AFRICA YOGA SAFARI • APRIL 2018
I didn’t know what to expect on a ‘yoga safari’. All I can say is the experience was beyond my imagination! I think hiking, meditating and doing yoga in nature made me feel ‘one’ with nature, and with myself, in a way I never knew before. It was an experience I will bring home and try to keep feeling in my life.
AFRICA YOGA SAFARI
APRIL 9—17, 2018
Step into the wilds of Africa on this Exotic Yoga Safari at the authentic and beautiful Tuli Safari Lodge in Southern Botswana—a unique safari experience with morning safari walks, afternoon game drives, cultural and historic excursions, yoga and meditation!
A powerful & exotic journey into wild nature — inside and out!
A UNIQUE SAFARI EXPERIENCE
Our Exotic Yoga Safari not only has you communing with nature through meditation and yoga – but also adds walking bush safaris to bring you in more intimate communion with the surrounding nature and animals. Our retreat lodge, Tuli Safari Lodge, prides itself on providing a warm African welcome, luxurious accommodation and a truly authentic safari experience which combines fascinating historical and cultural connections with spectacular wildlife and breath-taking scenery. A holistic safari with style and soul.
Tuli is a hidden gem – it’s a unique, timeless corner of Africa with spectacular wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating history. Tuli offers a wide range of safari activities, with game drives including night drives, a series of hides overlooking waterholes (including the option to sleep out overnight for the ultimate wilderness experience) and guided bush walks – these aren’t forced marches but gentle strolls which offer the opportunity to experience Africa at ground level and using all 5 senses! Tuli also offers meaningful community visits in our local village and trips to the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers – this is a really unique and scenic spot where two great African rivers and three countries (Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe) meet.
OUR SAFARI ITINERARY
April 10 We meet in South Africa and stay one night in Johannesburg to experience a fascinating historic and cultural tour of Soweto and the townships. A musical evening with local food and artists—and then a good night’s sleep to ready ourselves for the next day’s journey to Southern Botswana!
April 11 We depart Johannesburg after breakfast for our drive to Botswana. The route passes Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa, and Polokwane, one of the host cities for the 2010 Football World Cup. The road winds it way past the farming areas of Limpopo Province before the scenery becomes more rugged and dramatic as we approach the border with Botswana at Pont Drift, where we’ll be met by our guides from Tuli Safari Lodge. Depending on whether the seasonal Limpopo River is flowing or not, the border crossing will be undertaken by 4x4 or cable car then it’s a short drive through the Northern Tuli Game Reserve to our destination.
April 12 After settling in to our rooms, we will be ready for a gently unwinding yoga practice in the lodge’s peaceful shady gardens before afternoon tea is served. Then we’re off on our first adventure into the reserve on an afternoon game drive with a stop just before sunset for a meditation session and sundowners before a twilight drive back to the lodge. A wholesome dinner awaits us on our return to the lodge, before we sink into the huge comfy Tuli beds for a well-earned sleep.
We are up before dawn and out into the reserve soon after, with the option of a bush walk or a game drive this morning before meeting back at the lodge for brunch in one of the varied dining locations in the Tuli grounds. The mid-day is then free for a dip in the pool, massage, reading or spotting the resident wildlife from the deck of your suite, strolling round the extensive gardens or perhaps a well-earned siesta! We will have a late afternoon yoga practice before afternoon tea and heading out for a game drive with Tuli’s stunning rocky scenery providing the perfect backdrop to the wildlife experience. A pre-sunset stop for meditation and drinks marks the change to the twilight hour when nocturnal species begin to be active. A special surprise follows dinner in the boma back at the lodge this evening.
April 13 Up and out at first light and again we explore the bush up close and personal on foot, with a stop to check out the bushman shelter occupied 2,000 years ago or to spend time at one of the game-viewing hides dotted around the reserve. By now we’re relaxing into the safari routine, and our day falls into a natural rhythm of early morning activity followed by brunch, free time, yoga and afternoon tea. Today’s afternoon game drive leads us to a surprise dining location out in the bush, where we’ll enjoy a lantern-lit dinner under the canopy of 1,000 stars. Following this we’ll be on the lookout for true nocturnal species as we take a slow loop back to the lodge with the spotlight on an after-dinner night drive.
April 14 Your choice this morning as to whether to have a lie-in and take things at a more leisurely pace or whether to head out on an early morning safari walk or drive. We’ll have a slightly shorter period back at the lodge today, but still have plenty of time for brunch, some quiet time and an afternoon yoga practice before we set off to the local village of Mothlabaneng. This is a meaningful visit with the local community, from where many of the Tuli team originate. The tour may include a visit to the school, a wine-tasting experience with a difference, a chance to see traditional basket-weavers in action and an introduction to the kgotla tribal court system. Our afternoon game drive follows on directly from our visit to Mothlabaneng before we return to the lodge for dinner.
April 15 A slightly later wake-up call this morning, followed by a light breakfast and then off to the border to re-enter South Africa for a day trip to Mapungubwe. This Unesco World Heritage Site is the location of Southern Africa’s first ancient kingdom and also now a beautiful national park. We will experience the mystery and history of this ancient civilisation by visiting the award-winning museum which houses artefacts including the world-famous golden rhino and the archaeological excavations and elite graveyard at Mapungubwe Hill. Lunch will be at the lovely nearby Mopane Bush Lodge before returning to the Botswana border in the late afternoon. Following a relaxing yoga practice we will spend the remaining daylight hours within the pretty Tuli grounds, reflecting on our day and sundowners from a stunning vantage point atop a sandstone outcrop which is a short climb from the lodge gardens. Another different dining venue at the lodge provides a fitting end to the day.
April 16 Today’s morning game drive or bush walk culminates in a surprise location for a bush breakfast surrounded by nature. Our final day at Tuli gives us the opportunity to relax and reflect on our yoga safari, feeling rejuvenated in body and soul.
April 17 Farewell sun salutes and breakfast as we say goodbye to this beloved land and staff who hosted us, the animals nearby and the nature surrounding us. . . make the drive back to Johannesburg where we share a final namaste with all of our new friends.
Join us for this trip of a life-time!
Honestly the entire trip was a dream come true and such a special mother-daughter time. These memories that will bring a smile to our hearts and souls in the years to come. We plan to join an Exotic Yoga Retreat every year!—Elena & Domenica, USA