If you’re looking to swap Sussex for the savannah, an executive rehab facility in South Africa offers the chance to get away from it all and find affordable treatment for addiction.
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.
White River Manor was founded by Jerry Hartless, Giles Fourie and Jeanine Fourie, who bought the eight-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.
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 $USD6950 for 28 days ($USD248 per day).