Serengeti Yoga Safari

We are offering an amazing yoga safari in October, 2018!

Imagine… sunrise yoga in the Serengeti, steaming chai masala, elephants wallowing at the watering hole,  and the vibrancy of Africa beating in your heart…

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When: Oct 8-17, 2018

Where: Tanzania, East Africa

Accommodation: Serene African wilderness camping (privately catered)

Who: Boma Africa Non Profit Tour co., Oriane of YogaVinyasa (www.yogavinyasa.co.uk ),  and you!

Why: 10 days of yoga practice on a dreamy African safari: supporting Boma Africa’s projects; pre- school and birth centre

Cost: $3675 USD (minimum 6 guests required)

Itinerary:

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Day 1-

Arrival

 

Day2-

Morning yoga @ 8

Breakfast @ 9:30

Opening grounding circle @ 10

Swimming at Chemka Spring Oasis

Evening yoga @ 6

Dinner @ 7:30

 

Day3-

Morning yoga @ 6

Breakfast @ 7:00

Game drive at Tarangire National Park

Lunch at Tarangire Safari lodge

Evening yoga @ 6:00

Dinner @7:30

 

Day4-

Morning yoga @ 7:00

Breakfast @ 8:30

Visit to Kindergarten (do a kids yoga class with the children)

Mto wa Mbu village tour on bikes

Lunch in village of local cuisine

Tanzip Zipline Adventure

Short hike around Lake Miwaleni

Evening yoga @ 6:00

Dinner @ 7:30

Bon fire

 

Day5-

Sunrise yoga @ 6

Breakfast @ 7:30

Game drive in Ngorongoro Conservation area

Evening yoga @ 6:30

Dinner @ 8

 

Day6-

Morning yoga @ 7

Breakfast @ 8

Transfer to Serengeti for game drive

Yoga @ 6:30

Dinner @ 8:00

Day7-

Sunrise game drive at 6 with light breakfast

Morning yoga @ 8:30

Full breakfast @ 9:30

Option for spa treatment or game drive

Sunset game drive

Dinner @ 7:00

Evening yoga @ 8:30

 

Day8-

Morning yoga @ 7

Breakfast @ 8:30

Transfer out of Seregenti with game drive en route.

Mid day Yoga @ 3

Evening visit to Maasai Boma village.

Dinner @ 7

 

Day 9-

Morning yoga @ 8

Breakfast @ 9:30

Tinga tinga painting class

Hike up rift valley wall- lunch at Kirurumu Lodge

Free afternoon

Closing circle and final yoga @ 6

Dinner @ 7:30

 

Day 10-

Departure

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Tanzania Featured in National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2018”

Of course Tanzania is featured, it’s so amazing!  They highlight the serene Ruaha National Park- it’s Tanzania’s largest park and is found on the Southern Safari circuit so is relatively quiet when it comes to tourist volume.

Ruaha National Park

This is Tanzania’s second largest park, and deemed also the second wildest park in Tanzania. Game routes follow the Ruaha River, where wildlife of all kinds migrates to catch a drink of life nourishing water. Leopards and lions wait in the grasses while antelope shyly make their way to the water’s edge, quickly sipping before escaping to safety! Ruaha has the distinction of housing a great diversity of antelope, affecting this park’s ecosystem to be unique, abundant, and magnificent.

Read more about Tanzania’s Southern Safari Circuit

Read the National Geographic article here

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The LK Kindergarten playground

Every time I go running up the wall of the rift valley here in Mto wa Mbu I pass the school and the community centre. In addition to the AMAZING view and the great workout , what makes me really happy is that there are children playing on the Sue and Martin Parnell playground! The playground is locally built and is the only public playground around. In addition there are new homes popping up around the area.

It has been 4 years since it was built and it is in need of some TLC.  Such a gift for the students at the school, and the children living in the area that have a place to play! Repairs and upgrades that we would love to get done include;

  • creating a shade area for the hot days/ afternoons
  • putting sand/ soft ground down
  • repairing the merry go round that had an arm fall off
  • replace the wooden slide with a rolling PCV pipe slide
  • replace the wooden seats in the teeter- totter
  • install new additions
    • we already acquired about 20 old tires that we can use to build some cool climbing/ agility structures
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      WANT TO HELP?

    • We are accepting donations for playground upgrades!
    • email Boma Africa:   bomaafrica@gmail.com 

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5 REASONS TO VISIT TANZANIA

You are planning your next holiday… Africa has always been on your bucket list- but why choose Tanzania?

1.Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is truly an amazing and extraordinary experience. The spectacular views, unique flora, and achievement of trekking this mountain cannot be duplicated. For many, Kilimanjaro is a lifelong dream, for others a last minute adventure. If you decide to climb Kilimanjaro, be ready to reach deep, triumph over fears and challenges, and celebrate your climb for many years to come!

Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world! It highest point, Uhuru Peak, is 5895 metres (19341 feet) above sea level.

Kilimanjaro is an inactive strato-volcano with three different volcanic cones, Shira, Kibo/ Uhuru, and Mawenzi.

Kilimanjaro is 3 degrees (330km) south of the equator and 88 from the Great Rift Valley. It is in Northern Tanzania, near to the border of Kenya.

Many years ago, Kilimanjaro was a popular destination for different tribes of East Africa, as it is the only place one can find snow! Shifting of peoples and intermarriage led to the development of new ethnic groups. The current tribe of Kilimanjaro region, the Chagga, is actually a newer tribe, made up of the many settling people of those past years. These people live in the first region of Kilimanjaro, the cultivated zone, and you will pass their homes and villages on the way to the park gate.

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2. Zanzibar

BOMA AFRICA TANZANIA ZANZIBAR Sultry and mysterious, the island of Zanzibar is the biggest of the “Spice Islands”. Tourists flock to Zanzibar for the beautiful beaches, snorkelling, spice tours, centuries old Arabic architecture and the ambiance that isn’t replicated anywhere in the world. It is a perfect paradise for indulging after climbing Kilimanjaro or a bone-jarring safari on rough roads.

Stonetown was awarded status as a World Heritage Site in 2000 and is accessed by a short flight from Arusha or a two hour ferry ride from Dar es Salaam.

3. Serengeti

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Cheetah Photo by Jarrad Seng

World famous and indescribable, the plains of Serengeti offer the classic picture of African wildlife. Here is where you are likely to see lions on the hunt for zebra, or the colossal migration of a million wildebeest. Serengeti is a designated world heritage site, as one the largest wildlife refuges worldwide, covering 14763 square km.

 

4. Tribes

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Maasai Custom by Jarrad Seng

The Maasai are a semi nomadic pastoralist tribe, living in windowless smoky mud huts. A visit to their Boma reveals their everlasting traditional lifestyle, large polygamous families living and raising cattle for sustenance of life. Scattered throughout Kenya and Tanzania, the Maasai are known for their rites of circumcision, warrior status, and resonating chanting. Including a stopover to a Boma on your safari will be an evocative and unforgettable experience.

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Hadazabe Bushman photo by Andrew Knapp

The Hadzabe are one of the last nomadic hunter-gatherer societies that traditionally subsist on roots and fruits gathered by the women, and the meat hunted by the men. Their most common prey is baboon, and the second, zebra! Visiting the Hadzabe at the shores of Lake Eyasi gives you the opportunity to glance into their lifestyle, by seeing their grass huts and communities or by participating in hunting, gathering, jewellery making and more.

5. Glamping

The tented camps in Tanzania are just stunning. Accommodation ranges from regular tent camping (with a private chef and tent crew) to the definition of “glamping”.   These camps offer five star cuisine and gorgeous design, and are set amongst the diverse ecological backgrounds of Tanzania. Imagine sipping a glass of wine or cup of coffee in the middle of the Savannah as you watch herds of elephants or zebras walk right past your tent.  boma africa

 

PHOTO GALLERY- landscapes of Tanzania

 

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Stars & Palms, Lake Eyasi. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Acacia Rainbow. Tarangire National Park. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Lake Eyasi. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Ngorongoro Crater. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Strong roots, parasite tree. Udzungwa. Boma Africa
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Lake Natron. Photo by Leesha Mafuru. Boma Africa
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Mt. Meru. Boma Africa
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The Boma, Ngorongoro Highlands. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Crater Highlands Rift Valley Wall. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Waterfalls Trekking. Lake Natron. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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View from Oldoinyo Lengai Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Boma Africa at Oldoinyo Lengai. Photo by Inno Mafuru.

Tanzania’s Non- Profit Tour Co.!

Testimonial- Volunteers in Mto wa Mbu

Leesha and Lau coordinated an incredible experience for me and my friend to work a local hospital in karatu. We worked in the labor and delivery ward and greatly enhanced our skill set as birth doulas. It was the kind of experience that I would never have been able to coordinate on my own. True local insider access. They also kindly coordinated a safari on our last day with their awesome staff Patrick and Ossman. It felt like we were kickin it with good friends all day. Patrick was our driver and we spent a lot of time with him- he is now one of my dear dear friends. I’m so grateful for him and the love he has for his country. I always felt safe and well taken care of! We stayed across the street from Leesha’s at Mama’s house which was comfortable and hospitible with a beautiful family. I couldn’t have imagined a better experience. And I didn’t feel like I tourist which I greatly appreciated! I highly recommend organizing your travels in Tanzania through Boma.

10 things to know before climbing Kilimanjaro

  1. Choose your route
    • There are 6 routes on Kilimanjaro and the length of climbs ranges from 5 days to 9.  Some include camping at the crater rim, some have huts for sleeping, and some have a higher successful summit rate than others.  Click here to read more about the Kilimanjaro routes.
  2. Choose your outfitter (Boma Africa, obviously!)
    • There are many travel agents that sell the tours to a second hand outfitter “on the ground” in Tanzania or Kenya. It’s worth confirming who will be executing your climb so that you can have all the information on their safety standards and services provided.  www.bomaafrica.com
  3. Training
    • Being in good health and fitness is an asset when attempting to summit Kilimanjaro. Cardiovascular training, along with some climbing/ mountainous hiking can help to prepare you.  To reduce the risk of altitude sickness you can spend some time at higher altitude before your climb. You can do this by doing some hiking at home, or in and around Arusha.  Read more about preparing for your climb here!
  4. Break in  your boots
    • A good pair of boots is a must on Kilimanjaro. They should have good ankle support, water proof, and warm, and of course, be comfortable!  IF you are buying new boots for this epic adventure, make sure you break them in before you come. Nothing is worse than finishing off day 1 with a giant blister!
  5. Practice your day pack
    • Same as above- if you are getting a new day pack, break it in!  Practice putting in all the items you will be carrying for the day to make sure everything fits and you will be comfortable.  Typically you would carry rain gear, 3L of water, your lunch box, sunscreen, a hat, lipsyl, your camera, and extra layers of clothing, that either get peeled off or get put on as the day goes by.  What to expect on the mountain is explained in more detail here.
  6. Think about Medication
    • You may want to discuss with your physician to see if taking medication to help prevent altitude sickness is a good option for you. Also ask about other medications or vaccinations you might need for travel to Tanzania.
  7. Bring an SPF lipsyl
    • Make sure you bring a lipsyl with SPF!
  8. Remember “Pole Pole”- walk slowly!
    • Walking slowly will increase your chances of submitting successfully!  Conserve your energy and give your body time to adjust to changes in altitude.  This will be on the of the first Swahili words you will learn from your guides, Pole, pole- Slowly!
  9. Drink a sip of water every 10 minutes
    • Hydration is important in any physical endeavour, and dehydration can increase the risk of altitude sickness. Taking frequent small sips throughout your climb keeps you well hydrated and fit to climb to Uhuru peak!  To see your packing list, click here.
  10. Turn back if reccommended
    • Your guides are trained to recognize the signs of altitude sickness and fatigue. If they have concerns regarding your health they will recommend beginning to descend. While this can be very disappointing, it’s important to take their advice seriously.  Kilimanjaro is a friendly mountain, climbed by thousands, young and old, from around the world every year, but needs also to be taken seriously as altitude sickness can be a very serious health hazard.  More on safety here.

Questions?  Email us at info@bomaafrica.com

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2017 In a Nutshell

2017 was a great year for Boma Africa!

Highlights include:

  • The Mafuru family moving to Tanzania
  • A handful of great safaris, treks, and Kilimanjaro climbs
  • Providing free education to 20 students at LK Kindergarten
  • Funding to pay the teacher for 6 months of 2018
  • Collection of enough school supplies for the next year at LK Kindergarten
  • Funding to fix the water source at LK Kindergarten
  • Acquired 20 used tires to add play structures to the Sue and Martin Parnell Playground
  • Shipping  40′ sea container FULL of supplies and equipment for Boma la Mama Birth Centre
  • Opening the Mto wa Mbu Community Centre in partnership with The Mto wa Mbu Project

Thank you to George & Jean Terpsma, Ella and Charlotte Jobin, AP Elementary School, Beating Hearts Music, Rotary Club of South Edmonton, Maureen Fath, Emmanuel Foundation, The Mto wa Mbu Project, Lindsay Kimmett Memorial Foundation, Shanualea Vliegenthart, Lucina Midwives, Barbara Campbell, the Birrells, and to the many private donors that filled the shipping container, their suitcases, and our hearts!

What are some goals for 2018, you ask??

  • Obtain funding for operational costs for 2 years in order to open Boma la Mama
  •  Request funds to expand the school
  • Place several skilled volunteers at the school and community centre
  • Add play structures to the Sue and Martin Parnell Playground
  • Resume running water at the Boma sites
  • Register Boma Africa as a Non Profit Company in Canada & implement new organizational structure
  • Invest in marketing to sell more tours & generate more funds for our projects!
  • Establish a “safe gear” program to ensure our Boma Africa porters have warm boots and gear on our climbs

and….check out this amazing hornworm!

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Hornworm in Tanzania

Photo Gallery- People & Culture of Tanzania

Join Boma Africa for the Kilimanjaro Marathon- March 4, 2018

The annual Kilimanjaro marathon is coming up in just over 2 months!  Not sure I can train up to a half marathon that quickly, but might sign up as a 21 km run/ walk for myself.

The marathon was founded in 2002 and attracts almost 9000 runners including locals and athletes from around the world. The route heads up the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, passing through forest, plantations, villages, and the town of Moshi.  Winners claim prizes up to 4 million TSH.

Our most memorable Kilimanjaro Marathon was Kili Quest 95.2 in 2013.  Lawrence and Martin Parnell of Canada planned to run the marathon, then attempt to climb Kilimanjaro in just 24h!  It was amazing- they summited Kilimanjaro- but not quite in the 24 hours they had hoped!  This was a successful fundraiser for the organization Right to Play.

The only marathon I’ve ever done was the Kilimanjaro Marathon- and I only did half!  It was hard, but such a fun day!  Everyone is in such high spirits and the locals of the sleepy villages come out to cheer you on or join up with you for a few kilometres.  Many folks from around the world, and from Tanzania are there for a fun day- mixed with elite athletes training for the Olympics!

If you are looking for a race to add to your itinerary and a chance to go on a world class safari, or to climb Kilimanjaro, get in touch!

https://www.kilimanjaromarathon.com