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8 Days AcroYoga Safari Retreat in Namibia

Etosha Village, On C38 - 2km from Okaukuejo Gate, Okaukuejo, Namibia

Safari Yoga Retreat Namibia

Explore and discover some of the most spectacular locations in Namibia with Anna and Marcel, whilst also focusing on your yoga practice in the beautiful natural surroundings. The retreat will be filled with adventurous days, wildlife game viewing, yoga, and AcroYoga. Whether you are just starting out with AcroYoga, you will surely leave this retreat with a deepened practice as it promotes a wide range of physical and mental benefits.

Meet the guides

Marcel & Anna Karides
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Highlights

  • Yoga and AcroYoga in nature
  • Wildlife Game Viewing at Etosha National Park
  • 3 beautiful lodges of which 2 have their own wildlife
  • Optional spa packages at Gocheganas Nature Reserve
  • Adventurous activities at the Skeleton Coast
  • Daily meals as per itinerary
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, German
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Accommodation

Facilities

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

You will be staying at three different lodges in three different locations - of which two have their own wildlife and the other one situated in the Skeleton Coast.

Etosha Village - Prime destination for nature lovers

Etosha Village uniquely delivers the perfect safari style experience in a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park. 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 curio shop and of course, the outdoor yoga deck!

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. The individual luxurious units offer a spacious air-conditioned bedroom and a modern en-suite bathroom with a shower. The patio and outside seating area create an ideal space to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

Desert Breeze - Swakopmund

Stay in luxury and style

Desert Breeze offers the ultimate desert experience. A short drive from central Swakopmund, its spectacular location provides peace and tranquility away from the bustling town, and the privilege of savoring the ancient Namib Desert. Surrounded by the colorful and unique architecture contrasting but yet fitting in with the desert landscape, it will sooth any soul. The luxury bungalows with their creative atmosphere and the friendly staff will make your stay one remember. Breakfast will be at Desert Breeze, lunch and dinner at one of Swakopmund's many cafes and restaurants.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a coastal town facing the Atlantic Ocean. It has a laid back feel to it with palm trees, good restaurants, and gift shops. For the more adventurous, there are a variety of extreme sports, from skydiving, quad biking, fat wheel biking, ocean safaris, dune boarding, and surfing.

Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Wellness Village

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 6000 hectare Nature Reserve, game drives and walking activities are welcomed as an enriching experience. The architecture and decor of all buildings at GocheGanas incorporate local arts and crafts in celebration of the culture of Namibia. Offering 16 totally private chalets under a thatched roof with uninterrupted and spectacular views over the surrounding reserve.

Wellness Village

The Wellness Village boasts a top of the range selection of wellness treatments, products, and services. Other facilities include eleven treatment rooms with state of the art equipment such as a crystal bath, hydrotherapy bath, a Vichy shower, and more, 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.

Program

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 - 3

  • 23 - 25 November - Etosha National Park South, Etosha Village

Day 4 - 6

  • 26 - 28 November - Swakopmund – Desert Breeze Lodge

Day 7

  • 29 November - Windhoek area, Gocheganas Nature Reserve

Day 8

  • 30 November - End of Retreat

Day 1 (Tuesday, 23 November)

  • Venue: Etosha Village
  • Location: Etosha National Park
  • Included: All meals
  • Activity: Sunset Yoga

On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met and the Journey to Etosha Village will begin. If you arrived a day or so before, we will pick you up at your B&B, leaving Windhoek latest 10:00am. From Windhoek it’s an 4 hour drive, the perfect time to get to know your fellow yogi’s and an introduction to what the week has in store for you while enjoying majestic landscapes and the unique environment of flora and fauna. 

After a late lunch and settling into your accommodation, we will meet for a  sunset yoga session followed by a welcoming ceremony and a mouth-watering dinner under the African sky…

Day 2 (Wednesday, 24 November)

  • Venue: Etosha Village
  • Location: Etosha National Park
  • Included: All meals
  • Activity: 1x Yoga Session, 1x Morning Game Drive to Etosha National Park
  • Optional Activities: Guided Nature walk, Stargazing

Starting the day with a beautiful sunrise yoga session that will awaken all your senses, making you feel reconnected with your soul…

After a healthy breakfast we will meet with an experienced guide that will take us 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.

For lunch we will return to Etosha Village, relax by one of the 3 swimming pools, read a book, go on a nature walk, birding or enjoy the beautiful surroundings from your own private patio.

We will meet again for sunset yoga, ending the day with a buffet dinner.

Day 3 (Thursday, 25 November)

  • Venue: Etosha Village
  • Location: Etosha National Park
  • Included: All meals
  • Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions, 1x Morning Game Drive to Etosha National Park
  • Optional Activities: Guided Nature walk, Stargazing

Waking up to another beautiful day in Africa!!

Sunrise yoga on our open-air yoga becoming one with nature, followed by breakfast and a Wildlife Game Drive to Etosha National Park.

After a healthy lunch and swim, you can relax before meeting for a yoga session. After dinner we will visit the neighboring lodge for live African Music…a perfect ending to your first 3 nights in Namibia!

Day 4 (Friday, 26 November)

  • Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge
  • Location: Swakopmund
  • Included: Breakfast, lunch packs
  • Not Included: Dinner
  • Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions

An early rise for Yoga as the sun starts creeping up over the horizon. A time to reflect, breathe and simply take in the peacefulness of all that surrounds you. It is then time for breakfast before heading to the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund - where the ocean meets the desert. The driving time is around 5 hours, somewhat meditative with forever changing landscapes.

Once in Swakopmund, we will enjoy sunset yoga with spectacular views of the Namib dunes followed by a German cuisine dinner.

Day 5 (Saturday, 27 November)

  • Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge
  • Location: Swakopmund
  • Included: Breakfast
  • Not included: Optional activities, lunch and dinner
  • Activity: 1x Yoga Sessions
  • Optional Activities: Living Desert Tour, Fat Wheel Biking, Quad biking, Dune boarding, Ocean Safaris, Kayaking with seals, Horse riding, Camel riding, Surfing, Scenic Flights

After yoga and a healthy breakfast, you will surely be ready for a fun filled day in Swakopmund.  You can choose between a variety of optional activities, from quad biking, fat wheel biking, ocean safaris, dune boarding, horse riding, camel riding, kayaking or surfing. If you would like to observe your surroundings from above, you could even try skydiving or a scenic flight. Sunset Yoga will be on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert followed by dinner at your choice of restaurant.

“We suggest one or more of the above activities as there will be 2 full days spent in Swakopmund. If you want to visit Sossusvlei in the South, we recommend to book the half day scenic flight with Pleasure Flights to Sossusvlei. The flight departs early morning from Swakopmund on the 27th, flying inland and the flight takes about 2 hours. Once you get to Sossusvlei Lodge, you will have breakfast and head into the Park with a Game drive vehicle and explore the surrounding area, including the iconic Deadvlei. Lunch you will be back at the Lodge, then fly back to Swakopmund via the coast.

Day 6 (Sunday, 28 November)

  • Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge
  • Location: Swakopmund
  • Included: Breakfast
  • Not included: Optional activities, lunch and dinner
  • Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions
  • Optional Activities: Living Desert Tour, Fat Wheel Biking, Quad biking, Dune boarding, Ocean Safaris, Kayaking with seals, Horse riding, Camel riding, Surfing, Cape Cross excursion, Scenic Flights

Another day at the coast. Depending on the weather, we will either have a yoga session in the desert or on the beach. After breakfast, you can relax at the beach, explore the town or go on more activities.

We will meet for some fun acro yoga at the beach taking in the beautiful surrounds and magical sunset. Dinner will be at a restaurant of your choice as there are so many to choose from.

Day 7 (Monday, 29 November)

  • Venue: Gocheganas Nature Reserve
  • Location: Windhoek Surrounds
  • Included: All meals
  • Activity: 2x Yoga Sessions
  • Optional Activities: Guided game drives, guided nature walks or Spa treatments

After yoga in the stillness of the desert, we will have breakfast and make our way to Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Wellness Centre. After lunch enjoy a much-needed massage (optional) after 7 days of yoga and adventure. If needed, spend some more time at the Spa or go on an afternoon game drive (optional extras).

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

Day 8 (Tuesday, 30 November)

  • Venue: Gocheganas Nature Reserve
  • Location: Windhoek Surrounds
  • Included: Breakfast
  • Activity: 1x Sunrise Yoga Session
  • Optional Activities: Game drive at Gocheganas, SPA treatments

Our last sunrise yoga session…

Today your safari comes to an end, but before it does, you will have one last yoga practice and a chance to reflect on self as well as the holiday you have had thus far.

You will then have time to pack your belongings and freshen up to prepare for your flight back to the capital city. If you flight is late afternoon, you can opt for one more optional game drive or Spa treatment.

You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight back home…

Included excursions

You will go on two game drives to Etosha National Park (one with an open-air vehicle and one with the minivan used for the duration of the retreat)

Guides

Marcel Vosloo

Anna Karides

Location

Namibia

Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Angola, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa, it has something exciting to do for everyone. Whether you love animals, birds, nature, the ocean, the desert or extreme sports, its got it all. Traveling through Namibia awakens your emotions and senses - colors become brighter, smells more intense and you taste more appreciative. Your sixth sense finds its mystical home and above all, you feel reconnected with your soul!

Namibia, nicknamed the Gem of Africa, got its name from the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world and one of the highest sand dunes in the world. Namibia boasts remarkable natural attractions such as the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon Park, and the Kalahari Desert. Its majestic landscape and natural environment offer a unique flora and fauna population with an abundant variety of wildlife.

Namibia’s greatest wildlife sanctuary, the Etosha National Park is situated in the Northern part of the country. It has exceptional wildlife including black rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, giraffe, hyena, zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok, and eland. The 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.

Food

Due to staying at three different lodges and different prices, the following meals will be included/excluded:

  • Etosha Village - All meals
  • Swakopmund - Only breakfast
  • Gocheganas - All meals

Most meals will consist of buffet breakfasts and dinners, lunches will be a la cart menu. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

In Swakopmund at the coast, there will be a variety of adventurous activities to do:

  • Dune boarding
  • Quad biking
  • Camel riding
  • Horse riding
  • Ocean Safari with champagne breakfast
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Fat wheel biking
  • Cultural tours
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Living desert tour
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Scenic flights
  • Spa treatments

Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia suggests one or more of the above activities as there will be two full days spent in Swakopmund. If you want to visit Sossusvlei in the South, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia recommends booking the half-day scenic flight to Sossusvlei. The flight departs early morning from Swakopmund, about a two-hour flight. Once you get to Sossusvlei Lodge, you will have breakfast and head into the park with a game drive vehicle and explore the surrounding area, including the iconic Deadvlei. Lunch you will be back at the lodge, then fly back to Swakopmund.

Spa treatments

At Gocheganas there is a Wellness Village with various spa treatments. Your host, Marcel will give you the list on the retreat to choose from then book it.

What's included

  • 1 private yoga teacher
  • 1 host
  • Daily yoga and AcroYoga
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals at Etosha and Gocheganas
  • Breakfast in Swakopmund
  • 2 still waters per day
  • 2 game drives to Etosha National Park
  • Road transport
  • Airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • VAT and tourism levy
  • Welcoming gift

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • International flight tickets
  • Gratuity
  • Laundry
  • All lunches and dinners in Swakopmund
  • 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 no later than 10 a.m. on the first day of the retreat. Daily flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek, National airline is Air Namibia. British Airways, South African Airways, Air Berlin, Condo, KLM, Qatar Airways and TAAG fly to Namibia. Most international airlines fly to South Africa with good connecting flights to Namibia.

No need to worry about arranging any transfers, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will organize it all. Once they have everyone's flight details, they will arrange your transfers from the airport to Windhoek, including your transfers for your departure flights. If you fly in a day or two before the retreat, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will pick you up at your accommodation on the start day of the retreat before heading to Etosha National Park. From Windhoek it’s a four-hour drive, the perfect time to get to know your fellow yogis and an introduction to what the week has in store for you while enjoying majestic landscapes and the unique environment of flora and fauna.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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Availability

Arrival: Tuesday November 23, 2021
Departure: Tuesday November 30, 2021

Pricing information

Due to the Covid19, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia had to postpone this retreat from 2020 to 2021. Three of the booked guests have canceled and their rooms are available:

  • 1 Shared room - 2850 EUR per person sharing
  • 1 Private room - 3200 EUR per person 

The three guests also booked a scenic flight from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei and their seats are now available. Once you have made your booking and if you are interested in this optional activity, please let Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia know and they will send you all the details. 

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