Karkloof Spa

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Karkloof Spa

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Karkloof Spa boasts a luxury boutique lodge with 16 individually decorated villas, an expansive world-class Spa and 3500 hectares of bountiful terrain abundant with wildlife, offering you a variety of unforgettable experiences.

Enhanced with the big heart of African sensibility and inspired by flowing water, Karkloof Spa will capture your senses as your stay unfolds. Enjoy your own time – dine when it suits you, indulge in our Spa or explore the landscape at your own leisure; and most of all, just relax and unwind.

Escape from time and surrender to nature’s bespoke offerings.

  • The Good Safari Guide Gala Award - "Best Safari Spa 2010"
  • Tatler Spa Award – “Most Exciting New Discovery for 2009”
  • SA Tourism Welcome Award 2009 – Overall winner “Best Accommodation Provider”.
  • Professional Beauty Award 2009 – “The Best Hotel/Resort Spa” 2009
  • Amarula Best Retreats in Africa Award 2009 – “Leading Wellness Retreat”
Karkloof Spa Wellness and Wildlife retreat has been privileged to receive numerous awards, but the most exciting accolade has been the acceptance into the Relais & Chateaux Family!

Karkloof Spa was officially inaugurated as a member of Relais and Châteaux at the 35th International Relais and Châteaux Congress held in Biarritz, France on the 16-18th November 2009.


Karkloof Spa was the only property in Kwa Zulu Natal and South Africa to have membership to Relais and Châteaux bestowed upon it in 2010 and now takes its place amongst the best properties in the world

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 480 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 56 countries.

 Established in France in 1954, the Association's mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.

Fanies Island

Situated on the western shore of Lake St Lucia, this peacefully secluded camp has a 7 bed cottage and 12 two bed rest huts. Two central kitchens and an ablution block serve the camp and a swimming pool is available to guests. Fanies is an excellent base for bird watchers and the forest and lake shore provide an ideal setting for trails. The 5 km Umkhiwane Trail covers a variety of habitats from coastal forest to wetlands and is specially recommended for bird watchers, while the Imboma Trail offers a pleasant 2 km walk on the edge of Lake St Lucia. Three boats are available for hire (visitors supply their own outboard motors).

Charters Creek

Charters Creek is a favourite with fishermen, bird watchers and those who simply enjoy a restful holiday. Accommodation here comprises a 7 bed cottage, ten 4 bed rest huts, four 3 bed rest huts and one 2 bed rest hut, each with a refrigerator. A communal lounge and ablution block serve the camp, which has two central kitchens. Fishing is excellent, and boats are available for hire (visitors provide their own outboard motors). Amenities include a swimming pool, a self service laundry and several picnic sites. The Isikhova and Umkumbe self guided trails provide attractive opportunities for day walks.


Bats’ Cave

Is a 2 km walk north, along the beach, to visit the caves where Egyptian Fruit Bats breed. This walk is best done early in the morning, as the African sun can be rather harsh if you are not used to it. Pack plenty of beverages and remember to take your camera. For a guided tour contact the Info Tours Office.

Crocodile Research Station

Where these pre historic animals can be viewed up close. In the various ponds all the African species can be seen, the Nile crocodile, the long snouted Crocodile and the Dwarf Crocodile. For comparison there are also American Alligators.

Deep Sea Adventures

Leave daily from the St Lucia Ski Boat Club Experience the wonder of the Indian Ocean aboard a chartered boat. This adventure is a must for all who love the sea. Experience the majesty of whale and dolphin sightings or spend time chasing the ‘big one’. All equipment is supplied for fishing trips. Just remember to take loads of sunblock and drinks (Non – Alcoholic).

Walk About Tours

See a number of the 411 different bird species recorded in the area, numerous flora and fauna and wild animals. Walks are done at a comfortable pace and every effort is made to make the trip fun and educational. Bookings can be made at Info Tours Office.

Visit a Traditional Zulu Village

Visit a ‘living museum’ with over 50 Zulu residents who perform in age old Zulu regalia. Old manufactured weapons of war are displayed, and include spears, shields and sticks. See the making of clay and grass pots in the traditional style. This cultural experience culminates in a variety of spectacular Zulu dances, stories and even a sangoma. Guest can enjoy the added attractions of authentic food, bear and an indigenous snake exhibition.


Outdoors – Bird watching, boating, fishing, hiking, mini golf


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