KENYA

Join The Travel Yogi on the ultimate adventure: a yoga retreat and a yoga safari. We are hitting the heart of Africa’s safari culture without engaging with the ‘safari crowds’. Our private camps and lodges mean that we are escaping the tourism of safaris and heading to the secluded niches and conservancies where wildlife sightings are all the more intimate and abundant. Our off-the-beaten-path locations also mean quiet yoga sessions and exclusive opportunities to practice on the savannah, at the watering hole and special ‘sunuppers’ to experience one of the most vibrant animal sighting times of day.  Our unique and individual yoga platforms to allow all practices out in nature a solid and grounded footing.

With intimate groups of 12 yogis max and window seats for everyone on each safari vehicle, yogis will have ultimate photography and animal encounter opportunities to fill your heart while our unparalleled local guides fill your mind with history, conservancy and wonderment. Safari vehicles should be used for safaris, not long-haul transfers between camps. So we’ll be making the most of our time in Kenya by flying between our camps and lodges on charter flights.

Intimate cultural experiences with the Maasai and private entrance to the Elephant Orphanage are only two of the many exclusive highlights to look forward to on this most classic of all safari locations.  Bring a sense of adventure, an open heart and your best camera on this once-in-a-lifetime yoga retreat and safari.

Retreat Details

Retreat Adventure Duration: 10 days / 9 nights • Starting at $8695 per person

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Accommodations

Nairobi

Our arrival into Kenya begins with a safari bang as we leave the airport and settle into the hum of nature.  Begin your safari on our drive to our hotel and from your room’s verandah.  The Nairobi National Park is only 7km south of Nairobi but hosts and incredible variety of animals and is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.

Laikipia Region

Our first night on safari brings eases us into bush life by melding the tame of comfort-lux with the wild of the surrounding 24,000 acre working ranch.  With Mount Kenya as a stunning backdrop we’ll practice by the pool, revel in the delicious food and begin to blow our camera’s memory as we head out on bush walks and game drives.  We’ll also explore after sunset with our nighttime bush walks and head out on horseback or on camel.

All rooms can accommodate either one or two beds, have in suite bathrooms and in-room morning coffee and tea service.

Mara Siana Conservancy & Maasai Mara National Park

‘Glamping’ isn’t the right term for this lux camp.  All tents can accommodate one or two beds, have en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot and cold running water and, obviously, electricity.  Each room also opens out to a large verandah which looks out over the exclusive Siana Conservancy.  The benefits of being on the Conservancy go far beyond the amazing animal diversity and include walking safaris lead by a local Maasai warrior and the ability to attend a local market day.

Our private and secluded location and drives on the Conservancy also increase the chance of spotting a richer diversity of animals including the resident predator population of lion prides and numerous cheetahs and leopards.  Glamping never looked so good!

Itinerary

 

Your Kenya yoga retreat and safari will be something new everyday, something breathtaking and completely unique.  Although this is not a complete list at all and we cannot say exactly what you’ll see, on game drives, bush walks and night drives you can expect: African Elephants, Giraffes, Lions, Hippos, Gazelles, Leopards, Cheetahs, Zebras, Hyenas, Antelope, Wildebeest, Ostriches and the list goes on…

Below is a sample itinerary of our days but we be augmenting at will in order to provide the best sundowners, game drive/walk times and experiences on the Mara.

Day 1Day One
  • Arrival at Jomo Kenatta International airport in Nairobi
  • Assistance upon departure, through Customs & Immigration and baggage claim
  • Transfer to the Emakoko Lodge through the Nairobi National Park (the safari begins!)
  • Group dinner at Emakoko
  • Meet up with our private guide with a briefing of the adventure ahead
Day 2Day Two
  • Early morning game drive through the Nairobi National Park
  • Breakfast at Emakoko
  • Transfer to the airport for our charter flight to Laikipia
  • Arrival lunch
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Evening yoga session at the open-air pool house
  • Evening libations at the lodge and group dinner
Day 3Day Three
  • Teas, coffees and fruit to start the morning
  • Early morning yoga at the pool house
    • Option of a bush/waterfall walk after practice
  • Morning game drive to the tranquil Hippo Pools and breakfast in the bush
    • Experienced riders can also choose to get to the Hippo Pools via horseback
  • Group lunch and siesta back at the lodge
  • Afternoon game drive to the Labaai River
  • Early evening yoga practice
  • Drinks and dinner at the lodge
Day 4Day Four
  • Teas, coffees and fruit to start the morning
  • Morning yoga session
  • Lodge breakfast
  • Group excursion to the Samburu village
  • Lunch on the veranda and a few hours to swim in the pool, the river (no crocodiles here!) or relax
    • Optional river tubing if the river is high enough
  • Late afternoon camel game walk to Acacia Dam – zebra & elephant watering hole
  • Yoga practice in the wild at the Acacia Dam platform
  • Sundowners and bush dinner under the stars
Day 5Day Five
  • Dawn arrival of teas, coffees and fruit
  • Drive to Baboon Rock for sunrisers (tea and coffee while watching the sun come up)
  • Guided safari walk back to the lodge and breakfast
  • Late morning yoga practice
  • Picnic lunch and swimming on the river
  • Afternoon tea and early evening game drive
  • Evening yoga practice in the bush
  • Farewell to Laikipia dinner at the lodge
Day 6Day Six
  • Morning tea, coffee and fruit
  • Morning yoga session at the open-air pool house
  • Full lodge breakfast
  • Morning game walk
  • Depart for our charter flight to Siana Mara Conservancy
  • Game drive transfer to our ‘glamping’ camp adjacent the Maasai Mara
  • Lunch and orientation
  • Early afternoon yoga session
  • Afternoon game drive on the Conservancy
  • Sundowners overlooking the savannah
  • Night game drive
  • Dinner at camp
Day 7Day Seven
  • Early (5:15am) teas, coffees and fruit to wake up
  • Full day game drive in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve – breakfast and lunch in the bush
  • Late afternoon return to camp to relax
  • Early evening yoga session
  • Campfire sundowners
  • Dinner at camp
Day 8Day Eight
  • Morning tea, coffee and fruit
  • Morning yoga practice
  • Game walk with brunch in the bush
  • Visit to the local school
    • Each retreater has a donation to the school and students built-in with their retreat cost
  •  Afternoon snacks at camp
  • Late afternoon yoga session
  • Walk to the local Maasai village
  • Game drive to sundowners on the savannah
  • Dinner at camp
Day 9Day Nine
  • Morning tea, coffee and fruit
  • Early ‘sunupper’ to watch the early morning wildlife
  • Morning game drive on the Conservancy & morning yoga on the savannah
    • Optional game walk back to camp and a late breakfast
  • Breakfast back at camp
  • Full day game hike – multiple sighting possibilities as we hike along the plains, riverbeds and hill tops
  • Camp lunch
  • Afternoon yoga session
  • Sundowners and bush dinner under the stars
  • Evening celebration with the Maasai
Day 10Day Ten
  • Morning tea, coffee and fruit
  • Morning yoga practice at camp
  • Breakfast at camp
  • Final bush walk
  • Depart for our charter flight back to Nairobi
  • Transfer to the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden or optional shopping at Marula Studios
  • Private entrance and viewing at the Elephant Orphanage
  • Early final group dinner – hugs, loves and goodbyes
  • Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for flights home
KENYA

What's Included

What’s Included:
  • Ten days with a naturalist trained and approved safari guide
  • Yoga while out on safari (see the full itinerary for hotel, camp and bush yoga schedule)
  • Window seats for all yogi travelers in safari vehicles(!)
  • Four nights exclusive boutique safari hotel in Laikipia region
  • Four nights exclusive bush camp ‘glamping’ next to the Maasai Mara Conservancy
  • One night in Nairobi within the Nairobi National Park grounds
  • Unlimited guided day & night game drives – itinerary drives plus optionals during rest times
  • Multiple guided safari walks
  • Full meals each day including excursion picnics (excluding lunch on the final day)
  • All non-alcoholic drinks
  • Beer and house wines at camp and our two boutique accommodations
  • Horseback & camel safari option

 

  • Sunupper excursions
  • Sundowner excursions
  • Cultural excursion to the local Maasai village
  • Evening celebration with Maasai locals
  • A $50 per person donation (in the form of goods requested by the school) to the Mpopongi School
  • Private entrance, donation & time with the baby elephants at the David Shedricks Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi
  • All conservancy, community & national park fees
  • Final night dinner and drinks at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden
  • All charter flights within Kenya
  • Customs & Immigration and baggage assistance upon arrival in Nairobi (arrival/departure days only)
  • Complimentary wifi our first night in Nairobi (please note that internet service is not available on safari)
What’s Not Included:
  • Flights to Nairobi, Kenya (NBO)
  • Lunch on the final day in Nairobi
  • Passport & visa fees ($50US visa-on-demand in Nairobi upon arrival)
  • Premium alcohol
  • Optional activities
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (required)

Testimonials

FAQs

You’ll be flying into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi.  You will want your fight to come in no later than 5pm on Day 1 so that you don’t miss our first group dinner.  If you’d like to come in a day early to acclimate, please let us know and we’ll help you get a pre-night booked.  *Please note that transfers are only included if you are staying at a hotel pre-booked through The Travel Yogi for pre and post stays.*

A valid passport and a tourist visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Kenya.

All passports must be valid for at least six months AFTER your expected return date to the U.S.  Please check your passport expiration date, and, if your passport will expire within six months of your return date you must have your passport renewed, no exceptions.

In addition, when traveling to East Africa, all passports must have at least two consecutive blank pages for each country you plan to visit (not including endorsement pages).  Pages must lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. a left and a right hand page).  We highly recommend that you also have two extra consecutive blank pages in case regulations change or your itinerary is rerouted for any reason.

If you are a non-U.S. citizen, it is imperative that you check with your local authorities regarding documents required for entry into Kenya/East Africa.  Entry requirements for your specific country may be different from those previously listed and it is the traveler’s sole responsibility to ensure that they have proper and correct entry documentation.

Please note that entry information can change so please visit the State Department’s website for up to date information.

Yup, but it’s easy.  Single entry tourist visas are $50USD (amount subject to change at any time without notice).  Unless you are extending your stay in Kenya beyond our itinerary, you will only need a Single-Entry Visa.

As of September 2015, all travelers are requested to process their visas via the Kenyan government’s new e-visa service. Getting your visa ahead of time will greatly expedite your arrival in Nairobi and will quickly get you out of the hustle and bustle of the airport.  All travelers are strongly urged to use this new service to process their entry visa.

Because the online option is new, Kenya will still accommodate the purchasing of visas in the Nairobi airport upon arrival.  Visas must be paid for in CASH (U.S. dollars only) so please make sure that you have enough money on hand upon arrival to cover this expense.  If you choose to purchase your visa upon arrival, there is no application to fill out; you will simply need to fill out a form at the airport and present it with your passport, appropriate cash amount and your landing card, which will be distributed on the plane before arrival.  Passport-style photos are not required for Kenyan visas purchased upon arrival as your picture will be taken by immigration officials.

Again, if you are a non-U.S. citizen, it is imperative that you check with your local authorities regarding documents required for entry into Kenya/East Africa.  Entry requirements for your specific country may be different from those previously listed and it is the traveler’s sole responsibility to ensure that they have proper and correct entry documentation.

Please note that entry information can change so please visit the State Department’s website for up to date information.

Wow, just about everything! This is a big adventure and we’ve got you covered from a lux hotel in Nairobi on National Park grounds (to start the adventure off with a bang), expert guides for the best animal viewing and best information, amazing yoga (of course), private group time at the Elephant Orphanage and the coolest glamping safari tents you’ve ever seen. We’re hitting the best spots with the smallest group to experience the absolute best of Kenya.

Scroll up to “What’s Included” to get all the good stuff.  We’ve even got your evening cocktails included on this one…. sundowners anyone?

Oooh, the fun part!  You can bank on elephants seeing as how we have a private entry to the elephant orphanage and out in the wild, although we can’t guarantee any one species specifically, you should draw your list up to include:

  • Giraffes
  • Zebras
  • Elephants
  • Wildebeest
  • Antelope
  • Lions
  • Rhinos
  • Hippos
  • Gazelles
  • Ostriches
  • Cheetahs
  • Hyenas
  • and on and on and on… this is Africa after all!!

You’ll want to bring binoculars, your best camera and a wild sense of adventure 🙂

The main supply of electrical current in Kenya is 220 volts (compared to 110 volts in the U.S.).  You will require a converter to reduce the voltage and an adaptor to plug anything in.  Many electronics are now dual voltage which would negate the need for a converter, but please double check any electronic item you wish to bring.  Electrical sockets in Kenya accept plug types G and M.  Please bring those two plug adaptors with you to charge your items.

Please note that our camps generate their own electricity through solar panels or generators while out on safari (generators will only be turned on while we are out on game drives so that camps will be quiet upon our return).  Hairdryers and electric razors cannot be used while on safari.

Yes!  Without a doubt.  Our yoga retreat and safari goes to remote locations (that’s the point, right?) and, as such, travel insurance is required for this adventure. Once you are booked we will send you a link to a travel insurance group that we know and trust but you can use any travelers insurance company.

Please note that we will require proof of your insurance before you depart and you must carry the proof with you to Kenya.

When we are in Nairobi, yup, there will be internet access.  When we are out on safari our glamping location does have a wifi tent, but connection can be spotty and unpredictable so please plan accordingly when deciding whether or not to bring your laptops/wifi electronics.

Our camps will provide plenty of fresh and filtered drinking water.  You will want to bring a reusable water bottle with you for daily use and while out on walks and drives.  Please note that plastic water bottles are NOT recycled in Africa so it is important to avoid using them when possible.

Please do plan on brining your mat and any accessories you’ll need for your individual practice.  We’ll provide amazing locations and views for yoga but we will need you to bring your mat.

This trip is fully itinerized leaving only minimal time unscheduled.  We will be moving and exploring so much that we recommend you chill out and relax when there is downtime.  The one exception is the hot air balloon ride option that does fill up early.  You would miss a day of safari, but it is a beautiful experience.  If you are interested, please contact The Travel Yogi well ahead of time to discuss the cost and logistics for booking.

An extensive recommended packing list will be sent out to booked yogis.  A good camera, binoculars and sturdy walking shoes are a must.  Plenty of other necessities and recommendations will follow all bookings and The Travel Yogi team is always here to answer any questions!

Kenya requires a Yellow Fever vaccine for all international travelers coming from Yellow Fever endemic countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.  This includes stopping in one of these countries for a layover of 12 hours or more or if you leave the airport vicinity.

If you will be arriving into the international airport in Kenya directly from a European country or staying for less than 12 hours and not exiting the airport, a Yellow Fever vaccine is not required at this time.  However, requirements can change at any time without notice so we recommend that all travelers get the vaccine regardless.  This precaution will minimize the likelihood of being denied entry and will guarantee you are covered in the event of a last minute change to requirements and/or itinerary rerouting.

Other immunizations should be discussed with your personal physician prior to departing for Africa.