A Restorative Journey with Wilderness Safaris
Wellness is a word that has cropped up more and more often since the turn of the century. Initially the term placed a lot of emphasis on fitness and nutrition and of late concepts that have been around for many centuries such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga and now science. Today, in the face of the global pandemic, the word ‘wellness’ is now inescapable as everyone is forced to consider physical and mental wellbeing.
While Wilderness Safaris can offer a full spectrum of wellness offerings, the greatest offering is a complete immersion into one of the finest wildernesses on the planet, far from the madding crowd, mounting pollution and modern technology. The wilderness areas boast endless horizons of wide-open space inhabited by its rightful fauna and flora.
Disconnect to Reconnect
All of Wilderness Safaris camps, with the exception of handful that are simply too remote, have access to WiFi. However Wilderness Safaris continue to encourage guests, after alerting their families of their safe arrival, to quite literally leave the beaten track and enjoy an authentic African experience connecting with nature, local people, family and friends.
Nature walks are not only aerobically beneficial but are also the ideal way of immersing your entire being in nature and quite simply enjoying a mindful experience. If you do go walking, expect an early rise and be aware that walks are often seasonal and subject to a qualified walking guide being available. In Namibia, walks are available year-round where guests will get their heart rate up as they climb the dunes and rocky mountainous terrain.
In Botswana’s Kalahari Plains Camp, guests will be invited on a walk with the local Bushmen family and be shown how they live and thrive off the Earth. At Bisate, tracking gorillas can be a day-long workout, and in camp you can also enjoy exploring the hillside property as well as walking to the communities and interacting with the local villagers in the Bisate community.
At Toka Leya, guests can take a guided nature walks in close proximity to the camp, learning about the medicinal properties of local plants and trees and how Wilderness Safaris are restoring the area. Camps such as Mombo and Vumbura Plains have long walkways which are conducive to fast-paced daytime walks (without a guide), where guests can enjoy the trees and wildlife along the way.
Full Spa and Gym Experience
Each Wilderness Safaris camp offers different experiences. In some camps you may find both a full spa and full gym, perhaps even a lap pool. At others there are in-room massage services and you can gym in the comfort of your room.
In Botswana, Wilderness Safaris have five camps – Mombo, Little Mombo , Jao, DumaTau and Little DumaTau (currently being rebuilt and set to open later this year) – offering both a beautiful spa* setting with a full treatment menu and a dedicated area with where guests can work out with a scenic view.
In Zambia, Toka Leya also offers the full spectrum given its tenure as a favourite starting or end-point of a safari for many of our guests. The winding wooden walkway between Mombo and Little Mombo brings you to the bush spa and gym where guests will be pampered with a massage or facial after an energetic swim in the lap pool, a cycle on a stationary bike or Pilates or yoga on the deck.
When it comes to cuisine, the Wilderness Safaris chefs create a combination of local and traditional flavours infused with influences of modern-day cooking. The menus evolve with the seasons and according to the harvest. While the dining experiences often include sweet pleasures, the menus are also tailored to guests’ dietary requirements and can offer plant-based, vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options.
While physical wellbeing is a key focus, Wilderness Safaris believe that the safaris offer a much deeper influence into wellness from an emotional, social and even spiritual form. Being surrounded by nothing but the wilderness and away from the constant demands of our daily lives allows for a deep introspection. This is why you often hear that Wilderness Safaris journeys change lives.
"As the safety of Wilderness Safaris guests and staff is of the utmost importance, please note that due to the COVID-19 situation, spa and massage treatments may be restricted. Wilderness Safaris are continuously monitoring the World Health Organisation for guidelines and adhere to all safety requirements by the respective governments of each country."