Journey into the Inner Self - Wildlife Yoga Retreat - Africa

Event Highlights

  • Private yoga teacher + host
  • Daily yoga & meditation
  • CARNIVORE TRACKING ON FOOT
  • & Leopard viewing at Okonjima
  • Guided game drives to Etosha National Park, Sundowner Drives
  • Guided nature walks
  • Stargazing, Birding
  • LIVE AFRICAN MUSIC
  • Spa treatments

Schedule

Day 1 -12 December

Lodging: Okonjima Plains Camp
Accommodation: Standard Rooms
Includes: All meals
Activities: Yoga, Meditation

Choose one of the following activities included in the retreat: Cheetah Project, Game Drive, Leopard Viewing, Large Carnivore Tracking on foot, Nature Trails, Birding (choose one of the following activities included in the retreat)

On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met and the Journey to Okonjima Nature Reserve will begin. If you arrived a day or so before, we will pick you up at your B&B.
From Windhoek it’s a 2 hour drive, the perfect time for an introduction to what the week has in store for you while enjoying majestic landscapes and the unique environment of flora and fauna. 

After lunch and settling into your accommodation, we will meet for a restorative sunset yoga session followed by a mouth-watering dinner under the African sky…


Day 2 / 3/ 4
13/14/15 December

Lodging: Etosha Village
Accommodation: Twin Rooms
Includes: All meals
Activities: Yoga, Meditation, 2x Guided Game Drives to Etosha National Park, 1x Sundowner Drive with snacks & beverages, 1x Live African Music night at nearby lodge
Optional activities: Stargazing (weather permitting), Guided Nature Trails, Birding

Day 2
Waking up to a beautiful day in Africa, we will start the day with a sunrise yoga session,
then participate in one of the above activities. Okonjima’s activities delight and educate even the most experienced of travellers. Mornings begin early with tracking cheetahs on foot in the Okonjima Nature Reserve alongside their experienced guides.

We will head to our next location, Etosha National Park where we will be staying at Etosha Village for the next 3 nights. The drive takes about 2.5 hours, arriving around lunch time.
Etosha Village is a prime destination for nature lovers combined with excellent service and cuisine! The lodge uniquely delivers the perfect safari style experience in a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo on the Southern side.

Relax by the pools after lunch or join a guided nature walk before a yoga session out in nature on an open-air yoga deck.
Dinner will be Buffet style under the African stars. Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow calls for an early start for a game drive to Etosha National Park.

Day 3
After a healthy breakfast we will meet with an experienced guide that will take us to Etosha National Park. It is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros. Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Hyena, Zebra, Springbok, Kudu, Gemsbok and Eland are common in the park which make game viewing in Etosha a unique experience.

Returning to Etosha Village for lunch, relax for the rest of the day, before meeting for an early afternoon yoga session. The yoga sessions will be longer due to not having yoga this morning. Embrace yourself for a late afternoon sunset drive to experience breath-taking views of the Mopane Forests.



Day 4
After a calming yoga practice, followed by breakfast, we will head to Etosha National Park. Relax at a nearby lodge for lunch, before heading back to Etosha Village for yet another mindful yoga session in nature. After dinner, we will head to the neighboring lodge for live African music…
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Etosha National Park is incredible and if the game viewing itself is not impressive enough, the Etosha Pan definitely is, as it is even visible from space. Let that be an indicator as to it’s sheer size. It is believed to have formed millions of years ago for the first time. As long as 16,000 years ago, the Kunene River flowed from Angola into Namibia and all the way down to Etosha, where a huge lake formed for a long time. But due to earth movements the river changed course and resulted in it ending in the Atlantic Ocean instead. As the lake slowly dried up this left the salt pan behind.

The Etosha Pan covers a quarter of the entire area of the Etosha National Park and is known to be 130km long and up to 50km’s wide in certain parts, which makes this the largest salt pan in Africa.

Whilst the Owambo people named Etosha, translated as “great white place”, the San people believed that the pan resulted from a tale of a small village in the area being raided and all were killed except from the woman. One woman was so heartbroken at the loss of her family, that she cried until her tears formed a lake, and when eventually this dried this caused the pan to form from the salt of her tears.

Despite the fact that this dry pan takes up a large portion of the park, this area is thriving with wildlife as the remaining areas are comprised of bush and open plains. Numerous waterholes are found throughout the park and these provide the much-needed water to the animals, especially during the dry season. As the area is mostly sparse, the animals have adapted to drink during the heat of the day when predators are mostly inactive, making it safe for them to venture out into the open and congregate at waterholes.

This game park is unlike any other and photographs of animals in front of the pan make this very unique and a special place to visit. It boasts an impressive offer of over 114 species of mammals and 340 species of birds.







Day 5 & 6

Lodging: Gocheganas Nature Reserve
Accommodation: Twin Rooms
Includes: All meals
Activities: Yoga, Meditation, 1x Full body massage
Optional activities: Guided Nature Trails, Game Drives, SPA Treatments

Day 5
After yoga, we will have breakfast and make our way to Gocheganas Private Nature Reserve where we will be treating ourselves at the Spa for the next 2 days. The drive is about 5 hours and we should arrive around lunch time.

After lunch enjoy a much needed massage and If needed, spend some more time at the Spa or go on an optional afternoon game drive.

Day 6
Tomorrow morning we will have another sunrise yoga overlooking the stunning scenery that Gocheganas offers. The rest of the day you can either relax at the pool or go on an optional activity. Admire 25 different large game species roaming the 6000 hectare Nature Reserve, including Rhino, Bat-eared Fox, Giraffe, Mountain- and Plains Zebra, Cheetah, jackal and Leopard, Blue- and Black Wildebeest, Eland, Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Kudu, Springbok, Waterbuck, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer, Ostrich and Warthog. A fascinating variety of birds are spreaded over the Reserve and can be spotted at the Wellness Village, as well as at the surrounding water places.

Enjoy your last dinner surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.


Day 7
Our last sunrise yoga session…
Depending on flight departure times, you can either relax at Gocheganas after breakfast or go curio shopping in Windhoek. Not only will it be a memorable drive back to the airport, but an unforgettable trip never to be forgotten...

About This Event

Join Austrian yoga teacher, Lisa Winter and retreat organiser, Marcel Vosloo this coming December for a retreat filled with daily yoga in nature and an abundance of wildlife. We will visit Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation, Namibia’s Greatest Wildlife Park, ending it off with a luxury stay at a private Nature Reserve that offers Wellness facilities.

Lisa and Marcel handpicked 3 remarkable lodges boasting their own wildlife and professional guides, designing a week for people who not only loves yoga, nature and animals, but wanting to bring harmony into their lives, living a more conscious ,purposeful and loving life. Lisas classes will connect you to your inner self, teaching awareness and mindful movement through Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative sessions, tailored to the personal needs of each guest. The retreat takes a maximum of 8 guests for the perfect group experience, welcoming beginners to advanced.

Each day is set to begin with a morning yoga practice out in nature as the world awakes around you. The remainder of the mornings, after breakfast, will be spent on an excursion specific to the area. On return from the activity, lunch will be served and then some time to relax and enjoy the “holiday” part of this adventure or head off for another guided activity as offered by the lodges.

As the days draw to a close, you will find yourself back in nature for an afternoon yoga practice, quieting your mind before dinner under the Namibian starlit skies. 

COMBINING LISAS TEACHINGS IN NATURE WITH THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES, WILL BE YOUR FIRST FEW STEPS TOWARDS LIVING A MORE CONSCIOUS AND LOVING LIFE. 

COMBINING LISAS TEACHINGS IN NATURE WITH THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES, WILL BE YOUR FIRST FEW STEPS TOWARDS LIVING A MORE CONSCIOUS AND LOVING LIFE.

Venue Highlights

Okonjima - Home of the Africa Foundation:

The family-run Okonjima Lodge rests at the foot of the sandstone Omboroko Mountains amidst Acacia thornveld in a Malaria-free area. It is halfway between Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park.

Okonjima Nature Reserve is equally famed for frequent cheetah and leopard sightings on its safaris, as well as The AfriCat Foundation. Since being founded in 1991, AfriCat’s mission has been to make significant contributions to conservation, while trying to ensure the survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. It undertakes research, community support and environmental education projects, as well as conservation work to rehabilitate carnivores such as cheetah and hyaena.

Okonjima’s activities delight and educate even the most experienced of travellers. Mornings begin early with tracking cheetahs on foot in the Okonjima Nature Reserve alongside their experienced guides. OKONJIMA GUARANTEES A UNIQUE AFRICAN SAFARI TO REMEMBER.

ETOSHA VILLAGE:

Etosha Village is a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park.

At Etosha Village nature and luxury are in perfect harmony through design and comfort. Besides the 45 accommodation units and camping facilities, Etosha Village has three restaurant seating areas, a sparkling pool plus two smaller pools as well as a well-stocked curio shop and of coarse…the outdoor yoga deck!

The individual luxurious units offer a spacious air-conditioned bedroom and a modern en-suite bathroom with shower. The patio and outside seating area create an ideal space to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

Animals at Etosha Village boasts it’s own antelope which includes Kudu, Giraffe, Zebra, Damara Dik Dik, Eland, Steenbok, Duiker, Black-faced Impala, Warthog and Porcupine.

GOCHEGANAS

Situated a mere 29 kilometres south east from Windhoek on a hilltop overlooking a spectacular landscape, Gocheganas is a luxury lodge offering a unique combination of Wildlife, Nature and Wellness experiences.

With 25 different wildlife species located on a 6000 hectare Nature Reserve, game drives and walking activities are welcomed as an enriching experience. Wellness facilities and treatments of a world class standard ensure a renewal of mind, body and spirit.

The architecture and decor of all buildings at GocheGanas incorporates local arts and crafts in celebration of the culture of Namibia. Offering 16 totally private chalets under thatched roof with uninterrupted and spectacular views over the surrounding Reserve. All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, a mini bar and outdoor showers.

WELLNESS VILLAGE

The GocheGanas Wellness Village boasts a top of the range selection of wellness treatments, products and services. Their facilities include eleven treatment rooms with state of the art equipment such as a crystal bath, hydrotherapy bath, a vichy shower etc, as well as a heated indoor pool, a cave sauna in a cathedral like masonry vault, a well-equipped fitness gym, fruit and juice bar, thus making a visit to GocheGanas Wellness Village a unique experience.

Accommodations

Lisa and Marcel handpicked 3 remarkable lodges boasting their own wildlife and professional guides:
1. Okonjima - Day 1
2. Etosha Village - Day 2/3/4
3. Gocheganas Private Nature Reserve and Wellness Village - Day 5/6

Accommodation ranges from mid market to luxury.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Restaurant

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

At all 3 venues all meals will be included. Most breakfasts and dinners will be a buffet with a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Lunches will be a la Carte.

Directions

Namaste Yoga Safari will pick you up at the airport on arrival and drop you off on arrival.

¥ Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport no later than 10am on the first day of Retreat Booking 
¥ Daily flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek
¥ National airline is Air Namibia.
¥ British Airways, South African Airways, Air Berlin, Condo, KLM, Qatar Airways and
TAAG fly to Namibia.
¥ Most international airlines fly to South Africa with good connecting flights to Namibia.

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