Soul Sister Safari
15-19 June 2023 (FULL) and 20-24 July 2023
Something magical and inexplicable happens when women gather. To have this opportunity in the wilderness, that in many ways has been quite a macho experience until now, makes room for something totally new and surprising to occur.
WHAT IS A PRIMITIVE TRAIL:
The intention behind these trails is to take nothing we want but everything we need – getting back to basics. We become a modern tribe of explorers returning to the wilderness. The experience is an incredible reset and reconnection with nature.
Trails are led by two trails guides and we’ll spend four nights (five days) in the wild. Although we have a sense of the areas we’d like to explore there are no set routes. We explore according to your interests and capabilities and the wildlife we encounter along the way. At night we find a suitable location to sleep out under the stars with no tents. Each night guests take turns for a night watch shift, which is a consistent highlight experience for participants. In the morning we’ll pack up to continue the trail, leaving no trace, making this one of the purest ways to explore the natural world. These trails are run for maximum 8 guests.
WHAT TO BRING
Guests are required to provide their own food and equipment and we have a comprehensive list to make sure that you have everything you need to be safe and comfortable.
Why It’s a Wild Again Favourite
Quite simply, a primitive trail is the purest wilderness experience you can have. It removes all the frills of a safari so that you can experience the bush the way your ancestors did centuries ago. You’re reminded of your inherent belonging in this landscape and provides incredibly valuable insights for your modern life. This going back is the new way to go forward.
The private Pafuri concession – within the world-famous Kruger National Park – lies in a vast, almost inaccessible triangle of wilderness between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers, along South Africa’s north-eastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes, with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tree forests in the east.
This ancient land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crooks’ Corner where our camp is located, harbours an abundance of life. It’s a natural choke point for wildlife crossing from north to south and back, and forms a distinct ecological region. Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and other game congregate here, especially when the surrounding bush lies parched before the rains. Predators and scavengers, ranging from the great cats and hyenas to servals, genets, civets, caracals, amongst many others, find shelter here.
The area is also famous for its elephant herds in winter (when we are there), which come to drink from the Luvuvhu river.
The wildlife roams without the hindrance of borders in a trans-frontier park that spans 3 countries. The diversity also brings a profusion of birds, with numerous sightings in what bird lovers regard as South Africa’s most rewarding birding destination.
While comprising only about 1% of the Kruger National Park’s actual area, Pafuri contains plants and animals representing almost 75% of the Parks total diversity.
WHO IS THIS RETREAT AIMED AT?
Those looking to experience true wilderness, adventure and an exploration into the unknown with tribe. A medium level of fitness is required.
~ 4 days of unsupported walking and exploration in untouched Big 5 wilderness
~ Practicing basic survival skills, including digging for your drinking water.
~ Night watch duty
~ Sunrise meditations
~ Journaling prompts
~ Star bathing
~ Skinny dips in the pristine Luvuvhu
Investment in Yourself
Space strictly limited to 8 guests, and pre-booking with a non-refundable 50% deposit to reserve your place.
This Does not Include
Your investment will not include airfare, transport to and from Pafuri, conservation levy (R1200) or gratuities.
Meet Your Guide
It’s true what they say about a name because being born an Attenborough, Amy doesn’t believe she ever really had much choice about what direction her life would take. After completing her Journalism and Media Studies degree Amy followed her deep love of nature to the bush. She planned to stay for a year, which quickly turned into ten.
During that time, she worked at Phinda Private Game Reserve, Ngala Private Game Reserve and Londolozi Game Reserve, some of South Africa’s most prestigious lodges. She took a particular liking to walking, spending as much time as she could on foot approaching animals with her guests. She has travelled to Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, India, Uganda and throughout South America in search of wildlife. Her greatest adventure was living in Gabon training local guides for the WWF and Smithsonian Institute, where they spent weeks at a time living like early nomads in the dense and remote coastal forests, fulfilling a life-long dream of tracking and habituating wild gorillas.
Nature has always been her biggest teacher. Seeing how embodied and present animals are inspired Amy to begin practising yoga. She is qualified as a vinyasa and yin teacher and spent six months training under a Hatha master in Boulder, Colorado. She is also a certified Martha Beck life coach. With this mixture of passions and skills, Amy leads specialised wellness safaris that incorporate yoga, meditation, mindfulness and personalised life coaching in order to restore body, mind and spirit in the most beautiful wilderness locations on the continent.
Katie Connan, South Africa
I am no stranger to self development work but Amy and Nicci’s approach went beyond words, which was something I haven’t experienced before. I gained so many creative and original insights about myself and what it all means, not just an observer of nature but as part of it. It was so beautifully structured that I found it effortlessly healing and rewarding. The guided walk also made me feel like a kid again and it was so much fun to re-connect with that sense of pure joy. I really am so grateful to you both – such a heart-warming weekend!
Amy’s whole feeling approach to wildlife is something I have NEVER experienced before. I could sit with her forever in the bush, feeling, hearing, exhaling, experiencing, sucking-in nature. Thank you for making me aware again of my deepest love in life, mother nature!
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