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7 Days of Energy Healing, Wildlife and Yoga in Namibia

Toshari Lodge, Portion 1, Farm Afguns. P O box 164, Outjo, C38, Namibia

Wildlife and Yoga Holiday Namibia

Join yoga teacher and intuitive reader, Deidre Norman for seven days of yoga, tapping into your truth and higher nature. Mornings are set to begin with a yoga practice out in nature. Deidre’s devotional and dynamic classes will encourage you to flow from your heart space, combining physical postures, breath work, kriyas, meditation, energy healing, mantras, and chanting. The remainder of the day will be spent on guided excursions, relaxation or optional spa treatments. As the days draw to a close, you will find yourself back in nature for an afternoon yoga practice before a healthy dinner under the starlit skies.

Meet the instructors

Marcel & Deidre
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Daily meditation session
  • Daily wildlife game viewing
  • Guided nature walk and stargazing
  • Energy healing and spa treatments
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Live African music

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, German
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport
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Accommodation

Toshari Lodge

Day 1-4

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 3 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 the striking African-inspired Lapa with its stunning photographs of local Etosha wildlife. Toshari Lodge Restaurant offers wholesome Namibian cuisine with either a BBQ or five-course meal, depending on the number of guests.

Meals are complimented with homegrown herbs and vegetables and fresh home-baked bread.

Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Spa

Day 5-7

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. Offering 16 totally private chalets under a 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

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 and more, as well as a heated indoor pool, a cave sauna in a cathedral-like masonry vault, a well-equipped fitness gym, fruit and juice bar, thus making a visit to GocheGanas Wellness Village a unique experience.

Program

Toshari Lodge

Day 1 - 4

  • Accommodation: Standard rooms - comfortable and spacious, including a double bed, wardrobe, and eloquent African-inspired furnishings.
  • Activities included: Yoga, meditation, 2x game drives, Live African music

Day 1, 2 June

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, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will pick you up at your B&B/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 yoga session, absorbing the peace and tranquility of the natural African bush. Dinner will be served at the lodge, followed by an opening ceremony, ending your first night with a meditation session surrounded by the sounds of the wilderness.

Day 2, 3 June

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 us 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.

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.

Day 3, 4 June

After a calming yoga practice and breakfast, you will head to Etosha National Park for another exciting day of game viewing. Lunchtime, you will be back at the lodge, relax before an afternoon yoga and meditation session, followed by dinner at the Lodge.

Day 4, 5 June

Today is all about relaxation. After your morning yoga session, you can either go on an optional game drive or relax till the afternoon for another yoga and meditation session. After dinner, you will head to the neighboring lodge for live African music.

Gocheganas Nature Reserve & Wellness Center

Day 5 & 6

  • Accommodation: Twin rooms
  • Activities included: Yoga, meditation
  • Optional activities: Guided nature trails, game drives, spa treatments

Day 5, 6 June

After yoga, you will have breakfast and make your way to Gocheganas Private Nature Reserve where you will be treating ourselves at the spa for the next two days. The drive is about five hours and you should arrive around lunchtime. After lunch, enjoy a much-needed massage and If needed, spend some more time at the spa or go on an optional afternoon game drive.

Day 6, 7 June

Sunrise yoga overlooking the stunning scenery that Gocheganas offers. The rest of the day you can either relax at the pool or go on an optional activity. 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. Enjoy your last dinner surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.

Day 7, 8 June

  • Morning meditation and closing circle

Depending on flight departure times, you can either relax at Gocheganas after breakfast or go curio shopping in Windhoek. Not only will it be a memorable drive back to the airport, but an unforgettable trip never to be forgotten.

Included excursions

  • 2x guided game drives to Etosha National Park
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Live African music

Instructors

Marcel Vosloo

Deidre Norman

Retreat location

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park 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 it’s the 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 its 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.

Whilst the Owambo people named Etosha translated as “great white place”, the San people believed that the pan resulted from a tale of a small village in the area being raided and all were killed except the woman.

One woman was so heartbroken at the loss of her family, that she cried until her tears formed a lake, and when eventually this dried this caused the pan to form from the salt of her tears.

Despite the fact that this dry pan takes up a large portion of the park, this area is thriving with wildlife as the remaining areas are comprised of bush and open plains. 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.

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.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

Optional activities include the following:

  • Game drives to Etosha National Park, however, there are two included in the price
  • Game drives at Gocheganas
  • Nature walks at Gocheganas
  • Spa treatments at Gocheganas

Spa treatments

Optional spa treatments at Gocheganas Nature Reserve.

What's included

  • 1x private yoga teacher + host
  • Professional guides for all excursions
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 6 nights/7 days accommodation
  • All meals
  • 2x still waters per day
  • Morning superfood smoothies
  • 2x game drives to Etosha National Park
  • 1x night of live African music
  • Road transport
  • 2x 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 and alcoholic beverages
  • All optional extra activities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will pick you up at your B&B/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. You will spend four nights at Toshari, ending the last two nights at Gocheganas Nature Reserve.

Marcel Vosloo, the host and also yoga teacher of Namaste Yoga Safari, will personally pick you up from the airport and be the host and driver on this retreat, where Deidre will be teaching. On your flight departure date, you will personally be dropped off at the airport in time for your flight back home.

Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport no later than 10 a.m. on the first day of retreat booking. Daily flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek. 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 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Arrival: Tuesday June 2, 2020
Departure: Monday June 8, 2020

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