About Us

About Karkloof

About Karkloof Safari Spa, Wellness & Wildlife Retreat

World Class Safari Spa and Luxury Accommodation in Kwa-Zulu Natal

The timeless 5 star Karkloof Safari Spa, Wellness and Wildlife Retreat is Africa’s largest spa. Conveniently located only 24km from Pietermaritzburg, this luxury safari spa in Kwa-Zulu Natal may be accessed via road or air. We strive to provide our guests with the highest level of service, world class facilities and luxury accommodation while enjoying an authentic African safari.

The Karkloof Safari Spa experience is one that is personalised and tailor-made to suit the individual preferences of each guest. Guests can enjoy a unique and timeless experience while enjoying the natural tranquillity and beauty that the Kwa-Zulu Natal wildlife reserve has to offer. Our guests can experience an African safari adventure while staying at the 5 star boutique lodge and enjoy the treatments on offer from what has been recognised as the Best Luxury Destination Spa in Africa by the World’s Best Safari Spa 2012.

A passion for conserving the environment and giving back to the community


The restoration and conservation of the natural environment has been the top priority of Karkloof Safari Spa since the planning stages of the buildings. This passion for conserving the environment and the expertise of some of SA’s most respected wildlife and ecology professionals, have all been utilised in restoring this region of Kwa-Zulu Natal over the last 7 years. The area is once again, home to many different species of wildlife, birdlife and flora and fauna.


The Karkloof Safari Spa, Wellness and Wildlife Retreat was designed and built in the most environmentally friendly way possible. During the construction of the buildings, local communities were employed and environmentally friendly building materials were locally sourced. The resultant structure boasts eco-friendly features such as living roofs.

Day to day operation:

There are many practices and processes that have been adopted by Karkloof Safari Spa to ensure that day to day operations do not have an adverse effect on the environment. These include recycling all grey water via the wetlands so that it re-enters the natural ecosystem, dual flush toilets and planting indigenous trees around buildings. All produce and products used are 100% bio-degradable and eco-friendly.

Community responsibility:

Karkloof Safari Spa and game lodge in Kwa-Zulu Natal supports two disadvantaged schools in the surrounding communities. Thus far, we have provided toilets, electricity and maintenance of the school grounds. Wherever possible, we also try to source skills and products from the local communities in the surrounding Midlands area.

Why Choose The Karkloof Safari Spa, Wellness and Wildlife Retreat?

Africa’s finest safari spa and luxury accommodation:

Recognised by various organisations as the world’s best safari spa, the Karkloof Safari Spa, Wellness and Wildlife Retreat offers guests a chance to enjoy an African safari experience, world class spa treatments and facilities while staying in luxury accommodation on Africa’s first 5 star property.

All inclusive rates:

The overnight rates charges are all inclusive. Guests can enjoy an unlimited number of meals, beverages (except French Champagne) and spa treatments during their stay. Game drives, walking safaris and other activities are also included in the overnight rates charged.

Personalised safari spa experience:

We provide our guests with a personalised and tailor-made safari spa experience. This is done by ensuring all meals, treatments and activities are enjoyed at the Karkloof Safari Spa at the guest’s leisure. Meals are served 24 hours a day and guests are free to choose when they would like to eat, and what they would like to eat at any time of the day. Private guides, walking safaris and private game drive vehicles are also available.

Ideal setting for any event:

The Karkloof Safari spa has some of the best conference facilities in Kwa-Zulu Natal. While the deck under the breath-taking 100m waterfall, is a firm favourite for men when proposing to their partners. This venue is the ideal setting for just about any professional, recreational or romantic event.

Spa Award