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14 Day The Ultimate Safari and Yoga Adventure for a Cause from Nairobi

Nairobi - Maasai Mara, Kenya; Kigali, Rwanda; Mutanda Lake, Uganda

Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda Safari, Gorilla and Yoga Adventure

Explore Africa with10 to 18 like-minded yogis over 14 unforgettable days. Enjoy morning safaris, afternoon yoga, and evening stargazing and swapping stories by an open fire; could life get any better? Home to the Masai Mara and the "Great Migration", Kenya is one of Africa’s best safari destinations. Kenyan safaris were also the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s 1994 blockbuster, “The Lion King”, so Adventure Out Loud hopes you’re ready for a few childhood flashbacks. They also hope you're ready to come face-to-face with a giant gorilla!

Meet the guides

Gena
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditations sessions
  • Learn to cook a traditional Kenyan feast
  • Get wild and Big 5 spotting in Kenya’s best safari park
  • Witness the Great Migration and trek with mountain gorillas
  • Fundraise to educate disadvantaged students through school
  • Stargaze and swap stories around an open fire
  • Pat baby elephants and hand-feed giraffes
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


14 activity days
Group size: 10-18 participants
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Adventure Out Loud aims to support local businesses. As such, most of your accommodation will be in boutique, luxury hotels, guest houses, or safari camps. Here are a few examples.

Kenya: Severine Cottages

Severine Cottages are located in the affluent green suburbs of Karen, Nairobi. The cottage homes have a creative fusion of the Nordic wood and Swahili culture. They offer nine boutique timber cabins, each with two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, as well as a generous terrace, garden, and a private leisure seating area equipped with an umbrella shade and safari garden furniture. The numerous amenities and facilities on site are designed with the independent traveler’s interest in mind.

Kenya, Masai Mara: Zebra Plains Luxury Safari Camp

Zebra Plains Mara Camp is in Maasai Game Reserve, which is the best wildlife park in Africa, home to the annual "Great Migration" of wildebeests and zebras, abundant lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hippos, and other wildlife. It is a photographer's most preferred game-viewing park in the world. The camp has the best views of the open plains of the Mara and is frequently visited by many wildlife. The camp's setups allow you to have a memorable stay and safari.

Uganda: Mutanda Lake Resort

Perched on Lake Mutanda at the base of the Virunga Mountains, Mutanda Lake Resort offers comfortable accommodation and stunning views. This is the base for the gorilla treks and is also the perfect place to unwind at the tailend of a high-paced adventure. Sekenani Camp is the perfect combination of luxury and adventure in the heart of the Masai Mara.

Please note that these, are example accommodation options and bookings are dependent on availability. Accommodation included in the itinerary is twin share. Single supplements are available on request for an additional fee.

Here are the types of accommodation you will stay at for this tour:

  • Days 1 - 3: Boutique hotel
  • Days 4 - 8: Luxury safari camp
  • Days 9 - 13: Boutique hotel
  • Day 14: End of tour

Program

In Kenya, less than:

  • 90% of students will complete primary school
  • 50% of students will complete secondary school
  • 4% of students will become tertiary qualified

By traveling with Adventure Out Loud, you’re empowering young Africans to break-free from poverty. Ahsante Sana (thank you) for making the world a better place.

Taking their knowledge from more than 10 years of traveling, volunteering, and living in East Africa, Adventure Out Loud has hand-crafted this adventure to ensure you get to explore Africa’s most exciting safari destinations, make a positive difference in the world, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul through yoga and meditation with their team of incredible and experienced yoga instructors.

What does a typical day look like?

The best time to see the animals is early morning and late afternoon. Therefore, a typical day on safari will look like:

  • 05:30 Light breakfast
  • 06:00 - 10:00 Game drive
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 - 15:00 Yoga, meditation, relaxing by the pool, and lunch
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Afternoon safari
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - Onwards Relaxing by an open fire and/or meditation

Summary

  • Day 1: Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Days 2 - 3: Kibera immersion with the life-changing Mirror of Hope and visit the elephant and giraffe centers
  • Days 4 - 8: Safari and live in the infamous Masai Mara at a secluded, luxury safari camp
  • Day 9: Travel to Kigali, Rwanda
  • Day 10: Rwanda genocide museum (optional) and transfer to Uganda
  • Day 11: Trek with mountain gorillas
  • Day 12: Relax, you’ve earned it!
  • Day 13: Transfer to Rwanda
  • Day 14: End of tour

Day 1: June 19, 2021 - Welcome to Nairobi

Adventure Out Loud will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel where you can spend the day relaxing or if you’re feeling energetic, you can jump straight into the action with a rejuvenating yoga session and a walk through the Karura Forest in search for Nairobi’s elusive monkeys.

Day 2: June 20, 2021 - Giraffes, baby elephants, and the inspirational Tommy Nyawir

After morning yoga, head toward the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Nairobi Giraffe Centre. This is your chance to get up-close-and-personal to these incredible animals. If you’re lucky, you might even get a kiss from Ed the giraffe. After lunch, be inspired by Tommy Nyawir and the heart-warming Mirror of Hope, a community-based organization empowering vulnerable children living in Africa’s largest slum by keeping them in school.

Day 3: June 21, 2021 - Kibera immersion

Today, Gena will lead a mindful meditation in preparation for a day exploring the sights and sounds of Africa’s largest slum. Visit the home of your sponsor student, meet their family, and feast on a delicious Kenyan lunch that you’ll learn to cook. This will be one of the most immersive, connecting experiences of your life and it is a great chance to learn about Kenyan culture, practice your Swahili, and meet some incredibly resilient people.

Day 4: June 22, 2021 - Masai Mara

Hello Masai Mara! One of Africa’s best safari destinations, the Mara is home to Africa’s most exotic safari animals. It is also home to the greatest show on earth, the Great Migration, a natural spectacle like no other. After your first exciting safari drive, head towards the secluded luxury wildlife camp, arriving in time for a warm shower and relaxing evening around the open fire.

Day 5: June 23, 2021 - Safari

Up early, begin your search for Africa’s greatest predators, who are also on the hunt for a nutritious wildebeest breakfast. You can also expect to see many of the other exotic African animals today and if you are lucky, you might even spot a rhino. With so much morning excitement, your body will be craving a deep stretch, a little meditation, and a thorough reconnection. If only you had a yoga instructor; hello Gena!

Day 6: June 24, 2021 - Why did the wildebeest cross the river?

Each year a million wildebeest brave the Mara River’s crocodile-infested waters in their search for greener grass. This is the greatest natural spectacle on earth and although it is dependent on annual timing, this region offers fantastic wildlife viewing all-year-around. In the afternoon, return for yoga and another relaxing evening swapping stories around the open fire.

Day 7: June 25, 2021 - Big 5 adventure

Today, search for the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino). While it is common to see some of these animals, finding all five can be a challenge so make sure you bring your binos and a keen pair of eyes. After lunch, Gena will lead another yoga or meditation session before you enjoy your final night in the magical Masai Mara.

Day 8: June 26, 2021 - Travel to Nairobi

After a final morning game drive, make your way back to the bright lights of Nairobi. This will be your final night in Africa and the perfect occasion to celebrate with new friends who have shared in this unforgettable, enriching, and rejuvenating journey.

Day 9: June 27, 2021 - Transfer to Kigali, Rwanda

Spend the day packing, relaxing, or meditating with Gena before boarding your flight to Kigali, Rwanda to begin your gorilla adventure.

Day 10: June 28 - Genocide Memorial (optional)

Between April 7 and July 15, 1994, 1 million Tutsis lost their lives in one of the worst genocides in history. This morning is your chance to learn from this tragedy and to pay your respects to those who lost their lives. Afternoon transfer to Mutanda Lake Resort, Uganda.

Day 11: June 29, 2021 - Gorilla trekking

Mountain gorillas live in forests at elevations of 2,000 to 4,000 meters. They have thicker fur than other great apes which helps them to survive in a habitat where temperatures often drop below freezing. There are approximately 1,000 of these fascinating creatures left in the world and Bwindi National Park in Uganda is home to about 400 of them. Today is your chance to trek with one of the most unique animals on the planet.

Day 12: June 30, 2021 - Make your own adventure

Today is your chance to make your own adventure. Swin in Mutanda Lake, trek with golden monkeys, spend another day with the gorillas, practice yoga with Gena, or simply relax with a bottle of red.

Day 13: July 1, 2021 - Transfer to Kigali, Rwanda

Free morning to pack, practice yoga, and make the most of the picturesque surroundings you find yourself in before heading to Kigali for your final evening in Africa.

Day 14: July 2, 2021 - End of tour

Begin your journey home with a lifetime of unforgettable memories and stories to share for the rest of your life.

About Adventure Out Loud

They’re African adventure specialists, thirsty to explore amazing places and make a difference in the world by sponsoring disadvantaged students through school.

We are a team of local and Western guides who are passionate about creating unique, personalized travel experiences that make a difference in the lives of our adventurers and in the communities we visit.

  • What they do

Adventure Out Loud create authentic, luxury small-group and private itineraries. Whether it’s climbing Africa’s highest mountain, going on safari, trekking with the gorillas, or getting off-the-beaten-track, their adventures are hand-crafted to ensure you return home with memories to last a lifetime.

  • Making a difference

111 million African children didn’t go to school in 2017. Adventure Out Loud aren't okay with this and we’re doing something about it by donating 50% of profits to keeping disadvantaged children in school! Sponsorship is also an essential part of your adventure and if you sponsor, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the student you are sponsoring. With 63 million tourists visiting Africa each year, imagine if every one of them sponsored a student.

  • Why travel with Adventure Out Loud

There are a number of things that make their adventures extraordinary. There’s their ability to connect you to local communities, cultures, and charities, their commitment to building a strong understanding and intimate knowledge of the destinations they visit, the highly personalized service and experienced team, and their focus on creating authentic, hassle-free adventures that make exploring Africa easy.

Where does your money go?

Adventure Out Loud is a social enterprise. This means they place the same emphasis on doing the right thing and making a positive impact in the communities they travel to, as they do on making a profit. This is why we donate 50% of our profits to keep disadvantaged children in school. We also make a difference by stimulating local business, creating local jobs, and supporting local communities.

Frequently asked questions

  • Do you need any yoga experience?

No. Adventure Out Loud yoga instructors have experience teaching all levels and they limit the group sizes to ensure they can address the needs of each yogi. The classes are designed to offer beginner and advanced options and it is also possible to run separate classes during the adventure.

  • Do you need to bring your own mat?

No. Adventure Out Loud will provide you with a yoga mat as part of your adventure.

Included excursions

  • 5 day safari in the Masai Mara
  • 1 day trekking with the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage visit
  • Nairobi Giraffe Centre visit
  • Kibera community immersion
  • Rwandan Genocide Memorial (optional)

Guides

Gena Kenny

Location

Is Kenya safe?

Yes, Kenyans love visitors and most will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. It is extremely rare for anything bad to happen within Kenya’s national parks and you will not be traveling to the border regions where the Australian Government advises not to travel. As with all travel, your biggest risk is being robbed or having a road accident. Traveling in a small group, avoiding popular tourist areas, traveling with reputable companies, and having experienced tour leaders and local teams with you 24/7 significantly reduces these risks.

Food

Each day's meal inclusions are as follows:

Day 1

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Days 2 and 3

  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners

Day 4 and Day 8

  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners

Day 9

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 10 - Day 13

  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners

Day 14

  • Breakfast

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)

Optional extras:

  • 1. Additional gorilla trek (from $1,200 AUD per person)
  • 2: Golden monkey trek (from $400 AUD per person)
  • 3. Hot air balloon safari (from $800 AUD per person)
  • 4. Relax on Lamu or Zanzibar’s pristine beaches (4 days from $1,499 AUD per person)
  • 5. Optional Chimp adventure (5 days) = $3,400 AUD extra (Single supplement = $450 AUD)

Alternatively, Adventure Out Loud Pty Ltd can tailor-make an added adventure just for you (i.e. Vic Falls, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kilimanjaro, etc).

Spa treatments

Spa treatments are available at some hotels and can be booked during your adventure.

What's included

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Private yoga and meditation instructor
  • All activities listed in the itinerary
  • Maasai Mara and Bwindi National Park permits and entrance fees (1,500 AUD)
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 13 dinners
  • 24/7 English speaking Western tour guide
  • Airport transfers in Kenya and Rwanda
  • All transfers in private vehicles
  • Pre-departure information and support
  • Complementary pre-departure support and info kits
  • Complementary fundraising support
  • Complementary epic yoga shirt and adventure journal

What's not included

  • International airfares (International flights is not included in your tour price. The personal travel manager, Denielle Rooney, can help you book flights and travel insurance. Denielle donates 1% of all AOL sales to their partner charities in East Africa and will be glad to help. Simply send Denielle an email for a no-obligation quote.)
  • Tourist visas (100 - 135 USD per person)
  • Personal spending money (drinks, laundry, phone calls, etc.)
  • Tips (100 - 150 USD per person)
  • Personal clothing and trekking equipment
  • Activities not listed in the above itinerary
  • Additional accommodation should you arrive early/depart late
  • Medical and evacuation expenses
  • Spending money (500 USD cash is recommended to cover personal expenses during your adventures like souvenirs, drinks, laundry, etc., tips, and visa)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Adventure Out Loud to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants

Availability

Arrival: Saturday June 19, 2021
Departure: Friday July 2, 2021

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