Tanzania Yoga & Service Safari (Budget Option #2): Wildlife, Adventure, & Culture | 8 Days

Arusha | Ngorongoro Crater | Karatu | Serengeti | Ngare Nanyuki

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 three unique community-based experiences: A community-led half-day tour of the rural Wameru area of the Arusha region, including a shade-grown coffee tour, traditional lunch, and village visit; a service visit to Ebeneza Maasai Children Center where you will have the opportunity to visit with children, offer a donation, and lead a yoga session with the children, if you like; and a culturally immersive stay at the only Maasai-owned lodge in Tanzania, including a community project visit in Tinga Tinga village in the western Kilimanjaro region.


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: Arusha Region–Tengeru
Accommodations: Karama Lodge & Spa
Activities: Coffee tour, traditional lunch; Yoga
Transit Times: 25 minutes to and from the lodge

To help combat jet lag, start your Tanzanian adventure with a coffee tour from Tengeru Cultural Tourism, a community owned and operated tour company that benefits the Wameru people around Tengeru. Learn about the origin of coffee, its history in Tanzania, how to cultivate coffee plants, how coffee is harvested, and how it is processed for the market. On the way, meet local farmers and learn about local flora and fauna. Participate in roasting and grinding beans for a cup of coffee made by your own hands. Enjoy a hot local lunch with plenty of delicious vegetarian options at Tengeru before returning to the lodge for a relaxing afternoon. Hang out on your balcony, look for birds in the gardens, go for a swim in the pool, play a game of croquet, or enjoy a tranquil cruise on Karama’s private lake. At your leisure, fit in a yoga practice with views of Africa’s tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy another farm-to-table meal before sleeping to the sounds of wildlife in the distance.

Destination: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area; Karatu
Accommodations: Country Lodge
Activities: Game drive; Yoga
Transit Times: Arusha to the Crater – 4 hrs; Crater – Country Lodge – 2 hrs

After an early breakfast, depart the lodge and drive 200 km toward Ngorongoro Crater, an UNESCO World Heritage site. 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 eight 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. You will spend the afternoon on an amazing game drive in the crater, stopping at the hippo pools for a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, you will ascend back up the Crater, leave the NCAA and 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 lead 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: Endulen; Serengeti National Park
Accommodation: Pumzika Camp
Activities: Sunrise yoga; Ebeneza Maasai Children Center visit; Game drive
Transit Times: Karatu to Ebeneza – 2 hrs; Ebeneza to Camp – 3 hrs

Greet the day with some sun salutations and a delicious breakfast before departing on a unique cultural adventure! Travel through Ngorongoro Crater to Ebeneza Maasai Children Center where you can see the work of Rev. Jackson Kipuyo and his team who are aiding orphans and poor children from the surrounding Maasai villages. You can participate in campus activities with the children, hand out supplies, share meals, or perhaps lead a kids’ yoga class, and forge some lasting memories. You can also discover more Maasai culture through some of their unique cultural offerings. Afterwards, head to what is perhaps the world’s most iconic wildlife conservation area, Serengeti National Park. A World Heritage Site, the Serengeti is a “must see” on your Tanzania safari. Totalling 14,763 sq km in area, the park is appropriately named after the Maasai work for “endless plains”. 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 bush dinner followed by sundowners beneath an acacia tree on the open savannah.          

Destination: Serengeti National Park
Accommodations: Pumzika Camp
Activities: Game drive; Yoga
Transit Times: Leisurely game drive 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 vinyasas while communing with the magnificent wildlife surrounding camp! 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: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Accommodations: Country Lodge (Karatu)
Activities: Game drive; Yoga
Transit Times: Serengeti to Karatu – 3 hrs

Depart camp after breakfast for an early morning game drive through the Serengeti on your way back to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Be sure to soak in the majesty of the wildlife and landscapes of Tanzania’s most iconic game parks! Return to Country Lodge for another garden yoga practice, farm-to-table meal, and restful night’s sleep. 

Destination: West Kilimanjaro; Ngare Nanyuki
Accommodation: Osiligilai Maasai Lodge
Activities: Maasai welcome ceremony; Meditation room and sauna; Maasai cultural activities; Sunset yoga; Traditional Maasai storytelling
Transit Times: Karatu to Osiligilai – 3.5 hrs

After an early breakfast, depart from Karatu and heard to the West Kilimanjaro region where you will check in to Osiligilai Maasai Lodge, a scenic eco-lodge and the only Maasai-owned lodge in Tanzania, where you immediately will come to rest and reflect on the essentials of life while enjoying an immersive cultural experience with the Maasai. In the middle of the wilderness of the Maasai steppe are 18 exclusive bungalows built with locally available natural materials sustainably produced by local craftspeople. Just outside your door is a great view of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain. It’s all about being together, traditions, stories, and learning from each other at Osiligilai. Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed with a traditional Maasai dance and song. Then, you will be served a traditional Maasai welcome drink before being guided to your private bungalow. While you are here, relax, unwind, and enjoy the “Warm Your Heart: meditation room, the natural sauna, and pool. At sunset, stretch away the strain of your travels with group yoga overlooking the steppe. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner followed by traditional Maasai storytelling around the fire. After a long day and an exciting journey, nothing will feel more restful than falling asleep to the sounds of passing wildlife and chirping insects from inside your bungalow.           

Destination: International departure or connection to Zanzibar
Transit Times: Lodge to Airport – 1 hr 

Welcome the sunrise over Mt. Kilimanjaro 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 to the magical island of Zanzibar, which lies just off the coast of Tanzania. See our complimentary itineraries for these locations.

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.


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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: During the global pandemic, our deposit policy and payment schedule are extra flexible. We can discuss flexible terms prior to booking. 

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