YOGA SAFARI • AFRICA
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LUXURY YOGA SAFARI
SPIRIT OF AFRICA
Do yoga up-close and personal with “the Big 5″ on this extraordinary yoga safari into the wild landscapes of Kenya — and the rich interior landscape of our spirits — connecting with animals, nature, ourselves and each other. This adventure and retreat will be a trip of a life-time!
OUR YOGA SAFARI
Our base is a breathtaking eco-lodge crafted into the hillside overlooking the Samburu savannah game reserve and ancestral home to the Maasai. Your professional Samburu guides will take you on game drives into Samburu National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and the West Gate Conservancy to meet giraffe, elephants, lions and a world of animal and bush species you never knew existed. From them you will learn about the traditions and heritage of the semi-nomadic local Samburu people residing in this region for centuries. Add yoga and mediation to this great wilderness exploration, and you will have a safari of the body and soul!
SIZE OF OUR YOGA SAFARI GROUP
At Exotic Yoga Retreats we strive to bring you a high-quality cultural and travel experience. We find that on an adventure such as the yoga safari, a group of 6 to 12 participants is ideal. A group of that size is high-energy and fun but still allows for intimacy, freedom and space.
ITINERARY FOR OUR YOGA SAFARI
Arrive evening of October 31 • Nairobi
Welcome to Kenya! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta airport you will be greeted with a smile by your driver who will transfer you to Karen Blixen Cottages
where you’ll stay for two nights. The heart of the property is the historic Swedo House, built around 1906. The lodge is 15 minutes from downtown Nairobi, a half mile from the Karen Blixen museum and about half a mile from the Karen Golf and Country Club where guests can enjoy golfing, tennis, squash as well as other activities. The Coffee Garden sits on 5 ½ acres of land with large, hundred year old trees and a beautiful garden with hundreds of different varieties of blooming flowers, and a large population of birds. Relax after your long journey, have a peaceful night’s sleep, and get ready for your first Africa yoga adventure next day!
Day 1–3 • Nairobi | African Yoga Project
This morning we will meet for breakfast and a brief orientation before jumping on our mats at Africa Yoga Project’s
(AYP) Shine Center, joining members of the Nairobi yoga community for one of their weekly classes, led by a local AYP teacher. After practice, we’ll have lunch at the Center before a Q & A presentation from an AYP team member on their mission, vision and who the Africa Yoga Project serves.
In Nairobi, you will find a city that is lively, cosmopolitan and full of contrasts. It’s a place of smart office workers, mansions and expensive suburban shopping centers as well as slums crowded with people struggling on as best they can. Displaying enormous vitality and buzz, Nairobi is one of Africa’s major cities and is East Africa’s hub for commerce, aid and increasingly, technology. It hard to imagine that this city of almost 5 million people celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1999 and that where it now stands, only Maasai Manyattas stood barely a century ago!
Day 3–7 • Saruni Samburu | Samburu National Park
After breakfast we drive to Saruni Samburu eco-lodge
built on a large granite outcrop and overlooking the rolling hills of the reserve below. Perched on the top of a hill with an all-round view of Northern Kenya, Saruni Samburu is located in the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy within the 240,000 acre Gir Gir Group Ranch. There are six open-facing villas, all of which have open-air accommodations
, private dining areas, verandas and dramatic views of expansive wilderness. There is a large swimming pool, an area for massage and beauty treatments, and several hides and view points for the waterholes that attract a wide variety of animals.
Day 8 • Saruni Samburu | Samburu National Park
Today we bid farewell to the magical land, animals and people of the Samburu, and head back to Nairobi where we will visit an awe-inspiring Elephant Orphanage
. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. After an educational and playful with the elephants, we will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and continue on our journey home.
INCLUDED ON THIS SPIRIT OF AFRICA ~ KENYA YOGA SAFARI
• All transfers within Kenya, as indicated, beginning and ending at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
• 4-5 star level accommodations at characteristic lodges
• All meals and local brand beers and spirits on safari as indicated
• All wildlife viewing in an open roof vehicle, driven by a highly qualified naturalist guide
• guided treks by a highly qualified naturalist guide
• Complimentary water in vehicles.
• All game park entry fees and excursions as specified in the itinerary
• 1-2 daily yoga classes led by a highly qualified and trained yoga teacher.
• One complimentary 30 min welcome massage (head & shoulder) for one person per cottage at Saruni Samburu lodge