Bird life of Rubondo Island
Rubondo is an island in Lake Victoria where you will witness in amazement:
- the great diversity of beautiful waterfowls
- the presence of many ospreys
- big quantities of colourful birds and butterflies
- elephants, girafs, pythons, monkeys, antelopes, crocodiles and hippos
Ready for little Paradises on Earth?
Arusha-Ngorongoro-Serengeti-Mwanza Rock City-Lake Victoria-Rubondo Island-Lake Tanganyika-Gombe
This Mindfulness safari will make you experience an unforgettable meeting with our Masaï friends in Ngorongoro and help you trace for Lions, Cheetas, Leopards, Giraffes, Elephants and more at Serengeti. From there we will show you two great Lake areas in Tanzania. First we will visit Mwanza Rock City. After sailing and hiking at Rubondo Island, enjoying the diversity of birds, you will be surprised by Hippos coming ashore after 5.00 pm and be impressed by face to face meetings with Bushbocks, Impalas and Gazelles which stare at you with their big wonderlingly eyes. A Crocodile will slowly pass if you pay attention. Later you will walk through the Rainforest, searching for Chimpansees, which hang lazy in their tree or intensily panic when the Alpha male joins them.
If it was possible to calm down your thoughts and be fully part of this peaceful liveliness around you. But your thoughts keep talking to you like they allways do. Do you want to discover what is needed to go through life in a more relaxed way, while you enjoy an adventurous safari in Tanzania with everything to it? You are invited in a double adventure among friends, who are willing just like you to find a deeper relaxation towards life and at the same time feel more alive and joyful.
The wild nature in Africa, the walks, meditations and sharings with your fellow travellers will help you to become more free of restricting habits in your daily life. You will learn to shift from your thoughts to your senses, which feels like waking up from a deep sleep. Also you will be shown what is needed to live more from the heart, which will create better relationships. You can change your life, if only you know what to do.
Meditation and yoga are weaven through the program. You do not need meditation experience to join us, because people will be able to experience meditations and exercises on their own level.
Travel schedule Mindfulness Yoga Retreat
You will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania. You will be picked up by us and brought to L’Oasis Meserani just outside Arusha where you will spend the night. L’Oasis is a place with a real soul. The last seventeen years, it has been built up by Margret; she’s a Tanzanian lady and she did this with heart and soul. She also has her own organic vegetable garden and animals which makes it extra special. Also the place is functioning on solar.
We will leave early to start our journey to Endonyowas in Ngorongoro Crater Highlands. Our Masaï friends will have prepared a heartwarming welcome for you. It will be a special meeting. Endonyowas is not a fake Tourist village but an authentic village where Masaï are living a simple and sometimes hard life to survive. The circumstances have dramatically changed and they know they have to develop to save aspects of their culture. This is one of the reasons why they are very open to show you their culture, their lifestyle, some activities and gladly exchange with you during a cup of tea. We think you will not lightly forget this day. In the afternoon we will drive to Seronera in the heart of Serengeti. We will allready spot wild animals while we are on the way. We will sleep in Seronera in our lightweighted tents with comfortable matrasses. Also we will enjoy a meal made by our own cook.
Today we’ll go for a nice hike at Mwanza City. You can visit the famous ‘ skopjes’ of which the ‘Bismarck Rock’ is the most well-known. You will probably come eye to eye with one of the ‘Maraboe Storcks’ of Mwanza. You will also be taken to the lively market of Mwanza and the Masai market. Weary but fulfilled you can relax back in the hotel, dress nicely for a romantic dinner at the Tilapiahotel while you enjoy the view across the bay.
After our morningmeditation and breakfast we will have a travelday to Kigoma. This is about 6 hours driving. During this safari we have enough breaks, Mindful assignments and stops at great viewpoints in the Mountains. In Kigoma you will be brought to Jakobsen Beach and Guesthouse. Jakobsen is a simple but very nice guesthouse located at a very beautiful area at Lake Tanganyika. You can relax and swim here. Nice detail is that many zebras are living in the area. There is a good chance we will meet them.
Day 12 and 13
After breakfast we will return to Kigoma by boat. We will travel by jeep to Tabora where we will spend the night. Tabora is a town with many stories from the time slaves were walking all the way from Kigoma to Dar Es salaam to be transported with boats to Europe and America. Tabora has a museum. We can decide to go there. You will sleep that night in the Orion Hotel.
De volgende ochtend vertrekken we heel vroeg naar Arusha. Het wordt een bijzondere Mindful reisdag. In Arusha wordt je naar een heerlijk hotel gebracht om bij te komen van je reis. Ilboru Safari Lodge ligt op de helling van Mount Meru en heeft fijne kamers, een groot zwembad, twee leuke winkeltjes, een fantastische uitstraling en een heerlijke menukaart (probeer de tortillachips met guacamole vooral uit).
Early in the morning we will travel back to Arusha. We will take you to Safari Lodge in Ilboru, which is situated on the slope of Mount Meru. Safari Lodge is being run by the Dutch Annelies. It has very nice rooms, a good menu (try tortilla chips and guacamole) a big swimming pool a good atmosphere and two nice shops to relax after a long trip.