Top 10 Reasons Why South Africa Is the Perfect Destination for Rehab

May 28th, 2020 by

Finding the perfect location for rehab isn’t always easy. For most, it requires an environment that provides enough stimulation without feeling overwhelming or feeding bad habits. There is a myriad of reasons why you should choose South Africa as the ideal luxury rehab destination, such as nature, wildlife, culture, and excellence in the field of substance abuse and burnout programs. 

If the country where you reside doesn’t inspire you to get clean and sober, consider South Africa as the optimal retreat.

Here are 10 reasons why South Africa is the perfect place for your recovery.

Beautiful natural landscape

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Nature has long been thought to have healing powers, and it’s no different when it comes to addiction.

If you’re seeking a change from your normal day-to-day, the scenery has a lot to do with your ability to recover. 

Studies show that nature is essential for reconnecting and learning control.

Furthermore, when recovering from addiction, the outdoors has numerous opportunities for exercise that allow both your mind and body to heal simultaneously.

You can reduce stress and clear your mind by exposing yourself to all of South Africa’s natural elements.

A vibrant culture

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South Africa’s vibrant culture can’t be ignored. It’s famous for being a rainbow nation with a number of cultures and religions.

As you remove yourself from your work or worries, you can throw yourself into learning about something you’ve never experienced. The rich history and culture of South Africa is something you’ll come away treasuring the rest of your life.

Numerous activities

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People find that they often do better in recovery when they stay busy. This is because their mind is focused on an activity, and they are less likely to battle cravings during that time.

Fortunately, South Africa has no shortage of activities. During a stay at White River Manor, you can hike, cycle, do yoga, go on safari, raft, learn about African dance, take a trip to Cape Town, and take daily advantage of our swimming pool and spa.

Top rehab programs

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Sadly, research has shown that South Africa is one of the top nations in the world for drug use. In fact, in 2009, the illicit drug use in South Africa was twice the global average.

However, this has led to top rehab programs all over the country to help people heal.

The country is recognised as one of the top locations in the world for substance recovery programs.

Excellent value for money

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Often financial accessibility can be a barrier to getting the treatment you need. British and European rehabilitation programs are expensive, and many people end up getting mediocre treatment and not getting a successful result.

Because the South African rand (ZAR) is low compared to the euro or sterling, you can get high-quality treatment at a fraction of the cost compared to what you would pay at home.  

At White River Manor, our tailor-made programs offer excellent value for money. We offer a 5-star, fully supportive environment and the country’s leading treatment specialists, all working towards your recovery.

It has wildlife

Lionesses drinking water - White River Luxury Rehab

You may have heard of Therapy and Emotional Support Animals. This method of treating mental health issues has risen directly from the fact that people who interact with animals experience increased levels of oxytocin. 

Animals have also shown physical benefits like lower stress levels, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Exposure to animals during your time in rehab can greatly help your progress.

Fortunately, White River Manor is located close to the Kruger National Park. One of South Africa’s largest and most renowned game reserves, where you can encounter The Big Five. 

It has Cape Town

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South Africa’s cities are top tourist destinations, and Cape Town routinely ranks among the most beautiful cities in the world.

Exploring new places during your recovery is an excellent way to start seeing your own world in a different light. 

A city such as Cape Town, with its vibrant and happy culture, makes the possibility of life without substance abuse or anxiety seem possible. During your stay, you can visit the city, taking inspiration from the eclectic and vibrant culture.

Cape Town is a place to reinvent yourself, broaden your horizons and enhance your creativity and resilience.

It has privacy

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Most people who decide to seek help for drug or alcohol abuse, choose to tell only their closest family. They strive for complete privacy and discretion, and this isn’t always possible when you opt for local treatment. 

Choosing a rehabilitation centre abroad means you’re away from associates and friends.

You don’t have to disclose the reason for your trip and can undertake your treatment away from prying eyes and questions.

It has great weather


Feeling the sun on your skin (as long as your wearing suntan lotion) has huge benefits to your mental and physical wellbeing. Amongst other benefits, exposure to sunlight improves our mood, helps us to enjoy a better quality of sleep and lowers our blood pressure. 

Often the weather can play a negative role in how we feel and our stress-levels, so choosing a recovery centre in a destination where we can get out and enjoy fresh air, a natural environment and a sunnier, warm climate, can go a long way towards aiding our recovery. 

South Africa enjoys a lovely, temperate climate with plenty of sunny, dry days. Here in White River, Mpumalanga we enjoy a warm climate, with mild winters and a sub-tropical climate, making for an ideal rehab destination. 

You can disconnect from routine

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An essential part of the recovery process is taking yourself out of routine life and surroundings. This is the first step to a fresh, new beginning. 

When you stick to what you know and who you know, the chances are you’ll find a variety of reasons why ‘a drink’ is a good idea. Going abroad to undertake rehab treatment gives you space and freedom to disconnect from the enablers and negative people that trigger your addiction. 

Choosing a destination far removed from the norm will help you regain control over your choices, and you can consciously get better on your terms, without worrying about what your peers think. 

Final thoughts

South Africa’s culture, wildlife, and nature make it the optimal place to attend rehab. In addition to top medical support, you’ll feel safe and supported during your stay.

If you’re suffering from burnout or addiction, head to South Africa for the best value and results!

The benefits of quality time in the great outdoors to improve mental health

May 15th, 2020 by

Research generously and continuously supports ecotherapy as a key benefit to mental health.

In fact, just the suggestion of nature seems to improve human mental health.

A study carried out by Mind found that 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outdoors. They noted a change from depressed, stressed and anxious, to calm and balanced.

Numerous other studies have supported the mental health benefits of the great outdoors, especially when connected to exercise, such as hiking, cycling and running. 

Here’s what you should know about how hiking and the great outdoors improves wellness.  

The mental health benefits of the great outdoors 

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Natural environments have been found to have restorative elements, which can ultimately give your mental health a boost.

The following mental health benefits give you ample reason to get out and get active. Your mind and body will benefit. 

Ecotherapy in South Africa

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Ecotherapy, also known as nature or green therapy, comes from the belief that people and their psyches are not separate from their environment.

As such, connection with the Earth is a core part of ecotherapy. It recognizes the mental health benefits of the great outdoors and seeks to connect its participants with them.

South Africa has numerous options for those seeking to experience the mental and physical benefits nature provides.  


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Believe it or not, people travel from around the world to experience hiking and trekking in South Africa.

Here are some top hikes to experience during a stay in South Africa. You’ll see firsthand how hiking improves wellness. 

Kruger National Park 

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There’s no shortage of activities in South Africa and Kruger National Park which is located just 17kms from White River Manor is one of the best destinations to experience activities in the great outdoors. 

Located in northeastern South Africa, Kruger is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. While you may think it’s reserved purely for safaris and game drives, there are also plenty of ways you can experience the park whilst staying active.

Here are some ideas. 


cycling in white river manor

Cycling is renowned for its positive benefits to mental health and just like hiking, cycling in South Africa provides amazing scenery as well as a way to see the country. 

There are some excellent cycling routes for beginners and pros along the banks of the White River and throughout the region of Mpumalanga, from easy flat 3km trails to pro mountain bike trails.

Nature looks after you

With just 20 to 30 minutes spent in nature each day, ecotherapy will help towards improving your mental health and wellness.

There’s no excuse NOT to get outside and get active. And South Africa boasts a huge range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and walking safaris.

Contact us today if you’d like a confidential and free chat with one of our highly-trained professionals.

Why Luxury Rehab in South Africa is Excellent Value for Money

May 15th, 2020 by

Once you have taken the decisive step towards professional help. Your choice of where to undergo treatment should be based on finding a centre that closely matches your rehabilitation goals and offers an encompassing and safe environment.

There is a much greater likelihood of success when you have access to treatment that has a high success record treating patients with the same needs as your own.  

Factors to consider

There are basic personal and environmental factors around making the decision to undertake recovery for addiction, depression or executive burnout. The most important are family life or personal relationships, career and economic status. 

Another important consideration is the ability to remove yourself from routine and from the cycle of life that we are stuck in.

A fresh perspective and a different environment can be hugely impactful in aiding recovery and heading abroad can be just the tonic you need to change your life for the better.

Why choose South Africa?

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South Africa is renowned for offering exceptional quality travel and accommodation.

Over the last few years, the South African Rand has seen a substantial depreciation against the Sterling and Euro, which makes South Africa excellent value for money as a travel destination and an excellent choice for clients looking for a luxury rehabilitation program.

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The benefits are boundless, but some of the main reasons our clients chose South Africa as the location for their successful recovery include.

Affordable luxury

White River Manor is a resort-style facility located in a beautiful tranquil setting in the heart of South Africa, just 17 minutes from the Kruger National Park. We provide modern luxury addiction and wellness treatment in a five-star environment. 

We are able to do this at a fraction of the cost our clients would pay in the UK, Europe or the US.

Travelling abroad for treatment means you can benefit from a professional team with decades of experience without sacrificing the quality of treatment you deserve. 

Reasons to choose South Africa

Nature has a profound effect on our wellbeing. Research shows that spending time in nature, even viewing natural scenery, helps reduce stress, fear and anxiety. We start to feel physically and emotionally better, and our vitality increases.

South Africa is well-positioned to offer everything needed for effective recovery from burnout, depression and substance abuse.

During your stay, you’ll get to explore the magnificent region, enjoying a myriad of outdoor activities which play an essential role in addiction recovery. 

This is an opportunity to live in the moment and let nature and wildlife restore you to optimum health and wellbeing

What makes White River Manor so special?

Welcome to White River Manor

White River Manor is a private rehabilitation centre built within a 100-year-old English estate with tranquil mature gardens. Located on the White River in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa, the peaceful setting is ideal for those who want to disconnect from a life of bad habits and to maximise the potential of their time in treatment and recovery. 

We practice a 360º holistic method of therapy using a combination of Western psychotherapy and Eastern wellness practices in an environment where clients feel safe, supported and connected.  

Our all-inclusive 28-day programs start from just £11,000 (12,500 €). A significantly lower cost compared to British and European treatment centres, and with the added benefit of spending time in a five-star South African lodge situated in a magnificent and natural environment. 

There is no better place to undertake your journey of recovery. Contact us today for more information.

A Holistic Approach to Executive Burnout

May 7th, 2020 by

You have been working at maximum velocity. Long working hours mean you have little time to rest, exercise or sit down to a healthy and relaxed meal. When you do finish work, there is peer pressure to head out to play as hard as you have worked. 

This has been happening over a period of time now, and you feel physically drained and mentally exhausted. You feel overwhelmed by your workload and are starting to lose the ability to think creatively. In your position, the pressure to perform is great and you may have turned to drugs, alcohol or both to keep you going. 

At some point, you’ll reach the breaking point: mental exhaustion, burnout and potentially substance addiction. This is not a great scenario to be living and one that you can’t sustain forever. 

How do I know I am reaching burnout?

Serious-stress syndrome or executive burnout is a work-related illness that affects many thousands of executives and entrepreneurs every year. 

It’s important to realise that burnout doesn’t happen overnight, it’s an accumulation of ongoing stress, and it’s not unusual to see high performing executives and entrepreneurs pushing their mind and body to this stage. 

When they do, there are key symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored. 

Ideally, a person suffering from two or more of these symptoms will seek professional help, especially if they are starting to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.

We are intricate beings.

As human beings, we are intricately woven into our community of family, friends and workplace. And to really understand the root of any mental health disorder, it’s important to understand the society and circumstances from which we come. 

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We are influenced by so many factors, such as age, gender, culture, language, heritage, faith, life experience, relationship status, sexual and gender identity, and our beliefs. 

At White River Manor, we practice a holistic approach to burnout treatment. Using a combination of traditional therapy methods, cutting-edge science, and ancient philosophy. 

Welcome to White River Manor

When a client first arrives, we spend time learning about the intricacies of their life. What is their community, and what are the circumstances surrounding their burnout? We then personalise the recovery programme around individual needs.

To do this, we move beyond traditional therapy methods.

Bringing together psychotherapeutic treatments, mindfulness, creativity, nutrition, exercise and positive experiences, trips and activities. 

What is a holistic approach?

Lifting weights at White River Manor getting fit

A holistic approach doesn’t just focus on the condition or mental health aspect; it also takes into account a person’s wellness.

It looks at the whole person, taking all factors into consideration, such as a patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.

Each of our situations is unique. And our feelings and experiences around burnout and how we cope are exclusive to us; therefore the path to recovery must be adapted to the individual. The only solution is a holistic approach which focuses on our whole being.

What are the benefits of holistic treatment for executive burnout?

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When choosing a programme, it’s essential to find a specialist team who can listen and interpret your situation and offer a wide range of treatments which work on the whole person, not just the mind. 

Your treatment should follow a holistic and personalised approach because the benefits of treating the whole person are endless. 

White River Manor Holistic Treatment

The executive burnout recovery program at White River Manor is tailored to an individual client’s specific situation.

We practice a holistic, person-orientated method which focuses on burnout symptoms within the individual. We first look at the root of the problem and treat from the inside out. 

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This approach helps to shift the sense of overwhelm and to help you break out of the vicious circle that’s impossible to do when you’re stuck in a daily routine.

Our purpose is to get you back on track for a positive and healthy lifestyle, one where healthy habits replace unwholesome ones, and you walk away with a clear mind ready for a more optimistic and successful future.

During a stay at White River Manor, our client’s can participate in a range of treatments. Our approach combines a comprehensive therapy programme with wellness treatments and activities. 

Our therapeutic programme

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Each treatment plan will include individual and group therapy time. Our world-class team has decades of experience. During your stay, you will have access to addiction specialists, clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, a professor of psychiatry, a CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) expert, and a behavioural specialist. 

The programme features a wide range of therapy sessions. None of the sessions is obligatory, but all offer huge benefits to your mental health and wellbeing.

Our wellness programme

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As important as nourishing our minds, our bodies also need healthy nourishment. When we are working to the limit and prioritising work, we forget the enjoyment that comes with physical activity and experiences that take us out of the norm. 

Eating healthily and undertaking regular exercise, getting enough hours of sleep and steering away from negative activities and enjoying positive experiences, all help improve our mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

At White River Manor, our wellness program is as important as our therapeutic one when it comes to treating executive burnout. During your stay, we aim to put back balance into your life and restore your motivation through fun and healthy activities

Nutritional Health

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During your stay, we’ll also focus on nutritional health. Many of our clients have got used to eating on the go, eating unhealthy food, or not eating at all. This is especially prevalent for those suffering from substance abuse.

At White River Manor, our in-house chef team prepares every meal from scratch using fresh local produce and whole foods, which support the fight against mental exhaustion and stress.

Aftercare & Support

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Our aftercare plan is the final block in our 360-degree holistic recovery program. We understand that changes you make during your stay at White River Manor will often be difficult to replicate when you get back into the pattern and routine of work and daily life. 

Towards the end of your stay, we’ll work together to create an action plan that aims to stop you regressing back to bad habits and where possible we’ll refer you to local professionals when you need added support.

Why Choose South Africa as a Luxury Rehab Destination

April 27th, 2020 by

There’s no denying it, White River Manor is a very special place. Nestled along the White River and set within a beautiful 100-year-old garden, the centre is encompassed by agricultural farmscape and rolling hills, with the tropical African Lowveld forests in the distance.

The town of White River is home to many creative people, including several globally recognised artists, inspired by one of South Africa’s most naturally beautiful areas.

It’s one of the reasons why our five-star luxury rehabilitation clinic in South Africa has such a high success rate. 

Elephant South Africa

Why choose South Africa?

South Africa has an abundance of diverse and breathtaking scenery, a vibrant culture, and magnificent wildlife: three major factors which influence our wellbeing and inspire us to reach optimum health and happiness. 

It’s why the country is an exceptional destination for those seeking a successful recovery from addiction, burnout or mental health issues.

One of the fundamental principles of successful addiction therapy is taking the client out of their daily routine and environment and importantly taking them away from people and habits that trigger their addiction. South Africa boasts scenery and a climate that is a world away from our too-often grey existences. 

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A luminescent country, abundant with flora and fauna, and brimming with an exuberance that is contagious and which has a profoundly positive effect on its visitors. 

A life-changing experience

Your stay at White River Manor will be a life-changing experience. We encourage our clients to fully immerse themselves in South African culture and the great outdoors as they embark on their journey to recovery. 

Our location means we can organise incredible activities and adventures for guests, such as a one-day Kruger safari, horse trail riding, white water rafting, African dancing, and mountain biking. We can even organise trips to Cape Town, Mozambique, a swim with dolphins experience, and so much more. 

Getting up close to wildlife: some of which is close to extinction teaches us to live in the present and appreciate the amazing world we live in. One, which perhaps many of us have taken for granted for too long. It puts an amazing perspective on life and for many, plays a big part in the restoration process.

Back at White River Manor

Back on-site, our treatment centre is set on a sprawling 100-year-old estate with beautiful tranquil gardens. Originally an old English farm, the property has lots of space and fresh air, it’s a wonderfully therapeutic setting. 

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The accommodation has been designed for maximum comfort and privacy, with a choice of luxury shared suites and private individual villas with pretty verandas. The estate also provides a fully secure environment.

Most of our clients are business owners and, working professionals and we fully understand the importance of staying connected to work and family during your stay. On-site, guests can use our business centre, Wifi, satellite TV, cafe, swimming pool and gourmet chef. 

It’s also important that our guests enjoy time outside of the programme and by design, we chose to offer an approach which distances itself from a typical rehabilitation environment, which can often feel too controlling for executive clients. 

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Within the programme, we are proud to have a world-class team of therapists and addiction specialists with decades of experience who are on hand to provide bespoke treatment through holistic and collaborative therapy. What is essential is that clients feel safe, supported and connected during their stay.

Our approach

Within the programme, we are proud to have a world-class team of therapists and addiction recovery specialists with decades of experience who are on hand to provide bespoke treatment through holistic and collaborative therapy. 

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We have a dedicated team of addiction specialists, four full-time clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, a professor of psychiatry, a CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) expert and a behavioural specialist. 

At White River Manor we believe that creativity and self-expression are an important part of the recovery process. Our programme incorporates art and music classes, which are facilitated by a registered art counsellor and music therapist.

A dietician and personal trainer look after your health and fitness requirements, and a dedicated team of nurses are on-site 24-hours a day. What is essential is that clients feel safe, supported and connected during their stay.


South Africa might seem a long way from Europe, but as a popular tourist destination, it’s one of the best-connected countries in terms of travel.

There are various direct flights into Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International) airport, and from there, guests can jump on a (45 min) connecting flight to Kruger Mpumalanga international airport, where a member of our team will pick you up in our luxury Mercedes carrier and take you the 15-minute drive back to the centre. 

Alternatively, we are happy to pick you up directly from Johannesburg airport and drive you home (2.5 hours). Our clients also appreciate that we work in the same time zone as Europe, which supports their work connectivity. 

Those who are striving to find inner peace and to reconnect with their happy, confident selves, should consider White River Manor and South Africa as the place to make that happen. 

Where nature, the wilderness and world-class therapists come together for a life-changing experience.

South Africa Luxury Rehab

April 20th, 2020 by

The go to luxury executive rehab facility for South Africa

Nestled in an ancient garden on the outskirts of the town of White River, the gateway to the Kruger National Park, White River Manor offers a comprehensive treatment programme tailored to meet the individual needs of clients seeking peace and quiet in one of the world’s most beautiful spots.

Regarded as one of the best addiction treatment centres in South Africa, it offers five-star accommodation and world-class treatment in a tranquil setting with the aim of offering clients a life-changing experience.ional use” was in fact regular use and he was likely dealing with a serious drug addiction.

White River Manor was founded by Jerry Hartless, Giles Fourie and Jeanine Fourie, who bought the 14-hectare property to create a facility that offered better care than Hartless had experienced in the United States. When it opened in 2015, the result was a top-class centre that offers luxury accommodation and faultless service at a fraction of the cost of international rehab facilities.

At its helm are the Fouries, who have more than 25 years’ experience between them working at a long-stay addiction treatment centre in South Africa. The centre also has a dynamic team of professionals consisting of clinical and counselling psychologists, psychiatrists, cognitive behavioural therapy specialists, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapists, music and art therapists, addiction and behavioural specialist as well as a pastor and spiritual counsellor.

Individual and group therapy sessions use an advanced addiction treatment approach along with holistic therapeutic activities to restore balance and help clients make a smooth transition to a new life; the whole team at White River Manor works together on a client’s recovery plan, with a highly personalised approach to individual and group therapy.

Why South Africa citizens choose this rehab centre although not in their own native country

Fitness and exercise are seen as essential components of the recovery process and clients are encouraged to participate in activities designed to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

Those at the centre have the freedom and flexibility to stay connected to both their businesses and loved ones; mobile phones and laptops are allowed and there is a business hub on the property with free wi-fi and a video conferencing facility.

Advocates of destination rehab say that, along with being a more affordable option, it offers an opportunity to put some distance between the person and their business or home situation and embrace new places, new cultures and new experiences.

At White River Manor there is an emphasis on adventurous activities which can have a powerful impact on a client’s recovery by building a renewed sense of self-worth. Experiences include a full-day safari tour of the Kruger National Park and a morning spent interacting with the gentle giants at Elephant Whispers, or hiking or mountain biking through scenic mountain and forest areas, ziplining across the expansive Graskop Gorge, canoeing on the wild Sabie River or quietly contemplating life while fishing on the stunning Komati River.

The minimum stay at White River Manor is 28 days but clients may stay for as long as they need for their recovery journey. All-inclusive pricing starts at $USD7950 for 28 days ($USD283 per day).

Visit their website for more information or, for a more affordable option at sister facility the White River Recovery Centre, Click here.


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