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Explore and discover some of the most spectacular locations in Namibia with Anna, whilst also focusing on your yoga practice in the beautiful natural surroundings. The retreat will be filled with adventurous days, wildlife game viewing, yoga, and AcroYoga. Whether you are just starting out with AcroYoga, you will surely leave this retreat with a deepened practice as it promotes a wide range of physical and mental benefits.
You will be staying at three different lodges in three different locations - of which two have their own wildlife and the other one situated in the Skeleton Coast.
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. Besides the 45 accommodation units and camping facilities, Etosha Village 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!
Etosha National Park is home to 114 species of mammals, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, and 16 amphibian species which make game viewing in Etosha a unique experience. 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 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, lunch and dinner at one of Swakopmund's many cafes and restaurants.
Swakopmund is a coastal town facing the Atlantic Ocean. It has a laid back feel to it with palm trees, good restaurants, and gift shops. For the more adventurous, there are a variety of extreme sports, from skydiving, quad biking, fat wheel biking, ocean safaris, dune boarding, and surfing.
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. 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.
The Wellness Village boasts a top of the range selection of wellness treatments, products, and services. Other 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.
On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met and the journey to the coast will begin. If you arrived a day before, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will pick you up at your bed and breakfast, leaving Windhoek latest 12 p.m. From Windhoek, it’s a 3-hour drive, the perfect time to get to know your fellow yogi’s and an introduction to what the week has in store for you.
Once at Desert Breeze, settle into your luxurious accommodation, then meet for a beautiful sunset yoga session overlooking the spectacular Namib Desert.
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.
Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia suggests one or more of the above activities as there will be 2 full days spent in Swakopmund. If you want to visit Sossusvlei in the South, they recommend to book the half day scenic flight to Sossusvlei. The flight departs early morning from Swakopmund and it is 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 will be back at the lodge. Then, fly back
Another day at the coast. Depending on the weather, you will either have a yoga session in the desert or on the beach. After breakfast, you can relax at the beach, explore town, or go on more activities.
You will meet for some fun acroyoga at the beach taking in the beautiful surroundings and magical sunset. Dinner will be at a restaurant of your choice as there are so many to choose from.
Start the day with a beautiful sunrise yoga session in the desert that will awaken all your senses, making you feel reconnected with your soul.
After breakfast, you will head to Etosha National Park. The drive takes about 5 hours, so you should arrive around lunch time. Relax by one of the pools after lunch, read a book, go on a nature walk, go birding, or enjoy the beautiful surroundings from your own private patio. You will meet again for sunset yoga, ending the day with a buffet dinner.
After a healthy breakfast, you will meet with an experienced guide that will take you to Etosha National Park. 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 drinking 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. 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 size.
Relax after lunch and meet again for a fun acro session. A buffet dinner under the stars will be offered.
After yoga and a healthy breakfast, you will make your way to Gocheganas Nature Reserve and Wellness Centre. It is a 5-hour drive and you will arrive around lunch time. After lunch, enjoy a much-needed massage after 7 days of yoga and adventure. If needed, spend some more time at the spa or go on an afternoon game drive (optional extras). Enjoy your last dinner surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.
Your last sunrise yoga session. Today, your safari comes to an end, but before it does, you will have one last yoga practice and a chance to reflect on yourself as well as on the holiday you have had this far.
You will then have time to pack your belongings and freshen up to prepare for your flight back home. If your flight is in the late afternoon, you can opt for one more optional game drive or spa treatment. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight back home.
You will go on two game drives to Etosha National Park (one with an open-air vehicle and one with the minivan used for the duration of the retreat)
Anna Karides is a leading Yoga and AcroYoga teacher based in the UK and has been teaching for over a decade. She has international teaching and training experience and has been featured in leading publications from Vogue to The Guardian and named OM Magazine's Yoga teacher of the month. Anna has been teaching in London’s leading yoga studios (Bodyism, Triyoga, Indaba) and is a proud Lululemon Athletica legacy ambassador. Her classes are challenging and reflect her passion for backbends, arm balances and inversions but can also have a therapeutic focus.
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.
Namibia’s greatest wildlife sanctuary, the Etosha National Park is situated in the Northern part of the country. It has exceptional wildlife including black rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wildebeest, giraffe, hyena, zebra, springbok, kudu, gemsbok, and eland. The park is home to 114 species of mammals, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, and 16 amphibian species which make game viewing in Etosha a unique experience.
Due to staying at three different lodges and different prices, the following meals will be included/excluded:
Most meals will consist of buffet breakfasts and dinners, lunches will be a la cart menu. Vegan and vegetarian options available.
In Swakopmund at the coast, there will be a variety of adventurous activities to do:
Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia suggests one or more of the above activities as there will be two full days spent in Swakopmund. If you want to visit Sossusvlei in the South, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia recommends booking the half-day scenic flight to Sossusvlei. The flight departs early morning from Swakopmund, about a two-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.
At Gocheganas there is a Wellness Village with various spa treatments. Your host, Marcel will give you the list on the retreat to choose from then book it.
Hosea Kutako International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport no later than 10 a.m. on the first day of the retreat. 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.
No need to worry about arranging any transfers, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will organize it all. Once they have everyone's flight details, they will arrange your transfers from the airport to Windhoek, including your transfers for your departure flights. If you fly in a day or two before the retreat, Namaste Yoga Safari Namibia will pick you up at your accommodation on the start day of the retreat before heading to Etosha National Park. From Windhoek it’s a four-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.
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