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11 Day Namibia Highlights, Yoga and Safari Holiday

Naankuse Lodge, Windhoek, Namibia

Sightseeing Tour and Yoga Holiday in Namibia

Experience Namibia’s top locations as you flow with your breath amongst majestic landscapes. You will visit five different locations, each a unique experience on its own - free-roaming wildlife, conservation, different cultures, adventurous days at the Skeleton Coast, meditating in the oldest desert in the world, and wellness at a private game reserve.

Meet the instructors

Marcel
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Highlights

  • Meditate in the oldest desert in the world
  • Outdoor yoga, surrounded by the sounds of nature
  • Experience two wildlife game viewings at Etosha National Park with a professional guide, in search of Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and more
  • 1 activity of your choice at Naankuse Lodge, a world famous wildlife sanctuary
  • Guided nature drive to the iconic Deadvlei and Sesriem Canyon
  • 10 nights luxury accommodation at 5 different lodges
  • Adventurous days at the Skeleton Coast
  • Wellness at a private game reserve

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


11 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

While visiting Namibia's top attractions, you will be staying at five different luxury lodges:

Day 1, Windhoek Surrounds: Naankuse

Naankuse is an award-winning lodge offering luxurious accommodation amidst a 3,200-hectare nature reserve. Located near to the main lodge, each villa has its own plot, luxury fitted kitchen, and lounge area. Guests can enjoy freshly cooked meals and other facilities at the lodge, including the swimming pool and bar.

The Naankuse Foundation and Wildlife Sanctuary provides a safe haven and second chance for countless injured, orphaned and conflict animals. Wherever possible, their aim is to release animals back into the wild.

Day 2, 3, 4, Etosha National Park: Toshari Lodge

Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, Toshari Lodge offers enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s major attractions.

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.

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 their striking African-inspired lapa with its stunning photographs of local Etosha wildlife.

Day 5, 6, 7, Swakopmund: 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.

Day 8 & 9, Sossusvlei: Sossusvlei Lodge

Situated at the entrance gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.

An elegant Junior Suite boasts a spacious bedroom, living area, patio with a splash pool, large bathroom, and inspiring views. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden, and an alfresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines, and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole.

Day 10 & 11, Windhoek surrounds: 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, Wednesday, September 22

  • Lodging: Naankuse Lodge, Windhoek surrounds
  • Accommodation: Villa
  • Includes: All meals, 1 activity (to the value of 750 NAD), yoga
  • Optional activities: Full carnivore feeding tour, behind the scenes with Marlice, Ancient San Skills Academy, guided nature walk, rhino feeding, cheetah experience, caracal experience, baboon experience, meerkat experience, sunset horse riding, visit Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary.

On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by Marcel and your Namibian yoga journey will begin. The drive is about 30 minutes with spectacular landscapes, plus a chance to see baboons or antelope on the way.

Naankuse is an award-winning lodge offering stunning accommodation amidst a 3,200-hectare nature reserve. Settle into your luxurious accommodation, relax for the rest of the day, or join one of the many exciting activities that Naankuse offers. A much-needed afternoon yoga session will open your heart as you take in the beautiful natural surroundings. Dinner will be a three-course meal out under the African sky.

Day 2, 3, 4

  • Lodging: Toshari Lodge, Etosha National Park
  • Accommodation: Standard rooms
  • Includes: Dinner, bed and breakfast, 2 game drives to Etosha National Park, yoga

On September 23, you will have a morning yoga flow out in nature, then it is followed by a healthy buffet breakfast and your choice of activity. Around 11 a.m. or 12 p.m., you will head to your next destination, Etosha National Park, for amazing game viewing opportunities. The drive from Naankuse is around five hours and lunch will be somewhere along the way.

Settle into your accommodation, then meet for a sunset yoga session followed by a mouth-watering dinner. Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow calls for an early start for a game drive to Etosha National Park.

On September 24, 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.

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.

Returning to Toshari for lunch, relax for the rest of the day before meeting for an early afternoon yoga session, followed by a buffet dinner. The yoga session will be longer due to not having yoga this morning.

On September 25, after calming yoga practice and breakfast, you will head to Etosha National Park for yet another amazing game viewing experience. Numerous waterholes are found throughout the park and these provide the much-needed water to the animals.

Etosha is incredible and if the game viewing itself is not impressive enough, the Etosha Pan definitely is, as it is even visible from space. Let that be an indicator as to its sheer size.

Relax for the rest of the day. Perhaps go for a nature walk, read a book or soak up the sun at one of the swimming pools. No yoga this afternoon as you will be heading to the neighboring lodge for an amazing sunset, dinner on their outdoor lapa, and live African music.

Day 5, Sunday, September 26

  • Lodging: Desert Breeze Lodge, Swakopmund
  • Accommodation: Luxury rooms
  • Included: Breakfast, yoga
  • Not included: Optional activities, lunch, and dinner
  • Optional activities: Living Desert tour, fat wheel biking, quad biking, dune boarding, ocean safaris, kayaking with seals, horse riding, camel riding, surfing, scenic flights

Start your day with a yoga session that will give you time to reflect, breathe, and simply take in the peacefulness of all that surrounds you. After breakfast, you will be heading to the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund - where the ocean meets the desert. The driving time is around five hours, via Damaraland, somewhat meditative with forever changing landscapes.

Once in Swakopmund, you will check into a beautiful accommodation overlooking the Namib Desert. Lunch will be somewhere along the beach. Your afternoon yoga session will have spectacular views of the Namib dunes, ending the day with a German cuisine dinner.

Day 6, Monday, 27 September

  • Lodging: Desert Breeze Lodge, Swakopmund
  • Accommodation: Luxury rooms
  • Included: Breakfast, yoga
  • Not included: Optional activities, lunch, and dinner
  • 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 a scrumptious buffet breakfast, you will surely be ready for a fun-filled day in Swakopmund. You can choose between a variety of adventurous excursions listed above. 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.

Day 7, Tuesday, September 28

  • Lodging: Desert Breeze Lodge, Swakopmund
  • Accommodation: Luxury rooms
  • Included: Breakfast, yoga
  • Not included: Optional activities, lunch, and dinner
  • Optional activities: Living Desert tour, fat wheel biking, quad biking, dune boarding, ocean safaris, kayaking with seals, horse riding, camel riding, surfing, scenic flights

Waking up to another beautiful day at the coast. After the morning yoga session, you can choose to go on another activity, relax or stroll around the streets of Swakopmund for some curio shopping. Swakopmund has a laid-back feel to it with palm trees. Dinner will be at your choice of restaurant.

Day 8, Wednesday, September 29

  • Lodging: Sossusvlei Lodge
  • Accommodation: Standard twin rooms
  • Includes: Breakfast, dinner, yoga, Sossusvlei nature drive, Sesriem Canyon
  • Optional activities: Sundowner drive, helicopter flights, hot-air ballooning, quad buggy

Time to visit the oldest desert in the world. You will make your way down south to Sossusvlei after sunrise yoga (about five hours' driving). Sossusvlei is 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.

Sunset yoga in the desert followed by a buffet dinner overlooking a floodlit waterhole where you can watch oryx, springbok, jackal, ground squirrel, and hyena, whilst enjoying exquisite food.

Day 9, Saturday, September 30

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.

Day 10, Sunday, October 1

  • Lodging: Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Wellness Center
  • Accommodation: Luxury twin / double rooms
  • Includes: Breakfast, dinner, yoga
  • Optional activities: Guided nature trails, game drives, spa treatments

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. The hot air-ballooning is recommended as the views from above are incredible and one for the books.

The drive to Gocheganas 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 extras).

If you choose to go for a game drive, you can 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.

Day 11, Monday, October 2

  • Lodging: Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Wellness Center
  • Accommodation: Luxury twin / double rooms
  • Includes: Breakfast, dinner, yoga
  • Optional activities: Guided nature trails, game drives, spa treatments

Today marks the end of your yoga retreat in Namibia. Gocheganas 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

  • 1 activity at Naankuse Lodge
  • 2 game drives to Etosha National Park
  • 1 nature drive to Sossusvlei - the iconic Deadvlei
  • 1 Sesriem Canyon visit at Sossusvlei
  • 1 night live African music (Etosha)

Instructors

Marcel Vosloo

Retreat location

On this holiday, you will visit Namibia's top locations and attractions while doing yoga out in nature, on the beach, and in the desert. You will visit:

  • Etosha National Park
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Namib Desert / Sossusvlei / Deadvlei

Namibia

Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Angola, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa, Namibia has something exciting to do for everyone. Whether you love animals, birds, nature, the ocean, the desert or extreme sports, its got it all.

Travelling through Namibia awakens your emotions and senses. Colors become brighter, smells become more intense, and your taste is 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.

Etosha National Park

Namibia’s greatest wildlife sanctuary, the Etosha National Park is situated in the Northern part of the country. This game park is unlike any other and photographs of animals in front of the pan make this very unique and a special place to visit.

It boasts an impressive offer of over 114 species of mammals and 340 species of birds. Etosha has exceptional wildlife including black Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Hyena, Zebra, Springbok, Kudu, Gemsbok and Eland.

Etosha Pan

Etosha is incredible and if the game viewing itself is not impressive enough, the Etosha Pan definitely is, as it is even visible from space. Let that be an indicator as to its sheer size.

It is believed to have formed millions of years ago for the first time. As long as 16,000 years ago, the Kunene River flowed from Angola into Namibia and all the way down to Etosha, where a huge lake formed for a long time. But due to earth movements, the river changed course and resulted in it ending in the Atlantic Ocean instead. As the lake slowly dried up this left the salt pan behind.

The Etosha Pan covers a quarter of the entire area of the Etosha National Park and is known to be 130 kilometers long and up to 50 kilometers wide in certain parts, which makes this the largest salt pan in Africa.

Numerous waterholes are found throughout the park and these provide the much-needed water to the animals, especially during the dry season. As the area is mostly sparse, the animals have adapted to drink during the heat of the day when predators are mostly inactive, making it safe for them to venture out into the open and congregate at waterholes.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a coastal city in Namibia, west of the capital, Windhoek. Its sandy beaches face the Atlantic Ocean.

Established by German colonists in 1892, with German Colonial Architecture, palm trees, good restaurants, and gift shops, it has a laid back feel to it. A small part of the population is still German-speaking. For the more adventurous, there are a variety of extreme sports from skydiving, quad biking, fat wheel biking, ocean safaris, dune boarding, and surfing.

Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast is an area that spans from the border with South Africa in the south to the border with Angola in the north. This section runs along the coastline and is for the most part open, vast and undiscovered, especially as you depart from the coastal town of Swakopmund and head north through the Skeleton Coast Park.

The area got its name from the whale and seal bones found onshore from the past whaling industry, although in more recent years, received the name from sailors who feared sailing the coast due to the epic winds and unpredictable changing sandbanks that resulted in a number of shipwrecks, of which some of the oldest can still be seen today.

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, of which the largest colony, call Cape Cross their breeding ground.

Desert adapted flora and fauna are found all along the Skeleton Coast. Fog rolls in from the coast caused by the icy Benguela Current in the Atlantic Ocean. When this meets the warm desert air, this creates precious water for the plants and animals that miraculously survive in this unforgiving environment.

Welwitschias and Lithops flourish and more than a hundred species of lichen can be found on the gravel plains and mountain slopes. These composite organisms are ever-changing in color as they absorb the moisture in the air from the fog making its way inland.

A diverse array of birdlife can be enjoyed in the area including many species of raptors as well as many smaller, more common species and along the coast the sea birds such as flamingos and pelicans. Over 247 species have been recorded in the Skeleton Coast National Park.

Sossusvlei

The famous rolling sand dunes of the Namib Desert surround the marvel known as Sossusvlei, which is situated in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa. A visit to Namibia is not complete without experiencing this incredible white salt pan and the red dunes that make it so popular. After all, these monstrous dunes are some of the largest that can be found in the world, reaching heights of 400 meters.

In some ways, the beauty of this area is eerie as you can almost hear whispers on the wind that softly kisses the crescents of the dunes. What makes it so overwhelming is the knowledge that the sheer size of the dunes was created by wind over millions of years. Ever-changing and growing, the dunes remain one of the most amazing phenomena you will ever get to see.

The area is simply breathtaking and no words or photographs can really do it justice. At sunrise and sunset, the light highlights the dunes and brings to life the multitude of colors that give it depth and dimension.

Sossusvlei means “dead-end marsh”, which is fitting as this is where the dunes meet, roughly 60 kilometers east of the Atlantic Ocean, and prevent the Tsauchab River from flowing any further. The Namib Desert has long last seen rain to allow the river to run this far south and for this reason, the pan is almost always dry.

If very heavy rains are received then the pan can become flooded and understandably this then offers a completely different spectacle for visitors to travel far and wide to come and capture. Once flooded it can remain this way for up to a year before the water disappears again.

Despite the fact that this area is dry and gets extremely hot during the peak in summer months, there is a large amount of animal life, birdlife and plant life that still thrives here. Incredibly adapted to withstand the harsh environment they call home.

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 at own cost.

In Swakopmund at the coast, lunches, and dinners will be at different cafes and restaurants. Only breakfast is included in your accommodation. Lunches and dinners at 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 they 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)

Naankuse Lodge

Carnivore feeding tour, Ancient San Skills Academy, guided nature walk, rhino feeding, cheetah experience, caracal experience, baboon experience, meerkat experience, sunset horse riding, visit Shiloh Wildlife Trust.

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

Gocheganas Private Nature Reserve has a wellness center where you can choose from a variety of treatments (at an extra cost). 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 for all excursions
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 10 nights accommodation at 5 different venues and locations
  • All meals at Naankuse
  • Breakfast and dinner at Toshari Lodge, Sossusvlei Lodge and Gocheganas
  • Breakfast at Desert Breeze in Swakopmund
  • 1 activity of your choice to the value of 750 NAD at Naankuse Lodge
  • 2 guided game drives to Etosha National Park
  • 1 sunset dinner at the neighboring lodge, followed by live African music
  • Guided nature drive to Sossusvlei / Deadvlie with Sossusvlei lodge
  • Sesriem Canyon excursion with NYS
  • Road transport and 2 airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • Passenger Liability Insurance
  • VAT and tourism Levy
  • Welcoming gift

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • International flight tickets
  • Gratuity
  • Laundry
  • All drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages
  • All optional extra activities and spa treatments
  • All lunches, except Naankuse Lodge
  • Lunches and dinners in Swakopmund

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. If you want to book an additional night at Naankuse prior to the retreat, please let Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia know and they will book it for you.

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 on arrival.

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Arrival: Wednesday September 22, 2021
Departure: Saturday October 2, 2021

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