WHO IS SATORI AFRICA.
My name is Mark Bland, South African born and raised, and so incredibly passionate about this continent I call home!
As the founder of Satori Africa, the journey to reaching this point and realizing the dream of launching this business has been a magical journey. After possibly a few too many years spent in advertising, I always knew that it was hospitality that was in my blood. With the amazing support of family and friends I decided to quit my job and throw myself, not in to the proverbial deep end, but literally in to the boiling pot of water and commence my studies in becoming a qualified chef.
After graduation I took the opportunity presented by one of the top safari lodges to join their ‘family’ and manage one of their esteemed Relais & Chateaux lodges. After an inspiring journey in the bush, forging lifelong friendships with guests and staff alike, it was the slopes of Cape Town that was strongly calling me back again.
Before taking up my next role as Project Manager for the launch of a boutique hotel that frequently achieves top accolades around the world, I also completed my level 2 qualification with the Wine & Spirits’ Educational Trust (WSET).
Upon completion of my contract I was really blessed to join the biggest family-owned wine farm in South Africa, heading up the brand side for the farm. This was where the dream of Satori Africa was born and after completing my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course through Yoga Alliance and a few supportive kicks, the dream became a reality!
I suppose it comes as no surprise as to where the idea to open up a travel business representing Africa came from, especially with a strong focus on the most exclusive epicurean and wellness experiences. I cannot wait to share this with you!
- A sunrise walk on Cape Towns’ famed Table Mountain
- A full day yoga immersion with our Wellness Endorser Sharni Quinn
- Picking ingredients and enjoying a meal with our Epicurean Endorser Chef Calum
- Varied Big 5 game experiences from water, land and air
- The starlit sky and sounds of the African night
- The feeling of being ‘at home’ with the people of Africa
- Urban foraging in the heart of Cape Town
- A seaside fish braai (BBQ) and a chilled glass of Chenin Blanc
- The restorative power of nature
- Yoga & Meditation in some of the most breathtaking of venues