top retreats in south africa
Make your next weekend away really count by restoring your body, mind and spirit at a beautiful retreat centre near you...
Forest Edge Nature Lover’s Retreat
If tranquility, privacy, romance and a deep immersion in nature are what you’re after, this slice of paradise on the edge of the Knysna forest is for you. Think walking along winding forest paths, biking the scenic local trails, picnicking next to a secluded forest stream, swimming in magnificent rock pools, or simply lazing around in a hammock near your cosy cottage.
A peaceful haven set on hectares of indigenous fynbos and milkwood forest and hosting retreats covering everything from art to zen. Its spectacular location at the foot of the Witkransberg in the Overberg just two hours from Cape Town makes it the perfect destination for a quick weekend getaway.
Resting on the banks of the Doring River in the picturesque Nothern Cederberg, Oudrif offers stylish accommodation in quaint cottages overlooking an impressive flower display and a river that’s great for paddling, swimming, fishing and sun bathing. Visit the local San rock art displays, join the daily guided walks and excursions and feast on the fresh, healthy food at this quiet and isolated getaway destination.
The West Coast is a popular getaway destination for its stretching white sands, unique indigenous flora and – most of all – laidback lifestyle. Visit Samadhi Retreats in the Grotto Bay Nature Reserve to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding coast and fynbos from the comfort of your secluded porch, treat yourself to a balancing reiki treatment or join one of the many mind, body and spirit retreats hosted at the venue throughout the year.
‘Dharmagiri’ means ‘sacred mountain’, and the name could not be more apt. This peaceful hermitage on the border or Lesotho and South Africa hosts meditation retreats and educational courses in alliance with the international Buddhist community dedicated to awakening in our challenging times.
Temenos is a Greek word meaning ‘a sacred space’, which is exactly what the destination in the quaint village of McGregor has come to be for so many. For those who would like to embrace silence, simplicity and solitude, the centre offers group silent retreats, where retreatants are gently encouraged to rest and honour mind, body and spirit. The programme includes gentle early morning walks, meditation, yoga and delicious vegetarian breakfasts and suppers. They also welcome guests who would like to come and ‘just be’, join a reterat with an external facilitator or create their own retreat experience.