Archipelago Safari Yoga Retreat

Shela, Kenya

Sep 16 - 25, 2020
Group size: 1 - 20
Archipelago Safari Yoga Retreat
Shela, Kenya

Sep 16 - 25, 2020
Group size: 1 - 20

About this trip

Boasting unique park adventures, bucket-list safari excursions, locally owned and family operated resorts, traditionally prepared Swahili meals, and an internationally certified Yoga teacher, this retreat is more than an experience worth sharing - it is a trip of a lifetime.

Going on safari in Africa is an unforgettable, unique experience offering an exciting mix of wildlife adventure, cultural encounters and spectacular scenery! Escape the hustle and bustle of daily living on safari. Watch wild animals roaming freely in the bush and fall asleep to the sounds of mother nature. An African safari gives you the chance to observe rare and mysterious animals in the wild, whilst immersing yourself in the wilderness. Enjoy opportunities for memorable photos of the incredible places, people and wild animals. The guides not only show you the way but also give you more insight into the movements and behavior of Africa’s wild animals, as well as provide a deeper understanding of the cultures and sights you are visiting. The cost of safari includes conservation fees for the game parks and wildlife centers that we visit, helping to protect the wilderness areas and the wildlife that inhabits them. Also included in your safari is an accommodation at environmentally responsible lodges and safari camps that contribute to the well-being of African wildlife, as well as local communities and culture.

Lamu Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is arguably the most complete Swahili town in existence. It is one of the most magical destinations in Kenya and is famed for being the oldest and best-preserved example of a Swahili settlement in East Africa. Set in an archipelago of coral fringed islands, it enchants visitors with its narrow cobbled alleyways, wandering donkeys, weather-beaten stone buildings, hidden courtyards, and is the sight of rustic wooden dhows sailing in the distance. Lamu Town seems almost ethereal as you approach it from the water, with the shopfronts and mosques creeping out from behind a forest of dhow masts. Up close, the illusion shatters and the town becomes a hive of activity - from the busy waterfront, with heavy carts wheeled to and fro, to the pungent labyrinth of donkey-wide alleyways. Your nostrils are filled with blue smoke from the meat grilling over open fires, the organic scent of the cured wooden shutters on houses built of stone and coral.

The destination of choice of the majority of travelers who come to Lamu Island; Shela, is like a smaller version of Lamu Town put through a high-end wringer, with the presence of artists, designers and yoga retreats adding a bohemian touch. It’s a cleaner, more compact warren of dirt and sand streets, numerous lodgings and the best dining in the Lamu archipelago. 

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What’s included

  • Airport transfers Nairob
    vehicle and boat transfers from airports with host from Nairobi and Lamu
  • 3-4 star accommodations
    Locally owned and family operated resorts
  • Private safari guides
    Full immersion on safaris and parks with local guides
  • Private safari vans
    Group van for safari and transfers
  • All game drives
    Walk in safaris, see predators, wildlife
  • Daily park entry fees
    All entry fees to parks that fund conservation and wildlife protection
  • Safari - Crescent Island
    Transfer and walking safari tour
  • Fees to DSWT and GCC
    Supports community, wildlife, and conservation efforts
  • Flights- Nairobi to Lamu
    Round-trip flights from Nairobi and Lamu
  • Daily yoga class
    Internationally trained and accredited yoga and retreat host
  • Dhow trip
    Historical Dhow trip and tours with Hippo Dhow
  • Tour of Lamu Town
    Guided tour to see cultural sites and locations
  • School visit & charity
    Donate to school with supplies or funds to support local education
  • Samosa cooking class
    Make Samosas with the Shela Women's Association
  • Sailing & bbq on dhow
    Day sailing and fish bbq lunch on Hippo Dhow
  • Rooftop yoga in Lamu
    360 degree rooftop terrace for yoga
  • International flights
    International flights from your home to Nairobi

Available Packages

Available until August 15, 2020
Deposit: $1,000
Available until August 15, 2020
Deposit: $1,000


Day 1
International Arrival

Arrive to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Check into hotel, meet the group, and relax for the evening. 

Your Organizer

Cultural Yoga Retreats
Cultural immersion is a unique experience that can open doors to a deeper understanding of an unfamiliar place. Through our retreats, travelers are introduced to new cultures and gain understanding of unique places around the world. Many cities where we base our retreats are struggling to preserve indigenous cultures in the face of modern technology and globalization. By coordinating a full immersive experience for travelers, locals have an opportunity to celebrate their culture while educating visitors, enhancing the experience for all