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7 Day Yoga Retreat In Namibia


Join me for a 7 day authentic African experience. This will be a one of kind yoga retreat. We will spend the week tapping into our truth and activating our infinite potential. We will be in two absolutely beautiful settings: Etosha National Park South, Toshari and Windhoek Surrounds, Gocheganas Nature Reserve. Reserve your space HERE.

Each day we will meditate and there will be at least one yoga class. The yoga classes will be devotional and dynamic classes where I will encourage you to flow from your heart space, combining physical postures, breath work, kriyas, meditation, energy healing, mantras and chanting). We will also go on game drives, have rest time, pool time, spa time, we will go on nature walks, eat great food and so much more!

HIGHLIGHTS: Daily Yoga and Meditation in nature, wildlife game viewing, morning superfood smoothies, live African music, energy healing and spa treatments.


RETREAT COSTS

  • Per person shared accommodation:  €2,550 ($2,900)

  • Per person private accommodation:  €2,700 ($3,050)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

Please feel free to reach out with any questions: deidre@sfyogamag.com or 415.439.3483.


ITINERARY

Day 1-4. Etosha National Park South, Toshari Lodge.

  • Accommodation:Standard Rooms. Comfortable and spacious, including a double bed, wardrobe and eloquent African-inspired furnishings.

  • Activities included: Yoga, Meditation, 2x Game Drives, Live African Music.

Day 1. On arrival at Windhoek International Airport, you will be met and the Journey to Etosha National Park will begin. If you have arrived a day or so before, we will pick you up at your B&B/Hotel.

From Windhoek it’s a 4 hour drive, the perfect time for 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 accommodation, we will meet for a yoga session, absorbing the peace and tranquility of the natural African bush.Dinner will be served at the lodge, followed  by an opening ceremony, ending your first night with a meditation session surrounded by the sounds of the wilderness.  

Day 2. Waking up to a beautiful day in Africa, we will start the day with a sunrise meditation session, followed by a yoga practice.

After a healthy breakfast, we will meet with an experienced guide that will take us 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 make game viewing in Etosha a unique experience. 

Returning to Toshari Lodge for lunch, relax for the rest of the day by one of the pools, before heading to a nearby lodge for yoga followed by a mouth-watering buffet dinner at the same lodge.

Day 3. After morning meditation, yoga and breakfast, we will head to Etosha National Park for another exciting day of game viewing. Lunch time we will be back at the lodge, relax before an afternoon yoga, followed by dinner at the Lodge and an evening meditation.

Day 4. Today is all about relaxation.

After our morning yoga session, you can either go on an optional game drive or relax until the afternoon for another yoga and meditation session. After dinner, we will head to the neighboring lodge for live African music. 

Day 5-7. Windhoek Surrounds, Gocheganas Nature Reserve.

  • Accommodation: Twin Rooms.

  • Activities included: Yoga and Meditation.

  • Optional activities: Guided Nature Trails, Game Drives, SPA Treatments.

Day 5. After meditation and yoga, we will have breakfast and make our way to Gocheganas Private Nature Reserve where we will be treating ourselves at the Spa for the next 2 days. The drive is about 5 hours and we should arrive around lunch time. 

After lunch enjoy a much needed massage and If needed, spend some more time at the Spa or go on an optional afternoon game drive. 

Day 6. Sunrise meditation and yoga overlooking the stunning scenery that Gocheganas offers.The rest of the day you can either relax at the pool or go on an optional activity. 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 spreaded over the Reserve and can be spotted at the Wellness Village, as well as at the surrounding water places. We will enjoy our last dinner surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.

Day 7. Morning meditation, yoga and closing circle.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.


INCLUDES  

Professional guides for all excursions, daily yoga and meditation, 6 nights/7 days accommodation, all meals, 2 still waters per day, morning super food smoothies, 2 game drives to Etosha National Park, 1 night of live African music, road transport, 2 airport ransfers, park fees, passenger liability insurance, and VAT & tourism levy.

DOES NOT INCLUDE

Travel insurance, International flight tickets, gratuity, laundry, drinks, and optional extra activities.


YOUR LODGING EXPERIENCE

Toshari Lodge

Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopane and white Seringa trees, Toshari Lodge offers affordable but enchanting accommodation close to Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s major attractions. Situated only 25 kilometres from Andersons Gate at the edge of the magnificent Etosha National Park and ideally positioned for day visits into the park.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and each room is equipped with mosquito nets, air-conditioning, a small outside sitting area from where you can enjoy the tranquil bush and a tea/coffee station for your convenience. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, with essential amenities and laundry service is available at a small additional fee.

Learn more HERE.

  • ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK. Etosha National Park 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 it 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. Despite the fact that this dry pan takes up a large portion of the park, this area is thriving with wildlife as the remaining areas are comprised of bush and open plains. 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.

    This game park is unlike any other and photographs of animals in front of the pan make this very unique and a specialplace to visit. It boasts an impressive offer of over 114 species of mammals and 340 species of birds.

Gocheganas

Situated a mere 29 kilometres south east 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 incorporates local arts and crafts in celebration of the culture of Namibia. All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning,and outdoor showers.

Learn more HERE.


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FLIGHTS

•   Please book your flight to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport no later than 10am on the first day of Retreat Booking 

•    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.

 CURRENCY

The Namibia Dollar (NAD) and South African Rand (ZAR) is the only legal tender in Namibia and can be used freely to purchase goods and services.

The following are accepted as payment methods:

•      Matercard

•      Visa

•      Maestro

•      And local currency (ZAR & NAD) 

TIME ZONES

•      Summer time: GMT + 2 hours from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April.

•      Winter time: GMT + 1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st Sunday in September.

WEATHER

Namibia is a year-round destination. You can expect hot, wet summers and cooler, dry winters. Generally, the days can be quite hot and the evenings and early mornings can be remarkably cool.

STAYING OVER NIGHT IN WINDHOEK

If you are considering to arrive earlier than the retreat date, have a look at the following recommendations:

·     Urban Camp: Standard/backpacking, tents with beds

·     Hilltop Guesthouse: Standard

·     The Olive Grove: Mid-market to luxury

·     Village Courtyard Suites: Mid-market to luxury

·     Naankuse: Luxury, situated between the airport and Windhoek

·     Bookings.com have regular specials. Please contact us before booking as we will let you know if it is good accommodation or not

 NAMIBIAN VISA REQUIREMENTS

Visas for Namibia are not required by the following nationals and can stay up to 3 months:  

·     Australia, Britain, Canada, EU and USA.

 Visas required by following nationals:

·     Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia

To enter Namibia, a passport valid for six months from date of entry with one blank page

If you require a visa, you must have at least three blank pages in your passport.

Nationals not referred to are advised to contact the high commission/ embassy for visa requirements for Namibia.

WHAT TO PACK

·     Comfortable lightweight clothing, sweater or jacket

·     Comfortable walking shoes and sandals

·     Sunblock, sunscreen, sunglasses

·     Swimwear 

·     Toiletries (some will be supplied)

·     Yoga mat (will also be supplied if you don’t have one)

·     Camera

·     For electrical small appliances or chargers, a conversion plug to a three-pin type outlet.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

Please feel free to reach out with any questions: deidre@sfyogamag.com or 415.439.3483.

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