“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to.”  Richard Mullin

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Tanzania Yoga Safari, September 2017

Serengeti, Ngare Sero, Olduvai,  Ngorongoro Crater and the Tarangire

Dates:  September 16th – Sunday 24th, 2017:  9 days / 8 nights

What: Safari Yoga Adventure in Tanzania

Location: Tanzania, Africa

Price: USD $3960.00

Inquiries: tarik@tarik.com

We will be starting at one of my favorite places the Ngare Sero eco-lodge. We will arrive here first for a very soft landing and luxurious accommodations.  Here we can enjoy drinking coffee on the veranda while watching the sun rise illuminate magnificent Kilimanjaro. With vast numbers of exotic birds, monkeys and other wildlife all over the grounds it should be easy to just sit back relax and be fully entertained.   The lush green gardens and fresh spring lake offer opportunities for bird watching, take the boat out for leisurely float or walks around the grounds and neighboring villages. Please read below for more details about Ngare Sero.

We will spend a few days enjoying the beautiful garden grounds of Ngare Sero and then head straight to the heart of the Serengeti by plane. The Serengeti is one of the great natural wonders of the world. We are almost be guaranteed to see lions, elephants, cheetah and many more beautiful animals as well as stunning landscapes and vast open skies.

After a few days of enjoying the legendary Serengeti we will head to Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is one of the most amazing sights on earth. It must be seen to be believed.  On route we will stop at the Olduvai Gorge which is believed to be the cradle of Mankind. In essence we will all be going home for the first time to see where our common ancestors roamed the savannahs.

From there we will head to Tarangire which is famous for massive elephants herds and the otherworldly baobab trees. Finally returning to our home base Ngare Sero to spend a few days relaxing, and recovering from our Safari adventures. At Ngare Sero we can once again enjoy the beautiful grounds, massages, wonderful food, drink and the cool refreshing pool.

This is a yoga trip but because Africa is so special we will prioritize all activities for the African experience.  We will probably be able to do yoga practice everyday but there may be a few days where we do short practices or evening practice.  It is perfectly ok for non-yoga practitioner friends or partners to attend.

Tarik will be hosting, teaching yoga and will be acting as your guide. This will be his 5th visit to Tanzania and the 3rd time leading a Yoga Safari trip in Tanzania.  We expect it to be a trip of a lifetime and so far Africa has never disappointed us.

Simple schedule: More details below

Saturday, Day 1, September 16th

Arrive Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge www.ngare-sero-lodge.com

Arrival and welcome dinner

Sunday Day 2, September 17th

Yoga, lodge tour, relax at the lodge, walk, boat 

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge www.ngare-sero-lodge.com

Monday, Day 3, September 18th

Yoga, depart for Serengeti National Park via plane.

Kati Kati Camp www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com/camps/serengetimediumcamp

Tuesday Day  4, September 19th

Serengeti National Park

Kati Kati Camp – Exploring the Serengeti & Yoga.

Wednesday, Day 5, September 20th

Road from Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Stopping in Olduvai on the way.

Rhino Lodge www.rhinolodge.com

Thursday, Day 6, September 21st

Ngorongoro Crater then head to Tarangire Safari Lodge www.tarangiresafarilodge.com

Friday, Day 7, September 22nd

Tarangire National Park and then back to  Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge by early evening

Saturday, Day 8, September 23rd 

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

Rest, yoga, lodge activities, town trip. Farewell dinner

Sunday, Day 9, September 24th

Yoga,  then to the airport or optional trip to Zanzibar, Stone town and beach holiday. *September 24th – 27th – Not included in the tour

Detailed Schedule

Day 1, September 16th

Arrival

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge www.ngare-sero-lodge.com

Arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge set at the amid forest and crystal clear lake on the slopes of Mount Meru. Get settled into Garden Room. Dinner at the lodge.

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is one of the oldest exclusive family lodges in Arusha located in old German farm house built in 1905. Our lodge sits at the clear trout lake surrounded by gardens and forest reserve with troops of colobus and Sykes monkeys, as well as over 200 species of birds. On a clear day we have the best view of Kilimanjaro mountain in Arusha. There is a 30-meter swimming pool in our property, as well as stables and organic farm, and we offer a great number of in-house activities, like nature walks and bird-watching, culture tour in surrounding Wameru villages, horse riding, boating and trout fishing, croquet, yoga and meditation classes. There is also a Garden Spa that offers various massages and facials to relax after the safari, mountain climb or an international flight. 

Day 2, September 17th

Yoga practice and lodge tour

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge www.ngare-sero-lodge.com

Located in a small forest reserve beside a spring, Ngare Sero Lodge aims to set an example for environmentally friendly and socially responsible tourism. Damming the spring has created three lakes that support a healthy ecosystem of animals and birds. Ngare Sero collaborates with the village government and the authorities to protect the forest, water source and management of water extraction.  It generates its own hydro-electricity to power the lodge. All drinking water comes direct from the springs, and they also supply fresh water to the neighboring schools and villages. The lodge is striving to be carbon neutral by absorbing carbon production via indigenous tree planting and forest protection.  Most of the vegetables and salads served to the guests come from its own organic vegetable garden. 

Day 3, September 18th

Heading to Serengeti National Park

Kati Kati Camp www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com/camps/serengetimediumcamp

After breakfast – depart to Arusha Airport to catch a flight to Seronera in Central Serengeti. Game drive & picnic lunch on the way. Settle at Tanganyika Wilderness Kati Kati Camp for 2 nights stay. Sunset yoga session. Dinner at the camp.

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat 

Day  4, September 19th

Serengeti National Park

Kati Kati Camp

Spend a day exploring the plains of Serengeti and doing yoga at the camp. Meals and overnight at camp.

Day 5, September 20th

Road from Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Stopping in Olduvai on the way. 

Rhino Lodge www.rhinolodge.com

Sunrise yoga. After breakfast – depart to Ngorongoro Conservation area. Picnic lunch on the way. Stopping in Olduvai Gorge and Museum. The birth place of Mankind.  Check in for dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge.

Day 6, September 21st

Ngorongoro Crater

Tarangire Safari Lodge www.tarangiresafarilodge.com

Wake up at 5.30 for an early breakfast and depart on safari in Ngorongoro crater.

Stop for a picnic lunch at Hippo Pools. Leave the crater and drive to Tarangire Safari Lodge. Settle for dinner & overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge.

The  Crater is a world heritage site, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. The 2,000 feet high walls of the approximately 10 mile wide crater create a natural amphitheatre for the densest populations of large animals anywhere. It is a microcosm of the vast Serengeti National Park and in one day it is possible to see a staggering array of East African wildlife including all the big carnivores. 

The crater lives up to its infamous reputation with abundant and easily accessible wildlife and offers a reasonable chance to see lion or hyena in action. The Crater is truly awe-inspiring and will surely be one of the highlights of your safari.

Day 7, September 22nd

Tarangire National Park

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

Wake up early and leave for a game drive at the park. Come back for late  breakfast to the Tarangire Safari lodge. Leave with lunch bags for a game drive at the park. Transfer to Arusha and check in for dinner and overnight at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge.

Famous for its tree climbing pythons, massive baobabs and large herds of elephant, Tarangire National Park is small but still home to a significant wildlife population, with a density of wildlife matched only by Ngorongoro. Birding is particularly good here; the swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties; the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

Day 8, September 23rd 

Free day

Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

Rest, yoga, lodge activities, town trip.

Day 9, September 24th

Departure

If you’d like – wake up early for a morning yoga session. After breakfast – transfer to the airport to catch a flight home or continue to Zanzibar Stone town and beach holiday.

*September 24th – 27th – Not included in the tour

Optional 3 day Zanzibar Holiday – This is not a retreat just the option to visit Zanzibar for diving, beach and cultural experience.  Please ask Tarik for more details and price. 

Price

Price for one person $3960.00 double occupancy/shared room.

Single occupancy is possible. Please inquire for single price.

Price includes: 

  • All accommodation (double occupancy)
  • All meals and picnic baskets on safari
  • Transport in Land cruisers English-speaking driver-guide
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • flight from Arusha to Seronera (Serengeti)

Price excludes:

  • International flights  ( Flight to and from  Kilimanjaro Airport) (JRO)
  • Visa fee 50$ (depending on nationality)
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Tips to driver-guide and lodge/camp stuff (5-10$ per person per day of safari).
  • Drinks

* Please be aware that the above schedule may change based on weather and local conditions.

To book please email tarik directly : tarik@tarik.com

Tarik will send you payment information and a “what to bring list”.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required in order to insure the booking.

Space is limited to only 12 people and we expect it to fill up quite soon.  Please book as soon as you can.

“To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.”

* George Schaller (American conservationist and author)

“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”

 William Burchell (English explorer)


“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.”

 Karen Blixen Out of Africa


“To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.”

George Schaller (American conservationist and author)


“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?”

Brian Jackman