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Find your way back to nature on this 7-day yoga safari retreat in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. A spectacular rugged and wild area that has been described as Botswana's best-kept secret. You will be offered a truly unique experience, dedicated to the little things of the environment, but not forgetting the big ones. After all, all Big 5, and much more, can be met here! Lalapalm Yoga Safari combines this unique wilderness experience with a yoga retreat and practice meditation, Pranayama, and Asanas while exploring the nature around you.
During your yoga safari retreat you will be staying first for four nights in the more rustic Mohave Bush Camp in traditional huts before spending the last two nights in the beautifully set up safari tents in the Serolo Safari Camp. This gives you the opportunity to discover two different areas of the Reserve. Find out more about the two camps and what they offer.
Mohave Bush Camp is a small and private rustic bush camp comprised of three rustic huts, communal outdoor bathrooms, and a main lapa/kitchen area. The camp is located on the banks of the Mohave River.
The unfenced Mohave Bush Camp offers accommodation in three rustic huts, each sleeping between two and four persons in single beds. There is no electricity so lighting is provided using gas, paraffin, and solar. Shower water is heated by a solar geyser and the cookers and a freezer are gas-operated. The ablutions are open-air and sited within close proximity to the huts. There is a central lapa/dining area with a fire-pit. The camp has a small splash pool.
The night sounds at Mohave are magical and games such as Elephants, Lion, Brown and Spotted Hyena, Civet, Genet, and African Wild Cat may possibly be seen in and around camp. The Mohave River is a hotspot for game movements and the remoteness of the camp ensures that you will truly feel that you are deep in the wilderness.
Serolo Safari Camp is a small and intimate tented camp, located along the shady floodplain of the Limpopo River. It is just 600 meters from the river itself, under the many massive riverine trees, including the magnificent Mashatu and tall Apple-leaf trees.
The unfenced Serolo Safari Camp offers accommodation in five fully-serviced safari-style tents with each tent sleeping, two people. All of the tents have two single beds, electric lamps, and electric lights. There are en-suite showers with hot water and flush toilets and all bed linen and towels are provided. There is a central lapa/dining area with a fire-pit on the main deck and a splash pool. The camp has 220V electricity and a spotlight overlooks the waterhole.
Game such as Elephants, Leopard, Hyena, Bushbuck, Bushpig, Warthog, and African Wild Cat may possibly be seen drinking at the waterhole just below the camp.
This program gives you some insight into the retreat. Changes in the sequence or the content may occur.
Guests typically arrive around 1 pm at the camp. Lalapalm Yoga Safari offers transfers from Johannesburg as well as pick-ups from the border points. Or you will be meeting directly at the camp.
You will have time to settle and freshen-up in your hut 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 from 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.
Your days will start early, typically before sunrise, for meditation practice and a cup of coffee/tea and some cereals prior to meet for your Game Walk.
Each of the walks is dedicated to a different topic all around the nature that there is to discover.
Potential target mammal species in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve include Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Spotted Hyena, Brown Hyena, Eland, Giraffe, Burchell's Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Impala, Klipspringer, Bushbuck, Common Duiker, Steenbok, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Warthog, Bushpig, Small-spotted Genet, Large-spotted Genet, Civet, Caracal, Porcupine, African Wildcat, Banded Mongoose, Slender Mongoose, Selous' Mongoose, Rock Dassie, Yellow-spotted Dassie, Hippo, Crocodile, Aardwolf, Aardvark, Honey Badger, Vervet Monkey, Chacma Baboon, Springhare, Scrub Hare, Lesser Bushbaby.
Eventually, you will slow down from chasing down the larger, rarer iconic mammals as you start to focus more on the birdlife and other creatures that call this reserve home.
Target bird species are far too numerous to mention them all, but a few specials include Meyer's Parrot, Meve's Starling, Southern Black Tit, African Mourning Dove, African Scops-Owl. Summer brings visitors like Broad-billed Roller, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Woodland Kingfisher, and Levalliant's Cuckoo. Raptors include Little Sparrowhawk and Gabar Goshawk. Furthermore, there is a resident breeding pair of Verreaux's Eagles at Eagle Rock.
The morning game walks are typically three to four hours in duration.
Arriving back in camp you will have a chance to return to your rooms and freshen up briefly before you have breakfast.
There is then a break during mid-day. You can use this break to relax, cool down in the splash pool, to read a book, or just to observe the animals that pass by in camp.
At around 1 pm you will meet for a yoga practice. While inhaling the fresh air of the wilderness you follow an Asana sequence. You incorporate in your Asana practice as well as Pranayama and meditation. Those sessions throughout the week are dedicated to specific topics.
After the practice you will have lunch and at around 3.30 pm you will meet for a cup of tea or coffee prior to your afternoon walk.
Back in camp you have some time to rest and freshen up prior to dinner.
Your days are similarly structured but contain special activities like star-gazing, game drives, night drives as well as Asana and meditation practices out in the bush. Let yourself be surprised!
On the 5th day you will move from the rustic Mohave Bush Camp to the more luxurious Serolo Safari Camp for another two nights.
You will end your yoga safari retreat with a morning yoga session and a light breakfast before you pack and leave camp at around 10 am.
2 daily safari activities (by foot and by vehicle)
Yoga is a part of Sabrina's practice for years. She joined a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Berne, Switzerland. With it, yoga became an even more important part of her life, not only on the mat but in her daily life. Visiting southern Africa in 2016 for the very first time, she fell in love with the wild African bush and its inhabitants. Since then she regularly travels to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and recently to Kenya. The enthusiasm for the bush leads her to Field and Trails Guide training.
Jan Hendrik is a passionate Professional Field Guide with over 12 years of experience in the African bush which took him to many countries across Africa. By walking more than 2'000 hours in over 15 different Reserves and National Parks with Big Five qualified Jan Hendrik as a Professional Trails Guide and Tracker. He has a passion for birds and flowers. Walking with Jan Hendrik is always an Adventure and his enthusiasm for the African bush is contagious.
The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a game reserve spanning some 72,000 hectares of privately-owned land in the north-eastern sector of Botswana's Tuli Block. It is bordered by South Africa to the South and Zimbabwe to the East. The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is an integral part of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area.
Tuli wilderness is home to a diverse range of wildlife and the Tuli area boasts the world's largest elephant population on privately owned land (over 1,800 elephants).
The reserve encompasses riverine thickets, mopane veld, open plains, and boulder-strewn sandstone ecosystems, complete with the game one would expect. The landscapes are breath-taking!
As this is private land and off the beaten track, you can be sure that there will be no crowds and you can revel in an authentic wilderness experience.
Included in this retreat is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Furthermore, there is water, juices, coffee, and tea available throughout the day. They can cater for special dietary requirements for full-board options if given advance notice.
Polokwane International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Polokwane International Airport (PTG). For further information please send an inquiry to Lalapalm Yoga Safari.
From Johannesburg, guests should follow the N1 to Polokwane then the R521 to Alldays.
From Alldays to Tuli Wilderness, either Platjan Border or Pont Drift Border can be chosen as entry points (please note that Pont Drift cannot normally be crossed by vehicle during the wet season and that a 4x4 is required to reach the camp via Pont Drift regardless of season).
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