A Journey Of Heart And Soul In Africa
9th – 18th November 2017
We lead you on a journey into the beautiful, sacred underwater world of the Dolphins and the Majestic Land of the African Elephants. Experience the joy and bliss and be renewed..
Staying in luxury tented camps, our days together will be filled with fun and laughter, learning, communion with the animals, delicious meals and the space to just be.
Your safari is guided by Charles and Courtney who together bring a host of wisdom and experience to make your time both meaningful and adventurous, with the right measures of exhilaration and restfulness. They will share shamanic sound journeys, movement sessions and awareness meditations on the beach, heart healings in the afternoon shade and exhilarating African djembe drumming around the night fire.
Price & Booking
– Single supplement available upon request and dependant on
£1,700 GBP per person
In this journey to distant lands and magical places, you will see amazing things, encounter fantastic creatures, and beautiful faces.
Charles is a healer, meditation teacher and Author of the transformational book The Alchemist’s Way. He Lives in India and teaches internationally.
Charles’ fusion of meditation, tantra, qigong, breath work and movement for a healthy mind, body and spirit started in the 1990s, he has studied with masters in India and Japan. He teaches privately, delivers workshops, trainings, master classes and retreats all over the world. His practice is gentle, meditative and deeply healing.
His work is based on five tenets-movement, stillness, awareness, love and compassion. His classes offer much more than a series of stretches and ohms. The focus is on awareness and nervous system resilience, plus self-healing mechanisms of the body and mind. Straight from the heart, Charles’ sessions will work wonders for beginners to highly experienced practitioners. You will learn some simple and easy-to-follow sequences that will open you to greater health and vitality.
Since 1999 Courtney has worked passionately and intensively with the resident pod of Inshore Bottle Nose dolphins of Southern Mozambique as Halo Gaia’s owner, Ponta Malongane`s Ocean Safari guide, leading Dolphin Swim Facilitator and data collector.
Conservation of our natural resources and the preservation of our ocean is at the core of Courtney`s long standing 17 year commitment to make a small yet significant difference on this planet.
Through her intimate relationship and long standing experience with the dolphins, her love of people and her exceptional skills, Courtney offers an extraordinary Dolphin Assisted Therapy program during this safari retreats. Her playful and spontaneous joy, magnetically inspires and enthuses those around her.
Essentially a performer in the ‘great arts of the divine,’ Courtney is a talented artist, actor and musician. She is especially gifted in her spontaneous ability to apply her artistic gifts and musical talents in a group dynamic in aid of personal transformation and creativity.
African Safari Highlights
– 4 nights in a luxury tented camp in Mozambique with our own personal chef
– Snorkelling course and wild dolphin code of conduct
– 4 dolphin launches
– Ocean safari snorkelling
– 3 nights in the luxury tented camp at The National Elephant Reserve
– 6 extensive game drives at Tembe under the care and expertise of local guides.
– 2 nights at the prestigious Goble Palms Guest Lodge
– Hara Health Exercises
– Hara Yoga
– Heart Healing Sessions
– Meditations in nature
– Shamanic Sound Journey
– Fireside drumming circles
– Farewell dinner
Each day will include joint opening exercises, movement forms, standing and sitting postures.
This program is well-paced and suitable for all levels of experience and fitness. The retreat is an opportunity to be led to focus inwards and connect with your mind and body.
The animals will evoke powerful emotional experiences, that we will utilize for healing and opening us up to new ways of being.
There will be lots of time to relax, enjoy swims and walks along the sea shore.
There is something magical that happens when we swim with the dolphins
You will fly into Durban and spend one night at Goble Palms Guest Lodge, the following morning we will take a road trip to the Mozambique border. After crossing the vibrant Kosi bay border post between South Africa and Southern Mozambique, you will transfer to a convoy of 4×4 vehicles. An exciting 30-min journey through the grasslands on a sand dune track awaits. Our destination – Ponta Malongane and the magnificent Milkwood coastal forest, home to a private and exclusive tented camp that offers comfort, privacy and tranquillity. The sound of the sea soothes and beckons and the endless expansive beach walks are only a few steps away. At night the sound of the Indian Ocean and the sweet bush babies will lull you to sleep.This area is an absolute paradise for nature lovers who just wish to be!
The morning encounters with the dolphins start with a stunning walk along the beach as the golden glow of the sun, bursts into the eastern sky over the ocean to the nearby dive center where we meet our highly skilled and experienced boat captain. The exhilarating boat launch takes us through the surf and out to sea where we will “ocean safari” to meet the wild Bottlenose dolphins.
Entering the water to meet these magnificent creatures in their liquid ocean environment is respectful and conscious allowing the dolphins to lead the encounter. Courtney’s extensive knowledge of these dolphins and the local sea life ensures that you will have the most phenomenal experience possible and this includes the chance to do some fascinating reef snorkelling.
Afternoons are free to explore the exquisite surrounds or to simply rest – On the banks of the inland lake Sugi is the colourful Ponta Malongane village boasting many unique arts and crafts, this is home to the warm and open hearted Shangaan people. As the sun begins to set, you can join Charles for healing sessions and awareness meditations down on the beach. The evenings will be varied with chill out time to socialize, and we’ll have a night or two with exhilarating djembe drumming around the night fire as Courtney shares with us the beats and rhythms of Africa. On our last afternoon, Courtney will take you on a magical sound journey as she weaves through the indigenous instruments with her beautiful voice. The generous brunches and 3 course dinners are cooked by our talented personal chef who will delight you with her dishes and home cooked delicacies.
It’ll be a meeting you will remember for the rest of your life
National Elephant Reserve
The Elephant Reserve is a 300 square kilometre national reserve between Zululand and Mozambique and it is home to Africa’s largest elephants as well as the smallest antelope. It is also the ancestral home of the Tembe people who co-own and manage the Safari Lodge.
The excellent personal service, warm welcome and happiness to share their love of the land and animal kingdom with you makes this a special place to immerse yourself in the Africa of legends adventure and myth.
Each day we will venture out into the bush both in the early morning and the evening on game drives under the care and expertise of the local guides. Their knowledge offers superb opportunities to naturally connect with the magnificent wild herds of elephants, along with lion, giraffe, buffalo and rhino. The elephant encounters here are of the closest you will experience in all Southern Africa, you may even be close enough to look an elephant in the eye. As dusk falls you can enjoy a leisurely sundowner at the watering hole where the animals come together to drink. Each day there will be opportunities for movement and meditation sessions under Charles’ guidance.
The Safari Lodge offers luxury tented accommodation on decks with en-suites and there is a delightful sheltered pool to cool off in after the heat of the midday sun. You can relax in one of the comfortable thatched lounge areas, enjoy a refreshing drink at the decked bar or just take time out to sit peacefully under the trees where you may encounter the curious Nyala antelope that roam free within the camp.
The cuisine is out of this world – abundant and decadent. At night delicious 3 course meals are shared before we are captivated by the dance and local folklore stories of the Thonga people. What better way to learn about the African bush than to sit around a glowing campfire in the boma, under the night stars, and become part of the African heartbeat.
“Most wonderful and powerful love experience in my life!” Momoko Y.
Goble Palms Guest Lodge
After a relaxed breakfast we head towards Durban where the traditional elegance of Goble Palms Guest Lodge awaits us. Settling into this unique Edwardian Lodge that’s set high up on the ridge overlooking the city, we can enjoy its charming blend of tradition and luxurious comfort.
Each of the several guest lounges offers the added luxury of a complementary decanter of sherry as well as the daily newspapers. There is a delightful swimming pool where you can take a refreshing dip and tucked away under the eaves is their own quaint English pub where you can relax and unwind as you share your safari stories. For our last evening together we will dine out at one of Durban’s famous Indian restaurants and as we say our goodbyes and return to our different corners of the world, we will take with us the memories and friendships that are the magic of Africa.
“The greatest gift I’ve ever given to myself or received . . . a ‘whole’ life experience.” Joan B.
African Safari includes
All that is specifically mentioned in the above itinerary, including accommodation and most meals
Transportation in a semi- luxury bus, from the time the safari begins until the moment it ends
Airport transfers from and to DURBAN AIRPORT
All African Safari activities
Price & Booking
Price is per person on 2 people sharing basis
Single supplement applies – dependant on availability.
£1,700 GBP per person
African Safari excludes
Items of personal nature
All drinks (except teas/coffees)
Lunches in Mozambique
Visas for Mozambique, which are available at the border at R 980 per person
Snorkel Equipment for the dolphin swims, which can be rented at the dive centre
Travel and medical insurance
All international flights to and from DURBAN in South Africa