Indulge in these completely dreamy safari and spa getaways in Southern Africa.
Safari and spa getaways are trending in the African luxury lodge experience, and for good reason too. After a morning walking or driving in the bush, there may not be a more complementary activity than a deeply relaxing massage. It allows your body to unwind and your mind to reflect on all the amazing wildlife and landscapes you witness thus far.
Choose from one of these safari and spa getaways to make the most of your travel to Africa.
Chief’s Camp – Botswana
Enjoy ultimate indulgence and relaxation © Chief’s Camp, Sanctuary Retreats
On Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve, people journeying to Botswana will find the aptly named Chief’s Camp, which is one of Sanctuary Retreats’ luxury establishments in the Okavango Delta. Travellers that are looking for safari experiences that double as luxury spa getaways will love Chief’s Camp.
At the camp’s spa and fitness centre, guests can choose from a wide range of spa massages and therapies that will soothe the whole body into complete renewal. Therapists use natural products infused with local organics to ensure your spa treatment does not harm the environment. Once your bush massage is over, you can jump into the safari vehicle with a spring in your step.
Garonga – South Africa
Safari for the soul © Garonga
Garonga takes their motto ‘safari for the soul’ to a whole other level. With a dedicated therapist on site at the camp’s massage sala along with an open-air bush bath, guests at Garonga will go home feeling completely rejuvenated after a holistic safari experience. Indulge in one of the many treatments that will massage away all of the stress built-up from a busy daily routine at home. In fact, you may never want to go home!
Located in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve, just west of Kruger National Park, in northern South Africa, Garonga offers discerning travellers spa getaways that include fantastic Big 5 game viewing opportunities. Join the morning wake-up call of the bush in a dawn game drive and finish the day with a game drive followed by sundowners.
Royal Chundu – Zambia
Relax next to the Zambezi River © Royal Chundu, Relais & Chȃteaux
Royal Chundu by Relais and Chȃteaux is found on the banks of the Zambezi River, just 30km upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls. Joint safari and spa getaways are made special at both lodges; the Island Lodge is nestled into the bush on the Katombora Island, whilst the River Lodge directly overlooks the great expanse of Africa’s longest east-flowing river.
At Royal Chundu’s spa, guests can enjoy open-air massages by local therapists who understand the medicinal and healing properties of the local plants. Be massaged into serenity whilst listening to the flowing river and sounds of the bush around you. Other outdoor activities include river and birding safaris, island walks and helicopter rides over Victoria Falls.
Wolwedans Private Camp – Namibia
A serene setting the Namib Desert © Wolwedans Private Camp
In the heart of the Namib Desert lies Wolwedans Private Camp, a welcome oasis in Africa’s south western territory. This Namibian getaway is like a mirage in the hot desert environment; it seems too good to be true. Luckily for travellers wanting to explore this harsh yet fascinating setting, this luxury camp is definitely a reality.
A complete wellness offering is available to guests at Wolwedans. Choose from any – or all – of the many massages undertaken by a local therapist. You can even get a spa facial, manicure and pedicure so that you can still look great in the great outdoors! The wildlife that roam this land include the oryx gazelle, leopard, giraffe and aardwolf, which you can witness during walking safaris, hot air ballooning and bush drives.