A black and white affair
I was there earlier this year and am not a bit surprised to hear that Karkloof Wellness & Wildlife Retreat in KwaZulu-Natal has just been announced as global winner in the Best Luxury Safari Spa category in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2012.
Yes, the treatments are 1st class, the huge spa inviting and soothing, and the Thai therapists tops, but it’s the beauty of the surrounding wilderness and the abundant wildlife that captivates me.
Owner Fred Wörner is justifiably proud of his herd of disease-free buffalo, his happy hippos, his glossy giraffe, sleek wildebeest and any number of plump antelopes. His team of dedicated game and wilderness specialists works round the clock to preserve and conserve the animals.
Yes, the treatments are 1<sup>st</sup> class, the huge spa inviting and soothing, and the Thai therapists tops, but it’s the beauty of the surrounding wilderness and the abundant wildlife that captivates me.
Karkloof is a sanctuary for both black and white rhinos.
It’s not often that you get to see both in 1 drive – but we did. We chanced upon a black rhino browsing in thick bush, and not long after, a white rhino mother and calf.
Birding is also fantastic, with over 300 species listed so far. I ticked off 3 eagles (a martial eagle, a fish eagle and a long-crested eagle), and made a mega-tick for any birder – a narina trogon – plus loads more.
Another major drawcard for Karkloof is that its 3 500ha of indigenous wilderness are only 30 minutes from Pietermaritzburg. Fly there or drive yourself from Durban or Johannesburg. You’ll be delighted with what you discover.