Tips for Travelling Post Covid

As things slowly return to a new ‘normal’ and the tourism industry resumes operations, locals can now feel like tourists close to home as we wait for international travel to bounce back from Covid-19 restrictions. As we take to the open road with enthusiasm, bags packed, holiday playlist at hand or board local flights, many will soon be checking in at one of South Africa’s most luxurious accommodations with few foreigners in sight.

Ivory Lodge Lions Sands Luxury Safari Kruger Park

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But before you experience the comforting buzz of a lodge or hotel lobby, let us remind you of some health and safety tips that are here to stay to make your vacation less stressful. While the entire world has implemented best practice such as requiring customers to wear a mask, promoting social distancing, using online or contactless reservations, check-ins and contactless payments as well as enhanced cleaning procedures, these tips will let you look forward to your getaway with optimism and excitement …

Entering public spaces:
Wear a mask.
Avoid close contact from anyone who is not from your household.
Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 70% alcohol).
Avoid contact with anyone who is showing flu or cold symptoms.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Continue reading “Tips for Travelling Post Covid”

Time to Switch Off and Reconnect With Nature

Zambia African Safari Destination - a haven for relaxation with soaking tubs overlooking the landscape

“I feel as though the cardboard box of my own reality has been flattened and blown open. Now I can see the edge of the world.” Tom Hiddleston

It’s time to log off and put your devices down. With lockdown lasting longer than we’d like, we have all become hyper-connected to our screens as we depend on it to stay distracted, connected with friends, family and work remotely.

We already live in a world where technology is taking over more of our time and attention, but how do we turn off when we rely so much on our devices? With social distancing and isolation in place, reaching for our phone, tablet, laptop or TV remote has become a coping mechanism for many. But with local travel reopening, you can now trade in checking emails for some much needed time in the bush!

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River Lodge Lions Sands Sabi Sands Game Reserve

At Iconic Africa, we believe that “switching off” and getting in touch with real-life is imperative to our wellbeing. Doing this in our world’s most primitive natural habitat (the African Wilderness or as we call it here… the “Bush”) can only speed up and enhance your experience. As the world heals, we need to heal too! Experience the primordial rhythms of [insert and hyperlink] and let it resonate back home; let the stunning landscapes and sceneries of [insert and hyperlink] infuse into your mind and heart; appreciate the sustainable bounties of the African bush from 5-star gourmet meals to signature cocktails; let your heart be guided by yoga and meditation at [insert and link]; meet new, life-long friends who will become family; and reconnect to your true self and bond with your loved ones in a way that can only happen in the bush.

Some wisdom:

The more technology takes over our lives the more nature we need…

Humans are hard-wired to love and thrive in nature (and more specifically in the endless space of dusty savannahs)

The bush makes us feel alive – it awakens all our senses

It has the ability to heal the heart, mind and body

The beauty of the African wilderness makes us more efficient, inspired and creative

It can reduce depression and improve psychological wellbeing

Animal-human interaction builds social bonds and grounds us

Nature bonds families and friends

Now that we know why it is important here a few tips on how to digitally de-power on Safari:

The minute you leave the airport and head for your luxury safari destination turn off everything digital except your camera.

Make an effort to do things you wouldn’t normally do and do them at a slower more leisurely pace i.e. take a long bath, read a book, go for a long walk, sit and watch the beautiful African sunrise and listen to the sounds of the bush waking up.

Be aware and observe like a scientist! Immerse yourself in your surroundings and connect with the present by learning as much as you can about your exciting new
environment.

Meditate to the sounds of the African bush this will create clarity and calm the mind in a way you didn’t know was possible.

Relax, sleep and let Africa spoil and treat you in a way you have never been treated before.

Most sensational spas in Africa 

Those travellers who have been to Africa on a luxury safari will know that the memorable moments that linger on are more than the sights and sounds of the bush, the wildlife passing by your veranda and the tantalising cuisine – it is that moment where you are pampered under the shade of a large tree or on a deck overlooking the waterhole that will remain with you when you think back to your safari.

We understand the unspoken need to be greatly pampered and only choose the most bespoke and exclusive lodges and camps with luxury spa facilities that offer some of the most indulgent treatments in the heart of the bush. Being in the bush offers travellers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reboot, recharge and reconnect with yourself, loved ones and nature. For those of you on your way to the African wilderness for the first time – we have a selection of some of our favourite spas, from outdoor massages to mud treatments and traditional hammams. 

Tanzania – Mnemba Island Lodge 

The private island offers exclusivity like no other place on the African coastline. It is the ideal romantic honeymoon beach getaway. The luxurious accommodation offers 10 luxurious bandas with a touch of rusticity. It is the only lodge on a private island, devoted to rest & relaxation. In between yoga and walks on the sugared-beach, book a massage on the beach before enjoying some fresh seafood. You can opt for a quiet treatment in the privacy of your room or choose a private beach sala and unwind to the sound of the ocean coming in and going out. 

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Kruger National Park 

King’s Camp, Timbavati Spa

King’s Camp is one of the Kruger’s most discreet accommodations. The spa is tucked away and surrounded by mopane trees, a true paradise of peace and tranquillity. The spa treatments are reflective of the natural surroundings and offer a range of indulgent skin and body treatments to enjoy after a long day on game drives and walking safaris. Choose from a variety of relaxing massages or a rejuvenating beauty treatment. For ultimate privacy, you can choose to have your treatment in the comfort of your own suite.

Ivory Tree Lodge

Amani Spa at Ivory Tree Game Lodge was awarded the Safari Spa Award in 2007 and 2013 and when you book a treatment here, you’ll understand why. Choose a hydrating body polish followed by an aromatherapy massage, or a luxurious facial using Africology products after a long day under the African sun. This ultimate escape is dedicated to pure self-indulgence and offers an authentic, African-inspired experience. 

Royal Malewane

The bush spa at Royal Malewane is committed to complete restoration and well-being and is fully-equipped with a gym, heated pool, steam room and African baths for treatments and relaxation. Book a spa treatment using indigenous products and relax in a beautiful natural setting where you will leave feeling calm and polished.

Cape Winelands – Delaire Graff

At Delaire Graff Spa, therapists offer a range of beauty treatments that change with the seasons. If you’re visiting us this June, step into elegant suites and unwind with the winter ritual. Treat those toes and tired eyes with a mask and facial before a signature wine tasting.

Zambia – Royal Zambezi Lodge

Along the Zambezi River is the perfect place to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature and recharge your mind, body and soul. Try their signature DNA Royal Special. The “Do Nothing at All” special focuses on your chance to do nothing but relax at the Royal Zambezi Bush Spa that has won multiple World Luxury Spa Awards. Let the music of the birds soothe and serenade as you get all your worries massaged away.

Cape Town 

The 12 Apostles 

Located on the slope of a towering mountain and overlooking the Atlantic ocean, the 12 Apostles spa leads you to total peacefulness via a glass walkway that takes you from the complimentary snack station to the treatment rooms and down into the hydrotherapy and relaxation area. Be one with nature as the treatment and relaxation areas integrate with the rugged mountain surroundings. Let the sound and smell of the ocean lull you to sleep in one of the tinted-glass gazebo treatment rooms. make a good alternative. Music is compliments of the local bird population.

The One&Only Cape Town Spa 

The One&Only Spa is incomparable. Make your way to the ‘spa island’ that is a destination on its own a little way from the hotel pool area. Look up at the towering Table Mountain in the distance as you make your way to get a  Bastien Gonzalez Mani-Pedi. 

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Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls Hotel 

Choose between the quaint beauty spa’s two massage beds or relax by the pool as the therapists relieve stiff muscles. The qualified beauticians offer a range of treatments that will treat any traveller. And if you’re still exhausted from your flight, book a mani-pedi in the quiet privacy of your own room. 

Botswana – Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Enjoy being soothed by the sounds of the Okavango Delta while your therapist spoils you with a range of spa treatments. After a long game drive, stretch those muscles with a session of yoga followed by an Africology spa treatment. What better way to end off the day than with a facial, hot-stone massage and a tropical immunity-boosting body wrap.

Kalahari – Tswalu 

The award-winning spa offers a welcome lounge, two beautiful therapy suites with adjacent sensation showers with a private garden. The spa is crafted from natural materials with reed ceilings and dry-stone walls in the indoor and outdoor showers. If you’re torn between pampering and safari, try the Signature Tswalu touch experience to prepare you for the day ahead. The spa also accommodates junior patrons. 

Kenya – Angama Mara 

Enjoy a full body massage on the tent’s deck before retreating to the infamous bright red rocking chair in the tent where you can relax and enjoy the wildlife passing by in the Mara below you

If you have any questions or are interested in the wellness safari retreat and relaxing getaway of a lifetime please let us know.