In keeping with the growing traveller’s concerns with health and wellness, the 5-star Gondwana Game Reserve (www.gondwanagr.co.za) has opened a new bush spa. Guests can now indulge in a Wellness in the Wilderness break, combining a traditional safari experience with therapeutic African spa treatments.
Picturesquely situated along the Garden Route, and an easy four-hour drive from Cape Town, Gondwana Game Reserve is set on over 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) of unspoiled fynbos-covered land, surrounded by the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges. This ancient terrain is one of the reserve’s most special assets, a heaven of tranquility that is celebrated by its new standalone spa.
Gondwana was prompted by demand to build a larger, separate venue as a relaxing holistic treatment. A spa treatment is the ideal way to break up a tiring safari, with early morning and late afternoon activities often leaving ample time during mid-day “siesta”.
The new spa is a sanctuary of pure simplicity for those seeking tranquility and rejuvenation of mind, body and soul. Part of the stunning Kwena Lodge facilities, it is tucked away along a footpath, in the beauty of the indigenous bush. The new tented bush spa has individual and couple treatment rooms with an African chic themed decor. All rooms can be completely opened to the outdoors allowing you to enjoy the living soundtrack of birdsong and feel the natural breeze in your hair. Majestic mountain views across the open shaded deck overlook green rolling hills; game viewing can even continue while having an African foot reflexology massage!
In the selection of their products, Gondwana confirms its commitment to create a truly unique African experience for their guest with a discerning appetite for natural beauty and true natural experiences. Operating under the mantra ‘Revitalise yourself with nature’s touch, tone and tempo’, the treatment menu includes all the classic spa staples such as body, face, hand and foot treatments with a local twist. Using the renowned Africology products, indigenous plants such as marula, rooibos and aloe ferox enhance the earthy African experience. Guests can indulge in intriguing options such as a Happy Hippo mud wrap and Sundowner anti-ageing facial, to a marula-shell scrub or a hot-river-stone massage.
Wendy Rutherfoord, Gondwana’s owner comments: “We love our new bush spa and so do our guests! It adds a new level of relaxation now in its own special place on the reserve, making our guest’s stay more memorable and rejuvenating than ever before.”