7 Wellness Retreats in Africa to Put on Your Bucket List

Vivienne Tang

Africa may not be the first place you think of when it comes to wellness, but more and more travelers are venturing to the continent for powerful detox programs and luxury retreats that combine adventure and wellness experiences. Here are some of the best wellness retreats in Africa. Start planning now!


Morocco Wellness Journey 14 Days This 14-day retreat in Morocco will take you through some of the country’s best destinations while allowing you to fully relax. Enjoy hammam experiences at Fez’s luxurious Riad Fes spa, then indulge in some serious pampering at the opulent Four Seasons Casablanca. Next, escape to a desert camp for a true luxury wilderness experience under the African sky. Later, at Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot, go trekking in the Atlas Mountains and do some morning yoga. After a quick stop in Marrakesh to enjoy the lavish La Mamounia Spa, finish your trip with surfing and beachfront horse-riding in Oualidia. ker-downeyafrica.com


Yoga and Fitness Retreat in Kenya 11 Days Enjoy the Kenyan wilds, luxurious accommodations, and a roster of wellness activities on this 11-day journey. Each day, practice yoga by the pool, take private sessions with a personal trainer and find peace with meditation. For a little indulgence, treat yourself to a spa treatment or hit the nearby beach club. A personal chef will whip up fresh meals each day, and by night, you’ll hunker down in luxury suites with private bathrooms. voyemo.com


Bushman’s Kloof in South Africa 2 or more Days Arguably the most well-known wellness destination in South Africa, Bushman’s Kloof is a heavenly retreat tucked amidst the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. This National Geographic Unique Lodge of the world boasts stellar accommodations – book the opulent River Side Supreme Suite for a real treat. Enjoy indulgent treatments at the award-winning spa – the riverside gazebo is the best place for it – then continue the experience at the crystal steam room and tranquility lounge. When hunger strikes, grab healthy snacks from the complimentary health bar. If you want to explore the sensational surroundings, take a hike or canoe through the Olifants River. bushmanskloof.co.za


Namaste Detox Retreats in South Africa 4-10 Days Based in the stunning Kwazulu Natal Midlands, Namaste Detox Retreats offers three intensive programs to help you achieve your healthiest state. Choose the four-day “Revitalise” option for a gentle detox; the seven-day program for a comprehensive cleanse to purge toxins; or the 10-day retreat to address weight loss or chronic illness. Each program uses a combination of colon hydrotherapy, juice fasting, hydrotherapy, coconut oil pulling therapy, and enemas to reset the body. Of course, you can also enjoy activities such as yoga, cooking classes, and aqua aerobics. You’ll be staying in a swish suite at Fordoun, so you can also book pampering treatments at the onsite spa. namaste-retreats.com


Yoga and Fitness Retreat in Tanzania 11 Days This exclusive 11-day trip to Zanzibar combines active pursuits, healthy food, and lots of relaxation time. Greet each day with a yoga class with views of the Indian Ocean. Later, get active with personal training sessions or group fitness activity. When you’re ready to relax, kick back on your luxury resort’s private beach or book a treatment with a massage therapist. Each day, your private chef will create two healthy, fresh meals to round out this restorative experience. voyemo.com


Zimbabwe Luxury Yoga Safari 7 Days If you think hitting the mat while exploring Zimbabwe’s incredible wilderness sounds like a great adventure, then this Made in Africa tour is just the thing. On this seven-day safari, you’ll practice yoga in the morning and attend afternoon meditations, while enjoying different parts of the African bush. At a remote luxury lodge at the world-renowned Hwange National Park, embark on game drives to discover the diverse wildlife. Later, head to a private game lodge in the Zambezi National Park and work on your asanas with views of the roaring Victoria Falls. Your trip includes airport transfers, accommodation, meals, park entries, and laundry. madeinafricatours.com


The Hydro in South Africa 2-10 Days On the outskirts of Stellenbosch – the famed wine region – The Hydro offers a plethora of wellness programs ranging from two to 10 days. Each one is designed to meet different goals – from relaxation and detox to slimming and healing – and combines treatments like lymphatic drainage, hydrotherapy, and massages. You can even create a custom stay. All retreats here come with three vegetarian buffets each day and tai chi, yoga, and meditation. You can also access the indoor and outdoor pools, gym, and walking trails around the 40-hectare farm. While here, you’ll stay in cozy rooms with sweeping views over the vineyards. thehydro.co.za

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