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With the option of 8 or 13 days, you will have the opportunity to hone your yoga and meditation practice alongside a group of people ready to embrace Tanzania. Starting and ending your days with yoga and meditation sessions, you’ll take part in an 8-day safari and cultural experience through Tanzania’s renowned northern circuit of national parks. If participating in the full retreat, spend 5 days on the beach on the tropical island of Zanzibar, located off the coast of Tanzania in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
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Venue HighlightsDay 1 Yoga Retreat: Arrival
You will fly into Kilimanjaro (JRO) Airport near Arusha, Tanzania. After passing through immigration and
picking up your bags our Above Safaris staff will meet you and escort you to your hotel in Arusha. You
are free to relax at the hotel before dinner, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the rest of the group,
your private yoga instructor, Jordan John Mollel and some of the Guides for your trip, who will join you to
explain the details of your safari and yoga retreat.
Day 2 Maasai Boma
In the morning after breakfast, your Guides will pick you up at the hotel and you will travel to a rural
Maasai village about two hours away from Arusha. The Maasai are the oldest and largest tribe in
Tanzania and will provide an introduction to the cultures of Tanzania. During your experience with the
Maasai you will learn about their lives and dynamic relationship with the land and wildlife. After an
afternoon yoga and meditation session in the village, you will travel to Maramboi Tented Camp where you
will have dinner and prepare for day one of your safari.
Day 3 Tarangire National Park
After breakfast you will travel to one of Tanzania’s most spectacular parks, Tarangire. Often compared to
Serengeti, Tarangire is known for its wide open savannas which are a sanctuary for wildlife – most
notably its herds of elephants. It is guaranteed to be a highlight of your adventure. After lunch in the park
and some more time exploring, you will head back to Maramboi Tented Camp where you’ll be able to join
an afternoon yoga session, go for a swim, and have dinner.
Day 4 Mto wa Mbu
After breakfast you will head to Mto wa Mbu, a town just outside Lake Manyara National Park at the base
of the Rift Valley escarpment. Known for its diverse ecosystems, Lake Manyara is home to dense jungles,
grassy plains, and acacia woodlands, each of which has distinctive wildlife. Today, you’ll have the option of spending half of the day either joining a walking or biking tour around town. In the afternoon you will start your journey to Serengeti, stopping to overnight at Kitela Lodge on your way.
Day 5 Travel to Serengeti National Park
In the morning you’ll have the option of joining an early morning yoga session before breakfast. Then, you will continue your journey to Serengeti, passing through Ngorongoro conservation area on the way. You will arrive in the early afternoon and will get an introduction to the park through a half day game drive on the way to your overnight location. Hailed as the premier safari destination and home to the annual migration of over a million wildebeest, Serengeti offers sights of unimaginable beauty. At Camp you will have the opportunity to join a sunset yoga and meditation session before dinner. You will overnight at Kubu Kubu Tented Camp, a tented lodge overlooking the plains of Serengeti.
Day 6 Serengeti National Park
In the morning you’ll have the option of joining an early morning yoga session before breakfast. Then, you will head back out on a full day game drive with lunch in the park. Today, there will be the option to head back to camp early to spend time relaxing by to the pool or joining a special afternoon yoga and meditation session overlooking the Serengeti plains. If you choose to continue on your game drive you’ll return to Kubu Kubu Tented Camp in time for dinner and a relaxing evening with the rest of the group.
Day 7 Travel to Ngorongoro
In the morning you’ll have the option of joining an early morning yoga session before breakfast. After breakfast, you will head back out to do your final game drive in Serengeti. Around lunch you will make your way out of Serengeti heading towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will overnight at Lake Masek Tented Camp before entering the famed Ngorongoro Crater the next day. At Camp you will have the opportunity to join a sunset yoga and meditation session before dinner.
Day 8 Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Early in the morning you’ll have the option of joining a sunrise yoga session. After an early breakfast you will depart on your final day of the safari taking you to Ngorongoro crater, a collapsed volcano that has
remained unchanged for millions of years. Inside is a microcosm of Tanzania, home to most of the animal species found throughout the country. With the crater walls serving as a natural enclosure for the area’s animals, you have the chance to spot all your favorites. After leaving the crater in the afternoon, you will travel back to Arusha where, for those on the full 13-day retreat, you will be able to join an evening yoga session before dinner and overnight at your Arusha hotel. If you are on 8-day safari only retreat, after returning to town you will head to the airport for your flight home.
Day 9 Travel to Zanzibar
Today marks the beginning of the second leg of your adventure in Tanzania: five days in paradise. After breakfast and an optional yoga session, you will travel to JRO airport where you’ll catch a quick flight (~1 hour) to the Tanzania’s most famous island. Zanzibar is known for it’s idyllic white sand beaches, fresh catch sea food, spectacular reefs for diving, and fascinating culture and history. When you land in Zanzibar, you’ll be heading right to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island in a village called Nungwi where you will stay at The Zanzibari. At the beach you will have the opportunity to take part in daily yoga and meditation. You will also have the option of purchasing additional activities and services at The Zanzibari including snorkeling and diving, a boat cruise, and a variety of spa treatments… it’s completely up to you!
*Optional Add-on: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Dolphin Excursion, Sunset Cruise, Spice Tour, Spa Treatments, etc. Add on can be arranged directly with your hotel but if you have specific activities in mind, we’re happy to arrange.
Day 10 Zanzibar
In the morning you have the option of joining a yoga and meditation session on the beach before breakfast. Then, spend the day relaxing at the beach, exploring the local village, or taking part in one of the many activities offered. At The Zanzibari, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. However, if you decide to eat outside the lodge you will be responsible for any costs incurred. Before dinner you have the option of joining a yoga and meditation session.
Day 11 Zanzibar
Before breakfast join a yoga and meditation session by the beach. Afterwards, enjoy another amazing day in paradise! Evening yoga and meditation will be offered before dinner. Overnight at the Zanzibari.
Day 12 Zanzibar
Before breakfast join a yoga and meditation session by the beach. Afterwards, enjoy another amazing day in paradise! Evening yoga and meditation will be offered before dinner. Overnight at The Zanzibari.
Day 13 Depart Zanzibar
In the morning, at the beach you’ll enjoy your final yoga and meditation session by the beach. Take a last dip in the blue green waters and soak up the sun one final time before you head to the airport to return to the real world!
For those interested in seeing Zanzibar’s rich history and culture, there is the option of traveling to Stone Town to spend the day before flying out. In Stone Town you will get the opportunity to explore the town, check out the famed fresh-catch market in Forodhani Square, and even experience some of Zanzibar’s night life.
In the afternoon, you will be transported to the airport where, unfortunately, you’ll be headed home.
AccommodationsShared, double or triple occupancy luxury tent accommodations during the safari; shared, double or triple occupancy luxury bungalow accommodations in Zanzibar. Single accommodation can be arranged for extra cost (single supplement) upon request if availablity exists. Three meals per day, most alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except in Zanzibar), and water during days on safari.
LIST OF ACCOMMODATION INCLUDING IN PACKAGE
MARAMBOI TENTED LODGE 2NIGHT
NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE 1NIGHT
KUBU KUBU 2NIGHT
LAKE MASEL TENTED LODGE 1NIGHT
THE ZANZIBAR 5NIGHT
- Free Wifi
- Tour Assistance
- Fitness Center
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free