Karkloof Safari Spa

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The exclusive Karkloof Safari Spa is beautifully surrounded by towering cliffs only 24 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu Natal's magnificent Midlands, South Africa. The luxurious Karkloof Safari Spa Boutique Hotel provides luxury and personalised service. The Karkloof Health & Beauty Spa is a rejuvenating retreat blending signature treatments with a uniquely African sensibility. The scenic 3500 hectares of the Karkloof Reserve is home to, amongst others, white and black rhino, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, impala, kudu, waterbuck, nyala, Red hartebeest, bushbuck, eland as well as five magnificent waterfalls including the 105 m Karkloof Falls.

The Villas

The sixteen separate and individually decorated Villas each feature their hiding place amongst the green trees. Four of the Villas are interconnected which is suitable for families and small groups. Guests are invited to relax and get comfortable in the luxury where underfloor heating takes the coolness of the night; sunsets rival satellite television and chattering birds outdo internet connectivity. The following amenities are available to guests: a well-stocked bar fridge, air-conditioning, heated towel rails, laundry service, bath with a view, work area and large private viewing deck. Streams trickle gently around the villas at the Karkloof Boutique Hotel while linked wooden walkways connect the private Villa's to the Health & Beauty Spa, the Main Lodge and the dining area.

Facilities and Services

  • Spa and Wellness Center
  • 24-hour room service
  • Wireless internet access
  • Assisted disabled rooms and facilities
  • Complimentary safari drive and activities
  • Laundry
  • Gift shop
  • Transfers to visit sites and attractions in the surrounding area

The Main Lodge reflects an old world colonial atmosphere. Swarovski crystal chandeliers, oversized blown-glass vessels and hand painted aloes on canvas, make for a unique and comfortable interior. A well-stocked wine cellar is available, premium spirits and cigars are also on offer, an adjoining library welcomes guests for relaxation and selected handcrafted treasures are available in the boutique shop of Karkloof. Whether guests get comfortable on the deck overlooking the valley or lounge at the heated pool, the pervading feeling is oneness with nature. Meals are freshly prepared and set to satisfy the discerning gourmand in search of health, indulgence or simplicity. Local farms bordering the area of the Karkloof Safari Spa are a source of many of the ingredients like organic avocados and game meat.


The gourmet meals served here are freshly prepared by nature, with every meal a delightful celebration of flavours can be enjoyed. If guests wish to spend a day relaxing by the rock pools and would like to have a picnic basket and refreshments prepared, this can certainly be arranged.


Wooden walkways, paths and trails weave through thorn thickets over dolerite rocks, into the mist-belt forest or across the savannah, allowing guests to wander. Mountain bikes are available for guests to explore the cinematic splendour of the Karkloof Valley. Alternatively, guests can make use of the heated swimming pool, the library, the lounges or the private bar areas to relax and read. The Green' & Tea's Café at the Spa is a calming reflection space for deeper meditation or prayer.

  • Game viewing: Game viewing is an exciting adventure and includes species of black and white Rhino, Giraffe, Buffalo, Zebra, Wildebeest and a multitude of Antelope, warthog and monkeys including the Samango monkey, unique to the area, as well as over 300 species of birds.
  • Wine Tasting: The cellar features a hand-picked collection of estate wines and fine champagnes. Wine tastings are available upon prior request.
  • Reading: The boutique getaway offers an incredible collection of books and selected publications in the library for leisure reading. Shopping: The Boutique Shop provides a carefully selected range of hats, clothing, gold and silver fashioned jewellery, carvings and local crafts. Wildlife prints and artworks are also available.
  • Walking and Hiking: Wooden walkways, paths and trails weave through thorn thickets over dolerite rocks, into the mist-belt forest or across the savannah. The 106m high waterfall overwhelms guests; colourful butterflies are in abundance including the individual Karkloof Blue Butterfly.
  • Birding: Guests are welcome to make use of one of the bird books at the Lodge. Over 300 species have been counted so far at Karkloof. Ostrich wanders in flocks as turncoats and robins call to each other from the trees. Eagles and buzzards can be observed high above in the sky. At night, wide-eyed owls can be heard.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Heated towel rails
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Viewing Deck

Facilities Available at Karkloof Safari Spa

  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Conference venue
  • Garden
  • Hair salon
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
  • Wellness centre
  • Wine cellar

More Information on Karkloof Safari Spa

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Special Offer

Karkloof Safari Spa is offering a special for January - September 2019. Stay for R3,000.00 per person sharing midweek and R4,000.00 per person sharing weekend.


  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Dinner & Breakfast
  • One Game Drive
  • Bottle of House Wine
  • One hour use of the hydro facilities
  • Check in14h00 and check out 11h00

Included in the rate:

  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Dinner & Breakfast
  • One Game Drive
  • Bottle of House Wine
  • One hour use of the hydro facilities
  • Check in14h00 and check out 11h00

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid 1 January - 30 September 2019
  • Subject to availability