International Diwali PUJA AFRICA - 2022

Karibuni!

By the grace of our Divine Mother,

the International Diwali Puja for 2022 will be

co-hosted by AFRICA & FRANCE 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:
  •  5min Video clip Showcasing Africa …Enjoy!
  • Short Introductory Video clip on Kenya 
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Diwali Puja 
Kenya 2022

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Please join us for Diwali Puja on

Sunday 23rd October

@ 8pm Kenyan Time /

7pm Central Africa Time & Cabella Time

YOUTUBE LINK:

https://youtu.be/3iFJlqLTHFI

EVENING PROGRAM  Mombasa, Kenya

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Please Join Us for Musical Evening 

22 October

YOUTUBE LINK:

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO2da6kS2YYUuV2jq952mDg

Schedule for Morning Meditations

Jai Shri Mataji!

Please join us for Morning Meditations which will be broadcasted LIVE every morning as follows:

6am Central Africa Time/ Cabella Time / 7am Kenyan Time

7th - France 
14th - France
18th - Ghana
19th - South Africa -  Changed - will be conducted by Simplji from the Puja Venue
20th - Togo 
21st - France

22nd - Kenya

23rd - Simple Sharma - Morning Ragas

Please use this link to join all events taking place during the Diwali Puja in Kenya

(Please Note: You will only see the Live event once we are live, so kindly keep refreshing the page) 

YOUTUBE LINK:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO2da6kS2YYUuV2jq952mDg

Practicalities

*Visas & Other travel requirements

*Flight & Rail Information

*Accommodation & Costs

*Program for the Week

*Safari Tour

*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: 

Mirriam Gauvin - mirriamgauvin@hotmail.com

 

COVID Requirements: 

Negative PCR test for non vaccinated persons for entry into Kenya.

Vaccinated persons do not require PCR test.

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. 

Transfer Cost

1. Hotel Transfer Cost (Taxi Services)

From Mombasa Airport to the Hotel:

Cost: KSH 6800 - One way - Max 4 persons per trip

From Ukunda Airstrip to the Hotel:

Cost: 1400 - one way 

2. Nairobi Shuttle Services

https://nairobishuttle.com/book-now/

Transfers from Nairobi or Mombasa to the Hotel.

Upon enquiry please mention you are part of the "Sahaja Yoga Meditation Group"

Mombasa to the Hotel:

Up to 3 Pax - $50

Up to 4 to 6 Pax - $65

Transportation from Ukunda Airstrip to the Hotel

It would be better if you took a Taxi/Uber from the airport to the Hotel.

Charges are around KSh400/ $3.31

 

Alternatively you can contact:

Kasthurie kasthurie108@gmail.com

Hanif Kara - hanifk@mac.com

Accommodation

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Tel: +254 722203166

Tel: +254 733333366

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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!         
These are special rates for Diwali Puja - October 2022

with an all Inclusive Meal Plan

1.      Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner in the Main Restaurant

2.      All local Beverages are included in the Meal plan from 10.00hrs to 23.30hrs.

3.      Afternoon Tea.

4.      Full day dining at the Snack Bar & Restaurant from 10.30 hrs till 17.30hrs.

Hotel Payments & Booking

Hotel Email:

reservations@southernpalmskenya.com    CC: hanifk@mac.com

Subject: “Light Festival”

(Name of person booking and No of People)

 

Bank Details:  Southern Palms Beach Resort 

BENEFICIARY'S NAME:       Southern Palms Beach Resort LTD

BANK:                               Diamond Trust Bank LTD

BRANCH:                          Mombasa Branch  

ACCOUNT NO.:                0103 913 004

SWIFT CODE:                    DTKEKENA

 

MPESA:                             MPESA TILL NO. -  503887

Puja Fees
  • $108 will be the full price for Yogis from developed countries

  • $54 for Yogis from African Countries

  • Yuvas half price

  • $21 for Sponsored Yogis

Program - From 17th to 23rd October 2022

17th October - Arrival day for most yogis                            Daily sitting by the beach, enjoying the sunrise and sunset

with our brothers and sisters and taking time to catch up!

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Safari Tour - 24th to 26th October 2022

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OPTION of spending one or two nights in Nairobi

AFTER the Safari Tour

The venue, a house in Nairobi for yogis only,

is about 10 minutes from the UN.

Ashram style: Men and Woman dormitories

Cost:  $30 per day inclusive of all meals.

Payments: can be made at the house when yogis arrive.

Ubers are available. 

Please take note of the following when booking your flights:   

The Map shows Mombasa as well as Nairobi and Tsavo East and Tsavo West

National Park.

If you are entering Kenya via Nairobi Airport...

You would be able to exit Kenya via Nairobi Airport after the safari. 

If you are entering Kenya via Mombasa Airport...

You would be able to exit Kenya via Mombasa Airport after the safari.

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Registration Form

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING YOGIS FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

Mirriam Gauvin - mirriamgauvin@hotmail.com

Hanif Kara - hanifk@mac.com

Olivier Moroko - omorokro@gmail.com

Kasthurie Govender - kasthurie108@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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Invitation Video Clip

Short Introductory Video Clip to Kenya 

Few Images of Kenya

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PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING YOGIS FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

Mirriam Gauvin - mirriamgauvin@hotmail.com

Hanif Kara - hanifk@mac.com

Olivier Moroko- omorokro@gmail.com

Kasthurie Govender - kasthurie108@gmail.com

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