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Karkloof Safari Spa

Karkloof Safari Spa

Of all the eco spots in South Africa, Karkloof Safari Spa is undoubtedly one of the best- if you can afford it.

Karkloof Safari Spa from above

This luxurious getaway is set on 3,500 hectares of untouched wildness - home to buffalos, rhinos, elephants, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and nyala that roam freely throughout the property and a rich diversity of flora and birdlife.

Giraffe, Karkloof Safari Spa

Karloof Safari Spa hippo

Built with conservation in mind, the award-winning Karkloof Safari Spa is designed to be in harmony with the environment - incorporating elements of natural building using thatch, wood and stone.

There are 16 private villas dotted amongst the expansive savannahs and fertile valleys and streams of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, each individually and tastefully decorated.

Karkloof Safari Spa bedrooms

Artists from the local community were commissioned to produce artworks for the central lodge and private villas, mostly using elements found on the property.

Karkloof Safari Spa takes you to a world of hassle-free luxury - king-sized beds to bury yourself in, deep-set bathtubs, air conditioning, underfloor heating and other modern conveniences and a large viewing deck where you can relax, sundowner in hand.

Karkloof Safari Spa room interior

With the absence of the usual predators, game viewing here is prolific - guests have their own private safari vehicle available any time of the day (and for any length of time) to discover the wonders of a thriving conservation area.

Game safari at Karkloof Safari Spa

The price of a one-night stay includes all activities, gourmet food (including a healthy raw food menu) and alcohol (except for French Champagne) so you can sit back and enjoy all the area has to offer. You can even arrange a late check-out so you get 2 full days’ worth of activities in.

Raw vegan food at Karkloof Safari Spa

The Karkloof Spa takes you straight back to Thailand - with highly-trained Thai therapists offering treatments that only use organic, all-natural and biodegradable products.

Karkloof Spa

There’s also qualified nutritionists and fitness instructors on hand to help you correct your lifestyle and reach your ideal weight.

Karkloof Safari Spa

The Spa, open 24 hours a day, has 17 different treatment rooms interlinked with thatch-covered eco-friendly boardwalks, and sports a Roman bath, sauna and steam rooms (check out their own Dead Sea salt indoor pool!)

Karkloof Safari Spa

If safaris and spa treatments aren’t entertainment enough, Karkloof Safari Spa offers guided historical or bush walks (self-guided trails also available), daily yoga, trips to one of 5 waterfalls on the property, indulgent bush picnics, mountain biking or fishing.

Looking out over waterfall at Karkloof Safari Spa

With so much to see and do, combined with exceptional service and attention to detail, Karkloof Safari Spa is the destination for the luxury eco-traveller.

Karkloof Safari Spa outdoor views

What makes it eco?

Karkloof Safari Spa is a conservation area where wildlife can roam freely across 3,500 hectares, and where alien vegetation is constantly replaced with indigenous flora.

Waterfall Karkloof Safari Spa

Utilising elements of natural building in their design, including thatch, wood and stone (buildings also sport a living roof which has soil and plants on top to aid in natural cooling and provide a living habitat), the lodge supports the local economy by buying locally where possible and purchasing its artwork from local artists.

With food picked fresh from their organic, pesticide-free vegetable garden, Karkloof Safari Spa caters for any type of diet (with an earth-friendly raw vegan option available for each menu item).

The lodge also keeps its carbon impact minimal with energy-saving bulbs, electric vehicles and water conservation measures.

Karkloof Safari Spa lodge interior

Karkloof Safari Spa Quick Facts


Accommodation type:

Luxury hotel offering seven star private villas (fully catered)


About 23 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal (30 minutes’ drive by car)

GPS Coordinates:

S29 26 0.467 E 30 18 0.766


Couples or families


Private villas from R9990 per person a night, fully inclusive

Green in Africa Eco-Rating






Meals available

Yes, fully catered


No, due to its location in a Nature Reserve


Complimentary spa treatments, yoga, Tai Chai, bamboo dancing, hiking, mountain biking, game viewing, birding, fishing


+27 (0) 33 569 1321 / +27 (0)79 695 8738

Warthogs at Karkloof Safari Spa

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