This is a unique yoga adventure, the first of its kind, traveling by train through the vast and majestic desert landscapes of Namibia.
All yoga and meditation classes with internationally sought-after teacher Stacia Soysal in the midst of unforgettable desert landscapes and oases.This is an all-inclusive package excluding airfare.
- All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner (except arrival/departure days)
- All accommodation - train & lodges
- All transfers from/to Windhoek airport
- All travel in air-conditioned tour bus + bottles of water on board
- All excursions & entrance fees, including wildlife safari tours and 4x4 jeep rides
- Experienced and passionate tour guides throughout the journey
- Yoga & meditation every day
Day 1: Arrival in Namibia, Safari Lodge, Windhoek Arriving in the capital Windhoek, your tour guide will welcome you at the airport and accompany you to your first night at a beautiful safari lodge surrounded by low hills. Here you can relax, observe wild animals, and begin to feel the warmth, the earthy scent, the sounds and the colors of southern Africa. Your yoga teacher will offer you the option to join a class to help you switch from travel to relaxation mode.
Day 2: Desert Express Departure Day After a brief city tour by bus and time for any last minute shopping, you will arrive at the historic Windhoek station, welcomed by the smiles and friendliness of the Namibian train staff. Whilst all the bags are loaded, you’ll be boarding the Desert Express, discovering your exclusively for your yogi group.
The journey begins... As the journey begins with the Desert Express rolling southwards through the Auas hills, think Agatha Christie, train novels and films and imagine yourself in your own story. Observe the dry ochre-colored landscapes with a glass of wine, a cold Windhoek lager or any other hot or cold drink from the bar. Your adventure has begun...
Day 3: Fish River Canyon At a tiny station called Holoog, you will board air-conditioned buses and drive through unspoiled, semi-arid landscapes to the FISH RIVER CANYON. Here we’ll take a walk along the canyon edge and enjoy breathtaking views into the 500m deep and 100 mile long canyon. Time for some yoga sequences along the edge - a great photo opportunity and wonderful memory.
In the afternoon your train heads north through the Kalahari Desert. We disembark in Keetmanshoop for an excursion to visit a vast area of quiver trees - naturally-occurring rare and vulnerable aloe trees, found nowhere else in the world, except Namibia and South Africa. Also known as ‘kokerboom’ in Afrikaans, its name comes from the habit of the San people, who used the branches to make quivers for their arrows. The quiver tree has a long history of beliefs that it will bring good luck to anybody that worships and nurtures it.
Day 4: The Namib Desert Now we spend two days at a lodge in an oasis of purest peace and quiet, enjoying the serenity, majesty and awe-inspiring landscapes of the ones of the world’s oldest deserts, the Namib. The spectacular, star-studded night skies are also a formidable experience.
Day 5: Desert Dunes Time for a bucket list, unforgettable experience of walking amidst some of the highest and most beautiful sand dunes in the world. A lovely workout if you climb them, especially when you capture the awesome panorama and then run or tumble through the soft sand down the slopes - sheer childlike joy! This is ‘Sossusvlei’ and Namibia’s most iconic landscape, coupled with the surreal white pan, the ‘Dead Vlei’, filled with dark fossils of camelthorns. Our trip continues for an enjoyable walk through the Sesriem Canyon, carved over millions of years by the Tsauchab River. Another place for fabulous rock formations.
Day 6: Desert to the Sea A 5 hour bus drive through the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia’s largest nature reserve, leads us to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way there is time for photo stops at the fascinating ancient rock formations of the Gaub Pass and the Kuiseb Canyon. At last the desert meets the cold waters of the Atlantic at the harbor town of Walvis Bay, a South African enclave until 1994, and often scattered with flocks of pink flamingos across the lagoon. Onwards along the coastal road to Swakopmund, where you’ll find a surprisingly German touch with German street names, cakes, bakery and bookshop - lingering vestiges of German colonial times. In the afternoon there’s time for a stroll along the sea promenade, some market shopping or yoga stretches on the beach, before being welcomed aboard the Desert Express again.
Day 7: Spitzkoppe - Namibia’s 2nd highest mountain Enjoy breakfast in the dining carriage, while enjoying panoramic views of desert plains. At Usakos, the train stops for our excursion to the 1700m high Spitzkoppe, a giant granite mountain, visible from miles around. At a quiet cave we are honored to show you ancient rock paintings of the Bush People, the earliest inhabitants of southern Africa. Here we can take a moment to take our minds back thousands of years when the Bush People painted animals and people on the very rocks you will be able to view close up. Later we return to the train, which turns north towards Otjiwarongo.
Day 8: Etosha & Wildlife After our train has crossed the Otavi highlands, we disembark at a small outpost, just 20 km from Etosha National Park. We then drive to a spacious safari lodge, a joyful oasis with lush vegetation and pool. Here you can enjoy two nights of utter tranquility in the midst of a safe haven for roaming wildlife. Private game drives are included in your tour and we can observe wild animals quietly living their lives, largely protected from man. Elephants, rhino, giraffe, hyena, big cats, zebra, antelope and myriad others might cross your path. It’s unpredictable what will appear, so it’s a lovely time for surprises in the largest game reserve in Namibia. At its heart is the Etosha Salt Pan, seemingly stretching to the ends of the earth. The vast, white parched earth, with its mirages and passing animal tracks certainly leaves you with an extraordinary memory. A unique place for a yoga pose!
Day 9: Safari Day This morning we offer another highlight with an extensive game drive in large, open jeeps. The animal herds of the Etosha Park rely on the water holes, especially during the dry season, offering ideal conditions for silent observation, fantastic moments and photos. In the afternoon, you can relax at the lodge, spend time at the pool, or opt for another game drive.
Day 10: Discover Damaraland This morning there will be another opportunity for close encounters with the African animal kingdom. Our tour bus driver will take you on another game drive as your bus crosses Etosha and Damaraland. We arrive at the Desert Express in time for lunch and the afternoon is free for us to rest and enjoy the train ride as Namibian landscapes slide past our windows. At sunset we stop the train for a yoga session next to the train, followed by an al fresco candlelight barbecue (with vegetarian options).
Day 11: Train safari Early in the morning our journey becomes a train safari, because the tracks lead through private game farms and often giraffes, springbok and ostriches may be seen. Our train driver drives slowly to enjoy these sightings. Around noon, our train finally rolls into the train station of Windhoek, where it’s time to say good-bye to our friendly train staff. We will drive to Katutura, a typical Namibian township, where we visit a lively market, and Penduka, a project to help disadvantaged Namibian women. Your hotel is centrally located on Independence Avenue, the main street of Windhoek. In the evening, we all enjoy a farewell dinner at a Windhoek restaurant together with all our new-found friends.
Day 12: Au revoir Namibia In the morning, there’s still time for sight-seeing, shopping or a craft market. Windhoek is a fascinating city, blending African and European lifestyles. You might meet Herero women in their traditional Victorian dresses, young Himba girls with artistic hair plaits, or farmer families from the rural areas. At noon, we transfer to the airport.