SOUTH AFRICA - SAFARI & WINE<br>Jan 3-9, 2020
SOUTH AFRICA - SAFARI & WINE<br>Jan 3-9, 2020
FORM+FOCUS [LUXURY]- **Since the previous week sold out in a few hours, we've added an overflow week!** After having this on our list for years, we’re so excited to announce a brand new SAFARI + WINE retreat in beautiful South Africa. This bucket list experience is one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips that will help you start the year in an unforgettable way!
GIVE BACK RETREAT
This retreat is part of our GIVE BACK initiative, where EPM will donate at least 10% of profits to a non-profit organization in the community where each retreat is held. Our beneficiary in S. Africa will be a conservation group doing works to protect the endangered game, as well as the land.
We will be splitting our time between two locations in order to give a nice overview of various locales in this amazing country and the Cape Province. Beginning the week in the wine region of Franschhoek Valley just outside of Cape Town, we will stay at the luxury “Heritage Wine Estate” of Grand Provence for the first three nights. This is an easy transfer from the airport and will give guests a chance to really relax in a peaceful setting after their travel. Guests will stay at The Owner’s Cottage which is a testament to period grandeur and contemporary luxury. Comprising the beautifully appointed Cottage, are a private conservatory, lounge, swimming and spa pool areas. Blanketed in a palette of ‘charcoal grey’ and ‘white linen’, the rooms beckon an indulgent experience. Lush lawns edged with dark green hedges contrast with creamy travertine tiles and inset pebbles, while white walls delineate the deck chairs and lounging areas, juxtaposing the cool and crisp swimming pool.
From our base here for the first half of the week, we’ll be close to other visits in the wine region, as well as a day in Cape Town itself for a trip to Table Mountain. Then midway through the week we’ll transfer just a couple hours further inland to our luxury safari lodge in the private wildlife preserve at Sanbona. Here we’ll stay at the private 5* Tinley Manor in beautiful accommodations that harken to scenes in Out of Africa. Plus there is an outdoor rim-flow swimming pool and ‘Relaxation Retreat’ with two therapy rooms steams room and sauna
The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is near Montagu located at the base of the beautiful mountains in the Little Karoo. Stretching over 130 thousands acres of beautiful savannah and mountains, where Africa's wildlife can be observed on game drives and exciting walking safaris. Unique indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art make this wildlife destination a unique travel experience. This malaria-free wildlife reserve is home to an impressive selection of wildlife and succulents including the 'Big Five' and the rare free-roaming white lions.
Guests will not only enjoy the hotel properties with the luxurious accommodations and amenities, but we’ll also be in the heart of various iconic sceneries of the area - from rolling hills of the wine valley, to the bustling city of Cape Town and it’s towering Table Mountain, to the plains of the Little Karoo and in the home of the incredible wild animals that roam the land. We’ll experience moments on the coast to the mountains, and down to the valleys, and all this during the warm (but not too hot!) summer months of the southern hemisphere.
Healthful, vegetarian food is part of the retreat experience, including breakfast and dinner daily, and select lunches, either hosted at the villa or out and about in town. Ingredients are local and seasonal, and our meals will be inspired by the area’s traditions. We will be visiting some of the award-winning wineries to experience the tastes of the famous South African wines, as well as a pairing with a gourmet tasting menu. At the manor lodge, we’ll have our own private chef creating mouthwatering meals for breakfast lunch and dinner. Some served al fresco and some in our dining room…but all are sure to be tasty, fresh, and savory.
Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in their own personal practice. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle, restorative, and more vigorous vinyasa flow and ashtanga styles.* Style and class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice. Depending on each retreat location, classes will be held in a dedicated indoor yoga space and some also offer outdoor options as well for us to use if the weather is agreeable.
FORM + FOCUS
This is one of our continued collaborations with Julian Hyzler from EASEL&LENS to combine a look at creative focus with travel journal creation classes throughout the week. Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily to prepare our bodies and minds to be more open to our senses, and then these creative projects will help us find news ways of seeing and being present. *NO PREVIOUS ART OR YOGA BACKGROUND REQUIRED. All levels are welcome, and participation is voluntary. Projects and classes will be offered as a completely exploratory, non-intimidating and personal experience.
* Participation in classes and activities is optional throughout the retreat. All levels welcome!
DETAILS / PRICING
7 days / 6 nights (Jan 3-9, 2020)
Inclusive Retreat Price = $6,295 (shared room*)
Deposit to hold space = $1,500
Max # Guests = 10
* Guests traveling alone can choose the shared room and we match up based on guest profile. Rooms are spacious with separate beds and private bathrooms.
** Final balance due 45 days before retreat start date.
Read full cancellation policy in our Terms & Conditions.
Luxury hotel accommodation (spacious bedrooms, luxury bathrooms, linens)
Daily Breakfast and Dinner
Lunches at Safari Lodge
Use of pools and relaxation areas at both hotels
Transportation to/from day trips
Airport transfer (one scheduled group transfer on start/end day)
Daily yoga and art classes
Table Mountain visit
Cape Town sites
Wine region stay
Wine Tasting + Pairing Meal
Winery tour + tasting
Luxury spa day
Private luxury safari lodge stay
Safari game drives
* airfare not included
** all provided meals are vegetarian, with some seafood options on specific meals. special dietary restrictions can be accommodated
DAYTRIPS & ACTIVITIES *:
Wine region of Stellenbosch (winery tours, tastings)
Wine pairing with tasting menu
Day in Cape Town with Table Mountain visit, and city sites
Luxury spa day in wine country
Private safari lodge stay
Safari game drives
Stargazing and wilderness walks
* *tentative schedule, activities may be substituted based on weather and seasonability. All activities are carefully chosen based on the best experience for the guests.
Arrivals and departures from Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
We provide one scheduled group transfer on arrival and departure day to/from hotel. Exact times will be given after sign up.
Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you.
*YOGA MATS & ART SUPPLIES PROVIDED*
Bathing suit (spa day, pools)
Personal yoga props (blocks, straps, etc.)
Smart phone with camera and/or digital camera
Bug repellant, hat, sunscreen
Comfortable outdoor clothing and layers
Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
Binoculars (for game drives)
Plug adaptors / converters