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Yoga Safari in Namibia with Shari

"A true “back to nature” experience in breathtaking landscapes"

Price $6780 USD
Country
Namibia
Duration
10 Nights
Dates
18 Jun 2020 — 28 Jun 2020
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas

Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately four times the size of the United Kingdom but with a population of a mere 2 million – one of the lowest densities in the world. It is also an ‘ageless land’; visible through our heritage of rock art created by stone-age artists and geological attractions such as the petrified forest where fossilised tree trunks have lain for over 280 million years. Added to the space and silence, these all contribute to a feeling of antiquity, solitude and wilderness.

The climate is typical of a semi-desert country. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cool. Temperatures are modified by the high plateau in the interior and by the cold Benguela Current that runs along the Atlantic coastline. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally dry with very little rain.

This private guided safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will have your own professional and experienced safari guide who will enhance your 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 our guides are critical to a successful safari which is why we ensure that they are both personable and very professional.

Your Ultimate Safaris’ guides will have an intimate knowledge of each area and camp / lodge that you visit, allowing them to share the local highlights whilst adding continuity and depth to your safari. It goes without saying that they know exactly what a “True African Safari” is all about. Not only are our guides highly qualified, each has a specific area of expertise. Together they possess the breadth and depth of knowledge to allow them to answer questions and satisfy the particular interests of each of our guests. Your Ultimate Safaris’ guides will turn your safari into an experience of a lifetime!

Our Under Canvas Camps are designed to offer a true “back to nature” experience with the emphasis being on the experiential aspect of safaris, to go back to the roots of safari, to touch, to smell, to feel and to experience the wild, with one’s feet firmly in the dust that covers Africa. This is an experience that is exclusive in the real sense of the word, as well as being very much away from the pressures of ‘normal’ life!

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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.

map and overview

 

 

18 Jun 2020 GocheGanas Nature Reserve & Wellness Village Greater Windhoek 2 nights FB
20 Jun 2020 Sossus Under Canvas Namib Tsaris Conservancy 2 nights FB+
22 Jun 2020 Hansa Hotel Swakopmund 1 night FB+
23 Jun 2020 Huab Under Canvas Damaraland 2 nights FB+
25 Jun 2020 Etosha Mountain Lodge Etosha South 1 night FB+
26 Jun 2020 Mushara Outpost Etosha East 2 nights FB+

guides

Yogi Safari with Shari in Namibia – Shari discovered the unlimited and positive effects of a consistent yoga practice over 15 years ago in San Francisco, California. Her journey included numerous disciplines, but it wasn’t until Ashtanga Vinyasa that she found her true yoga passion and was certified in 2010 in Florence, Italy (her other passion!). She now enjoys teaching a vigorous, playful and challenging vinyasa flow and core class accompanied by an equally dynamic playlist. She hopes through her teaching she can inspire others with the grace and love that she has found.
Shari has been leading yoga retreats and holidays with Sole Yoga Holidays for over 5 years in amazing locations from Greece to Israel to Zanzibar to Morocco and all over her adopted and gorgeous country, Italy.

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start dates

18 June 2020 - 28 June 2020

detailed itinerary

Day 1: Greater Windhoek

 Arrival at the Hosea Kutako Windhoek International Airport.  Our representatives will meet you in the arrival hall of the airport.

Road transfer to GocheGanas Nature Reserve.

Spend the afternoon at leisure or indulge in various optional wellness treatments at the Wellness Centre (at an additional cost).

Late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor.

GocheGanas Nature Reserve Elegant Chalets – Half Board (lunch & dinner)

Day 2: Greater Windhoek

Morning yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Spend the rest of the morning at leisure or indulge in various optional wellness treatments at the Wellness Centre (at an additional cost).

Take part in a scheduled shared PM game drive on the GocheGanas Nature Reserve with a lodge guide.

Early afternoon or late evening yoga session with your yoga instructor.

GocheGanas Nature Reserve Elegant Chalets – Full Board (meals & a scheduled shared PM GocheGanas game drive)   

Day 3: Namib Tsaris Conservancy

Morning yoga session with your yoga instructor before your Ultimate Safaris’ guides collect you from your lodge.

You then depart with your guides in your 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 along the way to Sossus Under Canvas Camp located on the Namib Tsaris Conservancy where you stay for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guides.

This afternoon you have the option to explore the surrounding area with your guides, perhaps by foot, ending with sundowners overlooking the vast desert plains.

Alternatively you may prefer to indulge in a late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Sossus Under Canvas Tented Rooms – Full Board (meals, excursions done with Ultimate guides & local beverages)

Day 4: Namib Tsaris Conservancy

This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your guides into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves.

This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guides will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs.

Once you have explored the dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree.

You then return to your Sossus Under Canvas Camp in the early afternoon for a late lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon along the way. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes).

Alternatively, you have the option to explore the surrounding area with your guides on foot or take part in a late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Sossus Under Canvas Tented Rooms – Full Board (meals, excursions done with Ultimate guide & local beverages)  

Day 5: Swakopmund

Morning yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Today the fascinating drive with your guides and private safari vehicles takes you northwest through awesome and ever changing desert landscapes of the Namib Desert, including the impressive Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons. You will meet the coast at the port town of Walvis Bay and then continue north to Swakopmund where you can enjoy the pleasant seaside location and cooler coastal air for the night.

There will be time this afternoon to explore the town and wander along the waterfront on foot or a late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor, before heading off to dinner with your guide at a popular restaurant in Swakopmund which specializes in fresh seafood.

Hansa Hotel Standard Rooms – Full Board (meals & excursions done with Ultimate guide)  

Day 6: Damaraland

Morning yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Continuing on your safari today, your journey leads past the Brandberg Mountain in the distance into the wonderful and diverse region of Damaraland and to //Huab Under Canvas where you stay for two nights. Your guides will take you on a scenic drive via ephemeral river systems in search of desert-adapted elephants if they are in the area en-route to the camp.

You arrive at your exclusively set up Under Canvas camp in time for sundowners around the camp fire.

A late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor can be done, should time permit.

//Huab Under Canvas Camp Tents – Full Board (meals, excursions done with Ultimate guide & local beverages)  

Day 7: Damaraland

Morning yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Today you explore the Damaraland area in complete privacy, enjoying the freedom to explore the fascinating landscapes with your private Ultimate Guides – and there is plenty of opportunity to disembark your vehicles and explore the area as required. Damaraland is a surprising refuge for desert adapted wildlife that may include elephants, giraffe, oryx, springbok and even some predators such as lion, though as with any wildlife sightings in Namibia, it is season dependent and never guaranteed.

The wildlife roams large tracks of unfenced desert landscapes and sightings can therefore be at times challenging, but part of the adventure of exploring this wild 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.

Late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor.

//Huab Under Canvas Camp Tents – Full Board (meals, excursions done with Ultimate guide & local beverages)  

Day 8: Etosha South

Morning yoga session with your yoga instructor, should time permit.

Today after an early breakfast you set off on your journey to the outskirts of the southern boundary of the Etosha National Park and the Etosha Heights Reserve. Along the way your guides will take you to visit a Himba ‘Living Museum’.

At the Living Museum you will be able to meet some of the local community who will be happy to demonstrate elements of their traditional lifestyle. The Himba are one of the last truly traditional peoples of Namibia and they are normally nomadic, but those that have settled here are now firmly established and unlikely to move on. They have little time for conventional practices but welcome visitors who want to learn about the customs and traditions of this very proud nation, and they are very willing to offer insight into their beliefs, way of life and everyday routine.

A picnic lunch will also be enjoyed en-route and arrival at Etosha Mountain Lodge will be in the late afternoon.

Late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Etosha Mountain Lodge Classic Rooms – Full Board (meals & excursions done with Ultimate guide)  

Day 9: Etosha East

Morning yoga session with your yoga instructor, should time permit

Today is dedicated to a full day of exciting game viewing within the Etosha National Park with your guides from your private safari vehicles as you make your way from the outskirts of the southern boundary of the park to the Anderssons Gate (which is an approx. 1.5 hour drive), enter the Etosha National Park through the Anderssons Gate, continue to Okaukuejo Camp, then further on to Halali (where you may stop for lunch) and then on across via selected waterholes, which are normally particularly good for game viewing, to Namutoni Camp in the east.

You leave the park through the Von Lindequist Gate before sunset and head out to stay for two nights at the Mushara Outpost which is located on the outskirts of the eastern boundary of the park. Relax and freshen up before for dinner.

Mushara Outpost Tents – Full Board (meals & excursions done with Ultimate guide)  

Day 10: Etosha East

Morning yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Today is available for exciting game viewing with your guides in your private safari vehicles within the eastern section of the Etosha National Park, including a picnic lunch in the park.

You leave the park before sunset to return to the camp.

Late afternoon or early evening yoga session with your yoga instructor

Mushara Outpost Tents – Full Board (meals & excursions done with Ultimate guide)  

Day 11: End of itinerary

Early morning yoga session with your yoga instructor, should time permit.

Early morning departure with your guides and private safari vehicles back to Windhoek and the Hosea Kutako Windhoek International Airport in time for you to check in for your ongoing flight.

Upon arrival at the airport, you bid your Ultimate Safaris’ guides a fond farewell.

Please note: If flying out of Windhoek International Airport, onward international flights should please depart as from 18:00 to allow sufficient time for the drive to the airport and a 2-hour mandatory check-in procedure for all international flights.

This is also the official end of your safari.  We wish you safe travels and hope that your Namibian safari has been full of unforgettable highlights and memorable experiences!  Bon Voyage …

price

5999 euro per person twin share

Single supplement, +1000 euro

  • Rates subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control e.g. fuel increases, currency fluctuation etc.
  • Terms and conditions apply.

Includes:

  • All airport transfers as described above.
  • Accommodation as stated above (subject to availability at the time of booking)
  • Meals as stipulated above
  • Transportation in 2x luxury air-conditioned safari vehicles and fuel (20.06.2020 – 28.06.2020)
  • Services of 2x registered and experienced English-speaking safari guides (20.06.2020 – 28.06.2020)
  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicles (20.06.2020 – 28.06.2020)
  • Activities done with the guides and vehicles as described above
  • All entrance fees and excursions with the guides and vehicles as described above
  • All park entrance fees and other necessary permits
  • Scheduled shared activities with the suppliers
  • Welcome pack on arrival.

Mobile Camp guided portion of safari:

  • Transportation in 2x luxury air-conditioned safari vehicle and fuel
  • Services of 2x registered and experienced English-speaking safari guide
  • Mineral water on board the safari vehicles
  • Accommodation as stated above in mobile camp, inclusive of bedding / bedrolls on camp beds, basic toiletries, towels and tents.
  • All meals as stipulated above, focused on meals prepared on the open fire.
  • All entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
  • Most local branded beverages with meals where specified above at the Under Canvas Camps

 

Excludes:

  • International / regional flights to Namibia and airport taxes
  • Personal travel insurance (Required).
  • Any meals not included in the above itinerary.
  • Premier and import branded beverages (and champagne)
  • Any entrance fees, activities, excursions and flights not included in the above itinerary (e.g. Hot Air Ballooning, etc.)
  • Laundry (laundry service available at lodges / camps at extra cost)
  • Gratuities.
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines, etc.).
  • ENTRY VISA FEES.
  • BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).

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