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8 Day Wildlife Adventure and Yoga Holiday in the Majestic Namibia

Etosha Village, C38 - 2km from Okaukuejo Gate, Okaukuejo, Namibia

Safari and Yoga Holiday Africa

Reconnect with your soul as you enter a world of free-roaming wildlife, and move with your breath as you listen to the sounds of nature amongst majestic landscapes. Yoga will be held in various locations out in nature, the beach and the Namib Desert. Wildlife game viewing at Etosha National park, adventurous days at the Skeleton Coast, ending it with wellness at a private game reserve.

Meet the instructors

Marcel
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Professional guides for all excursions
  • 2 guided game drives to Etosha National Park
  • Road transport and airport transfers
  • Full African body massage
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, German
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Hosea Kutako International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

During this holiday, you will be spending three nights in Etosha Village, three nights in Desert Breeze, and one night in Gocheganas Lodge.

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.

Desert Breeze, Swakopmund (Skeleton Coast)

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 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.

Gocheganas Lodge

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

You will spend three nights at a beautiful lodge close to Namibia’s Greatest wildlife sanctuary - Etosha National Park. Game drives to the park will be with experienced guides in open-air safari converted vehicles. Numerous waterholes are found throughout the park and these provide the much-needed water to the animals.

The park is home to 114 species of mammals, 340 bird species, and 110 reptile species which make game viewing in Etosha a unique experience.

If the game viewing itself is not impressive enough, the Etosha Pan definitely is, as it is even visible from space. Morning and afternoon yoga sessions will be held on an outdoor yoga deck amongst nature.

After your wildlife experiences, you move to the coast for adventurous days in Swakopmund. With German Colonial Architecture, palm trees, good restaurants, and gift shops, it has a laid back feel to it. For the more adventurous, there are a variety of extreme sports from skydiving, quad biking, fat wheel biking, ocean safaris, dune boarding, and surfing. Your yoga sessions will be held in the desert and along the ocean.

Do I need any prior experience in yoga?

The retreats are taught by local and international yoga teachers and all levels are welcome from beginners to advance, adjusting sessions according to your experience. Morning sessions are a combination of Vinyasa flows, meditation, and breathing techniques to energize you for the day, where afternoon sessions are more relaxed. The groups are small which allows personal attention, tailoring to your personal needs.

How many yoga classes are there each day?

You can expect 2 yoga sessions on most days, depending on the optional activities you choose. All scheduled activities are early mornings, but then the afternoon yoga sessions will be longer. After lunch, you have free time for relaxation or optional activities / treatments.

If you have a partner / friend that does not do yoga but wants to join?

Yes, of course, they can join and it is totally up to them if they want to join the yoga sessions or not.

Day 1 - Saturday, 10 April

On arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), your journey to Etosha National Park will begin. If you arrived a day or so before, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will pick you up at your B&B. From Windhoek, it’s a 4-hour drive, the perfect time for an introduction to what the week has in store while enjoying majestic landscapes and the unique environment of flora and fauna.

After lunch and settling into your accommodation, you will meet for a sunset yoga session followed by a mouth-watering dinner under the African sky. Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow calls for an early start for a game drive to Etosha National Park.

Day 2 - Sunday, 11 April

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 Etosha Village 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.

Day 3 - Monday, 12 April

After a 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’s 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 4 - Tuesday, 13 April

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. After breakfast, you will be heading to the picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund where the ocean meets the desert. The driving time is around 5 hours, somewhat meditative with forever changing landscapes.

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

Day 5 - Wednesday, 14 April

After 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.

Sunset yoga will be on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert followed by dinner at your choice of restaurant.

Day 6 - Thursday, 15 April

Waking up to another beautiful day at the coast. After your morning yoga session, you can choose to go another activity, relax or stroll around the streets of Swakopmund for some curio shopping. Dinner will be at your choice of restaurant.

If you want to visit Sossusvlei in the South, it's recommended to book the half-day scenic flight to Sossusvlei. The flight departs early morning from Swakopmund, about a 2-hour flight.

Once you get to Sossusvlei Lodge, you will have breakfast and head into the park with a game drive vehicle and explore the surrounding area, including the iconic Deadvlei. Lunch you will be back at the lodge, then fly back to Swakopmund. Rates will depend on the number of guests in the aircraft (from 5000 NAD per person).

Day 7 - Friday, 16 April

After yoga, you will have breakfast and make our way to Gocheganas Private Nature Reserve where you can treat yourself at the spa, relax at the pool, or go on an optional afternoon game drive. The drive is about 4 hours and you should arrive at around lunchtime.

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 8 - Saturday, 17 April

Your last sunrise yoga session. 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

  • 2 game drives to Etosha National Park

Instructors

Marcel Vosloo

Retreat location

This holiday takes place in three locations where you get to experience yoga in nature, an abundance of free-roaming wildlife at a national park, adventurous days at the coast, ending it off at a private game reserve for more wildlife, and treating yourself at their wellness center.

Namibia

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

Traveling through Namibia awakens your emotions and senses - colors become brighter, smells more intense and you taste 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 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 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 130km long and up to 50km’s 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.

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.

Food

All meals are included at Etosha Village and Gocheganas. In Swakopmund, only breakfast included. Lunches and dinners not included as there are so many different cafes and restaurants to choose from.

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. 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:

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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)

  • Stargazing
  • Dune boarding
  • Quad biking
  • Camel riding
  • Horse riding
  • Ocean safari with champagne breakfast
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Fat wheel biking
  • Cultural tours
  • Hot-air balloon
  • Living desert tour
  • Scenic flights
  • Spa treatments
  • Sandwich harbor 4x4 tours

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

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • 1 private yoga teacher / host
  • Professional guides for all excursions
  • 7 nights accommodation at 3 different venues
  • All meals at Gocheganas
  • 2 still water daily
  • 2 guided game drives to Etosha National Park
  • 1 sunset dinner at a neighboring lodge followed by Live African music (excluding drinks)
  • Road transport and airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • Passenger liability insurance
  • VAT and tourism levy
  • Full African body massage
  • Welcoming gift

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • International flight tickets
  • Gratuity
  • Laundry
  • All drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • All optional extra activities and spa treatments
  • 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) no later than 10 a.m. Transfer from and to the airport is included. Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will pick you up from the airport. It is recommended to fly in a day earlier in case of delayed flights. Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia can assist with the pre and post-accommodations.

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: Saturday April 10, 2021
Departure: Saturday April 17, 2021

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