Wellness & South Africa

Located on the southernmost tip of the African continent, this beautiful country is emerging to be a sought-after wellness getaway
By HARINI SRIRAM
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Conjuring up images of safaris and the Big Five, this rugged country is increasingly focusing on wellness tourism. In fact, according to the Global Trends Report of 2016, safari holidays in South Africa are also incorporating elements of wellness such as yoga, spa therapies and meditation.

Several luxury jungle camps in the South African wilderness offer state-of-the-art wellness therapies in jaw-dropping locations. Case in point: African bush massages. Open air aromatherapy sessions amid the bushes, surrounded by hills and greenery, with sounds of the jungle in the backdrop. For an even more authentic experience, one can use
the services of traditional African healers and revel in the magic of local herbs and oils. Or try exotic facials such as the African raindrop and pinotage (grape) facials.

Cape Town, with its iconic table mountains and spectacular seaside, is also wine central. A visit to the vineyards is a great way to relax, but what’s even better is vinotherapy. The treatment utilises every bit of the homegrown grape for a holistic wellness experience, and one can choose from luscious wine infused body wraps to relaxing body balancing treatments and facials.

Pretoria, near the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains, is picturesque with jacaranda trees turning the city a subtle shade of purple. Home to several organic farms, gardens and wellness resorts, it makes for a tranquil getaway. Durban has a fun African-Indian vibe with sunny beaches and tantalising food; learn a thing or two about Zulu culture, sip on traditional local beer, go swimming and surfing, and discover a slice of Indian history in this vibrant city. South Africa does not cease to amaze.

 

MUST-TRY SPAS

Karkloof Safari Spa

Try the ‘Rhassoul’ and the raw food menu.

WedgeView Spa, WedgeView Country House & Spa

Opt for the ‘Theranaka African Wood Massage’.

The Spa at The Twelve Apostles Hotel Spa

Take in the views of the mountains and Atlantic Ocean from Mountain Serenade at the gazebo.