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7 Days Wildlife Yoga Retreat in Namibia, Africa

Okonjima Plains Camp, Okonjima Game Reserve 200 square kilometres amongst Omboroko Mountains, Namibia

Journey into the Inner Self Yoga Holiday in Namibia

Join Austrian yoga teacher, Lisa Winter and retreat organizer, Marcel Vosloo this coming December for a retreat filled with daily yoga in nature and an abundance of wildlife. You will visit Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation, Namibia’s Greatest Wildlife Park, ending it off with a luxury stay at a private Nature Reserve that offers Wellness facilities. Combining Lisa's teachings in nature with the unique wildlife experiences, will be your first few steps towards living a more conscious loving life.

Meet the guides

Lisa
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Private yoga teacher and host
  • Carnivore tracking on foot and leopard viewing at Okonjima
  • Guided game drives to Etosha National Park, sundowner drives
  • Guided nature walks, stargazing, birding, live African music
  • 1 full body massage session
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 activity days in English
Spoken languages: German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Parking lot

The retreat will take place at three different lodges:

Etosha Village - Etosha National Park

Etosha Village is a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo. At Etosha Village, nature and luxury are in perfect harmony through design and comfort. Besides the 45 accommodation units and camping facilities, Etosha Village has three restaurant seating areas, a sparkling pool plus two smaller pools as well as a well-stocked utility , curio shop, and of course, the outdoor yoga deck! The individual luxurious units offer a spacious air-conditioned bedroom and a modern en-suite bathroom with shower. The patio and outside seating area create an ideal space to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Etosha National Park is home to 114 species of mammals, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, and 16 amphibian species, which make game viewing in Etosha a unique experience.

Okonjima - Home of the AfriCat Foundation

The family-run Okonjima Lodge rests at the foot of the sandstone Omboroko Mountains amidst Acacia thornveld in a Malaria-free area. It is halfway between Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park. Okonjima Nature Reserve is equally famed for frequent cheetah and leopard sightings on its safaris, as well as The AfriCat Foundation. Since being founded in 1991, AfriCat’s mission has been to make significant contributions to conservation, while trying to ensure the survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. It undertakes research, community support and environmental education projects, as well as conservation work to rehabilitate carnivores such as cheetah and hyaena.

Okonjima Lodge offers a wide spectrum of accommodation offerings, ranging from well-appointed private camp sites to breathtaking safari lodges. The award-winning Okonjima African Villa and Private Bush Suite offer an unparalleled luxury safari experience, indulging guests with a private chef, guide and safari vehicle. Okonjima guarantees a unique African safari to remember.

GocheGanas Nature Reserve and Wellness Center

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 6,000-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 incorporates local arts and crafts in celebration of the culture of Namibia. Offering 16 totally private chalets under thatched roof with uninterrupted and spectacular views over the surrounding reserve. All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, a mini bar, and outdoor showers.

Program

Lisa and Marcel handpicked three remarkable lodges boasting their own wildlife and professional guides, designing a week for people who not only loves yoga, nature and animals, but wanting to bring harmony into their lives, living a more conscious ,purposeful and loving life. Lisa's classes will connect you to your inner self, teaching awareness and mindful movement through Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative sessions, tailored to the personal needs of each guest. The retreat takes a maximum of 8 guests for the perfect group experience, welcoming beginners to advanced.

Each day is set to begin with a morning yoga practice out in nature as the world awakes around you. The remainder of the mornings, after breakfast, will be spent on an excursion specific to the area. On return from the activity, lunch will be served and then 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 days draw to a close, you will find yourself back in nature for an afternoon yoga practice, quieting your mind before dinner under the Namibian starlit skies.

Day 1: December 12

Lodging: Okonjima Plains Camp

Accommodation: Standard rooms

Includes: All meals

Activities: Yoga, meditation

Choose one of the following activities included in the retreat: cheetah project, game drive, leopard viewing, large carnivore tracking on foot, nature trails, birding

On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met and the journey to Okonjima Nature Reserve will begin. If you arrived a day or so before, they will pick you up at your B&B.

From Windhoek it’s a 2-hour drive, the perfect time for an introduction to what the week has in store for you while enjoying majestic landscapes and the unique environment of flora and fauna. 

After lunch and settling into your accommodation, you will meet for a restorative sunset yoga session followed by a mouth-watering dinner under the African sky.

Days 2-4: December 13-15

Lodging: Etosha Village

Accommodation: Twin rooms

Includes: All meals

Activities: Yoga, meditation, two guided game drives to Etosha National Park, one sundowner drive with snacks and beverages, one live African music night at nearby lodge

Optional activities: Stargazing (weather permitting), guided nature trails, birding

Day 2

Waking up to a beautiful day in Africa, you will start the day with a sunrise yoga session, then participate in one of the above activities. Okonjima’s activities delight and educate even the most experienced of travellers. Mornings begin early with tracking cheetahs on foot in the Okonjima Nature Reserve alongside their experienced guides.

You will head to your next location, Etosha National Park where you will be staying at Etosha Village for the next three nights. The drive takes about 2.5 hours, arriving around lunch time.

Etosha Village is a prime destination for nature lovers combined with excellent service and cuisine! The lodge uniquely delivers the perfect safari style experience in a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo on the Southern side.

Relax by the pools after lunch or join a guided nature walk before a yoga session out in nature on an open-air yoga deck. Dinner will be buffet style under the African stars. Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow calls for an early start for a game drive to Etosha National Park.

Day 3

After a healthy breakfast, you will meet with an experienced guide that will take you to Etosha National Park. It is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, giraffe, hyena, zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok, and eland are common in the park which make game viewing in Etosha a unique experience.

Returning to Etosha Village for lunch, relax for the rest of the day, before meeting for an early afternoon yoga session. The yoga sessions will be longer due to not having yoga this morning. Embrace yourself for a late afternoon sunset drive to experience breathtaking views of the Mopane Forests.

Day 4

After a calming yoga practice, followed by breakfast, we will head to Etosha National Park. Relax at a nearby lodge for lunch, before heading back to Etosha Village for yet another mindful yoga session in nature. After dinner, you will head to the neighboring lodge for some African music.

Days 5 and 6

Lodging: Gocheganas

Accommodation: Twin rooms

Includes: All meals

Activities: Yoga, meditation, one full body massage

Optional activities: Guided nature trails, game drives, spa treatments

Day 5

After yoga, you will have breakfast and make your way to Gocheganas Private Nature Reserve where you will be treating yourselves at the spa for the next two days. The drive is about 5 hours and you should arrive around lunch time.

After lunch, enjoy a much needed massage and If needed, spend some more time at the spa or go on an optional afternoon game drive.

Day 6

You will have another sunrise yoga overlooking the stunning scenery that Gocheganas offers. The rest of the day you can either relax at the pool or go on an optional activity. Admire 25 different large game species roaming the 6,000-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.

Enjoy your last dinner surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.

Day 7

Your last sunrise yoga session. Depending on flight departure times, you can either relax at Gocheganas after breakfast or go curio shopping in Windhoek. Not only will it be a memorable drive back to the airport, but an unforgettable trip.

Guides

Lisa Winter

Location

Food

During this retreat, you will be served three daily delicious meals. Options of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free will be available. Coffee, tea, juice, water, and fruit will be supplied all day.

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast will consist of extensive selections of fresh fruits, yogurts, cereals, freshly baked bread, eggs, and smoothies.

Lunches

Lunch will mostly be an a la carte menu with endless mouth-watering dishes to choose from.

Dinner buffet-style

Dinner will consist of exquisite choices of salads, vegetable dishes, freshly baked breads, and a variety of grilled meats and stir-fries followed by decadent desserts and a variety of cheeses and biscuits.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

Things to do (optional)

On return from the activity, lunch will be served and then some time to relax and enjoy the 'holiday' part of this adventure, or head off for another guided activity as offered by the lodges.

Spa treatments

A full body massage is included. More spa treatments available at Gocheganas Wellness Center.

Wellness Village

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.

What's included

  • 1 private yoga teacher
  • 1 host
  • Professional guides for all excursions
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • All meals
  • 2 still waters per day
  • 1 excursion at okonjima - home of the AfriCat Foundation
  • 2 guided game drives to Etosha National Park
  • 1 sundowner drive at Etosha Village
  • 1 night of live African music close to Etosha Village
  • 1 full body massage at GocheGanas Nature Reserve & Spa
  • Road transport
  • 2 airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • Passenger liability insurance
  • VAT and tourism levy
  • Welcoming gift

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • International flight tickets
  • Gratuity
  • Laundry
  • All drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • All optional extra activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) no later than 10:00 a.m. on arrival day. Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

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 18% 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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Arrival: Thursday December 12, 2019
Departure: Wednesday December 18, 2019

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