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Five Must-visit Spas and Wellness Centres in Namibia

  
  

After a hard few days of trekking through the Namibian wilderness, or after climbing some mountainous dunes, you may find yourself longing for a bit of rest and relaxation. Well the good news is that there are several spas and wellness centres dotted around the whole of Namibia that exist to help you unwind your mind and rejuvenate your body. Below are five of Namibia's finest spots for relaxation.

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View from the GocheGanas chalets.
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1. GocheGanas

GocheGanas is a 6000ha nature reserve aimed at providing visitors with a variety of activities to help them unwind. It is situated less than 30 minutes from Windhoek and offers walks, safari drives and access to international quality wellness facilities.

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Two guests on a walk through the reserve.
(Image via GocheGanas)

The wellness facility is fully equipped to ensure that the lodge’s guests can fully unwind and rest up for the next leg of their Namibian adventure. There are eleven treatment rooms with state of the art crystal baths, hydrotherapy baths, and Vichy showers so there is little that you will want for when visiting this mecca of relaxation.

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A guest reclines in one of the specialised baths.
(Image via GocheGanas)

In addition to the treatment rooms there is a heated indoor pool, a cave sauna in a cathedral-like masonry vault, and a well-equipped fitness gym if you want to work up a healthy glow. All this makes the Wellness Village at GocheGanas a must-visit for any weary traveller looking to recharge their mind, body and spirit.

CATHEDRAL

The cathedral is truly a sight to behold.
(Image via GocheGanas)

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2. /Ai /Ais Hot Springs

The /Ai /Ais Hot Springs Resort can be found in the southern most region of the Fish River Canyon nature reserve, and it is perfectly situated for adventurers who have just finished exploring the beautiful canyon.

The water from the springs is naturally hot and issues from a warm water spring called/Ai /Ais. The unique spring was discovered in 1850 by a young Nama sheepherder and the spring was named /Ai /Ais which means “burning water” in the local language.

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This is the actual site of the natural hot spring.
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A soak in the warm water is ideal for anyone suffering from joint or muscle pains of any kind and it is also good for relieving any other kinds of stresses or aches that you may be suffering from.

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One of the warm water pools at the resort.
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The resort offers a host of other activities for active guests including hikes, walks and even tennis. As a result of its proximity to the South African border the resort is very popular with travellers from both countries so booking ahead is a must.

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3. Diplomat Hydro Spa

In the heart of Windhoek lies a hidden gem of wellness, the Diplomat Hydro Spa. The spa is situated in the foothills of Windhoek and as such seems completely cut off form the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Spending time in the resort it is easy to forget that you are just kilometres away from a major city.

The spa is open six days a week and offers a variety of different wellness treatments for its guests. All the treatments are water-based and the spa sticks strictly to the mantra that “water is nature’s greatest healer”. You can read more about their ethos here.

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4. Seaside Hotel and Spa

Situated right on Swakopmund’s iconic beachfront the Seaside Hotel and Spa offers guests a wonderful place to kick back and enjoy some wonderful sea views while being pampered in the hotel’s world-class spa.

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The hotel is literally on the beach.
(Image via Stay Today)

Facials, pedicure and manicures are just some of the specific treatments that the spa offers its guests. There is also a sauna, steam room, jacuzzis and the unique Spa Oceana. Here is a list of all the treatments on offer at the spa.

 

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Two pools within the spa, overlooking the ocean.
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The spa of the hotel is available to both day visitors and hotel guests alike so whether you are just passing through Swakopmund or staying there for a prolonged period of time it is definitely worth your while to check out the Seaside Hotel. The spa also specialises in couple packages- perfect for honeymooners!

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Another happy couple.
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5. The Kalahari Sands Hotel

Sun International’s Kalahari Sands hotel is another location in Windhoek that offers guests the opportunity to relax and unwind. The hotel’s wellness facility is located on the panoramic rooftop of the international hotel and casino.

The wellness centre offers a full range of treatments and therapeutic products as well as a gym. Whether you are staying at the hotel or not the Kalahari Wellness Centre can provide you with a few hours (or days!) of much needed time off from the bustling modern world.

 

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Nothing relaxes a tired body like a few hours of shuteye.
(Image via Kalahari Sands)

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So go on and treat yourself to something a little out of the ordinary in Namibia. Both your body and your mind will thank you for the precious hours you dedicate to relaxation and wellness on while you are travelling through Namibia.

Getting Married in the Middle of Nowhere... Namibia

  
  

Imagine tying the knot in one of the most sparsely populated places in the world. Where you feel like the only people on earth. Where Mother Nature has taken care of the décor. Where dramatic thunderclouds rolling over the grasslands or red sand clashing with blue skies provide the ultimate backdrop. A wedding in Namibia is sure to be not only unusual, but unforgettable.


Top wedding destination ideas in Namibia    

 

#1 The Desert Wedding   

Probably the most iconic of all landscapes in Namibia is the desert. Rolling dunes as far as the eye can see, set against the cloudless sapphire sky – it’s quite something. Set up a marquee in the middle of the dunes for an unforgettable wedding experience. With the entire desert as your playground, you can have as many guests as you like! If you’re looking for more solid ground, ask about the rockier plains of the Moonlandscape. It’s an ancient riverbed in the desert, with beautiful rock formations and endless horizons that will leave your guests speechless.  The desert is accessible from Swakopmund, the popular coastal town of Namibia. This makes the location relatively easy to get to and there are lots of different accommodation options for your guests. Many service providers operate out of Swakopmund, like Desert Catering, and can help to co-ordinate everything you’ll need for the big day.  

Why we like it: How many people do you know get married in the desert?  

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Photos courtesy of Susan Nel Photography 

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Photo courtesy of Chris Johnston Photography

 

#2 The Moonlandscape Wedding  

Not far from Swakopmund and the big dunes that set the stage for the desert wedding, lies more solid ground. An ancient riverbed in the middle of the desert, with beautiful rock formations and endless horizons that will leave your guests speechless. It's called the Moonlandscape, and looks like movie set straight from Mad Max (in fact, one of the sites is actually called Mad Max and the latest Mad Max movie was filmed around this area). As with the desert wedding, the number of guests is all up to you and nature is your playground.

Why we like it: Out of this world 

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Photos courtesy of Susan Nel Photography

 

#3 The Safari Wedding  

Want the Big 5 to be on your guest list?  When it comes to safari venues, Namibia is a world classsafari destination and there are plenty of great choices. Etosha is probably the most iconic wildlife destination in Namibia. A national park the size of New Jersey, and it is famous for its picturesque salt pan and wildlife sightings – Elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, honeybadgers, leopards… you name it! EmanyaLittle OngavaOnguma and Mushara are just some of the great wedding locations to choose from. Or if you’re looking for something a little wilder, you and your guests could camp between the wild animals under the southern sky in the Elephant Lodge at Erindi.  

Why we like it: The Big Day deserves The Big 5  

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Photos courtesy of Susan Nel Photography

 

#4 The River Boat Wedding

Contrary to what some may think, Namibia is not just one big desert! The landscapes are as diverse as our people and our wildlife. Further up north, the land is lush, the hippos bark in the night, unusual birds crowd the trees and reeds, and the hut villages that line the rivers and roads give you the feeling of being deep within Africa. Imagine floating down the river in an exclusive houseboat, with just you and 15 of your closest friends and family. Or staying in one of the many beautiful stilted lodges, the Okavango river flowing right beneath you. The friendly villagers are sure to get involved in the festivities and you can expect the village kids on the riverbanks to cheer you on.  

Why we like it: A real taste of Africa  

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Photo source: Afrizim.com

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#5 The Tailor-Made Wedding  

The Namib Rand Nature Reserve is a private nature reserve that boasts some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes and darkest skies. Nestled between red dunes, blue mountains and tufts of grass shimmering in the sunlight, Wolwedans lodge provides a spectacular backdrop for your wedding. As one of the most exclusive lodges in Namibia, you can expect the white glove treatment. Wolwedans can accommodate parties of up to 40. Or if you’re looking for something smaller and more intimate, the Boulders Camp at Wolwedans is perfect for parties of up to eight people. Guests can be booked into the sophisticated Dunes Lodge or the slightly more rustic but equally charming Dune Camp. For the bride and groom, there’s the idyllic and remote Private Camp, set in an enchanting valley and probably one of the most private places you will ever discover.  

Why we like it: Small and effortless 

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Photos courtesy of Susan Nel Photography 


#6 The [Most] Remote Wedding  

Ok, everywhere in Namibia is pretty remote. But undoubtedly among the most remote camps in Southern Africa is Serra Cafema, located in the extreme north-west of Namibia and only accessible by a three hour light aircraft trip from the capital, Windhoek. Once you've landed, the camp is about a 45 minute drive from the airstrip. It will seem like you are headed into oblivion, until finally you reach the peak of the last dune, peer down the slope and there the camp lies, along the lush Kunene river, deep in the Hartmann Valley – a secret paradise. Chat to the lovely lodge owners and they are sure to make the day really special, whether its on the dune or on an island in the river. With only 8 rooms at the camp, you’ll have to choose your guests carefully…

Why we like it: Only the elite few could afford such an extravagance!   

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Photos courtesy of Wilderness Safaris

 

#7 The Savannah Wedding  

There is something magical and just down right earthy about the savannah grasslands. If you get your timing right, you could be honored with a thunderstorm. 'Rain' and 'wedding' are not two words a bride usually wants to hear in the same sentence. But there’s nothing 'usual' about Namibia. If you’ve ever experienced a highveld thunderstorm, you’ll know just how powerful, beautiful and dramatic they are. Within what seems like minutes, perfectly blue skies are taken over by rolling black thunderclouds, that bring echoing grumbles and lightning bolts stretching from one corner of the sky to the other. The heavens open… and then, before you know it, it’s all over. The sun shining and the skies perfectly blue once more. The only sign of rain is the fresh smell in the air and a sense of the bush coming to life again. While its not a typical wedding destination, there are private game lodges and farms in the east of Namibia who would be more than happy to turn their land into a private wedding venue just for you.

Why we like it: Vast and dramatic  

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Photos courtey of Susan Nel Photography

 

#8 The Conservation Wedding  

The N/a'an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge is situated on a 3,200 hectare reserve near Windhoek. It provides a safe haven for various orphaned and injured African wildlife. The lodge is part of the N/a'an ku se Foundation, that aims to protect and conserve Namibia’s vulnerable wildlife and to improve the lives of the marginalised San Bushman community. So impressive is their work, that it caught they eye of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who visited the foundation in 2010, and made a donation to N/a'an ku se in their daughter Shiloh's name (who was born in Namibia). Get married at N/a'an ku se and get have the elegant cheetahs make a cameo appearance in your wedding photos. Also ask about the N/a'an ku se gift list – your guests can choose from a variety of wildlife and community donations, instead of buying you another toaster!

Why we like it: A wedding that keeps on giving (back)    

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Photo courtesy of Snowball Studio Photography

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Tips for planning your wedding in Namibia  

Keep it natural: The most beautiful weddings in Namibia are the ones that work with the natural beauty of the land. Instead of paying for roses to be flown in, think about how you can use the local produce, or if you even need roses on every table! The scenery is so overwhelming, you won’t need much more to impress your guests.  

Take your time: The more remote the destination is, the longer it will take for you and your guests to get there. Just bear it in mind when you’re working out a program for the day. Most international guests who get married in Namibia turn their wedding day into a long weekend or week-long adventure for them and their guests. Not only do they actually get to spend some quality time with their guests, but it’s a great excuse to enjoy the momentous occasion for as long as possible!  

Find a helping hand: Certain things may be difficult to source in Namibia. If you’re a bit of a perfectionist, we suggest organizing your wedding through a luxury lodge. They will be able to tend to every last detail (like non-indigenous flowers, guest transport, make-up, hair, etc.) and will plan your day down to a T.  

Stay cool: If you get married in the summer months, be sure to arrange some cool shade. Sun umbrellas are really handy all year round, and look great in the photos. Also be sure to have plenty of water available for the guests at all times.  

Prioritise: Make sure you book your dream venue and photographer well in advance to get the best. Once you’ve got the perfect location, and you know someone will be able to capture the memories of your day, everything else will fall into place…

  

Finding a Wedding Photographer in Namibia  

Below are links to just some of the local talent in Namibia, ready and waiting to capture your extraordinary Namibian wedding:

 

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Susan Nel Photography   Snowball Studio Photography  Joanne Brand Photography  Chris Johnston Photography

 

 

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