Fordoun Spa

Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Natal Midlands » Midlands Meander » Nottingham Road

Fordoun Spa, award winning Spa in the Natal Midlands

5 Star
Name of hostsFordoun Leisure
Tel:+27 (0)86 127 6237

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Fordoun Spa boasts a team of experts that include personal trainers, masseurs, nutritionists and beauticians.

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.

Treatments available at Fordoun include:

  • Aromatherapy body and bath treatments, using exotic blends of essential oils to suit each customer’s needs;
  • Detoxing and therapeutic Moor body packs and masks;
  • Hydrotherapy baths and showers;
  • Thalassotherapy seaweed treatments;
  • Various massages, including sports massage, back, neck and shoulders, foot reflexology.

Part of the holistic relevance of everything at Fordoun has led to the development of the Fordoun signature range of products, created in conjunction with Dr Elliot Ndlovu, herbalist and ethnobotanist, who is a Sangoma and Inyanga, and a director of Fordoun Spa.

Under his guidance, a number of products have been carefully created from indigenous traditional healing plants, especially for Fordoun. The range includes soaps, gels, protective clays, oils, bath salts, lotions and creams, and sprays, based on the theme of the seven Chakras and the seven colours of the rainbow. A luxury Eau de Toilette range, Ma’Ndlovu for women and BabaNdlovu for men, has been designed for both the local and export markets.

Fordoun also make use of Elemis an exclusive up market international beauty treatment range. Which we feel works well with the Ndlovu range.

Fordoun won the Top Destination Spa at the 2006 Professional Beauty Spa Awards. This is a great credit to us and a tribute to all those guests who have stayed with us and spoken so favorably about us. This is a national award, and we were up against some fantastic Spa’s. According to the brochure at the Professional Beauty Awards dinner, “The winners reflect true excellence and are worth admiring, because it’s not only about the spa or salon experience, but about ensuring that staff issues are in place, education plans are up to date and that a solid marketing campaign is used. Judges make sure that client-service is high priority and that the treatment menu offers enough of a variety. The entrants were judged by individuals of standing in the industry and the final decision was made by industry experts who add their particular expertise to the judging criteria.”


The hotel comprises seventeen luxurious, individually appointed double suites with private verandas, underfloor heating and dream bathrooms, each with bath and shower, and a dressing area. Each room has its own television, and tea/coffee-making facilities. There is also a double suite with wheelchair access and specially adapted bathroom. Despite its luxurious atmosphere, and emphasis on quality, Fordoun’s rates are surprisingly competitive in relation to similar hydros elsewhere.


African Traditional Healer Dr Elliot Ndlovu, Inyanga (medicinal healer) and Sangoma (spiritual healer) is our inspiration and gives to us and our guests the wisdom and healing powers of Africa. In Elliot's garden we have over 120 different species of healing plants. We also have two African therapy rooms and Elliot's consulting room. All built and designed in Zulu style.

These photographs are taken at his place, 50 metres outside the Spa, called KwaNdlovu (Place of Ndlovu). This is in actual fact a part of our Spa but is where we do specific treatments using traditional extracts from Zulu healing plants. There are two therapy rooms at KwaNdlovu. Elliot has his consulting room in the centre. The area is surrounded by a garden of over 120 varieties of traditional healing plants

Elliot is both a Sangoma (Spiritual Healer) and Inyanga (Medicinal Healer). He consults with many of our guests. He is a Director of our company and plays a major role at Fordoun.

Fordoun is located in the rolling grasslands of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where the air is crystal-clear and smog and traffic are echoes of another lifestyle. Guests can enjoy gentle walks around the grounds, visit the herb garden of Dr Ndlovu, or ride on mountain bikes along designated routes through the Fordoun estate. Fly-fishing is available on three still waters on Fordoun, or, in season, in the pristine waters of the nearby Bushman’s or Mooi River. Golf is available at the magnificent Bosch Hoek course or the new Gowrie course which are both a few minutes away.

Some of the outdoor activities in the area are:
- Flyfishing
- Golfing:
Fordoun offers the opportunity to enjoy two of South Africa’s Golfing Gems right on our doorstep, Simple pleasures making every weekend a holiday.
- Karkloof Canopy Tours
- Horse Riding
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Midlands Meander
- Mountain Biking



DIRECTIONS FROM JOHANNESBURG TO FORDOUN Take the N3 Highway south from Johannesburg heading towards Durban. Approximately 15km After the Mooi River Plaza toll gate take the Nottingham Road off-ramp. At the stop street turn right heading towards Nottingham Road for about 3km and we are on the right hand side. At the entrance to the driveway you will see a large sign on the wall reading: “Fordoun Hotel / Spa / Restaurant”. Follow the driveway for 400 metres to the hotel reception. If in doubt at any time call (033) 266 6217 (Travelling time approx 4 hours) DIRECTIONS FROM DURBAN TO FORDOUN Take N3 from Durban heading towards Johannesburg. Take the Nottingham Road Turn Off, which is about 15km before Mooi River Toll Gate At stop turn right and head towards Nottingham Road for about 3km and we are on the right hand side. At the entrance to the driveway you will see a large sign on the wall reading: “Fordoun Hotel / Spa / Restaurant”. Follow drive for 400 meters to hotel reception. If in doubt at any time call (033) 266 6217 (Travelling time is about 1 hr 30 min)