FAQ’S • YOGA SAFARI
FOOD • WATER • CAMPS • TRAVEL
Do we sleep in tents?
No, we sleep in romantic huts with very comfortable beds, en-suite flush toilets, and an outdoor shower. The huts are built using local building methods and made entirely from indigenous, manually sorced materials such as mopane-tree poles, giant thatching grass and soaked palm leaves. The camps are deep in the wilderness and the buildings are a part of the wilderness itself. The position of the camps is carefully chosen, for views, productive game areas, availability of water and shade for each hut.
Are the camps permanent structures?
We only operate for six months of the year as this remote area becomes inaccessible during the rainy season. The camps are taken down every year before the rains and we take about a month to build them back up in April/May when we can access the area again.
Is there hot and cold running water?
Yes there is. There is no central piping system in the camps, however each day, while we are out walking, the staff manually collect water from the rivers in buckets and fill your large water tank that serves your en-suite, outdoor bathroom. Each evening, water is warmed over a fire and your hot shower is prepared on time for your return from the afternoon walk (and again at any time that you would like a hot shower). In the mornings hot water is brought in a brass pitcher to wash your face.
Are the rooms air-conditioned?
No, the rooms are not air-conditioned. The roofs are well thatched and under the shade of trees and the units are open and breezy. For questions about the climate, click here…
Is there electricity?
The rooms and bathrooms and the chatengi (eating area) have one small light each that run off of solar energy. There is no generator at the camps. This is a true wilderness experience.
If there is no electricity then how do you cook?
All cooking is done over an open fire and all baking and roasts (from bread and rolls to desserts) is done in a hole dug in the ground. Everything is home made. The high standard of foods that are produced in this manner constantly amazes guests. Our talented chefs, who hail from closest rural village, are trained in house.
What diet types can you cater to?
We pride ourselves on providing fresh and healthy foods. We cater to all dietary requirements, whether vegetarian, vegan, gluten or lactose intolerant, kosher, or any other. Please let us know your dietary requirements well in advance and feel free to educate us on your diet type or preferences.
Where does the food come from? How do you get it this far into the wilderness?
We grow almost all of our own fruits and vegetables on a plot of land adjacent to the wilderness area. Bought goods such as meats and dry produce are sourced locally where ever possible. The food for the group is flown in with the group. Delicate fresh items such as lettuces and herbs are carefully taken from our vegetable patch and flown in with their roots intact. They are then replanted in a contained potted area to keep them fresh for your stay. We do not have a vegetable patch at the camp as it is in a wilderness area – which we wish to keep exotic seed free.
I'm leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I've ever felt!— Naseem Nikoo, Iran
Life changing, eye-opening and deeply inspiring! This retreat 'reset' my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week! —Saige Rutherford, USA
My mom and I enjoyed the trip very much...every day was perfect!—Jane Srivastava, Russia
This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.—Brent Vanlyke, Canada
This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect... and it blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!—Ale de Rienzo, Mexico
Absolutely amazing boat and crew, and food and cleanliness were excellent. I had so much fun! I will definitely do another retreat with you and your company. —Lana Ferguson, USA
This retreat was exactly what I needed... a week long oasis focused on self-care. Gayle did an awesome job of breaking down the poses and focusing on alignment. She built intensity and also relaxation in the practice. I loved her teaching tips for the few teachers on the retreat!—Alia Allison, Yoga Teacher
Thank you for bringing together wonderful people from all walks of life and from around the world! The connection and friendship that we shared has inspired and changed my life.—Chinwe Nwazota
Gayle is an extraordinary teacher who makes everyone feel empowered, strong and special!—Christine Costello, USA
Gayle is everything I needed in a yoga instructor. Someone to push me try new things (headstand, arm balances) while making me feel completely safe. I did old poses with completely new eyes due to her instruction. She was warm and inviting and made me able to have the most amazing experience of my life. I loved the program. I’d do it ten times over! I feel the best I have in my life. Refreshed and ready to take on whatever I have to deal with at home.—Kara Ellis, Canada
Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body! —Nicole Hernandez, USA
Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend this retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!—Hala Darwazeh, Jordan
Healthy hedonism" set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy and friendships which blossom there.— Joanne Joseph, Australia
Hands down, the best retreat I've ever been to (and I have been to many)! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle's yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual's body and level of practice. Can't wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!—Tricia Desvarieux, Haiti
I love the personal attention Gayle gave to her students, providing not only awesome instruction, but reminding us to be ever present and mindful.—Chrissy Coleman, USA
The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week... a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!—Maria Paula, France
Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect.—Ina Yeijnen, Yoga Teacher in Holland
Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.—Julie Cameron, Canada
Gayle very clearly is a remarkable teacher because she transmits the essences of mindfulness and balance in enough dimensions so you actually get it!—Jerry, USA
I love Gayle’s loving style of teaching. I appreciated the emphasis on various breathing techniques and the balance between physical intensity, relaxation and meditation.—Michael Neria, Israel