This 9 night, 10 day retreat in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, will include three nights at the Buddhist Retreat Center in Ixopo (which is, according to CNN, one of the ten best meditation centers in the world) four nights at a Big 5 Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, and two nights at the AmmaZulu African Palace, a guest house decorated with an amazing Zulu art collection. We will start our time together in a soulful way surrounded by the beauty of the Ixopo Hills walking the labyrinth and learning how to see with our souls and our senses through the lens of the camera. There are so many wonderful photographic opportunities in the varied landscapes we will be visiting.
We will visit Woza Moya and spend time in the Ofafa valley with the rural inhabitant learning more about how they live in this area. Catherine has been returning regularly to this area for the past twenty years and her association with the people of Woza Moya has been life-changing.
While in the Game Reserve we will have the opportunity to go on game drives each morning and afternoon in open Land Cruisers with our own game ranger. The reserve is host to lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo, as well as a variety of beautiful birds. The bush and valley landscape of the Nambiti Game Reserve is amazing.
The cost of $3,795 includes shared accommodation, all meals (vegetarian at the Buddhist Retreat Center), hot drinks, Game Park conservation fees, gratuities to game rangers and hotel staff, and all transport while in South Africa. It excludes airfare to South Africa and drinks.
If you require single accommodation throughout the trip there is a single supplement of $585. If you are traveling on your own, a single lodge is recommended at the game reserve (so you can enjoy your private bathtub overlooking the watering hole), and the cost for the four nights at the game reserve for a single lodge is an additional $340. Not all accommodations are the same, and are allocated in the order in which registrations are received.
If you are interested in joining us, print out the application form and mail it together with your deposit or contact Catherine if you have any questions. You can also use the PayPal link below to pay your deposit. The full cancellation policy is set out on the application form. If you cancel prior to June 29th, 2019, your payments less a cancellation fee of $250 will be refunded.
This experience is now full, but you are welcome to email me if you would like to be on the 2019 wait list in case of cancellations or be notified of the 2020 trip.
The group is limited to eight people plus your guides. Travel is more fun with a group of like-minded individuals, and so if you approach travel with mindfulness, kindness to fellow travelers, and openness to new experiences we would love to have you join us. Also note that in some places the terrain is uneven, and although there is no need to be able to walk long distances, it is recommended that you are able to walk on uneven terrain, especially in the hilly Ixopo area, if you wish to join in all the activities. The Safari vehicles are high off the ground, so you also need to be able to climb into these (help is available if you need it).
FLIGHT INFORMATION: You will fly in and out of Durban’s King Shaka International Airport (DUR). There are many ways to fly to South Africa. A number of past participants have flown with Emirates Airlines out of Los Angeles (LAX) or Boston (BOS) as Emirates flies directly into Durban via Dubai. Delta has a direct flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg (JNB) and then it is a short flight to Durban from Johannesburg. In South Africa Safair has great prices, and South African Airways also flies from Johannesburg to Durban. South African Airways also has direct flights from New York City and Washington, D.C. to Johannesburg. We officially begin with a welcome lunch on 23rd September so you do need to arrive by noon on that day. We officially end after breakfast on October 2nd. I do recommend arriving a day or two earlier to rest and get over the jet lag. I recommend that you consider staying in Umhlanga Rocks which is about 20 minutes from the airport and where the beach and all amenities are within walking distance. Participants have used both The Hamptons Guest House and Anchors Rest Guest House in Umhlanga Rocks in the past. And if you want to treat yourself the Oyster Box Hotel where we will be having lunch on our first day is another option.
Scenes from in and around the African and Indian Markets in Durban