International Diwali PUJA AFRICA - 2022

Karibuni!

By the grace of our Divine Mother,

the International Diwali Puja for 2022 will be

hosted by AFRICA held in

Mombasa, KENYA,

17th - 24th October 2022

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This is an incredible opportunity for Yogis to visit the city and country!

Kenya like the rest of East Africa is blessed with people who are welcoming, warm hearted & generous. Incredible landscapes in each region and not forgetting the unique wildlife which Africa is famous for.

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Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean.

It encompasses savannah, Lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It's also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania's 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

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Experience the incredible food full of fresh local ingredients, Mombasa cuisine creates a fusion of ingredients & cultural influences uniquely found in the coastal areas of Kenya offering a distinctive flavour to the food.

 

Kenya is diverse and deep with its own cultural heritage with documented archeological evidence dating back to stone age period. Knowledge which is passed down in families throughout millennia. Rarely is this information documented as we see in the west, however this culture is deeply rooted and can only be experienced by immersion in the life, however short or long your visit may be & whichever country you visit on the continent.

The culture is imbibed in every facet of daily life, clothes, arts, food, music, dance. What is most prominent is the joy, laughter and the attitude of living for today, everyday. Thankfully this way of life is infectious and you feel it on arriving on the continent and smiling like the locals when you leave. Africa will touch the spirit in your soul and leave you with the fondest of memories.

                 **Please see further down below a short Introductory VIDEO clip to Kenya** 

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Practicalities

*Visas & Other travel requirements

*Flight & Rail Information

*Accommodation & Costs

*Program for the Week

*Other Important information

Visas & Other Travel Requirements:

Visas are on arrival for most western country visitors, however if you use the electronic visa application online it is faster and easier than on arrival.

     ALL European countries Except Cyprus and San Marino require visa for entry into Kenya, this can be on arrival or easier through eVisa online. www.evisa.go.ke 

      Most African countries are exempt from any visa requirements. 

However, the African countries that still need visas, can apply on line or get it on arrival.

Invitation letters will be available. 

Kenya Visa eligibility:

All Visa applications are via e-visa

Please visit: https://evisa.go.ke/eligibility.html 

For Invitation Letter, please email: 

Marriam Gauvin - marriamgauvin@hotmail.com

 

COVID Requirements: 

 

Vaccinations & malaria prevention:  

Please check with your country medical guidelines for the suggested vaccines & best malaria prevention regime to use. Normally they are tablets taken a period before your trip, throughout the duration of the trip and some weeks after.

Health insurance:

Is recommended to have wherever you travel in the world. 

Flights /Rail

FLIGHTS

Most major cities are served with direct flights or 1 stop to Nairobi the capital city, transfer to the domestic terminal for the local flight to Mombasa is straightforward.  

Flights can be booked online through: https://www.expedia.com/  .  https://www.skyscanner.net/ or other online booking systems, Return fares range from $ 90 to 150 USD Many airlines serve this route.

TRAINS - Trains from Nairobi Terminus to Mombasa Terminus in 1st class are extremely affordable. Slightly longer than flying but more scenic journey to the coast.

The SGR Round trip/return trip is $60.

Regarding Airport arrival and departure:

  • Transportation/shuttle services will be arranged both ways.

  • The journey is 1hr45 mins from Airport to the Hotel

  • And over 2 hours from hotel to the rail terminal for passenger trains to Nairobi. 

  • Airline from Nairobi to Diani beach is about $200

Bring USD currency which is easiest to exchange and also have USD in small currency notes for tipping and  small purchases.

"Keep space in your luggage to take local handicrafts home!"

Accommodation

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Just 35km south of Mombasa, sits at the edge of the Indian Ocean

on the gorgeous, renowned Diani Beach.

PLEASE NOTE!  Rates are inclusive of Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
*Single Room, per person per night = USD110.71
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Program

From 17th to 24th October 2022

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**This is a draft version, times and countries still to be confirmed

Please Note:

Public Programs & Diwali Celebrations Dates to be confirmed soon

Registration Form

(Please Note:  The registration form was adjusted. 

You can now register without needing to add in any  flight information at this stage)

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING YOGIS FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

Marriam Gauvin - marriamgauvin@hotmail.com

Hanif Kara - hanifk@mac.com

Olivier Moroko - omorokro@gmail.com

Please Take Note of the Following:

Local weather

In Mombasa is 25c + during October, with little rain.

*Use lightweight clothing and long sleeved garments and trousers/skirts. Avoid dark colours as they attract mosquitos. 

*Don’t bring unnecessary gadgets and items which you will be burdened with in caring for during your visit, think basic and this should suffice.

*Natural insect repellents can easily be made so  chemicals are used close to your skin. (Details of how to make shared separately).

CHECKLIST: 

(Not comprehensive just suggestions) 

Do not bring Plastic bags - they are banned in Kenya

Clothing

Shirt or Blouse
Comfortable Shoes
Casual Shoes
Rain Jacket
Sun Hat
Sunglasses

Toiletries

Wet Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Insect Repellent 
Sunscreen 

Water bottle

Medications

First-Aid Kit 

Tech and Gear

Camera
Plug Adapter 
Portable Charger 
Binoculars 
Flashlight

Documents

Passport
Travel Insurance
Document Holder 
Phrasebook
Vaccination

Spreading Sahaja Yoga in Kenya

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Short Introduction Video Clip to Kenya 

Few Images of Kenya

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PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING YOGIS FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

Marriam Gauvin - marriamgauvin@hotmail.com

Hanif Kara - hanifk@mac.com

Olivier Moroko- omorokro@gmail.com

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