Mavela Yoga Retreat with Primitive Sleep Out Night & Conservation Experience

27 April – 1 May

The Experience

Our time at Mavela is all about exploring the wonders of the Zululand bushveld. Situated in the northern sections of Manyoni Game Reserve, Mavela boasts beautiful undulating terrain, a wide variety of habitat types and wildlife. The views from the tops of the hills are vast and epic. Not only will we explore from the comfort of a vehicle but also on foot. These trails offer the thrill of moving amongst wild animals and vast landscapes. We invite you to come participate with nature rather than merely observe.

One of the highlights of this safari is the Primitive Sleep Out Night. We will set off from camp on our last evening carrying everything we need on our backs to eventually set up camp in the dry Msunduzi Riverbed with arresting views of Budlaweni Mountain. Each guest will take turns to take night watch while the rest of the group sleeps, a consistent highlight experience for guests on primitive trail. 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. Manyoni is the place where Josh and Amy Attenborough spent 19 nights on primitive trail in 2020 and you can follow the link below to learn more about how impactful they believe an experience like this can be for you.

Guests will also be given the opportunity to get involved with one of the inspiring conservation activities happening at the time.

ABOUT MAVELA:

Mavela is situated in Manyoni Game Reserve in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The area falls within the Mkuze Valley Lowveld vegetation type, varying from open Savanna thornveld to riverine woodland, characterized by Acacia and Marula tree species. The diversity of Zululand provides for a wide array of species and Mavela is home to over 70 mammal species, including cheetah, wild dog, hyena, nyala, serval, caracal and the big 5, one of which is the enigmatic black rhino. It also offers superb birding opportunities with over 420 species having been recorded here.

Mavela an intimate camp with 7 gorgeous newly-built luxury tents, each with a private deck offering beautiful views over the surrounding bushveld. Lions are often heard calling at night from the comfort of your bed. The beauty of staying in a canvas room is the closeness you feel to your surroundings whilst still having all the creature comforts. The bar and pool areas with sweeping views are firm favourites at this camp.

What is also special about a stay in Manyoni is the variety of conservation activities guests are invited to join in. From the Zululand Rhino Orphanage, leopard research project, pangolin reintroduction programme, rhino monitoring and community outreach, guests are welcome to experience these projects on the ground.

WHO IS THIS RETREAT AIMED AT?

This is an exclusive, next-level wilderness safari retreat, designed for those seeking adventure. A medium level of fitness is required.

Retreat Content

27 April – 1 May (long weekend)

– Daily dawn & dusk guided game drives/walks: exploring your rightful place in the wild.

– Afternoons include a yoga practice in incredible locations followed by game drive and sundowners.

– Meditation practices.

– Journaling prompts and optional midday coaching.

– Sharing our stories around the fire and under the Milky Way in the evenings.

– Star gazing.

– Free middays to relax, swim, read, sleep.

– A primitive night out in the bush.

– Optional conservation experience

Investment in Yourself

Full rate: R 17 495

Rates are per person sharing in luxury safari-style tents, with exquisite attention to detail. Each luxury tent is tastefully decorated complete with aircon, standing fans and crisp white linen. There is an en-suite bathroom and shower plus an intimate outdoor shower that faces the views of the bushveld. Unwind on a large private deck looking out at the beautiful views with comfortable deck chairs.

Includes: 2 guided drives/walks per day, all facilitation, 3 nourishing meals per day, sundowners, all drinks and snacks, and shared accommodation as well as primitive night out.

Space strictly limited to 12 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 Manyoni or gratuities. You will be required to provide your own sleeping gear for the primitive night out. Optional conservation experience at own cost.

Meet Your Guide

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 help you plan your ultimate trip and 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