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Serenity in the Wilderness: Wellness Retreats in Africa for 2022

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September 21, 2022

Wellness retreats in Africa are not exactly what one may expect. Comparatively, they’re utterly unique to what most expect a wellness retreat to be. Not that they’re the complete opposite of the definition, but Africa offers something a little “extra”. Something you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Londolozi Healing House luxury wellness retreat
Africa offers a luxury wellness experience like no other, Image Credit: Londolozi

Yes, getting a good night’s sleep, exercising and eating your fruits and veggies is good practice. And perhaps adding a daily multivitamin plus massage here and there can only boost your overall state of being. However, did you know that escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life can go a long way toward improving your mental, physical, and spiritual health? So, in addition to a perfect mix of nature and luxury, what makes wellness retreats in Africa so special?

Before we get into it – let’s set the tone. Toss all those visions of balancing pebbles stacked above gentle running streams, and mild incense smells, soft rainfall, or calm (albeit kitschy) Enya music playing in the background. And instead, let’s set the soundtrack for this Africanised therapeutic blog post – cue Shortstraw’s “Couch Potato” as we venture deep into the heart of Africa!

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Venture into a world of wellness in Africa

What Kind of Wellness Retreats in Africa Are There?

There are several types of wellness retreats in Africa. Most apparent of which is the spa wellness retreat. You’ll find it rare to come across a reputable hotel or lodge across the continent that doesn’t house an outstanding spa branding a favourable reputation. When it comes to wellness, the standard in Africa is set pretty high. As a result, this encourages hotels to excel in their spa offerings. And this, in turn, lends itself to offering not only the most sought-after treatments but the newest and greatest too.

Calabash back and shoulder massage
Spa treatments unique to Africa, Image Credit: Singita

But there’s more to wellness than extensive spa menus and getting massaged absolutely silly. From ideal settings, lap-of-luxury living, physical restoration to ultimate stress shutdown, wellness retreats in Africa encompass many different elements. Furthermore, it’s all about finding a balance with just the right ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a yoga wellness retreat in the Cape Winelands, something more vigorous in Cape Town, or an East Africa lodge that’s the pure embodiment of a luxury wellness retreat – you’ll find an escape in Africa offering a blissful sense of transcendence.

Woman meditating on wooden deck surrounded by nature
Find ultimate serenity in the wild, Image Credit: Londolozi

Everything You Need to Know About Wellness Retreats in Africa

What Are The Best Wellness Retreat Destinations in Africa?

There are a handful of heavenly wellness retreat destinations in Africa. So, we invite you to explore the wonderfully wild spaces and unlock inner peace within.

South Africa

Undoubtedly, South Africa leads with a long list of award-winning spas. Many of which are found scattered throughout Cape Town, its neighbouring Winelands, and within the Big 5 game territory of Kruger National Park.

Treatment room with elevated views of the ocean
Treatment room with amazing views in Cape Town, Image Credit: Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

A visit to the Mother City promises boutique pampering and gourmet-style healthy snacks. While – just down the road – a tranquil escape with wine and vineyard views awaits in the burgeoning valleys of the Cape Winelands. Even farther still – away from any signs of civilisation – you’ll find the Greater Kruger, where luxury lodges are famed for their exceptional spas and bespoke breakaway experiences.

Garden Spa at Babylonstoren with pool and Jacuzzi
Breathtaking spa experience in the verdant Cape Winelands, Image Credit: Babylonstoren

Rwanda

Many of Rwanda’s lodges focus on wellness experiences that level up with the unparalleled encounter one has when coming face-to-face with a majestic mountain gorilla. There are a lot of factors to trump, as you can imagine. First of which is spending time with an ACTUAL HABITUATED GORILLA FAMILY. Secondly is the magical landscape of lavish jungle that seems never-ending. Needless to say, when returning to your lodge after an awe-inspiring day of gorilla encounters, there had better be many-a-thing to still wow you! Well, expect a wellness experience to pull out all the stops!

Young gorilla making eye-contact
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is an unparalleled experience

Tanzania

Given all the possibilities for adventure in Tanzania (the Great Migration, Mount Kilimanjaro, wildlife, endless coffee plantations and more), securing a secluded base from which to unwind and recuperate is essential. And, seeing that Tanzania is particularly known for its classic lodges boasting under-canvas extravagance, a sanctuary of serenity is not hard to find! What’s more, Tanzania’s archipelago paradise of Zanzibar is only a short flight away! 

Whether you are savouring canapés and cool refreshments on white beaches or enjoying an energy-boosting yoga class at sunrise in the Serengeti – Tanzania provides a broad scope of revitalising retreats.

Woman meditating in a spacious tented gym
A quiet tented hideaway in Tanzania, Image Credit: Singita

Kenya

An authentic East African safari in the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve awaits you in Kenya. Hosting the Great Migration and home to diverse landscapes promising various discoveries, a visit to Kenya provides an experience to remember! The list is infinite. From exquisite accommodation, yoga sessions and spa treatments to hot air balloon rides, local Maasai visits, and even breakfast with giraffes, you’ll find plenty of life-changing adventures in this country that will help you relax and reset.

For a more in-depth knowledge of accommodation options throughout Africa, take a look at our Top Wellness Safari Lodges in Africa.

Three giraffes visiting guests outside of a grand manor
Breakfast with giraffes in Kenya, Image Credit: Giraffe Manor

What is The Best Time to Stay at a Wellness Retreat in Africa?

There’s no wrong or right time to escape to a wellness retreat in Africa. Over the past couple of years, we can all agree that everyone is due for a well-deserved break! But where and when, you may ask? Well, it all depends on what you want to experience. That’s why our Rhino Africa Travel Experts are always on standby to advise on the best, bespoke wellness journey for you.

Woman relaxing on a hammock on a pristine beach
Island living in Zanzibar

How Much Does a Wellness Retreat Holiday Cost in Africa?

Many variables can influence the costs of any wellness retreat in Africa, from the time of year and level of luxury to location and logistics. In addition, what wellness experiences would you like to have? Purely based on safari lodges (hotels in the main cities are comparatively cheaper), here’s an idea of costs.

South Africa’s lodges are extremely competitive when it comes to costs. Per person per night, prices range from $350 – $550 (comfy 4-star), $600 – $950 (luxury 4-star), and $1,000 – $2,000 (luxury 5-star). 

On the other hand, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya all offer an unparalleled experience when it comes to exclusivity (although Rwanda can be more costly if you throw Gorilla trekking permits into the mix). Per person per night, prices range from $350 – $650 (comfy 4-star), $700 – $1,500 (luxury 4-star), and $1,600 – $3,500 (luxury 5-star).

Two men meditating on a wooden platform surrounded by lush forest
Wellness experiences to match a gorilla encounter

Let’s Plan Your Wellness Retreat in Africa!

Are you ready to recalibrate? Shut down all else and reconnect with nature through a wellness retreat in Africa. Contact our Travel Experts for an obligation-free quote. They can give you expert advice based on your individual wellness needs and wants.

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Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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