Yoga & Service Safari (Midrange/Luxury #1): Wildlife, Service & Culture | 13 Days

Ngare Sero | Tarangire | Manyara | Lake Natron | Serengeti | Ngorongoro | Osiligilai

This incredible Tanzanian expedition combines a mix of bucket-list wildlife and cultural adventures with some amazing unexpected, off-the-beaten-track experiences, all with fabulous and unique accommodations. This wonderful yoga safari begins in a tranquil forest setting at a lodge designed with yoga in mind. Spend a couple of days here, recharging through yoga, massage, and fresh farm-to-table cruising and getting to know the country and people before starting your wildlife and cultural expedition. The remaining days will be spent touring the world’s most iconic parks and also venturing into some remarkable off-the-beaten-track experiences.


Destination: Arusha Region
Accommodation: Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
Activities: Transfer to Arusha from JKO; Massage (optional); Yoga
Transit Times: Airport to Lodge – 30 mins

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. After clearing customs, you will be met by an Adumu Safaris guide and transferred to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge. Set in lush gardens amid forest and crystal clear waters on the slopes of Mount Meru, Ngare Sero is a wonderful place to relax and simmer in the immense beauty of East Africa. The Lodge has been adapted from an early colonial farmhouse built in the early 20th century and it is one of the oldest family lodges in Arusha. Here you can spend the days amid nature, watching the changing colors of the Kilimanjaro glaciers while sipping drinks on the verandah or hiking in the forest inhabited by colobus and Sykes monkeys as well as hundreds of small animal and bird species. After long hours spent in the car or plane, treat yourself to a relaxing massage with natural oils amidst lush gardens of heliconia and bougainvillea. Before dinner, choose from three peaceful yoga locations: the Moola Banda Yoga Studio, the Ceremony Platform with lake views, or the Lake Pavillion amidst tropical gardens. For dinner, enjoy delicious home cooked meals of hearty soups, homemade bread, pastry, local cheese, and bundles of fresh herbs and salads. Vegetables and herbs are picked daily from the organic garden. Enjoy a peaceful night of sleep with the sounds of wildlife in the distance.

Destination: Arusha
Accommodation: Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge
Activities: Fair Trade Organic Coffee tour; Yoga   
Transit Times: Lodge to Tengeru, 25 mins each way                                                                                               

To help combat jet lag, start your Tanzanian adventure with a coffee tour from Tengeru Cultural Tourism, a locally owned community-based tourism program. 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 at Tengeru before returning to the lodge for a relaxing afternoon. Hang out in the lounge, explore the gardens, go for a swim in the pool, or treat yourself to a spa treatment. At your leisure, fit in a yoga practice in one of the three designated spaces with sounds of birds tweeting in the trees. Enjoy another farm to table meal before sleeping to the sounds of wildlife in the distance.

Destination: Randilen Wildlife Management Area; Tarangire National Park
Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Activities: Game drive; Community projects visit; Sunset yoga
Transit Times: Ngare Sero to Randilen – 3 hrs; Randilen to Lodge, 30 mins

After an early breakfast, your naturalist guide will drive you to the recently formed 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. 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. 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, drive to Tarangire Safari Lodge in Tarangire National Park for a soothing yoga practice, dinner, and overnight in one of their charming circular bungalows, built in a similar style to the Maasai boma. These airy rooms are situated near a large watering hole, creating the opportunity to watch wildlife from your shaded verandah.

Destination: Lake Manyara National Park
Accommodation: Isiotok Camp Manyara
Activities: Game drive; Medicine walk; Adumu and musical performance; Viewpoint walk
Transit Times: Tarangire to Lake Manyara, 1 hr

Wake to the peaceful sounds of birds and wildlife, and enjoy a sunrise yoga session on the Lodge’s wooden platform overlooking the Tarangire River. 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. Around noon, check into Isiotok Camp Manyara, a unique, sustainable luxury tented camp situated in the Maasai area known as Esilalei on the soft rolling hills of Losimingori, 13 km away from the national park. Set in a rich, wild savannah bush location with an altitude of 1075m above sea level, this relaxing, intimate camp of only 8 beautiful tents blends into the bush and also offers wonderful opportunities to delve further into your Maasai immersion experience. After a delicious lunch featuring Swahili international cuisine, enjoy a performance of the Adumu, other traditional dances, and singing performed by members of the nearby villages with whom Isiotok enjoys fruitful relationships and supports through giving programs. Learn about traditional Maasai medicines from local plants on a medicine walk. Towards sunset, join your cmap host and Maasai scout who will take you up to one of several viewpoints overlooking Lake Manyara and The Great Rift Valley. Sundowner snacks and a beverage of your choice are available whilst you soak in a melting sunset overlooking Lake Manyara. Return to camp for dinner and a restful night in your private tent.

Destination: Lake Natron 
Accommodations: Lake Natron Camp 
Activities: Game drive; Swimming; Yoga
Transit Times: Lake Manyara to Lake Natron – 3.5 hrs

Let the morning birds and the smell of fresh local coffee gently rouse you out of your slumber. After an early breakfast, drive north toward Lake Natron. Sitting below Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tanzania’s only active Volcano, Lake Natron is a mineral-rich alkaline lake in the middle of Maasailand, straddling the border of Tanzania and Kenya. It is fed by the Ewaso Ng’iro River and natural hot springs and reaches alkalinity levels greater than a pH of 12. The lake’s characteristic crimson hue is due to the microorganisms that thrive in such conditions, providing food for the 2.5 million lesser flamingo of the East African region that breed only at this site, making it essential to the survival of the species. At the southern foot of this lake and stunning, otherworldly landscape lies Lake Natron Camp, a low-footprint eco-camp with impactful community involvement featuring 10 luxury Bedouin-style tents that blend into the natural surroundings, a perfect base for a relaxing and intriguing series of adventures. Check in, unwind, and enjoy a dip in the clear natural pools that lie right in front of the tents. Squeeze in some evening yoga before dinner to stretch away the day’s travels. Enjoy sleep in the quietude of this desolate landscape.

Destination: Lake Natron
Accommodations: Lake Natron Camp 
Activities: Sunrise yoga; Give Back/Voluntourism visit to Ngare Sero School and Village; Flamingo Walk 

Greet the day with a sunrise yoga practice before enjoying a delicious breakfast. Afterwards, drive a few minutes to the neighboring Maasai village of Engare Sero (meaning “dappled water” in the Maa language), which gets its name from the river flowing out of the escarpment through a spectacular gorge that is both arid and lush. Upon arrival, visit their primary school, where Adumu Safaris “Adumu Impact” fund is being put towards the Destiny Foundation’s food security program. As with other stops on this grand tour, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Maasai living their lives as normal, striking up interesting conversations, forging memorable connections, and contributing to your growing knowledge of Maasailand and its people. These visits are not staged, so who knows what you will learn and discover! Return in the early evening for a sunset walk to the lake from camp to see the thousands of flamingo who flock there. Walk back and enjoy a sundowner on the stream bank looking out toward Lengai and stroll to the dining tent for a lovely dinner. Sleep soundly in the peace and quiet of your tent.

Destination: Pastoral Women’s Council; Serengeti National Park
Accommodations: Kirurumu Serengeti Camp
Activities: Pastoral Women’s Council visit; Game drive; massage (optional); Sunset yoga
Transit Times: Lake Natron Loliondo, 2.5 hrs; Loliondo to Serengeti, 2.5 hrs

Today, have an early breakfast to get a head start on the long, but scenic drive to the iconic Serengeti National Park via a stop at the Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC) in Loliondo to learn about their work. The PWC strives to improve education quality, access, and retention for Maasai girls; empower Maasai women through economic self-determination; and educate Maasai women and their legal and human rights to empower them to participate in community decision-making. Arrive at one of Kirurumu’s Serengeti migration camps which relocate seasonally to follow the world renowned migration of thousands of wildebeest, zebras, and other wildlife through the Great Rift valley. As the sun sets, complete a truly special yoga practice in one of the most unique and celebrated landscapes in the world. Rest well in your secluded and comfortable tent, dreaming of the Serengeti adventures that await you tomorrow!

Destination: Serengeti National Park

Accommodation: Kirurumu Serengeti Camp

Activities: Balloon Safari (optional); Game drive; Yoga

Transit Times: Leisurely game drives throughout the day

For a truly spectacular sunrise, opt for a hot air balloon safari to watch wildlife while gliding above the unique savannah landscape. Given the vast terrain, weather patterns, and migratory patterns of the innumerable species, many animals of the Serengeti are constantly on the move. No two balloon safaris are ever alike! Touching back down on the ground, you will be treated to a full English breakfast and champagne toast in the bush. Spend the rest of the day exploring deep into the Serengeti on a traditional game drive. Being a little closer to the ground means you are certain to get up close and personal with the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and cape buffalo) and hosts of other iconic and hidden-gem species. Depending on your preference, a yoga practice can be enjoyed either before or after your game drive. Return to camp for another delicious farm to table dinner and sleep to the nighttime calls of wildlife outside your tent.

Destination: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Accommodation: Lemala Ngorongoro Camp
Activities: Game drive; Yoga
Transit Times: Serengeti to Ngorongoro – 2 hrs

Depart camp early for an early morning game drive as you leave the Serengeti en route to Ngorongoro Crater. 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. Lemala Ngorongoro is intimately set in a delightful ancient acacia forest close to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp has 9 spacious tents that are positioned carefully to provide privacy and with minimal impact on the pristine forest environment. They accommodate two queen-size beds, and as it can get cool on the Ngorongoro Crater rim at night, little luxuries like warm winter-weight duvets, hot water bottles, and gas heaters ensure a cozy night’s sleep. Pause for a yoga practice before a delightful farm to table meal and a restful night’s sleep.   

Destination: Ngorongoro Conservation Area; Arusha
Accommodation: Osiligilai Maasai Lodge
Activities: Game drive; Welcome Ceremony, Sunset yoga
Transit Times: Ngorongoro to Osiligilai – 3 hrs

Rise early to experience the best of Ngorongoro Crater as the numerous wildlife begin their days. Arrive at Osiligilai Maasai Lodge, a scenic eco-lodge where you immediately will come to rest and reflect on the essentials 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 yoga and enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking the savannah. After a long day, nothing will feel more restful than falling asleep to the sounds of passing wildlife and chirping insects. 

Destination: Tinga Tinga Village
Accommodation: Osiligilai Maasai Lodge
Activities: Sunrise yoga; Game drive; MDWC visit; Traditional Maasai storytelling

Welcome the sunrise over Mt. Kilimanjaro with some gentle sun salutations to start your trip. After breakfast, visit the social project Maasailand Development for Women and Children (MDWC) in Tinga Tinga. On your way, get your last glimpses of iconic East African wildlife! At MDWC, play with Maasai primary-school children and take part in the school activities. The children love having visitors, and their beautiful smiles will make this a memorable day. Afterwards, visit the local women’s group and see how they make traditional Maasai jewellery like necklaces and earrings etc. Return to the lodge by 5:30pm to watch a Maasai spear throwing competition. Can you beat the Maasai and hit the wooden lion target with the Maasai spear? As the sunsets, enjoy your last sundowners while watching the Maasai sundown dance. In the evening, gather around the fire for some traditional storytelling and a delicious dinner overlooking the savannah. You will learn about their way of life and countless traditions. Rest in your traditionally decorated bungalow with the sounds of wildlife in the distance.

Destination: Departure to Arusha or connection to Zanzibar
Transit Times: Osiligilai to airport – 30 mins

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 this location.


Safari Includes:

  • Pick up/drop off at Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport before and after the trip and/or transfer to the next leg of your holiday
  • Park entrance fees into the game parks/reserves
  • Crater service fee
  • Government Taxation
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Transport and wildlife viewing in 4×4 Land cruiser with open roof hatches and unlimited mileage
  • All game drives and activities
  • All cultural excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full board accommodations and additional meals, per itinerary
  • All-inclusive alcoholic beverages and sodas at the lodges/camps
  • Plentiful drinking water (mineral water)
  • Flying Doctor services in Tanzania
  • Service charges
  • Generous Giving 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
  • Additional alcoholic beverages & sodas, except as stated as included above
  • Laundry services, unless offered by the lodges
  • 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)

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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. 

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

Please inquire for yoga instructor and travel agent pricing.

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