Namibia

Hiking and Yoga Tour through Namibia with Sandra Bicker of Yoga Natura.

The national parks and wildlife reserves with its variety as well as its unique landscape and vegetation makes Namibia a popular country. Endless horizons, clear skies. Africa's awesome colours and game:lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs and rhinos as well as many antelopes - a paradise for nature lovers! Observe animals. Deeply inhale and exhale. Hiking. Relax and laugh. Let your gaze wander wide and dive into silence. Experience and enjoy Yoga & Nature. – Group travel

Namibia

The country of Namibia lies in southern Africa at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by Angola, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. It is the second least populated country of the world. Based on its unique topography and its rich fauna, it is one of the most frequently visited countries of the African continent. It has a Mediterranean and subtropical climate, with pleasant average daytime temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius and around 15 degrees Celsius overnight in September.

Yoga

We practice Yoga once per day, each session (of approximately 90 to 120 minutes). We adapt the yoga program to the excursions and accommodations. After longer drives or hikes we focus on stretching yoga exercises, to move and relax our bodies. Other days we start the day with invigorating breathing exercises and strengthening body postures. Yoga Beginners are also welcome.

Hiking & Safari

We start with a foot safari with the indigenous people in the Kalahari. We hike through the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world, and sleep under the spectacular starry sky. Desolate roads lead us to the highest sand dunes in the world which are found in Sossusvlei. A short walk in the Kuiseb Canyon and a halt at the pelicans and flamingos. Continue to the coastal town of Swakopmund. Hike at the Spitzkoppe. Hike in the Erongo Mountains to Bull´s Party. Unique safari in the Hoanib Valley (Desert Elephants!). Nothing but Safari in the Etosha Pan. (More details in the travel itinerary.)

Accommodation, Transports and Food

During our tour we are accommodated in different types of 3* accommodation (with shower & toilet): in Lodges (some with pool), guesthouses with a cozy family atmosphere and during our hike in the Namib Desert we will sleep two nights on comfortable camp beds under the clear starry skies of the desert. Transports are with an air-conditioned minibus, for some safaris in 4×4 vehicles. The Namibian cuisine is a fusion of delights and due to all the different influences (from Europe and from African tribes) it is very diverse.

Tour Itinerary

09.10.2017 Day 1 Arrival in Windhoek

Welcome by your local English-speaking tourist guide. Travel in an air-conditioned minibus to the south. Transfer to the Camelthorn Lodge in the Kalahari in the vicinity of Mariental. Travel time approximately 4 hours. Then, in the afternoon at 16:00, one can undertake a safari in an open 4×4 vehicle. Thereafter, possibility of yoga. (D)

10.10.2017 Day 2 Foot Safari with the Indigenous People in the Kalahari

Between 06:00 and 09:00, a safari on foot with the original inhabitants to read animal tracks. Breakfast afterwards. Continue travelling at the edge of the Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world. From the Camel Lodge, 3 hours travel time. The start of a unique adventure: Together with a ranger, we will hike for 2,5 days through the oldest desert in the world. Our made beds are on daybeds under the starry sky and we shall enjoy dinner at a stylishly laid table covered with white tablecloths. Shower and toilet facilities have been constructed for us in the natural environment. Services include the transport of the main baggage. Only a day rucksack will be carried. In the afternoon, a 1-hour hike to the first camp. Yoga at sunset. (B & D).

11.10.2017 Day 3 Hike through the Namib Desert

In the solitude of the desert, there is always something new awaiting discovery in the natural world, be it useful plants, beetles and other insects or animals such as the gemsbok and ostriches. Actively experience the depth and breadth of the Namib – Naukluft National Park landscape on your adventure travels. We will spend one more night in a new camp in nature under the starry Namibian sky. (6 hours) Yoga at sunset. (B, L, D).

12.10.2017 Day 4 In the Oldest Desert of the World

Yoga in the morning. After another 3-hour hike, we again reach the farm house. The owners will introduce their farm and environmental projects to you. Continuation of the journey along the Naukluft Mountains to a lodge. A sundowner will be served above the lodge. The afternoon lends itself to relax at the pool or to do yoga. (Travel time 1 hour, hiking time 3 hours, Altitude 200m) (B & D) Stay at Hammerstein Lodge.

13.10.2017 Day 5 Hike to Sossusvlei

In the early morning, 1 hour prior to sunrise, transfer and travel to the entrance of the Namib Naukluft Park. Travel to Sossusvlei with ample of photographic opportunities. Departing from the 2×4 parking bay, commence a 2-hour hike through the dune landscape to the main Sossusvlei area where you will have a very beautiful view from “Big Daddy”. Return journey by 4×4 Jeep to the travel vehicle. Continue to the Sesriem Canyon. Overnight at a beautiful lodge at the foot of the petrified sand dunes. Afternoon at leisure. Yoga in the early evening. (Travel time 3,5 hours) (B, D) Stay at Namib Desert Lodge.

14.10.2017 Day 6 Hike in the Kuiseb Valley

Travel to Swakopmund. En route, a short hike of 1 hour duration in the Kuiseb Canyon and a halt at the pelicans and flamingos in Walvis Bay. Accommodation for two nights at a Swakopmund Guest House. (B) (Travel time 2,5 hours). Afternoon is at leisure. Yoga on the beach. (B) Stay Deutsches Haus.

15.10.2017 Day 7 Colonial and Actual History at the Edge of the Atlantic

The day is at leisure. In addition to the visit to the local museum, the Crystal Gallery and the markets, a two-hour scenic flight over the Namib Desert and along the Atlantic seaboard is to be recommended. Impressive views of nature from the air show the border between the sand desert and the stone desert as well as the dubious search for diamonds along this part of the coastline. Shipwrecks and seals can be recognised clearly from the air. Yoga possible both in the morning and/or in the evening. (F)

16.10.2017 Day 8 Hike at the Spitzkoppe

Travel to the Spitzkoppe, the landmark of Namibia. Part of this programme includes a 2-hour hike to Bushman’s Paradise. Numerous paintings by the Khoisan people offering insight into their culture are to be found on a rock face. Continuation of the journey to a charming lodge at the foothills of the Erongo Mountains. Yoga in the morning and/or in the evening. (Travel time 4 hours) (B, D) Stay Ameib Ranch

17.10.2017 Day 9 Erongo Mountains

After an early morning yoga session and breakfast head for the amazing Bull´s Party. This is truly one of Namibia most beautiful landscape where you find yourself dwarfed by enormous granite boulders. In the famous Phillip´s Cave see the famous White elephant. Total Walking hours 3 hrs. Afterwards head for the Etosha National Park and stay at the Okaukuejo Rest Camp. Lit by the evening light, the water hole is an attraction. Hyaenas, leopards, elephants and the timid black rhino come to drink at the waterhole. Yoga possible in the morning and/or in the afternoon. (Travel time 4.5 hours) (B, D)

18.10.2017 Day 10 Nothing but Safari!

Excursions in one’s own vehicle into the National Park. A great number of mammals and birds are to be seen here. Lions, elephants, black rhinos, black-backed jackal, gemsbok, springboks, plains zebra, giraffes as well as many bird species like the rare secretary bird or lilac-breasted roller. Yoga flexible. (B, D)

19.10.2017 Day 11 Travel to Windhoek

En route to the gate, animals still remain to be seen. Thereafter, travel through the savanna to the fertile Highlands surrounding Windhoek. En route, stop in Okahandja where, should you wish to do so, you can visit the good handicraft’s market. Overnight at the Avani Hotel and dinner at NICE Restaurant i.e. the Namibian Institute for Culinary Education Restaurant. It is here that the future chefs of the country are trained and are subsequently able to demonstrate their skills. Yoga again at sunset. (B, D)

20.10.2017 Day 12 Homeward Journey

Depending upon the return flight, some leisure time still remains. Transfer to the the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek for the return flight home. (B)

Services

Costs and Services

  • Yoga with Sandra Bicker
  • 11 nights accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • Transports with an air-conditioned Minibus
  • Qualified tour guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the tour schedule
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing program
  • Porter fees

Not included:

  • International flights from Windhoek and to Cape Town
  • Drinks
  • Other meals

Hints

Arrival / Departure and further Information

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Windhoek – Hosea Kutako airport (WDH). African Bikers is happy to help you with your travel preparation. We recommend that participants acquire travel cancellation insurance and international health insurance. For nationals of many countries only a valid passport is required when travelling as a tourist to Namibia, for a maximum period of 90 days within one calendar year (1 Jan – 31 Dec), like e.g. Germany, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after date of entry with at least one blank page and an onward/return ticket is also required Our tour starts on October 9, 2017 in Windhoek. As we want leave in time to our lodge in the Kalahari, the arrival should be either until 10 a.m. or the day before. Departure will be on October 20, 2017 from Windhoek.

Sandra Bicker – Yoga teacher (BYV), teaches Hatha Yoga – Yoga therapy trainings in India – Organizes and leads yoga vacations in Europe, Africa and Asia – Has been practicing Yoga since 2002

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Group size

9 - 12 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: WYN
09.10.17 - 20.10.17 USD 2770 book

Discount

  • 5% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests
Extra services
Single room surcharge USD 160

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