If you’ve booked your trip to Tanzania, we’re guessing you did so to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and want an escape so that you can be with nature. The best way to absorb the nature and peace around you in Tanzania is to join yoga classes. After all, what’s better than breathing in the crisp fresh air of Tanzania while you relax with a yoga session?
Usually, tourists visit Tanzania to embark on various wildlife safaris. After all, a Tanzanian safari is an experience of a lifetime! That being said, Tanzania brings you closer to nature! One of the best ways to have a relaxing and peaceful vacation, to enable rejuvenation of your body and mind’s energy, as well as promote healing, is through participating in yoga and meditation retreats.
Best Places for Yoga and Exploration in Tanzania
You’ll want to look for a yoga class that will cater to your yoga and safari plans. To make things easier for you, we’ve shortlisted a few options:
- The Healing Safari offers both yoga and safari all in one. This is the best option for tourists because with this, you get to explore around while doing yoga as well! They offer a 10-day retreat program, starting from Kilimanjaro Airport. Your first 3 days will be spent in the Masai Lodge, between Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. After that, you’ll spend days 4-6 in Serengeti, observing the majestic Great Migration (time of year dependent)! In the last three days, you’ll explore the Rift Valley and then the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It’s a great package for tourists that are looking for a relaxing and peaceful retreat.
- Similarly, Leadwood Expeditions also offer yoga retreats with either a safari or beach combination. Their safari is a 7-day yoga safari in which you explore Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area! The beach version has a similar itinerary with three extra days at Zanzibar.
Other options include Mindfulness, Nature and Culture Safari Tanzania, Paradise Immersion Yoga & Holistic Nutrition Retreat and the Sun Salute Retreats. You’ll find yourself staying in lodges (rather than your regular hotel rooms) where you’ll be surrounded by beautiful beaches with the sounds of the waves to soothe you as you meditate. Similarly, you might also be surrounded by the vast Africanplains with nothing but nature to surround you. Your days will start and end with relaxing yoga sessions and you’ll be cut off from technology so you can focus solely on your surroundings.
Where to Eat
Now that we have the yoga part covered, the next major factor in your holiday planning will be food. Let this vacation be a complete detox for your body while you focus on healthy food!
While you’re on a yoga retreat, you want to eat to store your energy for your long adventurous days but at the same time you also want to eat healthy. Most of the retreats will include your meal plans in their packages, but in case you want to venture out and experiment, the food options in Tanzania are limitless. From Mama Lishe, which are roadside stalls where a “mama” prepares the meals, to night markets where vendors set up their grills and prepare barbeque and grilled pweza (octopus) just for you, you’ll find a lot of healthy, fresh food options!
Healthy food options for yoga retreats include coconut spirulina yogurt, smoothie bowls, burritos and Wasabi made from fresh and organic ingredients.
You can visit tea rooms in case you want a light snack (they’ll be Indian cuisine for most of the part)
Meat, bread (chapati as they call it) and vegetables are all available! Don’t be too surprised if you find your utensils missing from the table though, locals prefer using their hands to eat food.
So, what are you waiting for? Explore Tanzania today while having a yoga retreat! It’s the most relaxing activity that you can participate in!
While you’re there, you might also want to visit Pemba Island, Tanzania. Here’s a guide on how to visit Pemba Island!