5 ideas to find inner peace on a ‘soulcation’ getaway in South Africa

Posted on 10 October 2023 By Tsoku Maela

Are you feeling stressed, burnt out, and in desperate need of a vacation that will rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul? Look no further than a ‘Soulcation’ getaway in the beautiful country of South Africa!

South Africa is a land of diversity and beauty, but if you’re looking for something truly unique and special, a ‘soulcation’ getaway in South Africa is just what the doctor ordered.

A ‘soulcation’ is all about disconnecting from the daily grind and reconnecting with yourself in a peaceful, natural environment. And South Africa offers the perfect setting for just that! From yoga classes and meditation sessions to spa treatments and guided hikes, there are plenty of ways to nourish your mind, body, and soul in this amazing country.

Here are some must-visit destinations for a ‘Soulcation’ getaway in South Africa:

1. Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and fishing. The area is also home to a number of wellness retreats and spas, where you can enjoy yoga and meditation classes, spa treatments, and other wellness activities.

Spa and Wellness

Take time to relax and rejuvenate at one of the many spa and wellness centres in the Drakensberg.

Spoilt Green Eco-Spa

Contact: 076 992 6902 / [email protected]

Address: Drakensberg Sun Resort, Central Drakensberg, Winterton, South Africa

Price:  From R500 (varies per treatment)

2. The Cradle of Humankind

Located in the Gauteng province, the Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Sterkfontein Caves, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Here, you can explore the caves and learn about the history of humanity, dating back millions of years. You can also take a guided tour of the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Tumulus Building, which provide a unique perspective on the origins of humankind.

The Maropeng Visitor Centre is a fascinating outing for kids and adults alike – you’ll come away having learnt something new. Picture: Melanie van Zyl/ Getaway Gallery

The destination is located just 50km from Johannesburg and is easily accessible by various forms of transportation. To get there by car, take exit 80 at Roodepoort on the N1 and follow Hendrik Potgieter road north. This road will eventually merge with N14 and lead you directly to the Cradle of Humankind.

The Cradle of Humankind offers various accommodation options for tourists visiting the area. The Maropeng Hotel, located near the Maropeng visitor centre, provides affordable services. The Forum Homini Boutique Hotel, located in Kromdraai, offers rooms with a design reflecting the evolutionary significance of the area, and it also has a fine-dining option. These are some of the recommended places to stay near the Cradle of Humankind.

General contact: 014 577 9000 / [email protected]

Maropeng Hotel: 014 577 9100

3. A guided spiritual journey to the Cederberg Mountains

The Cederberg Mountains are located in the Western Cape province and are known for their natural beauty and rich spiritual heritage. Take a guided journey with a local spiritual leader and explore the area’s rock art and ancient San rock paintings. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the area’s history and culture and participate in traditional rituals and ceremonies.

Picture: Unsplash

Reboot Retreat

Reboot Retreat is a health and wellness retreat located in Cederberg Municipality. They offer a variety of programs such as yoga, meditation, and fitness classes, as well as healthy meals and accommodations. They have a focus on promoting overall wellness, relaxation, and rejuvenation for their guests. They also offer additional activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and spa treatments. They have a mission to empower people to make positive changes in their lives and to improve their physical and mental well-being.

Their next retreat will be from 26 March until 31 March

Cost: R18 500 per person SA ID / R23 500 per person foreign ID

Contact: Tel / WhatsApp (+27)797912883

[email protected]

4. A visit to the beautiful Wild Coast

A stretch of coastline that stretches from East London in the Eastern Cape to the border of KwaZulu-Natal. Wild Coast is known for its traditional Xhosa culture, natural beauty and serene atmosphere, it’s ideal for those looking to reconnect with their spiritual side. Take a hike along the coast, visit the local villages and experience the culture, or simply relax on the beach and let the sound of the ocean wash away all your worries.

Picture: Getaway gallery

The Wild Coast is also a great place to spot a variety of wildlife. The area is home to many species of birds, as well as the famous big five; lion, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo. Visitors can also enjoy whale and dolphin watching along the coast.

In addition, the Wild Coast is also home to a number of natural wonders, such as waterfalls, cliffs, and rocky outcrops. The most famous of these is the Hole in the Wall, a natural arch carved into a rocky headland.

5. The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

This picturesque region is known for its rolling hills, charming towns, and rich cultural heritage. It offers a range of activities such as hiking, cycling, and horseback riding, as well as opportunities for bird watching and wildlife spotting.

Picture: Robert Wallace / Flickr

The Midlands Meander is a self-drive route that takes visitors through small towns and villages, such as Howick and Nottingham Road. Along the way, visitors can stop at a variety of craft studios, galleries, and shops, where they can purchase locally made crafts and art. The route also offers a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. Getaway covered 9 things you can do in the Midlands.

The area is also known for its rich cultural heritage, visitors can experience the culture and customs of the Zulu people, by visiting one of the many traditional villages in the area, or by taking a guided tour.

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