With over 3,500 hectares of vast and varied terrain to explore, Karkloof Safari Spa offers a safari experience like no other. Abundantly stocked with game including white rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, antelope, warthog and monkeys, it is hard to believe that one is only 30 minutes from Pietermaritzburg.

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 – adventure is ready whenever you are. Our game rangers are on standby to suit your schedule!


Animals large and small

We have rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and antelope inhabiting this vast landscape. Apart from these iconic animals, we also have, alphabetically, antbear, blesbok, blue duiker, blue wildebeest, bushbuck, duiker, eland, impala, kudu, leopard, nyala, red hartebeest, reedbuck, samango and vervet monkeys, and waterbuck.

Some of the smaller animals to keep a look out for include caracal, honey badger, and the common gennet. We have a variety of mongooses, namely large grey, water, slender and white tailed. Also keep your eyes peeled for spotted-necked and Cape clawless otters.

Birds, birds and more birds

Karkloof Safari Spa is blessed with hundreds of species of birds, making us a veritable birder’s paradise! 

So keep you eyes peeled for our raptors, which include the African fish eagle, black sparrowhawk and Cape vulture, among others. Among our bigger birds we can boast green-backed herons, African darters and black storks, whilst among the smaller of our winged friends we can boast African snipe, greenshank and the Alpine swift.

Remember to bring your cameras with you when you visit us, as every time you step out of doors you can be sure you will be pleasantly assailed with one beautiful Kodak moment after another!

For a detailed list of all the birds to be found on our estate, click here.

Our buffalo herds

Whilst servals and black-backed jackals abound, the sanctuary is free from large predators, creating truly timeless photographic opportunities and unspoilt game viewing moments. Unique to this sanctuary is the fact that Karkloof Safari Spa is home to a controlled breeding programme for disease-free African Buffalo herds in order to establish a significant population of these prize animals.

The essence behind this is that unbeknownst to many, as buffalo carry certain diseases such as foot-and-mouth, corridor disease and tuberculosis (TB), all of which affect cattle and the knock on effect of this can be extremely hazardous. Karkloof Safari Spa’s buffalos are disease-free certified and the dedicated game and wilderness specialists working on the property are extremely proud of their accomplishments to date.