On this tour we visit some main-stream attractions and then we explore some really unique gems of South Africa, as well. We do a game drive and participate in some drumming. We enjoy belly-dancing and spend around three hours in laughter (laughing meditation). We visit a fairy sanctuary, peace pagoda, labyrinths and an eco-shrine. All of this is combined with a visit to the second healthiest hot springs in the world (according to a Swiss study). We visit the largest bird aviary in the world, magnificent dolomite caves; take a game drive through one of our national parks and many more. (See itinerary for more details). We visit Hogsback, a place of magic. There are rumours that this is where J.R. Tolkien (writer of The Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit, etc) found his inspiration for his books. If this is true, it is easy to see how. In the midst of all this, we will give tribute every morning to what we are grateful for in our lives, so that our journey of gratitude can become our journey of joy through the journey of our hearts. In the afternoon we will relax and have a session of Yoga.
PS – Tour pax: min 8, max 16. Please note that these tours are run on set dates (depending on participants). However, if you are 6 or more, we will schedule this tour to a date that is more suitable to you as a private tour.
GRATITUDE YOGA TOUR
DAY 1 – Cape Town
The tour starts in Cape Town, the mother city of South Africa. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a spirit to match. Its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty offers a diversity of experiences for even the worldly traveler. In Cape Town there is something for everyone to enjoy.Weather permitting, we will visit Table Mountain.
DAY 2 – Cape Town
Let’s take a tour of the Cape Peninsula. Enjoy the stunning views of the Atlantic Seaboard. Visit Boulders Penguin Colony. This is one of only three land-based colonies in the world. Continue on towards Cape Point. Enter the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and drive through unique scenery towards Cape Point, the most South-western tip of Africa.
DAY 3 – Cape Town – Barrydale
We depart Cape Town on a scenic route via South Africa’s third oldest town of Swellendam where we visit the Fairy Sanctuary, a dream realized. Walk The Manger’s labyrinth and stand before Africa’s Peace Pagoda. Enjoy the rejuvenating hot springs of Warmwaterberg.
DAY4 – Barrydale – Knysna
We join our Indian Ocean coast-line and the Garden Route at Mossel Bay. Here we pay a visit to the Dias Museum and visit South Africa’s first post-office, an over 400 year old milkwood tree. We continue along the Garden Route to Knysna.
DAY 5 – Knysna
Knysna, built on the banks of an enormous estuary, is a town that boasts supreme beauty. Its name is from an indigenous derivative and means ‘place of wood’ and we will honour this with a walk in its indigenous forest. A visit is paid to the town of Knysna.Experience the soulful rhythm of Africa with a session of drumming.
DAY 6 – Knysna – Tsitsikamma
We drive passPlettenberg Bay, where nature has made an enchanted abode of this beautiful place. Here we visit the Birds of Eden, the largest single free-flight aviary in the world and Monkeyland, the world’s first multi-species free-roaming primate sanctuary.Then we head off for Tsitsikamma, meaning ‘place of water’, South Africa’s only all-year rainfall area.
DAY 7 – Tsitsikamma – Grahamstown
Grahamstown is sometimes known as the ‘City of Saints’ due to its plethora of churches. Yet, for 10 days, once a year, it hosts the largest arts festival in Africa.
DAY 8 – Grahamstown – Hogsback
Hogsback, nestled on the slopes of the Amatola Mountains, in centuries old forest. Hogsback is a place of magic, but it cannot be describe, it is magic that needs to be experienced. When you experience this place, you could perhaps also understand this world of magic, imagination, elementals, fairies and gnomes.
DAY 9 – Hogsback
In Hogsback, experience walking the 11 circuit labyrinth at The Edge. Its design was based on the labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral in France. Visit the Voice of the Earth Eco Shrine on the edge of an ancient rainforest. A walk through the forest to the 39 Steps is well worth your time and effort.
DAY 10 – Hogsback – Addo
At Addo Elephant National Park you get close to nature and wildlife. The park is situated in the dense valley of the Sundays River Region. This park was founded for the conservation of the Addo elephant, which was almost hunted to extinction in the early 1900. Today there are over 450 elephant thriving here.
DAY 11 – Addo – Oudtshoorn
We now head for Oudtshoorn, capital of the Little Karoo and ostrich capital of the world. Feathers worth their weight in gold, feather palaces and feather barons. This town knew it all. We’ll visit a nostrich farm and then continue on to enjoy the Cango Caves, known as ‘the underground fairyland of the Little Karoo’.
DAY 12 – Oudtshoorn – McGregor
We depart for the sanctuary of Temenos, a country retreat like none other in South Africa. It is described as the warm heart of McGregor, a village in the Boland region of the Western Cape. McGregor is noted as the best preserved example of a mid-nineteenth century townscape, in the Cape Province.Indulge in the soulful freedom of belly-dancing.
DAY 13 – McGregor
Still within the sanctuary of Temenos, enjoy the exhilaration of a laughing meditation. The rest of your day is for leisure and reflection.
DAY 14 – McGregor – Cape Town
We return to Cape Town. Stay on one of Cape Town’s vineyards before being transferred to the airport the following day.
- Table Mountain
- Chapman’s Peak
- Cape Point
- Peace Pagoda
- Warmwaterberg Hot Springs
- Birds of Eden
- Gumboot Dancing
- Cango Caves