WELLNESS IN AFRICA
5 LUXURY SAFARI SPA EXPERIENCES
For those of us who are lucky enough to have gone on safari, we know that that experience alone is enough to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Being in the heart of the African bush offers a chance to reconnect with the beauty of nature in a way like no other. The wildlife, wilderness and spectacular sunrises and sunsets are miracle workers for health and happiness.
But, we can’t ignore the fact that the world is getting busier, fuller and more demanding. Which is why the word ‘wellness’ is springing up on every turn. The thought of combining wellness with safari is ingenious – the two naturally go hand-in-hand. As we’ve mentioned, safaris are a wellness experience in themselves, but combining them with ‘wellness’ activities is the ultimate way to achieve full relaxation.
So, we’ve compiled a list of our top safari lodges offering wellness experiences. Here are five luxury safari spa lodges for reviving the mind, body and soul.
1. Royal Zambezi Lodge, Zambia
The Royal Zambezi Lodge on the bank of Zambia’s Zambezi River, understands the importance of relaxing and reconnecting with nature. In fact, they have what they call the DNA Royal Special. Abbreviated from “Do Nothing at All”, it is about using your stay as a chance to do nothing but relax. The Royal Zambezi Bush Spa has won multiple World Luxury Spa Awards and is one of the top spa destinations in the world. Using the surrounding nature as inspiration, it is designed to create balance and tranquility that restore the mind, body and spirit. With incredible views of the Zambezi River, treatments with indigenous ingredients and the quiet sounds of the local birdlife, it’s a truly special experience.
2. Karkloof Safari Villas, South Africa
Well-being is the highest priority of Karkloof Safari Villas. Situated in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province, it is a magical combination of safari, free-roaming wildlife, lush vegetation and rushing waterfalls. Karkloof ensures that every aspect of your stay, from the game drives to the carefully curated menu and luxury day spa, leaves you feeling relaxed. It is a wellness and wilderness sanctuary offering tranquility through yoga, meditation, spa treatments and waterfall excursions. There is no doubt it is one of South Africa’s hidden safari gems.
3. Machweo, Tanzania
Consistently featured in the Safari Awards for Best Safari Spa or Retreat, Machweo is an oasis just outside of Arusha in Tanzania. It’s the perfect stop to recharge your batteries after your safari adventure before you fly home. They have a wide selection of wellness programmes all intended to leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and revived. The program is diverse with options ranging from Thai massage to foot reflexology, hamam rituals and a chocolate massage. A holistic approach to wellness means they also offer a variety of yoga practices to restore balance and tranquility.
4. Segera Retreat, Kenya
In the heart of one of Kenya’s most incredible safari destinations, is Segera Reatreat – a stylish and effortless retreat dedicated to a holistic wellness approach. Created with wellness in mind, Segera ensures a rejuvenating and authentic safari experience. Located amidst golden savannahs, waterfalls and tropical gardens, it is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Segera fosters a culture of wellness, offering spa treatments, a Rasul Steam Tower, yoga and a state-of-the-art gym. This culture extends to creative and personalised cuisine, a sculpture garden, helicopter excursions, game drives and community outreach. It is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the wonders of Kenya and reconnect with nature.
5. Royal Malewane, Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is an iconic safari destination. Royal Malewane makes full use of the tranquility of the Kruger Bush to create an award-winning bush spa experience. Royal Malewane offers a luxurious and an intimate safari experience. The bush spa is committed to enriching your well-being on every level. With a fully-equipped gym, heated pool, steam room, African baths and private casitas for treatments and relaxation, it is a truly special wellness experience. Taking inspiration from the serenity of the bush and the spa incorporate this into the treatments with indigenous products and natural settings.