Exploring the Power of a Wellness Safari

When it comes to planning your next wellness vacation, an African safari might not be the obvious choice that comes to mind. However, recently the concept of wellness travel has expanded beyond traditional yoga retreats.  Now there is an emphasis on personal growth and a connection to nature. The appeal of an African safari is extending beyond its typical animal-loving guests.

Wellness on safari

In recognising that everyone’s physical, mental, and spiritual nourishment differs, the landscape of wellness tourism is shifting away from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that offers highly personalised programming. This is where the African safari shines.

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes of Africa, surrounded by its magnificent wildlife, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and nature immersion. Whether you seek physical rejuvenation, mental tranquility, or a spiritual awakening, an African safari offers a unique and customisable experience tailored to your individual preferences and goals.

Gone are the days of settling for generic wellness offerings. Now, you can embark on a transformative adventure that will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised, and deeply connected to the natural world. Join us as we explore the magic of wellness safaris in Africa and unlock a world of possibilities for your well-being.

Irrespective of the specific type of wellness safari you choose, the essence remains unwavering: nature takes centre stage.

5 reasons why a safari is good for mental health

  1. The Therapeutic Power of Nature: A safari holiday immerses you in the untouched beauty of nature, offering a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The serene landscapes, open spaces, and abundant wildlife provide a calming and soothing environment that promotes relaxation and reduces stress levels.
  2. Mindful in the Present Moment: Engaging in a safari requires being fully present in the moment, observing and appreciating the wonders of the natural world. This mindful presence helps to quiet the mind, allowing you to let go of worries, anxieties, and mental clutter. It promotes a sense of mindfulness and encourages a deeper connection with yourself and the surroundings.
  3. Reconnecting with Simplicity: Safari experiences often involve disconnecting from technology and embracing a simpler way of life. The absence of constant notifications and distractions allows you to reconnect with the essence of being human. This break from technology fosters mental clarity, reduces screen time, and encourages a greater focus on personal well-being.
  4. Joyful Adventure: Safaris offer a sense of adventure and novelty, providing a break from routine and monotony. Engaging in new and exciting experiences stimulates the brain, boosts mood, and enhances overall mental well-being. The thrill of spotting wildlife, exploring unfamiliar landscapes, and embracing new cultures can bring a sense of joy, wonder, and inspiration.
  5. Restorative Escape: Safari holidays offer a chance to escape the pressures of daily life and immerse yourself in a peaceful, natural environment. Being surrounded by stunning scenery, fresh air, and the sounds of nature has a rejuvenating effect on the mind. It provides an opportunity for introspection, self-reflection, and a renewed perspective on life. It  allows you to return home feeling refreshed and revitalised.

By providing a harmonious blend of nature, mindfulness, adventure, escape and rejuvenation, a safari holiday serves as a powerful catalyst for promoting positive mental health and well-being.

Spa’s on Safari

Londolozi Healing House, South Africa:

Londolozi is a trailblazer in wellness safari retreats. With their unwavering commitment to connecting individuals with the natural world, they have become a beacon for profound personal transformations. They also offer yoga and breathwork as well as have a state of the art gym to keep you fit on safari.

Londolozi’s luxury wellness safaris and retreats have attracted partnerships with esteemed wellness experts, life coaches, wisdom keepers, and shamans. Together, they have curated immersive learning spaces that accelerate awakening while immersing guests in the safari experience.

The art of personal transformation is carefully cultivated at Londolozi through highly selected wellness safari experiences. Trusted practitioners guide guests on a path that aligns them with their true selves, purpose, essence, and personal restoration.

Indulge in the enchantment of Londolozi, where nature’s allure, expert guidance, and the wonders of the African wilderness converge to create an extraordinary voyage of self-discovery and rejuvenation. Embrace this opportunity to awaken your spirit and embrace a life of authenticity and fulfilment.

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The Gym at Londolozi Healing House

Saruni Mara & Samburu, Kenya:

Experience the epitome of professional and inspirational “beauty centres” in Kenya at Saruni Mara and Saruni Samburu’s Wellbeing Spaces. Designed by the talented Kenyan visionary, Mark Glen, these spaces offer a sanctuary for rejuvenation and relaxation.

Nestled within the lush olive and cedar forest of our valley in the Maasai Mara, the Wellbeing Space at Saruni Mara is a private cottage dedicated to utilising the healing properties of local plants for beauty treatments. Meanwhile, in Samburu, the Wellbeing Space is a secluded house that boasts breathtaking views of the conservancy with an open front.

Combining cutting-edge techniques with ancient wisdom and knowledge from the Maasai and Samburu cultures, our treatments are truly unique. We harness the detoxifying and purifying properties of Olsinoni leaves (Lippia Javanica), and employ the pure gel from Usuguru (Aloe Kedongensis) and Olleleshwa leaves (Tarchonantus Canphorantus) compresses to enhance skin’s natural regeneration and eliminate impurities. For pedicures, we complement traditional products with the healing Ol-Emoran leaves (Hoslundia Opposita).

Immerse yourself in the exquisite world of our Wellbeing Spaces and let the harmonious blend of modern techniques and ancient traditions transport you to a realm of ultimate serenity and self-care.

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Saruni Wellbeing Space

The Zannier Reserve by Omaanda, Namibia:

When it comes to the best wellbeing safari lodge in Namibia, one remarkable destination stands out: The Zannier Reserve by Omaanda. Nestled within the vast landscapes of Namibia, this extraordinary lodge offers a perfect blend of wildlife encounters and wellness experiences.

At The Zannier Reserve by Omaanda, you’ll find a sanctuary where luxury and well-being seamlessly merge. The lodge boasts exquisite accommodations, designed with both comfort and eco-consciousness in mind, allowing you to unwind in harmony with nature.

Immerse yourself in a range of wellness activities tailored to nurture your body, mind, and spirit. Indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments inspired by local traditions, guided meditation sessions amidst the tranquil wilderness, and revitalising yoga classes connecting you to the natural beauty.

The Zannier Reserve by Omaanda takes pride in its commitment to sustainable practices and offers farm-to-table dining experiences. Delight in the flavours of fresh, locally sourced ingredients that nourish both your body and soul.

As for wildlife encounters, the reserve provides exceptional opportunities to witness Namibia’s stunning biodiversity. Embark on guided safaris, where expert rangers will lead you on unforgettable journeys to observe native wildlife in their natural habitats.

Whether you seek relaxation, rejuvenation, or a deeper connection with nature, The Zannier Reserve by Omaanda is the ultimate destination for a wellbeing safari in Namibia. Unwind, recharge, and embrace the serenity of this exceptional lodge, where every aspect of your well-being is meticulously catered to.

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Relax at Zannier Hotel Omaanda in Namibia


The Bush-Spa, South Luangwa, Zambia:

Nestled within the captivating South Luangwa National Park, the Bush-Spa offers classic spa treatments infused with a local twist, showcasing the rich tapestry of indigenous African ingredients. Here, amidst the pristine beauty of the native bush, a sanctuary of pure simplicity awaits, beckoning those in search of tranquility and holistic rejuvenation for the mind, body, and soul.

Indulge in an array of spa treatments that harmoniously blend traditional techniques with the healing power of local African resources. Immerse yourself in the soothing touch of skilled therapists, as they harness the potency of indigenous ingredients to nourish and revitalise your senses.

As you enter the Bush-Spa, you are enveloped by the serene ambiance, immersing you in the natural surroundings and enhancing the therapeutic experience. Unwind and find solace in this haven of tranquility, where simplicity reigns supreme, allowing your mind to find stillness and your body to release tension.

Escape to the Bush-Spa in South Luangwa National Park, where the fusion of classic spa treatments and the vibrant energy of local African ingredients create a sanctuary of authentic wellness. Experience the transformative power of this haven, where the harmony of mind, body, and soul awaits amidst the captivating beauty of Zambia’s indigenous bush.

Bush-Spa of South Luangwa

We hope to have inspired you to consider an African safari as your next wellness getaway. The African continent beckons with its vast landscapes, captivating wildlife, and profound connection to nature. Embrace the opportunity to nourish your body, mind, and soul through personalised wellness programming and immersive experiences. Whether it’s finding mindfulness amidst the untamed wilderness or indulging in rejuvenating spa treatments with a local twist, Africa offers a wealth of transformative opportunities. So, step outside the ordinary and embark on a remarkable journey that will leave you refreshed, revitalised, and forever touched by the beauty of an African safari.



Author: Kim Messervy-Evans

At the age of 20 I packed my bags and headed to South Africa where I studied for 6 months and qualified as a FGASA Safari Guide. Since then I have been involved with travel. Even when I’m not working I’m following around my pilot husband to different European cities. Travel is addictive!