Mangwanani African Spas are novel in many magical, mercurial and mysterious ways. Each and every treatment package has been inspired by the African continent, whether it’s a facial, full-body massage or welcoming foot treatment or ‘gift’. The African magic element is palpable, and the memories of your visit will linger on and on.

Did you know?

Mangwanani has a range of products especially formulated for the South African climate.

Mangwanani African Spas are delightfully unique retreats that offer the wisdom and wonder of the continent as part of the deal. The brainchild of entrepreneur, Erin Limbert, whose initial idea was to create a day spa that offered something a little different to the usual treatment menu − a spa that would incorporate African-inspired therapies into the mix while empowering local communities. Limbert's first Mangwanani Day Spa was opened in 2002 along the banks of the Hennops River. The rest, as they say is history, and there are now 12 Mangwanani Day Spas.

The Mangwanani spas offer creative packages that you certainly won't find in European spas (or anywhere else but Southern Africa, for that matter). There is the African Revitalisation Package, UBUSO, a Renewing African Facial Spa with pressure point massage; TLAPISHO, a Full Body Cleansing incorporating an African mielie meal exfoliation; IZIMANGA, also known as ‘heaven on earth', a full body traditional massage using hot stones; MOLALA, a North African head massage using sesame oil; NEO MAOTO, the traditional African ‘foot gift' incorporating a sugar and grape seed scrub, and the NEO MATSOGO using sugar and grape seed scrub and incorporating the exclusive Mangwanani massage cream.

At this African spa there are numerous packages to choose from including the Mangwanani Vital Renew Package, the African Queen Package, the Mother's Day Package, the Mangwanani Moroccan Full Day Spa Package, the Shwe-Shwe package and many others (including something special for brides, expectant mums and there is even something for the dads).

At Mangwanani every effort has been made to incorporate a taste of Africa into every single spa package and moreover, Mangwanani creates jobs and empowers women so it's a win-win situation all round.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Mangwanani African Day Spas:
Central Reservations: 0860 55 00 55
Email: info@mangwanani.co.za

How to get here

There are 12 Mangwanani Day Spas across the country, including: River Valley (Pretoria); Lone Hill (Johannesburg); Sibaya (Durban); Zevenwacht (Cape Town); Ballito (Kwa-Zulu Natal); V&A Waterfront (Cape Town); Palazzo (Johannesburg); Ushaka (Durban)

Best time to visit

As those stress levels rise, so you should book some time out at Mangwanani. Any time is a good time to visit – but it does get very busy during the local holiday season.

What will it cost

Packages vary, consult the website for updated costs.

Length of stay

Day packages are very popular, although these days overnight packages are also an option at selected spas.

What to pack

It doesn't really matter what you pack as you'll spend most of the day in a luxurious gown

Where to stay

One can stay over at a number of the Mangwanani spas - overnight and weekend packages are available at selected spas.

What to eat

Mangwanani believes in the ultimate spoil, so lunches are healthy but delectable and the odd glass of bubbly never goes amiss.

Best buys

Mangwanani beauty and body products