8 Day Yoga, Wildlife and Adventure Retreat, Namibia 14th – 21st October

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Description

8-Days of Yoga, Wildlife & Adventure. We will visit Namibia’s Greatest Wildlife Park, home to 114 species of mammals, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species and 16 amphibian species which make game viewing in Etosha a unique experience.

Drive through Damaraland, one of Namibia’s most scenic areas and take in spectacular sunsets before adventurous days at the coast in Swakopmund. It has a laid-back feel to it with palm trees, good restaurants and various activities to choose from.

Yoga Experience

Each day is set to begin with a morning yoga practice out in nature combining vinyasa flows, meditation and breathing techniques to energise you for the day ahead. 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.

Welcome to Namibia. A country that feeds your soul. Travelling through Namibia awakens your emotions and senses – colours become brighter, smells more intense and you taste more appreciative. Your sixth sense finds its mystical homeland above all, you feel re-connected with your soul!

Namibia, nicknamed the Gem of Africa, got its name from the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world and one of the highest sand dunes in the world. Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon Park and the Kalahari Desert. Its majestic landscape and natural environment offers a unique flora and fauna population with an abundant variety of wildlife.

Namibia’s greatest Wildlife sanctuary, the Etosha National Park is situated in the Northern part of the country. 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. Etosha has exceptional wildlife including black Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Hyena, Zebra, Springbok, Kudu, Gemsbok and Eland.

Etosha 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 its 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.

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.

Swakopmund, is a coastal city in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. Established by German colonists in 1892, with German Colonial Architecture, palm trees, good restaurants and gift shops, it has a laid back feel to it.

A small part of the population is still German-speaking. For the more adventurous, there are a variety of extreme sports from skydiving, quad biking, fat wheel biking, ocean safaris, dune boarding and surfing.

The Skeleton Coast is an area that spans from the border with South Africa in the south to the border with Angola in the north. This section runs along the coastline and is for the most part open, vast and undiscovered, especially as you depart from the coastal town of Swakopmund and head north through the Skeleton Coast Park.

The area got its name from the whale and seal bones found on shore from the past whaling industry, although in more recent years, received the name from sailors who feared sailing the coast due to the epic winds and unpredictable changing sandbanks that resulted in a number of shipwrecks, of which some of the oldest can still be seen today.

Although it may sound like an area with an eerie past, it is indeed an area diverse and full of animal life. The coast itself is inhabited by millions of Cape Fur Seals, of which the largest colony, call Cape Cross their breeding ground.

Desert adapted flora and fauna are found all along the Skeleton Coast. Fog rolls in from the coast caused by the icy Benguela Current in the Atlantic Ocean. When this meets the warm desert air, this creates precious water for the plants and animals that miraculously survive in this unforgiving environment. Welwitschias and Lithops flourish and more than a hundred species of lichen can be found on the gravel plains and mountain slopes. These composite organisms are ever changing in colour as they absorb the moisture in the air from the fog making its way inland.

A diverse array of bird life can be enjoyed in the area including many species of raptors as well as many smaller, more common species and along the coast the sea birds such as flamingos and pelicans. Over 247 species have been recorded in the Skeleton Coast National Park.

The famous rolling sand dunes of the Namib Desert surround the marvel known as Sossusvlei which is situated in the Namib Naukluft National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa. A visit to Namibia is not complete without experiencing this incredible white salt pan and the red dunes that make it so popular. After all, these monstrous dunes are some of the largest that can be found in the world, reaching heights of 400 meters.

In some ways the beauty of this area is eerie as you can almost hear whispers on the wind that softly kisses the crescents of the dunes. What makes it so overwhelming is the knowledge that the sheer size of the dunes were created by wind over millions of years. Ever changing and growing, the dunes remain one of the most amazing phenomenon’s you will ever get to see.

Sossusvlei means “dead-end marsh”, which is fitting as this is where the dunes meet, roughly 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean, and prevent the Tsauchab River from flowing any further.

The Namib Desert has long last seen rain to allow the river to run this far south and for this reason the pan is almost always dry. If very heavy rains are received then the pan can become flooded and understandably this then offers a completely different spectacle for visitors to travel far and wide to come and capture. Once flooded it can remain this way for up to a year before the water disappears again.

Despite the fact that this area is dry and gets extremely hot during the peak in summer months, there is a large amount of animal life, bird life and plant life that still thrives here. Incredibly adapted to withstand the harsh environment they call home.

Retreat schedule

Day 1 – 3

Venue: Toshari Lodge

Location: Etosha

Accommodation: Standard rooms – comfortable and spacious, including a double bed, wardrobe and eloquent African-inspired furnishings.

Included: All meals, yoga, meditation, 2x game drives, live African music

Day 1: Wednesday, 14 October

On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met and the Journey to Etosha National Park will begin. If you have arrived a day or so before, we will pick you up at your B&B/Hotel.

From Windhoek it’s a 4 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 meditation session, absorbing the peace and tranquility of the natural African bush. Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 2: Thursday, 15 October

This morning calls for an early start. We will meet with an experienced guide that will take us to Etosha National Park on a half day game drive. It is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species which makes it a unique and special place to visit.

Lunch time we will be back at the lodge, relax for the rest of the day by one of the pools before heading to a nearby lodge for sunset a calming yoga practice, followed by a mouthwatering buffet dinner at the same lodge.

Day 3: Friday, 16 October

After a morning yoga flow and healthy breakfast, we will head to Etosha National Park for another exciting half day of game viewing. Lunch time we will be back at the lodge, relax before an afternoon yoga and meditation session, followed by dinner and live African music.

About Toshari Lodge

Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, Toshari Lodge offers affordable but enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s major attractions.

Situated only 25 kilometres from Andersons Gate at the edge of the magnificent Etosha National Park and ideally positioned for day visits into the park. Toshari Lodge offers a range of accommodation options, including 22 Standard Rooms, 13 Luxury Rooms, 3 Family Rooms and 3 Campsites.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and each room is equipped with mosquito nets, air-conditioning, a small outside sitting area from where you can enjoy the tranquil bush and a tea/coffee station for your convenience.

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, with essential amenities and laundry service is available at a small additional fee. After the excitement of your Namibian safari in Etosha National Park, relax and unwind at the Lodge. Take a refreshing dip in the sparkling pools and enjoy the serenity of our striking African-inspired lapa with its stunning photographs of local Etosha wildlife.

Toshari Lodge Restaurant offers wholesome Namibian cuisine with either a BBQ or 5 course meal. Meals are complimented with homegrown herbs and vegetables and fresh home-baked bread.

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 its 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 know to be 130km long and up to 50km’s wide in certain parts, which makes this the largest salt pan in Africa.

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.

DAY 4: Saturday, 17 October

Venue: Madisa Camp

Location: Damaraland

Accommodation: Set up tents with twin beds and private bathrooms.

Included: All meals, yoga, Twyfelfontein Tour in Damaraland

Today we will be heading to Damaraland. After a morning yoga flow and breakfast, we will drive through one of Namibia’s most scenic areas to Twyfelfontein. This World heritage site comprises of ancient rock engravings, Organ pipes, Burnt Mountains and a Petrified Forest. It is also the most famous rock art concentration in Africa featuring more than 5000 petroglyphs and 200 rock paintings.

From Twyfelfontein it’s an hour’s drive to Madisa Camp where you will settle into your tented accommodation, before a meditation session up on the Mountains taking in one of the most spectacular sunsets you will encounter.

About Madisa & Damaraland

Madisa Camp is hidden between amazing rock formations which are scattered with Bushman Paintings and has privy to an ancient Desert Elephant route that often gets visited by these beautiful giants.

Madisa is a good base camp to explore from as there are very interesting sites in the area such as Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, the Petrified Forest and much more. These are all an easy drive and after a day of exploring, what better to finish with a swim and enjoy your camp under a blanket of stars.

Madisa Safari Tents

Madisa Safari Tents are built cleverly and as eco-friendly as possible around scenic boulder formations each with their own en-suite rock bathroom consisting of a basin, shower and toilet. The tents sleep a max of two people and offer twin beds or a double bed. Hot water is. available at night (solar system) and there are paraffin/solar lighting in the tent and bathroom area.

DAY 5 & 6

Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge

Location: Swakopmund

Included: Breakfast, yoga, meditation

Optional Activities: Living desert tour, fat wheel biking, quad biking, dune boarding, ocean safaris, kayaking with seals, horse riding, camel riding, surfing, scenic flights, 4×4 Sandwich harbour tours and much more…

Sunday, 18 October

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 4 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.

Monday, 19 October

After 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.

Swakopmund, especially out of season, can feel like a holiday town along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts transplanted onto African soil.

It has 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 skydiving, quad biking, fat wheel biking, ocean safaris, dune boarding and surfing.

Desert Breeze

Stay in Luxury and Style – 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 savouring the ancient Namib Desert.

Surrounded by the colourful and unique architecture contrasting but yet fitting in with the desert landscape, it will sooth any soul. The luxury bungalows with their creative atmosphere and the friendly staff will make your stay one to remember. Breakfast will be at Desert Breeze, lunch and dinner at one of Swakopmund’s many cafes’s and restaurants.

Day 7 & 8

Venue: Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Wellness Center

Location: Windhoek surrounds

Accommodation: Luxury twin rooms

Included: Breakfast, dinner, yoga, meditation

Optional activities: Guided nature trails, game drives, SPA treatments

DAY 7: Tuesday, 20 October

Depending on the weather this morning, we will either do yoga in the desert or on the beach. Join another activity of your choice before heading to Gocheganas Nature Reserve. The drive will be about 4 hours. Once we get to Gocheganas, you can either join an optional evening game drive or one of the many Spa treatments at their Wellness centre.

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 spread 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 8: Wednesday, 21 October

Our last sunrise yoga overlooking the stunning scenery that Gocheganas offers. Depending on flight departure times, you can either relax 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…

Gocheganas 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.

All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, a mini bar and outdoor showers.

The GocheGanas 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.

Teachers

MARCEL VOSLOO – Owner and organiser 

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 2 daily yoga sessions with one or 2 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.

I am qualified with 200Hr Ashtanga Yoga Alliance YTT with YoYoga in Mozambique and teacher 
Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Pranayama and meditation.

Maria Bodker

Maria has been teaching pilates and various fitness classes in Denmark since 2001. Her passion for fitness and living an active lifestyle led her to become a personal trainer in 2005 and a physiotherapist in 2007.

Over the last 6 years Maria’s focus has been triathlons and yoga naturally followed in her footsteps as it did not only help her with a faster recovery, but with balance in her mind and body.

The combination of her yoga styles which include hatha, yin, vinyasa flows and hot yoga, combined with physiotherapy which reaps many benefits and has no limits.

Cuisine

All breakfasts will be buffets with a variety of healthy options to choose from. Lunches will be a la carte and dinners will be a mixture between buffets and a la carte. All meals are included at the lodges, expect for Swakopmund as there are so many wonderful restaurants and cafes to choose from and all their prices are different. Catering for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

Retreat Price

Prices are in Euros

Shared Luxury Room: € 2,950 p/p
Private Luxury Room: € 3,300 p/p

Includes

  • 2x Private yoga teachers/hosts
  • Professional guides at all the venues
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 7 night’s accommodation
  • All meals at Toshari Lodge and Madisa Camp
  • Only breakfast in Swakopmund (Desert Breeze)
  • Breakfast and dinner at Gochegananas Private Nature Reserve
  • 2x Still waters per days
  • 2x Game Drives to Etosha National Park
  • 1x Twyfelfontein Tour in Damaraland
  • Live African music
  • Road transport which includes car and fuel
  • Passenger liability insurance
  • 2x Airport transfers
  • Park fees to Etosha National Par
  • VAT & Tourism Levy
  • Welcoming gift

Does not include

  • Travel insurance
  • International flight tickets
  • Gratuity
  • Laundry
  • All lunches
  • Dinners in Windhoek and Swakopmund
  • All drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • All optional extra activities

What to pack

  • Comfortable lightweight clothing, sweater or jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
  • Sunblock, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Toiletries (some will be supplied)
  • Yoga mat (will also be supplied if you don’t have one)
  • Camera
  • For electrical small appliances or chargers, a conversion plug to a three-pin type outlet

How to get here

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport no later than 10am on the first day.

– 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

Booking

To make an enquiry or book this 8 Day Yoga, Wildlife and Adventure Retreat in Namibia, send your request to the team who will get back to you within 24 hours or email us directly on retreats@soulseedmedia.com.

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