The heart touches the sky - mindfulness heart retreat in Tanzania

Event Highlights

  • One of the highlights during the 3 day trekking in the Usambara Mountanis: the view and (hopefully!) sunset at Mambo Viewpoint

Schedule

Every day we will give attention to the heart. With meditation, excercises for the senses, body excercises, some yoga and breathwork. A great way to start (or end) the day! During the day we will be trekking, traveling, exploring this amazing part of Tanzania

About This Event

There is a reasonable chance you are experiencing some closedness in your heart. It is the place that protects you from a young age if you don’t get enough of what you need from others. We have the tendency to harden every time again when it looks like we are short of what we need. Now you are grown up, you can recognize it is not necessary anymore to close your heart. The heart meditations and other exercises will support you in this.

After your travel to Tanzania, this safari starts directly with an adventurous walking safari in Arusha National Park. That night you will sleep at Secret Garden, an atmospheric local hotel, just outside of Moshi. After that, the Usambara Mountains will steal your heart.

It starts right away the moment you meander up the mountain track. Your eyes are catching beautiful colors, flowers, trees and lovely people dressed in colorful clothes. Sweet, that is the first word that comes to your mind. The Toscane of Tanzania but then with much more savage parts and with views of great allure. Here you will make three-day trekking of 6-7 hours every day. Apart from that you can attend a drum workshop and learn to make pottery at a local women's group. The extra reward of your wonderful trekking will come when you arrive at Mambo World Viewpoint. Apart from the spectacular view, you will have a great chance of witnessing a breathtaking sunset.

From Usambara, we continue to Tanga, one of the most lively little towns of Tanzania, located at the Indian Ocean. Together with our guide you can rest your legs, wander through town, chill on the beach or take a dive in the sea. At night we will have a local meal at the home of our guide and his family. At Pangani/Ushongo we enjoy the bright white beach, the fishermen villages, the peace, and nice meditations before we travel on to Dar Es Salaam via the historic town of Bagamoyo. Here we will take a flight back home.

Day 1

Today you fly to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. We will pick you up and bring you to Kilimanjaro Eco Lodge. Kilimanjaro Eco Lodge is only half an hour from the airport and close to the entrance of Arusha National Park. It is a friendly local lodge. Here you will meet with all participants of the safari and share your first impressions.

Day 2

After breakfast we start with the mindfulness heart program. Then we leave for Arusha National Park for a walking safari. Arusha National Park is located close to the active volcano Mount Meru. It is a small park with landscapes and views that are touching the soul. Here you can look for buffalo, elephants, hippos, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, zebra, blue monkeys and sometimes leopard or hyena. After the park we will drive to Moshi, on our way to the Usambara Mountains. In Moshi you will spend the night in Secret garden, a popular and african decorated  hotel.

Day 3

The Usambara Mountains will steal your heart. It starts right away when the landcruiser enters the mountain road. Beautiful colors, flowers, trees and sweet people in colorful clothes; a treat for your eyes. The first word entering your mind will be: lovely. They call it the Tuscany of Tanzania, but it also has more rough parts with great views.

From here you will make a three day trekking of 6-7 hours per day. The extra reward of your walk will come when you arrive at Mambo World Viewpoint. Next to the spectacular view, you have a big chance of seeing a breathtaking sunset.
It is fun to stroll through town, sniffing up the atmosphere of streetlife and have a look at the market. Later on we will go to Irente Viewpoint, and hopefully witness another Usambara sunset. You will spend the night in the nice Lawns Hotel.

Day 4

Our local guide Dennis Munga will pick you up for your first walking day (15 km). Through a little village you will arrive at Magamba rainforest, the homeland of the black and white Colobus monkey. We will do a nice heart exercise, eat the lovely selfmade Usambara guacamole with chapati  for lunch and continue our walk through farmland and forest, arriving at Papaa Moze Lodge to spend the evening and night. Our guide Dennis Munga grew up in the Usambara Mountains, you can’t have a better guide.

Day 5

Your second walking day will bring you to forest and farmland, meet with the local Shambaa tribe, learn about medicinal plants, play with chameleons and deepen your experience of mountains and views with the help of mindfulness instructions during the walk. This night you will sleep in Magumba Hill Lodge.

Day 6

On your last walking day we start early in the morning with a meditation. Then we walk through the forests of Shagayu to the village Sunga. Here we will have a lovely lunch together with the locals. In the afternoon we arrive at a pottery where the women are showing their merchandise. At the end of the afternoon we will arrive at Mambo Viewpoint. The view over Tsavo in West Kenia, Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi National Park and the mountains is world class and very likely we will witness an unforgettable sunset. You will end your day with a drumming lesson and performance. We sleep at Magumba Hill Lodge. 

Day 7

In the morning we will leave the the Usambara Mountains. We will drive to Tanga (2-3 hours). Tanga is a lovely, lively but also a bit sleepy town at the Indian Ocean. Wandering through the streets you will fall in love with the authentic character of streets and buildings, the markets, the sometimes cheerful processions of singing people, men playing outdoor a popular game and all the nice food that you can find displayed along the streets. We walk in silence along the beach and end the day with a mindful sharing at the Raskazone Hotel, where you can rest after another exciting day.

Day 8

In the meantime you will be up for a day on the beach. And that is what we are going to do today. We leave for Pangani/Ushongo, also at the seaside. A short but fun ride with the characteristic landscapes of Tanzania’s East Coast. Here you can enjoy the bright white beaches, the fisherman villages and the peaceful local atmosphere. You can take a swim and a sunbath. Despite the perfect beaches, there is not a lot of tourism here. Most people go to Zanzibar. We don’t mind at all and love the peace. At the end of the day, when the sun sets we offer a dance meditation on the beach, a joy for your heart. You will spend the night in Drifters Lodge or Mikes Beach Cottages

Day 9

After a completion of our mindfulness program, we will bring you to Dar Es Salaam to take the night flight home. On the way we will stop at the historic Bagamoyo. Bagomoyo was one of the most important settlements along the East African coast and the terminus of the trade caravan route linking Lake Tanganyika with the sea. Slaves, ivory, salt and copra were unloaded here before being shipped to Zanzibar Island and elsewhere. We will have a break here and look around before taking of to Dar Es salaam. Your plane will leave in the evening.

Safari njema na karibu tene – have a good trip, you will always be welcome.

It is possible to extend your trip with a visit to Zanzibar. Please contact us if you would like to do this!

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What's Included

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All entree fees for parks
  • All excursions
  • All meals, water and tea
  • All transport with Toyota landcruisers
  • Boat safari Selous Game Reserve
  • Mindfulness program
  • Snorkeling at the coast of Zanzibar
  • Three day trekking Usambara Mountains
  • Yoga and meditation classes

What's Not Included

Airfare
Drinks like juices, soda's and alcoholic drinks
Tips for guides and drivers (between 10 and 20 USD per day, per guide, with your group)
Visa

Venue Highlights

Mindful Adventure offers three retreats in Tanzania:

- Hear the voice of silence. 14 days. With a breathtaking 4 day hike in Ngorongoro Crater Highland. After that we go to Serengeti!
- The heart touches the sky. 9 or 15 days. A mindfulness mountain and beach experience in the eastern part of Tanzania. You can extend with Zanzibar!
- Walk the rhythm of the earth. A Spiritual Quest for men. 14 days. Back to nature in Ngorongoro Highland - with a 6 or 7 day trekking and mini vision quest. We start with a gamedrive in Tarangire National Park

Accommodations

All accommodations:

Kilimanjaro Eco Lodge
Moshi, Secret Garden Hotel
Lushoto, Lawns Hotel
Lukozi, Malindi; Papaa Moze
Magumba Hill Lodge (2 nights)
Tanga, Raskazone Hotel
Ushongo Beach, Drifters Lodge

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Meat

Menu/Cuisine

This is a nomadic retreat, so we will eat at many different places. We have selected good and friendly restaurants, but the options for people with special dietary wishes may vary.

Directions

We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and drop you of at the airport of Dar Es Salaam

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