Sole Yoga Holidays is beyond excited for our first African Safari & Yoga Adventure in magnificent Namibia, June 18-28, 2020. We had been dreaming of this fascinating country of desert, untouched landscapes, exotic wildlife and nature reserves. We found the most incredible and knowledgeable experts to put together an unforgettable 11-day/10-night itinerary covering various locations in this captivating country.
This private guided safari and yoga adventure allows us the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in our own personal way. We will have our very own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance our enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery. The knowledge, experience and attitude of the guides are critical to a successful safari experience and we are so thrilled we found the perfect team to guide us for our very special retreat.
Imagine a morning yoga practice by the famous sand dunes, seeking desert adapted elephants and dining under the magical stars. We can’t wait to share it all with you!
INCREDIBLE SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS
Embark on an afternoon game drive on the GocheGanas Nature Reserve and visit the GocheGanas Wellness Centre
Travel with two of Namibia’s most reputable and well-known naturalist guides
Explore the dramatic Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert whilst enjoying the exclusivity of staying at Sossus Under Canvas
Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes at Sossusvlei
Experience the usually cooler coastal air on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean
Explore the Damaraland region whilst staying at the exclusive-use Huab Under Canvas
Search for desert adapted elephants in ephemeral river systems
Track for the endangered black rhino in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust
Visit a Himba ‘Living Museum’
Memorable and exciting guided game drives within the renowned Etosha National Park, from the vantage point of two specially modified, air conditioned 4x4s with pop top roofs.
ACCOMMODATIONS + MEALS
Over the course of our 10-night retreat will be staying in various, hand-picked locations. From a luxurious lodge to an exclusive camp in a naturally formed amphitheater, our accommodations have been carefully chosen by our expert guides for maximum comfort and to experience each area like a true local.
For a complete breakdown of our accommodations, please visit our curated itinerary. All rooms are equipped with 2-twin beds. Only two single supplements are available.
Each day we are provided half or full board for meals, depending on our activities for the day.
Imagine a special picnic breakfast under the shade of a camel thorn tree or a fresh, seafood dinner along the famous waterfront of Swakopmund.
Time to open up your mind and taste buds for some truly delicious dishes such as traditional braaivleis, (barbeque) or potjiekos (spicy stew). Plus, Namibia is well-known for Luderitz oysters, home-made cheeses and Namibian olives.
Although this tends to be a meat-heavy country, vegetarian options will be available. This might be a difficult retreat for those who are strict vegans, however.
One or two times per day we will practice yoga in a variety of amazing locations. Imagine a morning practice under a thatched roof with uninterrupted views of the nature reserve. Or, an afternoon session on a wooden deck overlooking the stunning savanna. This will be the most wonderful and unforgettable yoga experience in nature. Your host, Shari will guide you through a vinyasa flow and meditation as well as restorative sessions as needed. As always, Shari will listen to what the group needs and adjust accordingly for the best yoga experience!
DESTINATIONS & ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS
GREATER WINDHOEK: Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, is encircled by magnificent mountains, expansive valleys, fertile farmlands, lodges and luxury guest farms. We can explore the dry river beds and mountainous scrublands, as well as enjoy birding, leopard-spotting and view large quantities of wildlife. We will partake on an afternoon game drive on the GocheGanas Nature Reserve with a lodge guide. There is also an incredible Wellness Centre for treatments.
NAMIB TSARIS CONSERVANCY: The 24 000-hectare Namib Tsaris Conservancy is tucked between the Namib and Tsaris mountains. The conservancy and the surrounding area provides a vital refuge for wildlife through the dry season. This rehabilitated area is home to an array of indigenous wildlife including: oryx, springbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, Burchell’s zebra, kudu, hartebeest, giraffe, steenbok, klipspringer, bat-eared fox, as well as predators such as leopard, cheetah and hyena. We’ll take our private safari vehicles through the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands before heading down the Great Escarpment into the Namib Desert below, stopping for a picnic lunch at a scenic location.
SWAKOPMUND: Set along Namibia's spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and its surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences and cool sea breeze make it a very popular destination. We will get to enjoy the awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Desert, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons as we head to the famous coast.
DAMARALAND: This vast desert landscape is known as one of the most beautiful regions in Namibia. We will take in the dramatic vistas, catch a glimpse of the rare desert-adapted elephant, and enjoy spectacular stargazing in crystal-clear night skies. Our guides will take us on a scenic drive via ephemeral river systems in search of desert-adapted elephants. The wildlife roams large tracks of unfenced desert landscapes and we will be guided through this untouched gem of Namibia. A highlight includes the opportunity to go on a totally exclusive excursion to track for the elusive black rhino that inhabit this area.
ETOSHA WEST: Etosha West is a new addition to this world-famous wildlife sanctuary. We can look forward to exploring the magnificent scenery of this remote north Namibian landscape. The area boasts numerous waterholes attracting elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and a variety of buck. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and black-faced impala.
ETOSHA EAST: Etosha East is a protected sanctuary and known as one of the most accessible game reserves in Southern Africa. This 5000-square-kilometre Etosha salt pan makes up a large area of the the park and can even be seen from space. This remote area teems with abundant wildlife such as lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, as well as a variety of birdlife featuring flamingos, ostriches, eagles, hornbills, and owls.
For full daily information, please visit our specially created itinerary.
Here is what our incredible Namibia African Safari & Yoga Adventure includes:
• 10 nights Accommodations at Various Locations (Twin Beds)
• 1-2x Daily Vinyasa Yoga/Yin or Restorative (75-90 mins)
• Daily Full or Half-Board Meals
• Luxury, Air-Conditioned, Safari Vehicles
• Local, English-Speaking, Expert Guides
• All Entrance Fees & Excursions
• All Park Entrance Fees & Required Permits
• Personal/Professional Photographer to Capture Retreat
• Airport Transfers (Scheduled Arrival/Departure Times Only-Review FAQ’s)
International flights, personal travel insurance (REQUIRED), any meals not included in itinerary, premier/imported alcoholic beverages, yoga mats (travel mat recommended), gratuities, entry visa fees (please download FAQ’s for further info)
SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS (TWIN BEDS/ COUPLES): 5999€ EACH
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 1000€ (ONLY 2 SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE)
Retreat Limited to 10 people
Spaces Secured with a 1200€ non-refundable deposit
Our schedule varies per day. For an overview, please visit our itinerary.
Final schedule will be provided during our Welcome Dinner on our first evening of the retreat.
**Transportation pick-up/drop off from Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) included, day of/departure dates only. Our representatives will meet us in the arrival hall of the airport. Must arrive by 12noon.
For information regarding visas, please consult this website or consult your specific country’s travel advisory. Health information and vaccinations, can be reviewed on this website. Travel insurance is REQUIRED for this retreat. PLEASE consult your travel agent for the best policy or contact us if you would like assistance. Upon booking, other information will be provided including packing lists, full itinerary and other important info on Namibia.