Top Ten Spas of South Africa

South Africa is blessed with a stunning landscape.   The European blend with the colonial feel that remains after reclamation of South Africa by its people offers the visitor a richness that is unique to the country.  Gorgeous beaches, enchanting wildlife, inviting culture and excellent food are not to be missed among the attractions. Of course, South Africa offers the spa-goer some incredible options.

Tzaneen Country Lodge

In the heart of the north eastern lowveld you will find the Tzaneen Country Lodge with its new Earth Spa Wellness Centre. For accommodation in Tzaneen, the tastefully decorated Tzaneen Country Lodge offers world-class hospitality, discreet security and outstanding service. Exclusive and private, this eco-friendly lodge is nestled on 150 hectares of farmland and indigenous forest. Except for being in one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa, the birder-friendly graded Tzaneen Country Lodge is also only 84km from the Phalaborwa Gate of the Kruger National Park and centrally located to explore the beauty and magic of Limpopo Province in Africa.  Listed amongst the most excellent hotels in the world, the privately owned Tzaneen Country Lodge extends a warm welcome to local and international guests and invites them to experience real African warmth, personal service and sophistication.

The Hydro

Born of a dream, The Hydro was founded in 1972 by Cleto Saporetti and Dr Boris Chaitow. Their philosophy was based on the fact that a vital energy exists within us all, which continually acts to rejuvenate body, mind and soul.  The Hydro has developed programs that are specially designed to assist nature in rejuvenating these vital forces. In line with this, our simple philosophy is to ensure our guests unwind totally. By following the recommended program, the stresses imposed by modern living simply melt away.  Nestling in the tranquility of the Idas Valley near Stellenbosch, the magical woodlands and crisp air combine to make this one of the most beautiful havens on earth. Here, nature’s benevolent determination to heal and rejuvenate is equalled only by the warmth and dedication of our staff, whose primary objective is to care for you.


Discover the magic of the Wild Coast. Discover the rugged coastline and indigenous forests. Discover breathtaking scenery, crystal blue waters and the pristine white sands of idyllic beaches. Discover a sanctuary with a unique history. Discover Umngazi and you’ll discover a true paradise. Our rates include three delicious meals per day, so make sure you bring a healthy appetite. Self-drive or enquire about our seven night fly-in packages available every Friday from Virginia Airport, Durban.  The spa offers a variety of indigenous therapies as well as European classics.

Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa

Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa is a Wellness and Wildlife retreat, a sanctuary offering unique African wilderness. Nestled in the forest valley, set amongst a backdrop of some of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s most spectacular scenery, lies a small, luxurious boutique Eco-Lodge, providing the most affordable 5-Star experience with an elegant and personal touch.  One of the many attributes that makes Duma Manzi Eco Spa of the unique African Wilderness Eco Spa’s is its natural setting. Nestled in the forest valley, along the banks of the free flowing Mkomazi River and majestic sandstone cliffs, it allows guests to be fully immersed in nature.

Bushmans Kloof

Inspired by the healing essences of Africa, the Spa at Bushmans Kloof has introduced Africology a unique and proudly South African anti-ageing body and skincare treatment range. Capturing nature’s powerful healing essences, the products contain African Plant extracts and Essential oils such as Aloe Ferox, Marula oil, Rooibos and Hypoxis.

On arrival, a personal consultation with the expert therapists will ensure your most appropriate treatments. These may include our Signature massage, Swedish massage, Aromatherapy, Lymphatic drainage, Herbal Stone massage, Body wrap, Deep tissue massage, African Potato Sloughing (exfoliation) or a choice of a therapeutic or anti-ageing Facial, to name but a few.


By unleashing the natural inherent ability of previously disadvantaged women and through training and development, offer a Rare Experience of True African Indulgence that Blesses the Body and Soul through Ancestral Therapies.  Founded in 2002 by Erin Limbert (CEO), Mangwanani was borne out of personal preference to establish a retreat where one could be pampered from head to toe and indulge in sheer decadence.  The greatest challenge was to market the totally unique concept of an African spa coupled with decadent revitalization, which has become Mangwanani’s trademark today.  Mangwanani’s main goal is to uplift rural woman and not necessarily employ and use qualified therapists, therefore allowing previously disadvantaged woman from local communities, to be empowered by their natural and inherent abilities.

With a great deal of support from her family, together with a tremendous amount of determination and passion, Mangwanani the Original African Day Spa was born in 2002.  Mangwanani African Spa has developed its own signature range of products, which are uniquely South African catering for Relaxation and Spa Therapies. All products are made with natural and naturally derived ingredients and fragranced with essential oil line with our awareness of our carbon footprint. Mangwanani African Spa BRANCH had an average of 80 000 visitors enjoying its facilities in 2009 currently employs 800 staff, of which 95% are previously disadvantaged individuals.

Forest Health Spa at Cybele

The Forest Health Spa at Cybele provides a natural wellspring of health and peace, offering a wide range of treatments to rejuvenate the body and restore the soul. Step softly on the pine needles to a haven of serenity, the heart of which is formed by a tranquil Zen garden. Guests are encouraged to book a consultation with the Spa Manager to ensure that they receive the most from their Forest Health Spa experience.

Cybele offers two Hydrotherapy baths - one hewn from natural granite and situated in its own private courtyard. The other is located indoors for year-round use.  Guests can choose between sharing their Spa experience in a tastefully appointed double treatment room, or luxuriate on their own in one of our two separate therapy rooms. Guests also have the option of enjoying their treatments in their room during spa hours or taking advantage of the Spa’s after hours service

Treatments include facials, massages, body wraps, manicures and pedicures. We also offer a steam room experience and use of our sauna, as well as spacious showers with multiple high pressure jets, in combination with certain packages.

Fordoun Spa

Fordoun Spa boasts a team of experts that include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African Healer and highly trained aestheticians. The spa features internationally acclaimed treatments such as the rasul, (a Turkish steam and clay treatment room), a saline Floatation pool, heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, vichy shower, hydrotherapy room, and a couples’ treatment suite with hydrotherapy bath.

Treatments available at Fordoun include:

  • Aromatherapy body and bath treatments, using exotic blends of essential oils to suit each customer’s needs;
  • Indulgent Exotic Frangapani body wraps and Inkomfe African Potatoe healing wraps ;
  • Hydrotherapy baths and showers;
  • Thalassotherapy seaweed treatments;
  • Various massages, including Deep Tissue massage, Ndukuduku massage, Swedish and Aromatherapy.

Part of the holistic relevance of everything at Fordoun has led to the development of the Fordoun signature range of products, created in conjunction with Dr Elliot Ndlovu, herbalist and ethnobotanist, who is a traditional African Healer and Inyanga, and a director of Fordoun Spa.

Rosendal Spa and Wellness Center

At Rosendal Spa and Wellness Center our qualified therapists offer traditional treatments using products made from wine grapes, enriched with antioxidants. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in grape skips, seeds and vines, thus red wine. It has been discovered that Resveratrol is an effective means of slowing the rate of aging!

Enjoy great treatments and awesome weather. We’ve taken Robertson’s sunny weather into account. Our Aqua Spa utilizes the outdoor environment for many of its activities including the option of outdoor treatments, swimming pool, an outdoor cooling tank, open lounge, steam bath and shower. Indulge in personal service, unique treatment to a small luxury establishment.

Shibula Lodge and Bush Spa

Shibula Lodge and Bush Spa, is a five star accredited lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo Province, South Africa and offers the discerning visitor Africa in all its untamed magnificence, along with truly superb standards of hospitality. Voted by Getaway as one of the top 10 most romantic destinations in South Africa, and by Elle and Marie Claire as one of the “Pick of the Best” Bush Lodges.

“Shibula’s therapist is on hand to provide relaxing and rejuvenating treatments in our Bush Spa. The Thera Vine Grape Extract products are locally produced, which adds to a truly African experience. In the comfort of our Bush Spa take your body on a sense safari! With indigenous base oil ingredients such as Marula and Baobab, rooibos extract and Kalahari Watermelon the true richness of Africa come to life.” Let the natural sounds and smells of Shibula be the background to your personal body treatments with an abundance of exotic herbs and essential oils to provide the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.

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