Leave it to Abercrombie & Kent to coin travel's next term: spafari. The firm's newest expedition adds another layer of indulgence to Big Five game viewing in South Africa—with spa treatments. The 11-day trip kicks off at Mount Grace Country House & Spa in Magaliesburg with an anti-jet lag massage. Next stop is the Royal Malewane Luxury Safari Lodge near Kruger National Park, where guests can spy on nyalas, impalas, and elephants while being rubbed, wrapped, and pummeled outdoors. Finally, the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Cape Town focuses on the detoxifying powers of locally sourced essential oils. Also on the itinerary: shopping excursions, wine tastings, and treks through the private Timbavati Nature Reserve (on the edge of Kruger Park), all proving that exotic creatures and creature comforts can coexist. Abercrombie & Kent, 800/323-7308 or 630/954-2944;; from $8,873 per person, double, including airfare (from New York or Atlanta) and one treatment per property.
—Laura J. Vogel