Join The Travel Yogi on the ultimate adventure: a yoga retreat and safari. We are hitting the heart of Africa’s safari culture without engaging in the ‘safari crowds’. Our private safari 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. We even have 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.
In our opinion, safari vehicles should be used for safaris, not long-haul transfers between camps. 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.
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.
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!
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.
What airport do I fly into?
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.*
Do I need a passport?
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.
Do I need a visa?
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.
What’s included on my Kenya yoga safari?
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.
Hop over one tab to “What To Expect” to get all the good stuff. We’ve even got your evening cocktails included on this one…. sundowners anyone?
What wildlife should I expect to see?
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, you should draw your list up to include:
You’ll want to bring binoculars, your best camera and a wild sense of adventure 🙂
What is the electrical currency/outlet in Kenya?
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.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes! 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.
Will there internet access?
When we are in Nairobi, yup, there will be internet access. You will have to disconnect while we are out on safari however so please plan accordingly when deciding whether or not to bring your laptops/wifi electronics.
Can I drink the water?
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.
Do I need to bring my own mat, blocks, straps, etc?
Please do plan on brining your mat and any accessories you’ll need for your individual practice.
Should I book any other activities ahead of time?
This trip is fully itinerized leaving only minimal time unscheduled. We will be moving and exploring so much that we recommend you book most excursions when you arrive. However, 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.
What do I need to bring?
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!
What inoculations do I need?
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.
What is the weather going to be like?
March in Kenya can still be hot although you should expect some rain as the season turns towards the rainy season. Highs will likely be in the mid 80s while average lows in the evening can be in the 50s and 60s. A lightweight rain jacket won’t go amiss for March.
Keep in mind that these are averages and it’s always a good idea to check the long-term forecast as we get closer to our yoga safari departure.