White River Manor is open during lockdown in South Africa

White River Manor is a registered essential service provider and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic continues to offer a world class therapetic Program. We have taken every precaution to maintain the integrity of our environment and screen clients both before and on arrival. Our staff too undergo regular testing and screening to ensure the safety of our clients.

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

    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

    hiking in south africa

    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

    tribal dancing at white river

    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

    Morning Biking - White River Manor

    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

    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

    Wlaking a dog in South Africa

    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

    Lions drinking - White River Manor

    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

    cape town south africa

    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

    Safari - White River Manor

    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 you’re 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

    Garden at White River Manor

    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!