In November, wellness in the wilderness was identified as the most significant new trend to emerge in African travel by the World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2016.
However when most people think of travel in Africa it conjures up imagery of many things – wildlife, beaches, Table Mountain, wine, food, nature and good weather. What many don’t realize is that it’s home to ancient tradition of healing and wellness too. Many African cultures have embraced the continent’s natural abundance, using it for food sources, medicinal healing, skin treatments, enlightenment and spiritual realization.
Embrace wellness in the wilderness, says Azura Quilalea. PICTURE: Supplied
Satori Africa, the first Africa-based specialists in wellness and epicurean travel, aims to connect international travellers with these remarkable traditions along with Western and Eastern wellness principles.
“At Satori Africa, we believe that experiencing a balance between wellness, food, wine and discovery is the perfect way to travel, offering ample opportunity for recovery, rejuvenation and inspiration,” says Mark Bland, the company’s founder.
For him, setting up Satori Africa meant the merging of his two great passions: hospitality and wellbeing. A trained chef, he has also worked at Londolozi Game Reserve and helped with the 2013 relaunch of MannaBay, a boutique hotel in Cape Town, before joining Spier wine farm, where he was the brand manager for its hospitality wing until June 2016.
The company is a bespoke travel and tour company, personally curating unique itineraries throughout Africa. Not only do they plan the perfect African vacation and safari experience: it also offers guests the opportunity to incorporate a host of wellness and epicurean experiences or day tours into their itinerary.
Chem Chem Lodge has excellent poolside service and amazing views. PICTURE: Supplie
We believe in achieving the balance of health, beauty and discovery. How can you tick off your big 2017 bucket list items, but in the process come out a happier and healthier person for it?