Ngorongoro Crater Highland-Lake Natron-Loliondo-Serengeti Wildpark- Mto Wa Mbu- Arusha
The wonderful world of reality
This Mindfulness Retreat through Ngorongoro and Serengeti in Tanzania is in fact a modern pilgrimage. To me this is not a Christian thing, but it means a journey full of discoveries in and outside yourself. While you allow your feet to walk across an old Masaï path through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, you will be supported to see what there is to see, to hear what there is to hear, to feel what there is to feel and to open more and more to the wonderful world of reality. This proces of opening more to life runs together with a sense of joy that will come alive in your heart and is spreading from there throughout your whole being. Your whole life can be a conscious discovery Tour, but how to find back that inner State from where you intensely enjoy being a human and all the gifts that come with it?
During this safari with all the trimmings in the pristine nature of Tanzania, we weave a profound program with meditations, heart-, motion-and nature exercises and offer you a clear insight in the dynamics of your mind, so you will be able to find your way “home” whenever you want.
This safari is about connecting with yourself and nature in a profound way. This proces is supported by sleeping in the Wild with lightweighted Tents but for sure comfortable matrasses. It is sensational to wake up in Serengeti and listen to the sounds of grazing Buffalos or the roaring of a Lion.
You will arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania where you will be met by us and taken to L’Oasis Meserani just outside Arusha to spend the night. L’Oasis Meserani is a spiritual place. It has been built up during the past 17 years by a Tanzanian lady called Margaret.
You can see she did this in a loving and caring way. What makes it extra special is that she also has her own vegetable garden and takes care of her animals in a eco-friendly way. They provide electricity by solar.
We will get acquainted and make time to have our first Mindful program to set up the basic information for the coming two weeks.
After morning exercises we will enter Ngorongoro and visit our Masaï friends in Endonyowas. You will be heartily welcomed into their greeting ceremony and have a chance to get in touch and exchange with them. Masaï have a simple and hard life. The circumstances have drastically changed and they need to adjust to save some of their culture and lifestyle. That is why they very much like to meet you, to exchange and learn from each other.
We will also invite them to join in a ritual or ceremony of us. This is an unique experience and the villagers have showed much openess to participate. We are very happy with the natural and pure way of meeting each other, every time is different and new because we let it happen and see what manifests itself. In the afternoon we will start our first walk to Bulati. During our walks we connect but also reserve time for meditation and other exercises alone or in pairs.
From Empakai we will walk to Akesha Campsite. A part of this walk we will walk in silence and slow motion. We will visit the village of Nayobi to have lunch and get extra water for our trip. Then we will camp in the wild at the edge of Great Rift Valley under the beautiful Akesha trees and an extraordinary starry sky.
Day 8 and 9
After morning meditation we will depart for a three day gamedrive in Serengeti and chase for Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Hippos and other wild animals who can be found in the Park. If the season is right, we can try to follow Migration and get impressed by thousands of animals pounding the ground with their hooves. At nights we will sleep at Campsites amongst the wild, listening to the wonders of the night.
In the afternoon and during the rides we will offer you exercises to deepen your experience.
This morning we will leave early for Mto Wa Mbu, which means we will return to the civilized world. It will be an integrationday. We will have time for our Program and you have free time to choose what you want to do. You can stay at the Campsite to relax, be part of a Cultural Tour to visit Banana plantations, ricefields and a Masaï market. All this will be shown to you by Emanuel, who will also give you the bike. Or you can make a beautiful walk from the Campsite to Lake Manyara.
The excursions are not in the program to allow you to make your own choice. In the evening we will clean up and visit a surprisingly good place to eat pizza. The owner learned the handcraft from real Italians. The pizzas are originally baked in a brick kiln.
Alternative: extension Usambara Mountains
There’s an option to lengthen the safari with four days to the Usambara mountains.
In Usambara mountains you will do a two day walk to Mambo Viewpoint.This is a fantastic walk where you will spend the first night in a convent in the mountains. The next day this walk will be continued enjoying the spectacular view with amazing sunsets at Mambo where we will also spend the night.