Luxury & Adventure with a South African Spa-fari

At House of Coco we travel a lot and as you may have noticed, we like to bring our readers a mix of different types of travel, because no two travellers are the same. Lately, we’ve been feeling more intrigued by adventure travel; whether that be ice climbing in New Zealand or trekking Kilimanjaro. We’ve gotten too used to city breaks and stylish hotels, but I need to ease myself into these thrilling crusades, and if you feel the same, we’ve found us the perfect starting point. I’m ready to go now, are you?

Gone are the days of the traditional ‘fly and flop’ holiday and in its place a global health and wellness trend is booming, as well as an increasing popularity for adventure travel. In light of these emerging trends, Yellow Zebra Safaris, the luxury travel company specialising in ‘Safari Africa’, have combined the two to offer a spa-fari concept; a unique blend of safari and spa experiences.

South Africa is just one of the many beautiful destinations in which Yellow Zebra offers an array of spa-fari experiences. With a fantastic range of camps and lodges to stay and awe-inspiring sites to see, South Africa’s best safari is found in the western Kruger National Park, a park that has become well respected as one of the best Big Five safari locations. Sabi Sands, the most famous part of the Kruger has both excellent game viewing and an unparalleled level of luxury camps.

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Yellow Zebra’s South Africa Spa-Safari will see guests meandering through Cape Town; one of the most beautiful cities in the world and located on the fabulous Table Bay at the foot of Table Mountain, as well as exploring the Winelands, which boast picturesque scenery and a plethora of superb restaurants. The crème de la crème of the trip are the stunning hotels and camps in which guests can pare down and indulge in muscle-melting spa treatments to soothe both body and mind.

Yellow Zebra Safaris passionate team of safari experts have been able to draw from their personal experience to skillfully curate the perfect South Africa spa-fari itinerary; perfect for those looking for the best of both worlds.

Days 1-3

On arrival to Cape Town, guests will check in to Cape Grace, one of the cities most iconic hotels, for a three night stay. Located on its own private quay with the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Grace offers 120 stylish rooms and suites with lovely views of the harbour, an incredible spa and fitness studio, in which guests can while the evening away after a day of exploring the city. Cape Town’s famous botanical gardens, Kirstenbosch, are particularly beautiful and include an exhibition of African sculpture. A visit here is a delightful way to spend an afternoon.

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Days 4-6

Guests will be met in the morning and transferred to the spectacular Winelands, famous for their white and red wines, sherries, ports and brandy. Just a half an hour drive from Cape Town, The Winelands comprise of fertile green valleys enveloped by proud mountain ranges; guests can spend time pottering around various vineyards, sampling different wines before retiring to the Delaire Graff Estate to relax by the pool or enjoy the spa. Delaire Graff is one of The Winelands finest properties with exceptional views across the two valleys, a winery, two restaurants as well as a Spa treatment centre and one of the best art collections in Africa.

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Days 7-10

On day seven, guests will fly to Sabi Sands, South Africa’s flagship safari destination and one of Africa’s finest, to embark on an exhilarating safari. This immense area of world class private game viewing areas is home to both the Sand and Sabi rivers, which flow through the reserve ensuring an abundance of wildlife can populate the area. Sabi Sand is particularly famous for its leopard sightings. Guests will spend the remaining four nights at the private Londolozi Founders Camp in the heart of the Sabi Sands. Each suite at the camp comes complete with inside and outside showers and a private plunge pool. Guests can spend time immersing themselves in nature, indulging in yoga classes or relaxing on its numerous comfy sofas or at the bar.

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Day 11

A representative of Londolozi Founders Camp will transfer guests back to Johannesburg airport to return home.

This mix of adrenalin and relaxation may not be good for the blood pressure, but my god, it’ll certainly be good for the soul.

 

Price starts from £4,650 per person, fully inclusive. Price is based on two people sharing a room and excludes international flights which start from £800pp.

For further information on Yellow Zebra Safaris, please visit www.yellowzebrasafaris.com, call 0208 547 2305 or follow on twitter @YZSafaris.

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Caoilfhionn Rose

Caoilfhionn is a freelance travel writer who enjoys slow travel and avoiding landmarks in favour of diving into a destination's culture. Instagram: @CaoilfhionnRose

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