Escape and relax
Wellbeing in Africa
We think of 'wellbeing escapes' as trips which will help you relax and unwind; ones that give you the opportunity to get back in touch with nature and your inner self; journeys that are restorative, rejuvenating and deeply 'good for your soul'. Based on this description, most of the more remote places described in these pages qualify as 'wellbeing escapes'.
Head off on a walking safari: you'll concentrate on the natural world around you, gradually getting more in touch with it, and contemplating your place within it. Spend a few nights beside a camp fire, listening only to the noises of Africa: it'll put everything back into perspective. Look up at the clear, star-studded night sky in the solitude of the Namib Desert: you'll soon appreciate where your life fits into the great universe.
What's more – escaping to Africa will bring an income to some of the continent's poorer, more rural communities; so your escape adds to their wellbeing, as well as your own.
Of course, if you like the idea of conventional spa, massage and beauty treatments – then we also offer a handful of those. In the Indian Ocean, these are often Asian influenced, with highly professional Thai and Balinese masseuses in residence. On continental Africa, although more lodges are starting to offer therapies, spas tend to be simpler; we've visited some that claim to have 'spa' facilities only to find a single massage table!
Follow the links below to look at some of the best, country-by-county – and then call us to talk to us about what you’re looking for, and we can advise you more personally.
Wellbeing in Botswana
There are only a handful of lodges in Botswana offering spa facilities and these are generally very professionally run and of a very high quality. The pick of these can be found at Jao Camp where single and double treatment rooms offer a diverse array of pampering treatments. These range from manicures to the more classic massages. In addition to that, all products used at Jao's Spa are eco-friendly and free from harmful chemicals. Another camp with a great spa is Nxabega Tented Camp which offers a wide selection of massages. These can also be arranged to take place in the privacy of your own tent - usually out on the veranda. An ideal setting for some real rest and relaxation.Ideas for wellbeing in Botswana
Wellbeing in Kenya
A number of hotels, camps and lodges now offer wellbeing, massage and spa areas, often with well trained staff in charge. After a few hours of bumpy game driving, there's nothing like a rejuvenating swim, or a massage using local herbal preparations.Ideas for wellbeing in Kenya
Wellbeing in Mozambique
Mozambique's stunning beaches are the perfect setting for some pampering and a number of the lodges have spa facilities or can offer in-room treatments. Two that stand out in particular are the newly opened Azura Lodge Spa that offers high quality pampering in a comfortable and modern treatment room overlooking the sea. A professional therapist will indulge you with body rubs, various massages or aromatherapy baths. Ibo Island Lodge also employs a professional massage therapist who offers treatments in a special treatment room, in your own room or even tucked away in the garden while unwinding in a light breeze.Ideas for wellbeing in Mozambique
Wellbeing in Namibia
Namibia hasn't quite yet caught up with the spa trend, but a handful of lodges offer spas and massage treatments, using local oils and sands. Guests can feel refreshed at the end of a hot and dusty day, or perhaps just relax after their safari with a bit of pampering.Ideas for wellbeing in Namibia
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Wellbeing in Tanzania
After an exciting day on a Tanzania safari, you might want to return to the lodge and pamper yourself a little. Or perhaps you're looking for a beach lodge where you can relax and indulge yourself with spa treatments. Tanzania has resorts and hotels where this is possible, some with specific spas and spa packages, others promote a sense of wellbeing just from the ethos and atmosphere of the lodge. Click below to read more; or for Zanzibar see Wellbeing in Zanzibar.Ideas for wellbeing in Tanzania
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Wellbeing in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is the perfect place to unwind on the beach or by the pool. There are plenty of shady spots to relax during the day and the friendly staff will cater for your every need. It's especially good for couples and honeymooners; as most lodges have health and beauty centres which offer massage and beauty treatments.Ideas for wellbeing in Zanzibar