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3 Days Nirvana Yoga Retreat in South Africa

  • Kraalbaai Houseboats, West Coast National Park, West Coast, Cape Town, South Africa


Hatha Yoga Retreat South Africa

Enjoy a magical retreat away on the Nirvana Houseboat in Kraalbaai. Yoga, meditation, delicious vegetarian meals, free time, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, breathtaking surroundings, and so much more. The yoga will be gentle, slow, and mindful. Relax to the sounds of nature as you move mindfully and methodically through your asanas (postures), your pranayama (breathing), and ending with a lovely yoga Nidra (relaxation).


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Stand up paddle board equipment
  • Entrance to West Coast National Park
  • Free beach games use
  • 5 delicious meals
  • Tea and snacks

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 18.

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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The Nirvana Houseboat has an upper and lower deck. It sleeps 22 people with 14 on the lower and eight on the upper deck but can accommodate up to 30 people during the day. Each deck is a unit on its own with full facilities and may be enjoyed separately or as a single unit. Both decks have extensive open deck space and the lower one, a floating jetty which serves both.

There are seven bedrooms with two single beds which can be moved together. One bedroom with a double bed. A bunk room with four single beds (two bunk beds). Two single divans in the lounge area on the upper deck. There is an on-board braai facility, fully equipped kitchen with gas stove and oven, gas fridge and freezer upstairs and downstairs, and four bathrooms each consisting of a shower a loo and basin. Shared bathrooms, no private or en suite bathrooms available.

If you are sharing accommodation, Yoga Awakening Africa would prefer you sharing with a friend or someone you know. Only friends will be placed in shared room.

Integral Hatha yoga classes will be offered in the morning and late afternoon. The yoga will be gentle, slow, and mindful. Relax to the sounds of nature as you move mindfully and methodically through your asanas (postures), your pranayama (breathing) and ending with a lovely Yoga Nidra (relaxation). Please note these classes are weather dependent.


  • Arrival from Friday afternoon
  • Settle into room and explore the sounding areas by foot or by car
  • Afternoon yoga session with Nicole and Nina
  • Dinner


  • Morning yoga session with Nicole and Nina
  • Breakfast
  • Free time to explore, read, rest, stand up paddling
  • Picnic lunch
  • Free time
  • Afternoon yoga session with Nicole and Nina
  • Dinner


  • Sunday morning yoga session with Nicole and Nina
  • Brunch
  • Pack up, feel free to hang out at the beach and explore the surrounding nature reserve.

Nicole Panzer

Trained originally in Vinyasa yoga with Jim Harrington, will teach gentle, flow yoga classes, focusing on creating space, energy, and lightness within. She was first introduced to yoga in 1998, initially yoga helped her de-stress from her daily responsibilities working in a stressful environment. Having been very wild in her late teens and early 20’s, the practice of yoga always ended up bringing her back to her and gave her time for a little reflection.

Later on the practice of yoga, during her pregnancy brought her closer to her unborn child and allowed her to look after herself and her needs during this beautiful stage of life. Her true love for yoga was reignited in 2007, after having gone through difficult times of feeling lost and partly overwhelmed with where her life was at at that point in time.

The practice of yoga, that one hour on her mat twice a week, really allowed her to shine the torch within and truly find herself and allow for her passion in life to shine through. This passion of inner healing and wisdom she is now sharing with others in her yoga classes as well as other healing modalities she have added to her toolbox.

Nina Saacks

Trained as an Integral Hatha yoga teacher at the Ananda Kutir Ashram in Cape Town, Nina brings the softness and alignment into the yoga class. Classes are based on the principles of Ayurveda to take you on a journey to a state of inner peacefulness and balance.

Nina has been teaching Integral Hatha yoga with her mother since 2004 after graduating from the Ananda Kutir Ashrama in Rondebosch, Cape Town, in 2003. Over the years, Nina's love for yoga and the very many different forms it comes in has led her to experience yoga and anatomy classes and workshops with local and international teachers. All these teachings have influenced her to create her own unique style, with focus on asanas, pranayama, and yoga Nidra in each class.

Apart from being a yoga teacher, Nina graduated from the University of Cape Town, with a business science marketing degree in 2005, created Yoga Awakening Africa online yoga portal, is one of the directors and teachers for the academy of yoga and Ayurveda teacher training course, facilitating new students on their path to teaching yoga.

With all the many opportunities, changes and challenges that life hands, Conny has retired from teaching yoga full time and has handed the studio over to Nina. Nina’s fresh approach to the ancient mind-body discipline means a collaboration between the western mind and the eastern body; the esoteric and the scientific, as well as between the different yoga styles and techniques practiced throughout South Africa.

Her yoga journey continues each and every day in which ever form it manifests opening the space for new opportunities, growth, and understanding so that it may be shared and experienced by others too.

The Kraalbaai Houseboats are permanently moored on the tranquil waters of the Langebaan Lagoon in the West Coast National Park, where Preekstoel (the Pulpit) watches over the serene surroundings.

Nearby places

  • Cape Town - 1 hour' drive
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Night club nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Skiing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Wedding

Friday dinner, three meals on Saturday, Sunday brunch, and tea and snacks are included in the price of the retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

During your free time you may enjoy cruising, fishing, flower and bird viewing, hikes, kayaking, mountainbiking, picnics, restaurant, pub, casino, yacht club visits

trails, and water sports. Water sports can be pre-booked and need to be paid in advance.

  • 1 Friday dinner
  • 1 Sunday brunch
  • 3 meals on Saturday
  • 4 yoga classes, weather depending
  • Daily tea and snacks
  • Entrance into the park for all 3 days
  • Free use of SUP and beach games
  • Additional water sport activities
For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Awakening Africa an inquiry.