While wellness trips are an established reality in the global tourist offerings, those intended as opportunities for personal growth are taking off at a sustained and unrelenting pace. There are now increasing numbers of people who aspire to develop, during their holiday days, skills that can authentically improve the quality of their everyday lives.
Yoga walking safari in Zambia
Stargazing in Namibia
That's how even a common activity such as watching the stars has turned into a little luxury, and someone has chosen to even reach the desert in Namibia to find complete darkness and the brightest stars. On the other hand, few things provide the same sense of peace and tranquility as the observation of the starry sky. Among these, perhaps, there is that of reaching the observation point on foot, sleeping under the stars after an exploration trek in the desert along the boundary of the NamibRand Nature Reserve.
This demonstrates that sometimes it is the simplest things that make the difference.
Eating like a native in North Island, Seychelles
In North Island, the inner island of the Seychelles archipelago, eating in a certain way means entering fully into the spirit of the place. And the way the island's inhabitants understand their food is in complete harmony with what the "healthy philosophy" dictates: local, fresh and seasonal products. Those who want a holiday based on healthy and conscious eating cannot ask for anything more.
Tanzania: the relationship as a wellness element
Of the people who travel to Africa, an increasing number of them are interested in getting in touch with the inhabitants of the territories visited, beyond the normal "tourist" interactions. This is evidenced by the fact that visits to the Maasai tribes, famous for their artisan jewellery production, and to the Hadzabe' e, one of the last large community of hunter-gatherers, are becoming very popular.
A trip to Tanzania in the area of Lake Manyara National Park gives the opportunity to go canoeing, moutain bike rides or climbing, as well as ensuring a total and engaging cultural immersion, with all the benefits that come from direct human contact.
The wellness destination you don't expect: Madagascar
The area around the city of Ambositra, in the center of the country, offers lands completely ignored by tourism, where you can trek in the forest and in the Zafimaniry territories, reaching natural paradises inaccessible in other ways with the certainty of not meeting even a tourist, and the luxury of being able to say that you were (almost) first.
Antsirabe, on the other hand, is not exactly an unknown destination: on the contrary, it is a well-known spa town. But the area outside the city is ideal for cycling (and neglected by large scale tourism): the bicycle is the perfect way to discover the Andraikiba and Andrononobe lakes, where in the months between May and December you cannot deny a swim between waterfalls and natural pools.