A 9 or 15 day mindfulness nature and culture safari

Africans are laughing a lot. In the morning you when you get out of your tent, your guide is welcoming you to the new day with a big smile. Having dinner with “locals” can result in roaring laughs. We tend to think africans are “laughing their misery away” and that their laughing is kind of fake. Nothing is less true.

What is true is that an African experiences and understands life can not be controlled. From there a deep laugh is coming from their hearts and many “frustrating” moments become relative instantly and are met with a smile.

The heart is central

During this safari we offer a nice program to support you to live more from the heart. Most of us have learned to live from the head and have lost touch with heart qualities like connection, love, satisfaction, humour and wisdom. During the full safari you will be with your heart, doing exercises to open your heart and to stay with your heart. You will be sharing with eachother from sincerity, which is a big challenge, but will make your energy flow again. You will leave this safari with a big smile and from now you will know what’s needed to return to your heart whenever you want to.

Everyone gives what they have

If we would have more to give, we would. To learn to see that will help you to appreciate what is there and is the way to more content and warmth in your relations.

A festive exploration

This safari is a celebration, a heartwarming exploration, off the beaten track, through the mountain and coastal area of Tanzania. It stands out in its diversity of landscapes, activities and accommodations.
The Usambare Mountains in the north with all its lovely roundings and rough rocky parts and the Uluguru Mountains in the south, peaking high above the plains south of Morogoro, are perfect for fantastic hikes. The coastal area has abandoned beaches and fisherman villages where we can slow down, relax, snorkel, swim, meditate, listen to historic tales, eat with locals and more.

In the famous Selous nature reserve you will spot a great amount of wild animals, during a unforgettable day on the boat safari of your dreams. You will stay in all kind of hotels and lodges, but in Selous you will be camping to be able to listen to all sounds of the bush in the midst of nature.

Travel schedule of the 9 day safari

Day 1

Today you fly to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. We will pick you up and bring you to Kilimanjaro Eco Lodge. Kilimanjaro Eco Lodge is only half an hour from the airport and close to the entrance of Arusha National Park. It is a friendly local lodge. Here you will meet with all participants of the safari and share your first impressions.

Day 2

After breakfast we start with the mindfulness heart program. Then we leave for Arusha National Park for a walking safari. Arusha National Park is located close to the active volcano Mount Meru. It is a small park with landscapes and views that are touching the soul. Here you can look for buffalo, elephants, hippos, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, zebra, blue monkeys and sometimes leopard or hyena. After the park we will drive to Moshi, on our way to the Usambara Mountains. In Moshi you will spend the night in Secret garden, a popular and african decorated  hotel.

Day 3

Usambara Mountains

The Usambara Mountains will steal your heart. It starts right away when the landcruiser enters the mountain road. Beautiful colors, flowers, trees and sweet people in colorful clothes; a treat for your eyes. The first word entering your mind will be: lovely. They call it the Tuscany of Tanzania, but it also has more rough parts with great views.

From here you will make a three day trekking of 6-7 hours per day. The extra reward of your walk will come when you arrive at Mambo World Viewpoint. Next to the spectacular view, you have a big chance of seeing a breathtaking sunset.
It is fun to stroll through town, sniffing up the atmosphere of streetlife and have a look at the market. Later on we will go to Irente Viewpoint, and hopefully witness another Usambara sunset. You will spend the night in the nice Lawns Hotel.

Day 4

Usambara Mountains

Our local guide Dennis Munga will pick you up for your first walking day (15 km). Through a little village you will arrive at Magamba rainforest, the homeland of the black and white Colobus monkey. We will do a nice heart exercise, eat the lovely selfmade Usambara guacamole with chapati  for lunch and continue our walk through farmland and forest, arriving at Papaa Moze Lodge to spend the evening and night. Our guide Dennis Munga grew up in the Usambara Mountains, you can’t have a better guide.

Day 5

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. This night you will sleep in Magumba Hill Lodge.

Day 6

On your last walking day we start early in the morning with a meditation. Then we walk through the forests of Shagayu to the village Sunga. Here we will have a lovely lunch together with the locals. In the afternoon we arrive at a pottery where the women are showing their merchandise. At the end of the afternoon we will arrive at Mambo Viewpoint. The view over Tsavo in West Kenia, Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi National Park and the mountains is world class and very likely we will witness an unforgettable sunset. You will end your day with a drumming lesson and performance. We sleep at Magumba Hill Lodge.

Day 7

In the morning we will leave the the Usambara Mountains. We will drive to Tanga (2-3 hours). Tanga is a lovely, lively but also a bit sleepy town at the Indian Ocean. Wandering through the streets you will fall in love with the authentic character of streets and buildings, the markets, the sometimes cheerful processions of singing people, men playing outdoor a popular game and all the nice food that you can find displayed along the streets. We walk in silence along the beach and end the day with a mindful sharing at the Raskazone Hotel, where you can rest after another exciting day.

Day 8

In the meantime you will be up for a day on the beach. And that is what we are going to do today. We 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 a sunbath. Despite the perfect beaches, there is not a lot of tourism here. Most people go to Zanzibar. We don’t mind at all and love the peace. At the end of the day, when the sun sets we offer a dance meditation on the beach, a joy for your heart. You will spend the night in Drifters Lodge or Mikes Beach Cottages

Day 9

After a completion of our mindfulness program, we will bring you to Dar Es Salaam to take the night flight home. On the way we will stop at the historic Bagamoyo. Bagomoyo was one of the most important settlements along the East African coast and the terminus of the trade caravan route linking Lake Tanganyika with the sea. Slaves, ivory, salt and copra were unloaded here before being shipped to Zanzibar Island and elsewhere. We will have a break here and look around before taking of to Dar Es salaam. Your plane will leave in the evening.

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 contact us if you would like to do this!

Day schedule of the 15 day safari

Day 1

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you may first greet the typical African scent, before we will drive you to Secret Garden, a charming, local hotel in Moshi, with a view on 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 we will get to know eachother and will make a start with the mindfulness program. Before lunch we will 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 we will go to Irente Viewpoint, and hopefully witness another Usambara sunset. You will spend the night in the nice Lawns Hotel.

Day 3

Usambara Mountains

Our local guide Dennis Munga will pick you up after breakfast for your first walking day (15 km). Through a little village you will arrive at Magamba rainforest, the homeland of the black and white Colobus monkey. We will eat the lovely selfmade Usambara guacamole with chapati  for lunch and continue our walk through farmland and forest, arriving at Papaa Moze Lodge to spend the evening and night. Our guide Dennis Munga grew up in the Usambara Mountains, you can’t get a better guide!

Special attention please for the beautiful frees alongside the roads and a special little creature in 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. Its name? The chameleon!

Day 4

Usambara Mountains

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 we will arrive at Mambo Viewpoint. The view over Tsavo in West Kenia, Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi National Park and the mountains is world class and very likely we 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. We will make a hike in the jungle like Tarzan and Jane, arriving at a waterfall. From there we will go deeper into the bush and make a bush camp to stay the night.

Day 6

Later in the morning we will leave the the Usambara Mountains. We will drive to Tanga (2-3 hours). Tanga is a lovely, lively but also a bit sleepy town at the Indian Ocean. Wandering through the streets you will fall in love with the authentic character of streets and buildings, the markets, the sometimes cheerful processions of singing people, men playing 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 we are going to do today. We 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 a sunbath. Despite the perfect beaches, there is not a lot of tourism here. Most people go to Zanzibar. We don’t mind at all and love the peace. There is the possibility to make a historic tour of one hour with a local guide. At the end of the day, when the sun sets we 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 we stay at Drifters Lodge to go snorkeling with Kasa Divers. We leave by boat to Marine, to enjoy the amazing underwater scenery at the choral reefs.

Day 9

From Ushongo Bay we will move on to a forgotten little pearl, north of Dar Es Salaam. Bagomoyo is located at the sea and has a very rich historic background. that can be found in the architecture of the town. Here we 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, Bagamoy is full of stories. You will spend the night in Firefly Lodge.

Day 10 and 11

The next morning we will leave to the south. On day 11 we will go into the 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 peak is waving to you, with their swaying green tops. The forest opens intself for beautiful views on hills and mountains. After the heat on the coast, hiking in these mountains is refreshing and the power will come back in you legs. You will sleap for two nights at Mama Pierina.

Day 12

From the Uluguru Mountains we trael to the largest wild park of Tanzania; Selous. If we arrive in time we can still do an evening game drive.
At night you will sleep at River Camp Rufiji 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 boat safari on the Rufiji river is an absolute highlight of this safari. You will be able to spot many wild animals. Go and experience it! I will reveal just one more thing, the sunsets from the boat are sung about. In the evening you will sleep again in River Camp Rufiji or in the Wilderness Camp.

Day 14

It’s time for a longer trip to Kipepeo Beach at the coast. Here we will end the safari together, getting 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 tdo a city tour in the old centre of Dar Es Salaam.

We believe you have made an unforgettable trip with the team of Mindful Adventure through the authentic moutain and coastal areas of Tanzania. We hope you have found a new perspective on happines, 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 contact us if you would like to do this!