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On EcoPsychology Africa retreats, the emphasis is on the quality of the experience, as opposed to quantity. Journeys are experiential; we get an understanding of all aspects of the environment, from ants to elephants, soil types to trees, and the traditional tribal uses of the environment- whether they are for nutritional, medicinal, or spiritual purposes. Use will be made of metaphor and symbol to make the environmental experience more relevant to participants’ personal lives and circumstances. The emphasis ultimately is on the “inner journey.” All the activities and influences mentioned above, contribute synergistically to an internal healing process. We learn about nature. We learn from nature. The practice of meditation on retreat enhances this experience.
1 – 8 October 2017
Jeffrey Rink is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Hout Bay, Cape Town. He has been facilitating Ecopsychology Wilderness Trails since 1998. In facilitating these trails he combines his profession as a Clinical Psychologist with his passion for ecology, and conservation, and his practice of meditation. Jeffrey graduated as a Clinical Psychologist in 1985, he specialises in Clinical Hypnosis, and is a diplomate of the South African Society of Clinical Hypnosis (this is a 5 year post graduate qualification in Clinical Hypnosis). He has been practicing meditation since 1974.
In practicing ecopsychology Jeffrey synthesises psychological and ecological principles. Trailists “connect” with the earth, and ecological insights are made personally relevant to participants through symbol, metaphor and story telling.
The words of Dr Ian Player, a prominent South African conservationist, have been particularly inspiring:
“Everything I have achieved in my own life, I owe to the wilderness experience. I have seen countless other lives moulded and changed by encounters with wilderness; in most cases, only a few days in the wilderness has been enough to change a life of despair to a life of hope.”
Sunday 1 October 9H00:
Meet at Oliver Tambo Airport Johannesburg for flight to Livingstone Zambia. Transfer immediately to Lodge. Then visit Zambian side of Victoria Falls. A sunset cruise on the Zambezi River afterwards (time permitting) is an optional but highly recommended extra! We return to our Lodge for dinner. On Monday after breakfast we visit the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls which is far more extensive than on the Zambian side.
Tuesday 3 October:
Charter flight in morning to Lusaka. From there a charter flight to Mfuwe airport South Luangwa- all about 2 hours in total. A 4 x 4 will transfer us to our Lodge deep in the reserve- this transfer will also be a game drive. We will spend our time in South Luangwa on game drives and walks. All meals and drinks (excluding premium alcoholic drinks) will be provided, as well as a ‘high’ tea!
Sunday 8 October:
4 x 4 to Mfuwe airport. Charter flight to Lusaka. Fly from Lusaka to your destination of choice!
Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighboring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka. Zambia is acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit. It’s sound conservation policies have led to the establishment of superb game reserves, South Luangwa National Park being one of them.
Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River borders Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders.’ Victoria Falls is the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Clouds of mist and spray can be seen from kilometres away. At peak flow more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute pour over the falls nearly two kilometres, into a gorge over one hundred meters below. The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides awe inspiring views of the Falls, often framed by rainbows. In October the flow of the Zambezi River is low. Interestingly enough, this ‘low flow’ provides excellent views of the falls as they are not then ‘hidden’ by the mist/rain one experiences during peak flow! It is suggested that you bring a ‘light’ raincoat for this visit. We will stay in a comfortable lodge outside Livingstone on the banks of the Zambezi River. It is on the boundary of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. It has a swimming pool, and tree house hide overlooking the Zambezi River.
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
South Luangwa is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the highest in Africa, making it a world-renowned wildlife haven. Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and now covers over 9,050 km2. The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the ‘life-blood’ of this Park, supporting a wide variety of wildlife, birds, insects, reptiles, and vegetation. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to a lush, green wonderland in summer. 60 species of mammals and over 400 bird
species may be found there. Excellent sightings are to be had of lion, leopard (a particularly good place to see leopard!), elephant, buffalo and wild dog. Endemic to the region are Thornicroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s zebra. The Luangwa River supports large crocodile and hippopotamus populations. It is one of the best-known national parks in Africa for walking safaris. Seasonal changes are marked in Luangwa. October is hot and dry, and game concentrations are at their height- coming to drink at the river, and feed on the vegetation. We will stay in an elegant, colonial style lodge on a hilltop in South Luangwa. This magnificent historic lodge (once the personal retreat of former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda) is set in lush forest. It provides panoramic views across South Luangwa’s game-rich valleys, all the way to the Luangwa River. Beds have mosquito netting. Rooms are air conditioned- an important consideration for the October heat. The Lodge has a swimming pool too. Wi-Fi is available- free.
From Livingstone and returning to Lusaka from South Luangwa is $4 200 per person sharing.
This includes chartered flights, breakfast and dinner at our Lodge in Livingstone, and all activities in South Luangwa. It excludes activities in Livingstone and Victoria Falls, lunches, entrance and visa fees, and any activities you might wish to participate in, and tips.
Single accommodation is available for $5 200 in both Livingstone and South Luangwa.
A deposit of $US 1 000-00 will secure your place. Places are limited! The deposit is not refundable. Cancellations 6 weeks before the retreat will forfeit 50% of the full amount. Cancellations 4 weeks preceding the retreat will be subject to forfeiture of the full amount.
(Overseas guests to book return flights from JHB after 19h00 to be on the safe side. South Africans after 17h00)