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Spa of the Week: Gondwana Bush Spa

By Olivia Cuccaro

Even the most adventurous travelers need a place to unwind. Tucked away along a footpath on a South African game reserve, Gondwana Bush Spa is a sanctuary in the wild.

Situated on Gondwana Game Reserve’s 26,000 acres, the tented bush spa contrasts a breathtaking safari setting with relaxing signature services. The spa features both individual and couple’s treatment rooms, all of which can be completely opened for an immersive experience in the surrounding nature. Take in panoramic views of the Outeniqua and Swartberg mountain ranges while enjoying facial, massage, body, hand and foot treatments.

The African atmosphere inspires the spa’s selection of natural products, utilizing the healing essences of indigenous plants like marula, rooibos and aloe with the Africology line. Even the treatments are charmingly influenced by the wildlife – book the Happy Hippo Mud Wrap for a rejuvenating body exfoliation, body wrap and body massage or the Hakuna Matata Manicure to feel pampered during your rustic retreat. If the beaming sun is harsh on your skin, try the African Bliss Body Wrap which uses African potato, fynbos, honey and rooibos to rehydrate and tone. When you’re through, cool down in the infinity pool and see what species you spot on the horizon.

On a private game reserve, the spa offers the unique opportunity to observe “Big 5” safari animals: lions, buffalo, elephants, rhinos, and leopards. As the only free-ranging Big 5 private wildlife reserve in the Southern Cape, at Gondwana you can embark on an expedition during the day and return to luxury accommodations in the evening. Gondwana Bush Spa is a facility of the property’s Kwena Lodge, a collection of 14 private, free-standing suites nestled in nature. Larger parties can be accommodated in 12 spacious Bush Villas, available with three- or four-bedroom layouts and wooden decks for extraordinary stargazing in the evening. Ulubishi House, the most exclusive choice for your African adventure, spans three suites and includes a field guide, chef and butler.

Gondwana Game Reserve is located outside of Mossel Bay on Garden Route, South Africa, less than four hours from Cape Town. Transfers to Gondwana are available from George Airport located 45 minutes away. For more information, please visitgondwanagr.co.za.