At Isiphiwo Day Spa in the Dinokeng bushveld, some customers relax, letting their minds drift without a care in the world, while others choose to knock their neglected bodies into shape in the most pleasant of ways. Whatever the treatment you select, you can look forward to mental and physical renewal.

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.

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