An assuring old-world colonial feel is lifted with contemporary accents; think Swarovski crystal chandeliers, over sized blown-glass vessels and hand painted aloes on canvas. Whether you settle on one of the countless cosy couches, hugging winter fires or catch a cool summer’s breeze on the wrap-around exterior deck overlooking the valley, the pervading feeling is oneness with nature.
A Timeless Experience
We give our guests the gift of time by allowing them to decide when they would like to engage in various activities or enjoy meals. We do not impose schedules on our guests, presenting them the freedom to do what they choose, when they choose to.
The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), or hippo, from the ancient Greek for "river horse" (ἱπποπόταμος), is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other is the pygmy hippopotamus). After the elephant and rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the third-largest type of land mammal and the heaviest extant artiodactyl.
With over 3500 hectares of vast and varied terrain to explore, Karkloof Safari Spa offers a safari experience like no other. Abundantly stocked with game including Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest and a multitude of Antelope, Warthog and Monkeys, it is hard to believe that one is only 30 minutes from Pietermaritzburg.
The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns.
Unlimited Spa Treatments
Guests are able to enjoy an unlimited amount of spa treatments during their stay with us. All treatments are included in the rate charged per night and a total of 11 hours of spa treatments can be booked daily. Due to our extended stay feature, guests can enjoy a total of 22 hours of spa treatments when staying for one night.
Private Game Drives
The fact that Karkloof Safari Spa’s magnificent property is so profusely inhabited by Africa’s finest, means there is no need for an early wake-up call as you can adventure when you are ready, the game rangers and our four legged friends are on standby to suit your schedule.
Friendly Professional Staff
Choose from an exotic list of natural treatments and signature spa journeys uniquely created to uplift, revitalize and recharge your body and mind. With a team of exceptionally skilled and hand-picked Thai therapists you are in the very best hands.
Bird Watchers Paradise
There is nothing more inspiring than waking up to the call of the African Fish Eagle. It conjures up the hearty African beat and brings the soil under your feet alive. At Karkloof Safari Spa, over 300 species have been counted so far like the Narina Trogan seen here, so why not pick up a bird book and see if you can add to the list?
Enjoy the Outdoors
Explore the Land and Waterfalls through Walking, Hiking, Mountain Biking or Game drives. Follow the Karkloof River, the or the tracks left by wildlife. Wooden walkways, paths and trails weave through thorn thickets over dolerite rocks, into the mist-belt forest or across the savannah.
The wildebeest, also called the gnu is an antelope in the genus Connochaetes. It belongs to the family Bovidae, which includes antelopes, cattle, goats, sheep and other even-toed horned ungulates. Connochaetes includes two species, both native to Africa: the black wildebeest, or white-tailed gnu and the blue wildebeest, or brindled gnu.
Indoor Spa Pools
Built to embrace the natural environment, the spa features 17 generous treatment rooms, all with wonderful views over the native bush and surrounding gardens. The eco-design incorporates natural materials, with thatch and living roofs which invite game to graze gracefully in full view. Facilities include a glass fronted four chair Hand and Foot Massage lounge, Moroccan flavoured Rassoul, Floatation Pool, Kneipp Therapy Pools, open-air Jacuzzi, Saunas , Steam rooms and Reflections lounge.