relax and enjoy the pleasures of the island. The yoga will take place at Flame Tree Cottages, a 3-minute walk away from Casa Umoja.


Morning yoga classes will be taught by Marisa and sunset fitness classes will be coached by Oori. In 6 fitness sessions Oori will provide you with the tools and knowledge to develop and continue a fitness program by yourself without the need of an instructor or gym.

Week training program

Day 1

  • Arrival

Day 2

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Ashtanga based Yoga - Introduction and alignment with Marisa
  • 17:30 - 19:00 TRX Training with Oori / Names of movements

Day 3

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Resistance band training / joints and movements

Day 4

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • 15:00 - 16:00 SUP Yoga
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Body weight TABATA Training / How do muscles work?

Day 5

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Twist and detox yoga
  • 17:30 - 19:00 TRX TABATA / analyzing movement

Day 6

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Vinyasa Flow yoga
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Resistance band training / summary

Day 7

  • 08:00 - 09:30 Ashtanga based yoga
  • 17:30 - 19:00 TRX Training

Day 8

  • Departure


TRX (short for total-body resistance exercise) is a form of suspension training that uses body weight exercises to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete the exercises.


TABATA training is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It consists of eight rounds of ultra-high-intensity exercises in a specific 20-seconds-on, 10-seconds-off interval.


Marisa van Vuuren
World Yoga Alliance (Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)
Marisa, the founder of Yoga Zanzibar, teaches Ashtanga based and creative Vinyasa Flow with an emphasis on alignment according to the individual’s needs, flowing movements linked with an intense focus on the importance of applying the audible Ujjayi breath, dynamic fun flows with arm balances broken down in stages accessible to everyone. She focuses on initiating movements from the deep core line - the latest fascia anatomy research from Tom Myers. It focuses on movements releasing the fascia lines and preventing unnecessary tension in your body during your physical practise.
Oori Levy
Uri Levy’s training programs focus on developing both your body and your lifestyle to meet your goals. The course includes building muscle, conditioning, general fitness, and targeting specific muscle groups. In order to understand how you can develop our body muscles and your personal fitness, you must understand the body anatomy. Uri is an ex-special forces officer, training army fitness all over the world, guiding and bringing his students to physical and mental strength. He is a certified personal trainer and specializes in functional training.

Retreat location

Zanzibar can be described as both mysterious and romantic. It is also the evocation of exotic, an archipelago nestled in the Indian Ocean which is 37 km off shore from Tanzania. It is a destination that is not only mysterious, but legendary as well.

From this remote outpost, at the hub of the monsoon trading routes, history was enacted. Journeys of discovery were planned, Sultanate empires were established, and the first medieval global village was founded. Zanzibar retains the imprint of its historic legacy in the tumbling streets of Stone Town, in the Arabic-inflected Swahili language and the rare antiques of the bazaars and markets. The haloes of its idyllic beach and the fragrant spice plantations make Zanzibar the ultimate Indian Ocean destination and the jewel in East Africas crown.


  • Airport and Stone Town, 1 hour and 15 mins


The package includes daily breakfast.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Exploring Zanzibar
  • Kayaking
  • Relaxing on the beach
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-up-paddle-boarding

What's included

  • 1 hour SUP yoga session
  • 6 sessions of 90 minutes sunset fitness classes with Oori Levy
  • 6 sessions of 90 minutes morning yoga classes with Marisa
  • 7 nights accommodation at Casa Umoja
  • Daily breakfast

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

You will be flying into and out of Zanzibar International Airport located in Kisauni.

For 50 USD, the organizer can arrange a one-way airport transfer.

Casa Umoja is about 1 hour 15 minutes away.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Arrival: Sunday December 23, 2018
Departure: Sunday December 30, 2018

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