Serengeti, Tanzania

$3.360,00

On this tour, you will find yourself lucky at once. You start with a game drive of three days in famous Serengeti and you will end up with a smile on your face by the funny antics of chimpanzees in Gombe National Park.

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    Price

    $3.360,00

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    Group Size

    Max 10 people

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    Location

    Tanzania, Serengeti

Highlights

Exploration of unique trails and landscapes
Variety of yoga, breath work, meditation, and nature-exercises
Strong connection to nature

Course description

Paradise is nothing but total relaxation Do you want to discover what is needed to walk your life in a more relaxed way, while you enjoy an adventurous Safari in Tanzania with everything to it? This is only possible with Mindful Adventure. We invite you in a double adventure among friends, who are willing just like you to find a deeper relaxation towards life and at the same time feel more alive and joyful. The wild nature in Africa, the walks, meditations, healings, and sharings with your fellow travellers will help you to become more free of restricting habits in your daily life. You will learn to life more from the heart, which will create better relationships. You can change your life, if only you know what to do. This safari is also a vacation and we will provide for you an unforgettable meeting with our Masaï friends in Ngorongoro and help you trace for Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Giraffes, Elephants and more at Serengeti. From there we will show you two great Lake areas in Tanzania. After sailing and hiking at Rubondo Island, enjoying the diversity of birds, you will be surprised by Hippos coming ashore after 5.00 pm and be impressed by face to face meetings with Bushbocks, Impalas and Gazelles which stare at you with their big wonderlingly eyes. A Crocodile will slowly pass if you pay attention. Later you will walk through the Rainforest, searching for Chimpansees, which hang lazy in their tree or intensily panic when the Alpha male joins them.

About the place

Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Lake Victoria, Mwanza, Rubondo Island, Lake Tanganyika, Gombe National Park and Arusha. This meditation/yoga retreat, as a Safari, is about connecting with nature in a profound way. This process is supported by sleeping in the wild with light weight tents but for sure comfortable mattresses. It is sensational to wake up in Serengeti and listen to the sounds of grazing buffalos or the roaring of a lion. You will also sleep in normal and luxury hotels during this retreat.

Food

We travel with our own cook and it is possible to ask for a vegetarian menu.

Things to do

Other activities

Walking Swimming Game driving Observing animals and chimpanzees Meeting local people & Masaï tribe Bird life of Rubondo Island Rubondo is an island in Lake Victoria where you will witness in amazement the great diversity of beautiful waterfowls, the presence of many ospreys, big quantities of colourful birds and butterflies, elephants, girafs, pythons, monkeys, antelopes, crocodiles and hippos.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s included

13 nights (tents and mattresses), Airport transfers, All entree fees for national parks and walking fees, All camping costs and hotels in Tanzania, Almost every meal and drinks during camping, Transport costs and rental of jeeps, donkeys

What’s not included

Airfare, Travel insurance, Visa for Tanzania and/or Kenya, A small number of meals on moments you are “free” like Arusha, Tips for guide and cook (between $5 and $10 a day as a group), All services not listed above

Additionnal information

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania

How to get there

Travel documents and visa: All travelers to Tanzania and Kenya need a passport and a return ticket to the country. The passport needs to be valid at least another six months. A visa is compulsory to enter Tanzania or Kenya. You can apply for your visa from 3 months before departure at the Tanzanian Consulate in your country. You will receive the visa within 7 workdays. The cost is depending on your country. It is easier to collect your visum at the Kenyan or Tanzanian airport or border. Costs: $ 50 Consulaat van Tanzania Parallelweg Zuid 215 2194 LE Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel Telefoon: 0180 – 320939 Opening hours from 10.00 till 13.00. www.tanzania.nl Time Difference: There is time difference in Tanzania depending which country you come from. Vaccinations: In Tanzania some vaccinations are recommended. Please make contact with the Tropical Centre in your country to get actual information. You can also ask them everything you need to know about Malaria prevention. Clothes for traveling: It is advisable to travel and wear cotton clothes in the colours of het environment. Do bring a warm jumper for cool nights. You will need sunglasses and a hat or cap. More information will be given by Mindful Adventure. Money Matters: The local currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling. 1 euro is about 2300 shilling. In the bigger cities it is easy to pin money with your credit card, unfortunately it often doesn’t work with your bank card. Tips drivers/guides: The tip for your driver/guide is between UDS 10-20 per person a day collected by the group. Telephone and internet: Telephone and fax work reasonably well in Tanzania, although international conversations are very expensive. The best thing to do is replace your simcard with a Tanzanian one. Facebook and what’s app are very cheap then. Most resorts offer free or cheapand reliable wifi in Tanzania. Please note that during our Safaris there will be several days you are out of reach. Voltage: In Tanzania 240 Volt alternating current is used. You will need a plug with three flat pens. Language: Swahili is becoming the international language of Africa and can therefore grow in toone of the most important languages in the world. The major part of the population of Tanzania speaks some English too. Insurance: Make sure you have a health insurance with ample coverage abroad. Malaria profylaxe: Treatment of Malaria has been strongly improved the past few years. But Malaria profylaxe is medication which is advised to take anyway. You can order it at your GP’s. Many travelers prefer ‘Malarone’ to “Lariam’ or the combination of ‘Nivaquine’ and ‘Paludrine’, because ‘Malarone’ doesn’t have many side-effects. Malaria profylaxe doesn’t offer complete protection however. It is still sensible to cover arms and legs and use an anti-insect spray for your uncovered hands and face, like ‘Deet 50’. Other precautions: Hygiene in East Africa is pretty good, but for drinking water you should use cooked or bottled water only. What to bring Bring good walking shoes, bandages for blisters and a pair of comfortable slippers. Because of the bright afternoon sun it is advisable to bring suncream with a high protection factor (30) and also after sun. Try to find a natural suncream because there is a connection between skin cancer and these products.

Airport transfers

You will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania where you will be met by Mindful Adventure and taken to L’Oasis Meserani just outside Arusha to spend the night.
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Yoga Styles

  • Kundalini yoga
  • Meditation

Activities

  • Cultural Experiences
  • Guided tour
  • Trekking

Amenities

  • Pool
  • Tent
  • Trekking
  • Walking trails
  • Waterfall

Daily Program

You will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania. You will be picked up by us and brought to L’Oasis Meserani just outside Arusha where you will spend the night. L’Oasis is a place with a real soul. The last seventeen years, it has been built up by Margret; she’s a Tanzanian lady and she did this with heart and soul. She also has her own organic vegetable garden and animals which makes it extra special. Also the place is functioning on solar.
This day has most of all a Mindful character. We are doing this program in morning and evening and we create a solid bottom for the coming weeks. After an early lunch we will depart to Karatu, the last town before we enter Ngorongoro. While we make the necessary arrangements for being allowed to enter Ngorongoro you can have a look at this red town and visit the market or buy a nice shuka that will nourish you during your safari. You will spend your night at Flamingo Campsite.
We will leave early to start our journey to Endonyowas in Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. Our Masaï friends will have prepared a heartwarming welcome for you. It will be a special meeting. Endonyowas is not a fake Tourist village but an authentic village where Masaï are living a simple and sometimes hard life to survive. The circumstances have dramatically changed and they know they have to develop to save aspects of their culture. This is one of the reasons why they are very open to show you their culture, their lifestyle, some activities and gladly exchange with you during a cup of tea. We think you will not lightly forget this day. In the afternoon we will drive to Seronera in the heart of Serengeti. We will allready spot wild animals while we are on the way. We will sleep in Seronera in our lightweighted tents with comfortable matrasses. Also we will enjoy a meal made by our own cook.
It is possible to do two gamedrives today. During that gamedrives you will try to trace lions, leopards, girafs, cheetas and other wild animals. Depending on the season it is possible to hear the pounding hooves of animals known as migration. Ater the morning gamedrive you will enjoy a Mindful program. At night you will stay at a public campsite amongst the wild and listen to strange, tropical sounds from the immediate surroundings. These campsites have enough space for us to do yoga and other exercises or meditations to stretch our bodies after the gamedrives. And you should not be surprised if Impalas, Warthogs, Mongoose or Buffalos walk through our eyesight during our Meditation.In the morning of day 5 there’s another gamedrive in the heart of Serengeti, after which we will depart to Mwanza Rock City; a lively town bordering Lake Victoria. You will spend two nights in the Lahe Hotel close to the Lake. In the evening we will have dinner at the Lahe Hotel.
Today we’ll go for a nice hike at Mwanza City. You can visit the famous ‘ skopjes’ of which the ‘Bismarckrock’ is the most well-known. You will probably come eye to eye with one of the ‘Maraboe Storcks’ of Mwanza. You will also be taken to the lively market of Mwanza and the Masai market. Weary but fulfilled you can relax back in the hotel, dress nicely for a romantic dinner at the Tilapiahotel while you enjoy the view across the bay.
We will leave early for Rubondo. Rubondo is an island in Lake Victoria where we will go to see a big diversity for birds and nice walks. During a special boat trip we will see birds closeby, we will pass ‘crocodile island’ and will probably come across some hippos. We will be dropped off on the island together with our own cook to camp for the night. Hippos will be seen grazing in the grass right in front of you. We will make a big fire in front of our tents to garantee our safety.

The Campsite at Rubondo is a great place for a profound meditation. The privacy, the view, the silence will be great to connect with ourselves.

So day 8 we will take time for exercises and meditation. We will make a nice walk with a guide of the Island, have lunch and catch the boat later that day to Chato village where Rama will pick us up to bring us in 3,5 hours to Kibondo where we will spend the night at a Camp where the United Nations army stayed to give shelter to refugees from Burundi and Rwanda in the past. It is a nice place with much history.
After our morningmeditation and breakfast we will have a travelday to Kigoma. This is about 6 hours driving. During this safari we have enough breaks, Mindful assignments, stops at great viewpoints in the Mountains. Na een ochtendmeditatie vertrekken we naar Kigoma, ongeveer 6 uur rijden. Vandaag is een reisdag. Tijdens de rit hebben we voldoende pauzes, Mindful opdrachten en stoppen we bij mooie uitzichten. In Kigoma you will be brought to Jakobsen Beach and Guesthouse. Jakobsen is a simple but very nice guesthouse located at a very beautiful area at Lake Tanganyika. You can relax and swim here. Nice detail is that many zebras are living in the area. There is a good chance we will meet them.
We will leave to Gombe National Park by boat. Gombe National Park is an area next to Lake Tanganyika where Jane Goodall did her research on chimpansees. Two hours after departure you will arrive in paradise with amazing sunsets and a beautiful place to swim or sit on the beach surrounded by the jungle behind you. Gombe National Park cannot be reached by mainland, only through the jungle. Many groups of chimpansees live in the jungle. We will spend time looking for hem. Quitely observing the behaviour of the chimpansees will be unforgetable and exciting. Don’t forget to enjoy this beautiful walk through the tropical forest. You can also join in a birdwatching tour or visit a waterfall.You will spend two nights in a new, simple and nice hotel.
After breakfast we will return to Kigoma by boat. We will travel by jeep to Tabora where we will spend the night. Tabora is a town with many stories from the time slaves were walking all the way from Kigoma to Dar Es salaam to be transported with boats to Europe and America. Tabora has a museum. We can decide to go there. You will sleep that night in the Orion Hotel.

De volgende ochtend vertrekken we heel vroeg naar Arusha. Het wordt een bijzondere Mindful reisdag. In Arusha wordt je naar een heerlijk hotel gebracht om bij te komen van je reis. Ilboru Safari Lodge ligt op de helling van Mount Meru en heeft fijne kamers, een groot zwembad, twee leuke winkeltjes, een fantastische uitstraling en een heerlijke menukaart (probeer de tortillachips met guacamole vooral uit).

Early in the morning we will travel back to Arusha. We will take you to Safari Lodge in Ilboru, which is situated on the slope of Mount Meru. Safari Lodge is being run by the Dutch Annelies. It has very nice rooms, a good menu (try tortilla chips and guacamole) a big swimming pool a good atmosphere and two nice shops to relax after a long trip.
Today we will escort you back to Kilimanjaro airport to fly back home. In case you have a night flight it is possible to join us on a city tour in Arusha. It will be nice to see the markets, the shops, the musea and in general to experience the streetlife.

Safari njema, karibu tena (a good safari home and welcome again)

Instructors

Alina de Vilder
Originally Alina is counselor and teacher of meditation techniques. She runs her own therapy/meditation centre in Hoorn (the Netherlands). In the past 25 years she collected a large scale of techniques from many diciplines like Mindfulness, Breathing meditations, Sufimethods, Yoga excersises, Relaxationmethods, Bio-energetic excersises and Visualisations. After a long career as a therapist/counselor she followed the adventure that crossed her path and started Mindful Adventure. She is happy that by founding Mindful Adventure The Masaï of Endonyowas will be assured with much needed income generated by the travelers. Furthermore Msafiri will have a better future and the dreamschool of Endonyowas will be supported.

 

Msafiri Mosses Kivuyo
Msafiri is a young professional guide and driver.He is a Masaï that grew up in Arusha. His name means ‘traveller’.He is proud of his heritage despite the hard life that came with it. More then anything he longs to be more free in his life. This sense of being free gives him a natural and strong connection with truth. He follows his heart with Mindful Adventure and has been working hard to organize all practical aspects of the Safaris in Tanzania. He speaks good English and a little French.He wil provide you with all information about the people, landscapes, culture, history and off course the flora and fauna of his country. Sitting around the fire he can tell you many stories about the history and traditions of the Masaï. His humor and typical Msafiri laugh will be remembered by you when you return home.

 


 


 

 

  • Maarten van der Velde

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    I will never forget this trip: It has me: Unwind Brought closer to nature and myself Respect for Masai and their unchanged way of life through the ages The beauty and pristine nature of the landscape To ask the question; who is better for the earth than the Masai or other peoples in this world? From Mindful Adventures
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  • Margo Noordhoek

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    Wow, what a trip! That I have something with Africa, I already knew that, but this trip has made me experience and experience the extra. The (walking) meditations ensured that I experienced everything more intensely and the beauty of the African landscape became more apparent. ….. From Mindful Adventures
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  • Kathleen Mc Kearns, San Francisco

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    "Great!"
    This was my first trip to Africa, from all the way across the world in California. I was very apprehensive, but the minute Alina and Rama met me at the airport, I felt welcomed and cared for and ready for adventure. The tour was a beautiful way to see the nature and landscape of Northern Tanzania with an intimate group of lovely like-minded people. Touring around in a rugged Land Cruiser and camping in tents or staying in modest hotels suited me much more than traveling in a huge bus with large group. We learned so much about meditation and being in the present moment, including some ideas I still practice in my daily life. It was a lot of terrain to cover in the 13 days that we had, so more time was spent in the car than hiking or being outside or doing yoga on many of the days, but we were able to see large areas of the countryside and villages. I would not hesitate to book a trip again through Mindful Adventure. - Mindful Adventure Review
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  • Jannet Markus, The Netherlands

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    "“To me it was so impressive that I hardly can put it into words. But I will try”."
    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”. - Mindful Adventure Review
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  • Rob Noteboom, The Netherlands

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    "“A journey with beautiful faraways, incisive proximity and deep insights”"
    The experience of slowing down A closer relationship to nature and myself A sense of respect for the Masaï people and their unchanged lifestyle through the ages The beauty and purity of the landscape A hard question to ask: “who is taking better care of this earth, de Masai or the remaining people in this world”? Maarten van der Velde, the Netherlands - Mindful Adventure Review
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  • Lieneke Akkerman, Netherlands

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    "“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 wit hus, 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”. - Mindful Adventure Review
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  • Lizanne Croonen, Netherlands

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    "“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””. - Mindful Adventure Retreat
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  • Lindsey Arnouts, Belgium

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    "“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!!!! - Mindful Adventure Review
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