Safari Retreat with Abbey Arabie

Yoga Retreat with Abbey Arabie & October 14-25th 2016

Join us in Tanzania for an unforgettable Yoga journey

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Friday, Oct. 14th, 12am to Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 12am

Tanzania

YOGA SAFARI IN TANZANIA

Arusha – Tarangire River – Lake Natron – Ngorongoro Crater

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Agenda

YOGA SAFARI IN TANZANIA

Package Price $4800

12 days 11 nights


Arusha – Tarangire River – Lake Natron – Ngorongoro Crater

Ngare Sero is one of the oldest family lodges in East Africa located only 30 minutes away from Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha town. Set in lush gardens amid 50 acres of forest and crystal clear lakes on the slopes of Mount Meru the lodge has been adapted from a German colonial farmhouse built in 1905. It offers only 10 garden rooms and 5 suites, and provides personal service for its residents for over 40 years.




Day 1: Arrive in Arusha

Arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Meet and greet by our staff and then be transferred to your lodge.


Welcome dinner and overnight at: Ngare Sero Mountain lodge (www.ngare-sero-lodge.com/)



Day 2: Ngare Sero Forest Nature Walk

  • After late breakfast enjoy full day leisure at the lodge.
  • After breakfast join our Nature Walk around Ngare Sero forest, lake and beautiful gardens. Learn about the local flora & fauna and permaculture practices.
  • Healthy lunch prepared using many of the fruits and vegetables from the lodge garden
  • Sunset yoga & meditation
  • Evening cocktail in the living room around the fireplace and early dinner


Day 3: Arusha National Park

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart to Arusha National park (30 min from the lodge)
  • Explore a beguiling diversity of habitats on a short game drive.
  • Walk through the mountain forest into the crater floor of Mt Meru, 5th largest mountain in African continent.
  • Practice yoga & enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of ancient trees with a view of the ash-cone and Meru summit.
  • Walk to the waterfalls and a buffalo swamp accompanied by the armed ranger.
  • Return to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge for an evening cocktail and a dinner


Day 4: Tarangire National Park

  • After breakfast on safari to Tarangire National Park. Picnic on the way

  • Check in to Tarangire Safari Lodge (www.tarangiresafarilodge.com/)

  • Sunset yoga and meditation

  • Dinner


Day 5: Tarangire National Park

  • Spend a day exploring the park and its inhabitants.

  • Meals at Tarangire Safari Lodge

  • Sunset yoga and meditation


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 6: The Great Rift Valley & Lake Natron

  • After breakfast depart to lake Natron (5-6 hours driving). Game drive on the road

  • Picnic on the way at the view point

  • Arrive for to Permanent luxury eco-camp - Lake Natron Camp (www.lake-natron-camp.com)


At the lowest point of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa at an altitude of 600m above sea level, sits the shallow mirror-surfaced lake Lake Natron, a sanctuary to thousands of flamingos. Here, next to the only active volcano in Tanzania, Oldonyo Lengai in the cool oasis adjacent to the soda flats lies Lake Natron eco-camp. It has 10 camouflaged sleeping tents and one common tent with the bar, dining and lounge area. Each tent is furnished and has its own running water, shower and compost toilet. A private path leads from each tent to a natural swimming pool in the spring-fed stream.


The Camp has been build in a unique sensitive wetland environment and it is operated as a very low impact eco-camp. There are no permanent structures, no cement bricks or wooden platforms. Tents are camouflaged for low view-shed and equipped with compost toilets. Water is manually pumped directly from the spring for bathing and run through a desalination filter for drinking.


Day 7: Masai Boma and Waterfalls

This part of the Great Rift Valley is populated by the Masai peoples. Masai bomas spread around the area, but the main central village is few kilometres away to the west at the base of the escarpment.


  • After breakfast drive to visit the Masai Boma near the escarpment.

  • Walk up Engare Sero gorge to the waterfalls. The scenery is a unique blend of arid volcanic rocks and lush tropical palms. Wear shoes that do not slip & can get wet.

  • Picnic at waterfalls.

  • Return to the camp for sunset yoga and meditation.

  • Dinner & overnight at the camp.


Day 8: The Great Rift Valley & Lake Natron

The beguiling lesser flamingo feed on algae found in soda lakes across eastern Africa but choose to breed almost exclusively at Lake Natron. Every evening hundreds of pink flamingos fly overhead, exposing the deep garnet feathers under their wings. The Lake Flats surrounding the waters edge contain small streams, lakes and hills that provide a variety of hospitable environments for birds that thrive in the alkali oasis. Lesser flamingos, pelicans, Egyptian geese, cape teels, herons, egrets, blacksmith pluvers, sand-grouse, maribou stalk, vultures, eagles, kites, buzzards and many other birds can be seen in this area.


  • Start the day with the bird walk on lake flats.

  • Leisure breakfast at camp.

  • Rest & gentle yoga practice during the day.

  • Lunch

  • At 5pm drive to visit 20.000-year-old hominid lava footprints that where discovered near the camp.

  • Order drinks from the bar and take a 10-minute drive to the top of nearby hill. Enjoy your sundowner overlooking the mirror-surfaced Lake Natron, the majestic Lengai and Gelai mountains and watch the sun go down behind the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley.

  • Dinner & traditional Masai singing and dancing at the camp by the bush fire.


Day 9: Road to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  • Start the day with morning yoga practice and late breakfast.

  • After breakfast leave for Ngorongoro. Picnic lunch on the way

  • Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge (http://www.ngorongoro.cc/)


Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha

  • Early departure for a game drive in the crater. Breakfast pack on route.

  • Game drive at the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest unbroken caldera. It is considered one of the best wildlife encounters. Often referred to as "Africa's Garden of Eden," the crater is home to over 30,000 animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, wildebeests, buffaloes, and the rare black rhinos.

  • Picnic lunch at Hippo Pools

  • Transfer back to Arusha

  • Dinner and overnight at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge.


Day 11: Rest at the lodge

  • Spend the day at Ngare Sero – at the pool, Spa, horse riding or exploring the forest.

  • Afternoon yoga session

  • Farewell dinner and overnight at Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge


Day 12: Departure

  • Rest and meals at the lodge and transfer to the airport for evening flight.

  • End of safari.



Package Price $4800

Price includes:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in a minibus.
  • Accommodation (double standard occupancy) in Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge and Rhino Lodge.

  • All meals and picnic boxes.

  • All park fees and government taxes.

  • Activities noted in this program.

  • 2 Safari cars (max 7 people per car) with English-speaking driver guides.

  • Accommodation, meals and park entry fees of 2 tour leaders.


Price excludes:


  • International flights.

  • Passport, visa, travellers health insurance.

  • Alcohol & soft drinks.

  • Single supplement.

  • Other lodge activities (horse riding, fishing, etc.).
  • Tips to driver-guide (recommended minimum 5-10$ per person per day of safari).

Our Teacher Abbey Arabie

Abbey Arabie teaches yoga using a combination of expansive flows with mudras and grounding asanas embracing stillness. In her adventures she explores the balance of uniting with our breath on and off the mat enabling them to surrender to their divine spirit within. Abbey teaches from the heart, her true passion is to guide, awaken, and enhance her students’ personal journeys through life using yoga, nature and art.