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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; Monks Cowl Resort; Forever Blyde Canyon; Moholoholo Ya Mati; Letaba Rest Camp (or similar); Lower Sabie or Berg en Dal; Ndlovu Camp; Forever Badplaas; Gold Reef City
Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Addo National Park. 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.
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 am 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 harbour 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.
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 harbour and Camps Bay African Craft Market on our way along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive. Driving in the direction of Stellenbosch, we go to the Spier Wine Farm for chocolate and wine tasting on the banks of the Spier dam. You then visit the Vergenoegd wine farm. Choose one of the popular restaurants in the area for dinner. Overnight at africansoulsurfer (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 travelling 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. Our last stop for the day is at Jeffreys Bay, home to the best right hand surf break in the world! Overnight at Surf's up Accommodation @Supertubes (or similar).
From here we go to the Addo Elephant National Park while being on the lookout for Humpback Whales at Nelson Mandela Bay, (Algoa Bay) between the months of August and December. Addo Elephant National Park conserves a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. It is home to all of Africa's Big 7: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, the Southern right whale and the great white shark. A night game drive follows dinner at their restaurant: "Cattle Baron is famous for its steaks, having won several awards for the Best Steakhouse in South Africa. The signature dish is chateaubriand, a fillet flambéed with brandy and served with mushroom sauce and béarnaise sauce." Overnight is here in a cottage.
Leaving the Addo National Park, you can choose to do optional sand boarding on the dunes of the Sunday’s River.Head North to the spectacular Wild Coast town of Kei Mouth, where you can have an optional cruise on the Great Kei, watch Fish Eagles feed and see cycads growing in the wild. It is a bird watchers paradise! You can have an optional Wild Coast Horseback Adventure or you can just relax on the spectacular Kei Mouth's sandy beaches. Overnight at Neptunes Cove, Kei Mouth (or similar).
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.
Heading North to the spectacular Wild Coast along the roads of the Transkei, and see how the Xhosa people still live in their traditional rondawel huts, with farm animals grazing by the side of the road against the backdrop of the Drakensberg in the distance! You 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 breath-taking 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 at the Wild 5 Adventures, like the wild Gorge Swing to experience the Ultimate Rush! Situated at the top of Lehr’s Waterfall in Oribi Gorge, this is the highest swing of its kind in the world, abseil down a 110m Cliff face, alongside Lehr’s waterfall, walk the suspension bridge (84 Meters) – (A spectacular opportunity to be suspended between heaven and terra firma, as you hover 100m above the Gorge floor enjoying views never before seen of Lehr’s Waterfall and Baboon’s Castle, or just relax on the overhanging rock. See more here: http://www.wild5adventures.co.za/ We stay at the 3-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 km 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. We overnight at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel in Durban, or similar.
Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg & 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. Add in daily yoga practices and you’ll soon find yourself reflecting on our adventure with complete clarity.
Leaving 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, the Wine Cellar and Chocolate Heaven. The Dragon Rock Reptile Center can be visited, and you can do the Drakensberg Canopy Tour. Savor lunch at one of the delightful restaurants on the way. You get the option to do a helicopter flight over the main Drakensberg escarpment, or attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert if we are here on a Wednesday. Spend the night at the Monks Cowl Resort (or similar).
After yoga in the lush gardens of the resort, we head to Johannesburg where you will visit the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, an amusement park located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971. The park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand, the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period and you can learn how Johannesburg came to be, how gold was discovered on the reef and descend 75 meters underground. You will be dropped off at your hotel or the OR Tambo airport if you only do the 11 day option. Guests doing the 16-day option will spend the night at the Gold Reef City hotel. (or similar)
Panorama Route/Kruger Park 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).
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 centre 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 beautiful 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 Satara.
After breakfast, we have a game drive in the park for the entire day in our tour vehicle, 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 Berg-en-Dal 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 and then a 5 hour drive to Johannesburg where you will be dropped-off from 18pm.
Places where you will do yoga with your instructor on this safari:
Jakes Conradie is a South African born who extensively traveled the country. He is competent to advise clients about all the essential aspects of traveling to South Africa. Having passed the SA Specialist Course from South African Tourism, he is always on the lookout to assist, improve the environment, and motivate communities to protect nature and all species in order to create a sustainable eco-system for future generations. His love for nature and history brought him to the most beautiful and spectacular places of South Africa where he wants to take his tourists as well.
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.
Places of yoga events on this safari:
Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
Cape Point, where the 2 oceans meet on tip of Africa
Knysna Head viewpoint, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the Knysna Lagoon
The “Hole in the Wall”, an offshore stack of stratified sandstone at the Wild Coast
Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, a nature lover’s paradise
At the foot of the majestic Drakensberg in the beautiful Champagne Valley
Blyde River Canyon viewpoint, the largest green canyon in the world
Moholoholo Big 5 Nature Reserve on the banks of the Blyde River
On a hill with stunning views over the Kruger National Park
On the banks of the wildlife rich Sabie River in the Kruger National Park
This tour visits restaurants with exquisite meals, usually with a variety of choices from vegan to Halal, and surely will exceed your gastronomic expectations.
Guided surf lessons at African Soul Surfer
Scuba diving at Aliwal Shoal (optional)
Optional spa treatments are available
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