Karkloof Spa,Wellness & Wildlife Retreat is the only true destination spa in South Africa, and arguably one of the very best on the continent. It’s not only the world class spa treatments you’ll enjoy, but also superb spacious facilities, gourmet food, luxurious accommodation, awesome scenery and teeming wildlife.

Did you know?

It’s taken nearly a decade to return Karkloof to its natural diversity and abundance

Karkloof Spa,Wellness & Wildlife Retreat prides itself on being arguably the largest and most exclusive destination spa in Africa.

It’s certainly different from most other spas because it offers not only superb health and wellness treatments with world class Thai therapists, but also provides the opportunity to experience the African bush and its teeming wildlife at first hand.

From the moment you arrive at Karkloof Spa,Wellness & Wildlife Retreat you’ll forget all about time, because ‘timelessness’ is its major theme.

Your private sanctuary is a luxurious villa with breathtaking views over the mountains and Karkloof Valley from where you’ll venture out only when and where you want.

You tailor your visit to suit your own individual preferences. Take food, for example. Perhaps you’ll breakfast on your deck, lunch al fresco on the lodge’s huge wooden verandah, dine in style in the gracious dining room or under the stars, picnic on a hillside, or eat healthy but scrumptious food in the spa’s on-site bistro.

Would you like to cram in as many treatments as possible into your day, or just choose two or three between lounging by the spa’s Roman baths, being gently massaged by falling rain in the Moroccan-styled Rassoul, soaking up the sun in the open-air jacuzzi or relaxing totally in the Kneipp Therapy pools, sauna or steam rooms? It’s your choice.

Treatments and therapies are Thai-inspired, and use only the finest natural ingredients, from avocado oil and lemon grass, to green tea, honey, melon and grapefruit, all blended freshly for your personal therapy.

However, don’t forget there’s so much else to do. Hike up to the dramatic 100m Karkloof Falls on a 1 200-step boardwalk, go horse riding, bass fishing, mountain biking or birding.

And enjoy spectacular game-viewing (including the endangered black and white rhinos) from your personal open game vehicle with your own dedicated game ranger.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Karkloof Spa,Wellness & Wildlife Retreat
Tel: +27 (0)33 569 1321
Email: spabookings@karkloofsafarispa.com

How to get here

Located 24 km from Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Karkloof Spa,Wellness & Wildlife Retreat is easily accessible by air or road. Transfers can be arranged from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport or Pietermaritzburg’s Oribi Airport on request.

Best time to visit

KwaZulu-Natal enjoys a mild climate all year round and even the winters enjoy warm, sunny days.

Around the area

Visit the battlefields, take a trip along the Midlands Meander, enjoy hikes on the property and explore the numerous historical sites in and around Pietermaritzburg. Game viewing is an absolute must. There are lots of antelope, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, rhino and wildebeest on the property as well as Samango monkeys, plus over 300 species of birds in the area.

Tours to do

If you can drag yourself away from Karkloof, a Battlefields Tour is interesting

Get around

On foot, mountain bike or by game vehicle

Length of stay

At least two nights, more if possible. An added bonus is that check-in is from 8am, whilst check-out is at 8pm on your day of departure – which means an extra full day to enjoy the property

What to pack

Swimsuit, informal clothing, walking shoes, sunhat, binoculars, camera

Where to stay

Your luxurious villa – one of only 16 – has absolutely everything you need from a well-stocked complimentary mini-bar, tea and coffee bar, to underfloor heating, wonderful views and perfect peace

What to eat

The food is superb. Try gazpacho or raw apple and celery soup, roast balsamic fig, crisp Parma ham and feta salad, or feast on roast impala or local lamb followed by lemon and almond syrup cake, vanilla bean ice cream or homemade sorbets. Enjoy more healthy but scrumpious food at the Greens & Teas Spa Bistro – which caters for all dietary needs.

What's happening

Around-the-clock spa treatments and delicious food. Great sightseeing opportunities in and around the area.