Did you know?
The Dinokeng Game Reserve, which opened in 2011, is Gauteng’s only Big Five game sanctuary.
The Isiphiwo Day Spa forms part of the Isiphiwo Boutique Hotel & Spa, which is located in the Dinokeng bushveld, just north-east of Pretoria, not far from the mining village of Cullinan, in the Gauteng province.
It was nominated for the 2011 World Luxury Spa awards, and the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques 2009, 2010 and 2011 awards.
The Isiphiwo Day Spa is located in landscaped gardens, where common strollers are the antelope that live on the property. Draped gazebos on the lawns are used as treatment rooms or as venues in which to enjoy fruit platters and champagne. There are also patios and an outdoor pool with deck chairs on which to relax between treatments.
The menu of treatments is long, with some unusual packages on offer. The Body Bootcamp series of treatments is aimed at women who want to 'get their body back'. Ingredients such as fruit acid, algae and omega are used to lift butts and boobs, attack cellulite and boost collagen production. Every part of the body, from scalp to ankle, comes in for tightening and toning.
In contrast, the Kalahari Desert treatments concentrate on refreshing and relaxing the customer. Red dune sand, mineral crystals and aromatic botanical blends from this part of South Africa are used to exfoliate; tsamma (indigenous watermelon) and wild grasses are used to moisturise; and desert stones are used to massage.
For pregnant women, the Mama’s Touch treatments make use of Omega-rich oils to keep the skin supple, ease the lower back and aid circulation.
A range of speciality massages includes a wave massage, where a technique involving gentle rocking is combined with deep pressure, mobilisation and stretching.
There’s also the stick slim massage, which utilises a drumstick technique and drainage to reduce blockages and water retention, as well as fatty deposits.
The signature treatment is the Voyage, a 2-hour massage focusing on areas of the body where the most stress is carried, such as the neck, shoulders, scalp, feet and back.
Travel tips & Planning info
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How to get here
From Pretoria take the N1 towards Polokwane, turning off at the Zambezi Drive intersection onto the R513 towards Cullinan. Turn right at Bergzight and left at the T-junction to Mountain Drive. The spa is located at Plot 31, Mountain Drive. See the Isiphiwo website for GPS coordinates.
Best time to visit
The Dinokeng area is suited to year-round tourism. Summers (November to March) are hot, and the usual sun-protection measures apply. Afternoon downpours are common at this time of year. Winter (May to August) is mild, and the skies endlessly blue and sunny, but the nights can be cold.
Around the area
Despite being so close to the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg, Dinokeng offers a great country break. Not far from Isiphiwo is the charming town of Cullinan, where a mine tour is highly recommended. This tiny village is where the world’s largest diamond was found. In the northern section of Dinokeng is the Dinokeng Game Reserve, where a number of privately owned bush lodges offer a variety of bush-oriented activities, from guided game viewing to hot air ballooning and microlighting.
Where to stay
The Isiphiwo Boutique Hotel – see listed website for details.
The region contains two dams for fishing and water recreation, Rust de Winter and Roodeplaat. The restaurant strip down the main road in Cullinan is great for long lunches.