MARATABA YOGA BUSH RETREAT 3-6 Dec 2021

The Retreat

It has been another BIG year, one in which we’ve been called to embrace the unknown time and time again. It’s certainly helped us to build resilience but it’s also been trying at times.

This 3 night 4 day retreat at Marataba is the chance to exhale and celebrate the year it’s been and what you’ve got through. In the wilderness we invite you to come and play in the unknown, except this unknown promises adventure, encounters with wildlife, delicious food, movement and FUN.

WHO IS THIS RETREAT AIMED AT?

This is an exclusive, next-level wilderness yoga retreat, designed for those looking to exhale after a big year, move, explore, have fun with like-minded community, eat nourishing food and enjoy quality time in nature. Some level of yoga experience preferable but not essential.

Retreat Content

3-6 December 2021

~ Daily dawn & dusk wilderness explorations (vehicle, walking & boating).

~ A full day nature walk exploring the gorges, plateaus and swimming in the natural pools of the Waterberg Mountains. Here you can take off your shoes and explore the ancient gorges barefoot. Our guests often identify this as their highlight experience.  Medium level of fitness required.

~ Rare Species Monitoring and Identification. You’ll get the opportunity to get involved in on-the-ground conservation practices where we monitor and track some rare and secretive species including hyena, aardwolf, honey badger, pangolin and aardvark.

~ Jivamukti and restorative yoga (Asanas, meditation & breath-work practices both at camp, in the bush and on the river).

~ Journaling

~ Time to rest, relax and integrate learnings.

~ Story sharing around the fire in the evenings and star bathing.

Investment in Yourself

EARLY BIRD (ends 31 October): R13 500

Full rate: R 14 500

INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF

Per person glamping in luxury, canvas tents with exquisite attention to detail and all the necessities for your comfort.

Includes: 2 wilderness activities per day with expert guides & trackers, all facilitation by Amy & Nicci, 3 delicious vegan meals per day, sundowner drinks & snacks, shared accommodation, conservation levies and exclusive conservation activity.

Space STRICTLY LIMITED TO 12 GUESTS, & pre-booking with a non-refundable 50% deposit essential to reserve your place
Contact Amy Attenborough on amy@wildagain.africa or Nicci Cox on nicci@wildagain.africa to book your space.

ABOUT MARATABA:

Marataba, a 21,000-hectare (68,000-acre), privately managed section of the Marakele National Park, is uniquely situated where lush bushveld gives way to the Kalahari sands, in South Africa’s Limpopo Province.
As a contractual National Park, Marataba is one of South Africa’s most innovative conservation models. From the vision of an iconic president to the unique public-private partnership that exists today, they protect the area’s diverse flora & fauna through modern & hands-on conservation practices.
Wild Again is excited to be collaborating with such a forward-thinking conservation model, which shares the same ideals & values of conscious travel experiences for spiritual seekers. The experiences possible at Marataba meet the needs of the new luxury: time to be; time to make a meaningful difference; & time to gain a holistic, transformative experience to take back into our lives, families, work & communities.

ABOUT EXPLORER’S CAMP

Explorers Camp has 6 well-appointed, luxury canvas tents. From camp, guests enjoy views of a popular waterhole, as well as the dramatic Waterberg Mountains, with large, shady lawns bordering on the Matlabas River.

Explorers Camp is all about enriching experiences in balance with nature. Immerse yourself in the solitude of the vast, wild spaces of Marataba whilst actively participating in essential conservation projects. Dynamic & fun, yet responsible & sustainable, the activities are entirely tailored to our group with two private guides & two private vehicles to ensure the utmost flexibility.

GETTING THERE
By air: there are daily flights from Lanseria International Airport (HLA) to Marakele National Park (1 hour). There is an airstrip directly adjacent the park, a 10-minute drive from Founders and Explorers Camps.
By road: From Johannesburg, the drive takes around 3 – 3.5 hours on good roads. Private road transfers can be arranged for the group.

MALARIA FREE: Marataba is situated in a malaria-free area.

This Does not Include

Transport to & from Marataba, as well as optional gratuities.

Meet Your Hosts

Amy Attenborough Wild Again Profile

Meet Amy

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.

Nicci Cox

Meet Nicci

I only discovered my love for the bush in 2003, when my then boyfriend (now husband) took me on a day trip to the Kruger National Park. When a giraffe crossed the path of our car, I fell in love not only with the man sitting next to me but the wildness and adventure that the bush had to offer.

An insatiable craving for the wilderness led to a holiday home in Olifants North Game Reserve in 2007 where I started to spend extended amounts of time exploring, learning and immersing myself in nature. Since then we have done multiple trips throughout Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Tanzania as well as worked in Kenya and Ghana.

I started to practice yoga in 2015. In 2018, after losing the heart for advertising, I left a 20 year career behind to practice, study and teach yoga.

In 2019, I travelled to Costa Rica to complete the Jivamukti 300 hour teacher training in the stunning wilderness area of Nosara, which got me thinking, how do I combine my passions into one?

Call it fate, serendipity or karma but a mutual friend introduced Amy and I and as they say, the rest is history.

I am extensively travelled, ridiculously organised, and very detail oriented. I am a lover of upside down poses, adventure, the beach and wilderness, and with over 600 hours of yoga training behind me now a certified Jivamukti teacher. I am currently working towards a FGASA Apprentice Field Guide qualification.

I firmly believe in embodying the tenets of my practice but first and foremost – kindness and compassion for the earth and all its beings, through my thoughts, words and actions.

Being part of the Wild Again team means combining all my passions for the bush, yoga, wellness and travel into one incredible adventure.

I cannot wait to re-connect you with Africa, its wild inhabitants and ultimately yourself.

Testimonials

Sue and Stu Stobbs, South Africa

Amy’s connection with nature is unparalleled, and we both lapped up everything she had to share with us. From her extensive knowledge on the abundant wildlife, to the amazing healing abilities of trees.

The yoga classes with Nicci were cleverly balanced. You worked hard, but somehow came out feeling relaxed and in touch with your body. Also a great combination of focus and fun. Her positive energy is infectious.

 Amy and Nicci make a wonderful team. With complementary skills, they made us feel relaxed, informed, connected and happy.

It was a very well organised, refreshing and restoring retreat. We both came away feeling truly relaxed and more in touch with mother nature and ourselves. We’ve already booked our next adventure with them.
YAY!

Diana Fu, Taiwan

WOW, it was like a dream come true. The retreat far exceeded my expectations and I’ve learnt so much about myself and wild nature. Nicci and Amy are superb facilitators and customised the retreat in such a way that we all got what we needed and more. Everything was perfect. I have never felt so calm, peaceful and present. I really loved the retreat so, so much. You have set such a gold standard for yoga retreats and I cannot wait to go to your next one.

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!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY BY EMAILING AMY AT amy@wildagain.africa or NICCI AT nicci@wildagain.africa