Tanzania Yoga & Service Safari (Budget Option #1): Wildlife, Adventure, & Culture | 8 Days

Arusha | Randilen | Lake Manyara | Rhotia Valley | The Serengeti | Ngorongoro Crater

You are invited on a once-in-a-lifetime journey into Tanzania, home of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the great Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the magical “Spice Island” of Zanzibar! All of these all-inclusive adventures, led by Adumu Safaris’ local expert naturalists and cultural guides, take you on a wildlife, yoga, and service safari through the world-famous Northern Circuit where you will be starting and ending your days practicing yoga in the most iconic and inspiring settings on earth!

This itinerary features two unique community-based experiences: a custom tour of the Randilen Wildlife Management Area’s village-based wildlife conservation and community uplift projects; and a visit to the Rhotia Valley Children’s Home where you will have the opportunity to visit with children, offer a donation, and lead a yoga session with the children, if you like.  


Destination: Arusha
Accommodations: Karama Lodge & Spa
Activities: Transfer to Arusha from JKO; Sunset Yoga (depending on flight arrival time); Massage (optional, depending on arrival time) 
Transit Times: Airport to Lodge – 30 mins                                                                                     

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. After clearing customs, you will be met by our guide and transferred to the lovely Karama Lodge & Spa. Constructed with local materials, the stilted log cabins fit perfectly into the surrounding forest and allow close proximity to the surrounding forest flora and fauna. Each cabin has its own wooden balcony with comfortable chairs where you can relax and admire the spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, the Maasai steppe beyond, and the surrounding lush vegetation and birdlife. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with fresh fruit juice. The experienced professional chefs at Karama use fresh, local Tanzanian products in their tempting daily specials, including unique vegetarian options. You have the choice of having meals in the indoor dining area or outdoors in the surrounding gardens. Perhaps treat yourself to a massage at the spa after a long day of travel. Fully relax into your East African adventure with a yoga practice on your own private balcony or with the group in the lodge’s yoga studio. Enjoy the sunset over the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro and allow the unique tranquility of your surroundings to lull you to sleep.  

Destination: Randilen Wildlife Management Area
Accommodations: Randilen Ecoscience Science Center 
Activities: Randilen Tour; Walking Safari; Game Drive; Evening Yoga
Transit Times: Arusha to Randilen WMA – 3 hrs

After an early breakfast, your naturalist guide will drive you to Randilen, a community-owned Wildlife Management Area, part of the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, governed by the local Maasai. The Tarangire -Manyara Ecosystem is among the richest areas on the planet for large mammal diversity and abundance, and is a world hotspot for ungulate diversity. It hosts the second-largest population of Elephants in northern Tanzania. In the late morning, check into the Ecoscience Science Center, a satellite in Maasailand for scientists and students. Each tent of 65 sq.m, with en-suite bathroom, sleeps 2 “scientists”, each with their own desk and internet connection. Today will be an educational day full of wildlife viewing by car and on foot and learning about the unique experiment of the Randilen WMA, an encouraging example of Maasai co-existence with wildlife that conserves wildlife and allows Maasai to hold on to their ancestral lands and live in their low-impact traditional ways. Your Adumu Safaris expert guide and Randilen guide will show you around the WMA. An exciting opportunity at Randilen, which is not permitted in many National Parks, is walking safaris where you can track and view wildlife on foot. Walking with all senses alert is an unforgettable experience. Follow animal tracks, identify bird calls, and learn about the local plants from your Randilen guide. Retreat to Ecoscience for lunch. After lunch, embark on a game drive and other adventures. From the comfort of your 4×4 Landcruiser, look out for elephants eating the sausage tree fruit–a favourite delicacy. With luck–and some patience–you may catch a lion hunt, a glimpse of the shy but beautiful greater kudu, or see a pack of African Wild Dogs on the move. Amidst wildlife adventures, you will learn about the anti-poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and other projects run by Randilen rangers and Maasai community members. You will also get to visit one of the nearby Maasai villages and talk to locals about the benefits of the WMA to their livelihoods. After an adventurous day, return to Ecoscience and enjoy group yoga in an open-air tent with views on all sides of the wild savannah plains. Enjoy dinner with the group and tuck into your private tent for a well-earned night of sleep.          

Destination: Lake Manyara National Park
Accommodations: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
Activities: Game drive; Yoga
Transit Times: Randilen to Lake Manyara – 1 hr; Lake Manyara to Lodge – 1 hr

After breakfast, depart for a morning drive to Lake Manyara National Park, which lies at the base of the western wall of the eastern arm of the Rift Valley. Typically shimmering in a golden heat haze, the lake is often frosted with thousands of flamingos, while the trees that surround the lake are famous for their tree-climbing lions. The park also offers abundant sightings of monkeys, jackals, mongoose, hyenas, hyraxes, zebras, hippos, warthogs, buffalos, giraffes, duikers, waterbucks, and impalas. Significant numbers of elephants are also resident in the park, while sightings of black rhino and leopard are not uncommon. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. In the late afternoon, check in to Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge, built in a traditional African style with indigenous hardwood to be in complete harmony with its surroundings. The lodge offers a breathtaking view of the Ngorongoro forest, nearby villages, and the terraced fields of the local farmers. Each of the comfortable tented houses has its own veranda with a splendid view of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Manyara. Your stay at Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge will directly contribute to the well-being of local children. The profits that we make from your stay at the lodge go straight to the Children’s Home and to two local schools of Rhotia. All meals feature produce from in-house herb and vegetable gardens, fresh baked goods from the bakery, and homemade milk, butter, yoghurt, cream and cheese from the dairy. Everyday, the Bakery provides the bread to the Lodge, the Children’s Home and to the schools. The bread is also sold to the local shops and the local institutions. All profits directly support the Children’s Home and the whole project. End the day with some sun salutations on your private veranda or as a group on the lodge’s open-air terrace. Immerse yourself in the calm and intimate charm of your private tent for a restful night’s sleep.                   

Destination: Rhotia Valley
Accommodations: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
Activities: Village walk; Rhotia Valley Children’s Home visit; Yoga

Wake to the sounds of nature before heading out on a walk around the village. Walk through the fields, learn about the local plants, and experience several aspects of everyday life of the farmers, in the company of a local guide. After lunch, visit the Rhotia Valley Children’s Home as the children return from school. For all the children, living in Rhotia Valley Children’s Home means a new start in life. Clean water, three meals a day, clothes, access to education, and a safe place to sleep–the proper care they need so much–is guaranteed. The children love to play soccer, games, or do arts and crafts with the guests. If you like, you can even lead the children in a kids yoga session! You may also choose to visit the farm, gardens, bakery, and dairy which provide for the children and Rhotia guests. Return to the lodge for a late afternoon yoga practice before enjoying another local farm-to-table meal and a peaceful night in your tent.      

Destination: Ngorongoro Conservation Area; Serengeti National Park
Accommodations: Pumzika Camp
Activities: Game drive; Yoga
Transit Times: Lodge to Ngorongoro Crater – 1 hr; Ngorongoro to Camp – 2 hrs

After an early breakfast, take-off for a morning game drive in the world-famous Ngorongoro Conservation area. Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a rare protected area where people (the Maasai) and wild animals coexist in harmony. A large permanent concentration of wild animals can be found in the huge and perfect crater. Ngorongoro is technically a caldera, the largest sunken ancient caldera in the world. Estimated three million years old, the once-volcanic Ngorongoro is now considered one of “Africa’s eighty wonders”. Also known as the “Garden of Eden”, the crater floor is a natural safe haven for thousands of animals such as wildebeest, more than two hundred lion prides, zebras, elephants, hippos, hyenas, Thomson gazelles, African buffalo, crocodiles, ostriches, and many species of birds, not to mention that this is one of the best places to spot an endangered rhinoceros. Make your way through Serengeti National Park to arrive at Pumzika Camp, an eco-friendly tented camp reminiscent of the first safaris at the turn of the 20th century, with furniture made by local craftsmen and decorated with handmade carpets woven by the Mbulu women’s community. Set inside the Seronera area, Pumzika occupies a unique and privileged paradise within the Serengeti, far from main roads and civilization, surrounded by the two of the biggest and most prolific lion prides in the park. Settle in, enjoy a yoga practice beneath an acacia tree on the open savannah followed by a fresh bush dinner.                        

Destination: Serengeti National Park
Accommodations: Pumzika Camp
Activities: Game drive; Yoga
Transit Times: Leisurely game drives throughout the day

After breakfast, continue with both morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Here you are certain to get up close and personal with the “Big Five” (Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, and Cape Buffalo), if you haven’t already, and hosts of other iconic and lesser-known species. Given the vast terrain, weather patterns, and migratory patterns of the innumerable species, many animals of the Serengeti are constantly on the move. This makes for an adventurous game drive! Your drives will depend on the move of the migrants; your expert naturalist guide knows very well how to locate the herds. Back at camp, don’t forget to fit in some sun salutations amongst the most iconic wildlife! Bush lunch and bush dinner will be at Pumzika. Rest to the sounds of wildlife calling in the distance and crickets gently chirping outside your tent.     

Destination: Serengeti National Park; Karatu
Accommodations: Country Lodge (Karatu)
Activities: Game drive; Yoga
Transit Times: Serengeti to Ngorongoro – 2 hrs; Ngorongoro to Karatu – 30 mins

Depart camp early for an early morning game drive through the Serengeti on your way back through the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Be sure to soak in the majesty of the wildlife and landscapes of Tanzania’s most iconic game parks! Check-in to Country Lodge, located on the outskirts of Karatu, a quaint country town on the Great Escarpment, midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Garden paths led to eleven double cottages surrounded by green lawns, hedged by brightly flowered bougainvillaea, tropical plants and trees. Birds and butterflies feel right at home in the garden, as you will in your private cottage. Pause for a yoga practice in the garden before a delightful farm-to-table meal and a restful night’s sleep.                  

Destination: Departure to Arusha or connection to Zanzibar
Transit Times: Karatu to airport – 2 hrs

Welcome the sunrise with some gentle sun salutations to end your trip. Linger over a late breakfast before driving to the airport to catch your international flight home or connect with a flight to the magical island of Zanzibar, which lies just off the coast of Tanzania. See our budget Zanzibar extension itinerary, which compliments this itinerary perfectly. 

Safari Includes:

  • Pick up at JRO airport or Arusha region
  • Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
  • Entrance fees into the game parks/reserves
  • Crater service fee
  • Government Taxation
  • Coffee Tour
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Transport and wildlife viewing in 4×4 Land cruiser with open roof hatches
  • All game drives and activities (unless noted with an * as optional)
  • All cultural excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full board accommodations and additional meals, per itinerary
  • Plentiful drinking water (mineral water)
  • Coffee, tea, and fresh fruit juices as provided by accommodations
  • Alcoholic beverages and sodas at select lodges/camps
  • Flying Doctor services in Tanzania
  • Currency Conversion Fee
  • Service charges
  • Maasai Empowerment Land Restoration Fund

Safari Excludes:

  • International airfare & flights
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Personal health insurance
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended and offered upon making your deposit)
  • Laundry services, unless provided by the lodges
  • Alcoholic beverages & sodas, except at select camps and lodges (all-inclusive beverages optional for additonal cost)
  • Optional massages and spa services
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities to safari guides and lodge/camp staff

Please note: Adumu Safaris makes every effort to customize your safari itinerary in order to cover areas where wildlife habitats are known to be plentiful during the season and precise time of year that you are traveling. However, since wild animals move freely in their environment, we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings of every species. We also use our best effort to provide the lodging set out in this itinerary, but occasionally there are circumstances that occur which require lodging substitutions. We reserve the right to make comparable lodging substitutions or upgrades whenever necessary or in your best interest to do so. Fortunately, we have vetted all of our lodges and stand by their ability to provide an amazing accommodation experience.


USD per person (based on 5 travelers, including travel agent or Yoga instructor)
High SeasonLow Season
$2,669$2,361$2,248$ 2,250$ 2,047$ 1,939

To reserve this trip we require $500 per person. The remainder is due 59 days before departure. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. We will send a secure payment link when you are ready to confirm this trip. NB: Please note that our deposit and payment schedule remains flexible during the global pandemic. We can make arrangements accordingly.

Please inquire about special pricing for instructors and travel agents.

Please note that we offer these variations to demonstrate some of the ways that we can modify an itinerary to suit your preferences (destinations, activities, level of luxury, type of accommodations, length of stay, budget, etc.). If none of these options looks best for your group, we are more than happy to gather more information from you and customize the perfect trip. You can call us at +1 530 574 9519 or email us at to discuss this itinerary or others on our website.

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The Adumu Safaris Team