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3-Day Yoga & Stargazing Retreat featuring the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans with Yoga instructor Deborah Carter and Astronomer Stephen James O'Meara

June 8 - 10, 2024

3 days Yoga & Stargazing retreat only US$649 per person sharing

Journey with Deborah Carter and Steve O'Meara on a weekend retreat of yoga and stargazing visiting the magical Salt Pans of northern Botswana. Our annual retreat is an intimate affair, limited to only 10 guests. This year we are offering the retreat at a special rate of US$649 per person sharing. Space is limited and sure to sell out fast, so contact us now on info@yogasafari.com to sign up and secure your place on our annual Yoga & Stargazing Retreat.

The rate includes: Chalet accommodation (on second night), cozy bedroll on the pans (on first night); meals (2 × dinners & 2 × breakfasts); tea and coffee, 1 liter water; yoga sessions led by Deborah; and stargazing with Steve; plus the services of a guide to take us to the pans and out to see the meerkats.

If the above sounds like something your body, mind and soul is longing for, then contact us soon to sign up. Space is limited to just 10 guests. The price is US$649 per person sharing, single supplement of US$150 per person.

Soft/alcoholic drinks and tips are extra, and you need to provide your own transport to the lodge.

Space is limited and sure to sell out fast, so contact us now on info@yogasafari.com to sign up and secure your place on our annual Yoga & Stargazing Retreat.

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Botswana Wildlife and Stargazing Safari

July 25 to August 1, 2024

A safari in Botswana during our winter is a must for everyone and a special treat for those who live in light polluted cities and long to see truly dark skies. Our safari visits two wonderfully different eco-systems taking in two of Botswana’s prime wildlife locations; Savute and Khwai.

Spend 3 nights at Savute Safari Lodge: Take safari drives with your guide to see the wildlife, including elephants, zebra, antelope & lions to name a few, and also view them at the waterhole right in front of the lodge; and then enjoy the magnificent Botswana night sky and stargazing from the lodge at night.

Spend 3 nights at Little Sable. We chose Little Sable because it is far away from towns and light pollution and it’s perfect for viewing the magnificent southern stars and deep-sky objects through your binoculars. And if you are an astrophotographer you can get some amazing shots of the Milky Way directly overhead including the center of our galaxy and the Southern Cross too. Little Sable is in a wildlife rich area and offers the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife from hippos and elephants, to lions and leopards, as well as giraffe and jackals and if you are lucky a pack of painted wolves may pass through the area.

There’s also an optional 2 night pre-tour to Victoria Falls on July 23 & 24, 2024.

To find out more about this safari of a lifetime and how to sign up please email us on info@yogasafari.com

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Botswana Yoga Safari (Sample)

Botswana has a varied ecosystem that includes: vast salt pans where oryx stand tall against the white earth, the wetlands of the Okavango Delta where hippos display for their territory, Moremi Game Reserve where lions roar and the Chobe National Park where elephants abound. On our Yoga Safari we traverse these areas in 4 x 4 game drive vehicles, motor boats and on foot (when outside the national parks) getting up close to the animals in order to take the best photos. Our fully serviced, en-suite, tented mobile safari camp takes us to the heart of these locations giving us the best opportunities to view the game and practice our Yoga in one of the last remaining untamed environments. We will also enjoy dining al fresco under the stars and dream the night away in comfortable beds. (See last paragraph below for more info on our mobile safari camp). The Yoga Safari is limited to a maximum of ten guests.

This 11 night Yoga Safari offers 1 night at a lodge in Maun, 3 nights at our camp in Nxai Pan, 4 nights in Moremi Game Reserve and 3 nights in the Savuti region of Chobe National Park.

Day 1 – 4

The first night is spent at a lodge in Maun getting to know everyone. Early next morning we head off to our private camp in the Nxai Pan National Park where we are on the lookout for zebra, oryx, springbuck, eland, bat eared foxes, lions and hyena to name a few of the animals that can be seen in the area. We’ll find a special place each day to practice Yoga and experience the wilderness from a different perspective other than our 4 x 4 vehicle.

Day 5 – 8

Our next destination is Moremi Game Reserve where we have the opportunity to see leopards, lions, giraffe, hippo, crocs and baboons. Each animal has its own way of surviving in the wild and your guide will explain how they all interact with each other. One of our days will be spent on the water in a motor boat seeing what lies within the crystal clear waterways of the Okavango Delta. Each day we’ll lay down our mats and connect with the natural surroundings through a unique Yoga session specially created for our Yoga Safari, which also includes guided meditations.

Day 9 – 11

From Moremi we move north to the Savuti area in Chobe National Park where a multitude of animals roam the area including impala, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and elephant. We’ll visit ancient Bushmen rock paintings and find a quiet spot to practice our Yoga daily. We’ll spend our last night together reminiscing and sharing stories about our special Yoga Safari.

Day 12

After breakfast today you may either head back to Maun or add and optional extension to Victoria Falls in Zambia. (Email us on info@yogasafari.com for information on adding an extension)

The Botswana Yoga Safari offers a classic, up-market mobile safari where we head from Maun to Nxai Pan to Moremi to Savuti and back to Maun accompanied by the same camp crew and camping equipment throughout. Our private campsites offer an authentic bush atmosphere while still maintaining a great deal of comfort. We sleep in walk-in canvas tents, with beds, en-suite shower and toilet, a small veranda area with camp chairs, a small table and a washbasin. Battery-powered lights provide illumination at night. Our camp is fully catered, with three-course meals, including wine, soft drinks and water all prepared daily by our camp chefs. A laundry service is also included. When we move camps every three to four days, the camp crew break down the camp after we depart on our game drive and then while we are out on safari, they go ahead in a large 4x4 truck to set up at the new location before our arrival later that day. We get to practice Yoga everyday on our mats in this pristine wilderness making this type of safari the only way to fully experience the spirit of the wild! We look forward to having your join us on this unique adventure.

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Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Yoga Retreat – inc. Meno A Kwena & Pans (Sample)

One of the most spiritual places on our blue planet is in the vast salt pans of the Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pans National Park in Botswana and that is where the next Yoga Retreat is to be held. Imagine being in an environment that is totally flat, from horizon to horizon, 360 degrees around you, without a tree or a bump to hinder your view. And then imagine being in the same environment in the still of night, with the heavens ablaze with a trillion stars coating the sky above you and tumbling down to the earth. That is the meaning of true magic. The feeling of this experience cannot be put into words it can only be lived, so why not do just that and join Deborah and a small group of like-minded souls on this amazing Pans Yoga Retreat.

The first night of the retreat will be spent at Meno A Kwena where the Boteti River is a hive of activity with zebra and elephants quenching their thirst. We’ll have a yoga session over looking the river before sunset and supper. The next day we’ll venture to the pans for a yoga session and a picnic lunch on the edge of the salt pans. We’ll then drive to find the meerkats before heading deep into the pans to have a yoga lesson that will help us tune into this ethereal environment. We’ll spend the night on the pans, snuggled up in our bedrolls, falling asleep to the sound of the earth breathing.

At sunrise the next day we’ll greet the dawn with a sun salutation followed by breakfast after which we’ll head back to Maun.

This unique Pan Yoga Retreat includes: Accommodation, tented at Meno & bedrolls on the pans, meals, yoga sessions with Deborah & the services of a guide. Drinks are extra and we need to provide transport in our own 4x4 vehicles.

Contact us on info@yogasafari.com to book your space or call +267 6800540 to find out more.

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