Educational — Beauty + the Desert

The Kalahari Desert (in Afrikaans Kalahari-woestyn) is a large semi-arid sandy savannah in southern Africa extending 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. A semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains, the Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert, such as the Namib Desert to the west. There are small amounts of rainfall and the summer temperature is very high. The driest areas usually receive 110—200 millimetres (4.3—7.9 in) of rain per year, and the wettest just a little over 500 millimetres (20 in). The surrounding Kalahari Basin covers over 2,500,000 square kilometres (970,000 sq mi) extending farther into Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, and encroaching into parts of Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kalahari is home to many migratory birds and animals. Previously havens for wild animals from elephants to giraffes, and for predators such as lions and cheetahs, the riverbeds are now mostly grazing spots, though leopards and cheetahs can still be found. The area is now heavily grazed and cattle fences restrict the movement of wildlife. Among deserts of the southern hemisphere the Kalahari most closely resembles some Australian deserts in its latitude and its mode of formation. Uhum - let's thank "Wikipedia" for that snippet of information. Isn't it fun to read a bit of information that one would not necessarily focus on. I mean the Kalahari has such an interesting history. The people who inhabited the space, the tribes who still exists and the language that was spoken.

Artwork against rocks, the redness in sand, the tiny figures and wrinkled skin are distinctive trademarks of those who lived or live in the Kalahari. Their language is another that has "click consonants", all I remember as a child growing up was the fascinating tone in all. An interesting tribe no doubt. Now that I have wrecked my thought process on this — let's get down to a bit of talk.

I guess where I am going with the Kalahari (history lesson) is for the following reason. Recently I visited Indaba Hotel's Spa, Mowana. They use the "Kalahari" products in the beauty range. I quite enjoyed the product and treatment and thought I'd shed a bit of light.

So the story behind Kalahari — the product used by Mowana Spa, is that a team of botanists, scientists and experts had done extensive research on naturally sourced ingredients from the Kalahari Desert in Africa. This lead to them producing organic beauty products that can be used for treatments.

Some of the components found in their Lifestyle treatments are Melon extract, Marula Oil, Boabab oil, Stone extract, Desert mineral salt crystals, Resurrection Plant extract, Melon seed extract and Mafura butter are just some of the hidden botanical treasures found in the ingredients.

The therapist took me through a little process where I looked at various granules — Some crystals, mixed herb blends from Kalahari and my favorite, original sand from the desert. I then had to clear my nasal passages to endure a smelling contest. Presented to me were 4 different oil blends and the wild Honey blend most certainly stood out to me and a favorite amongst many guest who visit Mowana beauty Spa. I don't have to educate you and sell to you how amazing pedicures are and how beautiful your feet would look but I just have to share this point.

Looking after one's feet can do you wonders. It's important to keep your health in tip top shape and prevent things such as calluses, corns, cracked heels, fungus and gunk building up from simply just sticking your feet under a show and bath with the odd soap scrub here and there. Plus having a good foot massage is good for circulation. I suppose we don't realise the tremendous stress we put our feet through. Hello 6 inch stilettos — I know, I am guilty as sin.

In saying all that, I also engaged in a 45min Honeybush facial — again from the Kalahari range — which is perfect after a week of stress, lack of sleep and dull skin. The mini scrub gently cleared the buildup on face — air pollution, the bit of make-up, and just every day product that may have stayed behind. Again — it's great to feel and look a little fresh and dewy.

Skin is happy and feet in a happy place.

Bliss — absolutely - I highly recommend a visit to Mowana Spa I wonder what I will have on my agenda next. Nina

Set in the tranquil bushveld gardens of the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Sandton; the Mowana Spa is a wellness sanctuary which will revive your senses, rejuvenate your body and soothe your soul. The Mowana Spa, which takes its name from the majestic Baobab Tree of African Lore and Legend, offers wellness journeys based on Tribal Massage in keeping with the healing spirit of the “Tree of Life”.

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