Botswana

MAR 19 MAR 2017

MAR 02 6 2017

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Have you long dreamt of experiencing Africa, flying in a Cessna across the Okavango Delta, arriving at an ultra luxurious game camp where giraffes graze off your private terrace and elephants are often glimpsed sipping from your private lap pool? Have you imagined the thrill of chasing wild hyenas as they hunt a zebra; the beauty of a lioness caring for her young or the glory of a leopard as it lounges in the shade of a tree? Do you enjoy experiencing nature, off-the-beaten path & up close? Longed for land and water game drives, with the opportunity to get a little bit closer by walking through these experiences as well? Have you pictured yourself on an active safari, one with the perfect combination of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, yoga & fitness activities + relaxation, one where you return home enriched & enlivened, fit & fulfilled? Then, I guess we have something in common, as SO HAVE WE! And we are finally bringing this vision to life, with ESCAPE TO SHAPE- BOTSWANA.

Accommodations

A retreat of contemporary and unique design, Vumbura Plains North is open and airy, with modern architecture crafted of pale wood and built-in modular couches facing east toward the sunrise. In the center, a large, square sitting area juts out into the plains, packed with plump, off-white canvas cushions that surrounded a fire pit, ideal for cocktails and stargazing. The contemporary, elegant dining and bar area offer magnificent vistas across the Okavango Delta.

Each large room at the camp is a luxurious thatched-roof villa, raised off the ground, with indoor and outdoor showers and an en suite bathroom. A step down is the lounge area, with windows on three sides for an iconic view of the floodplains. Additional room features include a private plunge pool and ‘sala’ – a place from which to watch the passing parade of wildlife or indulging in a soothing massage. Imagine sleek & modern accommodations, seeped in luxury, surrounded by natural beauty.

Rate

Share:$10,200 per person – 2 twin beds or 1 king bed option. We can pair you with a roommate if traveling solo

Private:$13500 for a private room

A non-refundable deposit for 50% is required to confirm your reservation. By submitting your credit card information you authorize Escape To Shape to charge your credit card for this amount and acknowledge that this deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable to a future Escape.

The balance of your payment is required to be paid in by JANUARY 10, 2017. A reminder email will be sent to you prior to the due date. The balance due is non-refundable upon payment.

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which will come in handy should you encounter any unforeseen medical issues prior to traveling or while traveling, last minute flight cancellations or personal issues that effect your trip. Many of our clients have found great rates and policies through the following site: www.tripinsurance.com.

Please refer to the POLICIES page of our website for our complete cancellation policy.

Includes

  • Transportation from the Johannesburg International Airport to The Michelangelo Hotel
  • One night accommodations at the Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg
  • Dinner & Breakfast in Johannesburg
  • Transportation back to Johannesburg Airport
  • Round trip flights Johannesburg to Maun; Maun to Private Game Camp
  • 6 night luxury accommodations at Vumbura Plains North
  • 3 delicious + healthy meals + snacks & beverages (including alcohol, excluding champagne) daily
  • Game drives, boat trips, canoe excursions, walking safaris + additional cultural surprises
  • Yoga & fitness classes
  • One Massage in Botswana
  • Laundry Service
  • Park fees
  • Wifi
  • Tax

Itinerary

March 19, 2017- You will be greeted at the Johannesburg International Airport (O.R. Tambo) and escorted to the Michelangelo Hotel. Located on Nelson Mandela Square, the Michelangelo Hotel offers world-class facilities in a stylish & elegant setting, with easy access to Johannesburg’s finest shops & restaurants. Orientation & group dinner at one of Johannesburg’s hot spot restaurants.

March 20, 2017- Breakfast and depart for airport. South African Air flight from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana (1.5 hours). Connect to private Cessna caravan for 30 minute flight to private camp, where you will experience 6 nights of luxurious accommodations at our own private Premier Safari Camp- Vumbura Plains North (photos & details below)- which is considered one of the most beautiful and exclusive camps in Botswana.

Each day will be a combination of the following:

  • Twice daily game drives (combination of land, water & walking safaris). Each private, expertly guided game drive provides a unique thrill. Prepare to witness giraffes, zebras, elephants, wild dogs, hyenas, lions, leopards, cheetah, hippos, wildebeests, buffalo, impala, multiple varieties of birds + a whole lot more, all in their natural habitat
  • Experience the crystal-clear Okavanga waterway on a mokoro (canoe common to the Okavango Delta region)
  • Vinyasa Yoga- the perfect compliment to your African safari adventure, with the inspiring backdrop of nature, providing you the time & space to delve deeper into your practice. All levels welcome.
  • Circuit Training Classes offering you the opportunity to stay in shape while on the ultimate holiday. All levels welcome.
  • Gourmet meals with an Escape To Shape healthy twist- includes unique dining & cocktail experiences
  • Experience the traditions & culture of Botswana
  • One massage on your private pool deck

March 26, 2017- Morning game drive, breakfast & yoga. Flight by Cessna Caravan to Maun; Connect to South African Air flight from Maun to Johannesburg, arriving into Johannesburg at 3:40 pm. From there you can connect to your international flight homeward. The trip of a lifetime has officially come to an end…

Teacher

Erica Gragg
Erica is an acclaimed yoga teacher, known for teaching a very strong, yet playful Vinyasa flow practice. She is largely inspired by the journey of yoga, the subtle to the grand discoveries each individual makes through their practice, inviting students to have fun while experiencing their body in a whole new way through each unique practice. With classes always set to music, from tribal, to lounge to classic rock songs, students are able to find their own personal rhythm and expression through each asana. Additionally, Erica contributes to AFAR, Huffington Post, Livetheprocess.com, Charlottesbook.com and has created time efficient and results driven workouts and fitness tips for publications such as Health, Self, Shape, Fitness, The New York Post, Newsday as well as Red, The London Times, Daily Star, The Sunday Express and Healthy in the United Kingdom.

Sharing yoga surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of Botswana is a life affirming experience, one that Erica is privileged to share with each guests.

Testimonials

The trips hosted by Escape to Shape are an amazing way to enjoy your time off. The trips are the perfect mix of high quality service, outstanding food, exotic locations, physical activity, spiritual well-being and cultural activities. In a nutshell, if you are looking for time to spend by yourself, with a friend or spouse, Escape to Shape has something for everyone. I have been on 2 Escape to Shape trips and they were both magical in their own unique ways. The rooms are spacious, clean and surrounded by nature. The food is outstanding – healthy, fresh, ethnic. The locations are exotic, safe and stimulating. The service is attentive, warm, and caring. The yoga is outstanding – with wonderful teachers from around the world who are all incredibly inspiring. The cultural activities are wonderful – unique to the location, adventurous and memorable. Most importantly, the trip feels like a home away from home. The hosts and guests of Escape to Shape are warm, inviting and sharing. You leave the trips with new experiences, new friends and a renewed sense of well-being. I highly recommend Escape to Shape.NEWYORKYOGA GIRL  September 2009


This is the first time that I write a Trip Advisor review. There is always a first time for everything and I found that Escape to Shape was a good reason to break the tradition. I just came back from Kyoto and I cannot stop thinking about Escape to Shape…I have been with Escape to Shape in 4 different locations: Camboya, Vietnam, Cartagena de Indias and Kyoto. So, I think that at this stage I have enough knowledge to release an accurate and objective opinion about Escape to Shape. Here it is… First, Escape to Shape is wonderful because it does offer exotic locations in a way that nobody does. In this sense, Escape to Shape is unique and innovative. Escape to Shape has comparative advantage because of their flexibility in changing locations.Second, Erica and Francesco (the business owners) take great care of you during the trip, but at the same time they share with you their secrets with the purpose of making you completely independent. There is a transfer of travel knowledge going on.Third, Erica and Francesco have great taste. Not surprising as Francesco is Italian and Erica is a leading lady who managed to make a business out of her travel passion. Their seal equals quality. I apply the blind faith principle when travelling with them because I know that I am not going to be disappointed.Last but not least, Erica and Francesco are the soul of the business and they are really good company: good conversation mixed with kindness. They both are really attractive persons to spend time with. If you have the time and the money, go for it. It’s so easy, just pay and go. You will not regret it! Pilar April 2014:

I have been on 4 trips with Escape to Shape and look forward to a new location every year. I wasn’t originally keen on organized travel, but Erica, Francesco and the great folks at E to S proved me wrong. They organize the perfect trip for someone that doesn’t have time to plan the perfect getaway and wants to stay in luxurious accommodations, yet actually get out and learn about the culture of a place. They find all the things you wish you could do, but probably wouldn’t have the time to plan or even find, for that matter. The experiences are unforgettable. The food is amazing, healthy, and local. The instructors are top notch and the people you meet are always interesting. I can’t say enough positive things about these trips. I’d really recommend them to anyone I’ve been to Marrakech and Cartagena in 2008, Bali in 2011, and Cambodia in 2012. They really go out of their way to meet your every need, whatever that may be. Go Escape!!! Keep Exploring, July 2012