Mindful Yoga Safari Retreat in Botswana, 3rd – 9th February
Mindful Yoga Safari Retreat in Botswana, 3rd – 9th February
Journey with us on our first class mindful retreat in Botswana along the untouched Okavango Delta. The Retreat takes place at two luxurious lodges, Mopiri and Nokanyana offering you the best of both worlds in the Delta – an incredible opportunity to connect deeply with the elements and energy of nature as we move from the wetland to the drylands. Not only will you experience the remoteness from land, but also from above with 3 scenic flights.
Morning yoga flows at sunrise will be whispering rejuvenation into your soul as the world awakes along the Delta and Khai. The picture-perfect settings will give you the feeling as though time is standing still and you will certainly be renewed after each session.
The remainder of the day will be spent on unique activities specific to the area, relaxation and self-reflection. The teams at Mopiri and Nokanyana will discuss all the activities on offer and you can do as little or as much as you would like to.
As the days draw to a close, you will find yourself back in nature for an afternoon yoga practice before sunset. An incredible way to end the day and quiet your mind before dinner under the starlit skies.
The Okavango delta is a unique ecosystem with both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of superb wildlife, a large concentrations of birds and lush vegetation. A recent overview of the Okavango records 122 species of mammals, 71 species of fish, 444 species of birds, 64 species of reptiles and 1300 species of flowering plants.
Animals include the African bush elephant, lion, hartebeest, wildebeest, sitatunga, eland, springbok, kudu, duiker, steenbok, gemsbok, sable antelope, impala, roan antelope, zebra, giraffe, African buffalo, ostrich, hippopotamus, black and white rhino, African wild dog, Nile crocodile, cheetah, leopard, baboon, spttend and brown hyena, warthog and the vervet monkey.
The most populous large mammal is the lechwe, a species of antelope, with more than 60,000. It is a bit larger than an impala with elongated hooves and a water-repellent substance on their legs that enables rapid movement through knee-deep water. They graze on aquatic plants, and like the waterbuck, take to water when threatened by predators.
Only the males have horns. Birds include the African fish eagle, crested crand, lilac-reasted roller, sacred ibis, Pel’s fishing owl and hamerkop. Rainfall in the low season is typical although not excessive and temperatures sit around 30°C. Most migratory animals have dispersed from the delta, but wildlife viewing remains pretty impressive.
Every day will be a little bit different time wise, it all depends on the days activities. Mornings will start with a sunrise yoga flow along the Kwando or Khwai River, when most of the other guests are away on their activities. After a healthy breakfast spread we will attend one of the mentioned activities with professional guides.
After lunch back at the lodge you have time to relax and enjoy your natural surrounds. Some days there will two activities planned. We will end the day with another beautiful yoga session as the sun sets, listening to the hippos and incredible bird life along the river. Dinner will be served on the outside deck of the Lodges, experiencing pure nature and relaxation.
Marcel Vosloo – Retreat organiser & Host
I grew up in Namibia where I had countless opportunities to experience nature in its purest form. Exposure to diverse cultures and the many adventures was the fuel to my passion, thirst for knowledge of other cultures and the global community.
A career as a diving instructor took me to many exotic locations, the ocean inspired my imagination and brought joy to my soul, it is here that I was passionately drawn into the art of yoga.
I have since had the privilege of sharing diving and yoga with people in amazing places such as the Bahamas, Europe, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Thailand and the United States of America. After 15 years of travelling and working abroad, I returned to Namibia to start Namaste Yoga Safari and also worked as a Travel Consultant to learn more about Namibian Tourism.
I offer various yoga retreats in Namibia at different locations and venues, ranging from wildlife retreats to adventurous retreats visiting Namibias top locations, camping true African-style in already set up tents, yoga hiking retreats and luxury yoga retreats.
On the retreats you can expect two daily yoga sessions with one or two days where yoga will only be in the afternoon due to morning activities.
Sessions in the afternoon will be longer on these days. All sessions are held out in nature and welcoming beginners to advanced. If you haven’t done yoga before, this will be a great opportunity for you as most of my classes are based on mindfulness, taking what you have learned from being on the mat and being one with nature, into your daily lives.
It is the perfect Safari where you have the opportunity to connect with nature, relax and see plenty of wildlife while immersing yourself in daily yoga and meditation.
Breakfast will consist out of a healthy buffet spread, plated and a la carte lunches and 4 course dinners. Options for vegan and vegetarians.
Staying at Mopiri Camp offers a water experience right on your doorstep, with boating safaris, mokoro trips, bush walks, sunset cruises, star gazing and nights out at fly camp in the heart of the Delta. Game viewing is mainly aquatic – Hippos, Crocodiles, incredible birdlife, Elephant, Red Lechwe, and Sitatunga, to name a few.
Spacious tents set on the banks of Weboro Lagoon offer panoramic views from their private decks. Long winding boardwalks between the main area and the tents offer privacy, and the opportunity for guests to stretch their legs. The tents are light and airy and have en-suite bathrooms with large rain showers. The bathrooms are adjoined to the rooms by a short corridor, making the most of the view over the lagoon. The “Little Island” is hidden away on the western side of the Okavango Delta.
Staying at Nokanyana offers a game rich experience as wildlife moves right through camp. Days can be spent out on short morning and afternoon game drives, or full days out exploring areas further afield.
The “Little River” is situated close to the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, only 120 kilometres from Maun.
With seven luxury rooms and three family suites set on the banks of the Khwai River, Nokanyana offers fantastic game viewing.
Rooms have been built to ensure that guests have a panoramic view of the bush around them.
All have inside and outside showers, so you don’t have to miss a thing! Days can be spent exploring the area, or simply relaxing and waiting for the wildlife to come by.
Rooms at both Lodges
Private Luxury Room
Price USD4,550 per person
Shared Luxury Room
Price USD3,750 per person sharing
- Luxury accommodation for 6 nights/7days – The lodge will not be used exclusively for the yoga retreat, there will be other guests around. However, yoga sessions will be held when most guests are out on their daily activities.
- All meals
- Fruit infused water refills (bottles will be supplied, as we do not want to use any plastic bottles)
- All mentioned camp activities
- Professional guides for all excursions/activities
- 1 Full body massage
- Private yoga teacher/host
- One on one sessions with your yoga teacher
- Daily yoga & meditation with a beautiful view of the Delta and the Khwai River
- VAT & Tourism levy
- Park Fees
- Meet and Greet at Maun airport by a member of the Roots & Journeys team
- Return scenic flights from Maun to Mopiri Camp, Mopir to Nokanyana, and Nokanyana to Maun
- Transfers to and from the Mopiri airstrip and the Khwai airstrip
- Passenger Liability Insurance
- Welcoming gift
- Boating Safaris
- Mokoro Trips
- Bush Walks
- Traditional Boma Evening
- Village visit
- Lunch out on an island
- Game drives
Does not include
- International flights
- Travel Insurance
- Optional Massage treatments
- Local/Alcohol beverages
What past guests have said
“ I feel blessed to have a new ‘sister’ in Africa! Marcel, you are one of the most amazing women i’ve met, and truly, I can’t imagine this trip without you and all you did.” Katherine, U.S.A.
“Where do I begin? Marcel- it was amazing to meet and connect with you. Thank you so much for showing me what Namibia is all about – you are incredible. There is no doubt in my mind that you and this retreat will continue to grow into something big and wonderful. It feels strange to be “back at it” today, but I feel lighter and my heart and mind are more open. I truly can’t believe how wonderful the people of Namibia are. Some of the kindest more generous and happy people I have ever met. I feel so much more concerned to mother nature and all the beauty that she possesses. I am going to try very hard to stay connected and appreciative of her and all that she gives to us. So much love to you. Thank you for facilitating one of the most memorable experiences of my life. You are an amazing person and a beautiful soul and I’m so lucky to have met you. Love – Jen, U.S.A
“I had a brilliant time on the Namaste Yoga Safari! Marcel is a fantastic host, ensuring we had just the right balance of yoga, safari, sociable time and free time, and she made sure I had the best vegan meals, she even made me cake so I didn’t miss out! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so well. Eva is a great yoga teacher, each session was tailored to our needs, and tied in with how we were feeling and the activities we were involved in each day. As a beginner I was a little nervous about keeping up, but she really made me feel at ease and my practice improved considerably over the week. And of course the safari aspects were incredible! I can’t recommend this trip highly enough, particularly as a solo female traveler – you will be looked after and you will have a great time – Luara, UK
What to pack
- Comfortable lightweight clothing, sweater or jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
- Sunblock, sunscreen, sunglasses
- Toiletries (some will be supplied)
- Yoga mat (will also be supplied if you don’t have one)
- For electrical small appliances or chargers, a conversion plug to a three-pin type outlet
How to get there
Please book your flight to arrive at Maun International Airport (MUB) no later than 13h30 on the first day of the retreat. Daily flights go to Maun International Airport from Johannesburg in South Africa with Air Botswana and SA Airlink
To make an enquiry or book this Mindful Yoga Safari Retreat in Botswana, send your request to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.