Africa Safari and Yoga Retreat January 10-16, 2020

First Light Safaris is excited, once again, to team up with YogaKoh in offering an incredible yoga retreat and safari to one of the wildest places on Earth; The Okavango Delta in Botswana.  We will be taking over the entire camp.  Enjoy 6 nights at Xugana Island Lodge operated by the award winning Desert and Delta.  Your yoga and spiritual guide will be Jolie Manza.  The opportunity to connect with nature on a spiritual level is what makes this adventure unique.  The African experience is a choreographed dance of the senses and we can think of no better way to experience and enhance the connection with nature than to combine the ancient practice of yoga with the abundance of life that surrounds you in the African wilderness. With luxury accommodations at the remote and exclusive Xugana Island Lodge, this retreat is the journey of a lifetime. We will encounter wildlife by vehicle, boat, on foot, and by canoe with some of the top guides in Africa.  As with all of Desert and Delta’s staffs, the people are incredible, hardworking, and friendly.  The pride of who they are and their culture will be evident throughout our stay.  Don’t miss this opportunity!  Space is limited.

ITINERARY

January 9; Many visitors to Botswana connect either through Johannesburg, South Africa or Cape Town, South Africa.  If you are looking to spend a few days relaxing before a safari, Cape Town is the perfect destination.  Those budget and time conscious, Johannesburg is your choice.

January 10; Board a direct flight to Maun, Botswana on South Africa Airways which arrives in Maun by 1:30 pm.  We will be greeted by Desert and Delta and then board our bush flight to camp which will leave at approximately 3:00 pm.

January 10 to 16; Over the next 6 days, we will enjoy daily safari activities and yoga classes at Xugana Island Lodge located in a private concession deep within the Okavango Delta.  Being in a private concession means less people, just as much wildlife, and the freedom to drive off-road to get closer to sightings, night time game drives to see some of the nocturnal animals, walking safaris, and canoe excursions.

January 16; For those wishing to extend their safari, see below for more information.  For those ending their safari, you will have a morning yoga class and/or game viewing activity and meal, followed by a bush flight back to Maun in time for your international flight back to South Africa.

ACCOMODATIONS

Xugana Lagoon is widely recognized as the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta, which itself is Africa’s largest and most awe-inspiring oasis. The Okavango River rises in the highlands of Angola yet never reaches the sea; instead its immense waters empty over the sands of the Kalahari, where the great thirst of the desert is quenched in a wilderness of freshwater lagoons, channels and islands.

Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession and takes full advantage of this magnificent site. An expansive deck and al fresco dining area overlooks the vast, pristine body of water that makes up the permanent Okavango Delta.

The lounge, bar and dining areas are set back under the Ebony and African Mangosteen tree canopy in open-sided thatched structures, and the swimming pool, located within the mature gardens in the center of the island, is a perfect place to relax.

Luxurious rooms have plush beds, Wifi, outlets for recharging electronics, lighting, fan, hot and cold running water, full en-suite bathroom, mosquito netting over bed, private deck overlooking lagoon, and fresh water for drinking.

PRICE

$3,785 per person twin share

$4,350 per person single room

Early Early Bird Discount: $400 until May 1, 2019

Early Bird Discount: $200 until July 1, 2019

Deposit of $1000 required to reserve.

Space is limited to 12 participants

INCLUDED

Accommodation (6 nights)

All meals and most drinks

Daily safari activities

Daily yoga practices and workshops

Flights to and from Xugana Island from Maun, Botswana

Daily Laundry

Meet and Greet at Maun airport

Airport and camp transfers

Park Fees

NOT INCLUDED

International flights needed to get to Maun, Botswana

Tips recommended at $20 a day ($10 to guide and $10 to staff)

Travel and Trip Cancellation Insurance (required)

Items of a personal nature

Optional scenic flight over the Delta starting at $275 per person

Yoga mat

“TYPICAL” DAY ON SAFARI

Our daily “routine” will consist of a morning and/or an afternoon yoga practice.  Activities will include a morning game drive or walking safari.  Afternoons will offer mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions into the Delta’s hidden waterways, motorboat safaris, or game drives.  We will have the entire camp, 8 rooms, to ourselves and with that, the flexibility to adjust and adapt to the rhythm of the bush.  Mother nature does not operate on our schedule.  The most exciting thing about the bush is to expect the unexpected!

WANT TO EXTEND YOUR SAFARI?

Spend three more nights at Desert and Delta’s Camp Xakanaxa located inside the Moremi Game Reserve

$1,895 per person twin share or single (limit 2 single rooms per group with no single supplement)

$2,595 per person single room (if more than 2 singles in the group)

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT TOM at Tom@FirstLightSafaris.com

 

 

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