*As seen in The Logbook
The world needs more places like Namaste Yoga Safaris. Founded in 2016 by Marcel Vosloo after she spent many years exploring exotic locations as a diving instructor and was then drawn to yoga for the same intrinsic reasons.
Marcel’s story is an inspirational one, having worked and travelled abroad for over fifteen years she returned to Namibia to set up her business. With the aim of giving people the opportunity to enjoy not only the physical benefits of yoga but also the beautiful, natural heritage of Namibia.
NAMBWA TENTED LODGE
Nwamba is the only lodge in the Bwabwata National Park and is used exclusively for Marcel’s retreat. The setting helps the guests be really mindful on and off the mat and apply the yoga lessons to their daily lives when returning home.
The staff at the lodge are very supportive of the retreats, making guests and instructors feel like they are family and at home. They go out of their way to accommodate the spirit of the retreats including providing the most delicious vegan and vegetarian meals, something you don’t often get at most African lodges.
WHAT CAN A GUEST EXPECT?
Each safari lasts about 7 days and 6 nights, with an option to visit Victoria Falls before or after the retreat.
People usually go on safaris and by the end of it, you always hear that they feel tired from all the activities, game drives and unhealthy food. In contrast the aim of Namaste Yoga Retreats is that guests still get to experience a safari, but feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and healthier after a week.
Morning yoga followed by free time or optional spa treatments, lunch, an afternoon activity and then afternoon yoga and dinner.
Most meals for their retreats at Nambwa are vegan and vegetarian and cater for special diet requirements too. Each morning before and after yoga there are also detox drinks and smoothies. Breakfast and lunches consist of buffets and the dinners are four course meals.
Marcel explains that a lot of her guests join the retreats not only for the safari experience, but because they feel the need for change in their lives. She has several repeat clients and often receives referrals from previous retreat guests. This is all possible because of good communications between her, her clients and her colleagues.
“We make sure they feel welcomed, not as a guest, but as friends and on a retreat, they experience the mind-expanding benefits of both the yoga and safari,” she says.
Marcel is busy working on one or two Yoga Retreats with Overlanders that starts in South Africa, then visiting Namibia, Botswana, Vic Falls, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. These tours will most likely be running in 2020.
She will also be launching an online platform in mid-April offering wellness retreats, African venues and adventure travel. As many online platforms mainly focus on Europe, Asia and the USA, her vision is to only advertise Africa including all Indian Ocean Islands and help people find the right retreat for them.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Have an open mind, taking in your daily experiences, allowing yourself the time away from your typical doings to truly immerse yourself in being present in the yoga, the activities and in your free time. Enjoy the camp.
ADDRESS: F2000 Taleni Etosha Village, Farm Montebellow, Outjo, P.O.Box 707, 21005
TELEPHONE NUMBER: +267 81 761 7882
PRICE/NIGHT (IF APPLICABLE): Starting from €4699 (Retreats at Nambwa Tented Lodge)