Best Wellness Retreats in Africa for 2022
Wellness retreats in Africa promote your health and wellbeing – both physically and mentally through dedicated activities that you can incorporate into your explorations of Africa. Whether you are practicing yoga, meditating in the midst of African plains, indulging in a spa treatment, or taking a dip in the azure waters of a private beach (immersing yourself into the healing properties of the natural world) – the ultimate goal is to return home feeling healthier, happier, and more relaxed than when you arrived.
Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp
Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp delivers no ordinary safari experience, it’s a transformative travel adventure. This luxury safari camp is set in the heart of a 35-acre concession, with Mount Kilimanjaro to the west and miles upon miles of untouched African wilderness as far as the eye can see. The Chyulu Wellness Spa is the largest spa in East Africa and is equipped with two outdoor massage pavilions, a hammam, a spa pool, a gym, and a yoga room with serene views of the Chyulu Hills. All the therapy products used in the spa are organic, in line with Finch Hattons’ policy on sustainability. Finch Hattons is not only one of the best yoga retreats in Africa but plays host to several wellness retreats throughout the year, with a strong focus on self-awareness, sound healing, mindfulness tools and techniques, as well as Wim Hof master instructors facilitating the breathing techniques made famous the world over. For an even deeper African immersion, you could join local Maasai tribes for powerful cultural rituals.
One&Only Nyungwe House
Nyungwe Forest Reserve, Rwanda
Journey to a dramatic mountain landscape that is carpeted in greenery and settle in at a luxury accommodation on a working tea plantation. One&Only Nyungwe House is where verdant jungle terrain not only entices you with profound gorilla encounters, but it’s also a wellness retreat in Africa that offers a boundless sense of freedom in connecting with the natural surroundings. The jungle spa is suspended over the slopes of the forest and is where you can experience some curated spa delights, including the signature African Potato treatment – rich in anti-inflammatory and immune strengthening properties, as well as moisture replenishing treatments using Marula oil, known as ‘Africa’s own miracle fruit.’ One&Only Nyungwe House is where emphasis is firmly placed on slowing down the pace of everyday life, and under the expert care of leading therapists, a place where you can unwind, restore, and elevate mind, body and soul.
Matemwe Lodge, you may want to do nothing except soak up the sun beside the pool or in your hammock with a cocktail from the bar. But as one of the best wellness retreats in Africa, there is a great deal to get involved in that will promote your overall health and wellbeing. Ranging from fitness activities and pampering spa treatments to mindfulness practices, Matemwe’s staff are on hand to curate the perfect experience. Spend your days practising your sun salutation with the sunrise, keep your fitness levels up with a run of up to 50 kilometres (31 miles), or enjoy stand-up paddle boarding on calm ocean waters – all at your own steam. End your day with a sunset pranayama or meditation session in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Source: Go 2 Africa