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Join Marcel, yoga teacher and host of Namaste Yoga Safari for 8 days of yoga, wildlife, and adventure while camping true African-style in already set up tents with either beds or bedrolls. You will visit Namibia’s Greatest Wildlife Park, 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. Drive through one of Namibia’s most scenic areas and take in spectacular sunsets before adventurous days at the coast. Swakopmund has a laid back feel to it with palm trees, good restaurants and various activities to choose from. Mornings are set to begin with a yoga practice out in nature combining vinyasa flows, meditation and breathing techniques to energize you for the day. As the days draw to a close, you will find yourself back in nature for a relaxed yoga session.
Tents and rooms can be shared between friends, family members, or couples.
Urban Camp is a centrally located comfortable camping ground situated 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 min walk to the legendary Joe’s Beerhouse or a good Portuguese restaurant.
For added convenience, you will find a small shopping center with a bank, ATM, post office, supermarket, pharmacy, 24-hour fuel station, car wash, butchery, café, etc. All just around the corner.
If you really are in a sightseeing mood, the camp is just a stone's throw away from the city center and most attractions.
Garden tent with 2 single beds, Free WI-Fi Internet, warming blanket in winter and cooling fan in summer. It comes with towels, power point, light, mini-fridge, water, kettle, lockable cupboard.
A prime destination for nature lovers combined with excellent service and cuisine! Etosha Village uniquely delivers the perfect safari style experience in a private and protected reserve directly adjacent to the Etosha National Park, near Okaukuejo.
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 utility, curio shop, and of course, the outdoor yoga deck.
Madisa Camp is situated on the D2612 road to Twyfelfontein, a very popular route. The 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. Ideal for the traveler who wishes to camp comfortably without compromising the experience of exclusivity in this vast and magnificent area of Damaraland Namibia.
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. These are all an easy drive and after a day of exploring what better to finish with a swim and enjoy your campsite under a blanket of stars.
The swimming pool and bar area are very welcoming after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings. It’s also nice to meet fellow travelers and share tails around a communal campfire at night while the sky puts on a breath-taking show of stars.
Madisa Safari 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. The tents sleep a max of two people and offer twin beds or a double bed. Hot water is available at night (solar system) and there are paraffin/solar lighting in the tent and bathroom area.
Driftwood Guesthouse has 8 en-suite rooms, 4 sea view rooms are located on the top floor and 4 garden view rooms are located on the ground floor.
Driftwood, as the name suggests, is furnished with unique driftwood pieces that were specially made for us by a team of local carpenters. Each room has been lovingly decorated with weathered driftwood headboards and bases, complemented by crisp white sheeting.
All rooms boast unlimited access to high-speed Wi-Fi, a TV with satellite, a bar fridge, hairdryer, a wall-mounted safe, coffee/tea station, complimentary water, and port, plus a small verandah with chairs.
Guests can expect breakfast served with a twist. Special touches include Swakopmund asparagus, homemade bread, and fresh smoothies served in the cozy, open plan kitchen. They have included a la carte breakfast menu and a breakfast tray. They can also pre-pack breakfasts for early travelers. For guests visiting the nearby beach, theu offer towels, umbrellas, and beach bats free of charge. There is a yoga studio just next door, which is open to all guests at a small fee. At Driftwood Guesthouse, the main focus is on being small, convenient, and authentically Namibian.
Spacious, personal, tranquil, and unique are words best suited to describe Driftwood Guesthouse. Situated a 30-minutes walk along the beach, using the garden walking routes, to the centre of town and a stone’s throw from the beach. Driftwood is perfect for families, solo travelers, and small groups who want to get the true Swakopmund experience but escape the hustle and bustle of staying in the town center.
The guesthouse is 200 meters from a beautiful beach, so be sure to grab the free umbrella and beach towels at reception if you want to spend a day there.
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.
After an early yoga session and breakfast, you will head to your next venue close 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.
After lunch and settling into your tented accommodation, we will meet for a restorative sunset yoga session followed by a welcoming ceremony and a mouth-watering dinner under the African sky.
Starting the day with a beautiful sunrise yoga session that will awaken all your senses, making you feel reconnected with your soul. 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 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.
Waking up to another beautiful day in Africa! Sunrise yoga on the 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 a yoga session.
After dinner, you will visit the neighboring lodge for live African Music, a perfect ending to your first four nights in Namibia!
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 hours 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.
After a day of exploring what better to finish with a swim and enjoy your campsite under a blanket of stars. The swimming pool and bar area are very welcoming after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings. It’s also nice to meet fellow travelers and share tails around a communal camp fire at night while the sky puts on a breath-taking show of stars.
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.
After yoga and 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. 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 restaurant.
The last sunrise yoga session. You will head back to Windhoek after breakfast, about a four-hour drive. Please note: An additional night in Windhoek to end can be added depending on your international flight departure details.
Daily yoga and meditation in nature, the desert and the ocean.
2X Game drives to Etosha National Park.
Guided Nature walks.
A visit to Twyfelfontein in Damaraland to see rock engravings
I have been leading yoga retreats for over 4 years in Namibia where I also grew up and worked as a travel consultant. If you want to see and experience the best that Namibia has to offer, where days are filled with adventure and mindful yoga flows in nature, stay in carefully handpicked lodges close to all the National Parks and encounter wildlife up close and personal, then you have come to the right place. All my retreats are personalized and groups are small for the perfect group experience.
You will visit Namibia’s Greatest Wildlife Park, 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. Drive through one of Namibia’s most scenic areas and take in spectacular sunsets before adventurous days at the coast. Swakopmund has a laid back feel to it with palm trees, good restaurants, and various activities to choose from.
Etosha National Park can be seen all the way from space and is one of Southern Africa’s most popular wildlife parks. The Park spans an area of 22,270 square kilometers and gets its name from the large Etosha salt pan which is almost entirely within the park.
It is home to four of the ‘Big five’ and houses hundreds of species of mammals, birds and reptiles, including several threatened and endangered species.
The picturesque coastal town of Swakopmund was established by German colonists in 1892. With its German history, some buildings have German colonial architecture accompanied with endless German cuisine and a small part of its population is still German-speaking.
Attractions in Swakopmund include the Swakopmund Museum, Martin Luther steam locomotive, National Marine Aquarium, Jetty, and the Crystal Gallery, where you will find the world’s largest quartz crystal on display. Activities include 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, scenic flights, spa treatments and Sandwich Harbour 4x4 tours
One of Namibia's most scenic routes and landscapes. It is known not only for it's desert-adapted elephants, but also for it's rock art, rock engravings, petrified forest, burnt mountains, and organ pipes.
All meals will be held at the lodge, Etosha Village.
Breakfast at the main camp, lunch packs will be provided on the way from Etosha to Madisa, and dinner around the campfire.
Breakfast at the guesthouse and lunches and dinners at various cafes and restaurants in town.
Hosea Kutako International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport no later than 10 a.m. 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.
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