Top 5 luxury safari spas and healing treatments

The puritans out there would probably turn their nose up at a safari lodge or camp with a spa – but surely a safari is about connecting with the wilderness… really feeling it? The word spa suggests something a little more formal than what most luxury safari camps and lodges have, and as soon as you start talking about natural African healing remedies, and traditional massage, suddenly it all seems to fall into place – of course the most natural place to have a healing or relaxing soul rejuvenating experience is in the middle of the most pristine wilderness in the world. Africa is very good for the soul anyway, but why not really get your mind and body back to what they should be and enjoy a traditional massage whilst taking in vast expanses of untouched wilderness.

Saruni Samburu

The views at Saruni Samburu (Samburu, Kenya) are especially mind blowing and the massage deck has been cleverly built with views of the water hole below – you might be lucky enough to have elephants and other species of wildlife splashing and playing happily in the water below you.

Saruni Samburu Spa

Gibbs Farm

Gibbs Farm is a friendly boutique property, which is the perfect stop whilst you’re exploring the Ngorongoro Crater and its surrounds. Their spa is all about traditional African healing therapies of which there are many – this is a classic case of ‘if it ain’t broken’ – the remedies used have been successfully curing and rejuvenating tribes around Africa for thousands of years, and can have a wonderful affect on us Westerners.

Gibbs Farm Spa

Chem Chem

Chem Chem (near Tarangire, Northern Tanzania) is set on its own private concession, which allows for maximum freedom – this place really is all about rejuvenating the mind and body, between bush walks, riding safaris and tracking with the Masai you can have relaxing soul reviving treatments set in a secluded spot in the lush bush surrounding this ultra luxurious camp.

Chem Chem Spa

Azura Retreat

The remote islands of Mozambique also lend themselves to a kind of healing, essentially after spending time on the white sandy deserted beaches, and swimming in the warm turquoise Indian Ocean you will feel like a new person. Why not really spoil yourself by indulging in African oil treatments – all treatments here are completely natural and inspired by Africa, and take place in a secluded spot right on the beach.

Azura Spa

Garonga

Garonga (South Africa) not only offers a free and wild safari, including excellent sleep out under the stars, romantic bush dinners, rose petal bush baths, and of course walking and game drives – but they also have a sala which would rejuvenate even the most weary of us; there is aromatherapy, reflexology and much more, of course all based on traditional African treatments.

Garonga Spa

Rose Hipwood is Managing Director of Africa Rose Travel Ltd.

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  1. susan njoki says:

    Africa is a nest full of activities and well kept secrets.Every part of it has its own unique surprise which makes a visit to this beautiful continent a worthwhile experience.
    The best way to enjoy Africa is by indulging in all aspects of adventure and if possible,leave no stone unturned.

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