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  • Luxury Accommodation

    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.
  • Wild Gnu

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Abundant Wildlife

    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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hippopotamus Amphibius

    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.
  • 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.
  • Giraffa Camelopardalis

    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.

The World’s Finest Safari Spa

Africa’s largest spa and 5 star property can be found in the most tranquil and picturesque region of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The timeless Karkloof Safari Spa, Wellness and Wildlife Retreat is conveniently located less than 30km from Pietermaritzburg, within a game reserve that is home to an abundance of wild life including rhino, buffalo, leopard and hippos, breath-taking waterfalls and more than 300 different species of birdlife.

This luxury safari spa in Kwa-Zulu Natal offers guests the perfect blend of world-class facilities, luxurious comforts and an authentically African safari experience.

Why Choose Karkloof Safari Spa ?

Known as Africa’s 5 star property, Karkloof Safari Spa, Wellness & Wildlife retreat offers guests a luxurious and timeless experience that simply cannot be found anywhere else. As a recipient of the Best Luxury Safari Spa award at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2012, we strive to ensure that we continue to deliver the very highest level of service possible within the industry.

Escape with Karkloof Safari Spa

We are a Destination Spa of vast spaces and intimate exclusivity. Karkloof Safari Spa is personalised on every level and complemented with unfailing luxury as well as impeccable standards. The vibrant yet restful allure of nature’s beauty is captured and every aspect of a relaxing journey embraced to complete restoration and wellness.

A Timeless Experience

Our 5 Star boutique lodge consists of 16 opulent villas, all of which are elegantly furnished and designed to complement the beauty of the surrounding natural environment. During each guest’s stay, we strive to provide them with an experience that is timeless.

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.

We will tailor the experience to fit your preferences completely.

The Perfect Event Setting

The facilities, service and natural setting available at Karkloof Safari Spa, Wellness & Wildlife Retreat make it the ideal destination, irrespective of whether you are looking for professional conference facilities in Kwa-Zulu Natal, or the perfect honeymoon spa and lodge in South Africa, Karkloof Safari Spa has it all.

Map & Co-ords

Karkloof Safari Spa, Ihlanze Ranch, Otto's Bluff Road, Pietermaritzburg, 3231
29° 26′ 0.467″ S, 30° 18′ 0.766″ E

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