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11 Day Namibia Highlights Yoga Holiday and Safari

Urban Camp, Windhoek, Namibia

Sightseeing and Yoga Holiday in Namibia

Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in Namibia! Apart from rejuvenating yoga sessions, you will visit Namibia’s greatest wildlife park for incredible game viewing before heading to Damaraland, one of Namibia’s most scenic areas. Adventurous days lie ahead at the coastal town of Swakopmund, before heading to the iconic Deadvlei / Sossusvlei. Here you become still as you meditate in what is known as the oldest desert in the world. Your last night will be spent at a private game reserve where much needed time will be spent at their Wellness Village.

Meet the instructors

Marcel
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Highlights

  • Guided game drives to Etosha National Park
  • Yoga and meditation in nature: bush, desert, beach
  • See ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
  • Nature drive to the iconic Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon
  • One full-body massage session included
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, German
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport
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Accommodation

As you will be visiting all the top locations in Namibia, you will be staying at six different lodges.

Windhoek (capital), day 1: Urban Camp

Urban Camp is centrally located in the heart of Windhoek. It is the perfect getaway with all the convenience of being in town. Big shady trees, Wi-Fi internet, nice bathrooms, and a sparkling pool. It is a mere 5-minute walk to the legendary Joe’s Beerhouse or a good Portuguese restaurant. And if you really are in a sightseeing mood – it is just a stone-throw away from the city center and most attractions.

Here you will be staying in set up tents comprising of two single beds, warming blanket in winter, and a cooling fan in summer. Comes with towels, powerpoint, light, mini-fridge, water, kettle and lockable cupboard.

Etosha National Park, day 2, 3, 4: Etosha Village

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.

The lodge 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!

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.

Damaraland, day 5: Madisa Camp

Madisa 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. 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.

The 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. Hot water is available at night (solar system) and there are paraffin/solar lighting in the tent and bathroom area.

Swakopmund, day 6 & 7: Desert Breeze

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 soothe any soul. The luxury bungalows with their creative atmosphere and the friendly staff will make your stay one to remember. Breakfast will be at Desert Breeze, lunch and dinner at one of Swakopmund's many cafes and restaurants. Yoga will be held in the desert and the beach.

Sossusvlei, day 8 & 9: Desert Quiver Camp

Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style. Conveniently located a mere 5 kilometers from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei, the inspiring scenery which is characterized by granite outcrops, spectacular views, and roaming wildlife will captivate your senses.

The units have spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, patio, and private parking. Facilities at the main building include a fully stocked bar, a sparkling swimming pool, and two communal boma-areas. Meals can be enjoyed at the nearby Sossusvlei Lodge restaurant and their Adventure Centre offers a range of exciting desert activities to explore the area.

Windhoek surrounds, day 10 & 11: Gocheganas

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.

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 incorporate local arts and crafts in celebration of the culture of Namibia.

Program

Day 1, Friday, March 26

On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be picked up and taken to Urban Camp. Relax at the pool or explore Windhoek city before a much-needed sunset meditation flow before dinner at one of Windhoek’s many local restaurants.

  • Venue: Urban Camp
  • Location: Windhoek

Day 2, Saturday, March 27

After a morning yoga session and breakfast, you will head to our next venue close to Etosha National Park. From Windhoek, it’s a 4-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.

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

  • Venue: Etosha Village
  • Location: Etosha National Park

Day 3, Sunday, March 28

Wake up to a beautiful day in Africa! After a healthy breakfast, you will meet 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 makes game viewing in Etosha a unique experience.

For lunch, you will return to Etosha Village, relax by one of the three swimming pools, read a book, or go on a nature walk. You will meet again for sunset yoga, ending the day with a buffet dinner.

  • Venue: Etosha Village
  • Location: Etosha National Park

Day 4, Monday, March 29

Sunrise yoga on an open-air yoga deck practicing calmness and 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 another yoga session. After dinner, you will visit the neighboring lodge for live African music, a perfect ending to your first four nights in Namibia!

  • Venue: Etosha Village
  • Location: Etosha National Park

Day 5, Tuesday, March 30

Today you will be heading to Damaraland! After sunrise yoga and 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 hour's 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: Madisa Camp
  • Location: Damaraland

Day 6, Wednesday, March 31

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 four 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.

  • Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge
  • Location: Swakopmund
  • Optional activities: Living Desert tour, fat wheel biking, quad biking, dune boarding, ocean safaris, kayaking with seals, horse riding, camel riding, surfing, scenic flights.

Day 7, Thursday, April 1

After a healthy buffet breakfast overlooking the Namib Desert, 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 a restaurant.

  • Venue: Desert Breeze Lodge
  • Location: Swakopmund
  • Optional activities: Living Desert tour, fat wheel biking, quad biking, dune boarding, ocean safaris, kayaking with seals, horse riding, camel riding, surfing, scenic flights.

Day 8, Friday, April 2

Time to visit the oldest desert in the world. You will make your way down south to Sossusvlei after morning yoga and breakfast. The drive is around five hours, but the forever changing landscapes surely make it feel a lot shorter.

About halfway, you will stop at the Tropic of Capricorn, take some photos, and have a little picnic before continuing to Sossusvlei - undoubtedly Namibia's most iconic landscape, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The Namib Desert is the oldest desert in the world and stretches over 1500 kilometers with dunes reaching heights of 300 meters.

After settling into Desert Quiver Camp, take some time to relax at the pool while taking in the beauty that surrounds you. Your yoga session will be followed by a buffet dinner at Sossusvlei Lodge – a memorable experience as chefs prepare exquisite food while having magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.

  • Venue: Desert Quiver Camp
  • Location: Sossusvlei
  • Optional activities: Helicopter rides, scenic flights, hot-air ballooning

Day 9, Saturday, April 3

Early departure to Deadvlei as the gate to the park opens at sunrise. You will spend most of the day in the dunes exploring, and if you are up for it, climb Big Daddy, one of the highest dunes in the world. Returning from your adventurous excursion you will have some time to sit and enjoy lunch in the shade, which is well earned after the morning out in the desert.

Spend the afternoon relaxing or if you simply can’t get enough of what this area has to offer, head off again on an afternoon activity. Early evening yoga to stretch and focus on breathing, taking in the serenity of nature, and simply letting go. Dinner at Sossusvlei Lodge.

  • Venue: Desert Quiver Camp
  • Location: Sossusvlei
  • Optional activities: Helicopter rides, scenic flights, hot-air ballooning

Day 10, Sunday, April 4

After yoga in the stillness of the desert, you will have breakfast and make your way to Gocheganas. Those of you who choose to go on the optional hot air-ballooning will be back in time for the departure. Hot air-ballooning is recommended as the views from above are incredible and one for the books.

The drive is around five hours and you should arrive around lunchtime. After lunch, relax at the pool or enjoy a much-needed massage. If needed, spend some more time at the spa or go on an afternoon game drive (optional extra).

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 spread over the reserve and can be spotted at the Wellness Village, as well as at the surrounding water places.

Dinner surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.

  • Venue: Gocheganas Private Game Reserve & Wellness Village
  • Location: Windhoek surrounds

Day 11, Monday, April 5

Your last sunrise yoga session. Today marks the end of your yoga retreat in Namibia. The team will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flights back home. Not only will it be a memorable drive back to the airport, but an unforgettable trip never to be forgotten.

Included excursions

  • 2 game drives to Etosha National Park
  • Ancient Bushman rock engravings tour at Twyfelfontein / Damaraland
  • Live African music evening
  • Nature drive to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei
  • Sesriem Canyon Tour - Sossusvlei
  • Full body massage

Instructors

Marcel Vosloo

Retreat location

This yoga holiday takes place in Namibia. After your first night in the capital, you will spend three nights at a lodge close to the Southern gate of Namibia’s greatest wildlife park, Etosha National Park.

Etosha National Park is home to 114 free-roaming species of mammals, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, and 16 amphibian species which make game viewing here a unique experience. You will head to the park early in the mornings with experienced guides and return to the lodge for lunch, relaxation, yoga, beautiful sunsets, and African inspired meals under the stars.

From wildlife at Etosha, you will head to scenic landscapes in Damaraland where you will get the chance to visit ancient Bushman paintings and become still as the sun sets, taking in nothing but space and pure nature.

Swakopmund, with its laid back feel, palm trees, and great restaurants, has various activities to choose from. Whether you want something active or more relaxed, or even a combination, this coastline will surprise you with what it has to offer.

The Skeleton Coast is for the most part open, vast, and undiscovered. Although it may sound like an area with an eerie past, it is indeed an area diverse and full of animal life. The coast itself is inhabited by millions of Cape Fur Seals and a number of shipwrecks.

You will make your way down south to Sossusvlei, located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. It is undoubtedly Namibia's most iconic landscape. Imagine meditating in the oldest desert in the world as it stretches over 1500 kilometers with dunes reaching heights of 300 meters.

Your last night will be spent at a private game reserve offering a unique combination of wildlife, nature, and wellness experiences. What a perfect ending to a retreat!

Food

Since you will be staying at different locations / lodges, food will be different at each place.

Breakfast and dinners at the lodges / venues are usually a wide spread of delicious buffets, whereas lunches are a la carte. Breakfasts consist of a variety of fresh fruits, cereals, yogurts, freshly baked bread, spreads, omelets (plus all other egg varieties), muffins, juices, coffees, and teas.

A la carte lunch menus are usually salads or wraps. Buffet dinners at the lodges have a selection of salads, side dishes, soups, meat dishes, freshly baked bread, cheese platters, and desserts. The lodges do cater for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Please note, only breakfast and dinners are included at all the lodges. Lunch is at your own cost.

In Swakopmund at the coast, lunches and dinners will be at different cafes and restaurants. Only breakfast included at your accommodation. Lunches and dinners are at your own costs due to there being so many to choose from.

If you have any other dietary requirements, please let Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia know and we will request it. Coffee and tea stations are available throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Pescatarian
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)

Coast / Swakopmund

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, Cape Cross / seal tour, Spitzkoppe tour, scenic flights, spa treatments, and Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Tours.

Sossusvlei

Helicopter flights, hot-air-ballooning.

Gocheganas

Game drives, guided nature walks, and a variety of wellness / spa treatments to choose from.

Spa treatments

There is one African full body massage included at Gocheganas. Gocheganas Private Nature Reserve has a wellness center where you can choose from a variety of treatments. They also have an indoor and outdoor pool, steam rooms plus a fitness center which you can make use of for free.

What's included

  • Private yoga teacher / host
  • Professional guides at all the lodges
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners (except in Swakopmund)
  • 2 still waters per day
  • 2 game drives to Etosha National Park
  • Live African music night out
  • 1 Sossusvlei nature drive
  • 1 full-body Marula massage
  • Road transport
  • Passenger liability insurance
  • Return airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • VAT & tourism levy
  • Welcoming gift

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • International flight tickets
  • Gratuity
  • Laundry
  • All lunches
  • Dinners in Swakopmund
  • All drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • All optional activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) on the first day of the retreat.

There are daily flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek. The 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.

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 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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Arrival: Friday March 26, 2021
Departure: Monday April 5, 2021

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