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In the hectic pace of daily life in the West, nature brings rest and peace. The more pure and less populated, the more you can relax. By slowing down and taking moments to be still and in addition to do exercises that increase your vibrancy, your more aware of what is happening in your inner world and the world outside of you. The reward is that you will see better how beautiful the present moment is; how you are constantly supported in your essential needs; how you can relax because nothing is threatening you; how you can relax more because you are a mature, powerful, capable human being and how you are part of an intelligent and coherent existence.
During this meditation yoga retreat, you will experience different landscapes of the Earth and your Mind. A unique safari experience gets weaved with meditation, breath work, yoga, sharing and nature exercises to connect with yourself and others from the heart.
The group will stay in local guesthouses, camp in the wild nature, tented camps and one luxury hotel in Arusha. The mattresses during camping are superb!
The aim of this safari 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 proces.
Adventure means to leave your safe well known world behind 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 Masaï 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 Masaï friends. Every day you will walk about 12 to 15 kilometers. And every day you will take in a different kind of landscape; savannah, tropical rainforest, 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 will support our travelers to connect with wild life and the local people of East Africa in a more profound way. We would like to see them touched and enjoy pure adventure. Pure means that we 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 we will tempt you to leave the jeeps and luxurious resorts behind. Mindful means that our 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.
You will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania where you will be met by the guide and taken to LOasis Meserani just outside Arusha to spend the night. LOasis 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. Theres 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 LOasis Meserani.
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 our favourite campsite Mto Wa Mbu. You will be dining under the beautiful Acacia trees being observed by the mongoose, monkeys and tropical birds.
Today you will leave to Ngorongoro and vist some Masa 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 us in the afternoon for our first walk to Bulati. There we will spend the night on the edge Embulbul depression in your own tents.
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 youre lucky even a group of flamingos. Thats where you will stop and spend the night listening to the sounds of the bush.
From Empakai we will walk to Akesha Campsite. You will visit the village of Nayobi to have lunch and get extra water for our trip. You will camp in the wild at the edge of Great Rift Valley.
Fom 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.
At Lake Natron you will be picked up by the driver to spend three days in Serenegeti 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 amongst the wild, listening to the wonders of the night. On day 11 you will return to Mto Mbu and Migunga campsite.
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. Its the perfect place to enjoy peace and quiet after the impressive tour youve just accomplished.
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. Its up to you.
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 to Arusha during the day.