In the Company of Elephants November 23-29, 2020 POSTPONED to 2021

Thanksgiving safari and yoga in Africa!

The Africa experience is a choreographed dance of the senses.  When you set foot in the bush, there is a sense of familiarity, as if deep down within our genetic makeup we know this is where we evolved as a species.  We can think of no better place to spend Thanksgiving; The Luangwa Valley of Zambia. Enhance your connection with nature with the ancient practice of yoga while giving thanks to all that is beautiful in this world.  YogaKoh and First Light Safaris has partnered together to bring you a retreat like no other.  Breathe into the day as Mother Nature springs to life.  Spend your days in the company of incredible wildlife and mesmerizing landscapes, all-the-while sharing it with amazing people.

Even if you aren’t keen on yoga, you don’t have to take part in the daily yoga sessions.  Join us anyway to celebrate and give thanks to the beauty of Africa.

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

A land dominated and influenced by the Luangwa River, Zambia’s South Luangwa National park covers over 5000 square miles (9000 square kilometers) of wilderness containing one of the densest wildlife populations in Africa.  Elephant, hippo, buffalo, impala, puku, zebra, bushbuck, kudu, waterbuck, and the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe are some of the herbivores commonly seen.  Other species found include duiker, eland, grysbok, oribi, sable, roan, and Cookson’s wildebeest.

South Luangwa is a predator paradise.  Lion, leopard, and spotted hyena are often seen.  South Luangwa has some of the best leopard viewing in all of Africa due to it being one of the few places that allow night game drives.  African wild dog sightings have also greatly increased thanks in large part to conservation efforts inside and outside the park.

Over 400 species of birds can be found here. You do not have to be an avid birder to appreciate the avian residents and migrants you will see.

The cover picture is not staged.  It was taken at Mfuwe Lodge, our home for 6 nights.  Beginning every November, elephants begin passing through the hotel lobby to access the courtyard where the fruit from the mango trees have ripened.  It is a remarkable example of wildlife’s tolerance of mankind and we will have a front row seat to this amazing annual event.  Click on “The Elephants That Came to Dinner” to see this in action.

ITINERARY

November 23; Arrive in Lusaka, Zambia in the morning and then take a mid afternoon flight to South Luangwa National Park where we are greeted by Mfuwe Lodge.  After a 30 minute drive through the town of Mfuwe, we enter South Luangwa and arrive at Mfuwe Lodge.  After getting checked-in, we’ll meet for afternoon tea and snacks and head out for our evening game drive.

November 24-29; We will enjoy the bush by vehicle and foot with surprises along the way.  This is where I spent 2013 working as a camp manager for one of the lodge’s bushcamps located deep inside the park.  This is where I fell in love with Africa.  In between safari adventures, we will enjoy the serenity of the bush with daily yoga practices and workshops and a village visit or two.  It is a fun affair for all levels and often the lodge staff will join us.  Even if you are not keen on yoga, join us anyway and celebrate Thanksgiving in the heart of Africa.

November 29; Our last morning where we can just relax and reflect on our safari experience.  We will have an early afternoon flight back to Lusaka in plenty of time to catch our international flight home.

ACCOMODATIONS

Mfuwe Lodge is located just inside the main gate of South Luangwa National Park.  The lodge consists of 18 individual chalets with private verandas overlooking lagoons bustling with life.  Our accommodation for 6 nights is at this award-winning lodge, voted best in Zambia.  The game viewing starts at the lodge and continues on day and night drives with our guide to educate you about the flora and fauna of the bush.  We will also explore the bush on foot during morning walking safaris.

Rooms are luxurious with A/C, ceiling fan, plush beds with mosquito netting, a full en-suite bathroom, running hot and cold water, private deck, electricity, outlets, soap, shampoo, and mosquito repellant.

Beginning in November, elephants become frequent visitors to the lodge.  They make their way through the lobby to access the mango trees located in the courtyard. Click on “The Elephants that Came to Dinner”. We will have time to visit the town of Mfuwe to do some shopping, visit a local school, and see the great work Mfuwe Lodge is doing in the community.  There is an incredible spa located at Mfuwe lodge.  Massages and other spa treatments are available at an additional cost.

PRICE

  • $4,695 per person twin share
  • $5,625 per person single room
  • 50% deposit to secure your spot

INCLUDES

  • Accommodations
  • All meals and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Daily safari activities
  • Daily yoga practices and workshops
  • Roundtrip flight from Lusaka, Zambia to South Luangwa
  • Airport and camp transfers
  • Daily laundry
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • WiFi and cell service available

EXCLUDES

  • International roundtrip flight to Lusaka, Zambia
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Spa treatments
  • Recommended tips to guides and staff ($20 a day: $10 to guide and $10 to staff)
  • Trip cancellation and travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Zambia Visa
  • 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.  Late afternoon begins with a game drive, followed by a bush tradition called a “sundowner”, and ending with a night game drive. With our own private guide and vehicle, we have 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! 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT TOM at Tom@FirstLightSafaris.com or at 406-548-2180

 

 

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