A 9 day walking and beach safari in Tanzania

Arusha National Park, Usambara Mountains, Tanga (Seaside), Ushongo Bay

After your travel to Tanzania, this safari starts directly with an adventurous walking safari in Arusha National Park. That night you will sleep in Secret Garden, 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 colourful 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 a 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 womens group.

The extra reward of 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 we continue to Tanga, one of the most lively little towns of Tanzania, located at the Indian Ocean. Together with our guide you can rest your legs, wander through town, chill on the beach or take a dive in the sea. At night we will have a local meal at the home of our guide and his family. At Pangani/Ushongo we enjoy the bright white beach, the fishermen villages, the peace and nice meditations, before we travel on to Dar Es Salaam via the historic town of Bagamoyo. Here we will take a flight back home.

Extra attention for your heart
During the safari there will be a program of diverse meditation techniques, moving and nature exercises. But the sweetness of Usambara, the ecstacy of Mambo World Viewpoint, the lively and joyful Tanga and the adventure of Arusha National Park are calling especially for more attention for your heart. It is the aim to walk around a whole week 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.

The wounded heart
There is a reasonable chance you are experiencing some closedness in your heart. It is the place that protects your from young age, if you don’t get enough what you need from others. We have the tendency to harden every time again when it looks like we are short of what we need. Now you are grown up, you can recognize it is not necessary anymore to close your heart. The heart meditations and other exercises will support you in this.

Hotel rooms are on base of sharing with two persons.

Day 1

Today you fly to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. We will pick you up and bring you to Kilimanjaro Eco Lodge. Kilimanjaro Lodge is very comfortable, only half an hour from the airport and close to the entrance of Arusha National Park. Here we can meet with all participants of the safari.

Day 2

After breakfast we start with the mindful heart program. Then we leave for Arusha National Park for a walking safari, you will bring a lunch box. 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 we will sleep in a local hotel.

Day 3

Usambara MountainsWe start the day with moving exercises and meditation, and after breakfast we leave for Lushoto in the Usambara Mountains, the home of the Shambaa Tribe. During the trip you will get several mindful suggestions, while the landcruiser is following a winding road into the mountains. We sleep at the Lawns Hotel. After arrival we can explore Lushoto and its surroundings. We will end the day at Irente Viewpoint and get together for a a mindful sharing.

Day 4

Usambara MountainsWe start the day with a mindful meditation and then have breakfast. Our local guide Dennis Munga will pick you up for your first walking day (15 km). Through a little village you will arriva at Magamba rainforest, the homeland of the black and white Colobus Monkey. We will do a nice heart exercise, eat the lovely homemade Usambara guacamole 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 see him on the picture.

Day 5

After half an hour of yoga/meditation plus breakfast, you will start your second walking day. Today you walk through 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 little exercises during the walk. Somewhere that day we will find a spot for a very special breathing meditation with music. That 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 you can learn how to make a pot. 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 Mambo Cliff Inn.

Day 7

After your morning meditation on a beautiful spot with a view, we will be picked up with the landcruiser and 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. We sleep at Panori Hotel, where you can rest after another enervating day.

Day 8

After a mindful heart meditation and breakfast, we leave for Pangani/Ushongo, also at the seaside. Here you can enjoy the bright white beaches, the fisherman villages and the peaceful local atmosphere. You can take a swim and a sunbath. 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.

Day 9

After a mindful completion, 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.

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.