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But don't take our word for it!


Scroll down and take a moment to read some of the wonderful reviews from our recent retreat participants.

Or head over to our reviews on our Soul Sanctuary Safaris Facebook Page here.


"...unique and truly amazing experience that I will never ever forget."

"Thank you so much Neil for a most unique and truly amazing experience that I will never ever forget. Needles Lodge Accommodation was fabulous!
The Lodge Itself where it is located ,
how it is set up .. the special unexpected visits from all the animals ..
The delicious food served in all varieties..
The truly gorgeous staff who all were so accommodating in every way.
Then to TOP that off.. the Incredible experience of Safari in Kruger National Park .. with yourself and Patrick both so Passionate and so knowledgable about the Animals and the Park..together you both helped make the experience what is was .. Awesome!!
Having the Yoga in between all of it was the perfect Balance for me.
I can’t speak highly enough of just how wonderful the whole package coupled together is."


Sussan VDM

"I loved every minute of the trip, considered it very good value for money"

"I recently went on one of Neil's fabulous safari yoga trips to Kruger National Park in South Africa and can honestly say it was one of the best holidays I have ever experienced. The organisation and layout of the itinerary was absolutely spot on, with a fantasticly well thought out combination of activities. The accomodation at Needles Lodge was lovely with the management and staff bending over backwards to make our stay wonderful. The food was incredible (we all put on weight lol), the bar was fully stocked, the safari activities were brilliant (a shout out here to the wonderful Patrick who did everything he could to ensure we saw the big 5, little 5, ugly 5, tasty 5, etc!). The yoga was timely and pitched at just the right level for a diverse range of abilities- including a yoga newbie). Amongst Neil's many talents is his skill, laid-backness and sense of humour in and out of his yoga classes. I loved every minute of the trip, considered it very good value for money and would love to repeat the experience next year."

Angela HJ

"This is a very special retreat in a very special place!!"

"An amazing retreat combining 2 of my favourite activities done in a fabulous way.
The lodge is stunning, beautiful, comfortable rooms, fabulous food and extensive wine list, all accompanied by the local visitors (kudu, zebra and monkeys)
Location is on the edge of the Kruger, which can mean some long days, but does provide extensive time in the pack to soak up the atmosphere and see as much as possible.
Combined with Neil’s yoga classes, which here allow him to explore more deeply those aspects of yoga, (meditation, pranayama) which cannot always be fully included in just an hour long class.
This is a very special retreat in a very special place!!"

Susan A

"At the heart of all this you’ve got, Neil"

"The 10 day yoga retreat, was a beautiful way to experience a taste of Africa’s greatest gifts… the many trips into Kruger were such an extreme highlight. To witness the absolute splendour of these magnificent wild creatures, meters from your face, was almost unbelievable. There were moments where they literally took your breath away.

Staying at Needles Lodge was a complete delight, very comfortable, clean and a very relaxed vibe. The staff were the just the best… sincerely welcoming and caring. The food delicious, abundant and unpretentious… a great selection of gin, too.

At the heart of all this you’ve got, Neil… his knowledge and passion for nature, yoga and making sure everyone’s taken care of, truly heightened the experience… because none of us had to worry about anything, except being in the moment, enjoying and taking in as much as possible. And we did!

I was really fortunate to be part of an amazing group of people, we certainly shared many great experiences… and did I mention there was some yoga too?


Just go for it!"

Paul S

"Utterly fabulous...You won’t be disappointed."

"Firstly, this isn’t a Yoga “Retreat” in the traditional sense. There’s no steamed fish and greens for 10 days. What it is, is utterly fabulous.

The location of the Lodge is absolutely stunning. The accommodation is beautiful, spotlessly clean and completely idyllic. The hosts and staff all go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable, without being intrusive and the food...O. M. G!! 😍 The wine list is extensive and they will happily cater for dietary requirements.

The emphasis is really on the safari element and every day Neil provides a varied schedule. In my opinion These are the gold standard of safaris. The guides are amazingly knowledgeable, entertaining and enthusiastic. Neil is an expert himself and all together this is a far superior experience to a standard safari drive through Kruger. The dawn safari on foot was a highlight for me.

Finally, Neil is the most fantastic yoga teacher. His classes are suitable for all abilities (I’m a bit of a creaky old bird myself) and he is accommodating and encouraging throughout. The classes are varied in nature so you don’t get bored and often there will be a small break while everyone stops to look at the zebra, kudu, bird life, warthogs and a multitude of other wildlife that come right up to the yoga practice area!

All in all, if you want beautiful accommodation, luxurious food, some great yoga with an amazing teacher and a whole ton of once in a lifetime safari experiences, book this trip. You won’t be disappointed."

Cassie C

"truly an amazing once in a lifetime adventure"

"The Africa Safari is truly an amazing once in a lifetime adventure that I got to experience with an amazing bunch of people! Neil’s passion & enthusiasm ensures you have a great experience - the trip is well-organised, the accommodation & food fabulous and getting up close to the wildlife is unforgettable - loved the baby elephants & giraffes! The yoga & relaxation add to the uniqueness of the experience. The trip has everything: magical!"

Fiona T

"Best holiday experience ever!"

"Enjoyed every second of it. Fantastic combination of Yoga, game drive, swimming, walking and chilling out. Best holiday experience ever!"

Rika NS
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