Set Departure Safari

Safari Retreat in Namibia with Shari

"A true back to nature experience in breath-taking landscapes"
Price 9,199 USD * (See price tab)
Country
Namibia
When to Go
June 2024
Duration
11 Nights
Dates
1 Jun 2024 — 12 Jun 2024
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas
Location
Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Northern Namibia Safaris, Southern Namibia, Swakopmund, Windhoek

Sole Yoga Holidays is beyond excited for our 3rd African Safari & Yoga Adventure in one of our most favorite places we have ever visited, Namibia, June 1-12, 2024. We can’t wait to return to this fascinating country famous for its desert, untouched landscapes, exotic wildlife and nature reserves. We are working with the most incredible and knowledgeable experts once again to put together an unforgettable 12-day/11-night itinerary covering various, spectacular locations in this captivating country.

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“Imagine a morning yoga practice with exquisite mountain views, seeking desert adapted elephants and creating our own pizzas under the magical stars. We can’t wait to share it all with you!”

This private guided safari allows us the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in our own personal way. Our very own professional and experienced safari guides 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.

OPTIONAL YOGA (BEGINNERS WELCOME):
One or two times per day we can practice yoga in a variety of amazing locations, for all levels. 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!

highlights

  • Viewing the haunting remains of the Zeila Shipwreck
  • Sleep under the stars at the marvelous Onduli Ridge Lodge
  • Travel with two of Namibia’s most reputable and well-known naturalist guides
  • Discover pre-historic rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
  • Sundowners with views of the waterholes to observe the wildlife
  • Experience the usually cooler coastal air on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Explore the stunning Sossusvlei region and view the petrified trees of Deadvlei
  • 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

1 Night Galton House

2 Nights Dead Valley Lodge

1 Night Desert Breeze Lodge

2 Nights Camp Onduli

2 Nights Anderssons at Ongava

2 Nights Onguma Forest Camp

1 Night The Weinberg Hotel

1 Night Galton House

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

1 June 2024 - 12 June 2024

detailed itinerary

The Namibian Experience:

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 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 guides will turn your safari into an experience of a lifetime!

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek

After landing at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport, about 40km outside the city, you will be welcomed by a representative who will transfer you to Galton House in Windhoek where you will stay overnight in their beautifully designed rooms. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and recuperate from your flight. This evening your guide will meet up with you at your guesthouse to join you for dinner as well as to brief you on any administrative arrangements and to answer any questions you may have about the program. Welcome to Namibia!

Windhoek Capital City: Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, nestles among rolling hills, bounded by the Eros Mountains in the east, the Auas Mountains to the south and the Khomas Hochland in the west. It is a meeting place between Africa and Europe, the modern and the old. In the capital’s main street, well-preserved German colonial buildings are in sharp contrast with modern architectural styles, while Herero women in their traditional Victorian dresses mingle with executives dressed in the latest fashions. Centrally located within Namibia, Windhoek is an excellent starting point for an adventurous holiday for many visitors to the country and an ideal base from where to explore the rest of Namibia.

Day 2: Drive from Galton House to Sossusvlei Area/Namib Naukluft National Park.

Your guide collects you from your guesthouse. You then depart with your guide in your private safari vehicle 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 the Dead Valley Lodge where you will stay for two nights whilst you explore the remarkable sights of the Namib Desert with your guide. This afternoon you have to visit Sesriem Canyon, a nearby geological attraction, or explore Elim Dune. However, if you prefer, you can just relax and soak in the scenic and tranquil surroundings at the lodge.

Sesriem Canyon: Sesriem Canyon has evolved through centuries of erosion by the Tsauchab River which has incised a narrow gorge about 1.5km long and 30m deep into the surrounding conglomerates, exposing the varying layers of sedimentation deposited over millions of years. The shaded cool depths of the canyon allow pools of water to gather during the rainy season and remain for much of the year round. These pools were a vital source of water for early settlers who drew water for their livestock by knotting six (SES) lengths of rawhide thongs (riems) together, hence the canyon and surrounding area became known as Sesriem.

Day 3: Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei

This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park As you are already inside the park you can get into Sossusvlei before everyone else and you would even be able to get there in time to see the sun rise 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 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 before returning to Dead Valley Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch will cap off thrilling morning. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after exhilarating mornings in the dunes), with the option to head out on nature drive with your guide later in the day if desired for stunning sunset landscape photography opportunities or alternatively you have the option to take part in a late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Sossusvlei: This most frequently visited section of the massive 50,000km² Namib Naukluft National Park has become known as Sossusvlei, famous for its towering apricot colored sand dunes which can be reached by following the Tsauchab River valley. Sossusvlei itself is actually a clay pan set amidst these star shaped dunes which stand up to 300m above the surrounding plains, ranking them among the tallest dunes on earth. The deathly white clay pan contrasts against the orange sands and forms the endpoint of the ephemeral Tsauchab River, within the interior of the Great Sand Sea. The river course rises south of the Naukluft Mountains in the Great Escarpment. It penetrates the sand sea for some 55km before it finally peters out at Sossusvlei, about the same distance from the Atlantic Ocean. Until the encroaching dunes blocked its course around 60,000 years ago, the Tsauchab River once reached the sea; as ephemeral rivers still do in the northern half of the Namib. Sand-locked pans to the west show where the river previously flowed to before dunes shifted its endpoint to where it currently gathers at Sossusvlei. Roughly once a decade rainfall over the catchment area is sufficient to bring the river down in flood and fill the pan. On such occasions the mirror images of dunes and camel thorn trees around the pan are reflected in the water. Sossusvlei is the biggest of four pans in the vicinity. Another, famous for its gnarled and ghostly camel thorn trees, is Deadvlei which can be reached on foot over 1km of sand. Deadvlei’s striking camel thorn trees; dead for want of water, still stand erect as they once grew. They survived until about 900 years ago when the sand sea finally blocked the river from occasionally flooding the pan.

Day 4: Drive Sossusvlei area to Swakopmund

Enjoy a morning yoga session with your yoga instructor before setting off on a fascinating drive with your guide as you travel 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 out to dinner with your guide at one of the popular restaurants in town.

Swakopmund: Swakopmund resembles a small, German coastal resort nestled between the desert and the sea. It boasts a charming combination of German colonial architecture blended with modern hotels, shops, restaurants, museums, craft centres, galleries and cafés. Swakopmund had its beginnings as a landing station in 1892 when the German Imperial Navy erected beacons on the site. Settlers followed and made attempts to create a harbour town by constructing a concrete Mole and then an iron jetty – which attempts were ultimately unsuccessful. The advent of World War one halted developments, and the town sank into decline until half a century later when infrastructure improved and an asphalt road opened between Windhoek and Swakopmund. This made reaching the previously isolated town quicker and easier and it prospered once again to become Namibia’s premier resort town. Although the sea is normally cold for swimming there are pleasant beaches and the cooler climate is refreshing after time spent in the desert.

Day 5: Drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland

Enjoy a morning yoga session with your yoga instructor, should time permit, before continuing your journey north along the coastline, stopping over at the haunting remains of the Zeila Shipwreck before heading inland towards the scenic countryside of Damaraland to reach Onduli Ridge. Damaraland is typified by displays of colour, magnificent table topped mountains, rock formations and bizarre-looking vegetation. The present-day landscape has been formed by the erosion of wind, water and geological forces which have formed rolling hills, dunes, gravel plains and ancient river terraces. It is the variety and loneliness of the area as well as the scenic splendour which will reward and astound you, giving one an authentic understanding of the word ‘wilderness’. This afternoon, if time allows, your guide will also arrange for you to visit nearby attractions and geological sites such as the pre-historic rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) – if not, you should have time to do so tomorrow morning. A late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor can be done, should time permit.

The Zeila: The Zeila was stranded on 25 August 2008 in the early morning hours near “Die Walle”, a popular fishing spot about 14km south of Henties Bay. The fishing trawler was sold as scrap metal to an Indian company by Hangana Fishing of Walvis Bay and ran aground after it came loose from its towing line while on its way to Bombay, India

shortly after it left Walvis Bay. The rusting bulk is now home to hundreds of perching cormorants and other seabirds, an ominous reminder of why this stretch of beach is referred to as the Skeleton Coast.

 

Twyfelfontein: Strewn over a hillside amongst flat-topped mountains of red sandstone, Twyfelfontein’s boulders and slabs of red sandstone hold some 2,500 prehistoric engravings that depict wildlife, animal spoor and abstract motifs. It is perhaps the largest and finest collection of petroglyphs in Africa. The engravings show animals such as elephant, giraffe, kudu, lion, rhinoceros, springbok, zebra and ostrich that once used to drink from a fountain at the bottom of the hill. In some cases footprints were engraved instead of hooves or paws. The abstract motifs feature mainly circles.

Stone tools and other artifacts found at Twyfelfontein suggest that hunter-gatherers occupied the site over a period of perhaps 7,000 years. These days a local guide accompanies visitors to showcase the rock art. The engravings lie along two circular routes, one an hour’s climb and the other 40 minutes longer. Twyfelfontein is one of Namibia’s key National Monuments and has recently become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Damaraland

Today is dedicated to exploring this remarkable and fascinating area with your Ultimate Safaris guides. After an early breakfast you will be treated to a memorable 4×4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, including the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. As the elephants are mostly active in the mornings you will normally have the best chance to see them then before returning to camp for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, with the option to explore the area further with your guides if appeals or visiting Twyfelfontein if you did not do so yesterday. This evening you can enjoy some pre-dinner drinks whilst admiring the stunning views of your surroundings at sunset.

Desert Adapted Elephant: In habitats with sufficient vegetation and water an adult elephant consumes as much as 300kg of roughage and 230l of water every day of its life. Consider what a herd of them would eat and drink in a week or a month or a year. Finding an African elephant in a desert?  Well, yes and not only elephant, but other large mammals as well, such as black rhinoceros and giraffe. Their ranges extend from river catchments in northern Kaokoveld as far south as the northern Namib. Apart from the Kunene River, seven river courses northwards from the Ugab provide them with possible routes across the desert, right to the Skeleton Coast. The biggest are the Hoarusib, the Hoanib, the Huab and the Ugab Rivers. Desert adapted elephant in Kaokoland and the Namib walk further for water and fodder than any other elephant in Africa. The distances between waterholes and feeding grounds can be as great as 68km. The typical home range of a family herd is larger than 2,000km², or eight times as big as ranges in central Africa where rainfall is much higher. They walk and feed at night and rest during the day. To meet their nutritional and bulk requirements they browse on no fewer than 74 of the 103 plant species that grow in their range. Not a separate species or even a subspecies, they are an ecotype unique to Namibia in Africa south of the equator, behaviourally adapted to hyper-arid conditions. Elephant in Mali on the southwestern fringe of the Sahara Desert are the only others known to survive in similar conditions.

Day 7: Drive Damaraland to Southern Etosha National Park Boundary

Enjoy a morning yoga session with your yoga instructor, should time permit, and set off after breakfast on your journey to the outskirts of the southern border of the Etosha National Park.

You arrive at the Anderssons at Ongava lodge in time for a late lunch. After lunch, you will have time free to relax before heading into the park later for some game viewing and introduction to the area.  End off the day with a late afternoon yoga session with your yoga instructor.

Day 8: Etosha National Park

 Enjoy a morning yoga session with your yoga instructor, should time permit. Today is dedicated to exciting game viewing within the Etosha National Park with your guide and from the comforts of your private safari vehicle as you explore the southern and central parts of the park. Lunch will be enjoyed back at the lodge with the afternoon free to relax before setting off on an afternoon drive on the private Ongava reserve, returning to the lodge after sunset and with enough time to freshen up before dinner.

Etosha National Park: Etosha National Park covers 22,270km², of which approximately 5,000km² is made up of saline depressions or ‘pans’. The largest of these pans, the Etosha Pan, can be classified as a saline desert in its own right. The Etosha Pan lies in the Owambo Basin, on the north-western edge of the Namibian Kalahari Desert. Until three million years ago it formed part of huge, shallow lake that was reduced to a complex of salt pans when the major river that fed it, the Kunene, changed course and began to flow to the Atlantic instead. If the lake existed today, it would be the third largest in the world. Etosha is the largest of the pans at 4,760 km² in extent. It is nowadays filled with water only when sufficient rain falls to the north in Angola, inducing floods to flow southward along the Cuvelai drainage system. The Park consists of grassland, woodland and savannah. Game-viewing centers around the numerous springs and waterholes where several different species can often be seen at one time. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, rhino, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Day 9: Drive Southern Etosha National Park to Eastern Etosha National Park.

Enjoy a morning yoga session with your yoga instructor, should time permit before embarking on your journey today, taking you through the breadth of the Etosha National Park as you game drive your way east via selected waterholes and the myriad of roads that snake through the park. You may either opt for a picnic lunch at a scenic location or have lunch at one of the Camps inside the park. You will exit the Park before sunset in order to reach your next destination, Onguma Bush Camp situated in the Private Onguma Nature Reserve.

Day 10: Etosha National Park

Enjoy a morning yoga session with your yoga instructor, before heading into the Etosha National Park for some exciting game drives from the comfort of your safari vehicle. You will explore the eastern section of the Etosha National Park visiting the many waterholes in search of splendid sightings and wonderful moments to return to the lodge for lunch. After some time, free to relax or enjoy a short siesta, you embark on another game drive into the park, exiting the gate before sunset. On arrival back at the lodge, you will have time to freshen up before settling down for dinner overlooking the floodlit waterhole.

Day 11: Drive Etosha National Park to Windhoek

This morning, you can enjoy a morning yoga session with your yoga instructor, should time permit, before departing south towards the capital city of Windhoek, stopping en-route for a light lunch before continuing your journey to Windhoek for your last evening. Dinner tonight will be enjoyed at a popular restaurant in town where you can reminisce about trip highlights and good memories with your guide.

Day 12: Day of departure

This morning can be spent relaxing at your hotel, exploring Windhoek, visiting NamCrafts and the Craft Centre or doing some last-minute souvenir shopping, if time allows, before an Ultimate Safaris representative collects you from your hotel for your transfer out to Hosea Kutako International Airport, getting you there in time to check in for your ongoing flight. On arrival at the airport, you will be assisted with your luggage and check-in arrangements for your onward flight back home.

price

SHARED ACCOMMODATIONS (TWIN BEDS/ COUPLES): $9199 EACH
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION: $9899 | 2 AVAILABLE

Retreat Limited to 10 people

Spaces Secured with a $2000 non-refundable/ non-transferable deposit

NOTE: THE USD/AUD/GBP PRICE AS INDICATED ELSEWHERE IS JUST INDICATIVE AND IS BASED ON EXCHANGE RATES AT THE TIME OF PUBLISHING.

Includes:

  • 11 nights Accommodations at Various, Luxury Lodges & Boutique Locations (Twin Beds or Single)
  • 1x Daily Vinyasa Yoga/Yin or Restorative (60 mins)
  • Special Welcome Dinner & Orientation
  • Daily Full or Half-Board Meals
  • Local Beverages (water, beers, juices, local spirits)
  • Luxury, Air-Conditioned, Safari Vehicles
  •  Local, English-Speaking, Expert Guides
  • Discover Desert Adapted Elephants
  • Sossusvlei & Deadvlei / Largest Sand Dunes in the World
  • Drive Along Skeleton Coast
  • Visit Indigenous Himba People & Village
  • Explore Twyfelfontein for Pre-Historic Carvings
  • All Entrance Fees to Etosha National Park
  • All Park Entrance Fees & Required Permits
  • Airport Transfers (Scheduled Arrival/Departure Times Only-Review FAQ’s)
  • Welcome Gift Bag

Excludes:

  • Any Covid-19 related testing and services.
  • All International & Regionals flights to / from Namibia and related airport taxes.
  • Any meals not included in the above itinerary.
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary (e.g.: hot air balloon flights, helicopter & light aircraft scenic flights, activities in Swakopmund, etc.).
  • All Premium and imported beverages.
  • Laundry (laundry service available at certain lodges at extra cost).
  • Tips, gratuities, and porterage.
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc.).
  • Personal travel insurance (recommended).
  • ENTRY VISA FEES.

additional information

HANDY TIPS:

  • Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from Namibia; 3) that you have a minimum of 3 consecutive clear pages for visas in your passport. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
  • Please ensure that you have arranged the entire necessary single or multiple entry visas prior to your arrival into southern Africa (unless you have confirmed they are available on entry). For an up to date list on which nationalities are automatically granted tourist visas upon entry into Namibia please refer to the Namibia Tourism Board website – http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/pages/Visas.
  • For Visa application procedures, please visit the Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs website – http://www.mfa.gov.na/
  • It is your clients’ responsibility to ensure that the necessary visas requirements are complied with before entering the county. Ultimate Safaris cannot be held responsible for any travelers being declined access into the country due to incorrect papers.
  • Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Namibia are considered to be malarial so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone), especially if visiting during the Namibian summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor
  • All inter camp flights have been based on scheduled light aircraft flights.
  • Luggage allowance: Luggage is normally restricted to 20kg per person including photographic equipment and hand luggage – in soft, hold all type bags which should not have any wheels, frames, or rigid structures as these may not be able to fit in the plane’s luggage compartment.
  • Luggage Dimensions: The maximum dimensions for soft bags that can be easily accommodated are as follows: 25cm (10 inches) wide, 30cm (12 inches) high, and 62cm (24 inches) long.
  • Excess Luggage: If you need to bring luggage with you that exceeds this allowance, you may still be able to take this with you by paying for an additional seat on the aircraft. If required, any extra luggage can be stored at our base while visitors are away on safari. Our Ultimate Safari representative meeting them at Windhoek International on the day of departure can then take this with him/her to return to guests at the airport.
  • Passenger Weights: Please note that passengers weighing over standard weights (70kg per female and 90kg per male) may be required to pay for a second seat when flying on light aircraft seat rate flights. This should not be applicable very often and it would rarely be the case if travelling on private charter flights when some of the seats are not filled. This is more a matter of the pilot being able to balance the plane for safety reasons than because of the seemingly arbitrary weight limit. However, please let us know in advance if this restriction is likely to apply to you so we can do whatever is possible to minimize the likelihood of it becoming an issue or leading to any significant extra costs.

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