South Africa Yoga & Safari (Yoga Simple and Sacred)

      Kruger National Park

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      Walker Wellness Retreats
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      33 reviews
      Oct 15 - 21, 2024
      Group size: 10 - 14
      South Africa Yoga & Safari (Yoga Simple and Sacred)
      Kruger National Park

      Walker Wellness Retreats
      • Email address verified
      33 reviews

      Oct 15 - 21, 2024
      Group size: 10 - 14

      About this trip

      Join Gloria Drayer & Walker Wellness Retreats on this 7 day/ 6 night all-Inclusive luxury yoga and safari adventure to South Africa. This safari retreat provides optimal wildlife viewing with twice-daily game drives along with daily yoga led by Gloria Drayer.


      Amy Walker will be leading optional wellness workshops to those interested in additional wellness education during your retreat. These workshops are designed to be fun, interactive and educational.


      The Senalala camp is in the wildlife-rich Klaserie Reserve and forms part of the Greater Kruger Park in South Africa. It is one of the few private, nature reserves on the western edge of Kruger.


      Amy Walker, Owner of Walker Wellness Retreats can assist you in extending your adventure to Africa if you choose. Favorites of Walker Wellness Retreats include Cape Town( South Africa), Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania. Please outreach if we can assist you in extending your trip before or after your yoga retreat. amy@walkerwellnessretreats.com


      No need to take out local currency. The lodge takes credit cards if you would like to buy anything. Your gratuity is included in this trip.


      ** Attendance on all scheduled activities are optional. The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather.

      Meet Your Yoga Instructor

      Gloria Drayer is known for the intuition, empathy, and compassion she brings with her role as a certified Kripalu yoga instructor. She focuses her students on the present moment and encourages them to accept themselves as they are. Everyone is encouraged to work at their comfort level and make the progress they can in a non-competitive environment. She offers weekly yoga classes for all levels. Local yoga retreats and workshops covering many areas, including specialty workshops on meaningful life-altering topics such as grief and weight loss, are held throughout the year. Gloria also leads small, intimate groups on international yoga adventures annually.


      Teaching yoga since 1995, she challenges her students to go to their edge – breath by breath gently. She has lived and taught at Kripalu, the country’s most prominent yoga and holistic health center in Massachusetts, and currently holds a 500-hour certification with Kripalu and Yoga Alliance. She’s studied the Sri Krishnamacharya tradition in India, and her teacher in New Mexico in this tradition is Sonia Nelson. Gloria is the author of Yoga and Grief: A Compassionate Journey Toward Healing. She is also a certified Shiatsu practitioner.

      Packing List

       What should I bring with me to Africa?

      Casual, comfortable clothes are key! It will be colder than you think for the morning game drives so please bring warm clothing. Nighttime and early morning game drives can be cold, so pack a warm hat, scarf, gloves and a fleece or jacket.  Clothes in khaki, green, beige and neutral colors.      We suggest keeping to light, neutral colors, but not white – it will get dirty and dusty very quickly. Long-sleeved shirts that offer protection from the sun and mosquitoes T-shirts Flip flops for walking around or using the pool Bathing suit Shorts or a light skirt Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days Jackets and sweaters for early morning and late afternoon game drives A lightweight waterproof jacket in case of rain Remember your sunglasses and lots of sunscreen and of course insect/mosquito repellent is      really important. A wide-brimmed safari hat to protect your face and neck. Long trousers and long-sleeved tops are best, to protect you from the harsh  sun by day and mosquitoes at night. Take comfy practical footwear for  daytime – the roads are dusty and uneven – and for trekking in the bush make sure you have sturdy, closed-in walking shoes or trainers.  Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent, moisturizer, and lip salve. Binoculars and camera equipment. Leave your valuables and expensive jewelry at home, you really won't need them. Power converter – a universal  converter can be purchased from Amazon. Please back light. The small planes we will take have weight restrictions. A soft-sided rucksack is more practical than a hard suitcase – it's easier to fit into the small planes or transfer vehicles. Using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too. Internal flights often have much lower baggage limits than your international carrier.  You may like to carry a solar powered charger too, to boost your battery when out and about – you don't want to miss that great photo opportunity!

      Helpful Information:

      Do not pack valuables in your checked bag. Please consult with your doctor or local travel  clinic at least 6 weeks before your adventure to Africa to find out what is best for you to take in terms of medications and vaccinations. Please visit https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/Africa to review safe travel tips and other information related to the country you will be visiting in Africa. Please bring a credit card, debit card and around $100-$200 in cash for emergencies. This is an all-inclusive retreat, but you may need money for small things you may wish to purchase as well as personal tipping. Please make sure you have at least 2 empty pages in your passport and that it is valid for at least 6 months after you return from your trip. USD can be accepted but please make sure you have new, crisp bills with no imperfections for them to be accepted. Please pack neutral colored clothing. Please pack warm clothing as it will be chilly in the morning and evenings. The lodge has bug spray. If you would like to extend your stay in Africa, Walker Wellness Retreats can assist you. Please outreach to Amy Walker at amy@walkerwellnessretreats.com to review your options. 

      Optional add on trip to Cape Town

      If you are interested in extending your stay in South Africa, we recommend 4 days in Cape Town. Your itinerary will be arranged by Amy Walker and would look like the following ( though can be customizable):


      DAY 1- Arrival in to Cape Town. Evening walking food tour for dinner. Overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency

      DAY 2- Tour of the Cape Peninsula, including Cape of Good Hope and Bolder Beach to see the Penguins. Overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency

      DAY 3- Hike Table Mountain or go to the local wineries outside of Cape Town for a wine tasting excursion. Overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency

      Day 4- Free time to explore on your own before departing from Cape Town back home.


      https://www.wetravel.com/trips/cape-town-extension-trip-walker-wellness-retreats-cape-town-45974006


      *This trip will occur after the yoga retreat and is completely optional if you would like to explore more of South Africa. 

      Visa and Vaccines

      You do not need a visa for South Africa. There are no required vaccines to enter South Africa. Please consult with your physician or local travel clinic to learn more about recommended vaccines.

      Payment & Cancellation Policy

      In the event of trip cancellation before the 90-day deadline, $500 of the deposited amount is non-refundable as well as any airfare, train tickets or ferry tickets purchased as part of your trip package due to the strict cancellation policy by foreign carriers ( If applicable).


      Trip cancellations requested after the final payment deadlines listed above are non-refundable, and guests are encouraged to file a claim with their travel insurance for reimbursement. 


      In the unlikely event Walker Wellness Retreats cancels the retreat, guests will be provided a full 100% refund of their booking. 


      Lastly, we partner with several third-party booking platforms with separate deposit and cancellation policies. Please refer to their specific cancellation policies if booking through a third-party partner.


      Questions about refunds or cancellations? Click here to view our payment and cancellation policy.


      The deadline to book an international retreat is 30 days before the retreat begins; however, some exceptions can be made based on availability. Email us at contact@walkerwellnessretreats.com to inquire about booking after the deadline has passed.

      What’s included

      • Accommodations
        7 days/6 nights. 1 night at the airport hotel and 5 nights at a 5 star Safari Lodge
      • Airport Transfers
        Pick-up and drop-off at Johannesburg airport (JNB)
      • Meals & Snacks
        All meals during the retreat (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks)
      • Transportation
        All transportation during the retreat
      • Airfare to Safari Lodge
        Round-trip airfare from Johannesburg to the safari lodge
      • Drinks & Alcohol
        Any non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages while at the safari lodge
      • Game Drives
        Twice-daily game drives at the safari lodge
      • Gratuity
        Gratuities for tour guides, restaurant staff, and drivers
      • Private Guide
        A private local guide for our group only
      • Yoga
        Yoga with Gloria per the itinerary

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
        Airfare to and from Johannesburg, South Africa
      • Additional Items
        Souvenirs, drinks, snacks, additional excursions, or other personal items
      • Additional Gratuity
        Gratuities of a personal nature (hotel staff, spa services, etc.)
      • Insurance
        Travel insurance and medical insurance (required)
      • Travel Fees
        Any travel-related fees (visas, passports, baggage, etc.)
      • Cape Town Extension Trip
        Optional add on to Cape Town

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy
      Available until September 15, 2024only 3 left

      Double occupancy includes a private bedroom and private bathroom for 2 people.

      There are only 4 rooms with two twin beds in the room so space is subject to availability.

      $4,995
      Deposit: $1,249
      Solo Occupancy
      Available until September 15, 2024only 3 left

      Solo occupancy includes a private bedroom and private bathroom for one person.

      $6,395
      Deposit: $1,599
      Retreat Host - Refundable Deposit
      Sold Out
      $500


      Itinerary

      Day 1
      Arrival in to Johannesburg, South Africa

      Welcome to South Africa! We will be greeted at the airport by Gloria and go together to the hotel. The hotel is located at the airport so will a convenient stop to rest and relax before your departure flight to Senalala the following morning. Your retreat officially starts at the welcome dinner at the hotel.


      7:00 PM - Dinner at the hotel, followed by a group orientation.


      Overnight stay at the Intercontinental Hotel

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      Welcome to Walker Wellness Retreats! Thank you for taking the time to learn about us! We created Walker Wellness Retreats to share the positive impact travel can have with as many people as possible. Travel makes the world seem not so large. It opens your mind to new ways of thinking. Together we can use our diverse skills and experience of traveling the world to design and plan incredible adventures to bring like-minded travelers together to unique places around the globe!

      Reviews

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      By Lucia S for The Best of Both Islands: New Zealand on Feb 20, 2024
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