South Africa

19th-25th May 2019

A retreat for global changemakers to recharge body, mind and spirit.
You know that in order to serve most powerfully, time out for YOU is important.
But there is just so much to do! ‘Next year’ you say.
Then next year comes around and there’s even more important work that you’re needed for. Catch-22.

Introducing your hosts…

Caroline Zimba


Caroline originally hails from Zambia and is an international yoga instructor who brings 14 years of practice into her teachings to help people align physically, mentally and soulfully. Caroline delivers an empowering, challenging, mindful alignment focused practice with safe and firm hands-on adjustments to encourage good postural habits.

Caroline holds a foundation certificate from the British Wheel of Yoga having studied under Jane Farrimond. She completed her first 200hr teacher training course in Rishikesh, India in March 2014 at Himalayan Tapovanam. She has also trained with international Gurus Kamal Singh and Sunil Sharma at Tattvaa Yogashala receiving her 500hr Advanced Teacher certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa.

Apart from teaching in London, Caroline has taught in Singapore and also spent 7 months on the island of Siagao in the Philippines teaching an array of international students from across the globe.

She is excited to be heading back to Southern Africa to teach and share her learnings in May 2020!

Livon Yeow


Livon is a born and bred Londoner who is happiest out in the Southern African bush and plains of Eastern Africa. She is passionate about African wildlife and keen to spend more time educating and raising awareness of conservation issues, in a way that benefits both local communities and future generations. She believes collaboration is the way forwards and much of her activities have been focused on exploring and implementing ideas with others on a similar mission.

Liv has delivered talks and workshops on the topics of Fear, Freedom, Resilience and achieving greater Alignment in work and life – the latest being to 150 teenagers at a UK school and for a creative agency in Cape Town, South Africa. In May 2019, she delivered her first TEDx Talk on ‘How to run yourSELF like a business’.

As a qualified Transformational Coach she has helped individuals, from teachers to students through to Tech professionals, Business Analysts and CFOs, gain the necessary clarity, insights, support and accountability to transform both their personal and professional lives. She is also a Certified Level 3 Personal Trainer with a background in dance and a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner.

Prior to founding LivLife BIGGER®, Liv was a Market Research professional following a degree in International Marketing and studies in Psychology and Consumer Behaviour. The first seven years of her career was spent working with brands such as the BBC, Microsoft, Peugeot, Sony and Virgin Media – designing and managing projects and delivering strategic insights to global teams.

This retreat has been a dream for years and she is over the moon to now be able to combine and share all the things she loves in one of the most incredible spaces!

Welcome to LIVLIFE BIGGER® Unplugged – not your typical retreat. Unplugged is for those who are on a mission to transform the world we live in – whatever your industry; men and women who want to leave behind a legacy and create a more sustainable environment for future generations.

However we know what it can be like. At times the scale of what you’re out to achieve can feel overwhelming. You’re either concerned about the HOW, or you’re so immersed in detail that you start to operate in a bubble where you occasionally lose sight of the big picture. Or, something happens that moves things backwards three steps. At times you even forget WHY you’re doing what you’re doing.

It can also be a lonely journey, especially when not everyone around you ‘gets it’. Sometimes even if you do have a team around you. We created this retreat to give you the TIME and SPACE to CONNECT with:
– your body,
– your mind,
– your purpose,
– a tribe of other inspiring individuals
– the world around you

We know that you’re an adventurous bunch too however so any old retreat wouldn’t do. It had to be the best of the best. And for those who’ve never been on an African safari before, this is THE ONE. Time to leave that laptop at home and replace your phone with an old school camera. Remember those?!

Join a small group of incredible human beings to connect with yourself, with others, with nature and with the majesty of the animal kingdom in a 5* African Safari adventure.

We’re not just looking for anyone though!
THIS IS FOR YOU IF you’re someone who:
  • Is great at being driven and ambitious, but less great at ‘taking it easy’
  • Wants ‘more than just a holiday’
  • Loves a good adventure and thrive out of your comfort zone
  • Sees the value in building strong, supportive communities
  • Enjoys learning from others and getting to know people from all walks of life – ideally we’d like you to jump in by yourself rather than with someone you know
  • Is in good health and has an average level of fitness (no previous yoga / mindfulness / meditation experience required)
  • Has a healthy respect for wild animals and won’t go running off to get eaten by lions, or decide it’s a good idea to go swimming with hippos (if the smell alone doesn’t put you off).


Amakhala Game Reserve is a Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) Safari destination and located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa. This 7,500 ha protected reserve is renowned for its truly awesome topography, created by the slowly meandering Bushman’s River running through it. The area is semi-arid and also consists of a range of bird and plant life.

Set in the Greater Addo area, the reserve is 90 km and an hour’s drive away from Port Elizabeth. You’ll enjoy a world-class safari experience, with luxury lodging and brilliant wildlife sightings. An abundance of animals call the reserve home. See them on game drives, or from the comfort of your room.

Amakhala has a strong conservation ethos. The families that collectively own the reserve belong to a conservation committee. A 20-member Land and Game Department looks after the area.


empowering communities, conserving our environment

The Foundation is home to the community and conservation projects of the Amakhala Game Reserve, as well as the educational projects of the Conservation Centre. It was established in 2009 to coincide with the Reserve’s 10th anniversary, and is overseen by a Trust with five members.

The Foundation’s Environmental Education programme aims to cultivate an understanding and love of nature in the children who visit the Amakhala Conservation Centre (ACC), thus increasing awareness and concern so that future generations can enjoy our natural habitats.

Local primary school children attend education days at the ACC, notably during National Water Week in March, on World Environment Day in June, and during Arbor Week in September. High school pupils are sponsored to enjoy a day of learning about habitats and ecosystems as well as experiencing the animals in their natural environment while on a game drive. A partnership with Coaching for Conservation also sees numerous 10 year olds learning about rhino while playing soccer. University students benefit educationally by visiting the Centre and conduct specialised research projects within the reserve. Each year, close to 2000 people, young and old, are able to connect with nature through these different programmes.

Unemployed members of the local community are given an opportunity to generate income through our Craft Centre, where beaded articles, sewing items and printed items are sold.

Beaded rhino medals are lovingly produced each year for a Rhino Run organised in the USA by Texas Christian University. The beaded items are made by a group of local women working from their homes, while the sewing is done on site by a woman who operates her own small business within the Centre. Beaded bracelets made by the teenagers of the Isipho Project in nearby Paterson are also sold here. One-quarter of the sale price of the bracelets goes to a bursary fund to assist one or more of these teenagers with some tertiary education after leaving school. Duduzile Dumana is the first recipient of this bursary and recently graduated with a diploma in Journalism at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

Guests and members of the public may visit the Craft Centre during the week to purchase articles and meet Feziwe, the co-ordinator.

The Isipho Charity Trust is an independent charity operating through a Centre in the nearby town of Paterson. It supports over 300 children through 2 preschool classes, an after-care programme, feeding scheme, materials support for schooling, and psycho-social support. It also provides much-needed HIV/AIDS education in the local community.

Amakhala has been part of Isipho’s development almost from the outset: assisting with food parcels, raising half the funding required for the Isipho Charity Trust to buy its own property, and giving time and expertise through the services of two Amakhala members that serve on the Isipho Board.

The Amakhala Volunteer programme also makes a valuable contribution to this organization by providing manpower to assist with general maintenance of the property, the after-care programme and the running of computer classes, as well as beading afternoons.

Staff members have been put through various in-house training programmes on an ongoing basis, to enable them to take on new positions and responsibilities. Staff are involved in Hospitality/Guiding Learnerships, leadership, parenting and financial skills training.

Young children of staff families have access to a bursary for the nearby local school, ensuring that the children can live at home and attend school until they are 10 years old. The Amakhala Foundation also provides funding for one small preschool –known as iJosi, and plans are afoot to open a second preschool.


Situated 75km from Port Elizabeth, in the province of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The lodge is accessible to international and domestic travellers alike as it’s less than 100km from the local airport.

We recommend flying into Cape Town earlier and spending some time there if you’ve never been before, and either road-tripping it across part of the famous Garden Route or catching a domestic flight to Port Elizabeth (or overnight Intercity bus if you’re being eco-friendly and have the time – they are very safe).

Recommended flights, from UK (if flying directly):
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Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, South African Airways

Travel time: approx. 1.5 hours

Follow the N2 from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown (+- 70km). Turn RIGHT onto the R342 to Alexandria (Karl Landman Monument). DO NOT take the R342 to Paterson. The right hand turn onto the R342 is exactly 3km further down the N2. Go through the security gate. Follow the signs to Bukela Game Lodge (+-7.5km turn right).

Included in cost of retreat.
(Arrival time must be confirmed in advance)


an undisturbed retreat where you can regenerate your soul and tune into the sounds of nature

African tribal design-inspired owners and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks’ meticulous attention to detail is reflected in the fine African beadwork and handcrafted designs that are evident throughout this prestigious lodge. This thatched FAIR TRADE lodge with its unique safari suites and signature stone-capped roof tops, offers all the comforts of a luxury lodge. The view is of the waterhole where monkeys come to play and antelope and zebra to quench their thirst.

Air Conditioning / Heater
Swimming Pool
Complementary Wi-Fi
Tea & Coffee Facilities
Hair Dryer
Safe in Rooms

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) accredited since 2008.

Locally made goods, e.g. dressing gowns, create jobs in the communities
Environmentally-friendly light weight towels that use less water when laundered and less electricity drying
Non-toxic and biodegradable toiletries locally made on a farm in the Eastern Cape
Some furniture made from repurposed materials, e.g. chandeliers hand made from recycled glass
Suitcase racks made from discarded wine barrels
Refillable water bottles
Biodegradable cleaning products
Water saving shower heads
Energy saving LED light bulbs
Most food sourced within a 60km radius – fudge, eggs, olive oil, salad leaves herbs and free-range meat is local
No pod system coffee, straws, plastic wrapped toothpicks or individually wrapped butter and jams
Food waste to farmers in Paterson, glass and tins to recycling plants in Grahamstown.

Land previously used for farming has been rehabilitated to its natural ecosystem
Endemic animal, bird and insect species have been reintroduced, e.g. rhino, elephant, ox-pecker birds, dung-beetles.

90% of staff are from the local community Paterson
Most join with little or no hospitality experience and learn on the job
Salaries and tips stay in the area and support local business
Admin support and sourcing funds for the Isipho HIV/Aids centre in Paterson
Facilitating the ‘Beaded Bracelet Bursary’ which doubles as an income generating project
4 bursaries a year are provided to deserving candidates to train as field guides with Ulovane Environmental Training
At least 2000 children a year pass through the Amakhala Foundation’s Environmental Education programme facilitated by the Conservation Centre.


a secluded safari destination tucked away at the top of a hidden valley

Connected by a wooden walkway, our thatched suites offer a remarkable private wildlife-viewing experience. Indulge in sumptuous high teas, candlelit dinners or exciting fireside boma dinners under African stars. And as you fall asleep, hear the silence broken by the unmistakeable sounds of elephant and buffalo making their stately progress through the unfenced camp.

Air Conditioning / Heater
Swimming Pool
Complementary Wi-Fi
Tea & Coffee Facilities
Hair Dryer
Safe in Rooms


Here is what a typical day will look like.

The exact times and order of activities are subject to change. 

0630: Refreshments (at Main Lodge)

On group consensus the day before –
0700: MORNING SAFARI game drive

1100: Brunch – buffet style with choice of fresh fruit, pastries, toast and jams, hot plated options


1430: Light snacks (at Main Lodge)

On group consensus the day before –
1500: AFTERNOON SAFARI game drive with sundowner at sunset, or

2000: Dinner – either Boma style (informal bush braai/BBQ) or Fine Dining