Malawi Kaya Mawa

Bush and Beach Yoga Retreat

Wake up to the calls of the birds as they welcome a new day in the beautiful Luangwa Valley and enjoy the plethora of waterspouts on Lake Malawi.

This 8 Day retreat gives you the best of both worlds. Starting out with a few days on safari and yoga in Zambia at an exclusive camp, then heading to Malawi to spend 3 nights at a Beach Resort known as the best beach lodge in Africa.

A plethora of watersports are available as well as scuba diving, quad biking, SUP yoga, local culture and some of the tastiest food In Africa.

 

 

Day 1: 10 August

You will be met at Kenneth Kuanda – Lusakas International Airport, then fly in a small aircraft to Mfuwe Airport. From Mfuwe Airport you will be  transferred to Kasikizi Bush Camp, about a 3-4 hour drive (in a closed vehicle), where we will be staying for the next 4 nights.

On arrival to Kasikizi you will be welcomed by the team before settling into your accommodation. As the day draws to a close, you will find yourself in nature for an afternoon yoga practice as the sun sets. An incredible way to quiet your mind before dinner under the starlit skies…

Day 2: 11 August

Wake up to the calls of the birds as they welcome a new day in the beautiful Luangwa Valley while enjoying a coffee or tea before a morning yoga session. Take in the views as the morning hue lifts, the sun rises and the animals make their way out onto the plains. After our morning game drive we will have lunch at the camp where you can relax for the rest of the afternoon. We will meet again for a sunset yoga session followed by a 3 course meal next to the fire.

Day 3: 12 August

This morning you can sleep in a little longer before meeting for a yoga session. After breakfast take some time to relax and enjoy the holiday part of the retreat.

In the afternoon we will head out on foot with a professional guide in chance to spot amazing variety of birdlife, wildlife and the fauna and flora in the riverine forest. Back at camp we will relax as the sun sets, taking in the absolute beauty that surrounds us.

Day 4: 13 August

This morning calls for an early start as we will be heading out for another thrilling game drive to discover all that the Luambe wilderness has to offer. Back at camp you can relax before our afternoon yoga session as the sun sets.

Tonight is our last night around the camp fire as tomorrow we will be heading to Malawi.

Day 5: 14 August

After our morning yoga session we will fly with a small aircraft to our next destination. With it’s almost supernatural vibe, there is nowhere else on earth quite like Kaya Mawa. Hidden away on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi, at Kaya Mawa you will be transported into a world of simple pleasures.

Settle into your private villa, take a dip in your private pool soaking up the sun or go for an optional massage at the spa.

Day 6: 15 August

Today is a beachy kinda day and we will be spending most of the day exploring the tranquility of Lake Malawi by kayak and stand up paddle boards.

After breakfast, we will paddle to the neighboring beaches where you can test your balance doing SUP yoga, followed by snorkeling to enjoy some of Lake Malawi’s 1000 species of fish, many endemic to the lake.

After lunch we will head out on another outing by kayaking to one of the smaller islands to admire the Mozambican coastline.

Day 7: 16 August

Choose one of the many optional activities the lodge has to offer, from scuba diving (which you can learn in 3 hours), kite surfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing or sailing.

Another option is to explore Likoma Island by quad bike, visiting the cathedral built in 1905, Katundu textiles workshop, the majestic valley of the baobabs and some of the eleven local villages. The warmth of the locals will make you feel right at home on Likoma.

Tonight will be our last yoga session followed by dinner on the beach.

Day 8: 17 August

You can either sleep in enjoying the last bit of your private villa, go for a stroll on the beach, or even for one more snorkel. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip in time for your departure flight back home.

Zambia – Kasikizi Bush Camp

Day 1- 4 / 10 – 13 February

Kasikizi Camp is an exclusive bush camp situated in the Luambe National Park, one of Zambia’s smallest national Parks. The Camp will open July 2020 and consist of 3 grass chalets overlooking the floodplains, offering panoramic views of the Luangwa River.

There is a small thatched main area with a bar and seating area for lunches and snacks but breakfasts and dinners will mostly be served on open fires on the floodplain with the sun rising or under the stars respectively. The floodplain attracts Pukus, Impalas, Waterbucks, Giraffes and Elephants.

The wildlife found in Luambe is similar to that of its larger neighbouring parks and includes all the typical large herbivores, carnivores as well as some less well-known species. There are over 200 species of bird in Luambe and elephant populations as well as those of lion and leopard are said to be on the increase.

Habitat diversity in Luambe National Park is enormous and within a few kilometers the vegetation ranges from riverine forest, cathedral mopane woodland, floodplain acacia thickets to the sausage tree-dotted open grasslands of the Chipuka plains.

 

Malawi – Kaya Mawa Resort

Day 5-8 / 14 -17 February

Kaya Mawa is situated in an ultra-pristine part of the world and offers a truly
unique experience. The island offers a golden sandy beach on the immense freshwater Lake Malawi.

The lodge has won numerous awards, notably most romantic safari property and best beach lodge in Africa, endorsed by leading publishers such as Conde Naste, Safari Awards and Tatler for many years in a row.

A plethora of watersports are available as well as scuba diving, quad biking, local culture and some of the tastiest food In Africa. Kaya Mawas team of skilled chefs work to create exciting dishes that are inspired by local produce and ingredients grown themselves. This fusion of flavours combined with relaxed dining ethos and the renowned humour of the Malawian waiting team, makes for an unforgettable dining experience, especially as each and every night dinner is out on the beach, under the stars.

Each of Kaya’s eleven rooms, and private villa, is unique and offers something very special. Serene and secret decks for sunbathing or romantic dinners; secluded lakeside chalets with private lounges. You may find yourself showering under the stars, taking a midnight dip in your private pool.

INCLUDED

  • Luxury accommodation for 7 nights
  • 3 meals per day, except for the first and last day of the retreat
  • Kasikizi Camp: daily tea, coffee & biscuits + local drinks, game drives and safari walks
  • Kaya Mawa:Snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding, Topper Topaz & Topper Taz (sailboats), bicycles to tour the island or around Katunda (textile workshop on the island)
  • Private yoga teacher/host
  • Daily yoga & meditation
  • VAT & Tourism levy
  • Park Fees
  • Meet and Greet on arrival
  • 2x Internal flights on small aircraft
  • All transfers
  • Laundry
  • Welcoming gift

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Gratuity
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional activities at Kaya Mawa – All motorized activities (Sunset cruising, wake boarding, water-skiing, sub-wing, quad bike tours,) kite boarding, diving and Spa treatments
  • Local drinks at Kaya Mawa
  • Alcohol beverages

FLIGHTS

  • Please book your flight to arrive at Lusaka Airport the day before the start of the retreat. You will be collected at your chosen accommodation and taken to the airport then fly to Mfuwe and transferred to Kasikizi.
  • Daily flights to Lusaka Airport from Johannesburg in South Africa with South African Airways.
  • Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenyan Airlines fly straight to Lusaka Airport
  • DEPARTURE FLIGHTS:Flights from Malawi back to Lusaka Airport are included, but you can fly straight from Lilongwe Airport as well. This would change your costs by deducting the $300 from Mfuwe to Lusaka, and the flight from Malawi (Likomo Island) to Lilongwe only will be $415 not $500.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Entry requirements can change, so please contact your local Zambian & Malawian embassy to verify the information below is current.

  • A passport is required for all foreign visitors and has to be valid for at least six months.
  • Citizens from most nationalities do not require a visa and will get a 30-day entry permit on arrival.
  • All foreign visitors will need to carry a return ticket.

  • Country

    Zambia
  • Duration

    8 days

  • Cost

    From $6,950

  • Dates

    10-17 August
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