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14 Days Mindfulness Nature Safari in Serengeti and Ngorongoro, Tanzania

L'Oasis Meserani, Arusha, Tanzania

Mindfulness Nature Safari Tanzania

The breathtaking landscapes of Ngorongoro Crater Highlands, the loving glance of a giraffe, walking for hours through infinite space and silence, meditating between impalas and zebras, a delicious dish prepared by your magician cook, the smell of burning wood, a lovely African sunset or the sound of a roaring lion in the middle of the night in the Serengeti. All these ingredients of this unique safari are super seducers. They surprise your eyes, let your ears spires, your skin tingle and they juggle with smells and tastes.

Life seduces you tirelessly for no other reason then to open and surprise you. It invites you to see that all the locks on your doors are unnecessary. It lures you with all its forms and colors to soften your walls. And life shines unmistakably, every day again. This unique Ngorongoro and Serengeti safari plays Casanova and the meditations give you space to enjoy even more for all those radiant splendor around you.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum 4 and maximum 10 persons
  • Minimum age allowed for participation is 18 years
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • English speaking guide available at extra cost
  • All entree fees for national parks and walking fees

Meet the instructors

Alina
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Highlights

  • 1 full day game drive in Tarangire
  • 3 days of game drives in Serengeti
  • Chance to spot lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, and many more
  • Meditations and breathing sessions in nature as well as mindful hikes and walks
  • Meet local people and Masai tribe in a personal and authentic way
  • Transportation in jeeps during the game drives
  • 13 nights accommodation

Styles


12 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

You will stay in Oasis Meserani in Arusha; Ilboru Safari Lodge in Arusha and bush camps in Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

Program

The aim of this package is to offer you a special safari in Tanzania but also to help you experience what happens when you shift from your thoughts and feelings to your senses. This shift is like waking up from a deep sleep. The world is even more beautiful and safe then you were able to see, drawn deeply in your own mind.

With a diversity of active and passive meditations, profound breath work, dance meditation, exercises, heart meditations and more you will see that relaxation cannot be found in your own mind but in your connection with reality. Your greatest gift to yourself and others will be your presence in the here and now. The wild nature of Tanzania is a wonderful support in this profound process.

Safari adventure

Adventure means to leave your safe well known world behind and to enter a new and unknown world. When you step in, you will never know what you will meet on the way. The Ngorongoro Crater highlands is positioned in the top 10 of most spectacular landscapes in the world. The heart of this safari is shaped by an old Masai trail which you will follow in four days from the village Endonyowas to the famous Lake Natron. During this hike you will be guided by Mindful Adventure's Masai friends. Every day you will walk about 12 to 15 kilometers. And every day you will take in a different kind of landscape; savanna, tropical rain forest, mountains, craters, and desert. You will end up in famous Lake Natron to enjoy its extraordinary landscape, flamingos and romantic waterfall. From there you will chase for lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, and more in Serengeti.

Mindful adventure

Mindful Adventure will support the travelers to connect with wild life and the local people of East Africa in a more profound way. They would like to see the guests touched and enjoy pure adventure. Pure means that they offer a tour that shows highlights, as well as exploring the uniqueness of the locals, tribes, flora and fauna, villages, towns, restaurants and accommodations. To do so you will be tempted to leave the jeeps and luxurious resorts behind. Mindful means that your special attention is focused to provide for you an active (walking / biking) and also peaceful and relaxing tour to reach a sincere experience of your safari.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport - LOasis Meserani, Arusha

You will arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania where you will be met by the guide and taken to L'Oasis Meserani just outside Arusha to spend the night. L'Oasis Meserani is a spiritual place. It has been built up during the past 17 years by a Tanzanian lady called Margaret.

You can see she did this in a loving and caring way. What makes it extra special is that she also has her own vegetable garden and takes care of her animals in a eco-friendly way.

Alternatively you can arrive one day earlier at Nairobi Airport and take a taxi to Wildebeest Ecocamp just outside Nairobi. This campsite is spacious, quiet with good showers and has a nice shop and good restaurant. There's a variety of choices in tents to stay overnight, from basic to luxurious.

The next morning you will be taken to the bus station by taxi to catch the bus to Arusha which will take five to six hours. In Arusha you will be picked up by the guide to be brought to L'Oasis Meserani.

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

You will be picked up for a game drive in Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is well-known for its many elephants and baobabs. In the evening you will stay at a favorite campsite Mto Wa Mbu. You will be dining under the beautiful acacia trees being observed by the mongoose, monkeys, and tropical birds.

Day 3: Tarangire to Ngorongoro

Today you will leave to Ngorongoro and visit some Masai friends in Endonyowas. You will be heartily welcomed into their ceremony and have a chance to get in touch with them. Meanwhile the donkeys will be packed to join you in the afternoon for your first walk to Bulati. There you will spend the night on the edge of Embulbul depression in your own tents.

Day 4: Bulati to Empakai Crater walk

From Bulati you will walk a sturdier walk to the Empakai Crater. Following a special path, you can even enter the crater to enjoy silence, atmosphere, smells, and if you're lucky even a group of flamingos. That's where you will stop and spend the night listening to the sounds of the bush.

Day 5: Empakai Crater to Akesha Campsite walk

From Empakai you will walk to Akesha Campsite. You will visit the village of Nayobi to have lunch and get extra water for your trip. You will camp in the wild at the edge of Great Rift Valley.

Day 6, 7, and 8: Lake Natron

From Akesha campsite you will do a breathtaking trip alongside Great Rift Valley to Lake Natron. There you will spend three nights at Lake Natron Tented Camp to relax and enjoy the trip to an amazing, crazy waterfall where you can go for a lovely swim. You will also visit the special lake where the biggest colony of flamingos in the world resides.

Day 9, 10, and 11: Serengeti

At Lake Natron you will be picked up by the driver to spend three days in Serengeti and look for lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, and other wild animals who can be found in the park. At night you will sleep at campsites among the wild, listening to the wonders of the night. On day 11 you will return to Mto Mbu and Migunga campsite.

Day 12: Mto Wa Mbu - Arusha

After a short visit to the favorite, flourishing town Mto Wa Mbu the group will return to Arusha where you will be dropped off in the luxurious Safari Lodge on the slope of Mount Meru. Safari Lodge is run by a brave Dutch lady called Annelies. The lodge has a very good restaurant, a swimming pool, and a nice shop. It's the perfect place to enjoy peace and quiet after the impressive tour you've just accomplished.

Day 13: Free day at the lodge

You will be free to do whatever you want. You can explore daily life with Msfari and visit markets, shops, and other places of interest. It's up to you.

Day 14: Departure day

Today you will fly home. If you fly through Nairobi, it is better to book a night flight which gives you the opportunity to travel by bus from Arusha during the day.

Included excursions

  • Masai ceremony and circle meeting
  • Masai jewelry workshop
  • Flamingo excursion Lake Natron
  • Bush walks

Instructors

Alina de Vilder

Location

This safari will take place around the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands and Serengeti in Tanzania.

Food

Daily meals are included in the price during the days with activity. During the free days spend in Arusha and Mto Wa Mbu meals are not included. Your food will be provided by a safari cook. You can choose a vegetarian or meat based diet

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 full day game drive in Tarangire
  • 3 days of game drives in Serengeti
  • Meditations and breathing sessions in nature as well as mindful hikes and walks
  • Meet local people and Masai tribe in a personal and authentic way
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • All camping costs and hotels in Tanzania
  • All entree fees for national parks and walking fees
  • Daily meals except on free days (Arusha and Mto Wa Mbu)
  • Transport costs and rental of jeeps, donkeys, tents, and mattresses

What's not included

  • Fee for guide, cook, and driver (varies from 10 to 20 USD dollar a day per group)
  • Meals on free days (Arusha and Mto Wa Mbu)
  • Plane ticket
  • Visa

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Mindful Adventure will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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