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On this yoga safari experience, you will do yoga at the most scenic places to experience the awesome beauty of South Africa. Attain perfect tranquility and spiritual insight to achieve eternal peace. Get spiritual and physical fulfillment by doing yoga breathing techniques, exercise, and meditation to progress to health and happiness. You will learn to appreciate nature at its best!
Your accommodation will be at various places along your tour including: African Soul Surfer (or similar); Acorn Guest House (or similar); Xhosa village (if available at the time) or Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel; Brahman Hills Hotel; Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort; a place in Newcastle or Johannesburg; Forever Blyde Canyon; Moholoholo Ya Mati; Letaba Rest Camp (or similar); Lower Sabie or Skukuza camps; Ndlovu Camp; Forever Badplaas; a place in Gold Reef City; and Barney Barnato B&B.
Begin your Cape to Kruger adventure with a magical first yoga session on top of Table Mountain. Meet us at your centrally located hotel to start this tour for Cape Town's most famous icon, Table Mountain, by the Aerial Cableway at 7 a.m. to take in the natural beauty and stunning views. This is followed by a visit to the first botanical garden in the world to be established (in 1913) to protect local flora, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the UNESCO-listed Cape Floral Kingdom follows. Lunch is at an African cuisine restaurant. Visiting Groot Constantia, we taste their export quality wines. We journey along the False Bay coastline to Kalk Bay harbor and stroll along the quaint cobbled streets. From here we pass Fish Hoek and Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world. Choose one of the popular restaurants in the area for dinner. You overnight at African Soul Surfer, the location for our first studio-based class with sweeping views of Muizenberg and where surf lessons are also offered.
The first visit is Cape Point, part of the Table Mountain National Park and home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Depending on the weather conditions, you might hike a light downward trail to the stunning Dias beach to enjoy your morning yoga session next to the ocean. You also visit the viewpoint with the Flying Dutchman Funicular. Visit Hout Bay harbor and Camps Bay African Craft Market on our way along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive. Driving in the direction of Stellenbosch, we visit the Vergenoegd wine farm for some wine tasting. We go to the Spier Wine Farm for chocolate and wine tasting on the banks of the Spier dam. Choose one of the popular restaurants in the area for dinner. Overnight at African Soul Surfer (or similar).
Starting our journey to the Garden Route, we visit some of the numerous farm stalls at Grabouw and then moves on to the town of Oudtshoorn with Route 62. This route delivers an unforgettable South African traveling experience, making of life-long memories. (Lunch en-route) After visiting the Cango Caves for a Heritage Tour, we head down the scenic Outeniqua Pass and onto the green forests and beaches of the Garden Route. We go to Buffalo Bay for a yoga session on the beach and experience the sunset. Buffalo Bay beach is a blue flag beach located in Goukamma Nature Reserve, between the coastal towns of Knysna and Sedgefield, along the Western Cape Garden Route. The beach is characterized by dune fields, coastal fynbos, and a forest that flanks the long white sands. Overnight is at the Acorn Guest House George (or similar).
A short drive brings us to Knysna where your instructor will take you through a session at the viewpoint of Knysna Head. The Knysna Heads are a pair of sandstone cliffs that separate the Knysna Lagoon from the sea beyond; a famous landmark along the renowned Garden Route. The eastern head is easily accessible by car and has many spectacular viewpoints overlooking the channel, Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon and estuary, and the Outeniqua Mountains, or you can choose one of the following activities to do: a boat ride for a “Dolphin Encounters” excursion of 1,5 to 2 hours at Ocean Blue Adventures, jump from the ‘highest recognized bungee from a bridge’ in the world, the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump, or do a Tsitsikama Canopy Tour at Stormsriver Adventures.
You can also choose to walk through the "Garden of Eden" and the "Big Tree" as another option. We look out for Humpback Whales at Nelson Mandela Bay. (Lunch en-route) A whale watching tour can be arranged if whales are present at the time (July - October) for your own cost at Algoa Bay. From here we go to the Addo Elephant National Park where we will have dinner at their restaurant, and a night game drive.We look out for Humpback Whales at Nelson Mandela Bay. (Lunch en-route) From here we go to the Addo Elephant National Park where we will have dinner at their restaurant, and a night game drive.
Wild Coast adventure with traditional Xhosa hospitality.
The Wild Coast is a stunning section of Eastern Cape coastline stretching from East London in the south to the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north. It is the home of the Xhosa people and incorporates estuaries, sandy beaches, natural heritage sites, craggy cliffs, waterfalls, and rolling hills, providing spectacular scenery and real authentic traditional experiences.
We leave the Addo National Park (while viewing game) for Port Elizabeth. We head North from Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) to the spectacular Wild Coast along the roads of the Transkei, and see how the Xhosa people still live in their traditional rondavel huts, with farm animals grazing by the side of the road against the backdrop of the Drakensberg in the distance! We visit the Nelson Mandela Museum at Qunu and then veer off the N2 to “The Hole in the Wall”, one of South Africa's most famous tourist attractions, where you have a yoga session. The iconic Hole in the Wall rock formation is a geological masterpiece. It is an offshore stack of stratified sandstone through which the power of the waves has worn an impressive hole. The locals call this izi Khaleni, which means place of thunder. During certain seasons and water conditions, the waves clap in such a way that the concussion can be heard throughout the valley. If you want to have a real authentic traditional experience, sleep in a rural rondawel (hut) of a traditional Xhosa village if available at the time. You also have the choice to stay at the Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel.
After visiting some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world, we drive to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, which lies snugly at the head of a spectacular river gorge lined with dense coastal bush and forests. The breathtaking scenery along the Umzimkulwana river gorge makes this a photographer’s and nature lover’s paradise, and here you will have a yoga session. Wildlife in the Oribi Gorge consists of many antelope, although the graceful oribi (after which the gorge is named) is rarely seen. You can do an optional activity here: the Lake Eland Zip Lines, the Longest Zip Line Tour in Africa! This tour consists of 14 zip line slides starting at the top of the Oribi Gorge. We stay here for the night. We stay at the 4-star Oribi Gorge Hotel. (or similar)
The Hibiscus coast with its inviting stretch of Indian Ocean which sometimes presents the year-round delights of frolicking dolphins and majestic, cruising whales, provide the spectacular scenery for the drive to Durban. Your tour group now has the opportunity to choose one of the following activities for the rest of the day: optional scuba diving at Aliwal Shoal from Umkomaas, a rocky reef which is the remains of an ancient sand dune approximately 5 kilometers off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The reef is inhabited by many kinds of hard and soft corals and a variety of tropical and subtropical fish species. You can also visit uShaka Marine World in Durban.
KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, Battlefields Route & Midlands Meander. A barrier of upward-pointing spears for the Zulu name Quathlamba, describes the craggy pinnacles that form the most spectacular part of the Great Escarpment of Southern Africa’s major watershed. Discover historical sites where ferocious wars took place and our knowledgeable guides take you back in time to the battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The mountains and hills hold many secrets and stories of the Anglo Boer war. Add in daily yoga practices and you’ll soon find yourself reflecting on your adventure with complete clarity.
Leaving from Durban, we head to Howick to visit the Mandela Monument. From here we take the road North on the Midlands Meander and visit Tsonga shoes and bags, Marrakesh Cheese and Chocolate Heaven. We overnight at the Brahman Hills Hotel, with expansive views over the Blue Crane Nature Reserve located in the KZN Midlands. Here, you have a yoga session to wind down for the evening and start off with an early morning Vinyasa flow, which together with optional spa treatments are offered in a space dedicated to nurturing your mind, body, and soul.
An early yoga session and breakfast is followed by a tour of the Dragon Rock Reptile Center, or observe as magnificent raptors perform in the skies above the Majestic Drakensberg Mountains at Falcon Ridge. You also have the option for a helicopter flight over the main escarpment. (own cost) We head out to do the Drakensberg Canopy Tour and then attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert. If available, on a Wednesday afternoon, we spend the night at the Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort, located at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg in the beautiful Champagne Valley. (or similar) Dinner at the restaurant.
After yoga in the lush gardens of the resort, we head to Dundee to have a tour of the battlefields and historical sites of Blood River, Ncome, Napoleon Prince Imperial, and Talana. By 1836 relations between the British rulers in the Cape and the Dutch settlers had reached an all-time low. They decided to pack-up their worldly goods load them onto covered wagons and head into the largely unknown interior of South Africa. T"hus began in 1836 the exodus that would be recorded by history as ‘The Great Trek’! The north, west and eastward movement of this exodus of Trekkers, who became known as Voortrekkers inevitably led to conflict with the indigenous peoples who inhabited the hinterland.
Trek leader Piet Retief and his party were killed at King Dingane’s capital of Mgungundlovu in February 1838", and see where brutal battles took place. We spend the night in Newcastle or Johannesburg, depending on tour transferals.
Panorama route along Kruger Park and Swaziland is an excellent choice for people who want to enjoy spectacular scenery, combined with game drives to see the renowned big five (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, and buffalo). It traverses into Swaziland after 5 days to showcase the best there is to offer.
Heading on our way to the Mpumalanga province, we drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. The Highveld town of Dullstroom hosts Anvil Brewery, where you can enjoy local beer and dishes such as smoked trout for lunch. From here we descend into the Lowveld en route to the historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest. The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s, then to view Pinnacle Rock and to experience the amazing view from God’s Window.
We then visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. From here we visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes for lunch and then overnight at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon, one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in South Africa, set in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (or similar).
Yoga is at the Blyde River Canyon viewpoint, the largest green canyon in the world, following with breakfast and a visit to the famous Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre for a tour and lunch at the Curio Shop and Deli. Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a unique African wildlife facility focusing on conservation and the sustainability of rare, vulnerable and threatened species. Founded on passion, the center has adopted a holistic approach to its conservation activities, such as the educating of surrounding communities, tourism, breeding, rehabilitation, and anti-poaching.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre follows for another wildlife tour, where we also stay for the night (or similar). Situated on banks of the Blyde River and hidden under lush Jakkalsbessie trees and surrounded by beautifully kept lawns, Ya Mati at Moholoholo is the ideal venue for yoga sessions.
Having a yoga session at Ya Mati you have breakfast and take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take us to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. The Kadishi Tufa waterfall, at 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height, is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. The waterfall’s formation strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as ‘the weeping face of nature’.
Completing this we head to the Letaba Rest Camp via Phalaborwa gate at the Kruger Park for more game viewing. You will have a popular sunset game drive on an open safari vehicle starting late afternoon from the camp and returning after dark where you will get the opportunity to experience the African sunset on its best, and also the nocturnal species in the park. You enjoy dinner when you return and spend the night here, or at a similar Kruger Park camp, like Letaba.
After breakfast, we have a game drive in the park for the entire day, exploring every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery and opportunities to see the Big 5. You drive south to a view site where you will have a yoga session whilst being treated to stunning views over the Kruger Park and then drive on to the Lower Sabie or Skukuza camps to overnight. Optional activities here are morning walks, sunset or night game drives.
A yoga session with a front row seat at the Sabie River promises rich wildlife at the Kruger Park camp which is then followed by a game drive out of the park to Swaziland / Swatini, where you journey on to the Hlane Royal National Park. You celebrate the day with a sunset game drive, stopping to enjoy the sunset at a beautiful spot. Dinner can be enjoyed at Ndlovu Camp’s large restaurant.
Doing yoga under a rustic rondawel at Hlane Royal National Park’s Ndlovu Camp, we then have breakfast and drive to the Mantenga Cultural Village, a living museum of old traditions that represent classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850s. It comprises 16 huts, kraals, and byres for cattle and goats, reed fences and other structures, and enjoys traditional dances, a guided tour of the hut village and waterfall. We also have a traditional lunch here, and drive to watch glass blowing at Ngwenya Glass. It is also a showroom full of beautifully crafted glass ornaments and houses a number of other smaller craft outlets.
From here, we go back to South Africa and drive along the new declared UNESCO world heritage site, the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail. You have an optional yoga session on top of the Makhonjwa mountains where wave upon wave of its rolling hills guarantees an awe-inspiring experience. The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains represents the best-preserved succession of volcanic and sedimentary rock dating back 3.6 to 3.25 billion years when the first continents were starting to form on the primitive earth. Driving to the town of Badplaas, we overnight at the resort: Forever Badplaas and you have the option to rejuvenate at The Hydro & Spa.
Your instructor will have a yoga session with you on the stretching lawns of the award-winning resort, then breakfast is followed by a 3-hour drive to Johannesburg to do a short tour through Soweto and overnight at Gold Reef City, where you have the opportunity to learn about the history of gold in Gauteng.
Leaving your Johannesburg hotel, we drive to the capital city of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province on our way to Cape Town. It’s known for its 19th-century diamond mine, the deep, hand-dug Big Hole. Nearby, the Kimberley Mine Museum is a re-creation of the town in its heyday and displays jewelry and uncut diamonds where we take a tour and stay over at the Barney Barnato B&B. Here, your instructor will take through your paces under an ancient oak tree in the beautiful garden.
Leaving after breakfast, we drive to Cape Town for the entire day through the semi-desert region of the Karoo, with the option to visit the Karoo National Park Interpretive Centre and Fossil Trail.
Instead of following the normal itinerary from days 8 and 9 on the September 30 start date, you can unwind and relax with a yoga and meditation detox retreat in the Midlands Meander. Set in the Blue Crane Nature Reserve you are treated to sweeping views as your instructor takes you through yoga, meditation, and breath work techniques twice daily. Included are nourishing vegetarian meals as well as an indulgent spa treatment. Enjoy live juicing stations blending your own fresh juices and let out your fun side with a creative expression workshop. Please inquire for a detailed program for days 8 and 9. Changes apply only for the 30 September 2019 starting date.
Places where you will do yoga with your instructor on this safari:
Mandy loves sharing yoga and teaches group and private classes. She has pursued many different forms of healing feeding her curiosity about the mind body connection and the innate intelligence of the body to heal and repair itself. In 2015 she completed her training in the Himalayas in India and returned to South Africa in 2016 to share her passion for exploring movement with others. She teaches primarily Vinyasa, a meditative flow connecting breath with movement. She also believes in the power of Yin styles of Yoga which merge yogic techniques with the wisdom of Chinese medicine.
Cape Town, the “Mother City”, or the world’s most fabulous city, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.
The Wild Coast is a stunning section of Eastern Cape coastline stretching from East London in the south to the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north. It is the home of the Xhosa people and incorporates estuaries, sandy beaches, natural heritage sites, craggy cliffs, waterfalls, and rolling hills; providing spectacular scenery and real authentic traditional experiences.
The iconic Hole in the Wall rock formation is a geological masterpiece. It is an offshore stack of stratified sandstone through which the power of the waves has worn an impressive hole. The locals call this "izi Khaleni" which means place of thunder. During certain seasons and water conditions, the waves clap in such a way that the concussion can be heard throughout the valley.
A barrier of upward-pointing spears for the Zulu name “Quathlamba”, describes the craggy pinnacles that form the most spectacular part of the Great Escarpment of Southern Africa’s major watershed. Discover sites where ferocious wars took place with knowledgeable guides, see the magnificent mountains and the beautiful Midlands Meander.
By 1836, relations between the British rulers in the Cape and the Dutch settlers had reached an all time low. They decided to pack-up their worldly goods, load them onto covered wagons, and head into the largely unknown interior of South Africa. Thus began in 1836, the exodus that would be recorded by history as ‘The Great Trek’.
The north, west, and eastward movement of this exodus of Trekkers, who became known as Voortrekkers, inevitably led to conflict with the indigenous peoples who inhabited the hinterland. Trek leader, Piet Retief, and his party were killed at King Dingane’s capital of Mgungundlovu in February 1838.
This tour is an excellent choice for people who want to enjoy spectacular scenery, combined with game drives to see the renowned big five (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, and buffalo). It traverses into Swaziland after five days to showcase the best there is to offer.
The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a unique African wildlife facility focusing on conservation and the sustainability of rare, vulnerable, and threatened species. Founded on passion, the centre has adopted a holistic approach to its conservation activities, such as the educating of surrounding communities, tourism, breeding, rehabilitation, and anti-poaching.
The Kadishi Tufa waterfall, at 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height, is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. The waterfall’s formation strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as ‘the weeping face of nature’.
Home to Swaziland’s largest herds of game, Hlane Royal National Park conserves vast natural resources and holds deep royal and cultural significance.
Mantenga Cultural Village is a living museum of old traditions that represent classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850s. It comprises 16 huts, kraals and byres for cattle and goats, reed fences, and other structures.
The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains represents the best-preserved succession of volcanic and sedimentary rock dating back 3.6 to 3.25 billion years, when the first continents were starting to form on the primitive earth.
This tour visits restaurants with exquisite meals, usually with a variety of choices from vegan to Halal, and surely will exceed your gastronomic expectations.
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