Experience Nature Like Never Before
A spa experience is typically viewed as a luxury indulgence, and so it should be. Spa packages are designed to pamper, spoil, and treat you to personal, uninterrupted hands-on attention, in a pleasant environment that immerses you in an air of peace, serenity, and tranquillity.
Unexpected in Bushveld Terrain
At Zwahili Private Game Lodge & Spa in the Waterberg, some 150 km from Pretoria, our private resort features a superb on-site spa, right here in the midst of true, natural African bushveld, possibly the last place where one would expect to find a first-class spa with such great packages.
A Bit or a Lot of Pampering
Nonetheless, here it is, our Zwahili spa, a tranquil retreat for guests who fancy a bit of pampering after a game viewing safari, a day at the pool on the deck of the main lodge building, or just because they can – and it delights the senses and feeds the soul.
Some of our guests prefer to reserve their spa sessions when they book their accommodation at our lodge, making up a comprehensive accommodation package, while others prefer to hand-pick their pamper treatments once they have arrived, thereby creating a separate, personalised spa package … or two, or three.
In name and in essence, our massages and tempting packages feature aromatic African massage oils and African-inspired themes, which include Spirit of Africa, African Goddess, African Footprint, and Handprint Rituals, while other treats’ names are in direct reference to age-old African words, concepts, and activities.
Chungu – Strong, Deeply Penetrating
These include Chungu – a Swahili word meaning “strong” – in this case indicating a strong, deep tissue, tension-relieving treatment, focussed on manipulating deep pressure points.
The Royal Deluxe Hot Stone Journey full body massage therapy’s African reference is somewhat more oblique, but nonetheless distinctly influenced by African culture, which has always revered African royalty, who deserve on the best – deluxe. The journey points to an iconic African experience, but in two ways.
Africa is a vast continent. In rural areas, distances between places may be significant. When the continent’s people do not have access to modern, more convenient means of travel, almost every trip becomes a journey, which they must undertake to get from one place to another, be it via a short-, middle-, or long-distance journey. A journey by unsophisticated means may be on foot, in an animal-drawn cart or on horseback.
Secondly, there is the safari, which is derived from the Swahili word meaning “journey”. Last, but by no means least, there is our luxurious game lodge and our spa – both under the banner of “Zwahili”, in recognition of the Swahili language and people.
Much earlier and further north, the ancient Egyptians recorded extensive details of customs and beliefs in their hieroglyphic texts, many of which survived, buried beneath the desert sands until discovered by archaeologists thousands of years later. Pharaohs and other dignitaries were pictured receiving massage therapy and what appears to be hand, leg, and foot treatments.
Egyptians also prepared fragrant oils and unctions with which to treat their skins. Cleopatra is said to have bathed in sour milk to enhance the condition and beauty of her skin. If true, one wonders whether a good old soak in sour milk might have been a prominent feature, contained in one of the earliest spa packages.
Ancient Romans were known to be somewhat obsessed with bathing and personal hygiene. Affluent citizens of the Roman Empire owned slaves that were trained in the art of massage, also using fragrant oils to simultaneously treat the skin. Roman soldiers, who kept in top physical form, received massage treatments to soothe their tired muscles after battles.
Today at Zwahili
Today, at Zwahili and elsewhere, various types of massage are integral elements of sought-after spa treatments, so do not forget to surrender yourself to the pleasures and indulgences on offer in our premium packages.