Walk the Rhythm of the Earth - Mensafari
- Mindful Adventure travel agency
- Ngorongoro Crater Highland, Tanzania
- Sep 1 - 14, 2017 (14 days)
- € 3195,- pp with 4-5 travellers, € 2995,- pp with 6,7 or 8 travellers, € 2795,- pp with 9-10 travellers
During a unique hike over an old Masaï path through the magical, wild nature of Ngorongoro Crater Highlands in Tanzania, you will be invited, free from women, girlfriends and mothers, to look into the meaning of masculinity. With other men you literally and symbolically walk your own path, looking for the deeper truth about who and what you really are. Along the way you untigh all images, learned beliefs and judgments about yourself as a man and what your life should look like. Your discoveries are shared in sincerity and sometimes vulnerability with other men, so the need of a male to fraternity is touched. Using meditations, rituals, inner journeys and nature exercises, the space that arises can be filled with your recovered authentic manhood. Eventually at the end of the path, you will climb together with your brothers Oldionyo Lengai "Mountain of God"; the sacred mountain of the Maasai. On top of this active vulcano you stand in strength and leadership to offer the world your life mission as your greatest gift.
The male coach will accompany your process using symbolic images for male energy (archetypes). You'll discover the Wild man (pelvis), Lover (abdomen area below your belly button), Warrior (solar plexus/stomach area), King (heart), Jester (throat), Magician (third eye), the Mode (Crown). He takes you on a unique queste in a breathtaking African environment to that inner source from which your wonderful potential as a man bubbles up: wisdom; love, authenticity, inner leadership, vulnerabillity, integrity, passion, trust and camaraderie.
* back to the roots in wild nature of Africa
* every day hiking through breathtaking landscapes
* climb the active vulcano Oldionyo Lengai
* reunion with your authentic masculin strength
* initiation rituals with Masaï and Hadzabe tribes
* shamanic medicin walks (your inner world is reflected by nature if you pay attention)
* breath- and bodywork
* silent moments
* sharings with men
You'll camp in spacious light weighted tents and you'll sleep on comfortable matrasses.
Other departure date
12 tot en met 25 januari 2018 with coaching Bart Wiegers
You will arrive on Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. You will be collected by Mindful Adventure and taken to L’Oasis Meserani, just outside Arusha, where you will spend the night. L’Oasis Meserani is what we call a place with soul. It has been build in the past 18 years by Margaret, a Tanzanian woman, and it is visible how much love she has put into it. It is special that she is taking care of her vegetable garden and animals in a natural way (no pesticides and no antibiotics). She is making use of solar energy.
Today, after the morning program, you leave for Lake Eyasi, the place of departure for your walk through Ngorongoro Crater Highland. You will be welcomed by Gitew, who will guide you for three days through his homeland. Lake Eyasi is what we call a desolate place in the middle of nowhere.
It is the homeland of three “tribes”: Hadzabe, Datoga and Black Smith people. Black Smith have a primitive smithy and they mainly make jewelry and arrowheads for the Hadzabe tribe. Hadzabe is one of the last tribes in the world, living as bushmen, and survive with the use of hunt on small and big game (no predators).
Today you will be picked up very early by Gitew. He will bring you to a large tree where the Hadzabe men are gathering for the hunt. One tip: bring good running shoes and make sure you are fit and enjoy that this still is existing.
After the program in the afternoon it is possible to make a walk to the lake and watch your first African sunset.
Our jeeps will bring you to the small “Gate Endamaghay” in the south of Ngorongoro. Here you will meet the guide and donkeys. The donkeys will carry your baggage and kitchen equipment for one night. Today is your first walking day. You will walk through rough area with beautiful views. The walk is around 6 hours (without breaks) to the bushcamp Mti Moja, where you will spend the night.
Your second walking day means again a distance of around 6-7 hours. After a beautiful trip through special and lovely landscape, you will be collected by Rama and Msafiri at the road to Ngorongoro Crater. The will bring you to Campsite Olmoti, more in the middle of Ngorongoro. Olmoti is a bushcamp, close to a Masaï town and named after the small crater, close to the village. Here you can unwind from the hike you have made and undisturbed enjoy the evening program lead by Ralph or Bart.
In the morning you will visit the Masaï in the little village Endonyowas that is part of a chain of bomas, known under the name Nainokanoka. Mindful Adventure has made a connection to the wellfare of this village five years ago. That has created a close bond and resulted in intimate and open contact. The Masaï will welcome you as our friends. It will be a unique and unforgettable part of your safari. This is also a place for special rituals. The Masaï will greet you and show their dance of warriors. Also they love to show their fire ceremony. Masaï are very familiar with rituals. They will greet you in their own way, but also love to to be invited together with you in a ritual of Ralph or Bart. Here you will get acquainted with your second Masaï guide Muran or Yohane, who will join you for the coming days through Ngorongoro.
After lunch you will leave from Olmoti to Bulati, where you will spend the night on one of the most beautiful places on earth. It can be cold at night, but don’t forget to open your tent and have a look at the scerery! There is a great chance you will see something very beautiful.
The fourth day of walking will be from Bulati to Empakai Crater. You will walk over 9 hills during 3,5 hours. After arriving at the crater there is time to rest. We do recommend to descend the trail to the crater lake though rainforest area and use this environment for an inner journey.
At night you will camp on the crater rim in the wild nature.
During the fifth day of walking you will walk for four hours to Akesha Campsite, close to the Masaï village Nayobi, where extra food and water will be bought. Here you can buy a soda and enjoy the view.
At night you will sleep under Akesha trees in the wild. A big fire will be made and our Masaï friends will prepare a feast for which you will be invited. And who know, maybe you will end up around the fire with a full belly, and have an intimate conversation about what it means to be a man. For them it will probably be the first time to be part of a sharing with western men.
Your last walking day to Lake Natron has started. Early in the morning you will leave because of the heat you will experience down in the valley. Wear a hat or a cap. You will walk along a beautiful part of Great Rift Valley, the huge rip in the landscape of Africa. Count 6 to 7 hours. Down at the river you will be collected by the jeep and taken to a campsite. Upon arrival you can enjoy a cold beer at the edge of the desert. There is a swimming pool where you can cool down or take a sunbath on a stretcher like woman do. It is even more fun to make a playful climb to the romantic waterfall of Lake Natron. The little child in you will be very happy! Make sure to go to sleep in time to be fit for the literally symbolic ascent to Oldonyio Lengai, the Mountain of God, that you will climb very early in the morning.
Oldonyio Lengai can be seen high above everything. As a bald but aesthetic mass of lava rocks, it soars in the dark, while you are preparing at the foot for a tough climb to the top. Together with a local guide you will climb during three hours where you may meet the quintessence of your inner journey during a ritual. You will watch the sun rise over the bizarre beautiful desert land. To be there, on the top of that special mountain, in contact with yourself and what you really want to live.
Before it gets too hot, you will descend the mountain and rest at the campsite. If you want, during the afternoon you can walk or drive to the lake and enjoy the scenery and the biggest colony of flamingos in the world.
In the morning you will leave for Mto Wa Mbu, one of our favorite towns in Tanzania. Here you will arrive around lunchtime at a pleasant campsite with swimming pool. You can relax, visit the town (bike, walk, the market, shops and terraces) or take part in the mens program. This is the time to integrate all your experiences and the friendly Mto Wa Mbu is a nice place to do this.
Day 13 and 14
During a safari to Tanzania, a gamedrive in a Wild Park is a must. We have chosen for Tarangire National Park. You will look for zebras, wildebeests, hartebeest, giraffes, warthogs, buffalo but of course also elephants, hippos, leopards and not to forget, the many birds that can be seen along the roads. Our drivers Rama and Msafiri will make a big effort to bring you as close as possible to many beautiful and pure sceneries. At night you will sleep in Mto Wa Mbu.
After finishing this safari together, we will drive you to Kilimanjaro Airport to fly home on day 14. It is best if you book an evening flight, then you will have the time you want. We wish you a good journey home with a load of new experiences to add to your life adventure.
Everything is included except:
* flight ticket and visum
* a few meals on free moments and drinks at public places
* tips for guides, drivers, cook and donkey caretakers
* excursion in Mto Wa Mbu on your free afternoon
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