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Go on a journey into the beautiful, sacred underwater world of the dolphins and the majestic land of the African elephants. In this journey to distant lands and magical places, you will see amazing things, encounter fantastic creatures, and beautiful faces. Staying in luxury tented camps, your days in this retreat will be filled with fun and laughter, learning, communion with the animals, delicious meals, and space to just be. Experience the joy and bliss and be renewed.
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In this retreat, you will spend 4 nights in a luxury tented camp in Mozambique with your own personal chef, 3 nights in the luxury tented camp at The National Elephant Reserve, and 2 nights at the prestigious Goble Palms Guest Lodge. In Goble Palms Guest Lodge, each of the several guest lounges offers the added luxury of a complimentary decanter of sherry as well as the daily newspapers.
There is a delightful swimming pool in Goble Palms Guest Lodge where you can take a refreshing dip and tuck away under the eaves is their own quaint English pub where you can relax and unwind as you share your safari stories. Single supplement is available upon request and dependent on spaces available.
This program will be guided by Charles and Courtney who together bring a host of wisdom and experience to make your time both meaningful and adventurous with the right measures of exhilaration and restfulness. They will share shamanic sound journeys, movement sessions and awareness meditations on the beach, heart healings in the afternoon shade, and exhilarating African djembe drumming around the night fire.
Each day will include joint opening exercises, movement forms, standing, and sitting postures. This program is well-paced and suitable for all levels of experience and fitness. The retreat is an opportunity to be led to focus inwards and connect with your mind and body. The animals will evoke powerful emotional experiences that will be utilized for healing and opening you up to new ways of being. There will be lots of time to relax, enjoy swims, and walks along the sea shore.
You will fly into Durban and spend one night at Goble Palms Guest Lodge. The following morning, you will take a road trip to the Mozambique border. After crossing the vibrant Kosi Bay border post between South Africa and Southern Mozambique, you will be transferred to a convoy of 4×4 vehicles. An exciting 30-minute journey through the grasslands on a sand dune track awaits.
Your destinations, Ponta Malongane and the magnificent Milkwood coastal forest, are home to a private and exclusive tented camp that offers comfort, privacy, and tranquility. The sound of the sea soothes and beckons and the endless expansive beach walks are only a few steps away. At night, the sound of the Indian Ocean and the sweet bush babies will lull you to sleep. This area is an absolute paradise for nature lovers who just wish to be.
The morning encounters with the dolphins will start with a stunning walk along the beach as the golden glow of the sun, bursts into the eastern sky over the ocean to the nearby dive center where you will meet your highly skilled and experienced boat captain. The exhilarating boat launch will take you through the surf and out to sea where you will “ocean safari” to meet the wild Bottlenose dolphins.
Entering the water to meet these magnificent creatures in their liquid ocean environment is respectful and conscious, allowing the dolphins to lead the encounter. Courtney’s extensive knowledge of these dolphins and the local sea life ensures that you will have the most phenomenal experience possible and this includes the chance to do some fascinating reef snorkeling.
Afternoons will be free to explore the exquisite surrounds or to simply rest. On the banks of the inland Lake Sugi isthe colorful Ponta Malongane village, boasts many unique arts and crafts; this is home to the warm and open-hearted Shangaan people. As the sun begins to set, you can join Charles for healing sessions and awareness meditations down on the beach.
The evenings will be varied with chill out time to socialize and you will have a night or two with exhilarating djembe drumming around the night fire as Courtney shares the beats and rhythms of Africa. On your last afternoon, Courtney will take you on a magical sound journey as she weaves through the indigenous instruments with her beautiful voice. The generous brunches and 3-course dinners will be cooked by a talented personal chef who will delight you with her dishes and home cooked delicacies.
The Elephant Reserve is a 300 square kilometers national reserve between Zululand and Mozambique and it is home to Africa’s largest elephants as well as the smallest antelope. It is also the ancestral home of the Tembe people who co-own and manage the Safari Lodge. The excellent personal service, warm welcome, and happiness to share their love of the land and animal kingdom with you make this a special place to immerse yourself in the Africa of legends adventure and myth.
Each day, you will venture out into the bush both in the early morning and the evening on game drives under the care and expertise of the local guides. Their knowledge offers superb opportunities to naturally connect with the magnificent wild herds of elephants, along with lion, giraffe, buffalo, and rhino. The elephant encounters here are of the closest you will experience in all Southern Africa, you may even be close enough to look an elephant in the eye.
As dusk falls, you can enjoy a leisurely sundowner at the watering hole where the animals come together to drink. Each day, there will be opportunities for movement and meditation sessions under Charles’ guidance. The safari lodge offers luxury tented accommodation on decks with en-suites and there is a delightful sheltered pool to cool off in after the heat of the midday sun.
You can relax in one of the comfortable thatched lounge areas, enjoy a refreshing drink at the decked bar or just take time out to sit peacefully under the trees where you may encounter the curious Nyala antelope that roam free within the camp. The cuisine is out of this world; abundant and decadent. At night, delicious 3-course meals will be shared before you are captivated by the dance and local folklore stories of the Thonga people.
What better way to learn about the African bush than to sit around a glowing campfire in the boma, under the night stars, and become part of the African heartbeat. After a relaxed breakfast, you will head towards Durban where the traditional elegance of Goble Palms Guest Lodge awaits you. For your last evening together, you will dine out at one of Durban’s famous Indian restaurants and, as you say goodbye and return to different corners of the world, you will take the memories and friendships that are the magic of Africa.
Charles is a healer, meditation teacher, and author of the transformational book, The Alchemist’s Way. He lives in India and teaches internationally. Charles’ fusion of meditation, Tantra, Qigong, breath work, and movement for a healthy mind, body, and spirit started in the 1990s. He has studied with masters in India and Japan. His work is based on five tenets movement, stillness, awareness, love, and compassion. His classes offer much more than a series of stretches and ohms. The focus is on awareness and nervous system resilience, plus self-healing mechanisms of the body and mind.
Courtney is a Halo Gaia’s owner, Ponta Malone's ocean safari guide, leading dolphin swim facilitator, and data collector. Through her intimate relationship and long-standing experience with the dolphins, her love of people and her exceptional skills, Courtney offers an extraordinary dolphin-assisted therapy program during safari retreats. Her playful and spontaneous joy magnetically inspires and enthuses those around her. Essentially a performer in the "great arts of the divine," Courtney is a talented artist, actor, and musician.
This retreat will take place in Durban and The National Elephant Reserve of Tembe, South Africa and Ponta Malongane in Ponta do Ouro, Mozabique. The retreat venue in Durban is set high up on the ridge overlooking the city where you can enjoy its charming blend of tradition and luxurious comfort.
During your time in Mozambique, you will be served with brunches and 3-course dinners. In The National Elephant Reserve, you will be served with abundant and decadent meals that include a relaxed breakfast and delicious 3-course meals at night. For your last evening together, you will dine out at one of Durban’s famous Indian restaurants.
Please book your flight and arrive at Durban International Airport (DUR). Charles Lambrou Retreats will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
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