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7 Day Exclusive Wildlife and Yoga Retreat in Tsavo National Park

Galdessa, Galana River, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

Exclusive Wildlife and Yoga Retreat in Tsavo National Park

There's no need to be an avid yogi to get the full benefits of this retreat, given that it offers so much more than just yoga, it offers a unique seamless blend of wellness and wilderness. From game-drives to bush breakfasts to visiting the orphaned elephant you have adopted, this week is for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience. Prepare yourself for something entirely different! Each day will be complimented by the exceptional benefits of yoga enjoyed amidst a pristine natural world. This retreat is a modern wellness experience like no other.

Meet the guides

Laura
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Highlights

  • 2 group yoga classes daily
  • 1 private yoga session with Laura
  • Enjoy Game drives within the unique southern area of Tsavo East
  • Adopt an SWT orphan and access the Voi stockades
  • All food, beverages, and sundowners will be provided
  • 2 massage treatments are included
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 activity days
Group size: 4-12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:20
Check-out Time:
08:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor shower

Galdessa Luxury Eco-Lodge

Galdessa is a safari-style camp comprising of two separate properties, Galdessa and Galdessa Little, are both situated along the banks of the Galana river, within the very heart of Tsavo East National Park.

The conservation "not for profit" template for SWT eco-lodges ensures all proceeds from staying in their beautifully appointed properties go directly back into wildlife preservation, specifically supporting projects within Tsavo. Galdessa is exclusive, there will be no other guests here whilst the retreat is going on.

Wild, luxury, comfort

Galdessa’s bedrooms are raised on wooden platforms shaded by doum palms with uninterrupted 180-degree views of the Galana River and the Yatta plateau beyond. Each of Galdessa’s tented bedrooms feel like it's own private oasis, elevated under thatch roofs, the rooms have a combination of twin and double beds, and all include an en-suite bathroom.

Sitting under a thatched roof, both airy mess areas provide a large, communal space for you to gather and immerse yourself in Tsavo’s natural beauty. There are two swimming pools for you to enjoy an early morning dip or to lounge around after lunch, soaking up the sun, even perhaps a balmy nighttime swim under the star-spangled sky.

Galdessa’s experienced staff offer attentive yet discreet service, ensuring that you are well taken care of and fully informed about all that Galdessa and the surrounding park has to offer.

Rooms

  • King room

A private king room to yourself with an ensuite bathroom and prime views.

  • Twin room

A shared room for two people. Perfect for a couple, two friends, or solo travelers looking to share. You may request a room with two twin beds or one king bed. All rooms are en-suite.

Program

Rejuvenating mornings

Start the day with a warm-up leading into an energetic Vinyasa flow, perfect for all levels to enjoy. After some time to freshen up, you will meet for a healthy and varied breakfast. You will then begin the day with tailored game drives, allowing you to take in the spectacular wildlife scene of Tsavo. Each day will be a unique experience.

Serene afternoons

After a nourishing lunch at the camp, your afternoons are for you to relax and take in all that Galdessa has to give. Embrace the resident wildlife around the camp, have a massage in your room or a dip in the pool. Space and time to unwind and restore for the evening.

Starry nights

Before sunset, you will reconvene for your final practice of yoga followed by a sundowner at a new location each evening. Shortly after the sun has set, return back to the lodge to freshen up before dinner together. During your evening meal, Laura will announce the agenda for the next day and after that, the evening is yours.

Your SWT elephant adoption

An exciting aspect of joining this retreat is the adoption of your orphan elephant whom you will be able to meet at the SWT Voi reintegration unit. With this adoption, you will receive a personalized adoption certificate, access to special content, the latest keepers' diaries, videos, and photos as well as monthly email updates on your orphan and the project.

What is exciting in this case as foster parents, you will be able to visit the Voi orphans and meet your adopted elephant along with learning more about the project first hand. For more information about the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, please visit their website or send an inquiry.

Yoga, Laura's method

  • Modern wellness experience

Laura aims to create an unforgettable experience for guests with yoga, complimenting your stay, allowing you to take what you need from yoga. A relaxing break to immerse yourself in unforgettable experiences supplemented by her modern wellness perspective; life is always about finding balance.

  • For everyone

It is important to Laura that everyone feels welcomed to practice yoga. It can benefit each and everyone in different ways. Laura will be there to help guide you in the right direction so that you can find your love for yoga too.

  • Styles of yoga

Starting each day with an energizing Vinyasa and unwinding with a relaxing hour of Yin before sunset, classes are suitable for all abilities. If you are new to yoga Laura will provide you with appropriate modifications and if you are an avid yogi, each class will have a range of adjustments to challenge you, if that's what you are looking for.

Immersive yoga experience

Enjoy yoga classes in varying locations, from evening Yin facing the Yatta Plateau to sunrise yoga on a rock, overlooking the vastness of Tsavo; a time for rest, reflection, and rejuvenation.

Unique elephant experience

Learn and share in the pioneering work of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who rescue, raise, and save baby elephants who have lost their elephant family through poaching or human-wildlife conflict. Through the work of the trust, these little babies are gifted life and a second chance again. You can share in their journey and meet some of them at the Voi Reintegration Unit.

Wild location

Bask in nature within the heart of Tsavo. Laura has chosen the month of May because it is the green season, bursting with life, from wildflowers, butterflies, nesting birds, and animals with their tiny babies underfoot. Surrounded by expansive wilderness, crisp air, and immaculate starry nights, this journey will be a treat for the human soul.

Guides

Laura Bunting

Location

Laura Bunting Yoga has chosen a special corner in Kenya’s largest national park, Tsavo, for this yoga retreat. A place where you can absorb the natural world in all its splendor and reinvigorate the human soul. Galdessa is one of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s beautifully appointed eco-lodges where the aesthetics and architecture blend seamlessly into its stunning surroundings. Situated on the Galana river, you don’t have to even move from your bedroom with its panoramic views to enjoy the abundant wildlife all around!

Food

Daily meals, beverages, as well as sundowners are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Detox juices
  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
  • 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

Spa treatments

Two massages are included in the package, which can be arranged upon your arrival.

What's included

  • 2 group yoga classes daily
  • 1 private yoga session with Laura
  • Game drives within the unique southern area of Tsavo East
  • National park entrance fees
  • 2 massage treatments
  • Adoption of an SWT orphan
  • Access to the orphans at the Voi stockades
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All food and beverages daily
  • Sundowners
  • Train fairs
  • Transfer from the Voi train station to the camp and back
  • Flying doctor membership

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfer to and from the Nairobi train station on arrival and departure

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Laura Bunting Yoga would recommend flying into Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi (NBO) if you are arriving from outside of Kenya. Visas are available on arrival. To take the hassle away from searching for flights and insurance, they also offer a personalized service to organize your travel itinerary.

  • Monday - 10th of May 2021: Arrival

Included and booked in advance will be your train from Nairobi to Voi. On Monday, you will all meet at Nairobi Terminus at 7:20 a.m. The train departs at 8:20 a.m., arriving at Voi around 12:08 p.m., where you will be collected to enjoy a game drive to Galdessa Camp.

  • Sunday - 16th May 2021: Departure

On Sunday morning, start the day with an early breakfast and leave to catch the train at 9:49 a.m. from Voi, which is scheduled to arrive back in Nairobi for 12:08 p.m. where Laura would recommend you have arrangements for collection in advance.

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

Sunday May 16, 2021
(7 days / 6 nights)

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