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Africa Yoga and Safari Holiday

There is no better place on earth to experience yoga than in the heart of the African Wilderness. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, this experience will bring you close to nature and relax your mind, body, and spirit. The combination of yoga, safari, bush walks, and spa treatments align perfectly with amazing meals, prepared with seasonal local produce by your private chef.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga session
  • Enjoy daily safari tours and bushwalk
  • 1-hour complimentary detoxing massage
  • Savor a South African wine tasting
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Air Force Base Hoedspruit (US$95 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Beauty salon
  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Wireless internet

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Waterbuck Private Camp is set on the banks of the dry Nhlaralumi River, offering excellent game viewing opportunities. Subtly blended into the natural environment, this private camp reflects the charm and romance of a bygone era, and is a standout among lodges in Timbavati.

Waterbuck Private Camp offers luxury at its best, with all modern conveniences and a dedicated team to assist with your every need. Complete with a private game vehicle, ranger, tracker, villa host, and chef available throughout your stay. You can indulge and set the pace of your exclusive safari.

Boasting a 4 bedroomed air-conditioned villa, which accommodates up to 8 guests, Waterbuck is available for exclusive bookings only and offers the ultimate in safari privacy, making it perfect for families and small group safaris.

Accommodation at Waterbuck consists of an opulent master suite with an open-plan bathroom and a comfortable viewing lounge on the top floor. On the ground floor, on either side of the lounge and kitchen area, are two luxury suites. A detached luxury garden suite completes the accommodation for a maximum of 8 guests.

The suites all overlook the private gardens, swimming pool, and viewing deck perched over the dry river bed and the bush beyond. The villa is air-conditioned and each bathroom is equipped with Victorian baths, indoor showers, double sinks, and the downstairs suites also have outdoor showers. Each suite comes equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite network, DVD player, telephone, safe, complimentary water bottles, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Waterbuck Camp is luxuriously decorated in dark tones of antique wood and thatch, and space is filled with small relics representing the area’s history. Raised above a dry riverbed overlooking savanna plains, the outdoor living area features a sparkling pool, and a viewing deck complete with a fireplace and a generous dining area, the ideal spot to end off an eventful day in the bush.

The fully equipped modern kitchen flows into the air-conditioned open-plan dining area and lounge and can be closed off from the living area with sliding doors for additional privacy. A library and access to 2 personal computers with Wi-Fi keeps guests in contact with the outside world. Sumptuous world-class cuisine can be enjoyed in the elegant dining room, boma, or on the private viewing deck under starry African skies. All in all, Waterbuck Private Camp falls among the best lodges in Timbavati.

Along with a well-equipped gym, Kings Camp (adjacent to Waterbuck) offers an array of pampering treatments, which can be enjoyed at the Kings Camp Lodge spa, or in the privacy of your suite at Waterbuck, a must in completing your all-round rejuvenating safari experience.

Program

Day 1

Arrive at Waterbuck villa for a delicious buffet lunch. You will head out into the African bush for a safari, combined with a relaxing sunset yoga session with your private instructor to get the blood flowing after a day of travel. After the safari, you will return to the villa for a pre-dinner drink and canapés before sitting down to your evening meal on the viewing deck.

Day 2

Morning bush walk with your private guide. After your walk, enjoy a yoga session in the bush followed by a continental bush breakfast served in the wild. Back at the villa, enjoy a 1-hour detoxing massage done by professional spa therapists. Late afternoon is lunchtime and then prepare for an exciting afternoon safari.

On returning from safari, enjoy a pre-dinner South African wine tasting before sitting down to some more delicious food served fine dining style in the dining room.

Day 3

Head out for a morning safari and yoga session in the bush before returning to the villa for breakfast. Enjoy a relaxing day by the pool, maybe a visit to the gym or just sit and relax with a good book. After lunch, you will head out for a safari and return to the villa for a sunset yoga session followed by a cocktail or 2 before a traditional South African boma meal cooked on the open fire.

Day 4

Before departing, wake up your body with a morning sunrise yoga flow the villa followed by a safari and arrive back at the villa for a breakfast on the deck.

Included excursions

  • Daily safari tours
  • Morning bush walk with a private guide

Retreat location

Kings Camp is located in the northern corner of Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park. The Timbavati lies approximately 450 kilometers north-east of Johannesburg. The Timbavati Reserve area is located within both the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces of South Africa. Today this great wilderness area is often referred to as the Greater Kruger Conservancy.

Kings Camp is located in a part of the reserve characterized by mopane woodlands, overlooking a waterhole frequented by a wide variety of wildlife. This Timbavati lodge was established in 1995 as a premier ecotourism destination. In 1992 the western boundary fence separating the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati was removed to create 2.2 million hectares open natural ecosystem that would enhance and promote natural ecological cycles.

It is also close to Air Force Base Hoedspruit (HDS).

Distances

  • Johannesburg, 450 kilometers, 6-hours drive

Unique features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

Services

  • Beauty salon
  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance

Food

You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. All beverages except cellar wines, premium brand spirits, champagne, and cognacs are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

Private safaris

Private safaris offer the ultimate flexibility and exclusivity for game viewing activities on a Kings Camp safari. For avid photographers and specialist bird watching, a private guide and vehicle is the best way for you to set your own pace as you explore the reserve. Private safaris are also an excellent option for families with younger children. Activities can be tailored to their interests and timetables without interfering with anyone else.

Photographic safaris

The Greater Kruger Park is renowned as one of the best places in Africa to photograph the Big 5. The Timbavati is unmatched for the high quality of wildlife sightings, professional guiding, and custom vehicles that will help to ensure that you always have an uninhibited view of your subject. Whether you're interested in capturing birds, big games or even the beautiful landscape of the Timbavati, photographic safaris at Kings Camp offer a world-class experience behind the lens.

Bird watching

Avid bird-watchers will struggle to replicate the quality of bird watching in the Timbavati. The Reserve is brimming with a number of species, both endemic and migratory that are a must-see for keen birders. Sightings range from the largest flightless bird, the ostrich, to the smallest sunbirds and highlights include black flycatcher, Harlequin quail, and little bittern.

Kings Camp spa

Tucked away in a discreet setting, surrounded by mopane trees is the Timbavati spa at Kings Camp. A paradise of peace and tranquility reflective of the natural surroundings, the spa offers a range of indulgent skin and body treatments to enjoy on safari.

Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing massage or a rejuvenating beauty treatment, the spa at this Timbavati safari lodge has something to suit you. For ultimate privacy, there is also the option to retreat to your suite and enjoy an indulgent treatment in the comfort of your own space.

Mpumalanga Helicopter Co. flights

Experience breathtaking panoramic views over the Blyde River Canyon on a helicopter with Mpumalanga Helicopter Co. The trip takes you over deep gorges, dramatic rock formations, and cascading waterfalls on the flight of a lifetime just 2 hours from the Timbavati.

Hot air balloon flights

Watch the sunrise over the Lowveld of Blyde River Canyon on a hot air balloon flight near Kings Camp. The Blyde River escarpment forms a natural amphitheater around the flight area, offering stunning panoramic views and unbeatable photographic opportunities. Hop aboard for the adventure of a lifetime.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is situated an hour and a half’s drive from Kings Camp at the base of the majestic North Eastern Lowveld Drakensberg. Moholoholo is a haven for the rehabilitation of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife including lion, rhino, leopard, servals, vultures, caracals, honey badger, eagles, and vultures. Tours are available at 9:3 a.m. and 3 p.m. except on Sundays. The tour lasts about two hours.

Spa treatments

  • Body massages
  • Facials
  • Pedicures
  • Manicures

What's included

  • 3 nights luxurious accommodation in Waterbuck Private Villa
  • Game activities and yoga sessions as listed in itinerary
  • 1-hour detoxing massage
  • 3 meals daily
  • All beverages excluding premium brands, wines from wine cellar and champagne
  • 15% VAT

What's not included

  • Cellar wines, premium brand spirits, champagne, cognacs, cigars, and cigarettes
  • Telephone calls
  • Curio-shop purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Additional activities
  • Wellness treatments
  • Laundry
  • Airport and helicopter transfer (available upon request)
  • Timbavati reserve road fee (if self-driving)
  • Conservation levy fee

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Air Force Base Hoedspruit (HDS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The additional cost for airport transfer 1400 ZAR per way. Please contact Kings Camp for flight and transfer options.

GPS

24°16’33.9″S 31°18’26.8″E

Airport: Air Force Base Hoedspruit Airport transfer available: Air Force Base Hoedspruit (US$95 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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