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Health & Midfulness Travel in 2024

Posted by Out & About Africa in Travel Advice.

Out & About is Going Healthy for the new year.

In a fast-paced world where taking care of ourselves often takes a backseat, there's a growing trend that offers a refreshing solution - health travel. This exciting concept allows you to explore new destinations while simultaneously improving your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Delve into the myriad benefits of health travel and why it's a trend that's here to stay.

1. Rejuvenation and Relaxation

One of the primary benefits of health travel is the opportunity to rejuvenate and relax in beautiful, tranquil settings. Whether it's a wellness retreat in the mountains, a spa escape on a pristine beach, or a meditation sanctuary in a serene forest, these destinations allow you to unwind and recharge.

2. Mind-Body Connection

Health travel often focuses on the mind-body connection. You can explore yoga retreats, mindfulness meditation workshops, and tai chi classes in picturesque surroundings. These practices help reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and enhance physical well-being.

3. Escape from Routine

Breaking away from your daily routine can do wonders for your health. Health travel provides the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the stresses of daily life and focus on your well-being. By changing your environment, you allow yourself to relax and recharge.

4. Nutritional Wellness

Many health travel destinations offer nutritious, locally sourced cuisine. Explore the world of farm-to-table dining in exotic locales, where you can savour fresh and healthy foods that nourish your body and mind.

5. Adventure and Physical Activity

For those seeking a more active approach to health travel, many destinations offer exciting outdoor adventures. Whether it's hiking in the mountains, biking along picturesque trails, or surfing on pristine beaches, physical activity can be a key part of your wellness journey.

6. Cultural Exploration

Health travel allows you to experience different cultures and traditions. Immerse yourself in new customs, taste exotic foods, and expand your horizons.

7. Holistic Health Care

Many health travel destinations offer holistic healthcare options, such as acupuncture, naturopathy, or traditional healing therapies. These treatments can complement conventional healthcare and provide a holistic approach to your well-being.

8. Improved Sleep

The change in environment and reduction in stress often lead to improved sleep during health travel. Quality rest is essential for overall health and wellness, and health travel destinations are designed to help you achieve just that.

9. Long-lasting Habits

One of the greatest benefits of health travel is that the habits and practices you learn can be integrated into your daily life. The healthy routines and insights gained during your journey can lead to long-lasting improvements in your health and well-being.

10. Connection with Like-Minded Individuals

Health travel often brings together individuals with a shared interest in well-being. It provides an opportunity to connect, learn from others, and build a support network for your health journey.

In conclusion, health travel is not just a trend; it's a transformative experience that can positively impact your life in countless ways. Whether you're looking to relax, rejuvenate, explore, or transform your health and well-being, the world is full of destinations waiting to help you achieve your goals.

So, why wait? Start planning your next health travel adventure today and experience the life-changing benefits for yourself!

We'll be your guide to crafting the perfect wellness travel holiday in the heart of this beautiful nation. Whether you're an avid yogi, nature lover, or culture enthusiast, South Africa has it all!

Just in time for those post-Christmas blues and New Years resolutions, we have picked out some wellness escapes that combine natural beauty, cultural richness, and holistic well-being. Get ready to explore these amazing destinations that cater to your physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Featured Retreats and Spas


1.  Brookdale Health Hydro

Location: KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

This hydro/retreat destination offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Unwind in luxurious accommodations, indulge in spa treatments, or enjoy one of their themed retreats like journaling, gut health, yoga or health gurus talking about mind and body wellness.

2. Woodall Country House & Spa

Location: Eastern Cape

Woodall Country House is situated in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, a mere 65km from Port Elizabeth and adjacent to the malaria free Addo National Elephant Park. It lies tucked away on a peaceful working citrus farm where miles of citrus trees bear fruit all winter and scent the air with blossoms in the springtime. It is ideally suited for nature lovers, as well as those seeking time out in the spa. The property is owner run and the locally recruited staff offer excellent, friendly, and attentive service.

3. Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa

Location: Gauteng Province

In the verdant Sandhurst neighbourhood of Johannesburg, you’ll find the Saxon Hotel offering a globetrotting range of treatments. The spa is home to Turkish-style hammam cleansing baths, Himalayan body salt scrub ceremonies and Tibetan bowl sound-healing therapies. Select from an extensive range of signature treatments; go local with the African Opulence Journey, which uses natural ingredients from the continent such as baobab oils and Kalahari seed. Whichever you plump for though, you’ll receive a complimentary (and complementary) herbal tea to end your experience.

4. Sante Wellness Retreat and Spa

Location:  Western Cape.

The place to feel at home. Experience the ultimate in relaxation surrounded by the vineyards and mountains of the Cape Winelands. This spa offers wine-infused treatments, wellness classes, and gourmet dining in a stunning setting. Nestled in a valley and surrounded by the magnificent Drakenstein mountains, Santé’s accommodation options include stunning assorted suites. Enter a haven with serene spaces and uncomplicated luxury – full of heart with generous hospitality, relaxed friendly service and exquisite, honestly healthy cuisine. Retreat options include the health optimizing retreat, bespoke dietary consults and fitness regimes.

5. White River Manor

Location:  Mpumalanga

At White River Manor we believe that balance is key to life. We offer some exciting, fun and adventurous activities in this beautiful part of the world as a break from the intensive therapeutic process that our clients are engaged in. With excursions to the world-famous Kruger Park, Panoramic Tour of Graskop and God’s Window, quad biking, water rafting, helicopter tours and many more exciting activities helps to make our clients programme at White River Manor a life changing experience.

6. Londolozi Healing House & Retreats

Location:  Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Great Kruger National Park

At Londolozi we have long believed that the restoration of the planet will come out of a profound shift in human consciousness. Luxury Safaris are run in partnership with the resonance of the Londolozi land and the influence of its wild creatures to support you as a servant of this shift in global consciousness.

7. Bodhi Khaya

Location: Standford, Hermanus, Western Cape

We offer facilitated and self-guided retreats that nourish the body and mind, while helping us to remember that we are a connected part of the ecology of our land.

Allow yourself to rest and reconnect with Nature, yourself and others while enjoying our core offering of meditation, yoga, swimming and walks on our mountain and forest trails.