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Wellness Safari’s at Thornybush – Unwind in the Wilderness

25 Aug 2023 | By Author Thornybush | Experiences & Lodges

Thornybush Game Lodge introduces its newest addition, the Thornybush Africology Spa & Wellness Centre. This exciting offering now introduces the Wellness Safari experience to our guests, helping them unwind in the wilderness. 

 “With the global focus on conscious and healthy living, Thornybush can now provide guests with exceptional wildlife encounters alongside top-notch wellness amenities, ensuring a truly unforgettable retreat into nature”JB Burger, Head of Sales and Marketing.

The decor inspiration

Designed by Artichoke, the team behind the refurbishment of Thornybush Game Lodge and the recently launched safari-villa Kamara House, the Spa & Wellness Centre harmonises with the four elements of nature: earth, water, air, and fire. Each element is thoughtfully incorporated to create a serene and grounding atmosphere, providing you with a natural sense of wellness.

The serene atmosphere captivates you from the moment you arrive, greeted by a magnificent stone-clad wall symbolising the earth element—an embodiment of strength and stability. Our focal point of the wellness centre is the wellness swimming pool, seamlessly blending with the organic shape of the Monwana riverbed which it overlooks, thus invoking a profound connection with the water element.

Emphasising the air element, the building’s design features open spaces that seamlessly merge with nature, allowing the flow of fresh air throughout the spaces. This encourages a feeling of rejuvenation and a deeper connection with the surrounding bush and riverbed. The fire element is beautifully represented through a colour palette inspired by warm autumn hues, particularly focusing on the burnt orange colour.

“The overall colour scheme draws from the natural tones found in the earth, riverbed, rocks, and grasses, creating a calming and soothing atmosphere that enhances the overall wellness experience” said Caline Williams-Wyn, Artichoke.  

Inside the facility, organic and earthy textures abound, with handcrafted feature doors, tile applications, and bespoke furniture detailing, adding a touch of natural elegance to the timeless design. 

“By incorporating the four elements of nature and utilising organic textures and colours, the reimagined wellness experience provides a peaceful experience, allowing guests to connect with nature and find a sense of balance and tranquillity” added Williams-Wyn.

An Africology collaboration

The Thornybush Africology Spa is a collaboration between Thornybush Game Lodges and Hoedspruit Africology owner, Kelly Sage.  “Here at the Thornybush Africology Spa, we are passionate about natural, holistic healing and wellness. Our products use only natural and organic ingredients celebrating the rich botanical heritage and indigenous plants of South Africa such as Rooibos, Aloe, and African Potato Bush.”

Unwind in the bush  

The Wellness Centre offers an array of facilities, including three treatment rooms, an infrared sauna, gym, yoga deck, and pool. The wellness juice bar offers healthy and delicious cold-pressed juices and shots. 

The double treatment rooms, situated on the river edge with adjoining decks, offer tranquil views of the bush, providing the perfect setting for various healing body treatments, massages, body wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxing services. The infrared sauna features the latest technology for detoxification, allowing guests to relax and rehabilitate their muscles after a workout, spa treatment, or yoga session.  

“Our Wellness centre is a sanctuary of peace, rejuvenation, and relaxation—an idyllic hideaway for guests seeking respite from the fast-paced world and a deeper connection with nature,” added Sage.

A gym with a view  

The gymnasium, with a view overlooking the Monwana Riverbed boasts state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. Guests can track and record their workouts by connecting their phones or wearable devices to the machines. The gym also provides weights, resistance bands, exercise balls, and more for a comprehensive workout experience surrounded by the serenity of the African bushveld. 

Actives to reconnect with your nature spirit 

We want to be able to have you, our guests choose their wellbeing pace, which is why we also offer a selection of nature-rooting activities. Guests can choose from holistic experiences such as daily yoga and holistic wellness sessions on the yoga deck, led by an experienced instructor tailoring classes to all experience levels. Additional offerings include breathwork, meditation, and sound healing sessions upon request.

Wellness Safaris at Thornybush 

Our wellness experience at Thornybush extends beyond the bush spa, offering guests the unique opportunity to embark on Wellness Safaris—a new concept in Thornybush experience.  Guests can enjoy immersive safari walks, lasting three hours, allowing health and wellness enthusiasts to reconnect with nature and foster a sense of balance and tranquility.

The wellness centre is available to Thornybush Game Lodge, Kamara House, Saseka Tented Camp and Little Saseka Guests.

To view our full spa menu, click here.

“Our purpose is to provide every one of our guests with a life-changing safari experience, and we firmly believe that our wellness offering will add an extra dimension to the Thornybush experience” concludes Melanie Parker, Head of Operations.