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‘Best Safari Spa’ award-winner Royal Malewane tops our list for best spas in South Africa.

There’s no better way to relax and unwind than at the spa. Paired with the peaceful setting of the bush and cosmopolitan amenities of the city, South Africa offers some of the best spa experiences. To illustrate our point, here are our top choices for safari spas in Africa.


Royal Malewane, Kruger Area

It’s difficult to find a better spa in the wilderness than at Royal Malewane, winner of the ‘Best Safari Spa’ in the 2016 Safari Awards. It is world-renowned for its unquestionably beautiful setting and luxurious treatments. It’s an oasis to restore mind, body, and spirit in the serenity of the Kruger area. The treatment rooms and private relaxation casitas center around a sparkling heated lap pool in a central courtyard. A full range of health and skincare treatments are available from internationally-qualified in-house therapists. Facilities include a steam room, jacuzzi, and hot and cold African baths, not to mention, a fully-equipped gym.

Luxury South Africa Safari | Royal Malewane | Ker Downey

Karkloof Safari Spa, KwaZulu-Natal Area

The Karkloof Safari Spa offers a unique hybrid spa-safari experience that mixes quintessential game drives and unlimited spa treatments. 17 generous treatment rooms look out into the native bush. Specialized treatments from Thai therapists uplift, revitalize, and recharge the body and soul. Spa facilities include Kniepp pools, flotation pools, sauna and steam rooms, indoor roman baths, and open air Jacuzzis. There are also first-class yoga instructors that can lead you in a time of stretching and meditation.

Luxury South Africa Safari | Karkloof | Ker Downey

Bushmans Kloof, The Cederberg

Located in the Cederberg Region of the Western Cape, the spa at Bushmans Kloof has one of the most undeniably picturesque settings in Africa with a dual Spa Gazebo that looks out onto the staggering rock formations and the majestic beauty of the reserve. The whole spa experience at Bushmans Kloof draws inspiration from the area’s unrivaled natural beauty. Inspired by the healing essence of Africa, signature spa treatments use a range of B|Africa products that combine indigenous African plant extracts with the natural goodness of the sea.

Luxury South Africa Safari | Bushmans Kloof | Ker Downey

The Bush Spa at Singita Ebony and Boulders Lodges, Kruger Area

The Bush Spas at Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders Lodges offer a holistic and healing approach to their treatments. The design of the spas complements the beauty and tranquility of the bush. What’s more, the sister properties in the Kruger area each have two treatment rooms. Additionally, one room at each can be used as a couple’s treatment room. Alternatively, you can also enjoy treatments in the privacy of your guest suite or out on your private deck.

Luxury South Africa Safari | Singita | Ker Downey

One & Only Cape Town, Cape Town

The One & Only Cape Town is located on two islands at the center of the V&A Waterfront. On one, you’ll find the guest rooms and several suites, and on the other, the resort’s exclusive spa retreat. The spa at the One & Only is the largest in the city, with 12 private treatment villas, a relaxation room, sauna and steam facilities, couples treatment rooms, two vitality pools, and a full-service salon. Highly trained professionals perform a variety of ancient and modern treatments for a customized spa experience in the city before or after a safari.

Luxury South Africa Safari | One & Only Cape Town | Ker Downey

The Saxon, Johannesburg

The Saxon sits tucked away in a tranquil and quiet suburb of Sandhurst. Its state-of-the-art Spa and Studio is a holistic retreat founded on ancient rejuvenating spa techniques. For a can’t miss experience, try the signature Sound Therapy treatment. Performed on a heated waterbed, the treatment involves Tibetan gongs, bells, and bowls.

Luxury South Africa Safari | The Saxon | Ker Downey

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