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By Chris Boyle

Karkloof Spa

Karkloof Spa is a five-star Wellness & Wildlife Retreat situated in a haven where exhilaration and rejuvenation go hand in hand.

A pristine piece of paradise where nature reigns supreme, Karkloof Spa is in a league of its own. This 3,500-hectare, malariafree sanctuary is cocooned in the Karkloof Valley, with breathtaking views of indigenous mist-belt forests and overgrown thickets, savannah plains, riverine valleys, crystal-clear waterfalls and expansive dams.

From the moment you arrive, wildlife abounds all around, with white and black rhino grazing lazily as herds of wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and Nyala roam free in a wellprotected and conserved environment.

Unique in its approach, Karkloof Spa offers you the privilege of time and choice. From indulging in spa treatments to going on game drives, you set your schedule, as time is exclusively yours. With early check-in from 8am and late check-out until 8pm, time is yours to indulge and relax, whether you opt in to a bevy of activities from mountain biking to fishing, yoga to tai chi, take full advantage of the unlimited spa treatments, or simply lounge by the outdoor pool reading a book from the library.



Hydro Therapy

Number of rooms in suite: One

Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of baths: One

Suite style: Colonial charm with African sensibility

Key selling points: Enjoy all-inclusive and unlimited spa treatments from 9am to 8pm, plus butler service 24 hours a day. Your secluded villa offers magnificent views over the valley and all manner of amenities, including under-floor heating, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi Internet access, DSTV, luxurious kingsize bed and complimentary mini-bar stocked according to your personal preferences.

Number of suites in hotel: 16 secluded villas

  • Square footage: Approximately 970
  • Nightly rate: R9,000 (about $1,320) per person per night (all-inclusive, including VAT)


Being the biggest and most spacious spa center in Africa, Karkloof Spa is a haven where peace and quiet embrace privacy in a luxuriously natural setting.

Every treatment room is graced with spectacular views and inside, you’ll discover a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. Choose from an exotic list of organic, authentic Thai treatments designed to relax, revitalize and recharge your body and mind.

At the extensive hydrotherapy area, glide effortlessly between the Moroccan Rassoul, sauna and steam rooms, and unwind in the flotation pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, Roman and mineral baths. Between treatments, indulge in refreshments at the Greens & Teas Café.

Most requested therapist: Natt Signature treatment: Karkloof Aroma Thai Massage

Spa Director Dang Deeprasit





At the Lodge’s romantic restaurant you’re spoiled for choice with a four-course menu of fresh and organic dishes, prepared freshly, whenever and wherever you want.

Chefs Christine Burgess and Brett Hackney



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