Reconnect to Nature In Kenya

Kenya is the perfect destination for travellers who want to reconnect to nature, experience unique adventures and spend time away from bustling, clamorous and polluted cities. Safari lodges in Kenya offer exploration of pristine and protected wilderness, such as the Maasai Mara National Reserve and Amboseli National Park. These areas are protected by conservation efforts and offer some of the highest game density populations in East Africa, as well as encompassing diverse landscapes from luscious grasslands, to shallow streams, and fantastic views of Kenya’s highest mountain, Mount Kenya.

The stresses of modern society; work, social media and the continuous need to be perfect can take their toll on us all. One of the best ways to disconnect and relax is by travelling, yet too many people take their laptops or won’t stay anywhere without WiFi, so they can continue working and check social media. Only now are people starting to realise the benefit of going off the social grid.

There are various ways to connect to nature whilst travelling in Kenya, from horse riding safaris to guided bush walks, however, to truly digest the beauty a high level of self-awareness and presence is required, and what better way to achieve this than through gentle yoga practice, whether it be Indian yoga, Tibetan yoga or Quigong. 

Connecting to nature is one of the best ways to clear your head from the stresses and strains of modern life. Whilst looking up at bewilderingly wide starry Kenyan skies, unpolluted by city lights, it is hard to think about what emails may be sitting in your inbox. The benefits of being in nature speak for themselves, from a clearer head, less stress and anger to reduced blood pressure.

Safari lodges in Kenya offer a range of activities in the heart of the Kenyan bush. Borana Lodge, located in the UNESCO Amboseli National Park offers guests a unique way to explore the surrounding nature – on horse. From their stables, guests of all experiences can find a suitable horse and connect to the surroundings on horseback.

With the mobility to explore and the connection between you and your horse, galloping over the grasslands will make you feel euphoric and there is no better way to connect to the animals other than sidling up next to them. On horseback you will be part of nature, not just a spectator. For a more intimate connection to nature most safari lodges in Kenya offer guided bush walks.

Walking is a simple way to stay healthy both in body and mind. Tawi Lodge, near Amboseli National Park offers this as an experience. With knowledgeable guides, guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area, breathing in the fresh air and keeping an eye out for micro-ecosystems, or connect to the wild by following animal tracks.

Guides will educate on traditional uses of plants and herbs, providing a better understanding and connection to the local nature. The loud, bustling world will be left behind you, whilst you return to your primitive roots, exploring untraversed paths through the Kenyan wild. 

Back to Basics in Kenya

For a chance to get back to basics, guests can even forgo the luxury of their safari lodge for a few nights and reconnect to nature the primitive way in the heart of the Kenyan wilderness. With many Kenyan safari lodges not offering WiFi, take the digital detox one step further and take a trip wild camping. Kicheche Laikipia Camp and Kicheche Valley Camp – located in Laikipia and the Mara Naboisho Conservancy respectively – offer wild camping excursions with a trained guide, where guests can spend time creating authentic memories that will last a lifetime.

The excursions are not only good for connecting to nature, but the exclusivity means it is the perfect time to reconnect with whomever you may have travelled with, be it a partner, family, or friends. Sit down for a freshly cooked meal prepared by you and your guide, and spend some time having conversations you might not get time for in your lives back home. Sitting under the stars pondering the vastness of the universe will shine a light on what you really value in your life, and what is important to you. 

Yoga has boomed in popularity in previous years, as more people understand the benefits both physically and mentally that come from practicing yoga. One of the beauties of yoga is that anyone can practice it, suitable for beginners and advanced people alike; focusing on breathing and stretching reduces stress and anxiety, encourages relaxation, lowers blood pressure and helps inner awareness.

Saruni Samburu, built around a rock face in the Kalama Conservancy, offers yoga sessions where guests can clear their minds, align their chakras and connect to nature. Breath in the fresh Kenyan air, focus your energies and appreciate your body and mind. On a natural rock ledge, reconnect to the earth through gentle poses such as balasana (child’s pose) or tadasana (mountain pose). There is no better setting for yoga than in the pristine and protected wilderness of Kenya. 

The past year has brought into sharp reality how important it is to take care of your body and mind, and a wellness break to Kenya is the perfect example for where you will make lifelong memories, re-evaluate what is important to you and heighten your connection to the natural world.

“I don’t think the importance of nature for living a healthy life can be overstated, and with the diversity and adventures which Kenya has to offer it is the perfect country to reconnect. In a world dominated by phones, a social cleanse can increase happiness and encourage you to live in the moment. ”

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