Harmony in the Wild Safari
Immersive Yoga Safari Retreat with Dazzle Africa and Michelle Smith
South Luangwa National Park
Harmony in the Wild:
An Immersive Yoga Safari Retreat with Dazzle Africa and Michelle Smith
August 10 – 18, 2024
At the end of the great rift valley in Zambia lies one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the world called The South Luangwa National Park. This premier wilderness area is an astonishing place where the meandering Luangwa River runs through woodlands and large plains that play host to huge concentrations of wildlife including elephant, buffalo, lion, giraffe, hippos and over 450 species of birds. Nicknamed the Valley of the Leopard, The South Luangwa is one of the top 5 places to see leopards in all of Africa. It is here that you will also find one of the last strongholds of the endangered and amazing African Painted Dog. A thrill for any novice or experienced African safari lover.
Top Photo Credit: Michael Paredes
Summer Safari Season
Embark on a transformative journey with our Harmony in the Wild: Immersive Yoga Safari Retreat. Led by the experienced yoga teacher Michelle Smith, this 8 night retreat invites you to explore the untamed beauty of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Discover a unique blend of daily yoga and meditation practices, breathtaking wildlife sightings, luxury accommodations, optional cultural excursions, and exclusive behind-the-scenes access to local projects.
Beyond the extraordinary experiences, this retreat is committed to making a positive impact. Your participation directly supports local projects, contributing to wildlife preservation and empowering local communities. As you create lifelong memories and cherish the enchanting moments, know that your investment helps the region thrive.
Each day, find balance, serenity, and harmony through revitalizing yoga and holistic practices amidst the untamed wilderness, reconnecting with your inner self and aligning with the rhythms of nature. Get ready for an adventure that will leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul for years to come.
Photo Credit: Michael Paredes
Meet your Yoga Instructor
Dazzle Africa is very pleased to partner with Michelle Smith Yoga. Michelle is prepared to guide you through soulful yoga experiences while in nature’s most majestic South Luangwa National Park. Let’s get to know Michelle a bit better: Michelle Smith, born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, sees yoga as a path for communities to come together, slow down, and open up. She is an “Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher” with a 200HR Vinyasa Flow Training under Lindsay Gonzalez and Virginia Biddle, a 300HR Alignment and Longevity (Yoga Therapeutics) Training under Amy Ippolitti, a 200HR LYT Method (Physical Therapy+Yoga) Training under Lara Heimann. Most recently, she completed Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor’s legendary Summer Intensive (200HR) in Boulder, CO.
She has also been influenced by Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, and Bilingual styles and teachers. Michelle’s classes bring mindful movement into Vinyasa sequences to allow space to grow and deepen your practice, in both English and Spanish. You can find her teaching online via Patreon, Gaia, YogaDownload.com and in-person at local Denver/Boulder studios. She offers privates, corporate yoga, public yoga in parks, Beginner Series, Workshops, Teacher Trainings, Festivals and Retreats in Ecuador, Colorado and beyond. Follow her on Instagram: @michellesmithyoga.
Photo Credit: Michelle Smith Yoga
Harmony in the Wild
What To Expect
Spacious chalets, blissfully comfy beds and ensuite bathrooms with steaming hot showers.
Sumptuous meals from breakfast to dinner meeting all dietary needs.
Daily Game Drives
Morning and evening game drives, including spectacular sundowners
Safari pricing is all-inclusive and includes tips
Latitude 15° is set amidst the beautiful tree-lined avenues on the south-east corner of Lusaka, 20 minutes to the city center. A hotel with 32 spacious guest rooms,and three 2-bedroom suites, a restaurant, bar, lounge and poolside terrace, blending modern Africa, with a cosmopolitan twist. It is the perfect place to kick off this incredible Yoga safari.
Kukaya is a unique lodge that redefines the safari experience. Set in the pristine bush and overlooking permanent water holes, KuKaya is breathtaking. KuKaya offers beautiful, spacious tented chalets equipped with outdoor en-suite bathrooms, comfortable living and dining areas, a deck, as well as a private plunge pool and firepit to make the most of the alfresco safari lifestyle.
Harmony in the Wild Itinerary
Day 1- Arrive in Lusaka
Your first day in Lusaka will be all about acclimation! Get used to the time zone and enjoy the gorgeous, full of life Latitude 15 Hotel.
Day 2- Lusaka
The sun will greet you bright and early for your first morning in Lusaka! Off to the Elephant Orphanage for an experience like none other. After you have had your fill of the elephants, we are off on a beautiful city tour of Lusaka. This is your chance to get a true feel for the capital city of Zambia. Upon your return to Latitude 15, it will be time to warm up the Yoga mats and break out your best Child’s Pose.
Days 3-8- Kukaya
On day 3, your safari begins! We will make our transfer from Lusaka into Mfuwe and get set up at Kukaya Lodge. We can’t think of a better way to spend 8 nights of your life than in South Luangwa National Park, surrounded by iconic African animals, nurturing yourself with yoga and meditation and communing with like-minded soon-to-be friends from all over the world. Your days will be filled with safari game drives, expert-led yoga and meditation sessions, cultural excursions, and visits to local projects with children, clean water, conservation projects and more.
Each day has been crafted with Dazzle Africa and yogi Michelle Smith to create the most extraordinary experiences leaving you with your soul overflowing with joy and adventure and memories to last a lifetime.
Each day will include a minimum of 3 hours of walking or driving safari game drives, yoga and meditation sessions, extraordinary meals, and options for a nearby spa, relaxation, excursions and shopping while supporting locally made crafts and livelihoods.
Try to keep your chin up while you travel back to the airport and make your way back home.
Flexible Daily Itinerary
6:00am- Wake up to the sounds of nature and enjoy a delicious breakfast while viewing wildlife
6:30am- A game drive to view iconic African wildlife, learning about the flora & fauna in the area, soaking in nature with every turn. Be prepared to be inspired!
12:00pm- An absolutely delicious brunch
1:00pm- Yoga Practice
3:00pm- Relaxation, Spa, Optional Excursions
6:00pm- Evening yoga practice & Meditation
*Flexible itinerary listed above
Safari price includes:
All meals, non-premium alcohol & gratuities*
All in-country charter flights and airport transfers
Game park, national park, and conservancy fees
The safari price does not include:
International airfare – we will be more than happy to help assist you with your booking