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There is an old Masaï saying that inspired Mindful Adventure to this unique 14-day hiking and camping safari in Tanzania for men from all over the world: "Only a wise man can dance the melody of the Earth". Only a man with integrity who respects himself and others, a man that is loving, trustworthy and tolerant, will be able to enjoy his life on Earth to the max. Trainers Bart Wiegers or Ralph Nelissen from the Netherlands are taking you along an adventurous ‘inner’ journey to that source that is bubbling up the beautiful potential to mankind and manhood: wisdom, love, integrity, passion, trust and companionship, originated from a deeper relaxation. Both men walk almost the same path, share the same mission but bring in their own unique approach.
On your arrival day, you will be staying at L’Oasis Meserani. On the second and third night, you will camp in Lake Eyasi. The bushcamp at Mti Moja will be your accommodation for the fourth night while you will stay at Olmoti Campsite on the fifth and sixth night.
For the seventh and eighth night, you will camp in the wild nature. A campsite at Lake Natron will be your accommodation on the nights nine to ten while a pleasant campsite with a swimming pool at Mto Wa Mbu will be your accommodation on the eleventh to the thirteenth night.
Bart Wiegers offers besides a 6-day hike, a mini Vision Quest (1 day). A Vision Quest is an intensive stay in nature: alone, without food, shelter, and distraction. Ralph Nelissen will walk for 7 days. Every day will represent one male archetype to connect with: wild man; lover; warrior; jester; magician; wise man and king.
And where else than in Africa can you be challenged more? To look into your fears, to be tickled to give space to your desires and to relax into them, to experience and deepen the primal desire of hunting, and to connect with your unique dance on earth.
During your trekking on an ancient Masaï trail through the magic, wild nature of Tanzania, you will be invited to say yes to the call of the wildman and to set an irreversible step on the way back to inner kingship. You will become free from limiting convictions that have fixed your free mind in the small space that was given to you by your surroundings and environment.
The nature in Ngorongoro is breathtaking. In those surroundings, with the use of rituals, meditations, nature exercises and sharings, you will be brought in touch with the unique man that you essentially are. By connecting your refound power of life with your vulnerability, you will experience a strong feeling of brotherhood and really coming home.
During the “medicine walks” (when you compare your inner world to the nature around you) through the overwhelming nature, you get a sight on the Mountain of God or Ol Doinyo Lengai. You start to walk the rhythm of the earth and while the old is decreasing, space grows for the new you. At the foot of the mountain, you leave behind what you don’t want to carry anymore and you meet the wise man who admits you to the source of inner wisdom.
When you have released all limitations of your old identity, you accept who you have been in the past, you stand for your newly found truth and you speak your Gift to the world! Join this adventurous “inner” journey to your unique primal source where your beautiful potential as human and man is rising up: wisdom, love, vulnerability, integrity, passion, confidence and companionship originate from a deeper relaxation.
During this safari, you are together with other men. Most men are used to sharing a lot with women. It is very valuable to stop seeing other men as competitors and to be seen and heard by men. During sharing, you will take a step to embrace your vulnerable and soft side. Many fathers have been absent in that. This will strengthen you and make sure you will be the best version of yourself.
By going to Africa, you literally step out of your patterns. The nature, the people, the culture, the smells, the space, really everything is different. This will give you focus and in combination with slowing down, it will help you to connect consciously with yourself and everything around you.
That what you get back is incomparable to anything. Your insights and answers are unique. This adventure has the potential of changing your life and I grant it every man to do this research for his own truth and to crown it at the end of your walk.
You will arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. You will be collected by Mindful Adventure and taken to L’Oasis Meserani, just outside Arusha, where you will spend the night.
L’Oasis Meserani is what is called a place with a soul. It has been built in the past 18 years by Margaret, a Tanzanian woman, and it is visible how much love she has put into it. It is special that she is taking care of her vegetable garden and animals in a natural way (no pesticides and no antibiotics). She is making use of solar energy. L’Oasis Meserani is very close to Masaï land. If you make a little walk, you will meet them. You can greet them by saying: Jambo!
Today, after the morning program, you leave for Lake Eyasi, the place of departure for your walk through Ngorongoro Crater Highland. You will be welcomed by Gitew, who will guide you for three days through his homeland. Lake Eyasi is what is called a desolate place in the middle of nowhere.
It is the homeland of three “tribes”: Hadzabe, Datoga, and Black Smith people. Black Smith has a primitive smithy and they mainly make jewelry and arrowheads for the Hadzabe tribe. Hadzabe is one of the last tribes in the world, living as bushmen, and survives with the use of hunting on small and big game (no predators).
Today you will be picked up very early by Gitew. He will bring you to a large tree where the Hadzabe men are gathering for the hunt. One tip: bring good running shoes and make sure you are fit and enjoy that this still is existing. In the afternoon, Bart Wiegers will prepare you for your mini Vision Quest that will take place the next day.
Bart Wiegers offers a mini Vision Quest today. You will enter the bush together with a Hadzabe Bushman to be with yourself today. Ralph Nelissen will start his first long hike today. You will walk with your Datoga guide to the entree of Ngorongoro Crater Highlands through the bush. You will spend the night close to the gate.
Your first or second walking day means again a distance of around 6-7 hours. After a beautiful trip through a special and lovely landscape, you will sleep at a bush camp. You are guided by Datoga men. Also, a cook is with you to provide you with his lovely meals.
Your next walking day starts early in the morning. You will be picked up by Rama and Innocent on the road to Ngorongoro Crater. They will bring you to Campsite Olmoti, in the middle of Ngorongoro. Olmoti is a bush camp, close to a Masaï town and named after the small crater, close to the village. Here you can unwind from the hike you have made and undisturbed enjoy the evening program led by Ralph or Bart.
In the morning you will visit the Masaï in the little village Endonyowas that is part of a chain of bomas, known under the name Nainokanoka. Mindful Adventure has made a connection to the welfare of this village five years ago. That has created a close bond and resulted in intimate and open contact. The Masaï will welcome you as their friends. It will be a unique and unforgettable part of your safari.
This is also a place for special rituals. The Masaï will greet you and show you their dance of warriors. Also, they love to show their fire ceremony. Masaï is very familiar with rituals. They will greet you in their own way, but also love to be invited together with you in a ritual of Ralph or Bart. There, you will get acquainted with your second Masaï guide Muran or Yohane, who will join you for the coming days through Ngorongoro.
After lunch, you will leave from Olmoti to Bulati, where you will spend the night in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It can be cold at night, but don’t forget to open your tent and have a look at the scenery! There is a great chance you will see something very beautiful.
The fourth or fifth day of walking will be from Bulati to Empakai Crater. You will walk over 9 hills for 3,5 hours. After arriving at the crater, there is time to rest. You are recommended to descend the trail to the crater lake through the rainforest area and use this environment for an inner journey. At night, you will camp on the crater rim in the wild nature.
You will walk for four to five hours to Akesha Campsite, close to the Masaï village Nayobi, where extra food and water will be bought. There, you can buy a soda and enjoy the view.
At night, you will sleep under Akesha trees in the wild. A big fire will be made and our Masaï friends will prepare a feast for which you will be invited. And who knows, maybe you will end up around the fire with a full belly, and have an intimate conversation about what it means to be a man. For them, it will probably be the first time to be part of a sharing with western men.
Your last walking day to Lake Natron has started. Early in the morning, you will leave because of the heat you will experience down in the valley. Wear a hat or a cap. You will walk along a beautiful part of the Great Rift Valley, the huge rip in the landscape of Africa. Count 6 to 7 hours.
Down at the river, you will be collected by the jeep and taken to a campsite. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a cold beer at the edge of the desert. There is a swimming pool where you can cool down. It is even more fun to make a playful climb to the romantic waterfall of Lake Natron. The little child in you will be very happy!
In the morning, hundreds of flamingos will be waiting for you in the alkalic Lake Natron, distracting you from the stunning landscape with their snoring sounds and characteristic movements. Oldonyio Lengai can be seen high above everything. As a bald but aesthetic mass of lava rocks, it soars in the dark.
In the morning, you will leave for Mto Wa Mbu, one of Mindful Adventure's favorite towns in Tanzania. There, you will arrive at a pleasant campsite with a swimming pool where you can share your experiences and integrate and relax. You can visit the town (bike, walk, the market, shops, and terraces) or take a walk on the empty Masai plains.
During a safari to Tanzania, a game drive in a wild park is a must. Tarangire National Park has been chosen for this. You will look for zebras, wildebeests, hartebeest, giraffes, warthogs, buffalo but of course also elephants, hippos, leopards and not to forget, the many birds that can be seen along the roads. Drivers Rama and Msafiri will make a big effort to bring you as close as possible to many beautiful and pure sceneries. At night you will sleep in Mto Wa Mbu.
For those who don’t want to leave Tanzania without having visited the famous Serengeti, MIndful Adventure offers a three-day extension that comes in place of Tarangire.
After finishing this safari together, you will be dropped off at Kilimanjaro Airport to fly home on day 14. It is best if you book an evening flight, then you will have the time you want. The Mindful Adventure team wishes you a good journey home with a load of new experiences to add to your life adventure.
Since 2003, Bart has been guiding Vision Quest’s and sweat lodges. He also gives training sessions and individual consults to men and women.
Ralph focuses on the vulnerable topic of intimacy and sexuality, which opened himself to my heart and enabled him to give and receive more. The discovery of his truth and that he wants to live that to the fullest is a beautiful adventure to dive into. This unknown journey is continuing and makes him live my potential more and more.
This safari will take you through the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands in Tanzania. The places you will visit include Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, Olmoti Crater, Empakai Crater, Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo Lengai, Mto Wa Mbu, and Tarangire National Park.
All meals will be provided by the cooks. You will also be provided all drinks, which can be tea, water, or juice.
After the completion of your quest, you will return to Lake Natron and finish the safari with a fantastic game drive in Tarangire National Park (included). For those who don’t want to leave Tanzania without having visited the famous Serengeti, Mindful Adventure offers a three-day extension that comes in place of Tarangire.
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