Spending time in nature is a fantastic way to re-centre and rejuvenate. From a yoga retreat to a soothing spa experience – escape to these unspoilt wild places to achieve perfect harmony with yourself. By Gaynor Siljeur
Kate Balls Yoga Retreat at De Hoop Nature Reserve
De Hoop Nature Reserve is known for its stunning wild beaches, varied wildlife, blanket of dense milkwood trees and old farm feel. Find inner peace and tranquillity when you attend the Kate Balls Yoga Retreat at De Hoop and do your mantras and savasanas in unspoilt nature.
“All levels of practitioners are welcome,” says Kate, “so please join me in this peaceful, pristine and scenic setting to deepen your yoga practice. Yoga–nature therapy does powerful work to restore balance and you will work hard, but know that it will leave you feeling peaceful, energised, inspired and beautiful.”
Kate is trained in Forrest yoga and Vinyasa yoga and has been teaching the mind and body practice since 2007. Vinyasa is her speciality, but she also teaches Bikram yoga.
Guests stay at De Hoop’s upmarket Melkkamer, with its old-world architecture and calm environment offering the perfect backdrop for restorative yoga sessions. The retreat is a must for any yogi – Wild editor Romi Boom wouldn’t miss this refreshing yoga breakaway for anything.
Good to know: With the weekend’s emphasis on health and wellness, the menu comprises nourishing, organic and locally-sourced meals.
When: 16 to 19 May 2019
Cost: From R4,990 per person sharing – includes all meals.
Inner Space Yoga Walk at the HI-TEC Garden Route Walking Festival
From a weekend retreat to a walking festival… One thing is for sure, yoga is all around. Is there a better location to do yoga than surrounded by tranquil forests and pristine beaches? At the HI-TEC Garden Route Walking Festival, you can combine yoga and walking on the Inner Space Yoga Walk.
Get an early rise and start your morning with warm-up stretches and cardio, breathing and balancing, before you take in the stunning views of the enchanted forest as you walk the Harkerville Florea Trail. The moderate walk is followed by a 45-minute Hatha yoga class and silent meditation at the Kranshoek viewpoint. If spiritual fulfilment is what you’re looking for, this walk is not to be missed.
Good to know: Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes and bring along a yoga mat or towel. Pack a light lunch to enjoy after yoga while you drink in the spectacular views of the Garden Route.
When: The HI-TEC Garden Route Walking Festival takes place during Easter weekend (19-22 April 2019). The Inner Space Yoga Walk takes place on Saturday 20 April 2019 10:00–12:30 and Monday 22 April 2019 10:00–12:30.
Where: Kranshoek Viewpoint, Knysna
Cost: R100 yoga instructor guide fee, plus R24 SANParks fee – free for Wild Card members
Also read: Explore the Garden Route on foot this Easter
AM Spa Kruger, Skukuza Rest Camp
When it comes to viewing wild animals in their natural habitat, the Kruger National Park offers something exciting to be seen at every turn. Soothe your body and mind after an eventful day of wildlife spotting at the AM Spa Kruger at Skukuza Rest Camp. With the sights and sounds of the bush all around, the serene spa sets a perfect scene for relaxation and rejuvenation.
AM Spa Kruger has four indoor treatment rooms, two beautiful outdoor treatment rooms and a manicure and pedicure bar. The highly professional therapists will spoil you with a variety of indulgent treatments like African Bush Escape and the Royal Safari Couple Indulgence to ensure you are in perfect sync with yourself and nature.
Bookings: Visit www.amspa.co.za for more information and to make a booking online.
Addo Indlovu Spa, Addo Elephant National Park
Unwind with a relaxing treatment at Addo Indlovu Spa at Addo Elephant National Park. Given the setting, the spa’s name couldn’t be more appropriate: Indlovu means ‘elephant’ in isiXhosa.
The spa offers guests a unique experience by using natural products. Therapists focus on relaxation and well-being treatments such as the Elephant Stomp Massage and the Foot Ritual. Guests are offered African face paint after their treatments to add to the distinctive experience.
Addo Indlovu Spa give guests the option to de-stress in the comfort of their rooms or enjoy a private outdoors massage in the gazebo near Main Camp reception. Don’t worry if you’re only in Addo for the day – treatments are available for both overnight and day guests.
Bookings: Call 071 605 7919, book via e-mail on [email protected] or enquire at Addo Main Camp reception.
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