• Etosha, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei - Namibia
  • Oct 12 - 21, 2019 (10 days)

About This Event

Our 10- Day Retreat is the perfect combination of Yoga, Wildlife and Adventure. We will visit Namibia’s Greatest Wildlife Park, explore the German influenced coastal town where the Ocean meets the Desert, and meditate in the stillness of the oldest Desert in the World. 

Yoga Experience…

Each day is set to begin with a morning yoga practice out in nature. What better place to find yourself at sunrise? The picture-perfect settings will give you the feeling as though time is standing still and you will almost certainly be able to hear the landscapes whispering rejuvenation into your soul as the world awakes.

The remainder of the mornings, after breakfast, will be spent on an excursion specific to the area, a chance to really get to see the country and what makes it so unique. 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 afternoon in the wilderness on a guided activity (optional) as offered by the lodges.

As the days draw to a close, you will find yourself back in nature for an afternoon yoga practice at sunset. An incredible way to end the day and quiet your mind before dinner under the Namibian starlit skies.

Please note: Due to a few activities needing to take place early in the morning, there will be a longer afternoon yoga session

With a country as diverse as Namibia, visitors can easily find themselves overwhelmed by it all. The vastness and beauty of the Namibian landscape is a place that is inspirational and that gets into your Soul, bringing peace, stillness and healing to your spirit. It’s something to do with the vast open spaces, the wilderness and being out in the middle of nowhere, something you feel deep inside, a place with so much energy and magic, it needs to be experienced….

You feel at one with nature, you sense things that you never have before, life slows down, and you allow yourself to appreciate your surroundings, your being, yourself.

The venues are set in unique locations offering the most incredible tranquil settings in harmony with nature. There is nothing quite like experiencing the sounds of nature, wide open spaces & breathtaking views to inspire relaxation and to find inner peace…

Venues: Etosha Village (Etosha), Desert Breeze (Swakopmund), Desert Quiver Camp (Sossusvlei), Gocheganas Private Game Reserve & Spa (Windhoek surrounds)-  3 venues are the gateway to Namibia's most visited locations - Spacious with mind blowing views.

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK: the park is home to 114 species of mammals, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species and 16 amphibian species which make game viewing a unique experience. Expect to see Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Giraffe, Oryx, Hyena, Zebra, Eland, and the occasional leopard and cheetah.

SWAKOPMUND: The picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund was established by German colonists in 1892. With its german history, some buildings have german colonial architecture accompanied with endless german cuisine and a  small part of its population is still german-speaking.Overlooking the Atlantic ocean and Namib Desert, Swakopmund has a laid back feel to it with palm trees, good restaurants and gift shops. For the more adventurous, there are a variety of extreme sports, from ski-divIng, quad biking, fat wheel biking, ocean safaris, dune boarding and surfing.

SOSSUSVLEI/DEADVLEI: Sossusvlei is undoubtedly Namibia's most iconic landscape, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and stretches over 1500km, with dunes reaching heights of 300m. Deadvlei, a white clay pan with dead camel thorn trees, and the dunes surrounding it is the pride of the Namib Desert. Black-backed jackal, springbok, oryx and ostrich are found in the dunes frequently.

 Includes:

·1x Private yoga teacher, 1x Host and 1x Guide

·Daily yoga and meditation

·9 nights/10 days accommodation 

·All meals at Etosha and Sossusvlei venues

·Breakfast in Swakopmund

·2x Still waters per day

·2x Game Drives to Etosha National Park

·1x Nature drive to Sossusvlei/Deadlvlei

·1x Nature drive Sesriem Canyon

·Road transport 

·2x Airport Transfers

·Park fees

·VAT & Tourism Levy

·Welcoming gift

Excludes:

·Travel insurance

·International flight tickets

·Gratuity

·Laundry

·All lunches and dinners in Swakopmund

·All drinks and alcoholic beverages

· All optional extra activities

AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY THAT WILL CAPTIVATE YOUR SOUL, MAKING YOU FEEL MORE PEACEFUL & BALANCED.

Event Highlights

  • Wildlife Game Drives
  • Culture Tours
  • Guided nature walks
  • Guided nature drive to Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Hidden Vlei, !Nara Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy, Elim Dune and Sesriem Canyon.
  • Birding
  • Stargazing
  • Sundowners
  • Live African Music
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Bush dinners (fine dining under the stars)
  • Spa treatment
  • Visiting 3 of the most popular locations in Namiba
  • Yoga in the oldest desert in the world
  • OPTIONAL EXTRA ACTIVITIES
  • Dune boarding/quad biking, ocean safari, fat wheel biking, kayaking, living desert tour, Spa treatments, hot-air ballooning, scenic flights

Schedule

DAY 1
Saturday, 12 October

Venue: Etosha Village
Location: Etosha National Park
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Lunch
Activity: Sunset Yoga


On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met and the Journey to Etosha Village will begin. If you arrived a day or so before, we will pick you up at your B&B, leaving Windhoek latest 10:00am. From Windhoek it’s an 4 hour drive, the perfect time to get to know your fellow yogi’s and an introduction to what the week has in store for you while enjoying majestic landscapes and the unique environment of flora and fauna. 

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


DAY 2
Sunday, 13 October

Venue: Etosha Village
Location: Etosha National Park
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions, 1x Morning Game Drive to Etosha National Park
Optional Activities: Guided Nature walk, Stargazing


Starting the day with a beautiful sunrise yoga session that will awaken all your senses, making you feel reconnected with your soul…

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.

For lunch we will return to Etosha Village, relax by one of the 3 swimming pools, read a book, go on a nature walk, birding or enjoy the beautiful surroundings from your own private patio.

We will meet again for sunset yoga, ending the day with a buffet dinner.


DAY 3
Monday, 14 October

Venue: Etosha Village
Location: Etosha National Park
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions, 1X Morning Game Drive to Etosha National Park
Optional Activities: Guided Nature walk, Stargazing, Live African Music at neighboring lodge

Waking up to another beautiful day in Africa!!

Sunrise yoga on our open-air yoga deck practicing calmness and becoming one with nature, followed by breakfast and a Wildlife Game Drive to Etosha National Park.

After a healthy lunch and swim you can relax before meeting for a yoga session. After dinner you can visit the neighboring lodge for live African Music…perfect ending to your first 3 nights in Namibia!


DAY 4
Tuesday, 15 October

Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge
Location: Swakopmund
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions


An early rise for Yoga as the sun starts creeping up over the horizon. A time to reflect, breathe and simply take in the peacefulness of all that surrounds you. It is then time for breakfast before heading to the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund - where the ocean meets the desert. The driving time is around 5 hours, somewhat meditative with forever changing landscapes.

Once in Swakopmund, we will enjoy sunset yoga with spectacular views of the Namib dunes followed by a German cuisine dinner.


DAY 5
Wednesday, 16 October

Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge
Location: Swakopmund
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions
Optional Activities: Living Desert Tour, Fat Wheel Biking, Quad biking, Dune boarding, Ocean Safaris, Kayaking with seals, Horse riding, Camel riding, Surfing, Scenic Flights

After yoga and a healthy breakfast you will surely be ready for a fun filled day in Swakopmund.  You can choose between a variety of adventurous excursions (optional), from quad biking, fat wheel biking, ocean safaris, dune boarding, horse riding, camel riding, kayaking or surfing. If you would like to observe your surroundings from above, you could even try skydiving or a scenic flight.

After lunch you can either relax or explore this cute little German town. Sunset Yoga will be on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert followed by your choice of restaurant…

DAY 6
Thursday, 17 October

Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge
Location: Swakopmund
Included: Bed & Breakfast
Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions
Optional Activities: Visiting Cape Cross Seal Colony, Living Desert Tour, Fat Wheel Biking, Quad biking, Dune boarding, Ocean Safaris, Kayaking with seals, Scenic Flights

After morning yoga you have the whole day free to do any optional activity, or just relax before sunset yoga and dinner at one of the amazing restaurants in town.

DAY 7
Friday, 18 October

Venue: Desert Quiver Camp
Location: Sossusvlei/Namib Naukluft Park
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Lunch packs
Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions

Time to visit the Oldest Desert in the World…
We will make our way down south to Sossusvlei after sunrise yoga (about 5 hour drive). Sossusvlei is undoubtedly Namibia's most iconic landscape, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and stretches over 1500km with dunes reaching heights of 300m.

Sunset Yoga in the desert followed by a buffet dinner overlooking a floodlit waterhole where you can watch oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel and hyena, whilst enjoying exquisite food.

DAY 8
Saturday, 19 October

Venue: Desert Quiver Camp
Location: Sossusvlei/Namib Naukluft Park
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast,
Activity: Nature Drive to Sossusvlei/Deadvlei, Breakfast in the Desert, Afternoon visit to Sesriem Canyon, 1x Afternoon Yoga Session,

Early departure to Deadvlei as the gate to the Park opens at sunrise.

A healthy breakfast will be served at the foot of the dunes. We will spend most of the day in the dunes exploring, and if you are up for it, climb Big Daddy, one of the highest dunes in the world.

Returning from your adventurous excursion you will have some time to sit and enjoy a lunch in the shade, which is well earned after the morning out in the desert.

Spend the afternoon relaxing and taking in the serenity of nature or if you simply can’t get enough of what this area has to offer, head off again on an afternoon activity.

Early evening yoga to stretch and focus on breathing, taking in the positive of this amazing place and simply letting go.

Tonight’s dinner will be fine dining under the stars…

DAY 9
Sunday, 20 October

Venue: Gocheganas Nature Reserve
Location: Windhoek Surrounds
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, Lunch Packs
Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions, Marula oil full body massage
Optional Activities: Hot-Air ballooning over the Desert at sunrise, Game drive at Gocheganas, SPA treatments


After yoga in the stillness of the desert, we will have breakfast and make our way to Gocheganas. Those of you who choose to go on the optional Hot air ballooning will be back in time for our departure. The Hot air ballooning is recommended as the views from above are incredible and one for the books.

After lunch enjoy a much-needed massage after 9 days of yoga and adventure. If needed, spend some more time at the Spa or go on an afternoon game drive (optional extras).

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

DAY 10
Monday, 21 October

Venue: Gocheganas Nature Reserve
Location: Windhoek Surrounds
Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Activity: 1x Sunrise Yoga Session
Optional Activities: Game drive at Gocheganas, SPA treatments


Our last sunrise yoga session…

Today your safari comes to an end, but before it does, you will have one last yoga practice and a chance to reflect on self as well as the holiday you have had thus far.

You will then have time to pack your belongings and freshen up to prepare for your flight back to the capital city. If you flight is late afternoon, you can opt for one more optional game drive or Spa treatment.

You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight back home…

Venue Highlights

We are using 4 venues/lodges/locations for this retreat and each venue is very unique:

Etosha Village @ Etosha National Park: Prime destination for nature lovers combined with excellent service and cuisine! Etosha Village uniquely delivers the perfect safari style experience in a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo.
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 utility , curio shop…and of coarse…the outdoor yoga deck! Etosha also has various animals on the property, including giraffe, zebra, kudu and warthog.

Desert Breeze in Swakopmund: In it’s prime position above the ephemeral Swakop River overlooking a vast and sensuous apricot dune sea, Desert Breeze offers the ultimate desert experience. A short drive from central Swakopmund, its spectacular location provides peace and tranquility away from the bustling town, and the privilege of savoring the ancient Namib Desert. Surrounded by the colorful and unique architecture contrasting but yet fitting in with the desert landscape, it will sooth any soul.

Desert Quiver Camp in Sossusvlei:Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines comfort and style. Conveniently located a mere 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei, the inspiring scenery characterized by granite outcrops, spectacular views and roaming wildlife will captivate your senses.

Gocheganas Private Nature Reserve: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.

Accommodations

All 4 venues/lodges:
Twin beds that can be shared or private accommodation

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

There will be a variety of meals at each venue:

Breakfasts: Buffet
Lunches: A la Carte Menus
Dinners: Buffet

Directions

FLIGHTS
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.

Tags: meditation safari wellness yoga yogaretreat yogasafari

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