So, what IS a Pilates safari?

When I’ve mentioned I’m going on a Pilates safari, more than one person has asked me, so what is that? Upon first hearing, I think they’re imagining it’s a wildlife-relief trip where we bring the healing powers of Pilates to elephants, lions and wildebeest. (I’d actually love to see wildlife do some of Joseph Pilates’ animal-inspired moves, like Swan, Clam, Seal and Crab!)

But in fact, a Pilates safari is a “regular” safari with the added bonus of daily Pilates classes, taught by one of Madison, Wisconsin’s top instructors, Mona Melms. 

Our group—including Americans, Canadians and a New Zealander—land at the airport near Kilimanjaro on September 24. From there, we’ll travel to some of Tanzania’s most famous game reserves, including Tarangire National Park, known as the “elephant playground”; Ngorongoro Crater, home to large herds of zebra and wildebeest as well as lions; and Serengeti National Park, where we’ll arrive just in time for the peak of the wildebeest migration. Along the way, we’ll also visit local people, including the Hadzabe, a hunting tribe, and the Ndatoga, who are herders.

So I’ve got my Out of Africa wardrobe and Pilates clothes assembled and can’t wait to go!