botswana yoga retreat

7 Day Yoga flows along the Okavango Delta

Famous for it’s wildlife and stunning beauty, Botswana is one of the greatest adventure Safari destinations in Africa and is home to the largest population of elephants and wild dogs anywhere in the world.

The retreat takes place at 2 of their luxurious lodges, Mopiri and Nokanyana, offering you the best of both worlds in the Delta. The Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem with both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of superb wildlife, a large concentration of birds and lush vegetation. Not only will you experience the remoteness from land, but also from above with 3 short scenic flights that are included. A flight from Maun is mandatory to reach most of the Delta’s luxury camps and lodges due to the aquatic nature, and there is no better way to take in the remoteness of this region. It is common to spot large herds of elephant, hippo, buffalo, wildebeest, lechwe, impala and zebra from a flight like this. It’s a must when visiting Botswana and what a way to start this incredible 7-day Journey.

Morning sessions will be a combination of breathing techniques, vinyasa flows and guided meditation – finding and creating space within, as the world along the Delta awakes. The therapeutic moves will allow you to go inward and become familiar with your own body as you link your breath and connect with nature. You will certainly be renewed after each session and ready for what the day has in store for you – plenty of wildlife, relaxation and unique activities specific to the area. You will find yourself back in nature for an afternoon yin or hatha practice while listening to the sounds of hippos along the river, and bird life as night approaches. Here you will feel as if time is standing still, where living in the present moment is the only option. Your body relaxed, your mind in a state of absolute peace. The practice promotes a calming and meditative state that will benefit beginners to experienced students.

Day 1

On arrival at Maun Airport you will be met by your yoga teacher and a representative of Roots & Journeys. From here we will make our way to Mopiri Camp with a small aircraft. The flight to the camp is a short scenic flight over the Delta, an amazing experience on its own already.

Once at Mopiri, settle into your luxurious accommodation before a much- needed meditation session as the sun sets over the Delta. Dinner will be a healthy 3-course meal under the stars, followed by a one on one individual session with Marcel.

Day 2

  • Morning yoga session next to the Delta at the lodge
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Boat trip on the Delta & guided bush walk /optional massage
  • Lunch
  • Barge cruise/relaxation/optional massage
  • Afternoon meditation session
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Morning meditation session next to the Delta at the lodge
  • Breakfast
  • Full day out incorporating a boating safari, mokoro trip and lunch set up on an island in the heart of the Delta
  • Sunset yoga session
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Morning yoga session next to the Delta at the lodge
  • Breakfast
  • Morning activity/relaxation/optional massage
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon activity/relaxation/optional massage
  • Afternoon/sunset yoga session
  • Dinner

Day 5

  • Meditation session next to the Delta at the lodge
  • Breakfast
  • Short flight from Mopiri to Nokanyana with a small aircraft
  • Game drive into camp
  • Lunch (in camp or on the way to camp)
  • Afternoon game drive /relaxation
  • Afternoon/sunset yoga session
  • Dinner

Day 6

  • Morning yoga session next to the Khwai River at the lodge
  • Breakfast
  • Morning activity/relaxation/optional massage
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon game drive/relaxation
  • Afternoon meditation session
  • Dinner

Day 7

This morning we will have one last beautiful yoga flow, taking in the natural beauty and energy of the Delta. After breakfast, you will fly back to Maun in time for your departure flight back home. The short scenic flight over the Delta is the perfect chance to reflect on the natural beauty and self-reflection you have encountered over the last week.

Botswana yoga retreat

 

MOPIRI – WATER EXPERIENCE

Staying at Mopiri Camp offers a water experience right on your doorstep, with boating safaris, mokoro trips, bush walks, sunset cruises, star gazing and nights out at fly camp in the heart of the Delta. Game viewing is mainly aquatic – Hippos, Crocodiles, incredible birdlife, Elephant, Red Lechwe, and Sitatunga, to name a few.

Spacious tents set on the banks of Weboro Lagoon offer panoramic views from their private decks. Long winding boardwalks between the main area and the tents offer privacy, and the opportunity for guests to stretch their legs. The tents are light and airy and have en-suite bathrooms with large rain showers. The bathrooms are adjoined to the rooms by a short corridor, making the most of the view over the lagoon.

The “Little Island” is hidden away on the western side of the Okavango Delta.

Botswana yoga retreat

Botswana yoga retreat

NOKANYANA – BUSH & SAFARI

Staying at Nokanyana offers a game rich experience as wildlife moves right through camp. Days can be spent out on short morning and afternoon game drives, or full days out exploring areas further afield.

The “Little River” is situated close to the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, only 120 kilometres from Maun.

With seven luxury rooms and three family suites set on the banks of the Khwai River, Nokanyana offers fantastic game viewing. Rooms have been built to ensure that guests have a panoramic view of the bush around them. All have inside and outside showers, so you don’t have to miss a thing!

Days can be spent exploring the area, or simply relaxing and waiting for the wildlife to come by.

Botswana yoga retreat

Botswana yoga retreat

FOOD

With the warm and attentive hospitality, you can expect delightful cuisine at both lodges. All meals will be served outdoors overlooking the river. Breakfast consist out of a healthy continental and superfood smoothies, lunches you can choose from the menu and for dinner you can expect a healthy 3 course meal. All meals are vegan/vegetarian, freshly prepared by the lodges professional chefs. High tea with freshly baked goodies and cakes will be served at the lodge.

2021 DATES

16-22 MARCH

  • Shared Luxury Room: USD 3,999
  • Private Luxury Room: USD4,800

20-26 SEPTEMBER

  • Shared Luxury Room: USD 3,999
  • Private Luxury Room: USD4,800

8-14 NOVEMBER

  • Shared Luxury Room: USD 3,999
  • Private Luxury Room: USD4,800

 

INCLUDED

  • Luxuryaccommodation for 6 nights/7days– The lodge will not be used exclusively for the yoga retreat, there will be other guests around. However, yoga sessions will be held when most guests are out on their daily activities.
  • All meals
  • Fruit infused water refills (bottles will be supplied, as we do not want to use any plastic bottles)
  • All mentioned camp activities
  • Professional guides for all excursions/activities
  • 1 Full body massage
  • Private yoga teacher/host
  • One on one sessions with your yoga teacher
  • Daily yoga & meditation with a beautiful view of the Delta and the Khwai River
  • VAT & Tourism levy
  • Park Fees
  • Meet and Greet at Maun airport by a member of the Roots & Journeys team
  • Return scenic flights from Maun to Mopiri Camp, Mopir to Nokanyana, and Nokanyana to Maun
  • Transfers to and from the Mopiri airstrip and the Khwai airstrip
  • Passenger Liability Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Welcoming gift

Camp Activities: Boating Safaris, Mokoro Trips, Bush Walks, Traditional Boma Evening, Village visit, Lunch out on an island, Game drives.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Gratuity
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Massage treatments
  • Local/Alcohol beverages

TEACHERS

We have 3 retreat dates in Botswana for 2021 and each retreat will be taught by different teachers.

  • 16-22 MARCH – Marcel Vosloo & Jill Schrader
  • 20-26 SEPTEMBER – Caroline Pajewski
  • 8-14 NOVEMBER – Marcel Vosloo

MARCEL VOSLOO

Marcel found her love for yoga over a decade ago while sailing and diving all corners of the World. Even though taught in Ashtanga yoga, she’s developed a deep understanding of more mindful and calm practices out in nature, connecting with the energy that surrounds her. Marcel started meditating at a young age, and she incorporates different styles into her daily life, which brings balance to mind and body. As a dive instructor for many years she grew more and more interest in breathing techniques which she also applies to her daily life and yoga sessions.

Marcel has been hosting successful retreats since 2016 when she started Namaste Yoga Safaris,  combining the perfect blend of yoga on safari while focusing on slowing down and re-connecting. She’s had beginners to advance and also yoga teachers join her retreats. Her groups are small allowing personal attention, it is fun and a non-competitive environment, making it a peaceful healing space for anyone joining. It’s about you and connecting with yourself and nature, being mindful and having an adventure of a life time.

JILL SCHRADER

Jill became a devotee of yoga after her first yoga class about 30 years ago. Over the years she studied with some amazing teachers and trained in several styles of yoga. She began her yoga training with Hatha yoga, followed by Radiant Light Yoga, opening her heart to mantra. She spent several months in India training with Mr. TKV Desikachar, and yoga therapy. The opportunity then came to train in Kundalini Yoga, this style of yoga became the focus of her teaching for several years.  Jill has never been one to just stick to one thing as she believes being curious is important, in all aspects of our lives, for her, yoga has been no exception.

 “How I teach yoga now, is from a point of balance. Coming from all I have learnt from teachers, students, and mostly over years of listening to my own inner wisdom. I practice and teach from an inner perspective, bringing awareness back into the body and feeling what is. Following the breath, breath and posture are one, you cannot do one without the other they are interchangeable. My yoga brings balance to mind, body, and spirit. I encourage movement of energy for endurance and healing, using pranayama and movement. My yoga is focused on inner awareness, opening the heart, refining the relationship to self, bringing the mind to the present, sitting in meditation connected to the loving, unchanging eternal part of Self. I often use mantra for meditations”.

Jill is also a qualified teacher with Trauma Aware Yoga Australia, and works as a nurse in Mental Health. “I was instrumental in introducing yoga to patients in the hospital, and established sessions of Trauma Aware yoga for patients with trauma, abuse and PTSD”.  Her other interests include continuing her training in Shamanic healing. She is a Gong Master and practice sound healing, as well as having many years’ experience with cognitive based therapies. Jill enjoys working individually with people and will be providing personal 1 hour sessions at the retreat, at request of guests. She works with oracle cards, as well as yoga therapy, and a touch of shamanic healing.

Caroline Pajewski

Caroline has been teaching yoga since 2005 and in 2009 she opened Recline Yoga Studio in Swakopmund, Namibia where she also hosts Yoga Teacher Trainings. Her love of yoga started in 1994 and she’s been practicing ever since, turning her passion into her work.

“I started my training in South of India where I stayed for 6 months learning the art of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. I did one-on-one training with two esteemed Indian Yogis, Santil and Ganesh, and did training from the beginners, intermediate to advanced A & B. In 2011 I did a Vinyasa training which transformed my yoga practice and rekindled the yogic flame within. 2013 Brought me to Thailand for more training, this time in Jnana Yoga where I learned what it is to be in the presence of real unconditional love and compassion, which has made me grow even more in my own yoga practice and gave me the tools to live yoga every day and grow ever closer to self-realisation”.

 

FLIGHTS

  • Please book your flight to arrive at Maun International Airport (MUB) no later than 13h30 on the first day of Retreat
  • Daily flights to Maun International Airport from Johannesburg in South Africa with Air Botswana and SA Airlink
  • An additional night in Maun pre-retreat is recommended, giving you time to relax after your flight and also a perfect opportunity explore and experience the city and its culture.
  • An additional night or 2 in Victoria Falls to end can be added. The Zambezi River is fed by the rains which fall from November-March, with the flood season from February to May, peaking around March/April. The spray at this time is immense, rising almost 1km into the sky and visible from 45 km’s away. Please contact us for recommended hotels and activities in Victoria Falls and Maun

CURRENCY

The Botswana Pula (BWP) and USD are the only legal tender in Botswana and can be used freely to purchase goods and services.

The following are accepted as payment methods:

  • Matercard
  • Visa
  • Maestro
  • And local currency

TIME ZONES

  • GMT + 2 hours

WEATHER

Botswana’s climate is semi-arid. It is hot and dry most of the year, with a rainy short rainy season.

BOTSWANA VISA REQUIREMENTS

Entry requirements can change, so please contact your local Botswana 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

    Botswana
  • Duration

    7 days

  • Cost

    From $3,999

  • Dates

    March/September/November 2021
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