14 Days Meditation, Breathing, Yoga Safari in Tanzania

  • Arusha-Ngorongoro-Karatu-Serengeti, Tanzania

Hear the voice of Silence Safari in Tanzania

In the hectic pace of daily life in the West, nature brings rest and peace. The more pure and less populated, the more you can relax. By slowing down and taking moments to be still and in addition to do exercises that increase your vibrancy, your more aware of what is happening in your inner world and the world outside of you. The reward is that you will see better how beautiful the present moment is; how you are constantly supported in your essential needs; how you can relax because nothing is threatening you; how you can relax more because you are a mature, powerful, capable human being and how you are part of an intelligent and coherent existence.

During this meditation yoga retreat, you will experience different landscapes of the Earth and your Mind. A unique safari experience gets weaved with meditation, breath work, yoga, sharing and nature exercises to connect with yourself and others from the heart.

Highlights

  • Variety of yoga and nature-exercises
  • Breath work and meditation sessions
  • Exploration of unique trails and landscapes
  • Meeting local people and Masaï tribe in a personal way
  • Strong connection to nature and wild animals
  • Adventurous treks and beautiful sights
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 12 activity days
  • Dutch, English
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The group will stay in local guesthouses, camp in the wild nature, tented camps and one luxury hotel in Arusha. The mattresses during camping are superb!

The aim of this safari is to offer you a special safari in Tanzania but also to help you experience what happens when you shift from your thoughts and feelings to your senses. This shift is like waking up from a deep sleep. The world is even more beautiful and safe then you were able to see, drawn deeply in your own mind.

With a diversity of active and passive meditations, profound breath work, dance meditation, exercises, heart meditations and more you will see that relaxation cannot be found in your own mind but in your connection with reality. Your greatest gift to yourself and others will be your presence in the here and now. The wild nature of Tanzania is a wonderful support in this profound proces.

Safari Adventure

Adventure means to leave your safe well known world behind to enter a new and unknown world. When you step in, you will never know what you will meet on the way. The Ngorongoro Crater highlands is positioned in the top 10 of most spectacular landscapes in the world. The heart of this safari is shaped by an old Masaï trail which you will follow in four days from the village Endonyowas to the famous Lake Natron. During this hike you will be guided by Mindful Adventure's Masaï friends. Every day you will walk about 12 to 15 kilometers. And every day you will take in a different kind of landscape; savannah, tropical rainforest, mountains, craters and desert. You will end up in famous Lake Natron to enjoy its extraordinary landscape, flamingos and romantic waterfall. From there you will chase for lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and more in Serengeti.

Mindful adventure

Mindful Adventure will support our travelers to connect with wild life and the local people of East Africa in a more profound way. We would like to see them touched and enjoy pure adventure. Pure means that we offer a tour that shows highlights, as well as exploring the uniqueness of the locals, tribes, flora and fauna, villages, towns, restaurants and accommodations. To do so we will tempt you to leave the jeeps and luxurious resorts behind. Mindful means that our special attention is focused to provide for you an active (walking/biking) and also peaceful and relaxing tour to reach a sincere experience of your safari.

Daily schedules

Day 1

You will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania where you will be met by the guide and taken to LOasis Meserani just outside Arusha to spend the night. LOasis Meserani is a spiritual place. It has been built up during the past 17 years by a Tanzanian lady called Margaret.

You can see she did this in a loving and caring way. What makes it extra special is that she also has her own vegetable garden and takes care of her animals in a eco-friendly way.

Alternatively you can arrive one day earlier at Nairobi airport and take a taxi to Wildebeest Ecocamp just outside Nairobi. This campsite is spacious, quiet with good showers and has a nice shop and good restaurant. Theres a variety of choices in tents to stay overnight, from basic to luxurious.

The next morning you will be taken to the bus station by taxi to catch the bus to Arusha which will take five to six hours. In Arusha you will be picked up by the guide to be brought to LOasis Meserani.

Day 2

You will be picked up for a game drive in Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is well-known for its many elephants and baobabs. In the evening you will stay at our favourite campsite Mto Wa Mbu. You will be dining under the beautiful Acacia trees being observed by the mongoose, monkeys and tropical birds.

Day 3

Today you will leave to Ngorongoro and vist some Masa friends in Endonyowas. You will be heartily welcomed into their ceremony and have a chance to get in touch with them. Meanwhile the donkeys will be packed to join us in the afternoon for our first walk to Bulati. There we will spend the night on the edge Embulbul depression in your own tents.

Day 4

From Bulati you will walk a sturdier walk to the Empakai Crater. Following a special path, you can even enter the crater to enjoy silence, atmosphere, smells and if youre lucky even a group of flamingos. Thats where you will stop and spend the night listening to the sounds of the bush.

Day 5

From Empakai we will walk to Akesha Campsite. You will visit the village of Nayobi to have lunch and get extra water for our trip. You will camp in the wild at the edge of Great Rift Valley.

Day 6, 7 and 8

Fom Akesha campsite you will do a breathtaking trip alongside Great Rift Valley to Lake Natron. There you will spend three nights at Lake natron Tented Camp to relax and enjoy the trip to an amazing, crazy waterfall where you can go for a lovely swim. You will also visit the special lake where the biggest colony of flamingos in the world resides.

Day 9, 10 and 11

At Lake Natron you will be picked up by the driver to spend three days in Serenegeti and look for lions, leopards, elephants, hippos and other wild animals who can be found in the park. At night you will sleep at campsites amongst the wild, listening to the wonders of the night. On day 11 you will return to Mto Mbu and Migunga campsite.

Day 12

After a short visit to the favorite, flourishing town Mto Wa Mbu the group will return to Arusha where you will be dropped off in the luxurious Safari Lodge on the slope of Mount Meru. Safari Lodge is run by a brave Dutch lady called Annelies. The Lodge has a very good restaurant, a swimming pool and a nice shop. Its the perfect place to enjoy peace and quiet after the impressive tour youve just accomplished.

Day 13

You will be free to do whatever you want. You can explore daily life with Msfari and visit markets, shops and other places of interest. Its up to you.

Day 14

Today you will fly home. If you fly through Nairobi, it is better to book a night flight which gives you the opportunity to travel by bus to Arusha during the day.

  • All camping costs and hotels in Tanzania
  • All entree fees for national parks and walking fees
  • Almost every meal and drinks during camping
  • Transport costs and rental of jeeps, donkeys, tents and matresses
  • Fee for guide, cook and driver (varies from 10 to 20 USD dollar a day per group)
  • Meals on free days (Arusha and Mto Wa Mbu)
  • Taxi costs from the airport in Nairobi to Wildebeest Ecocamp
  • The hotel, all meals and bus ticket when you fly to Nairobi
  • The plane ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa for Tanzania and / or Kenya
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "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.

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14 days / 13 nights

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Arrival: Sunday August 6, 2017
Departure: Saturday August 19, 2017

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