There is something very inspiring about being immersed in the wilderness, surrounded by animals and practising yoga deep within the raw stunning setting of an African backdrop. Join Polly from Polly's Yoga at this holiday retreat, to experience a fabulous fusion of nature, wildlife, yoga & wellbeing.
Luxury accommodation at Little Garonga on the Northern tip of the Greater Kruger
Twice daily yoga sessions
Daily game drives (see the big 5!)
Meditation & bush walks
Delicious, healthy leisurely meals and daily afternoon tea
Bush breakfast and dinner under the stars
An aromatherapy massage
Optional bush bath and sleep out experience
Deepen your yoga journey in magical Africa!
For anyone who has been to Africa, we're sure it's easy to imagine why practising yoga within the South African wilderness would be rather different to other places in the world. The African Spirit is undeniable and abundant everywhere; the beautiful vistas, the music of animal calls and scents of nature create the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable yoga experience. The time of year for our visit has been carefully planned so that the temperature should be moderate and the animal sightings abundant. The holiday retreat offers a chance to get in touch with your true self through the practice of yoga in this truly magical place.
Alongside the luxurious set-up within the camp, which offers options for yoga sessions in a spacious, temperature controlled building, as well as a pretty, covered platform with a stunning view, we will be utilising the landscape and atmosphere as much as possible with some yoga asana sessions in the bush, under the shade of an ancient fig tree, and walking and seated meditations within the reserve. There will be chances for reflection and introspection, as well as openness and fun, and we're pretty sure it doesn't get much better than practising yoga as the sun rises or sets over the backdrop of rural Africa.
From a practical, physical level safaris generally mean sitting still for substantial periods of time in between long drives on incredibly bumpy "roads" in order to get the best possible chance of wildlife sightings. This can leave the people feeling stiff and sore, and all the yoga sessions will rebalance and revive them.
Being deep inside the African wilderness and coming up close an personal with the Big 5 and other incredible species can be a deeply moving, exciting and rewarding experience for many people. Enhancing this experience through the teachings of yoga creates a truly immersive opportunity for sheer joy.
Breakfast will be served after the sunrise yoga or safari but a delicious snack and fresh tea or coffee will be available beforehand, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and served supper is included. We will also enjoy a bush breakfast and supper under the stars.
2:00pm: Arrive at Little Garonga
3:30pm: Afternoon Tea & Chill
4.00pm: Sunset Safari & Sundowners
8:00pm: Welcome Dinner
7:45am: Morning Yoga Flow
11:30am: Posture Clinic
4.00pm: Sunset safari
7:00pm: Bush bath or Sleep Out Option
6:15am: Sunrise Safari
11:30am: Heart Opening Yoga
4.00pm: Yin & Yoga Nidra
7:00pm: Bush bath or Sleep Out Option
6:15am: Bushwalk & Meditation
11:30am: Body Balancing Yoga
4.00pm: Sunset Safari
7:00pm: Closing Fire Circle
6.15am: Sunrise Safari
8:30am: Yoga Flow in the Bush
One to one sessions, massages & reflexology available during the free time sessions (additional charges apply).
Bush Bath & Sleep Outs need to be pre-booked prior to arrival and are subject to weather conditions and availability.
This is an example itinerary and changes may be made throughout the week to accommodate people's needs, the weather and any unexpected situations.
The yoga sessions will take place in a variety of suitable and magical locations. Whether it's outside on the deck, inside in the air conditioning or immersed in the African bush, we're pretty sure your downward dog will have never felt so good. All mats and props are provided.
The practice of yoga is wide-reaching and the trip will incorporate a mix of many styles, practices and techniques to offer a deep-reaching experience. Meditation, pranayama and philosophy will be weaved into physical and relaxation sessions. All levels of experience will be catered for and influences from vinyasa, yin, restorative and partner yoga will be drawn on to create a well-balanced, accessible and rejuvenating program.
Your Teacher - Polly
Polly couldn't be more excited to share this experience with you. It has been a long-term dream of hers to bring together her two greatest passions: people experiencing all yoga has to offer them, and animals living as they should in the wild.
Little Garonga, South Africa, is made up of three luxury en-suite, thatched and air-conditioned suites, all situated around centralised indoor/outdoor lounge areas, a swimming pool and built-in BBQ area. Each suite has its own platform deck (great for some self-practice), complete with hammock. The camp is north-facing, allowing sunlight to stream in and its prime location affords magnificent views of the reserve. The camp has its own host, chef, waiter, housekeeper and safari guides.
The Hambleden Suite - sleeps 3/4 with one double and one twin room, luxurious bathrooms including an outdoor shower, large indoor living area, raised outdoor deck and private swimming pool.
Chiltern and Buckingham Suites - each sleep 2. The suites have their own platform deck with hammock overlooking the bushveld and a luxurious lounge area. The bathroom consists of a bath, two basins, an indoor shower, and a large outdoor shower.
All rooms have both air-conditioning and ceiling fans.
All the freshest, yummiest, organic local ingredients will be used to create delicious, nourishing dishes for you. Whether you are dining under the stars, out in the bush or around the open fire there will be an abundance of culinary delights for you to choose from.
Experience Wild Africa with game drives offered by Little Garonga
"Beautiful" the resident massage therapist at Little Garonga has magic hands. Her warm personality and skilful technique will leave you floating back to your room!
A complimentary aromatherapy massage is included but you will be able to book in for more treatments throughout the retreat and we're pretty certain you will want to.....
4 nights at £1,950 pp based on 2 people sharing
Single occupancy double available at a 50% supplement
*Excludes flights & transfers
If you would like to lengthen your yoga safari experience we are able to offer up to an 8-night programme. Please ask for more details should this be of interest.
If you would like to spend more time in South Africa or beyond, we have the perfect partners to help you extend your trip!
Satori Africa is a bespoke travel and tour company, personally curating unique itineraries throughout Africa. They are passionate about Africa and its people, food and wine and the memories it helps create, wellness and the beauty of travel.
Besides providing you with the ultimate in bespoke itineraries, they firmly believe that no trip to Africa is complete without experiencing some of their personal favourite epicurean experiences or continuing the theme and incorporating more wellness experiences and tours into your trip.
Travelling with them promises to deliver beyond the realms of any other travel memories. If you want to chat through your wish list with them get in touch with us and we'll make sure they give you their top notch service and best price!
We recommend the following:
South African Airlines
London Heathrow Term 2 Departing: 21:00
Hoedspruit via Johannesburg Arriving: 13:20
Hoedspruit via Johannesburg Departing: 13:55
London Heathrow Term 2 Arriving: 06:25
*Flights can be booked directly or through our partner at Flight Centre.
Contact Brett Webster at Brett.Webster@flightcentre.co.uk.