When:
December 1, 2022 @ 7:52 pm – December 8, 2022 @ 8:52 pm
2022-12-01T19:52:00+02:00
2022-12-08T20:52:00+02:00
Where:
Galdessa Camp & Watamu Treehouse
Contact:
Galdessa Camp & Watamu Treehouse
Ashtanga Yoga Safari Retreat - Kenya, Africa @ Galdessa Camp & Watamu Treehouse

Ashtanga Yoga Safari Retreat
Galdessa Camp & Watamu Treehouse
Kenya, Africa

1st – 8th December 2022


Laruga Elephant Journeys
Led by Laruga Glaser, this retreat is an unprecedented high-end luxury yoga retreat that blends Ashtanga yoga instruction with a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the serene, transformational African wild.

ABOUT

Fringed with doum palms and overlooking the Yatta Plateau, Galdessa offers a luxurious yet wild magical experience for travellers seeking to immerse themselves in a hidden and untouched corner of Tsavo East National Park. Enjoying a position on the Galana river, wildlife sightings are frequent, whether guests enjoy a game drive or remain at the camp watching the resident hippos, elephants and more as they come to cool off in the river.

ITINERARY

You will be met at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on the 1st December 2022 and transferred to the Four Points by Sheraton hotel for one night. Vehicles will leave at 7AM for Wilson airport where you will take a charter flight to Tsavo East National Park, around a one hour flight. The final hour will be a safari through the beautiful Conservancy, so your safari will start here!

You will stay at Galdessa Camp for 3 nights.

Once at camp, you will be shown to your rooms and enjoy lunch all together. The afternoon will include introductions, a swim in the pool and a gentle yoga session to stretch and relax after your travels. Afternoon tea will be served after which you will head out on your evening safari or visit to the Elephant Orphanges, finishing at a beautiful view point for a gratitude led meditation as the sunsets. Evening meals will be served at the lodge.

Days will consist early morning sadhana, morning and/or evening yoga and meditations sessions that consist of a variety of class offerings. Your yoga practice will include power yoga, vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, meditation, journaling, alignment, inversion, and community connector workshops.

Early morning and evenings are for safari excursions. The middle of the day will be for other trips or yoga sessions and/or relaxing in camp, swimming, activities etc.

After 3 nights, you will transfer via road through the Park and onto the Watamu coastline. Here you will stay for 3 nights enjoying the beach and local surrounds.

The schedule will have a wide variety of offerings throughout the week and everything is fully optional.

We encourage you to do what feels best and show up ready to immerse yourself in energy healing, wellness, inspiration, connection and manifestation.

You will charter fly back to Nairobi on your day of departure – and you will spend your final day shopping and having lunch in Nairobi, before being dropped at the airport for your international flight home.

INCLUDED ON YOUR RETREAT

INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP: Full board and accomodation at Galdessa Camp and Watamu Treehouse (only vegetarian meals available and non-alcoholic drinks at Watamu Treehouse) soft drinks, beer, spirits, non-premium wine and laundry, shared day & night game drives, guided walks, transfer to Watamu, transfer to Malindi airport, internal flight from Malindi to JKIA, Nairobi, one massage at Watamu Treehouse, two water sport activities (SUP, kayak, mangrove float etc.), Yoga as coordinated by your host, transport to and from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shared game drives, guided walks, adoption of DWST orphan elephants, visits to the orphan elephant stalls, all transfers.

EXCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP: International flights, Visas, COVID-19 tests or requirements, tipping, lunch on day of departure, Bed and Breakfast only at Four Points Hotel.

THE VENUE

GALDESSA CAMP – TSAVO NATIONAL PARK

Tsavo is home to the largest population of elephants in Kenya, and the southern area of the park is particularly renowned for the size of its herds. Across the open plains, find scores of buffalo, giraffe, eland, oryx, zebra, and more. This quiet corner is a place where big cats thrive, from the infamous Tsavo lions to stealthy leopards and speedy cheetahs.

At the heart of it all is the picturesque Galana River, a lifeline for wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Galdessa Camp sits on its banks, facing the landmark Yatta Plateau, which is the longest lava flow in the world. The camp offers a unique glimpse into this natural world: at any given moment, you might see hippos wallowing in the mud, elephants strolling down the shore, or crocodiles soaking up the sun’s rays.

Galdessa, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s newest property, is composed of two separate camps: Galdessa Camp and Galdessa Little. With its safari-style setting and front row view of all the wildlife activity on the Galana River, Galdessa Camp invites guests to immerse themselves in the untouched corners of Tsavo. Foster parent guests also have special access to the SWT’s Voi Reintegration Unit with prior written permission from Nairobi office, where they can have a firsthand look at our work raising and rehabilitating orphaned elephants.

Galdessa was originally built in the early 1980s, but it was later purchased by SWT. It was completely rebuilt in 2018, incorporating luxury touches while preserving the integrity of the property and the old-world charm it evokes.

Galdessa Camp and Galdessa Little along with four other properties, makes up the SWT’s not-for-profit portfolio of ecolodges. By staying at our eco-lodges, you are directly contributing to the preservation of the surrounding ecosystem: all revenue generated is put towards conservation initiatives within the Tsavo Conservation Area.

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WATAMU TREEHOUSE

A handcrafted home built in synthesis with the stunning natural surrounds of Watamu Beach and the mangrove forest.

Infused with a style to nature, Watamu Treehouse is situated on one of the most picturesque stretches of Watamu beach, ideally located right opposite the Coral Gardens of the Marine Park. Built high in the trees, the Treehouse affords a 360-degree panorama of the Indian Ocean coastline on one side and native forest on the other.

The Treehouse offers seven spacious open ocean view rooms spread out over two towers rising out of the forest. A five-minute walk to the beach, daily yoga classes in the open topped ocean view studio and adventures in the water with Tribe Watersports.

The house has no windows – just frames around seascapes. You share the forest with the birds, insects, small mammals, reptiles and primates and the forest boasts many indigenous trees common to the coastal strip, including beautiful Adansonia (baobabs) and Afzelia quanzensis (mahogonny).

Both living and sleeping areas are situated just above the forest canopy, open to the cooling coastal breezes and the scintillating views. You sleep breathing the fresh air of the forest and awaken to the early morning calls of the wildlife – especially birds and sykes monkeys!

Unusually for the East Coast of Africa, Watamu Treehouse offers a complete horizon, affording sensational views of sunsets over forests, coconut plantations and Mida Creek, as well as sunrises and moonrises over the Indian Ocean.

You have a choice of several verandas and a sublime rooftop space, all designed to accommodate both communal activities and private retreats from which to contemplate the beauty of the surroundings.

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PRICING

Really important information….
All cancellations are to be made in writing and will only be put in to affect on receipt of written notice. • Exceeding than 120 days prior to arrival, 20% deposit and bank charges are forfeited. • Between 120 days and 45 days prior to arrival, 50% of the full value is forfeited. • Between 45 and 30 days prior to arrival, 75% of the full value is forfeited. • Less than 30 days and no-shows, 100% of the full value is forfeited

Shared Double / Twin
$5,995 per person

Each of Galdessa Camp’s five tented bedrooms feels like its own private oasis. Shaded by doum palms and offering stunning views of the Galana River, each tent is elevated and situated under thatch roofs an en suite bathroom.

The TreeHouse rooms all overlook the sunrise over the ocean or the sunset over the forest – and most rooms overlook both. Treehouse has three lower and three upper level rooms.

Single
$6,495 per person

Each of Galdessa Camp’s five tented bedrooms feels like its own private oasis. Shaded by doum palms and offering stunning views of the Galana River, each tent is elevated and situated under thatch roofs an en suite bathroom.

The TreeHouse rooms all overlook the sunrise over the ocean or the sunset over the forest – and most rooms overlook both. Treehouse has three lower and three upper level rooms.

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