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South African wellness holidays: Retreat to a magnificent South African desert for a uniquely fulfilling spiritual wellness holiday in South Africa.
African Desert Escapes Embark on an unforgettable journey to one of Africa’s magical deserts, and experience ultimate relaxation among rolling sand dunes and magnificent skies. Here are three African desert escapes that will provide a spiritual wellness holiday not to be missed: The Kalahari Desert The immense Kalahari Desert extends across a broad area encompassing parts of Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. The desert’s name is derived from the Tswana word kgala, or “great thirst”. The Kalahari’s geology makes it a semi-arid region rather than a true desert. In fact, the Kalahari is dotted with distinctive salt pans - hollow, circular, grey holes filled with salt that allow life to flourish in the area. The endless expanses of red and brown sand provide a sense of openness and an opportunity to find inner peace, and the area’s acacia trees offer superb bird-watching opportunities. Accommodation and safari tours are offered by variety of game lodges. Visit the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, an area of harsh extremes, and the home of the indigenous Nama community - descendants of the Khoi-Khoi. The seamless communion between human and environment is certain to provide enlightening insights during your spiritual wellness vacation. The Namib Desert The Namib Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world, and provides an other-worldly holiday experience. The desert is best known for its towering red sand dunes - some over 300 meters high – which are cast into sharp definition by the electric-blue desert sky. Sossusvlei is a popular destination that gives visitors the opportunity to ascend one of these enormous red dunes. Scaling the shifting slopes of one of these desert giants is one of the highlights of any spiritual wellness vacation in the Namib Desert. You can also leave the weight of the world behind as you float into the desert skies on a magnificent hot air balloon ride, enjoying spectacular views of the desert landscape from above. Alternatively you can remain earth- bound and take a horseback tour of the desert expanses. Accommodation in the Namib desert ranges from luxury lodges to wilderness camps. Regardless of where you stay, the Namib Desert offers the opportunity to reconnect with yourself in a landscape of haunting beauty, making it an ideal spiritual wellness vacation destination. The Karoo Desert The Karoo Desert is spread across the southern reaches of South Africa. This semi-arid desert is a dusty wonderland in which parched yellow scrubland is contrasted against a crisp, blue sky. Traversing this vast, arid expanse never fails to create a sense of timelessness. Time out of Time – Unforgettable Spiritual Wellness Holidays in South Africa The Karoo Desert is home to a number of quaint historical towns, including Matjiesfontein and Prince Albert. The region also features stunning natural attractions, including the famous Gamaskloof Valley, and the verdant Swartberg mountains. In this remote place, where time stands still and you can feel the heartbeat of the land, it won’t take long before tranquillity and equilibrium return. As you venture back to the city across the desert expanses, you’ll find yourself plotting a return to this unforgettable spiritual wellness vacation destination. Experience Africa’s desert landscapes for yourself Book a spiritual wellness holiday with Time out of Time, and revel in the tranquillity of these endless desert landscapes. For peace, relaxation and the ultimate escape, book your holistic wellness holiday today. Time out of Time – Unforgettable Spiritual Wellness Holidays in South Africa
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