Serengeti Yoga Safari

We are offering an amazing yoga safari in September, 2018!

Imagine… sunrise yoga in the Serengeti, steaming chai masala, elephants wallowing at the watering hole,  and the vibrancy of Africa beating in your heart…

When: Oct 8-17, 2018

Where: Tanzania, East Africa

Accommodation: Combination of luxurious lodges and and wilderness camping

Who: Boma Africa Non Profit Tour co., Oriane of YogaVinyasa,  and you!

Why: 10 days of yoga practice on a dreamy African safari: supporting Boma Africa’s projects; pre- school and birth centre

Cost: $4350 USD (minimum 6 guests required)

Itinerary:

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Day 1-
Arrival
Day2-
Morning yoga @ 8
Breakfast @ 9:30
Opening grounding circle @ 10
Swimming at Chemka Spring Oasis
Evening yoga @ 6
Dinner @ 7:30
Day3-
Morning yoga @ 6
Breakfast @ 7:00
Game drive at Tarangire National Park
Lunch at Tarangire Safari lodge
Evening yoga @ 6:00
Dinner @7:30

Day4-

Morning yoga @ 7:00
Breakfast @ 8:30
Visit to Kindergarten (do a kids yoga class with the children)
Mto wa Mbu village tour on bikes
Lunch in village of local cuisine
Tanzip Zipline Adventure
Short hike around Lake Miwaleni
Evening yoga @ 6:00
Dinner @ 7:30
Bon fire
Day5-
Sunrise yoga @ 6
Breakfast @ 7:30
Game drive in Ngorongoro Conservation area
Evening yoga @ 6:30
Dinner @ 8
Day6-
Morning yoga @ 7
Breakfast @ 8
Transfer to Serengeti for game drive
Yoga @ 6:30
Dinner @ 8:00
Day7-
Sunrise game drive at 6 with light breakfast
Morning yoga @ 8:30
Full breakfast @ 9:30
Option for spa treatment or game drive
Sunset game drive
Dinner @ 7:00
Evening yoga @ 8:30
Day8-
Morning yoga @ 7
Breakfast @ 8:30
Transfer out of Seregenti with game drive en route.
Mid day Yoga @ 3
Evening visit to Maasai Boma village.
Dinner @ 7
Day 9-
Morning yoga @ 8
Breakfast @ 9:30
Tinga tinga painting class
Hike up rift valley wall- lunch at Kirurumu Lodge
Free afternoon
Closing circle and final yoga @ 6
Dinner @ 7:30
Day 10-
Departure
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Tanzania’s pristine beach destinations!

Zanzibar & Stonetown

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Zanzibar. Boma Africa

Sultry and mysterious, the island of Zanzibar is the biggest of the “Spice Islands”. Tourists flock to Zanzibar for the beautiful beaches, snorkelling, spice tours, centuries old Arabic architecture and the ambiance that isn’t replicated anywhere in the world. It is a perfect paradise for indulging after climbing Kilimanjaro or a bone-jarring safari on rough roads.

Stonetown was awarded status as a World Heritage Site in 2000 and is accessed by a short flight from Arusha or a two hour ferry ride from Dar es Salaam.

Pemba Island

Part of the archipelago of Zanzibar, Pemba is an unspoilt utopia with few visitors. Situated in the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean, this tropical paradise has little tourist infrastructure, providing a genuine island experience of culture and landscape. Attractions in Pemba include swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, forest trekking, historical ruins, and bull fights- though the bulls are not killed, but decorated and praised with flowers!

Mafia Island

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Sea Turtle. Zanzibar. Boma Africa

Mafia Island has less than 1000 visitors per year, and is absolutely unblemished; a picture-perfect Swahili coastal destination. Having been described as the best place for diving in all of East Africa, Mafia Island has been elected a Marine Park by the World Wide Fund for Nature, as it is surrounded by a dense coral reef. You can enjoy visiting a population of pygmy hippopotamus in a discreet lagoon, the excavated ruins of Kua, as well as cycling and hiking.

Pangani

Set upon the Pangani River, this was once home to historic Arab slave traders. This coastal destination is on the Tanzanian mainland, a perfect stop point between the Northern and Southern Circuits. Untouched beaches, coconut tours, and dinosaur fossils are some of the attractions in this beach side village.

Tanga

One of the largest cities of Tanzania, Tanga, lies between the North and South Circuits. Here you can enjoy the beaches, bike riding, and visiting the imaginative Amboni Caves. A major attraction close to the port is the ruins of a large mosque from the trading era, containing over 40 tombs.

Kilwa Island

Approximately four kilometers from the coast of the mainland, Kilwa Island is considered one of the most important Swahili historical sites in East Africa. The ruins here have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are the main attraction on the island. Mahdali, the main city, was once the most powerful and prosperous city of the Asian-African trade in gold, iron, ivory, textiles, jewellery, and spices.

Bagamoyo

A quaint coastal town of the mainland, Bagamoyo was once the centre of slave and ivory trading. History’s presence is strong here, with 19th century architecture, and an original slaving building still standing. Here attractions include the Kaole ruins, sailboat building, lovely beaches, and Bagamoyo College of the Arts, a famous school of visual arts.

Jozani Forest

Just outside of Stonetown, Jozani Forest was established to preserve some of the last indigenous forest on the island of Zanzibar. This National Park is home to the rare and unique Kirk’s Red Colobus monkey and there is a beautiful boardwalk that snakes deep through the mangrove forest.

Saadani National Forest

This is a coastal national park on the mainland of Tanzania. This is only park that embraces the Indian Ocean, and is the genuine “bush to beach” adventure. Saadani’s 1100 square km is home to countless species of animals, and affords game drives and bush walks to rival the other more-frequented parks, with the added benefit of tranquility and the ocean.


View from the porch! Pangani. Boma Africa
View from the porch! Pangani. Boma Africa

 

TESTIMONIAL- Alma, 2014, Canada

I really like that we were able to meet with Leesha and Lawrence to learn more about the program. I also appreciated that the tours were built around the activities that we wanted to do. Beautiful accommodation in Arusha at Joyce’s place, [Songota Falls Lodge]. The food was amazing! All of the guides and porters made this one of the best trips of my life and absolutely blew all of my expectations out of the water. The guides were so knowledgeable, funny, entertaining, caring, friendly, personable, and just fantastic to be around. I hope that you can tell by our feedback how amazing this group of people were. I would recommend them to anyone who is thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro! This was an absolutely amazing experience and one that I will talk about for many many years to come. 10/10

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Tanzania Featured in National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2018”

Of course Tanzania is featured, it’s so amazing!  They highlight the serene Ruaha National Park- it’s Tanzania’s largest park and is found on the Southern Safari circuit so is relatively quiet when it comes to tourist volume.

Ruaha National Park

This is Tanzania’s second largest park, and deemed also the second wildest park in Tanzania. Game routes follow the Ruaha River, where wildlife of all kinds migrates to catch a drink of life nourishing water. Leopards and lions wait in the grasses while antelope shyly make their way to the water’s edge, quickly sipping before escaping to safety! Ruaha has the distinction of housing a great diversity of antelope, affecting this park’s ecosystem to be unique, abundant, and magnificent.

Read more about Tanzania’s Southern Safari Circuit

Read the National Geographic article here

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The LK Kindergarten playground

Every time I go running up the wall of the rift valley here in Mto wa Mbu I pass the school and the community centre. In addition to the AMAZING view and the great workout , what makes me really happy is that there are children playing on the Sue and Martin Parnell playground! The playground is locally built and is the only public playground around. In addition there are new homes popping up around the area.

It has been 4 years since it was built and it is in need of some TLC.  Such a gift for the students at the school, and the children living in the area that have a place to play! Repairs and upgrades that we would love to get done include;

  • creating a shade area for the hot days/ afternoons
  • putting sand/ soft ground down
  • repairing the merry go round that had an arm fall off
  • replace the wooden slide with a rolling PCV pipe slide
  • replace the wooden seats in the teeter- totter
  • install new additions
    • we already acquired about 20 old tires that we can use to build some cool climbing/ agility structures
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      WANT TO HELP?

    • We are accepting donations for playground upgrades!
    • email Boma Africa:   bomaafrica@gmail.com 

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5 MORE REASONS TO VISIT TANZANIA!

Five reasons weren’t enough… Tanzania has SO much to offer!

6.Wildebeest migration

The wildebeest migration is world famous for the 1.5 million wildebeest along with zebra and other antelopes that migrate to follow food and water in Tanzania.  The migration is the largest overland in the world, covering 800 km, primarily in Serengeti National Park.  In February each year, approximately 8000 wildebeest calves are born every day.   Predators follow the migration to take advantage of the abundance of prey, so wildlife viewing is phenomenal.

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Photo by Go2Africa

7. People

bomThe people of Tanzania are known for their never ending friendliness. Huge smiles, and an eagerness to greet you with Jambo? really makes an average trip a memorable one.  Tanzanians are always willing to help out, to teach you a few words of Swahili, to learn about your home, and to show you the beauty of their country.  Everyone leaves Tanzania feeling like they have made a friend.

 

8. Chimpanzees

Gombe Stream National Park

This is Tanzania’s smallest park, only 52 square km, but it is distinguishing as it is home to man’s closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee. On the shores of Tanganyika, this park offers beach side camping, hiking, swimming, and snorkelling, and of course Chimpanzee trekking. World renowned for Jane Goodall’s research with chimps, Gombe Stream is rich in primates, and has few carnivores, making a great hiking and swimming destination. Gombe Stream is usually accessed by flight and boat ride.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Dominated mostly by the Mahale Mountain chain, this park also borders Lake Tanganyika. Hiking and swimming are astonishing here, however, the most common reason for visitors to Mahale is Chimpanzee Trekking. Your guide will lead you on a trek through the wilderness, looking for signs of recent chimp activity, such as nests and discarded fruit. Mahale Mountains is accessed by aircraft or watercraft, and its 1613 square km need at least 2 full days of exploration!

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Chimpanzees in Tanzania. Photo by Nick Riley

9. The big 5

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Lioness by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa

The original big 5 was for game hunting and included the Rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, Leopard, Lion, and Elephant.  The modern big 5 might include giraffe and cheetah; or whatever top 5 animals you want to see on your safari. Luckily Tanzania is home to all of these magnificent creatures and you have a high probability of seeing them all.  The Rhinoceros is the most elusive and often is seen from afar. The parks of Tanzania are so dense with wildlife (and the parks are not gated in anyway!) You will see such an abundant amount of animals in their natural habitat, it is simply breathtaking.

 

10. Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Ngorongoro Crater. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa

Though it stretches well beyond the crater rim, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is known for its stunning caldera. An extinct volcano, the crater floor has permanent water and rich pasture, making an ideal habitat for wildlife. Some of Tanzania’s last black rhinoceros live within the crater, though they can be difficult to spot. This conservation area is also a World Heritage Site, acknowledged for the harmonious relationship between its Maasai habitants and wildlife.

 

Questions?  email us at info@bomaafrica.com

Thanks to Africa Geographic

5 REASONS TO VISIT TANZANIA

You are planning your next holiday… Africa has always been on your bucket list- but why choose Tanzania?

1.Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is truly an amazing and extraordinary experience. The spectacular views, unique flora, and achievement of trekking this mountain cannot be duplicated. For many, Kilimanjaro is a lifelong dream, for others a last minute adventure. If you decide to climb Kilimanjaro, be ready to reach deep, triumph over fears and challenges, and celebrate your climb for many years to come!

Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world! It highest point, Uhuru Peak, is 5895 metres (19341 feet) above sea level.

Kilimanjaro is an inactive strato-volcano with three different volcanic cones, Shira, Kibo/ Uhuru, and Mawenzi.

Kilimanjaro is 3 degrees (330km) south of the equator and 88 from the Great Rift Valley. It is in Northern Tanzania, near to the border of Kenya.

Many years ago, Kilimanjaro was a popular destination for different tribes of East Africa, as it is the only place one can find snow! Shifting of peoples and intermarriage led to the development of new ethnic groups. The current tribe of Kilimanjaro region, the Chagga, is actually a newer tribe, made up of the many settling people of those past years. These people live in the first region of Kilimanjaro, the cultivated zone, and you will pass their homes and villages on the way to the park gate.

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2. Zanzibar

BOMA AFRICA TANZANIA ZANZIBAR Sultry and mysterious, the island of Zanzibar is the biggest of the “Spice Islands”. Tourists flock to Zanzibar for the beautiful beaches, snorkelling, spice tours, centuries old Arabic architecture and the ambiance that isn’t replicated anywhere in the world. It is a perfect paradise for indulging after climbing Kilimanjaro or a bone-jarring safari on rough roads.

Stonetown was awarded status as a World Heritage Site in 2000 and is accessed by a short flight from Arusha or a two hour ferry ride from Dar es Salaam.

3. Serengeti

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Cheetah Photo by Jarrad Seng

World famous and indescribable, the plains of Serengeti offer the classic picture of African wildlife. Here is where you are likely to see lions on the hunt for zebra, or the colossal migration of a million wildebeest. Serengeti is a designated world heritage site, as one the largest wildlife refuges worldwide, covering 14763 square km.

 

4. Tribes

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Maasai Custom by Jarrad Seng

The Maasai are a semi nomadic pastoralist tribe, living in windowless smoky mud huts. A visit to their Boma reveals their everlasting traditional lifestyle, large polygamous families living and raising cattle for sustenance of life. Scattered throughout Kenya and Tanzania, the Maasai are known for their rites of circumcision, warrior status, and resonating chanting. Including a stopover to a Boma on your safari will be an evocative and unforgettable experience.

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Hadazabe Bushman photo by Andrew Knapp

The Hadzabe are one of the last nomadic hunter-gatherer societies that traditionally subsist on roots and fruits gathered by the women, and the meat hunted by the men. Their most common prey is baboon, and the second, zebra! Visiting the Hadzabe at the shores of Lake Eyasi gives you the opportunity to glance into their lifestyle, by seeing their grass huts and communities or by participating in hunting, gathering, jewellery making and more.

5. Glamping

The tented camps in Tanzania are just stunning. Accommodation ranges from regular tent camping (with a private chef and tent crew) to the definition of “glamping”.   These camps offer five star cuisine and gorgeous design, and are set amongst the diverse ecological backgrounds of Tanzania. Imagine sipping a glass of wine or cup of coffee in the middle of the Savannah as you watch herds of elephants or zebras walk right past your tent.  boma africa

 

PHOTO GALLERY- landscapes of Tanzania

 

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Stars & Palms, Lake Eyasi. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Acacia Rainbow. Tarangire National Park. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Lake Eyasi. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Ngorongoro Crater. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Strong roots, parasite tree. Udzungwa. Boma Africa
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Lake Natron. Photo by Leesha Mafuru. Boma Africa
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Mt. Meru. Boma Africa
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The Boma, Ngorongoro Highlands. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Crater Highlands Rift Valley Wall. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Waterfalls Trekking. Lake Natron. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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View from Oldoinyo Lengai Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Boma Africa at Oldoinyo Lengai. Photo by Inno Mafuru.

Tanzania’s Non- Profit Tour Co.!

Testimonial- Volunteers in Mto wa Mbu

Leesha and Lau coordinated an incredible experience for me and my friend to work a local hospital in karatu. We worked in the labor and delivery ward and greatly enhanced our skill set as birth doulas. It was the kind of experience that I would never have been able to coordinate on my own. True local insider access. They also kindly coordinated a safari on our last day with their awesome staff Patrick and Ossman. It felt like we were kickin it with good friends all day. Patrick was our driver and we spent a lot of time with him- he is now one of my dear dear friends. I’m so grateful for him and the love he has for his country. I always felt safe and well taken care of! We stayed across the street from Leesha’s at Mama’s house which was comfortable and hospitible with a beautiful family. I couldn’t have imagined a better experience. And I didn’t feel like I tourist which I greatly appreciated! I highly recommend organizing your travels in Tanzania through Boma.

Tanzania’s Safari Circuits

When you set out on safari in Tanzania you will realize you have landed in the heartland of Africa. Endless plains, vast blue skies, caravans of elephants, and baby baboons playing in shade of tall grasses: the mystery and beauty of the people and landscape will not cease to amaze. All the imaginings and dreams you envisioned about Africa will become reality as Boma Africa shows you the best of Tanzania.

The Swahili word “safari” literally means to travel, so even before you land in Tanzania, you have begun! From the moment of your arrival, Boma Africa will take care of everything, ensuring your safety, comfort, and amusement! You just have to enjoy the ride while you experience the best of African Safari.

There are four distinct safari circuits in Tanzania: Northern, Southern, Western, and Coastal.

The Northern Circuit is the most frequented by tourists likely because many famous Tanzanian sights such as Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Mt. Kilimanjaro are here. Other attractions include Mt. Meru, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Lake Eyasi, Usambara and Lake Victoria. All the parks, towns, and attractions are close to each other, so one can experience the whole circuit via private car, spending only a few hours enroute in between each one.

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park is 328.4 square kilometers, and is located 62 km from the popular tourist town of Arusha. This national park has three impressive geological features: Ngurudoto Crater, Momella Lakes, and Mount Meru. Wildlife is abundant, and if you are lucky you may spot a leopard chilling in the big trees branches of the wild palm!

Special attractions of Arusha National Park include walking safaris, canoeing, and climbing to Socialist Peak, the summit of Mt. Meru. Mt. Meru takes 3-4 days to climb, and is a great acclimatization climb for those heading to Kilimanjaro. See LINK TO->Trekking for more details.

Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park has an area of 1668 square km. It is world famous for the scenery of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Day hikes are possible within the park, as well as 5-10 day climbing excursions to reach its Uhuru peak. Read our LINK TO->Kilimanjaro page for more information.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is 330 square kilometres, and includes groundwater forest, plains, and the alkaline lake, all of which host a massive variety of wildlife. Primates are common in the jungle- like forest, while hippopotamus bathe in the shallow pools. This park is famous for tree climbing lions, hot springs, and adventures such as canoeing and biking.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire, just 2 hours from Arusha is a convenient starting point for safari, and makes an ideal day trip. Its 2850 square km have a strong resemblance to the Serengeti plains. Famous for herds of elephants hundreds strong, and gigantic baobab trees, Tarangire has a permanent water source which draws animals from far and wide in the dry season. When you see the sausage fruits hanging from their trees, check twice, be sure it’s not a leopard’s tail!

Serengeti National Park

World famous and indescribable, the plains of Serengeti offer the classic picture of African wildlife. Here is where you are likely to see lions on the hunt for zebra, or the colossal migration of a million wildebeest. Serengeti is a designated world heritage site, as one the largest wildlife refuges worldwide, covering 14763 square km.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Though it stretches well beyond the rim, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is known for its stunning caldera. An extinct volcano, the crater floor has permanent water and rich pasture, making an ideal habitat for wildlife. Some of Tanzania’s last black rhinoceros live within the crater, though they can be difficult to spot. This conservation area is also a World Heritage Site, acknowledged for the harmonious relationship between its Maasai habitants and wildlife.

Usambara Forest Reserve

A beautiful forest with rich botanical diversity. This is a trekking destination, and is most ideal for admiring flora and birding.

Mikomazi National Park

A perfect midway point between the Northern and Coastal Circuits, Mikomazi National Park is by-passed by many, but should not be missed. Features of this park are the successful re-introduction of wild dogs and the endemic black rhinoceros. This is the only park in Tanzania that has the massive rhinos within a fenced sanctuary. At 3245 square km, Mikomazi borders Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, and has recently been converted to a National Park rather than a Game Reserve.

Lake Victoria + Mwanza

Mwanza is a major Tanzanian port connecting to Uganda and Kenya via Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake. This fishing and agricultural community is the gate-way to the Islands of Lake Victoria, the Western Serengeti , Rubondo National Park, and Sukuma culture.

Lake Natron

Spending four hours on an uneven and dusty road will bring you to the shores of Lake Natron, the foot of Oldoinyo Lengai, and genuine Maasai-land at the village of Engaresero. Here bird watching on the lake, deep Maasai culture excursions, and climbing the active volcano Lengai are experiences that will endure in your memory for a lifetime.

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Leopard in the grass. Photo by Jarrad Seng. Boma Africa