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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Namibia.
Join Marcel and Maria for 8 days of yoga, wildlife, and adventure while visiting three of Namibia’s top locations. Mornings are set to begin with a yoga practice out in nature, combining vinyasa flows, meditation, and breathing techniques to energize you for the day ahead. As the days draw to a close, you will find yourself back in nature for a relaxing yoga session.
During this retreat, you will be staying at four different lodges:
Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, Toshari Lodge offers affordable but enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s major attractions.
Situated only 25 kilometers from Andersons Gate, at the edge of the magnificent Etosha National Park, and ideally positioned for day visits into the park.
Toshari Lodge offers a range of accommodation options, including 22 standard rooms, 13 luxury rooms, 3 family rooms, and three campsites.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and each room is equipped with mosquito nets, air-conditioning, a small outside sitting area from where you can enjoy the tranquil bush and a tea/coffee station for your convenience.
All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, with essential amenities and laundry service is available at a small additional fee. After the excitement of your Namibian safari in Etosha National Park, relax and unwind at the Lodge. Take a refreshing dip in the sparkling pools and enjoy the serenity of our striking African-inspired lapa with its stunning photographs of local Etosha wildlife.
Toshari Lodge Restaurant offers wholesome Namibian cuisine with either a BBQ or 5-course meal, depending on the number of guests. Meals are complemented with homegrown herbs and vegetables and fresh home-baked bread.
Madisa Camp is situated on the D2612 road to Twyfelfontein, a very popular route. The camp is hidden between amazing rock formations which are scattered with Bushman Paintings and has privy to an ancient Desert Elephant route that often gets visited by these beautiful giants.
Ideal for the traveler who wishes to camp comfortably without compromising the experience of exclusivity in this vast and magnificent area of Damaraland Namibia.
Madisa is a good base camp to explore from as there are very interesting sites in the area, such as Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, the Petrified Forest, and much more, all within an easy drive, and, after a day of exploring, what better to finish with a swim and enjoy your campsite under a blanket of stars.
The swimming pool and bar area are very welcoming after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings. It’s also nice to meet fellow travelers and share tails around a communal campfire at night while the sky puts on a breath-taking show of stars.
Madisa Safari Tents are built cleverly and as eco-friendly as possible around scenic boulder formations each with their own en-suite rock bathroom consisting of a basin, shower, and toilet. The tents sleep a max of two people and offer twin beds or a double bed. Hot water is available at night (solar system) and there are paraffin/solar lighting in the tent and bathroom area.
Stay in luxury and style. In its prime position above the ephemeral Swakop River, overlooking a vast and sensuous apricot dune sea, 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, while lunch and dinner at one of Swakopmund's many cafes and restaurants.
Situated a mere 29 kilometres south east 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. 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.
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, and a fruit and juice bar, thus making a visit to GocheGanas Wellness Village a unique experience.
On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met and the journey to Etosha National Park will begin. If you have arrived a day or so before, you will be picked up at your hotel.
From Windhoek, it’s a four-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 meditation session, absorbing the peace and tranquility of the natural African bush. Dinner at the lodge.
Waking up to a beautiful day in Africa, you will start the day with a sunrise yoga session.
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 Toshari Lodge for lunch, relax for the rest of the day by one of the pools, before heading to a nearby lodge for yoga followed by a mouth-watering buffet dinner at the same lodge.
After a calming yoga practice and breakfast, you will head to Etosha National Park for another exciting day of game viewing. Lunch time we will be back at the lodge, relax before an afternoon yoga and meditation session, followed by dinner at the lodge. Tonight, you will head to the neighboring lodge for live African music.
Venue: Madisa Camp
Included: All meals
Activities: Two yoga sessions, Twyfelfontein tour
Today, you will be heading to Damaraland! After sunrise yoga and a healthy breakfast, you will drive through one of Namibia’s most scenic areas to Twyfelfontein. This world heritage site comprises of ancient rock engravings, organ pipes, burnt mountains, and a petrified forest. It is also the most famous rock art concentration in Africa, featuring more than 5000 petroglyphs and 200 rock paintings.
From Twyfelfontein, it’s an hours drive to Madisa, where you will settle into your Tented accommodation, before a meditation session up on the Mountains taking in one of the most spectacular sunsets you will encounter.
Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge
Included: Breakfast, yoga, and meditation
Optional activities: Living desert tour, fat wheel biking, quad biking, dune boarding, ocean safaris, kayaking with seals, horse riding, camel riding, surfing, scenic flights
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 4 hours, somewhat meditative with forever changing landscapes.
Once in Swakopmund, you will enjoy sunset yoga with spectacular views of the Namib dunes followed by a German cuisine dinner.
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 adventurous excursions (optional), 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.
After lunch, you can either relax or explore this cute little German town. Sunset yoga will be on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert followed by your choice of restaurant.
Depending on the weather this morning, you will either do yoga in the desert or on the beach. Join another activity of your choice before heading to Gocheganas Nature Reserve. The drive will be about 4 hours. Once you get to Gocheganas, you can either join an optional evening game drive or one of the many spa treatments at their wellness center.
Admire 25 different large game species roaming the 6000-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 spreaded 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.
Your last sunrise yoga overlooking the stunning scenery that Gocheganas offers. Depending on flight departure times, you can either relax after breakfast or go curio shopping in Windhoek. Not only will it be a memorable drive back to the airport, but a trip never to be forgotten.
I have been leading yoga retreats for over 4 years in Namibia where I also grew up and worked as a travel consultant. If you want to see and experience the best that Namibia has to offer, where days are filled with adventure and mindful yoga flows in nature, stay in carefully handpicked lodges close to all the National Parks and encounter wildlife up close and personal, then you have come to the right place. All my retreats are personalized and groups are small for the perfect group experience.
MARIA HAS BEEN TEACHING PILATES AND VARIOUS FITNESS CLASSES IN DENMARK SINCE 2001. HER PASSION FOR FITNESS AND LIVING AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE LED HER TO BECOME A PERSONAL TRAINER IN 2005 AND A PHYSIOTHERAPIST IN 2007.OVER THE LAST 6 YEARS MARIAS FOCUS HAS BEEN TRIATHLONS AND YOGA NATURALLY FOLLOWED IN HER FOOTSTEPS AS IT DID NOT ONLY HELP HER WITH A FASTER RECOVERY, BUT WITH BALANCE IN HER MIND AND BODY. THE COMBINATION OF HER YOGA STYLES WHICH INCLUDE HATHA, YIN, VINYASA FLOWS AND HOT YOGA, COMBINED WITH PHYSIOTHERAPY REAPS MANY BENEFITS AND HAS NO LIMITS.
Etosha National Park can be seen all the way from space and is one of Southern Africa’s most popular wildlife parks. The park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometers and gets its name from the large Etosha salt pan, which is almost entirely within the park.
It is home to four of the big five and houses hundreds of species of mammals, birds, and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species such as the black rhinoceros.
The picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund was established by German colonists in 1892. With its German history, some buildings have German colonial architecture accompanied by endless German cuisine and a small part of its population is still German-speaking.
Attractions in Swakopmund include the Swakopmund Museum, Martin Luther steam locomotive, National Marine Aquarium, Jetty and the Crystal Gallery, where you will find the world’s largest quartz crystal on display. Activities include 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, scenic flights, spa treatments, and Sandwich Harbour 4x4 tours.
One of Namibia's most scenic routes and landscapes, it is known not only for its desert-adapted elephants, but also for its rock art, rock engravings, a petrified forest, burnt mountains, and organ pipes.
We will be staying at 4 different venues in 4 locations. At the first venue, close to Etosha National Park, Toshari: all meals are included. Breakfast consist out of a buffet, lunches and dinners will be held at different lodges close to Toshari.
At the second venue in Damaraland, Madisa, you will have lunch packs for the drive from Etosha to Damaraland and dinner will be under the African skies after a meditation session with one of the most incredible views you will experience.
In the venue at the coast, Desert Breeze in Swakopmund, a healthy breakfast buffet is included each morning before participating in one of the many adventurous activities this German influenced coastal town has to offer. Lunches and dinners at your choice of cafe or restaurant.
At the last venue, Gocheganas Nature Reserve, breakfast and dinner will be included. Breakfast will be a healthy buffet spread and dinner will be a 3-course meal. You will have lunch in Swakopmund before driving to Gocheganas.
Options of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free will be available.
There are various Spa treatments available at Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Wellness centre. You can even get an outdoor massage in nature. Free use of indoor pool, gym and sauna.
Hosea Kutako International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) no later than 10 a.m. on arrival day. It is recommended to arrive a day earlier in case of flight delays. Marcel, your host and teacher, will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
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