Set Departure Safari

6-Day Yoga & Walking Safari in the Selati Game Reserve

“Come with us on a Yoga Retreat in the wild of the African bush. We practice Yoga out in the bush while discovering the treasures of the African wild.”
Price 2,556 USD * (See price tab)
Country
South Africa
Duration
6 Nights
Dates
1 Dec 2024 — 6 Dec 2024
13 Jul 2025 — 18 Jul 2025
16 Nov 2025 — 21 Nov 2025
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas
Location
Selati Game Reserve
Kids Min Age
18

Find your way back to nature on this 6 Day Yoga & Walking Safari in the Selati Game Reserve. A truly unique experience, dedicated to the little things of the environment, but not forgetting the big ones. After all, all Big 5 can be met here! We combine this unique wilderness experience with a yoga retreat and practice meditation, pranayama and asanas while exploring the nature around us.

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The Selati Game Reserve is a 27 000 ha Private Reserve situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa with unique biodiversity and unmatched beauty. It is the Ga-Salati River running through it which is a tributary of the Olifants River. Founded in 1993 through the collaborative effort of landowners in the area who shared a common vision, the Reserve plays a vital role in conserving and enhancing the wildlife heritage of South Africa.

The Reserve is home to the Lillie Cycad Reserve which contains the critically endangered Encephalartos dyerianos cycad, which can only be found here. Selati is a Big Five area but also has Cheetah, Black & White Rhino, Hyenas, Hippo and many more. It is also home to the biggest population of free roaming Sable antelope in Southern Africa due to a very good breeding program.

highlights

  • 6 nights’ accommodation at a Tented Camp in the Selati Game Reserve
  • All Big Five can be met here
  • Private vehicles and activities for our small group
  • Morning and afternoon activities, yoga sessions, meditation practice, pranayama and safaris on foot and by vehicle
  • Small group of 8 max – along with Sabrina and Jan Hendrik as your expert hosts.
  • Cycad Reserve on top of Lillie Koppie
  • Archaeological Sites

map and overview

Day 1: Arrive in the Selati Game Reserve and meetup with Sabrina and Jan Hendrik to the safety briefing and to discuss the upcoming days.

Day 2 to 6: Twice daily game viewing and yoga activities in the Selati Game Reserve with special activities like the cycad reserve.

Day 7: Departure from camp or transfer to Hoedspruit.

guides

Sabrina Krattinger

Visiting southern Africa for the very first time Sabrina fell in love with the wild African bush and all the wildlife. Since then she regularly traveled to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Kenya. The enthusiasm for the bush led her to her Field and Trails Guide Qualification. Originally from Switzerland Sabrina offers guiding in English as well as in German.

Yoga is part of Sabrina’s practice. The feeling yoga gives her is the reason why she likes to share her practice during our yoga safaris with our guests. She completed a 200h yoga teacher training in Berne, Switzerland and added later on another 300h in South Africa. With it Yoga became an even more important part of her life, not only on the mat but in her daily life.

Jan Hendrik Hanekom

Jan Hendrik is a passionate Professional Field Guide with over 14 years of experience in the African bush which took him to many countries across Africa. Born and raised in South Africa Jan Hendrik offers guiding in English and Afrikaans.

By walking more than 2’000 hours in over 15 different Reserves and National Parks with Big Five qualified Jan Hendrik as a Professional Trails Guide and Tracker. As a FGASA-registred mentor he offers Mentorship Trails for future trails guides. He has a special passion for birds and flowers. Walking with Jan Hendrik is always an Adventure and his enthusiasm for the African bush is contagious.

start dates

Further dates available upon request (Minimum number of participants: 4 people).

1 December 2024 - 6 December 2024
13 July 2025 - 18 July 2025
16 November 2025 - 21 November 2025

detailed itinerary

Day 1

In the following we would like to give you a glimpse into a typical day on our Yoga Safari as well as an overview of what those days in the bush look like. Although we don’t want to make our schedule too rigid but rather keep it flexible dependent on the movement of the animals, their behavior during a specific season, dependent on the interest of our guests, and other external factors like the weather. But still we believe in a certain structure and want to give you an idea of what you can expect during our time together.

On our first day of our safari the guests arrive by transfer from Hoedspruit in the early afternoon. Alternatively we meet them directly at the gate, where they arrive with their own (rental-)car.

After everyone was shown their tent, there is an introduction and some snacks in the main area. At around three o’clock we go out on a short walk to get everyone used to the new environment and stretch our body with some yoga asana after a day of traveling.

Day 2 - 6

The structure of our days usually looks as follows:

  • 5:00 | Morning Meditation
  • 5:30 | Coffee, Tea and Rusks in the main area
  • 6:00 | Morning Walk / Drive: We head out early morning on foot from camp or direve out to walk in a different area. To rest our feet we might even go on a sole game drive.
  • 12:00 | At around 12 o’clock we arrive back in camp, on some days we might come back a bit earlier and on others later. Now you have about an hour for yourself before lunch is ready.
  • 13:00 | Lunchtime
  • 14:00 | Time for yourself to relax, to cool down in the splash pool, to read a book or take a nap.
  • 15:00 | Afternoon activity: We drive out to explore the bush. Somewhere at a beautiful spot we practice yoga asana.
  • 18:00 | Enjoy the sunset, refreshment around the fire and enjoying whatever comes to the waterhole at night.
  • 19:00 | Dinnertime

On our walks we are always on the lookout for the Big Five but will show you a lot of smaller things like insects, birds, trees, flowers, tracks and signs and much more. We like to teach you about how nature is all connected and every little thing has its purpose and superpower.

Surrounded by this beautiful wilderness we use the time not only to explore the African bush on foot and by vehicle but to practice the different aspects of yoga. The morning starts with a calming meditation while the birds start singing and the sun comes up. Once a day, while out in the bush, we stop at a lovely spot where we have a yoga asana session.

Through out the week there will be a read thread of yoga philosophy that weaves into our daily practices, where you might find some inspiration of other aspects of yoga.

Since Selati Game Reserve is home of the very unique Cycad Reserve, we hike to the top and show you the highly endangered cycads and the stunning view.

One evening after dinner we head out for a night drive introducing you to the night life of the bush. We drive with a spotlight searching for some nocturnal creatures, like leopard, lion, genet, civit, various mongoose species, bush babies and much more.

On another occasion an astronomy talk is waiting after dinner, where we introduce you to the stars of the southern hemisphere.

As John Lennon already mentioned: “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” This is typical for the bush too, and the reason why we adapt our schedule to whatever happens around us.

Day 7

Today marks the end of our trip and will start with a last meditation practice early morning and a full cooked breakfast prior to our departure.

price

Price 2024

Safari Tent with en-suite bathroom: ZAR 46.100,00 per person

Single Supplement: ZAR 9.500,00 per person

(Minimum of 4 – Maximum of 8)

 

Price 2025

Safari Tent with en-suite bathroom: ZAR 50.710,00 per person

Single Supplement: ZAR 10.450,00 per person

(Minimum of 4 – Maximum of 8)

 

Price includes:

  • Accommodation as stated above.
  • All meals.
  • Water, tea, coffee and juices.
  • Entrance fee and excursions during these days.

Price excludes:

  • Flights and airport taxes.
  • Pre and post safari accommodation and transfers to Selati Game Reserve.
  • Other drinks at the Camp.
  • Gratuities.
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
  • Entery Visa Fees.
  • Bank Charges.

additional information

Expectations

  • The camp is unfenced and situated within wildlife areas with all sorts of creatures venturing through.
  • Expect warm to hot temperatures during the day with cold to very cold nights
  • Charging facilities available throughout
  • As with any tour, unfortunately we cannot control the weather or indeed the wildlife. The itinerary will be flexible to make the most of the weather and any target species.
  • Travel insurance is a must.

Additional Information

  • Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Times of activities, meals, transfers is subject to change.
  • Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 18 years paying full fare.
  • Maximum age is 65. Anyone older than this is required to produce a medical certificate providing that they are physically able to participate in the activities and terrain in which the safari tour will be conducted in.
  • PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavor to accommodate guests at the above stipulated camp, we reserve the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
  • Terms and conditions apply.
  • Rates are quoted as per person.

Helpful tips

  • Visas/Passport: 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 South Africa; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. 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.
  • Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of South Africa are considered to be malarial so we recommend consulting your doctor about the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone), especially if visiting during the summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.

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