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Wonderful Yoga and Safari Holiday in South Africa

Join iLala Safaris on a Yoga Safari Retreat in the wild of the African bush. You will practice yoga out in the bush while discovering the treasures of the African wild by foot and on vehicle. Find your way back to nature on this 7-Day Yoga Safari Retreat in the Selati Game Reserve. In this beautiful environment, you will practice asana, pranayama, and meditation, and dive deeper into your practice. Meanwhile, you will also explore the treasures of the African bush on foot and by vehicle. A truly unique experience, dedicated to the little things of the environment, but not forgetting the big ones. After all, all Big 5 can be met here!

Meet the instructors

Sabrina & Jan Hendrik
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Highlights

  • Safaris on foot and by vehicle
  • Daily meditation, yoga, and pranayama
  • Visits to archaeological sites and vulture restaurant with entrance fees included
  • 6 nights accommodation at a tented camp in the Selati Game Reserve
  • Private vehicles and activities for a small group
  • Sabrina and Jan Hendrik as your expert hosts
  • Visit the cycad reserve on top of Lillie Koppie
  • All Big Five can be met here

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: 4-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor shower

Safari Tent

The camp consists of five safari tents (stand-up height) which will have two comfortable beds with top quality linen provided (can be joined to form doubles on request), en-suite open-air bathrooms with hot showers, toilets, and a washbasin with a mirror. There are cupboard and charging points for your electronics available.

In front of the tent is a cozy seating place at your disposal where you can enjoy the beautiful view into the bush and watch the animals walking past.

Program

Wonderful blend

The combination of safari and yoga is magical. Practicing yoga outdoors in nature is a wonderful experience, and doing so in a wild environment has something deeply grounding to it. Learn more about the African bush, while stretching your body and your mind.

Wake up before the sun rises

Your day starts early in the morning, just before the sun comes up. You will start your mornings with a meditation while the birds awake and accompany you with their calls. After a cup of tea or coffee, you will then start your morning game walk.

Sample daily program

Day 1

Guests typically arrive in Hoedspruit in the morning and will be met and collected by the host at the Rock Fig Center, followed by an hour's vehicle transfer to the camp in the Selati Game Reserve. They can also meet you directly at the gate of the reserve.

You will have time to settle and freshen-up in your tent prior to a light lunch followed by a safety briefing and a talk about the program for the upcoming days - setting expectations and prepping you for what will be an epic wildlife and yoga experience.

Then, you will depart for a relaxed walk outside of camp, slowly introducing everyone to the environment and stretching your legs after a long day of travel.

After dinner, you will have a fire ceremony. Fire is symbolic of change and transformation. You will set a personal intention for the upcoming days together.

Day 2

Your days will start early, typically before sunrise, for a meditation practice and a cup of coffee/tea and some cereals prior to meet for your game walk. This walk will focus on the introduction of Selati, the Savanna Biome, and the vegetation in the area. Your hosts will explain to you the walking techniques and the way of finding and approaching animals.

The morning game walks are typically 3 to 5 hours in duration and consist of a mid-way breakfast break in a nice spot.

Arriving back in camp, you will have a chance to return to your rooms and freshen up briefly before a well-deserved lunch around 1 p.m.

There is a break during mid-day. You can use this break to relax, to cool down in the splash pool, to read a book or just to observe the animals that pass by in camp.

In the afternoon at around 3 or 4 p.m., you will start with pranayama, inhaling the fresh air of the wilderness, followed by an asana practice. Those sessions throughout the week are dedicated to specific topics. After the session, tea and snacks are waiting for you.

You will then have again some time for yourself before you gather for dinner and discuss the next day's program.

Day 3

As every day, you will start this day again with a meditation, and coffee and tea before your morning game walk. On this walk, your hosts will teach you different tracks and how to track an animal. If you find fresh tracks, you will start following the animal and try to find it.

In the afternoon, you will move your bodies in an asana practice, followed by relaxation.

After dinner, you will have an astronomy talk where you will be introduced to the stars of the southern hemisphere.

Day 4

After coffee and tea, you will leave early morning with the vehicle towards the area of an archaeological site. The last stretch, you will walk on foot to explore the hill and its surroundings. After a meditation session on top of the hill, you will have your breakfast while enjoying the view. This place is normally a good area to spot elephants, rhinos, and lions.

There will be another yoga session in the afternoon, where you dive deeper into your practice. You will take time for breathing exercises, movement, and meditation.

After dinner, you will head out for a night game drive. You will drive with a spotlight searching for some nocturnal creatures.

Day 5

This day is dedicated to the birds. You will start with a meditation in camp and a cup of coffee or tea before you head out for another beautiful morning in the bush. You will learn more about the birds of the area, their calls, and their typical behavior.

After lunch, you will have a yoga session under the shade of the big trees in camp before you drive out to visit the vulture restaurant, where you will learn more about this amazing and often misunderstood creatures. From there, you will drive to a nice sundowner spot where you will watch the sunset.

Day 6

After an early morning cup of coffee and some cereals, you will drive towards the Cycad Reserve and stop at the bottom of Lillie Koppie. You will then walk on top, where you will visit the ancient cycads and learn more about them. On top of the Koppie on those big rocks, you will find yourself a beautiful spot for a guided meditation. Then, while enjoying the amazing view, you will have your breakfast break.

Your yoga session in the afternoon is followed by a sundowner drive. You will drive to a magical place and enjoy the last sunset of the retreat together before you head back to camp for your dinner.

Day 7

Today marks the end of this retreat. You will start with a last meditation practice early morning and a full cooked breakfast prior to your departure.

Please note that this program was made to give you some insight into this retreat. Changes in the sequence or the content may occur.

Included excursions

  • Visit the Cycad Reserve on top on Lillie Koppie
  • Explore archaeological sites
  • Visit the Vulture Restaurant (dependent on feeding time)
  • Breakfast on one of the Koppies/mountains with a beautiful view
  • Hiking on top of a mountain in the reserve

Instructors

Sabrina Krattinger

Jan Hendrik Hanekom

Location

The Selati Game Reserve is a 27,000-ha private reserve situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa with unique biodiversity and unmatched beauty. It is the Ga-Salati River running through it which is a tributary of the Olifants River. Founded in 1993 through the collaborative effort of landowners in the area who shared a common vision, the reserve plays a vital role in conserving and enhancing the wildlife heritage of South Africa.

The reserve is home to the Lillie Cycad Reserve which contains the critically endangered Encephalartos dyerianos cycad, which can only be found here.

Selati is a Big Five area but also has cheetah, black and white rhino, hyenas, hippo, and many more. It is also home to the biggest population of free roaming Sable antelope in Southern Africa due to a very good breeding program.

Due to vulture numbers diminishing in Southern Africa, Selati has established a vulture restaurant which feeds vultures on a regular basis, contributing to their conservation. This allows for some of the best vulture viewing opportunities in Southern Africa.

Food

Breakfast is prepared as takeaway so you can bring it on your morning walking safari, during which you will have a break and enjoy your breakfast out in the bush.

Lunch and dinner will be prepared and served at the camp.

The menu plan consists of international dishes combined with traditional South African cuisine.

They offer vegetarian, vegan options, and can accommodate any kind of allergies. Please let iLala Safaris know beforehand.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All yoga sessions, meditations, and pranayama
  • All game drives and other safari activities
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Water, tea, coffee, and juices
  • Entrance fee and excursions during these days

What's not included

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Pre and post-safari accommodation
  • Transfer to Selati Game Reserve
  • Other drinks at the camp
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines, etc.)
  • Entry visa fees
  • Bank charges

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Wednesday May 11, 2022
(7 days / 6 nights)

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