Safari Kenya

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

KN
Kayla Nielsen
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7 reviews
Apr 12 - 19, 2019
Group size: 5 - 5
Safari Kenya
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Kayla Nielsen
  • Mobile phone verified
7 reviews

$3200
Deposit: $950
Apr 12 - 19, 2019
Group size: 5 - 5

About this trip

Join us for an 8 day, 7 night yoga safari retreat in Ol Pejeta Conservancy!
Reconnect to the heart of the wilderness by enjoying unlimited guided game drives, as well as diving deeper into the physical, mental and spiritual elements of the yoga practice within one of the country's most breathtaking areas. 

100% of the proceeds from this retreat will be donated to Go Light Our World (GLOW)’s solar projects in Kenya. Not only will you be investing in a life-changing experience for yourself in a beautiful location; but you will also be giving back to impoverished communities within this same country, as well. 

Game Drives, Yoga Classes and Excursions

Please understand that every game drive, yoga class and excursion is OPTIONAL. This retreat is your OWN. We ask of you to please listen to your body first before sticking to the itinerary we've created. 


Understand that if you choose to participate in EVERY game drive, class and excursion- you will likely leave this retreat with less energy  than when you came! We simply offer sunrise and sunset game drives daily because these are the best times to see the animals.


Although you are just sitting in a car during game drives- they can still be quite exhausting! The roads are unpaved, and can get quite rough (which is why having a nice stretch after is perfect!)


Each of the excursions also involve about 2 hours driving time. So, if you're feeling burnt out of being in the car, and would rather stick to watching the animals, feel free to stay behind!



Weather and Packing Suggestions

Most people assume because we'll be located right on the equator in Africa, it must be scorching hot. 

This is only partially true. 


The early mornings and evenings are COLD, so please pack layered clothing accordingly. 


During the day, we have higher chances of rain in April, but it will also stay much warmer than the dry season. When there's no rain, the midday sun is scorching. 

Please come prepared with plenty of sunscreen and a hat. 


Although it will be the rainy season during the retreat, this means there will be plenty of baby animals to be seen, lush vegetation, fewer people in the park, and incredible moody skies for sunset. 

It also means the roads can be even more rough, and visibility can be lower with the long grass and small creatures. 


Either way- we have hot showers, log fires to warm up with in every cottage!


We will send a specific suggested packing list closer to the departure date. 



What’s included

  • Luxury Accomodation
    7 nights at Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages
  • Unlimited Game Drives
    Each cottage comes with a guide and safari vehicle for guests to enjoy any hour of the day or night!
  • Daily Yoga
    variety of styles
  • Guided Meditation
    Offered daily
  • Intensive Workshops
    Arm balance, Partner Theraputics, Intro to Ayurveda, and Bhavinization
  • Chimp Sanctuary
    Jane Goodall Chimp Sanctuary visit transportation and fees included
  • GLOW Project
    Transportation to one of GLOW's project sites within Nanyuki area
  • Park Fees
    Included in price
  • Conservation Fees
  • Entrance Fees
    Included in Price
  • Kenyan Cooking Class
    Learn with the locals how to make a tasty (vegan) Kenyan dish!
  • All Meals
    Vegan
  • All Drinks
    Drinking water, juice, alcohol, etc.
  • Gate Transport
    Safari vehicle pick up and drop off at Ol Pejeta Entrance Gate upon arrival and departure of retreat
  • Transport From Nairobi
    AC van transport from Nairobi meeting point to Ol Pejeta Entrance Gate the morning of the retreat start date
  • Airfare
    International and domestic
  • Airport Pick Up
    Can be arranged through credible drivers
  • Airport Drop Off
    Can be arranged with credible drivers
  • Travel Insurance
    Highly recommended
  • Cost of Visa
    Typically available on arrival for most countries
  • Additional excursions
    Including other conservancies, trekking, mountain climbing, etc
  • Airport Tax
    Usually included in flight price
  • Additional Transport
    Including motorbikes, taxis, car hires, etc.
  • Souvenirs
    Personal Expense
  • Medical Needs
    Vaccinations and other medical needs
  • Non-Vegan Food
    Available for order in advance if wanted/needed

Itinerary

Day 1 (Fri. April 12)
Arrival

*Please note that we will arrange a pick up time and location for the AC vans to transfer you from Nairobi to Ol Pejeta Entrance Gate.


2:00 pm: Arrive at Ol Pejeta Entrance Gate

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Game drive through the park on the way to the cottages


5:30 pm - 6:45 pm: Restorative Sunset Yoga and Guided Meditation with Kayla

7:00 pm: Bonfire and Opening Ceremony 


7:30 pm: Group Dinner



Who’s interested

Your Organizer


KN
Kayla Nielsen
7 reviews
My name is Kayla Nielsen. I am the founder of Go Light Our World (GLOW), which is a non-profit organization that diminishes poverty with solar solutions. I am also the founder of Kindred Connections, a charitable organization serving mistreated animals around the world. I am currently implementing projects across Africa, Asia, and India. In addition to running GLOW and KC, I am also a traveling yoga teacher. My teaching styles & specialties are: dynamic vinyasa flows, arm balance & inversion workshops, back bending workshops, partner yoga therapeutics, yin, meditation & visualization. I am a dedicated Karma Yogi, in that the majority of my global retreats are fundraisers for GLOW's solar projects within impoverished communities . I am often found upside down, adventuring, or mermaiding somewhere around the world. Instagram: @kaylala88, @go_light_our_world, @glowyogaretreats Facebook: Kayla Nielsen Yoga Websites: GLOWyogaretreats.com, kaylala-yoga.com & golightourworld.net

Reviews

I had an amazing time volunteering! It was a bit unorganized at times with pick ups and getting to the clinic, but that’s understandable for it being the first project. I loved staying at lotus shores. The yoga was fantastic, the food was amazing, and it was so peaceful. Everyone I met was so wonderful and made the whole experience even better. The volunteering aspect was so rewarding and I loved being able to be a part of such an amazing cause. Overall it was an amazing experience and I’m very greateful to have been a part of it! Thank you :)
Extremely grateful to have found this trip via Kayla and Kindred Connection, but this particular week was extremely unorganized...this was the feedback felt by other folks during the week as well. Mix-up with the volunteer dates: most people anticipated the project ending on October 31 (not the actual October 30) this can alter flights, accomodation, your deposit and balance due. Kindred Connection Street Dog (& Cat) majorly lacks monetary transparency. From volunteer sign up costs, money raised online, to local donations at registration desks - none of it is calculated and posted for transparency: this really confused me as I was chased and shamed for money after thoroughly communicating in advance my change in volunteering dates - there needs to be 100% transparency when running an NGO as this is the major issue with all of them globally. There wasn't much work to do when there wasn't a clinic day which can be frustrating for folks who show up really wanting to contribute. It wasn't specified in the description that there would be specific clinic days (the dates and village locations are organized on posters and advertised online and in the towns, so look out for them on instagram (@puppypuddlesiargao) and be sure to show up on and around the surgery clinic days) It seemed like more work could have been organized beforehand for volunteers during the days when the pop-up spay/neuter clinics were not active. There also isn't any mention on WeTravel of the two major animal foundations that Kindred Connection is partnering with locally - Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation (the veterinarians from Manila) and Puppy Puddle Siargao. There isn't any wish list posted and if you ask via email in advance you're asked just to bring cash donation. If you are traveling from a developed country, it is very easy and cheap to bring crucial materials like; an animal specific shaving razor, surgery instruments, gauze, medical tape, surgery drapes and the like....even collars and leashes would really be useful to bring and donate as many locals do not have the money for leash and collar for their pets and it's MUCH safer to have these on the animals while they are waiting for surgery and when waking up after surgery. I spent most of my time with the doctors and was told they desperately need certain items as their tools rust & burn out quickly and are all usually donated second hand as they are expensive on these islands. Cash is spent for vaccines, syringes, veterinary flights, food etc. This was extremely frustrating to learn - i could have brought a lot of these items from NYC, if only a wish list was researched & prepared in advance! Lastly, although we sign a waiver with the risks involved, it should be reiterated in the WeTravel description and in email to have at minimum, your anti-rabies and tetanus shot vaccination up to date. The work is super risky even if you are comfortable working with animals in stressful situations. Much love, DZ
Cc
This trip was magical! Before this retreat I had practiced yoga maybe 4 hours my entire life. Kayla and Cait made me feel welcomed and confident. Through their empowering sessions I was able to push my body in ways I never thought possible. All of the women at the retreat were incredible. The atmosphere was one filled with love happiness and trust. I felt free to come as I was, shed parts of me that I no longer needed, and grow. This is a truly life changing experience that I have not stopped recommending to anyone who will listen. Kayla created a sanctuary where all were welcomed and no one left the same. I am already counting down until next year!
It was an amazing experience that is still impacting my life. I thought it was going to be hard for me because I had never before practiced yoga but Kayla and Cait were awesome. I didn't feel uncomfortable or that I wasn't doing what I was supposed to do, I felt free, doing my best on my own pace. I felt in peace, able to silent my thoughts for seconds for me was a huge accomplished. Connected with myself and with the girls in a way I never ever thought I could. I feel lighter, my heart does, my expectations of myself. Im so grateful with Kayla and Cait for this extraordinary experience, zero regrets! Thanks so much for be dedicated to help so many women to heal, to love themselves.
BS
We had a great time! Such a solid group of inspirational women. and Kayla, Sarah and Rivka were amazing leaders and hosts. I will never forget this retreat or these people!
By Britteny Salvador for Algarve, Portugal on Aug. 15, 2018
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