While staying healthy is everyone’s Nr 1 priority, one cannot overlook the effects of constant hand washing and using harsh sanitizers. There have been numerous studies on the subject and it is public knowledge that sanitizers have some serious side-effects (Read the full article here)

1. Alcohol poisoning

The quantities of alcohol present in a sanitizer is very high and some of it can be absorbed through the skin, which can be particularly dangerous to children.

2. Antibiotic resistance

The active ingredient Triclosan in hand sanitizers is responsible for developing antibiotic resisting bacteria. It also kills good bacteria that help in fighting diseases.

3. Hormonal disruption

Triclosan also causes antibiotic-resistant strain leading to hormonal fluctuations, which causes a disruption to the natural environment in the body, leading to infections and diseases.

4. Weaker immune system

Our immune systems reacts actively against diseases when disease causing bacteria or viruses attack the body. When we live in a sterile environment, our immune systems take a back seat because it perceives no threat, leading to a weaker response.

5. Adverse impact on skin

The alcohols most commonly used causes dehydration and in turn causes callous formations, flaky skin, wrinkles and cracks. This ages the skin drastically.

At Kukura Wellness Spa we’re determined to help reduce toxic footprint. We cannot do anything about the active ingredients in the sanitizers we’re being bombarded with, BUT we can help combat the signs of dehydration and ageing on your hands caused by it. Exfoliating and moisturizing your hands is key to beautiful soft skin and using fresh natural products produces even better results.

Follow our recipes and instructions below and you’ll be amazed and in love your smooth skin.

Lemon and Sugar Hand Scrub

The Vitamin C in the lemon helps to lighten dark spots from sun exposure while sugar is a natural exfoliator, very effective in removing dead skin cells and softening callous areas.


3 Tablespoons of sugar

1 Tablespoon of olive oil (or coconut oil)

1/2 Lemon’s juice (keep the skin)

Always use fresh ingredients if possible for best results


Add the oil to the sugar and then the lemon juice

Mix well until the consistency is like damp sand

Apply to the hands and rub them together

Use the skins of the lemon as an exfoliator and to add another sensation to your treatment

Rinse well with warm water

Apply hand cream

(you can save any leftovers in an airtight container for later use or scrub your feet while you’re at it ;0)

After exfoliation, rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Avocado Hand Mask

We’re taking advantage of avo’s rich biotin levels (soften the skin and cuticles), yogurt’s lactic acid (for hydration and exfoliation), honey’s ability to attract moisture to the skin and the conditioning benefits of olive oil.


1/2 Ripe avo

1 tablespoon of honey

1 Tablespoon plain yogurt

Few drops of essential oil of your choice

Combine all the ingredients to obtain a smooth texture


Blend all ingredients together

Apply generously to your hands

Leave on for 10 – 20 minutes

Rinse with warm water

Apply hand cream

(Use any leftovers to treat your feet)

Apply a generous amount of the Avocado Mask to your hands

It is very important to take time for yourself and take care of yourself. While you’re waiting for your mask to reach it’s full healing potential, sit back and relax. Take this time to listen to your favorite music or audio book or to meditate. Remember to be kind to yourself.

When you’re ready to spoil yourself, choose and book your treatment at Kukura Wellness Spa for an ultimately luxurious wellness experience.

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If you consider yourself a travel-savvy individual, you’ll know that free WIFI, complimentary water and laundry is among others, a given and that you can look forward to the bite size confection on your pillow every evening. The real question here is “what is a 5 star experience in South Africa?”

Keep in mind that accommodation classification (stars) is not mandatory in all countries and that there isn’t a unified international regulation system... yet. The realities of tourism are very different for different countries in terms of consumer expectations, infrastructure etc. That being said, I’ve compiled what I perceive (according to research) is the most realistic list of what you can expect of a 5 star establishment in South Africa.

Bare basics

Safety – Guests should feel safe when they are on the property. 24 Hour security is mandatory. If they travelled by road, their vehicle must be parked in a safe parking area.

Electricity – Load shedding is inevitable at some point and there should be generators to supply electricity in all the rooms and in the main buildings, such as reception and restaurant.

Telecommunications – In secluded areas, where there is no cell reception, guests should have a phone in their room. Same rule applies to WIFI. If there is no WIFI available in the rooms, guests should have access to internet at a centralised point.

Inspiring architecture – Main buildings should be welcoming and beautiful and appropriately designed for the surroundings. The suites will be spacious and luxurious with aircons and a picturesque view.

Intuitive staff engagement

Not only will you find knowledgeable staff, but they will also be finely tuned into their guests’ needs. They will know when to be helpful and when to provide privacy, they know more than is expected of them.

Travel fanatic, Sareta Schütte, who is also the director of Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa, a 5 star Lodge which offers beautiful accommodation in Limpopo province, defines her view on the subject: “When I visit a 5 star establishment, I already have a certain expectation that should at least be met. The wow factors for me will be the way I’m greeted by professional staff and housekeeping and restaurateur going the extra mile, doing things that you don’t normally expect. Furthermore it is the little things like a superb wine list, beautifully presented food and a fresh fruit basket in my room along with a personal welcome letter from the hotelier that make my stay so much more memorable.”

"Welcome to Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa"

The revel is in the detail

Owner of Postcard Moments Travel and concierge travel expert, Mirinda Bosman has been in the tourism industry for 20 years. We asked for her opinion and she said the key to a successful 5 star experience is detail: “You have to feel as if you’re getting way more than you paid for. This includes service above and beyond with extensive menu options, amazing food and wine, included activities for adults and children like game drives and bush walks. Opulent rooms with beautiful views and luxurious amenities and of course an upper class coffee station. Staff should be knowledgeable and pay extra personal attention to guest. Detail, detail, detail. It is especially nice if they are considerate of preferences and make an effort to prepare accordingly for each return guest.”

Small detail like branded flip flops as a gift is a perfect example of 'attention to detail'.

Tangibles and consumables

Everything you touch and taste will be of exceptionally high standard. Outstanding wine, gourmet food that is artfully prepared and perfectly brewed bottomless coffee. You can expect luxurious and comfortable furniture, Egyptian cotton bedding and large fluffy towels with therapeutic oil infused bath crystals or similar pampering amenities to use as you wish. There will be an inviting subtle scent whenever you walk into a room and you’ll find everything clean, neat and appealing, no matter where you are.

Attractive activities

Depending on where you are, you can expect at least one activity to be included in your daily rate. For example, Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa offers their guests a selection of Spa treatments at Kukura Wellness Spa and a choice of 2 types of game drives ending with sundowners on a picturesque star gazing deck.

Snacks and sundowners at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa after a game drive.

"A spa is a particularly wonderful asset for any establishment, extending guests a deeper level of luxury and relaxation"

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One last tip: South Africa is a magical country and sure to feature on the bucket list of any person with wanderlust. Whether you dream about a scenic taste-sensation in the Cape Winelands, or a close encounter African safari in Limpopo province, be sure to do your research and read reviews before choosing your accommodation. There are thousands of beautiful properties where you can kick off your shoes after a day of sightseeing and enjoy the finer luxuries on offer. Not everyone’s hospitality is equal but you’ll find the rare gems if you search for them!

  • Kilima team

Updated: Jul 29

22 July is annual Crème Brûlée day! We celebrate by sharing our easy, yet amazing recipe and a seductively satisfying video on how Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa prepares 'crema catalana'!

Our Crème Brûlée Recipe

Yields 5-6 servings


6 Egg Yolks

4 Tablespoons white sugar

1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups pouring cream

2 Tablespoons white sugar

2 Tablespoons brown sugar


  • Step 1

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  • Step 2

Beat egg yolks, 4 tablespoons white sugar and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl until thick and creamy.

  • Step 3

Pour cream into a saucepan and stir over low heat until it almost comes to boil. Remove the cream from heat immediately. Stir cream into the egg yolk mixture; beat until combined.

  • Step 4

Pour cream mixture into the top pan of a double boiler. Stir over simmering water until mixture lightly coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove mixture from heat immediately and pour into a shallow heat-proof dish.

  • Step 5

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

  • Step 6

Preheat oven to broil.

  • Step 7

In a small bowl combine remaining 2 tablespoons white sugar and brown sugar. Sift this mixture evenly over custard. Place dish under broiler until sugar melts (about 2 minutes) or use a butane torch if you have one. Watch carefully so as not to burn.

  • Step 8

Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate until custard is set again.

Rose infused Crème Brûlée with raspberry and mango coulis and citrus almond biscotti - One of our favorite desserts at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa

We love to serve this special dessert with fresh fruit and a nutty biscotti But, even without garnish, it is still beautiful and an all time favorite!

When you are in Limpopo Province, on Route 71, spoil yourself by visiting our Restaurant at Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa and order a gourmet meal, followed by a decadent Crème Brûlée.

Happy Crème Brûlée day!

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