Kaarkloof Safari Spa was a lucky find! environment is classy, clean, elegant, luxurious and wonderfully self indulgent. Peacefully, cosy a perfect treat if you need to pamper yourself and get away from it all. Nice touch of intimacy from personal interaction with the property owner and generally friendly staff. A sensuous treat for all senses: sounds of waterfalls, musical tinkling of water and birds; Smells of cleansing and healing aromatherapy; Tastes buds are tantalised with cuisine including health options; Sight - with amazing views, a great library to loose yourself in; Touch - with endless massages for tired achy muscles, delicious roman bath waters on your skin, sauna etc etc. Must do again!
As Africa’s first inclusive spa property and its largest spa, Karkloof offers healthy holidays that are both luxurious and unique. At this all-inclusive boutique hotel, you can take advantage of unlimited access to their hydrotherapy facilities and up to eleven spa treatments per day, so whatever your preference, your stay is sure to be stress-free. Because there are no schedules to contend with, you can enjoy nutritious organic meals and stimulating fitness activities. But be sure to leave plenty of time for a guided safari and the amazing wildlife that comes with it, such as hippos, antelopes, giraffes, rhinos, and more.
Programmes at Karkloof Safari Villas
Situated within a scenic 3,500 hectare game reserve in the region of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Karkloof combines the therapeutic treatments of Africa’s largest spa with an unforgettable safari experience. Though it is less than 30 kilometres from the city of Pietermaritzburg, this retreat offers a chance to encounter stunning wildlife, including zebras; giraffes; black and white rhinos; hippos; over three hundred different species of bird; and more. In the surrounding area, you can also enjoy dramatic cliffs, lush valleys, and magnificent waterfalls.
During your stay at Karkloof, you can do more than just enjoy nutritious cuisine in the lodge dining room or the spa’s Greens & Teas Café. There are no scheduled meal times, so whether you prefer to savour delectable organic food in your villa, on the deck areas, or on a picnic, you are free to do so at your own leisure. The menu includes gourmet raw options along with locally-flavoured food for a well-rounded set of healthy diet possibilities.
You may wish to join the other guests in the dining room for your meal. The ambiance is lively, in the winter there's a large fire and in summer the doors are flung open.
Facilities & Services
Personal dietary consultation with chef
Karkloof offers sixteen luxury boutique villas with either comfortable king or twin beds. Most are peacefully set apart on their own, but four are interconnected for families or groups. All villas are impeccably furnished and incorporate design features, such as large verandas and view windows, in order to accentuate the surrounding area’s natural grandeur.
Luxury Boutique King
- Tai Chi
- Bamboo dancing
- Thai boxing
- Private guided mountain biking
- Private guided fishing
- Private guided walks and hikes
- Private guided safaris
Karkloof’s award-winning spa is the largest in Africa and its extensive offerings reflect that stature. Its hydrotherapy arena’s relaxing facilities include a Roman bath, Kneipp pools, sauna, steam rooms, Jacuzzi, and more. You can also unwind in the glass fronted manicure and pedicure lounge; the reflection lounge; or the comfortable treatment rooms where internationally trained Thai therapists deliver revitalising treatments, like uplifting grapefruit facials, Maldivian black pepper scrubs, and Thai de-stress massages, while you take in views of the attractive surroundings.
With unlimited spa therapies, you can also try the following and more:
- Thai melon and honey facial
- Passion fruit vitamin C facial
- Coconut body polish
- Lime and ginger salt body polish
- Karkloof Thai yoga massage
- Royal Thai massage
The wellness approach at Karkloof has a tremendous amount of built-in flexibility and can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual. With unlimited spa treatments, free reign of the hydrotherapy arena, stimulating activities, and the option of a nutritious raw food diet, these healthy holidays are able to cater to a variety of different personal goals, including weight loss and detox. They also provide you with the freedom to re-energise at your own pace.
janeto632, Trip Advisor ReviewVisited October 2015
Denise D, Trip Advisor ReviewVisited September 2015
Karkloof is a very peaceful beautiful place in the Kwa Zulu Natal provence of South Africa The rooms are lodges scattered around a very large world class spa deep in the the bush. The quality of the spa treatments is excellent Imagine coming out of a treatment and wondering into a herd of beautiful buck or viewing a rhino or giraffe on the way back to your room. Each lodge has a very high standard of accomodation with a spacious bedroom and separate lounge. The main lodge is where the dining is either indoor with a roaring fireoutside around the pool The Karkloof waterfall is magnificent.