The Bush-Spa & Retreats Ltd.
South Luangwa National Park
Box 58, Mfuwe Eastern Province, Zambia
tel: +260 979 306 826
tel: +260 974 514 030
Email: info@bu

the perfect Bush-Spa Experience

Using a small selection of nature's gifts, you are invited to indulge in a truly unique African Spa experience whilst visiting the stunning South Luangwa National Park.

Aqua Therapy Bush-Spa style! 

Africa has abundance of therapeutic plant life and at the Bush-Spa and their on-call Retreats, they are well known for their professional treatments using as much as indigenous produce as possible.
The award winning Bush-Spa is famous for amongst others their Kigelia Africana Facials and Touching Massage therapies, but the team is also offering some additional therapies really giving you that touch with Nature.

What to think of a Pomegranate or Orange Blossom Body Polish, followed by a re-hydrating Cucumber Body wrap to end with a heavenly Balancing Green Clay touching facial and a Heart of Africa Marula butter massage?

Hints & Tips for visiting the Bush world of Spa

Spa's all over the world operate differently. Since there are not too many Spa's located inside a National Park and even less constantly surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, the Bush-Spa team thought to give a few hints and tips. The location and their Flora & Fauna neighbours make the Bush-Spa unique! There are plenty places in the world where one can have a massage, but only a few where your massage might be extended due to unique sightings of visiting wildlife.

Image by Dana Allan for BCC 

Unexpected visitors
The Bush-Spa is located inside South Luangwa National Park. This makes the Spa not only unique, but also asks for some understanding of delays due to local and unexpected visitors. Especially elephant frequently visit the lodge and Spa, whereas guests at all time must be aware of their presence.
All animals encountered whilst visiting the park are wild animals and not be approached!
Of course you can only but enjoy the sightings in and around the Bush-Spa. Not just elephants, but it often happens other wildlife comes for a drink in the lagoon just in front of the Bush-Spa.

Where else in the world can one enjoy the benefits of Aqua therapy whilst watching the hippo's taking their own bath just below the deck? Only at the Bush-Spa!
The therapists are aware of the unique location they work in and will at all times adjust their treatment enabling the guest to continue their safari whilst having one of the relaxing treatments

Opening hours
The standard opening hours of the Bush-Spa are daily between 07:30 and 16:15 hours. By prior arrangements, appointments may be booked outside these hours – but they do need a bit of warning!

 Remember, the team is there to pamper you, so if you wish to enjoy a sunrise or sunset session this is all possible too and actually pretty amazing, so do give them some notice.
Being located on an open deck overlooking the lagoons, calls for stunning views, but also has a negative side. As soon as the sun sets, the mosquitoes become very active, making treatments in the evening hours very uncomfortable and therefore mostly not done. Individuals, but also couples are especially welcomed, and are catered for with a selection of packages that help them share their Spa experience.
As the Bush-Spa is an adult-orientated atmosphere, the admittance of children under the age of 14 is on special request only.

Appointments & Reservations
Bookings and reservations may be made whilst guests are residing at any of the lodges in South Luangwa or by calling the team directly at 0979-306 826 or 0974-514 030.
All Spa services are subject to availability. Prices and service selections are subject to change without prior notice. To ensure availability pre-arrangements are also possible.
Reservations can be made by sending an e-mail with your wishes, or whilst placing your safari bookings at any of the lodges or camps. The Spa will hold your reservation awaiting your final confirmation upon your arrival in South Luangwa. Any reservation not confirmed 24 hours before scheduled treatment time will be automatically cancelled. Guests on self-drive can at any time check availability at the Bush-Spa itself. The friendly team is more than happy to give you more information and directions.

For people who booked their game activities with any of the lodges, please enquire with lodge management about transport possibilities for visits to the Bush-Spa. A valid entrance permit to the South Luangwa National Park is needed for any visit.
Already in the South Luangwa Valley? We can highly recommend an extra day at Mfuwe area incorporating a Bush-Spa visit after a stint at one or more of the intimate remote Bush Camps! Just let your camp manager know about your preferences, the Bush-Spa can also be reached via short-wave radio!

At the Bush-Spa  
Please check in at the Spa Reception Desk 5-10 minutes prior to your first appointment. This allows you to take in the beautiful scenery and share a nice herbal tea. Unfortunately, late arrivals may not always receive an extension of scheduled treatments, so as not to inconvenience other spa guests.
To begin your relaxation, we recommend a lovely warm shower prior to your services.
Whilst enjoying the welcoming Foot Ceremony, you are encouraged to disclose any pertinent health conditions (any physical, medical or allergy concerns) that may affect your Spa experience. This to ensure that your therapist will provide you with the best possible experience and to assure your maximum safety and comfort.
If you are uncomfortable with having any particular part of your body massaged; please alert your therapist before the treatment begins.


Dress Code
Your modesty will never be compromised and at the same time the team will always respect the Zambian culture. You will be given a sarong and slippers to change into before your treatment. What should you wear under the sarong? That is up to you.
The Spa therapists will only expose the portion of your body that is being treated at the time. For all wet-area sessions (aquatherapy, showers, wraps and glows) guests are requested to wear swimming costumes at all times.

To maintain an atmosphere of relaxation and as a courtesy to other guests in The Spa, all cell phones are to be turned off and not used while in The Spa. Please leave your jewellery and other valuables at home or in the safe located in your room.
During and after your treatment Therapists will always pay close attention to your face (or other body language) to assess if you are uncomfortable, if the pressure is too great or too light, and to adjust the technique accordingly. Should they look closely at your body, it is to check for areas of varicosity, bruising, or cuts or abrasions.
You will be draped with a bath sheet that covers most of your body but allows your therapist to work on specific areas. It is standard practice to work on the inner thighs (adductor muscles), the upper part of the buttocks (gluteus maximus, minimus, and medius), and the upper chest (pectorals). It is also possible that your therapist will manually stretch you in attempt to improve muscle stiffness, soreness, or sciatica.

 It is recommended to let your treatment linger a bit longer after you leave the Spa. Try not to rush into the shower (which would be a waste of those nice herbal oils used) and give yourself some time to relax some more. Should you experience a little soreness a couple of hours after the treatment? Do not panic, some old kinks may have been worked out during the treatment. Please wait 48 hours and see how invigorating you will begin to feel.

A "touching" gift
Spa Gift Certificates are available for purchase for any special occasion. Whether for an anniversary, a birthday, or as a holiday gift, a congratulations or thank you gift, what better way to say you care than with a gift from the Bush-Spa?
Bush-Spa gift certificates can be purchased via e-mail and depending on your preference be send directly to you, the person you wish to surprise or kept at the Bush-Spa for once they visit South Luangwa.

Treatments are to be paid directly at the Bush-Spa. The Bush-Spa accepts US dollar and Zambian Kwacha. Payments by VISA card are also accepted. 
Sorry, neither Euro, British Pounds, MasterCard or Travellers cheques are accepted

We do offer Point of Sale (VISA card machine) service for payments, but obviously are highly relying on the signal and reception in the bush. Not always easy!
Unfortunately there is not much we can do if the signal is not there and we can't take any responsibility for cards not being accepted or the machine not working. If this happens, another form of payment is required. We always “make a plan” with our Spa guest to ensure no further inconvenienced is caused, best is always to carry some cash with you whilst travelling.

Bush-Spa guest experiences

"Imagine getting a sensational massage in the middle of a national park, now thats 'ultimate' relaxation in an adventurous way.
We tried the hot stone massage, de-tox, thai, relaxation (most of it) and were uber thrilled. The strong and firmn hands did full justice to the massage and the hospitality was great!"
                                                       - Whida - Australia

“a bliss in the middle of Africa!”

"If you really want to indulge, book a treatment at the spa. Looking out and listening to the hippos whilst having a relaxing massage is an experience you will never forget!"  
                                                              - Kingairloch -



"Loved the couples massage, spa is equipped with a beautiful outdoor shower Amazing views from the spa!                                                    - Orlando - TBSBHB



"You need to get yourself there, to experience what is a wonderful spa! Offering all types of treatments. It is amazing.
                                                               - Ali B - U.K



"We cannot forget the spa treatments that we all got – through the able services of Natalie and her team of expert therapists. Everyone raved about each of their treatment(s) and it was truly great to be pampered and let go of all the stress"
                                                         - Exco Excursion -


Lying on the massage bed listening to the birds and hippos.. Where else do you get this.. With open air treatment rooms the whole experience was very special
The staff were so accommodating and were happy to slot us in to accommodate our schedule and this was greatly appreciated... The standard of the treatments was excellent.. Great in the afternoon and then a little siesta .. "
                                                    - Karen - Australia -

THANK YOU so much for the opportunity to experience your beautiful spa and services – what a treat! Your facilities are lovely and the view from the massage table is awesome. My technician was terrific and had good technique to get rid of those kinks, I felt totally ironed out after my back and neck massage
                                          -Alexis B, USA May 2015


Great massage to the sounds of the hippos given by a great young lady. What a way to wrap up 5 days in the bush and start the lodge portion of the trip.

- Robin, Chicago -


The soothing chuntering from the hippos in the pool below is the perfect accompaniment to a strong and soothing massage.
Nathalie and her team are excellent, I go for a massage everytime I am in Mfuwe :)

- TableMountain, Cape Town -

The bush spa is a great place to relax, get treated and to get ready for the next bush experience and they offer a good variety of treatments (their body wraps are just amazing).. The staff is so friendly and know very well what they are doing. Definately recommended!

- Alkmaar, The Netherlands -