Spa Treatments

Sisters of Africa Spa -“Where the world meets an African touch”

Run by Zambian Born Bessie Mwale, Sisters of Africa Spa offers a range of unique treatments based on age-old Zambian healing techniques.

Zambia-born Sisters of Africa founder, Bessie Mwale worked her way through beauty school in South Africa to achieve a Beautician’s Diploma. Wanting to return to her country of origin after gaining work experience outside of Johannesburg, Mwale seized on the opportunity offered by Islands of Siankaba to become a consultant for their spa treatments and to run her own Spa at the lodge.

Her goal is to inspire other African women to follow their dreams as she has done.

The treatments offered by Sisters of Africa Spa have been created to bring true tranquility to the body, mind and soul. Treatments are done in the lodge poolside spa or in guest rooms – offering a healing place to relax in the middle of the Zambezi River surrounded by the natural music of the birds, water and the light scent of the trees.

A complimentary 5 minute foot or neck massage is offered to all guests during their stay at Islands of Siankaba to help them relax and unwind.

Below is a list of the treatments we offer:

  • “Sisters of Africa” Signature Massage

Massages have long been a part of the Zambian culture, with the use of warm or cold cloths and leaves to help stretch and heal aching muscles. Our massage adapts its technique from this old massage used in many villages with the purpose of removing toxic energy and relaxing the body with “Sisterly touch” that nurtures the soul.

  • Siankaba Aromatherapy Massage

Our African soil has bared us with the indigenous Mongongo tree common to the Southern Africa region and baobab tree often referred to as the “upside -down” tree, where we extract our oils from. Baobab oil helps slow aging and improves skin tone and Mongongo oil is very hydrating and regenerates the skin. This is a light aromatherapy treatment with a massage pressure of your choice.

  •  Zambezi Hot Stone Massage

This massage uses the healing power of Mother Nature with heated stones retrieved from the Zambezi. The warmth and energy flowing from the stones connects the “strings of the mind and body as one”.  This holistic massage will help relieve the body from stress.

Massage treatment times (full body- 60 minutes, back and neck- 30 minutes and foot massage-30 minutes)

  • Zambian River Island Facial

Using Mother Nature ingredients such as Mongongo oil and Wild African Ginger, which is known for deeply nourishing the skin, this natural “back to basic” facial technique helps cleanse the many layers of your skin. A facial ritual using steamed towels and pure distilled Zambezi river water which will leave your skin glowing. This is followed by a gentle massage which helps improve blood and nutrient circulation.

  •  Pure Organic Zambian Facial

Pure and organic ingredients such as cucumber and aloe are used for this facial treatment which helps balance the ph of the skin by deep cleansing and nourishing the skin. This treatment allows your skin to “breathe” and prepares it for the seasonal weather.

  • Arabica Coffee Body Polish

Our selection of body polish contains a thick layer of cocoa butter, pure coconut oil and freshly grown Zambian Arabica coffee which helps cleanse the skin whilst removing dead cells, preparing your skin for our African sun-kissed weather.

  • The Village Body Scrub

This treatment is inspired by the common use of ground maize (used to make mealie meal, also known as “wunga” in the local villages, a staple food throughout Africa). ”Wunga” is mixed with fine oil to make a smooth and natural body scrub which completely removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin looking and feeling radiant.

  • Foot “Soul” Treatment

This treatment has been developed to help heal the “soul” of your feet. It involves the deep exfoliation of your feet with coconut and cocoa ingredients followed by a thick layer of foot masque and a foot massage, all designed to give you another walk in life. (60 minutes)

  • Hand Treatment

A healing touch treatment that begins with a mild cream exfoliator paying special attention to the elbows and fingers. A hand cream that contains calendula is then massaged firmly into the skin to help improve blood circulation. (30 minutes)


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