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Wildlife and Yoga Tour in Namibia

On this retreat, you will allow yourself to relax and simply letting go as your toes connect with the magical energy that surrounds you. Your heart surely full after wildlife sightings and learning about conservation at private game reserves. Yoga sessions will be a combination of breathing techniques, Yin yoga, Vinyasa flows, and guided meditation. The therapeutic moves will allow you to go inward and become familiar with your own body as you link your breath and connect with nature.

Meet the instructors

Marcel
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Highlights

  • Visit Namibia’s top locations
  • Visit Naankuse, a world-famous wildlife sanctuary
  • Daily yoga out in nature, the desert, and the beach
  • Scenic flight with small aircraft to Sossusvlei/Deadvlei (full day excursion)
  • Incredible game viewing at Erindi Private Game Reserve
  • Spa day at Gocheganas Wellness Village
  • Adventurous days at the Skeleton Coast
  • Airport transfers and road transport
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport
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Accommodation

Your Erindi accommodation

Erindi is an idyllic retreat boasting two camps, a rich cultural heritage, knowledgeable guides and unmatched hospitality – ensuring visitors have the kind of safari that lives in memory for a lifetime.

Pathways wind through the lodge to reveal 51 luxurious suites tucked between indigenous trees and soft green lawns. These spacious suites exude the classic safari aesthetic you’d expect from a five-star resort. The colonial-style restaurant and viewing deck boast magnificent views across a busy waterhole. The luxury suites are ideally situated for views of the smaller waterhole, which is floodlit at night. Each suite has a veranda from which you can spot game or on which you can simply relax in private comfort. The spacious bathroom has both a shower and a bath. Each suite contains a fully stocked minibar, a coffee station, a big screen satellite TV, a safe, and a hairdryer.

Erindi offers over 20 meaningful activities that allow you to get up close and personal with wildlife, interact with informative guides and explore their vast landscape.

Rehabilitation and conservation systems instituted over the last decade have ensured the recovery and ecological balance between vegetation, herbivores, and predators. Careful management ensures that the number and diversity of species lead to sustainable land utilization and benefit for all in the area.

Desert Breeze

Stay in luxury and style - in its 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 tranquillity 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 soothe any soul.

The luxury bungalows with their creative atmosphere and the friendly staff will make your stay one to remember.

Breakfast buffet at Desert Breeze, lunches, and dinners will be at different cafes and restaurants.

Gocheganas Nature Reserve

Situated a mere 29 kilometers southeast 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 incorporate local arts and crafts in celebration of the culture of Namibia. Offering 16 totally private chalets under a thatched roof with uninterrupted and spectacular views over the surrounding reserve.

Gocheganas offers 16 luxurious chalets, under a thatched roof with uninterrupted views over the nature reserve. All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, a minibar, and outdoor showers.

Program

Yoga, adventure, and wildlife experience

Most mornings, after breakfast, will be spent on unique activities specific to the area, a chance to really get to see the country and what makes it so unique. On return from the activity, enjoy a healthy lunch before taking 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 day draws to a close, you will find yourself back in nature for an afternoon yoga practice before sunset. Here you will feel as if time is standing still, where living in the present moment is the only option. Your body is relaxed, your mind in a state of absolute peace. The practice promotes a calming and meditative state that will benefit beginners to experienced students. An incredible way to end the day and quiet your mind before dinner under the Namibian starlit skies.

Yoga sessions will be a combination of breathing techniques, Yin yoga, Vinyasa flows and guided meditation - finding and creating space within. The therapeutic moves will allow you to go inward and become familiar with your own body as you link your breath and connect with nature. You will certainly be renewed after each session.

Please note: Due to most activities needing to take place early in the morning, yoga sessions are mostly in the afternoon and they are typically an hour to an hour and a half long.

Day 1 - Thursday, 7 April

  • Lodging: Naankuse Lodge – Windhoek surrounds
  • Accommodation: Villa
  • Includes: Dinner, bed, and breakfast (DBB)

On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by Marcel or a representative of Naankuse Lodge, and your Namibian Yoga Safari Adventure will begin. The drive is about 40 minutes with spectacular landscapes, plus a chance to see baboons or antelope on the way.

Naankuse is an award-winning lodge offering stunning accommodation amidst a 3,200-hectare nature reserve. Settle into your luxurious accommodation, relax for the rest of the day or join one of the many exciting activities that Naankuse offers.

A much-needed afternoon yoga session will open your heart as you take in the beautiful natural surroundings. You will have nowhere to go and nothing to achieve, but breathe in the moment as your mind settles into that deep state of ease. Letting the wisdom of your body support and heal you, because you deserve it!

Dinner will be a three-course meal out under the African sky.

Optional activities: Full carnivore feeding tour, behind the scenes with Marlice, ancient San Skills Academy, guided nature walk, Rhino feeding, Cheetah experience, Caracal experience, Baboon experience, Meerkat experience, sunset horse riding, visit Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary – More info will be sent upon booking.

Day 2 and 3

  • Lodging: Erindi Private Game Reserve, Central Namibia
  • Accommodation: Luxury suites
  • Includes: Full board (FB), 1 morning game drive, 1 afternoon game drive, yoga
  • Excluded: Optional activities

Day 2 - Friday, 8 April

Today you will allow yourself to relax and simply letting go as you start your day with a beautiful and relaxing, slow yoga flow. You will allow yourself to let go of what no longer serves you as you completely surrender your mind and body.

After breakfast or perhaps an optional activity offered by Naankuse, you will make your way to Erindi

Private Game Reserve for wildlife sightings. Erindi is a protected reserve offering a safe haven to endangered species.

Upon arrival, settle in, have lunch and then you will meet for a world-class informative game drive. You will roam the expansive landscape of Erindi with a qualified and knowledgeable guide in the comfort of an open 4x4 vehicle. Drinks and snacks are provided on the drive, so sit back, relax and feel part of Africa as you encounter amazing wildlife sightings. Perhaps, at dinner, you might even spot a few animals roaming around the lodge.

Day 3 - Saturday, 9 April

Mornings are the best time for viewing wildlife, and this morning you will be heading out on yet another magical game drive. Grab your hat, sunscreen, and camera cause today is going to be a day to snap photos of all the wildlife sightings that are in store for you.

Relax after lunch or join one of the 24 inspiring and educational trips around the reserve.

Optional activities: Guided nature walks, Pangolin tracking, Leopard project drive, private birding drive, Ultimate Ecological experience, Leopard project presentation, Bushman art walk, Art Valley climb, Cheetah walk – more info will be sent upon booking.

Day 4, 5, 6

  • Lodging: Desert Breeze Lodge - Swakopmund
  • Accommodation: Luxury bungalow with views of the Namib Desert, twin beds
  • Includes: Breakfast, yoga, 1 scenic flight to Sossusvlei
  • Excluded: Lunch, dinner, and optional activities

Day 4 - Sunday, 10 April

Today you will be heading to the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund - where the ocean meets the desert. It is only a three-hour drive, so you are more than welcome to join one last activity here at Erindi before your departure.

Once in Swakopmund, settle into your luxurious accommodation taking in spectacular views of the Namib dunes, relax for the rest of the afternoon or explore this cute little German town. Dinner will be at one of Swakopmund's most popular seafood restaurants overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 5 - Monday, 11 April

After a healthy buffet breakfast overlooking the Namib Desert, 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. You will meet for a sunset yoga flow, then dinner at one of the many restaurants this cute little German town offers.

Day 6 - Tuesday, 12 April

Ready for an adventurous day? Today you will fly with a light aircraft over the Namib Desert towards Sossusvlei. 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. You will land at Sossusvlei Lodge airfield, then driven in a 4x4 vehicle to Sossusvlei.

Lunchtime, you will return to Sossusvlei Lodge then continue your flight from Sossusvlei into the diamond restricted area flying over the remains of three old diamond camps and crossing the coastline at Conception Bay, passing colonies of Cape Fur seals, the shipwreck of the passenger liner "Eduard Bohlen" stranded in 1909, she lies 250m away from the shore. Further along the coast, another shipwreck, the "Shaunee" stranded in 1976.

Along the coast with the Atlantic surf on the one side and the Namib Dunes on the other, you reach Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention. The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingos was recorded at low tide with 7791 birds per kilometer. In harmony with the surroundings, you find Namibia's coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds.

Departure time is 6 a.m. and arrival back in Swakopmund is between 3.30 and 4.30 p.m.

Day 7- Friday, 13 April

  • Lodging: Gocheganas Private Game Reserve and Wellness Village, Windhoek Surrounds
  • Accommodation: Elegant suites, twin beds
  • Includes: Breakfast and dinner, yoga, full-body Marula massage
  • Excluded: Lunches, optional activities, and Spa treatments
  • Optional activities: Guided game drives, nature walks, and Spa treatments

Today is all about RELAXATION – and let's start the day by grounding yourself with your bare feet as you flow this morning in the Namib Desert overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

You will make your way to Gocheganas Private Game Reserve after breakfast, then settle in, relax at the pool or enjoy a much-needed massage.

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.

If needed, spend some more time at the Spa or go on an optional afternoon game drive. 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. Dinner surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.

Day 8 - Saturday, 14 April

Today marks the end of your yoga retreat in Namibia. Gocheganas will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flights back home. Not only will it be a memorable drive back to the airport, but an unforgettable trip never to be forgotten.

Included excursions

  • 2x Guided game drives at Erindi Private Game Reserve
  • 1x Scenic Flight to Sossusvlei (full day activity)
  • Silent sunset meditation walk in the desert along the coast
  • 1x Sundowner drinks in the desert overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Daily yoga out in nature
  • 1x Full body African inspired Marula massage

Instructors

Marcel Vosloo

Location

Welcome to Namibia, the country that feeds 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, Skeleton Coast, 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.

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.

Traveling through Namibia awakens your emotions and senses – colors become brighter, smells more intense and you taste more appreciative. Your sixth sense finds its mystical home and above all, you feel re-connected with your soul!

Erindi

Erindi Private Game Reserve is a protected reserve in central Namibia. Erindi, meaning “place of water”, is a sustainable natural wonderland. It is a custodian of the most prolific amount of endemic species and multiple conservation projects.

With more than 70,000 hectares of pristine wilderness under care, they have undertaken an immense task to pursue conservation initiatives in the name of eco-friendly tourism, whilst empowering local communities.

Swakopmund

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 a laid laid-back feel to it with palm trees, good restaurants, and gift shops.

Sossuvlei

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 was created by wind over millions of years. Ever-changing and growing, the dunes remain one of the most amazing phenomena you will ever get to see.

Food

Included in the package are all breakfasts and dinners (except in Swakopmund).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

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

Spa treatments

One full-body Marula massage at Gocheganas is included in the price.

What's included

  • 1 private yoga teacher / host
  • Professional guides at all the lodges
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 7 nights accommodation at four different lodges (mid / luxury)
  • All breakfasts and dinners (except in Swakopmund)
  • 1 scenic flight to Sossusvlei (full day activity)
  • 2 game drives at Erindi Game Reserve
  • 1 full-body Marula massage at Gocheganas
  • Road transport
  • Passenger liability insurance
  • 2 airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • VAT and tourism levy
  • Welcoming gift

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare
  • Gratuity
  • Laundry
  • All lunches
  • Dinners in Swakopmund
  • All drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages
  • All optional activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport on the first day of the retreat. There are daily flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek. Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines, British Airways, South African Airways, KLM, and Qatar Airways and fly to Namibia. Most international airlines fly to South Africa with good connecting flights to Namibia.

Airport: Hosea Kutako International Airport Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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.

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