Fordoun in the heart of the famous Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal is not only one of South Africa's top spas, but it offers a unique twist.... Its very own Zulu traditional healer and some 'weird but WONDERFUL' home-grown treatments

The boutique, five-star Fordoun Hotel, Spa and Restaurant in the heart of the famous Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa has been beautifully converted from an 1800’s dairy farm and comprises seventeen luxurious, individually appointed double suites with private verandas, under-floor heating and dream bathrooms, each with bath and shower, and a dressing area.

Fordoun Spa boasts a team of experts that include skilled masseurs, Reiki and Bio-energy specialists, a traditional African Healer and highly trained aestheticians. The spa features internationally acclaimed treatments such as the rasul, (a Turkish steam and clay treatment room), a saline Floatation pool, heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, vichy shower, hydrotherapy room, and a couples’ treatment suite with hydrotherapy bath.

The spa offers a holistic range of signature products, created in conjunction with Dr Elliot Ndlovu, herbalist and ethnobotanist, who is an Inyanga (medicinal healer), Sangoma (spiritual healer) and a director of Fordoun Spa.

KwaNdlovu (Place of Ndlovu) is located next to the main spa and consists of two African therapy rooms and Elliot's consulting room, all built and designed in the Zulu style and surrounded by Elliot’s herb garden. All Ndlovu products are carefully created from indigenous traditional healing plants - based on the theme of the seven Chakras and the seven colours of the rainbow.

Ingredients include the African Potato, Wild Dagga (African indigenous cannabis), Artemesia, Marula Oil, Aloe Vera, Rooibos Tea and essential minerals sourced in the area. The local community gathers clays for Dr. Ndlovu’s products and treatments such as rasul. As is the traditional practice, clay may only be gathered at full moon and only by pre menopausal girls or post menopausal women. Two old ladies on the farm boil the raw clay for 3 days and then form it into the balls. Fordoun also makes use of the internationally acclaimed Elemis range, which complement the local Ndlovu and Africology ranges.

Signature treatments with an African twist include:

Nduku Nduku Massage (45 mins) - A unique experience making use of the traditional Zulu Knobkierie sticks concentrating on the back of the body

Inkomfe Herbal Wrap (African Potato) (1 Hour) - An exotic blend of African essences, rich with hydration and anti-aging properties. The African potato is a traditional “miracle” plant that has anti-cancer properties and improves immunity.

Fordoun African Earth Experience (75 mins) - A stimulating and cleansing body wrap using Dr Ndlovu’s unique ingredients.

Royal Zulu Bath (30 mins) - A soothing bath soak experience filled with the healing properties of the African potato, wonderful aromas of lavender and Rooibos (Red Bush) blend. Rich with anti-oxidants, soothing for the mind, body and soul.

Traditional Healing Consultation (30 mins) - Consult with Tr Dr Elliot to bring clarity to life situations.   For full details visit

African treatments are prepared by Africology on site with instruction from Dr Elliot.

The full treatment menu can be found on

Despite its luxurious atmosphere, and emphasis on quality, Fordoun’s rates are surprisingly competitive in relation to similar hydros elsewhere. Rates start from R750 per person sharing Valid until Dec 2012) , including Breakfast and free use of the pools, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym and floatation pool at the spa. A wide range of overnight spa packages is available.

Elliot also does guided tours of his herb garden and its over 120 healing plants – and day trips to his functioning Zulu village Thendela in the rural foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, including visit to the stream where he met his ancestors and had the Calling to become a Sangoma/Inyanga. A book based on his Calling has been penned local author Melanie Reeder called A Sangoma’s Story

Fordoun offers activities such as mountain biking, long walks or fly-fishing on the property but most guests also like to explore the surrounding Midlands Meander arts and crafts route or enjoy a few rounds of golf nearby. Fordoun is just 90 minutes’ drive from Durban - or 4 hours from Johannesburg.

Claire Roadley
Marketing & PR Manager
Ethos Marketing®
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Ethos Marketing (established as African Ethos in April 1994) provides a highly effective marketing, PR and sales function in the UK for luxury hotels and lodges in Southern and East Africa.Ethos’ dynamic and professional team of six has developed a unique portfolio of prestigious clients, maintained by a constant quality of service and high level of commitment.Longstanding clients include The Blue Train and Garonga Safari Camp in South Africa (both clients since 1998) and Serena Hotels & Resorts in East and Southern Africa (clients since 2003).Other clients include Newmark Hotels (The V&A Hotel, Queen Victoria and Dock House - all on the Waterfront as well as La Splendida in Cape Town) as well as Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati (Greater Kruger) and Coral Lodge in Mozambique, Fancourt on The Garden Route, Majeka House in the Stellenbosch Winelands and Steenberg in Cape Town's Constantia Winelands.Ethos Marketing also represents 4 fantastic properties in KwaZulu-Natal including Fordoun Hotel & Spa, Ghost Mountain Inn, Isandlwana Lodge and Thula Thula Game Reserve. Ethos' Zulu Route gives visitors an authentic experience of all the main highlights of the province in a range of easy to book itineraries. The 10 member properties include Amakhosi Safari Lodge, Cathedral Peak Hotel, The Cavern, Fordoun Hotel & Spa, Ghost Mountain Inn, Isandlwana Lodge Pakamisa Private Game Reserve, Tembe Elephant Park, Thula Thula and Umkhumbi Lodge. Due to the rapidly growing worldwide tourism market, and the increase in the number of facilities available, it has become increasingly important for companies wishing to take advantage of this to market themselves effectively and cost efficiently on an international basis.Ethos offers the full service from regular sales calls, trade workshops and attending consumer shows to market research, marketing, public relations and media monitoring. Flexibility is key … every agreement is tailormade to suit the particular needs of a company, in line with their strategies.For more information or to access our high res image gallery visit