After the past few years, many travelers are looking to get a bit more out of their travel. They don’t just want to get away, they want to have meaningful experiences and return refreshed and renewed. Along those lines, wellness travel is on the minds of many — travel that supports a healthy lifestyle, whether that means healthy eating, movement, meditation, or simple relaxation.
Africa, with its quiet wilderness, exclusive camps, and pampering spas, is an ideal wellness destination, and many camps and lodges go above and beyond to deliver a calming, relaxing, and rejuvenating experience to their guests. Below, you’ll find 15 of our favorite wellness destinations in Africa; choose one favorite and stay a while or travel around to experience a variety of wellness experiences throughout the continent.
15 ULTIMATE WELLNESS DESTINATIONS
SAN CAMP, BOTSWANA
San Camp is a simple, minimalist camp in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans with just 7 white-tented bedrooms overlooking the openness of the salt pans. The yoga and meditation pavilion is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and unplug from the world outside. At night, the endless, star-filled skies invite contemplation and introspection.
MOMBO CAMP, BOTSWANA
Start your day at Mombo with a yoga class on the outdoor deck, a workout in the gym with a view of the bush, or an invigorating swim in the lap pool. Spend your days on game drives and mokoro safaris before being pampered with a variety of spa treatments in the comfort of your own room or outdoors on your private deck.
ANGAMA MARA, KENYA
Reconnect with the food on your plate at Angama Mara’s one-acre Shamba (Kiswahili for kitchen garden), where you can take a guided walk with a Shamba keeper along the winding landscaped paths while learning about and tasting the produce along the way. Pick the ingredients for your lunch, which is then tossed into salads, accompanied by fresh bread, local cheese, and chilled rosé.
SEGERA RETREAT, KENYA
Segera is home to one of Africa’s best safari spas, featuring a wide range of botanical treatments, a fully equipped gym, pilates studio, and rasul steam tower. For a luxurious escape into space to think and be mindful, experience a night at the Nay Palad Bird Nest, where you can sleep under the stars in luxurious seclusion.
The stunning, Moroccan-inspired spa at Sasaab, in the heart of Samburu National Park, is centered on a reflecting pool and features a small fitness area and a treatment space, all overlooking the river and the Samburu scrubland beyond. This is also the ideal space for a yoga session, and beauty treatments or massages can also be enjoyed in the privacy of your own tent.
One of the key goals at Namibia’s Omaanda is to promote a holistic sense of wellbeing for guests, through disconnection from the outside world and a focus on rest, fresh food, connection to nature, pampering, and a variety of daily activities. The spa at Omaanda contributes to this goal with a full menu of traditionally inspired spa treatments provided in a carefully crafted soothing and relaxing environment.
SINGITA KWITONDA LODGE, RWANDA
Few things will shake you out of your daily grind like coming face to face with the endangered mountain gorilla. Observing these creatures in the peaceful stillness of the forest is a truly transformative experience. Singita Kwitonda Lodge builds on that experience with an on-site nursery and vegetable garden that support the farm-to-table experience at the lodge. Yoga, meditation, and spa treatments in the comfort of your suite will help to restore your body and mind.
ONE&ONLY GORILLA’S NEST, RWANDA
Mountain gorillas are also the star of the show at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, but beyond the transformative experience of that trek, guests can get their adrenaline pumping with a mountain biking or hiking session, calm sore muscles with exclusive spa treatments, rejuvenate in the cold plunge pool, recenter themselves on the open-air yoga deck, and work up a sweat in the fully equipped fitness center.
LONDOLOZI HEALING HOUSE, SOUTH AFRICA
For a truly focused wellness experience, there is really no comparison to Londolozi Healing House. The Healing House offers a 5-day retreat for those who want to focus on wellness, through rejuvenation treatments, meditative game drives, bushvelt walking, sunrise nature meditation, qigong, breathwork, daily yoga, and more. For the more casual wellness enthusiast, treatments and classes are available as optional activities for guests at Londolozi camps.
BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS AND WELLNESS RETREAT, SOUTH AFRICA
At Bushmans Kloof, the focus is on a holistic approach to wellness and a deep connection with the environment. The on-site spa is dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through individual treatments and personalized spa journeys, using products that draw on indigenous flora, from baobab tree oil to Cape aloe and rooibos.
ROYAL MALEWANE, SOUTH AFRICA
The spa at Royal Malewane is world-renowned for its beautiful setting and its luxurious treatments, many of which make use of indigenous ingredients. In addition to the indulgent spa treatments, the spa also offers a fully equipped gym, a heated lap pool, steam room, and private casitas for relaxation or treatments.
ZURI ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA
On the beaches of Zanzibar, Zuri Zanzibar puts the focus on wellness and rejuvenation, through a variety of activities, including yoga, meditation, massage, workouts in the “wild fitness” gym area, and peaceful meditative strolls through the Spice Garden. Further focus your wellness experience by taking part in the Elements Retreat, which provides a variety of structured classes over the course of 5 days to help maximize inner change, healing, and harmony with nature.
SINGITA SABORA, TANZANIA
For those who don’t want to miss a workout on safari, Singita Sabora offers a fully equipped fitness center with picturesque views of the bush. The camp also offers a variety of healing rituals designed to help guests to unwind, making use of indigenous wisdoms and essential oils to relax, replenish, and revive.
ROYAL ZAMBEZI LODGE, ZAMBIA
The Royal Zambezi Lodge is home to one of Zambia’s only bush spas. The simple and tranquil spa offers a variety of massages as well as therapeutic, beauty, and skin care treatments, many of which make use of local indigenous ingredients. The spa’s open-air massage area offers stunning views over the Zambezi River below.
MATETSI VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
At Matetsi Victoria Falls, guests can relax and unwind on the banks of the Zambezi River, indulging in a massage, body wrap, facial, manicure or pedicure. The spa is partnered with Africology, which is a leading luxurious, natural, eco-friendly spa and skincare company, and its products use only natural ingredients and essential oils, inspired by the wisdom of Africa’s traditional healers.
So what is your style when it comes to wellness in the wilderness? Are you looking for a fully immersive wellness experience with all the bells and whistles, or do you want to ensure you can get in a good workout each morning and a relaxing massage after a long safari day?
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