10 Best Spas on Safari in South Africa
Enjoying the luxury of an African safari experience is as much about the sights and sounds of the bush and its spectacular wildlife, the authentic warmth of the culture and the people and incredible cuisine as it is about being pampered and truly being able to relax in a setting unlike any other. We understand this and that’s why our itineraries feature some of the most exclusive private lodges offering some of the most indulgent spa treatments available.
According to TripAdvisor rankings, the following safari lodge spas are highly rated and may be construed as the 10 Best Spas in South Africa that you could enjoy on your African Safari.
The first five of these are located in the Kruger National Park but the others can be found in the Eastern and Western Cape, North-West Province and Kwa-Zulu Natal. You’ll be spoiled for choice!
Kapama Southern Camp Spa – Kruger National Park
Located in the world-renowned Kapama Private Game Reserve, after a day out in the wild, you will be able to enjoy a luxuriant pampering at the River Lodge Spa which is considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa. Lounge by their spa pool or get a quick workout in before handing yourself over to their highly trained and experienced beauty therapists for one of their distinctly African treatments.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge Spa
Named ‘Bush Willow Spa’, after its namesake tree that grows in abundance in the reserve, the wellness facility at Tintswalo Safari Lodge was completely rebuilt in 2017 and presents a haven for those in search of complete relaxation amidst the soothing sounds and invigorating scents of the African wilderness. The spa’ s philosophy centres around the traditional healing power of trees – and with more than 336 species, including some Baobabs that are estimated to be over 4,000 years old, the Kruger region presents a veritable Garden of Eden.
Elandela Private Game Reserve
The Elandela Private Game Reserve nestles within the Greater Kruger National Park region of South Africa’s Limpopo Province and is renowned for its white lion breeding program and its work with orphan rhinos. The spa experience provides safari lovers with an indulgent, sensorial escape in an exclusive, intimate setting to restore balance and enhance the relaxation of your safari holiday.
King’s Camp Timbavati Spa
Kings Camp offers an array of indulgent massages and exquisite treatments to choose from so that you can relax & unwind in this one-of-a-kind Timbavati spa. Treat yourself to an array of treatments – from body, skin and beauty rituals to revitalising massages – a must in completing your all-round rejuvenating safari experience.
Kariega Game Reserve
Relax and rejuvenate body, mind and soul at the Kariega Game Reserve – how does an African Scalp Massage sound to you? Perhaps a 90-minute Big 5 Treatment? Or maybe you find the idea of a full Kariega Spa Journey appealing… Whatever your need and preferences, the accomplished team of therapists have an offering to suit you and lull you into ultimate relaxation at the rivers’ edge.
Aquila Private Game Reserve
The award-winning Spa at Aquila Safari in Cape Town is a leading luxury Spa in South Africa, pampering guests with African natural products that harness the medicinal powers of indigenous plants, flowers and herbs and are free from petrochemicals, synthetic ingredients, colourants and preservatives. Featuring; 2 large heated indoor pools, steam room, sauna, nail bar, 10 treatment rooms, a couples or group treatment room and an outdoor pool.
Amakhosi River Spa
Besides the tranquillity of the magical outdoor setting, at Amakhosi River Spa you can expect the use of Africology, which is the leading natural, eco-friendly and holistic spa and Skincare Company in South Africa, based on natural ingredients, which are inspired by the wisdom of Africa’s traditional healers and celebrate Africa’s vibrant heritage, communities and plant life.
Mhondoro Safari Lodge and Villa
Whether for just you or for you and your beloved, the Mhondoro Safari Lodge Massage Suite offers a quiet and secluded haven for those seeking inner peace. Indulge in the moment and enjoy a deep tissue massage, a hot stone massage or an aromatherapy treatment in true African tradition with the use of locally produced luxury natural product range from Rain Africa.
Ivory Tree Lodge
In the Pilanesberg, Amani Spa at Ivory Tree Game Lodge was awarded the Safari Spa Award at the prestigious Les Nouvelles Esthetiques in 2007 and 2013 and when you visit here, its easy to understand why. Begin your journey with a hydrating body polish followed by an aromatherapy massage, a rhythmic, gentle full body massage using therapeutic aromatic plant oils to relax the body and a luxurious facial, a conditioning and nourishing manicure and pedicure duo complete your Amani Royale treatment journey… divine!
Shepherd’s Tree Lodge
The sister spa in the same malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve, at Amani Spa Shepherd’s Tree Lodge you can relax in the lap of luxury at this Spa which was the winner of the prestigious Les Nouvelles Esthetiques 2010 Spa Awards. It offers three spacious private treatment rooms that command an impressive vista of the expansive bushveld amphitheatre, where you can enjoy holistic rejuvenating Spa rituals, relaxing massages, facials and beauty treatments. For an intimate retreat, experience the couples suite with its hydro bath.
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