Tanzania·November 5 - 13 2024
Ashtanga Safari Retreat in Tanzania With Laruga GlaserBOOK NOW
Join the prolific Laruga Glaser in the stunning Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro crater, where participants will have the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region. Accommodation will be in luxury tented camps and lodges, providing a comfortable and elegant base from which to explore the surrounding area. The days will contain Ashtanga yoga sessions led by Laruga, a highly experienced and respected Ashtanga yoga teacher. After yoga, participants will enjoy a nourishing breakfast and then set off on safari drives to see the many species of animals that call this region home. In the evenings, there will be an Ashtanga yoga practice or other workshop led by Laruga. Throughout the retreat, there will be an emphasis on discipline, focus, and self-exploration through the practice of Ashtanga yoga. This retreat is suitable for those with some experience in Ashtanga yoga, although beginners who are committed to the practice are also welcome. After the 7-day retreat, there is the option to visit the beautiful island of Zanzibar. This is an opportunity to relax in luxury accommodations on a pristine beach, explore the island's rich history and culture, and perhaps try some water sports. This luxury retreat is an opportunity to indulge in the beauty of the natural world, cultivate a deeper understanding and practice of Ashtanga yoga, and create lasting memories with a community of like-minded individuals in a supportive and welcoming environment.
Enhance your yoga practice with the famous Laruga Glaser, with the backdrop of some beautiful and serene surroundings in one of the last truly wild places on earth.
Going out of your comfort zone does not mean being uncomfortable. Zahi Journeys is all about exploring and having the adventure of a lifetime, but we also realize how important comfort is to rejuvenate and make the most of your trip. We have been on many group trips and we have yet to see one with this perfect blend of luxury and adventure.
Join us to see why the Ngorongoro crater is one of the eight wonders of the world and why it is lovingly called "Africa's Garden of Eden". The crater is teeming with game. After all here you have 25,000 animals in a 20 km wide, naturally formed Caldera
Zanzibar's beaches make trip advisor's list of top 25 beaches in the world and Zahi journeys takes you to the most beautiful one. The beach sits on the north coast of the Island beside a sleepy fishing village. But she isn't all beauty. This beach makes for incredible snorkelling and diving with several species of colorful fish, turtles and other marine life.
We believe that travel is greatly enhanced when it is done with others that are in the same place in life as you. There is nothing better than finding a kindred spirit in a foreign land
"No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.” - George Schaller. The endless plains of the Serengeti are one of the last accessible wild places on earth. Exploring the birthplace of mankind is nothing less of a spiritual experience. It is certainly hard to come back unchanged.
We don't just spend our time on pristine beaches with turquoise waters. Zanzibar's ancient stonetown has a rich history as a trading port. It is a place that has been influenced by various cultures including Portuguese, African, Omani Arabs Indian and so many more. This has left it with a unique and diverse people, culture and architecture. Walk through the narrow streets and let your imagination carry you to the days when the stonetown was the capital of the Swahili coast
Laruga Glaser has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for over 23 years, starting in her early 20s. She has deepened her practice through annual trips to Mysore. Laruga teaches from a place of deep sharing and love, inspiring her students to realize their full potential. It is no surprise that she has amassed a sizeable following over the years.
Born and raised in Toronto, Alzahra now lives with her husband and 2 kids in Ottawa. She fell in love with Tanzania in 2015 when she visited with her then boyfriend. Cool fact about her? She is doing her PhD in population health. Her goal? To solve homelessness in Toronto
The photos of the experiences that you see on the website have been taken by Theresa, for BELLR safaris. Theresa hails from Calgary but you would never guess from her instagram page! She loves to travel. How far in advance do you need to let her know? Just enough time to grab her camera!
The group comes together to start our safari yoga journey in the foothills of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). Our adventure begins in the wild Serengeti and continues through Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. We then head off to relax on the pristine shores of Zanzibar. Note that this schedule is for the safari portion of the trip and the yoga practice will be integrated seamlessly around these activities.
Day 1: November 5th
Overnight: Mt. Meru Game Lodge
The group trickles in from all over. A Zahi Journeys associate will welcome you at the airport and bring you to the hotel. Get to know the group over dinner. If you arrive early enough or the day before. There is the option to head to Mt. Kilimanjaro for a day trip. We recommend arriving a day early if you wish to do this.
Day 2: November 6th
Overnight: Narudi Luxury Tented Camp
Venue: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Seronera
After breakfast we make our way to the endless plains of the great Serengeti. This drive takes through the Ngorongoro conservation area so you will be able to view the Ngorongoro crater on the way. On this day behold sights unlike anything you have ever seen. En route to Narudi luxury camps in the Serengeti. There is more than a good chance you will come across all of Africa's big 5 animals
Day 3: November 7th
Overnight: Narudi Tented Camp
We spend the next few days exploring the endless plains of the Serengeti. On this day, witness one of the most spectacular sights with tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra as they make their way over the Mara river, dodging predators.
Yes, the safari is nothing less than a spiritual experience but it is the evening here that is consistently rated one of the best parts of the trip: Bonding with your fellow travelers around a campfire, under open starry, night sky listening to the sounds of the Serengeti. There is no other feeling in the world that parallels this.
Day 4: November 8th
Overnight: Ndutu Safari Lodge
Wake up early in the morning for your balloon safari transfer (can be purchased in the extras section). Rise high onto the plains as the sun rises over the Serengeti.
Later in the morning join the rest of the group for a morning yoga session and a game drive en route to Ndutu Safari Lodge.
Day 5: November 9th
Overnight: The retreat At Ngorongoro
Venue: Ngorongoro Crater
On this day you will find out just why Ngorongoro crater is named one of the natural wonders of the world. We go up 600m and then descend into one of the most unique landscapes in the world. The crater is a very important refuge for a variety of wildlife. Most commonly seen are big bulls of elephants and vulnerable species of black rhinos. The crater is also home to big herds of wildebeest and zebras, Thomson and grant gazelles, hippopotamus, African cape buffalos, prides of lions, hyenas, golden and black-backed jackals, and close to 400 species of birds.
We stop for lunch at this beautiful spot by Madusi Hippo pool as you watch hippos play just meters away. Watch other animals wander by on the other side of the lake.
In the evening we make our way to "The Retreat At Ngorongoro".
Day 6: November 10th
Overnight: Mt Meru Game lodge,Seasons Lodge (Zanzibar)
Venue: Lake Manyara National Park, Zanzibar (optional)
Lake Manyara national park is a serene destination and is well known for tree-top lions. Surrounded by towering trees and the majestic peaks of the Great Rift Valley, this beautiful national park is the perfect escape.
As you explore Lake Manyara, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding savanna and a chance to spot an array of exotic wildlife, including lions, elephants, flamingos, and more.
From here if you purchased the Zanzibar add-on, you say goodbye to the rest of the group as we take you to the airport for your transfer to the paradisiacal land of Zanzibar.
The rest of the group continues to enjoy the destination with towering trees and the majestic peaks of the Great Rift Valley, before making our way back to Arusha.
Day 7: November 11th
On this day we visit the historical culture and architecturally important town of Zanzibar with centuries of rich history. It includes a visit to the former slave market site, that now stands as an Anglican church built in 1871. We then move to town market and visit the Zanzibar Memorial Museum, House of Wonder built in 1883 (Beit-Al-Ajab), Old Arab Fort, Palace Museum, Old Indian dispensary (Cultural Center) and Maruhubi Palace Ruins via Living Stone House.
We then go on Zanzibar's famous Spice Tour. With your group you will see and taste the tropical fruits, spices plantation, or plots on the island. A variety of spices plants used as ornament, medicines, flowers, fruits, and other interesting flora can be seen during spice tour and visit Kidichi bath built-in 1850 by the first Sultan for his wife Sheharzad (granddaughter of Fateh Ali Shah of Persia.
Day 8: November 12th
Wake up at your time and spend the whole day by the Ocean. There are a variety of activities for the whole group from swimming in the warm blue water or strolling down the sandy white beach or relaxing under the shade of coconut trees and watching the day go by. If you refuse to sit still, there is a ton to do here; from wind surfing to para sailing, jetskiing and so much more!
Day 9: November 13th
Over the course of the day our fellow travellers say some difficult goodbyes as they leave the group. We hear that you get tougher and goodbyes get easier as you get older. You will meet people that will leave an impression on you for a long time! Till we meet again... Kwaheri!
For those with flights in the evening or the next day, many of the group get together for activities of their favorite spots around Zanzibar, from lazing on the white sandy paradise of Pongwe to getting lost in the narrow streets of Zanzibar.
Local Flight - Serengeti to Zanzibar
Flight to Tanzania
Set in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, the Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled between the Usa river and the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to water buffalo, birds, and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey.
The lodge & sanctuary date back to 1959, when Dr. Von Nagy bought the property as a family home. The main building dates back to the 1930's and was originally the farm manager's house, when most of the area on the southern slopes of Mount Meru were coffee plantations. The lodge is one of the oldest lodges in northern Tanzania. Great effort has been made to keep the lodge as original as possible while at the same time offering modern day comforts.
Narudi Tented Camp welcomes you with big 360° view tents. These tents are designed to perfectly fit every guest's needs. Whether it is the living area with the most relaxing chairs you ever experienced, the veranda with a rooftop providing shade while you enjoy your cup of coffee, or simply the bedroom, with beds keeping you warm and comfy overnight – no wishes are left unfulfilled after you've been through the Narudi experience.
Ndutu Safari Lodge is the oldest Lodge in Tanzania and is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti ecosystem. The Lodge nestles unobtrusively under a canopy of giant acacias looking towards a soda lake, Lake Ndutu.
It is a traditional and authentic safari lodge. Steeped in history and famous for our homely warmth and generous hospitality, Ndutu offers peace, tranquillity and exceptional wildlife viewing throughout the year.
The Retreat at Ngorongoro is a meticulously themed lodge, set within 30 acres of land, with clear emphasis on nature and bird life in the area. As you walk around the lodge, you will be amazed at how nature has been integrated into this development.
Seasons Lodge is a family built and run boutique hotel situated in Pongwe, along the northeast coast of Zanzibar. At Seasons, guests are provided with a place to experience the colorful and raw beauty of Zanzibar, while leaving a low carbon footprint. Under the ethos of responsible tourism, Seasons is solely built with sustainable local material and excellent local craftsmanship.
The price includes most meals (see schedule for details, all accommodation, all transportation and park fees. This covers everything except for your flight and visa (approx. $50 USD).
International flights are NOT included in the price.
If the Zanzibar add-on is purchased, then the local flight from the safari location to Zanzibar will be included in the price
With most things included you should not need much cash. For souvenirs, drinks and tips for local guides you will need no more than a total of $500 - $700 USD
Once you book we will share a detailed package of everything you should bring on the trip. However, here are some things to consider:
Yes we cater to all dietary preferences including but not limited to Vegetarian, Vegan, Kosher, Halal, gluten-free and all allergies.
We believe that there is nothing more pleasant than resting in luxury after a tiring day to recharge for the adventure the next day. All accommodation is in high end hotels. Single rooms are provided accept for the Serengeti where rooms may be shared with one other person. Please see accommodation section for more details
You may pay the full amount upfront OR pay in three equal- monthly instalments. Full amount to be paid 90 days before trip.
You may cancel up to 90 days before the trip for a full refund (less transaction charges).
The base trip starts and ends in Arusha (November 5th to November 11th). The closest airport to here is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). If you purchase the Zanzibar add-on, we recommend purchasing flight into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) and out of Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) on November 15. Other nearby airports to consider would be Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). We will help co-ordinate local travel to/from these destinations.
Please note that if you choose to land in Kenya, a Yellow fever vaccine would be required to enter Tanzania from the Kenyan border by land.
You may arrive a night or two early if you would like to explore the area and do a day hike to Kilimanjaro on November 5th.
This will be shared closer to the time of the trip
We recommend packing light to allow us to be agile as we move through the different safari destinations. We will share a full packing list closer to the trip!
Absolutely. Please let us know if this is something you wish to do. if you would like to stay on after the wellness retreat or arrive early, there is tons more to do in East Africa. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda, trip to Lake victoria, Lake Chala, Mombasa. These are just some examples of activities that can be arranged. Just ask us!