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Only a wise man can dance the melody of the earth. Begin that journey with Mindful Adventure in this exciting trip to the Tanzanian safaris. Become free from limiting convictions that have fixed your free mind in the small space that was given to you by your surroundings and environment.Connecting your power of life with your vulnerability and experience a strong feeling of brotherhood and really coming home.
On your arrival day, you will be staying at L’Oasis Meserani. On the second and third night, you will camp in Lake Eyasi. The bushcamp at Mti Moja will be your accommodation for the fourth night while you will stay at Olmoti Campsite on the fifth and sixth night.
For the seventh and eighth night, you will camp in the wild nature. A campsite at Lake Natron will be your accommodation on the nights nine to ten while a pleasant campsite with a swimming pool at Mto Wa Mbu will be your accommodation on the eleventh to the thirteenth night.
You will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Tanzania. You will be collected by Mindful Adventure and taken to L’Oasis Meserani, just outside Arusha, where you will spend the night. L’Oasis Meserani is a place with soul. It has been built in the past 18 years by Margaret, a Tanzanian woman, and it is visible how much love she has put into it.
It is special that she is taking care of her vegetable garden and animals in a natural way, with no pesticides and no antibiotics. She is making use of solar energy. L’Oasis Meserani is very close to Masaï land. If you make a little walk, you will meet them. You can greet them by saying "Jambo!"
Today, after the morning program, you will leave for Lake Eyasi, the place of departure for your walk through Ngorongoro Crater Highland. You will be welcomed by Gitew, who will guide you for three days through his homeland. Lake Eyasi is called a desolate place in the middle of nowhere.
It is the homeland of three tribes: Hadzabe, Datoga, and Black Smith people. Black Smith have a primitive smithy, and they mainly make jewelry and arrowheads for the Hadzabe tribe. Hadzabe is one of the last tribes in the world, living as bushmen, and survive with the use of hunt on small and big game, with no predators.
Today you will be picked up very early by Gitew. He will bring you to a large tree where the Hadzabe men are gathering for the hunt. One tip: bring good running shoes and make sure you are fit and enjoy that this still is existing. After the program in the afternoon, it is possible to make a walk to the lake and watch your first African sunset.
The jeeps will bring you to the small Gate Endamaghay in the south of Ngorongoro. Here you will meet the guide and donkeys. The donkeys will carry your baggage and kitchen equipment for one night. Today is your first walking day. You will walk through rough area with beautiful views. The walk is around six hours (without breaks) to the bushcamp Mti Moja, where you will spend the night.
Your second walking day means again a distance of around six to seven hours. After a beautiful trip through special and lovely landscape, you will be collected by Rama and Msafiri at the road to Ngorongoro Crater.
They will bring you to Campsite Olmoti, more in the middle of Ngorongoro. Olmoti is a bushcamp, close to a Masaï town and named after the small crater, close to the village. Here you can unwind from the hike you have made and undisturbed enjoy the evening program lead by Ralph or Bart.
In the morning, you will visit the Masaï in the little village Endonyowas that is part of a chain of bomas, known under the name Nainokanoka. Mindful Adventure has made a connection to the welfare of this village five years ago. That has created a close bond and resulted in intimate and open contact. The Masaï will welcome you as their friends. It will be a unique and unforgettable part of your safari. This is also a place for special rituals.
The Masaï will greet you and show their dance of warriors. Also they love to show their fire ceremony. Masaï are very familiar with rituals. They will greet you in their own way but also love to to be invited together with you in a ritual of Ralph or Bart. Here you will get acquainted with your second Masaï guide Muran or Yohane, who will join you for the coming days through Ngorongoro.
After lunch you will leave from Olmoti to Bulati, where you will spend the night on one of the most beautiful places on earth. It can be cold at night, but don’t forget to open your tent and have a look at the scenery! There is a great chance you will see something very beautiful.
The fourth day of walking will be from Bulati to Empakai Crater. You will walk over nine hills during three to five hours. After arriving at the crater, there is time to rest. It is recommended to descend the trail to the crater lake though rainforest area and use this environment for an inner journey. At night, you will camp on the crater rim in the wild nature.
During the fifth day of walking, you will walk for four hours to Akesha Campsite, close to the Masaï village Nayobi, where extra food and water will be bought. Here you can buy a soda and enjoy the view. At night, you will sleep under Akesha trees in the wild. A big fire will be made and our Masaï friends will prepare a feast for which you will be invited.
Your last walking day to Lake Natron has started. Early in the morning, you will leave because of the heat you will experience down in the valley. Wear a hat or a cap. You will walk along a beautiful part of Great Rift Valley, the huge rip in the landscape of Africa. Count six to seven hours. Down at the river, you will be collected by the jeep and taken to a campsite.
Upon arrival you can enjoy a cold beer at the edge of the desert. There is a swimming pool where you can cool down. It is even more fun to make a playful climb to the romantic waterfall of Lake Natron. The little child in you will be very happy! Make sure to go to sleep in time to be fit for the literally symbolic ascent to Oldonyio Lengai, the Mountain of God, that you will climb tomorrow night.
In the morning, hundreds of flamingos will be waiting for you in the alcalic Lake Natron, distracting you from the stunning landscape with their snoring sounds and characteristic movements. Oldonyio Lengai can be seen high above everything. As a bald but aesthetic mass of lava rocks, it soars in the dark, while you are preparing at the foot for a tough climb to the top.
Together with a local guide you will climb during four hours where you may meet the quintessence of your inner journey during a ritual. You will watch the sun rise over the bizarre beautiful desert land. To be there, on the top of that special mountain, in contact with yourself and what you really want to live.
Before it gets too hot, you will descend the mountain and rest at the campsite. In the morning, you will leave for Mto Wa Mbu, one of the favorite towns in Tanzania. Here you will arrive at a pleasant campsite with swimming pool. Here you can share your experiences and integrate and relax.
You can visit the town by biking or walking. Visit the market, shops, and terraces. Walk on the empty Masai plains.
During a safari to Tanzania, a game drive in a wild park is a must. For this you will go to Tarangire National Park. You will look for zebras, wildebeests, hartebeest, giraffes, warthogs, and buffalo, and also elephants, hippos, leopards, and the many birds that can be seen along the roads. The drivers Rama and Msafiri will make a big effort to bring you as close as possible to many beautiful and pure scenery. At night, you will sleep in Mto Wa Mbu.
After finishing this safari together, your hosts will drive you to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to fly home. It is best if you book an evening flight, then you will have the time you want. Mindful Adventure wish you a good journey home with a load of new experiences to add to your life adventure.
On the sixth day of this safari, you will visit the Masaï in the little village of Endonyowas.
Since 2003, Bart has been guiding Vision Quest’s and sweat lodges. He also gives training sessions and individual consults to men and women.
Ralph focuses on the vulnerable topic of intimacy and sexuality, which opened himself to my heart and enabled him to give and receive more. The discovery of his truth and that he wants to live that to the fullest is a beautiful adventure to dive into. This unknown journey is continuing and makes him live my potential more and more.
This safari will take you through the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands in Tanzania. The places you will visit include Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, Olmoti Crater, Empakai Crater, Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo Lengai, Mto Wa Mbu, and Tarangire National Park.
All meals will be provided by the cooks. You will also be provided all drinks, which can be tea, water, or juice.
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Mindful Adventure will pick you up from the airport.
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