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Tanzania Mindfulness Retreat

This safari is a feast, an entertaining discovery trip “off the beaten track” through the mountain and coastal area of Tanzania. It outshines every other safari in diversity in landscapes, activities, and sleeping accommodations. The Usambara mountains in the North with all their beautiful curves and rough rock parties and the Uluguru mountains in the South, rising up majestically over the plains, south of Morogoro, are very suitable for fantastic walking tours.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Group size: Maximum of 10 persons
  • Minimum age for participation is 18 years
  • Starts in Moshi and ends in Dar es Salaam
  • Dutch, English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Meet the instructors

Alina
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Highlights

  • Daily mindfulness coaching program
  • Get to see monkeys, chameleons, etc.
  • Transfers will be in a Toyota Land Cruiser
  • All meals, water, tea, coffee, and fruit juices daily
  • All excursions will be accompanied by local guides
  • All entrance and walking fees are included
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

13 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch
Group size: 4-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

During the safari, you will stay in various accommodations:

  • Night 1: Mama Thea Homes, Moshi
  • Night 2: Lawns Hotel, Lushoto
  • Night 3 Papaa Moze Lodge
  • Night 4: Magumba Hill Lodge
  • Night 5: Bushcamp
  • Night 6: Tanga
  • Nights 7 and 8: Drifters Lodge or Mikes Beach Cottages
  • Night 9: Firefly Lodge
  • Night 10 and 11: Simbabwenni Campsite
  • Night 12: Tagalala Campsite Selous
  • Night 13: Mapumziko Lodge Nyerere Park
  • Night 14: Kipepeo Beach

Program

Deserted beaches and fishermen's villages

The coastal area offers deserted beaches and fishermen's villages where you will be able to slow down, relax, enjoy the waves, meditate, snorkel, listen to historical stories, eat with a local guide and his family, and more. In the famous Selous nature reserve, you will spot lots of wild animals to have an unprecedented day during a boat safari.

You will stay in budget, medium, and medium-luxe hotels and lodges. In Selous, you will camp, and in the middle of nature, you will be able to listen to the sounds of the bush.

The heart meditations and other exercises will support you in this. After your travel to Tanzania, this safari starts directly with an adventurous walking safari in Arusha National Park.

That night you will sleep at Mama Thea Homes, an atmospheric local hotel, just outside of Moshi. After that, the Usambara Mountains will steal your heart. It starts right away the moment you meander up the mountain track. Your eyes are catching beautiful colors, flowers, trees, and lovely people dressed in colorful clothes. Sweet, that is the first word that comes to your mind.

The Toscane of Tanzania but then with much more savage parts and with views of great allure. Here you will make three-day trekking of 6-7 hours every day. Apart from that you can attend a drum workshop and learn to make pottery at a local women's group. The extra reward for your wonderful trekking will come when you arrive at Mambo World Viewpoint. Apart from the spectacular view, you will have a great chance of witnessing a breathtaking sunset.

From Usambara, continue to Tanga, one of the most lively little towns of Tanzania, located in the Indian Ocean. Together with your guide you can rest your legs, wander through town, chill on the beach or take a dive in the sea. At night, you will have a local meal at the home of your guide and his family.

At Pangani/Ushongo we enjoy the bright white beach, the fishermen's villages, the peace, and nice meditations before you travel on to Dar Es Salaam via the historic town of Bagamoyo. Here, you will take a flight back home.

Extra attention for your heart

During the safari, there will be a program of meditation techniques, sensorial and nature exercises. The sweetness of Usambara, the ecstasy of Mambo World Viewpoint, the lively and joyful Tanga, and the adventure of Selous Wildpark are calling especially for more attention for your heart.

It is the aim to walk around without a head; to be in your heart, to talk to others from your heart, to radiate from your heart, and to keep your heart open, whatever it takes. Do you recognize there is so much in your life to be grateful for, but it still doesn’t feel like that? It is as if your heart is not taking part at all?

Day 1

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you may first greet the typical African scent, before, they will drive you to Mama Thea Homes, a charming, local hotel in Moshi, with a view of Mount Kilimanjaro. The hotel has beautiful wooden details and the people who work here are very friendly; a great place to rest after a long journey.

Day 2

After breakfast, get to know each other and make a start with the mindfulness program. Before lunch, leave for Lushoto in the Usambara Mountains. It is fun to stroll through town, sniffing up the atmosphere of streetlife and have a look at the colorful market. There is a lovely coffee corner, artistically decorated. Later on, go to Irente Viewpoint and hopefully witness another Usambara sunset. You will spend the night in the nice Lawns Hotel.

Day 3

The local guide, Dennis Munga, will pick you up after breakfast for your first walking day (15 kilometers). Through a little village, you will arrive at the Magamba rainforest, the homeland of the black and white Colobus monkey. Eat the lovely self-made Usambara guacamole with chapati for lunch and continue your walk through farmland and forest, arriving at Papaa Moze Lodge to spend the evening and night.

Your guide, Dennis Munga, grew up in the Usambara Mountains, you can’t get a better guide! Special attention please to the beautiful frees alongside the roads and a special little creature in the Usambara Mountains, you are going to see a lot. But you have to learn to get an eye for it. Its survival strategy is basic but genius and is being used by many humans as well. It's a name? The chameleon!

Day 4

Your second walking day will bring you to forest and farmland, meet with the local Shambaa tribe, learn about medicinal plants, play with chameleons and deepen your experience of mountains and views with the help of mindfulness instructions during the walk. At the end of the afternoon, arrive at Mambo Viewpoint.

The view over Tsavo in West Kenia, Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi National Park, and the mountains are world-class and very likely, you will witness an unforgettable sunset. This night you will sleep in Magumba Hill Lodge.

Day 5

The third walking day is a highlight of this trip if you like playful clambering. Take a hike in the jungle, like Tarzan and Jane, arriving at a waterfall. From there, go deeper into the bush and make a bush camp to stay the night.

Day 6

Later in the morning, leave the Usambara Mountains. Drive to Tanga (2-3 hours). Tanga is a lovely, lively but also a bit sleepy town in the Indian Ocean. Wandering through the streets you will fall in love with the authentic character of the streets and buildings, the markets, the sometimes cheerful processions of singing people, men playing an outdoor a popular game, and all the nice food that you can find displayed along the streets.

Day 7

In the meantime, you will be up for a day on the beach. And that is what you are going to do today. Leave for Pangani/Ushongo, also at the seaside. A short but fun ride with the characteristic landscapes of Tanzania’s East Coast. Here, you can enjoy the bright white beaches, the fisherman villages, and the peaceful local atmosphere. You can take a swim and sunbathe.

Despite the perfect beaches, there is not a lot of tourism here. Most people go to Zanzibar. They don’t mind at all and love peace. There is the possibility of making a historic tour for one hour with a local guide. At the end of the day, when the sun sets, they offer a dance meditation on the almost deserted beach, a joy for your heart. You will spend the night in Drifters Lodge or Mikes Beach Cottages.

Day 8

Today, stay at Drifters Lodge to go snorkeling with Kasa Divers. Leave by boat to Marine, to enjoy the amazing underwater scenery at the coral reefs.

Day 9

From Ushongo Bay, move on to a forgotten little pearl, north of Dar Es Salaam. Bagamoyo is located at the sea and has a very rich historic background that can be found in the architecture of the town. Here, you will make a historic tour with a local guide. When you walk through the narrow unpaved streets, you feel back in the middle of the 19th century.

Bagamoyo was one of the most important settlements along the East African coast. Slaves, ivory, salt, and copra were unloaded here before being shipped to Zanzibar Island and elsewhere. Yes, Bagamoyo is full of stories. You will spend the night in Firefly Lodge.

Days 10 and 11

The next morning, you will leave to the south. On Day 11, go into nature for a beautiful trekking day in the Uluguru Mountains. During the walk, you will be lured into the rain forests. You will be surrounded by birds and their soothing sounds. Peak after the peak is waving to you, with their swaying green tops. The forest opens itself to beautiful views of hills and mountains.

After the heat on the coast, hiking in these mountains is refreshing and the power will come back to your legs. You will sleep for two nights at Simbamwenni Campsite in Morogoro.

Day 12

From the Uluguru Mountains, travel to the largest wild park of Tanzania; Selous. If you arrive in time, you can still do an evening game drive. At night, you will sleep at Tagalala Campsite Selous or in the Wilderness Camp where the sounds of wild nature hopefully will keep you awake every now and then. It is a fascinating experience to listen to these nightly sounds!

Day 13

The game drive in Selous is an absolute highlight of this safari. You will be able to spot many wild animals. Go and experience it! In the evening, you will sleep at Mapumziko Lodge Nyerere Park

Day 14

It’s time for a longer trip to Kipepeo Beach at the coast. Here, you will end the safari together, get used to the idea of going back home again, and enjoy one more time the see, swimming, the social atmosphere in Tanzania, music, and more.

Day 15

Today, you will fly home. In case you fly at night, it is possible to do a city tour in the old center of Dar Es Salaam. They believe you have made an unforgettable trip with the team of Mindful Adventure through the authentic mountain and coastal areas of Tanzania. They hope you have found a new perspective on happiness, and that you have had many African laughs.

"Safari njema na karibu tene" - Have a good trip, you will always be welcome! It is possible to extend your trip with a visit to Zanzibar. Please send an inquiry if you would like to do this!

Included excursions

  • 3 days trekking the Usambara Mountains
  • Historic tour Bagamoyo
  • 1-day trekking Uluguru Mountains
  • Game drive Selous

Instructors

Alina de Vilder

Location

The safari takes place in the coastal and mountain areas of Tanzania.

Food

During the holiday, you can enjoy daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • Daily mindfulness coaching program
  • All entry and walking fees
  • All excursions and local guides
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All transport in a Toyota Landcruiser
  • All meals, water, tea, coffee, and fruit juices

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Visa for Tanzania (50 USD)
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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. Your return flight should leave from Dar Es Salaam.

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 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Availability

Arrival: Friday October 14, 2022
Departure: Friday October 28, 2022

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