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Heart of Africa

Yoga Safari

1 - 11 March, 2018

Join us in Tanzania

Have you ever dreamed of travelling to Africa?

Join us for an unforgettable journey that will take you to the heart of Africa and help you reconnect with a natural, untamed part of yourself. This is an amazing opportunity to bring together your love of travel, nature, discovery and connection, with your passion for yoga and mindfulness. 

Imagine waking up to the sounds of the wilderness, safe and cosy in your luxury tent. Or hearing the hyenas whoop from the comfort of the campfire, under a billion stars. Or stretching your body and centering your breath on top of a huge rock overlooking the expansiveness of the Serengeti plains. 

You will have the chance to delve deep into one of Africa’s finest safari regions - Tanzania, East Africa. For eleven incredible days you will be immersed in wild and spectacular environments. Legendary places like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara will be your playground and at times you will have these areas all to yourself. To create an intimate experience, this trip is limited to just 8 guests.

We welcome you to join us for this unique travel opportunity into the heart of nature; an adventure that will allow you to unwind and reconnect with yourself in one of the wildest parts of the planet. 

This safari will offer an array of yoga-based practices that will be simple, subtle and profound. During this Heart of Africa journey, yoga will be intelligently woven into the programme to truly honour the presentness of the group experience and the individual needs. 

Re-discover yourself and re-ignite your senses as you gently cycle through remote rural areas, swim underneath waterfalls in the Great Rift Valley, hike with Maasai warriors and are surrounded by millions of thundering hooves on the short grass plains of the Serengeti. The wildlife viewing will be on par with any exceptional safari, and with the addition of caring and experienced hosts, you will be given greater space to soak it all in. 

Heart of Africa offers a rare opportunity to be transported into the present moment; a chance to feel more alive and fully connected than you might have ever felt before. For eleven days you will be a part of the wilderness, and realise that this wild place is also part of you. 

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What is a Yoga Safari?

This is not a yoga retreat, it is a safari. ’Yoga’ in this instance will come in the form of being present, being spontaneous, being creative. There will be moments where guided practices of mindful movement (yoga postures) will be offered, as well as breathing practices and meditations. All these practices will be used to spontaneously support, amplify and sustain the experience of the present moment. There will be no rigid routine or regimens. Each day will have its fair share of magic and surprises and space will be provided for all participants to allow them to immerse and maximise each experience.

 

Our genuine aim is that:

You will feel the full power of Tanzania's vast landscapes, abundant wildlife and beautiful people.

You will leave your world behind.

You will be stretched and expanded.

You will be playful and have fun.

You will run wild.

You will feel ease, calm and peace.

You will experience stillness, joy and connection.

Day 1 & 2: Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by your tour leaders Beck and Lisa and transferred to Rivertrees Country Inn for your first night in Arusha, Tanzania.

After breakfast and a morning safari briefing, we set off for a day trip to Arusha National Park where part of the day will be spent exploring in a vehicle and on foot. You will see your first wild animals and get your feet on African soil. Arusha National Park is nestled between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, and on a clear day the vista is spectacular. We will game drive, walk and canoe during the day, and stop for a sumptuous picnic. We will return to Rivertrees in the afternoon to relax and dine together before embarking on the first leg of our journey in the morning.

Day 3 & 4: Lake Manyara

From Arusha we will drive south west towards beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, stopping for a picnic lunch en route. We will hop onto mountain bikes, cycling on dirt roads and sandy tracks through remote villages and rural areas where you can chat to school children and happy locals going about their daily life. A backup vehicle available if anyone would prefer not to ride or gets tired. At the entrance to the national park we’ll board our vehicles and enjoy an afternoon game drive along the lake. The park is known for its tree-climbing lions, large baboon troops, abundant hippo and thousands of flamingoes and pelicans that give the lake a pink hue. Manyara Green Camp will be our home for two nights.

Manyara Green Camp is a gorgeous little camp situated in a private corner of the park. Backed by the stunning escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, the camp is situated on the edge of the Endebash River close to where it trickles down the mountainside. The river forms a natural waterfall and rockpools and provides a constant and soothing soundtrack. Our time in Lake Manyara will be spent exploring the National park on foot and in vehicles, and we will also have ample time to climb the boulders and terraces and swim in the natural rockpools of the waterfall. Group yoga sessions will be undertaken, not at set times, but when the time is right.

Day 5 & 6:  Ngorongoro Crater

Our final morning in Manyara Green Camp will be a relaxed one, as we pack up, perhaps do some yoga overlooking the riverbed, and have breakfast. We will then enjoy a game drive to the exit of the national park and explore the tree top canopy tour, looking for monkeys, baboons, elephants and any other wildlife. Onwards then to the village of Mto Wa Mbu where we will board tuk-tuks (three wheeled covered motorcycle). We’ll enjoy a tour of the village including the market place and banana plantation and will stop for a delicious traditional Tanzanian lunch.

After lunch we begin the journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, travelling through fertile farmland and up into the thick verdant cloud forests, before emerging onto the rim of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. We will take in the breathtaking views down into the crater, before continuing to the luxurious Sanctuary Crater Camp. Located in an ancient forest of flat-topped Acacia trees, the camp’s position allows us the benefit of easy access down to the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater is an ancient caldera filled with over 30,000 animals. It is a remarkable place and surrounded by lands set aside for the Maasai people to move freely with their cattle and honour their traditional way of life. We will spend two nights at Sanctuary Crater Camp, including plenty of time for viewing wildlife down in the crater and hiking in the highlands accompanied by a Maasai warrior.

Day 7 & 8: Southern Serengeti

On the morning of our departure from Sanctuary Crater Camp, we will do an early game drive on the crater floor with a packed breakfast. From there it is a two hour drive onto the vast short grass plains of the Serengeti. Our first two nights in Serengeti National Park will be spent at Nabi Green Camp. Here the focus will be on vehicle based exploration of the Serengeti to view the ‘great migration’. At this time of year these plains are home to over 1.5 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of zebra and many thousands more gazelles and antelope. Witnessing these great herds is a primal and wondrous experience. Naturally, there are many predators – lion, hyena, cheetah, hyena, jackals and others – looking to take advantage of this seasonal glut of food and adding to the daily drama.

There will be time to sit with great herds, as well as the big cats and other predators as they go on their daily search for sustenance. Accommodation is in large walk-in canvas tents, with ensuite open-air bathrooms. There is a large lounge and dining tent for relaxing and gathering for meals and drinks.

Day 9 & 10: Southern Serengeti Walking

We will game drive the two hours to our Southern Serengeti Walking Camp. There is a possibility of seeing predators and all other types of animals, so keep your eyes peeled and binoculars handy. Our final two nights in the Serengeti will be spent in this simple, yet intimate, mobile camp. It is located in a private walking zone that allows us absolute exclusivity - we will have this mighty wilderness all to ourselves. The location of the camp changes depending on the location of the big herds, so there is a good chance your walking activities will at some point include time with the wildebeest migration. The area also has innumerable rocky outcrops (kopjes), all stunningly beautiful, begging to be explored and perfect for yoga.

Accommodation here is in simple dome tents, and communal open air bathroom tents. Whilst most of our meals will be eaten al fresco, there is a main lounge and dining tent with bean bags and comfy chairs that allow you to relax and take in the view. In the evenings, time will be spent in quiet reflection around the fire and under billions of stars. It might be the whoop of a hyena or the roar of a distant lion that will serve to break the silence.

Day 11: Journey Home

We will have time to complete the Heart of Africa experience and soak up as much of the wilderness as possible with one last yoga session, before a final game drive to the airstrip. It will be a 90 minute flight back to Arusha, a road transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport, and onwards to home.

Safari Locations - Tanzania

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Meet Your Hosts

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Beck Fraser Field

Beck has worked and lived extensively in Africa over the past 20 years, facilitating group safaris and ensuring that people experience the very best that Africa has to offer. She is now co-director of her own safari company and loves nothing more than tailoring trips that really expand and open people’s hearts to the beauty of Africa, and to themselves.

“I’ve lived and worked in tented camps, luxury lodges, overland tours, fly-in private safaris, dusty towns and world heritage wilderness areas. I’ve seen Africa from Land Rover, plane, helicopter, boats, dug out canoes and on foot. Yet, nothing prepared me for the transformational safari that I recently experienced in Northern Tanzania. I so look forward to recreating this journey with you, as we experience the joy and freedom of being close to the earth and connecting with Africa.”

Lisa Grauaug

Lisa Grauaug

Lisa has over 20 years of practicing and teaching yoga. She currently resides and teaches in Sydney and has previously facilitated group retreats nationally and internationally. Lisa is passionate about East Africa, and sharing yoga. On this Heart of Africa journey Lisa looks forward to facilitating some savour yoga moments that will be mindfully integrated into the precious presentness of this adventure.

“You will awaken your senses and experience Africa in the most powerful way possible. Being in nature, being natural and being expansive will BE at the forefront of our experience here and I can't wait to share this amazing adventure with you”

 

Inclusions

  • All accommodation in safari camps and lodges, based on twin share
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and picnics
  • All drinks, excluding Rivertrees Country Inn, and excluding premium brands
  • All road transfers as specified
  • Flight from Serengeti National Park to Arusha Airport
  • All activities including game drives, walks, canoes, bike rides, village tours and tree top canopy tour
  • Daily Yoga practices including postures, breathing practices and meditations, led by a highly experienced Yoga teacher throughout the duration of the safari.
  • Entry fees to Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park
  • Applicable government taxes - correct at the time of quotation - subject to change without notice
  • Meet and greet services as specified in the itinerary
  • Laundry at Sanctuary Crater Camp
  • Unforgettable, once in a lifetime memories!

Exclusions

  • All international flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • All items of a personal nature i.e. additional meals, activities not specified in itinerary, curios etc.
  • All relevant visa fees and departure taxes
  • Any new Government taxes levied between now and dates of travel
  • Communication costs such as phone and faxes
  • Premium brand beverages
  • All gratuities
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Excess baggage charges

Investment & Bookings

Twin Share - USD 7,691.00

This Heart of Africa Yoga Safari is limited to just 8 people.

A 30% non-refundable deposit will secure your place on this once in a lifetime adventure.

*JUST 2 SPACES ARE NOW REMAINING* for this safari.

Click the button below and Beck from African Family Safaris will be in touch to talk through the trip in more detail. Alternatively you can contact her on rebecca@africanfamilysafaris.com.

If you miss out on a place, we will be happy to include you on the waiting list and contact you if there are any cancellations.

 

We so look forward to welcoming you to experience this unique Heart of Africa Yoga Safari with us.