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Karkloof Safari Spa is a luxury eco-lodge and spa located near Pietermaritzburg in the scenic kwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Offering luxury and privacy while maintaining a ‘green’ philosophy, Karkloof is set in tranquil surrounds amongst the valleys, waterfalls and Acacias of this 3 500ha reserve. Combining an authentic colonial feel with contemporary style, it offers personalised service and a serene escape.

Explore the surrounding reserve on hikes, mountain biking excursions, and game drives. In addition to varied wildlife and spectacular bird species, the reserve boasts five waterfalls as well as breathtaking scenery to explore. The award-winning spa at Karkloof is the largest in Africa and offers a wide range of treatments in a tranquil setting that reflects the natural surroundings. Spend time on the large viewing deck overlooking the valley, beside the heated pool or in the library.


  • Located in the scenic kwaZulu-Natal Midlands
  • Eco-conscious lodge & spa
  • Tranquil atmosphere & privacy
  • Warm, personalised service
  • One of South Africa's best destination spas


  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Hiking
  • Fly fishing
  • Mountain biking


The award-winning spa is the largest in Africa and is divided into four areas according to the specific treatments on offer - Wetlands, Savannah, Forest and Thai Sala.

Karkloof Safari Spa is also known for its hydro area, which includes a flotation room and a Moroccan Rassoul. The use of the Roman bath, Kniepp pools, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna are all inclusive.

In addition to the world-class spa, the lodge’s amenities include a hair/beauty salon, laundry service, heated swimming pool, library and wine cellar.


The lodge restaurant offers meals that are freshly prepared from organic ingredients. Each meal is a culinary delight as the in-house chefs merge international and local flavours. The Greens & Teas Cafe, located in the spa area, provides healthy meals and snacks, such as seared tuna salads and banana and strawberry smoothies. If you are lounging about the lodge or on the deck, friendly staff members are on hand to whip up a cocktail, cappuccino or suggest a local or foreign wine from the cellar. Those wanting to spend a day relaxing by the rock pools can enjoy a picnic basket and refreshments prepared by the staff.

General facilities

  • Wi-fi available
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Computer facilities
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Library

Why travel with us

  • Independent experts since 1998
  • Our best price promise
  • Full service, flights included
  • Complete financial protection
  • 24/7 on-safari support
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