An African ambiance, beneficial therapies, great hospitality and an unparalleled African Spa experience- this is what Mangwanani African Spa has become known for by many who have visited any of the Mangwanani spas around South Africa.
Started in 2002 by the dynamic founder and current CEO, Erin Limbert, Mangwanani has grown to a nationwide footprint of twenty two branches today, located in tourist areas of South Africa. Back then, Erin had a notion to help improve the lives of rural South African women through empowerment initiatives, and so the heart of the original African spa was born.
Mangwanani is the only spa in the country that focuses on Women empowerment. All therapists are previously disadvantaged, rural women with mostly very basic education, who have been trained in various therapies and developed in various skills needed to progress within the company.
Guests of the spa receive so much more than just an ordinary massage. When visiting any of the Traditional or Orange spas as they have become known, one can expect to be immersed in an unforgettable African Spa experience. African drumming and singing by the therapists, clothed in African attire, welcomes you to the Spa and sets the tone for your time there.
The experiences on offer at the Traditional Spas include an African Revitalisation Full Day Spa, a Half Day Spa or a Moonlight Night Spa. Each includes a select number of massage treatments, which have been inspired by African rituals and are carried out by the inherent healing hands of the therapists with beneficial massage oils, plus you are treated to a delicious meal and drinks.
For those who do not have the luxury of time or who prefer more intimate settings, Mangwanani has a number of Boutique Spas around the country which offer this, without compromising the African Spa experience. These spas are mostly located in well-known hotels and venues around South Africa.
It is Mangwanani’s aim to give everyone an opportunity to experience what the spa has to offer, no matter their age, budget or spa preference. It is for this reason that their impressive list of branches is not only made up of Traditional and Boutique spas but also includes two High Tea rooms (Sibaya KZN and Winelands Cape) where one can indulge in a High Tea with treatments, and two Kids Spas (Wild Coast Eastern Cape and uShaka KZN) which are delightful for little ones’ to celebrate their birthday parties at.
It is no wonder that guests to the spa range from children, teenagers, individuals, couples, pregnant women; groups, corporate teams and even individuals attending outside events where Mangwanani has set up a nomadic spa.
Added to its remarkable offerings, Mangwanani also boasts its own ranges of products, such as body butters, massage oils, body spritzers, hand crèmes and shower gels each with their own unique benefits. The favourites of the Mangwanani product ranges are the collections of natural products recently launched.
A visit to Mangwanani spa is certainly a must on any traveller’s itinerary and makes an amazing location for any special occasion. Many proposals have been witnessed at Mangwanani, not to mention Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Birthdays and many more. If you are looking for a tourist attraction, unique experience, a getaway, relaxation, alone time, healing and rejuvenation, quality time with a loved one, a peaceful retreat, added value for your corporate event or a venue for any occasion, Mangwanani is a great choice.