Pack your yoga mat right beside your safari gear. That’s right! Our next bucket list adventure is in the East African safari destination of Kenya. We’ll start off with 3 nights in the bustling capital of Nairobi, visiting the inspiring Africa Yoga Project, taking a hike in Karura Forest, and make time for some shopping. Also, as part of your registration fee, you will be sponsoring 1 year’s worth of fees to support an elephant orphan and we will visit these elephants one afternoon in Nairobi. Next, we’ll head out to Naivasha for two nights of luxury camping on a reserve where you literally have giraffes, zebras and wildebeest roaming outside of your luxury tent. We’ll take a boat ride in Lake Naivasha for hippo watching and a morning hike into Hells Gate National Park, where movies such as Tomb Raider have been filmed. From Naivasha, we will head south to the famed Maasai Mara. We’ll spend 3 nights here in the heart of safari land. Twice daily safari game drives to hopefully spot the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). Throughout this 8-night adventure, we’ll cultivate our yoga practice in memorable places. By the time we return to Nairobi, you’ll know the true meaning of “hakunamata!”
3 nights accommodation in Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya
2 nights accommodation at Sanctuary Farm in Naivasha, Kenya
3 nights accommodation at Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge in Masaai Mara
All meals except for 3 dinners and 1 lunch on your own.
Daily yoga classes
Elephant orphan sponsorship fee for 1 year
5 safari game drives in the Maasai Mara
1 safari walk
1 boat ride to see hippos and bird watching
Entrance and guide in Hells Gate National Park
Entrance to Nairobi Giraffe Sanctuary
Ground transport during retreat
Vaccinations, malaria preventative
Gratuity for guides / accommodations
This once of a life time opportunity filled with wild Safari Adventure is available at a double occupancy where you can travel with a friend or we can par you up with another yogi or at single occupancy at a limited first come first serve basis.
Double Occupancy (separate beds): $3715
Single Occupancy: $4300
Frequently Asked Questions:
What health precautions should I take? It is recommended to visit a Travel Medicine clinic or your doctor before traveling to discuss any precautions or necessary vaccines. It is recommended to take malaria preventative pills for travel outside of Nairobi. We recommend that you take the malaria preventative, which is to be taken each day called Malarone, not Larium, which can be taken once a week, due to common side effects.
What safety precautions should I take? It is recommended to purchase personal travel insurance, which can cover medical emergencies, as well as inconveniences such as delayed flights or lost luggage. More than a million tourists visit Kenya every year, and most visits are trouble-free. We will be avoiding areas in travel alerts (such as borders with Somalia).
What can I expect in Nairobi? Note that Nairobi is a huge city and petty crime is common. It is not a city to go walking in. If you want to go out and explore, you should be prepared to take a taxi. The hotel we will be staying in while in Nairobi is part of a complex called Village Market, which does have restaurants, coffee shops, pharmacies, and souvenir shops in walking distance. These are perfectly safe to visit. This being said, Nairobi is also a very modern city, with many nice restaurants, great malls for shopping, museums, and more. Note that Nairobi is at high altitude, so if you are sensitive at higher altitudes, keep this in mind.
How will we travel in Kenya? We are going to be visiting 3 different parts of Kenya and we will be traveling in professional vans with professional drivers. If you have tendencies to get car sick, it is recommended to bring some over the counter medication, as the trips will be several hours in length. The condition of Kenyan highways and roads have improved greatly, so the ride should be mostly smooth. We will only be traveling during the day and not at night.
Can I speak English? English is spoken by almost all Kenyans in Nairobi and most of the Kenyans we will meet. Swahili is also spoken throughout the country, followed by local languages, depending on the region. How can I stay in contact with my family/loved ones? It is recommended to look into your cell phone plan and see what the cost is for an international package. For example, T-Mobile’s One plan gives free texts from Kenya to the U.S. as well as free data (2G speeds). There is a charge for phone calls, but this is a reduced per minute fee. All of the hotels will have wifi and many restaurants will too.
How should I dress? In November, Kenya’s summer is just beginning, so expect day time temperatures in the upper 70s, lower 80s. However, nights tend to be cool year around in Kenya, especially Nairobi, due to the altitude. We will also be in the short rain season, so it is advisable to pack a rain coat; rains during this time of year, however, tend to be in the afternoon, so should not impact safari game drive times. Kenyan women dress less conservatively than other parts of Africa. See the packing list below for more detail, but in general, tank tops are fine for women but it is better to cover your knees.
How do I get there? You’ll want to fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. Currently, there are many round-trip flight options out of the Northeast U.S. for around $800. You need to arrive on or before November 8th at any time. The retreat will end on November 16th, with transport back to the Nairobi airport, arriving by 3:30pm, so the earliest flight departure time should be 6:30pm (although most flights to the U.S. depart later, around 10pm). For flight recommendations, feel free to ask us.
As we will be traveling to 3 different locations, please try and pack light! There will be laundry services available at each location if you’d like to wash your clothes.
Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts: for layering and to wear at night
Hat (to protect from the sun)
Yoga pants and tops
Sneakers or hiking shoes (but avoiding anything too bulky)
Antidiarrheals (such as Imodium or pepto-bismol just in case)
Any other medications
Daypack for safari or hikes
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