Did you know?
The Cullinan Diamond, the largest diamond ever found (at the Premier Mine in Cullinan, not too far from Pretoria) is also known as the Star of Africa.
Health and wellness in Pretoria is big business, and the city abounds with spas and wellness retreats right on its doorstep. Pretoria girls (and some of the boys) take their beauty routines very seriously, which accounts for the innumerable beauty salons, nail bars and treatment centres that populate the place.
In Pretoria, spas include a variety of urban spas and day spas and, as you head out of town, you'll find a number of country spas. The Life Spa in Brooklyn provides holistic treatments and healing therapies. It's the perfect spot for some serious ‘me time' if you're feeling a bit frazzled and weary.
The ultra-luxurious Kievits Kroon Country Estate Health Spa lies just outside the city and has every treatment and facility imaginable, from spa baths and steam rooms to holistic healing therapies and beauty treatments. Accommodation on the premises is a hedonist's delight and every effort is made to keep guests happy. Another extremely popular wellness option is the Camdeboo Spa at Irene Country Lodge - a well-equipped spa in gorgeous surroundings.
Further afield is the Vusalela Day Spa. Set in tranquil surrounds, this establishment works with local products and practises both local healing techniques as well as international therapies. Here you'll find there's nothing better than to bask in the winter sun in the afternoon and enjoy a cup of rooibos herbal tea. A leisurely walk at sunset to explore the surrounds will do much to calm your senses.
The Hoogland Health Spa is situated 25 kilometres south of Pretoria and is something of an institution in these parts. In the unspoilt Dinokeng area near the town of Cullinan, you can book time at the intimate Zau Spa, located in a restored mining house, as well as a few other quirky day spas that make up the Dinokeng spa offering.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)12 808 0148
Camdeboo Spa at Irene Country Lodge
Tel: +27 (0)12 667 6464
How to get here
Pretoria is easily accessible along major roads in Gauteng. Alternatively fly directly from the other host cities into OR Tambo International Airport. Pretoria is 45 minutes to an hour away depending on traffic.
Best time to visit
When visiting a spa, please make enquiries regarding opening and closing times. Booking is essential at South African spas.
Around the area
If you’re into health and wellness, there are a number of nature reserves around the city of Pretoria offering excellent hikes out in the nature.
What will it cost
Basic manicures and pedicures cost in the region of R150/R180. Day packages can set you back from R650 per day.
Length of stay
It’s a great idea to invest in a day package at one of the spas or hydros surrounding the city.
Where to stay
Kievits Kroon is an excellent country retreat, not too far from Pretoria. If you want a stringent health & wellness regime the Hoogland Health Spa is a good bet. Mount Grace Country Hotel & Spa in Magaliesberg is a bit of a drive, but it’s an excellent spa getaway.
What to eat
Enjoy the spa or health menus on offer.
Local products such as Theravine, Annique and Africology. Also any rooibos-infused beauty products are a good bet.