ZULULAND BEACH WALK RETREAT

 

Take a walk on the wildside

4 July till 9 July

Cost per person: R8,950.00  (minimum 10 – 12 people).

 

Would you like to take a break and come and retreat with me?  If you love the beach, the ocean, nature, walking and all things spiritual, then this is for YOU!

I am so excited about finally putting this retreat together in collaboration with Shirley Carey.  Shirley is an enthusiastic, passionate and experienced guide and along with her and her team, we will take you on an adventure to remember.

Following a global increased interest in Wellness, Health, Fitness, Spirituality and Ocean Awareness, we have created a retreat to areas which are inaccessible to the public except on foot.

You will be accompanied by experienced guides for the duration of the walk. Our behind-the-scenes support staff are kept busy transporting luggage to the next overnight stop, arranging permits, food and drinks and basically ensuring that everything runs smoothly for the duration of your walk.

We promise to unlock many of the well-kept secrets while you shift your awareness and learn more about yourself. Each day we will walk and we will also talk, reflect, learn and then rest in the most beautiful places.

This is a retreat with a difference. along the Zululand Coastline, and we will do everything to ensure that your walk is a truly rewarding experience.

Each evening we will reflect and learn, as I take you through the days experiences and the insights you have uncovered about yourself, your life and your dreams of your future.

Your 5-night package includes the following:

  • 1 Night accommodation at Utshwayelo Lodge (4 July) – tented rooms, en-suite and kitchenette, two people sharing.
  • 2 Night accommodation at Camp 4, Black Rock (5 & 6 July) – 4 rooms with 5 beds, 3 per room.
  • 2 Night accommodation at Guguliswe Camp (7 & 8 July) – tented rooms with en-suite, two people sharing.
  • 3 Meals a day. Breakfast is a light affair, because we need to get moving!
  • Substantial walking snacks e.g. fruit, nuts, boiled eggs, meat balls etc.
  • Water and Juice.
  • Ice
  • Permits for Isimangoliso, Kosi Bay and eZemvelo Wild Life
  • 3 Drivers
  • 2 Guides
  • Ezemvelo security
  • Logistics vehicle and fuel
  • Recyclable bag to collect plastics en route to do your bit for the Ocean!
  • A Sharon Castle Journal to record your insights, lessons, reflections and memories.

A non-refundable deposit of R4,475.00 secures your place.  First come first served. Final payment due one month prior to start of retreat.

Itinerary

Day 1 – 4 July 2020 – Arrive at Utshwayelo Lodge and settle in.

Depending on the necessary travel arrangements, we will arrange a meeting place and from there travel in convoy to the lodge.  Upon arrival, we allow sufficient time to unpack, settle in and organise your back pack for the following day. My suggestion would be to arrive at the lodge at 15:00 pm at the latest.  From past experience I have found that people are super excited for what lies ahead and so need time to chat, think, take in their surrounds and pack!  I will be there to advise or answer any questions that may arise.

Each room is supplied with coffee, tea, fruit and rusks.

5:30pm We all meet at the bar for drinks and a quick briefing and question and answer session.  19:00pm Dinner is served.

The lodge has a cash bar and walkers are required to settle their bill before heading off to bed for the evening.

 

Day 2 – 5 July – 13km Walk – Overnight at Camp 4, Black Rock

5:45 am Rise and Shine! The gate opens at 06:00 am and we need to get moving!  All luggage must be taken to a central point for loading.  Adventure seekers will be taken down to the mouth in two vehicles. This is a 15-minute drive with the most beautiful views of Kosi mouth.

Our guides, Jabulani and December, will take you over the mouth and head towards Bhanga Nek.

Depending on the weather, lunch will either be served on the beach or up at the camp.

After the walk, you will be collected and driven to Camp 4, Black Rock.  This is about a 30-40 min drive.

All your luggage will be ready and waiting for you outside the communal kitchen area for collection.

Tired and happy walkers are able to rest for the afternoon, shower and enjoy the African bush.

16h00 Meditation and teaching for those that are awake enough!

17h30 Relax

19h00 Dinner is served and afterwards we will  lounge around the camp fire and share stories of the day’s adventures.

 

Day 3 – 6 July – 20km walk – Overnight at Camp 4, Black Rock

It’s another early morning and a light breakfast of coffee, tea and rusks. We start our walk back where we ended yesterday, so a 30- minute drive to Bhanga Nek. From here, Jabulani and December, will guide you to Black Rock. Our drivers will be waiting there to collect you and take you back to the camp for lunch.

The afternoon is a day of rest and relaxation

16h00 Meditation and teaching

17h30 Sundowners around the camp fire.

19:00pm Dinner is served!

All belongings must be packed the night before, ready for loading and transport the following morning.

 

Day 4 – 7 July – 10km walk – Overnight at Guguliswe Camp

Today, we will head to the gate which opens at 06:00am.

Jabulani and December will guide you over Black Rock and onto Lala Nek, this walk allows for stunning views of the coast line both toward the North and South. It truly is a sight to see.

To maximise the sunrise, we need to stick to a strict time schedule!

All luggage will be loaded and transported to Guguliswe.

The drivers and I will meet you on the beach at Lala Nek.  Weather permitting, lunch will be served under a gazebo right there on the beach.  We encourage snorkelling here, so bring your gear along or arrange with the lodge (we won’t make you carry this 😊).

This beach is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches along this coast line.  We therefore maximise our time on the beach.

Salty and satisfied we head back to the lodge where clients will check in and collect their luggage.

16h00 Meditation and teaching

17h30 is pre-dinner drinks in the cash bar.

19h00 Dinner is served!

The lodge has a cash bar and walkers are required to settle their bill before heading off to bed for the evening.

 

Day 5 – 8 July – 14km walk – Overnight at Guguliswe Camp

 Today is the final day, early rise and a short 15-minute drive to the beach. Today you head off with your guides to Mabibi Beach, 14kms. The drivers and I will meet you there and transport you back to Guguliswe Camp for lunch and an afternoon at your leisure.

16h00 Meditation and Reflection

17h30 is pre-dinner drinks in the cash bar.

19h00 Dinner is served!

The lodge has a cash bar and walkers are required to settle their bill before heading off to bed for the evening.

 

Day 6 – 9 July

Today we say goodbye!

Wake up in your own time and meet for breakfast. We depart from the camp at 10h00

Fun Facts to help you enjoy your Stay

What Must You Bring?

  • Sun screen
  • A hat
  • Costumes
  • A pillow (Duvets and fleecy blanket supplied for Camp 4)
  • Alcohol
  • Clothes (due to the time of the year, please pack warm clothes for the evening)
  • Comfortable walking gear and shoes. Takkies, crocs, socks or barefoot have all been tried and tested options.
  • A small backpack for walking
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towel or microfiber towel (available from Cape Union Mart) these are quick dry.
  • Money for the various cash bars and possible curious
  • Phone/Camera
  • Light jacket

 

How Long Does It Take?

Each day should take up to 4 hours of walking, depending on how often you stop to eat/rest and swim.  There is no rush for you to complete your walk, the day is there for you to enjoy.

 

Will My Mobile Work?

There are limited coms on the beach, this walk is about enjoying your natural surroundings.

 

What Is the Accommodation Like?

Bear in mind that the accommodation in this area is limited.  Each Camp, however, offers its own unique feel and I can assure you that you will be well looked after and comfortable.

 

Other…

  • All food is provided – please be sure to let me know in advance of any dietary requirements.
  • Indemnity forms will need to be completed ahead of time for both Zululand Beach Walks and Isimangoliso.
  • All drivers have a valid driver’s license and are reliable and helpful.
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking.

 

Please ensure your place on this unique retreat by booking as soon as possible as only 10 to 12 guests can be accommodated.

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