Karkloof Spa (Kwa Zulu Natal) / Kwa Zulu Natal
Wellness and Wildlife Retreat / Karkloof Boutique Lodge
Karkloof Spa is home to a lush and varied landscape. All around, wildlife abounds. Mastering the art of balance, the lodge offers the perfect combination of relaxation and action, reflection and inspiration. With the biggest and most spacious spa centre in Africa, Karkloof Spa is in a league of its own. Every room is graced with spectacular views as the spa’s living grass roof and green surrounds invite game to graze gracefully in full view. With 500 hectares set aside for walking, hiking, bird watching or mountain biking, and a further 3000 hectares to explore on game drives, Karkloof Spa not only offers you the ultimate luxury of time and space, but the exhilaration and freedom to do as little or as much as you want.
Stylishly decorated and tastefully furnished, all our villas are fi tted with the latest mod cons and lavish luxuries you’d expect in a truly exceptional hotel. Every moment of your stay is secretly designed, to be memorable in every way.
International award winning Karkloof Spa is home to the most expansive eco-friendly spa in Africa. Magnificently set on a 3500 hectare game reserve it blends the best of the globes major spas with a uniquely African sensibility. It offers a tranquil but uplifting haven for those setting out on a journey to wellness and restoration.
From the moment you arrive, wildlife abounds all round, with white and black rhino grazing lazily as herds of wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and Nyala roam free in a well-protected and conserved environment.
In Built to embrace the natural environment, the spa features 17 generous treatment rooms, all with wonderful views over the native bush and surrounding gardens. The eco-design incorporates natural materials with thatch and living roofs which invite game to graze gracefully in full view. Facilities include a glass fronted four-chair Manicure/Pedicure lounge, Moroccan flavoured Rassoul, Flotation Pool, Kneipp Therapy Pools, open-air Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam rooms and a Reflections lounge.
Choose from an exotic list of natural treatments and signature spa journeys uniquely created to uplift, revitalize and recharge your body and mind. With a team of exceptionally skilled and hand-picked Thai Therapists you are in the very best hands.
In between treatments, indulge in unlimited delicious and nourishing refreshments at our Greens & Teas Spa Café. Whether you want to sip on a steaming cup of tea, tuck into a light and healthy snack or lunch on a freshly prepared meal, you’re invited to come and go, as you like, throughout the day.
Blend these natural assets with the careful attention to detail, personalised service and unfailing standards and you have an experience to be savoured by the most discerning clientèle.
Tatler Spa Award “Most Exciting new discovery for 2009”
Professional Beauty “Best Lodge/Hotel resort Spa” 2009
Sixteen separate and individually decorated Villas each have their own hiding place amongst the verdant trees and night eyes. Four of the Villas are interconnected for parties travelling together.
Settle into seamless luxury where under floor heating takes the edge off the night chill, sunsets rival satellite television and chattering birds outdo internet connectivity.
Expect full amenities, a well stocked bar fridge, air conditioning, heated towel rails, laundry service, work area and large private viewing deck.
Soak in a bath with a view, wrap yourself in a sumptuous fluffy gown and sink into a giant bed adorned with 1000 thread count percale linen and a choice of down or allergy-free pillows.
Streams trickle gently around the units while linked wooden walkways connect the Villa’s to the Spa, Lodge and dining area.
All food is freshly prepared and organic by nature with every meal a delectable celebration of flavors.
Along with our extensive and locally-flavoured decadent international menu, guests can also choose from a wide selection of the very best organic gourmet Raw Food cuisine.
Raw foods contain enzymes that aid their own digestion, so they place less strain on the body when eaten. Following a Raw Food diet has many benefits, from weight loss and increased energy to improved immune system and digestion, raised metabolism, and relief from food allergies and eczema.
And don’t think for a second you have to sacrifice taste for the sake of your health. Prepared to perfection, all our raw food meals are mouth wateringly delicious, nutritious and designed to satisfy even a sweet tooth.
Should you have any specific dietary requirements or like anything specially arranged, please speak to us.
If you wish to spend a day lulling by the rock pools and would like us to prepare a picnic basket and refreshments for your journey, please speak to one of our staff.
Sixteen private and individually decorated Villas each have their own hiding place amongst the verdant trees and night eyes. Settle into seamless luxury where underfloor heating takes the edge off the night chill, sunsets rival satellite television and chattering birds outdo internet connectivity.
Soak in a bath with a view, wrap yourself in a sumptuous fluffy gown and sink into a giant bed adorned with 1000 thread count percale linen and a choice of down or allergy-free pillows. Expect full amenities, a well-stocked bar fridge, air conditioning, heated towel rails, a work area, comfortable armchairs with sherry in crystal decanters and glasses, awaiting your return from dinner, DSTV and a large private viewing deck. With such comfort, space and grace, it’s pretty hard to leave the villa… but then there is so much to explore… Streams trickle gently around the villa’s, which are linked through wooden walkways, connecting the Villa’s to the Spa, Lodge and dining areas.
All food is freshly prepared and organic by nature with every meal a delectable celebration of flavours. Along with our extensive and locally-flavoured decadent menu, guests can also choose from a wide selection of the very best organic gourmet Raw Food cuisine. Raw foods contain enzymes that aid their own digestion, so they place less strain on the body when eaten. Following a Raw Food diet has many benefits, from weight loss and increased energy to improved immune system and digestion, raised metabolism, and relief from food allergies and eczema. Prepared to perfection, all our raw food meals are mouth wateringly delicious, nutritious and designed to satisfy even a sweet tooth. Furthermore, special dietary requirements are arranged on your behalf.
And you can take cuisine one step further – how about a day spent lulling by the rock pools and waterfalls, with a decadent picnic basket and refreshments for your journey?
For conferencing, corporate getaways, think tanks, deal breakers, director or strategy meetings, Karkloof Spa provides an ideal escape from the pressures of the city and offers the ideal environment for creativity, inspiration and clear thinking. Our luxurious appointed boardroom with a capacity for 16 people is the perfect place to do this. The convenience of location and modern communication facilities allow our corporate clients peace of mind, privacy, confidentiality and ensures a quick transition from stressed to relaxed, enabling one to work effectively and without interruption. With the spa open from 09h00 to 20h00, this allows our clients unpressured time after all day conferencing to enjoy the power and benefits of treatments and the extensive hydrotherapy facilities. With 17 treatment rooms and a team of exceptionally skilled Thai therapists you are in the very best hands, leaving you, as the leaders of our country, ready to face the challenges that lie beyond Karkloof Spa.
Prices & Service
At Karkloof Spa we offer a number of personalised services to ensure your stay is perfect for you, allowing you freedom and flexibility at your own leisure.
12 hour Spa access
24 hour room service
Wireless internet access
Assisted disabled rooms and facilities
Complimentary game drive and activities
16 Seater Boardroom
If you would like a transfer to visit sites and attractions in the surrounding area, do not hesitate to ask our Front of House Staff. Please note this is a chargeable service.
Karkloof Spa-Wellness and Wildlife Retreat, located just 24 kilometers from Pietermartizburg in a Malaria free area in KwaZulu Natal, is home to the most expansive eco-friendly spa in Africa.
Cape Town 1568 km
Durban 101 km
Johannisburg 527 km
Explore the Land and Waterfalls through Walking, Hiking, Mountain Biking or Game drives. Follow the Karkloof River, the birds or the tracks left by wildlife. Wooden walkways, paths and trails weave through thorn thickets over dolerite rocks, into the mist-belt forest or across the savannah. Amateur biologists may decide to make tree bark their project, dreamers can wander aimlessly soaking up nature or pause at a reflection whilst world acclaimed photographers have chosen Karkloof Spa for its undeniably, unbeatable opportunities to capture Africa at its finest.
There are 5 waterfalls located within the 3500 hectare Game Farm of Karkloof Spa to explore during your journey with us. Whether you feel like having a brisk walk, cycle or hike to get the blood circulating or admiring the breathtaking scenery, bird or wildlife this is the place to be. Most definitely the pearl secret of KwaZulu Natal.
No matter what your purpose you can be sure the 105m high waterfall will overwhelm you with positive ions and feel-good endorphins. Colourful butterflies are in abundance including the rare Karkloof Blue Butterfly.
Become one with nature and her natural bodies of water by fly fishing for Yellow tail in one of the various rivers during the summer months, or relax and reflect while Fishing for Bass or Tilapia with your own private guide