Karkloof Safari Spa in South Africa Best Safari Spa in Africa
Karkloof Safari Spa in South Africa, has won the coveted title of Best Safari Spa in Africa 2017 at the Safari Awards ceremony in London linked to the World Travel Market this week.
The Safari Awards event is sponsored by KwaZulu Natal Tourism and in partnership with SATOA, SATOA is a leading professional non-profit travel and tourism association formed in 1982. Managed by a committee in the UK on behalf of its members, SATOA promotes travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean while providing its members with a platform from which to promote their products, network and create new business opportunities. It also encourages the exchange of ideas and improves marketing and tourism to the region.
Karkloof Safari Spa is not stranger to the winners podium. The place has a seven year record of excellence underscored by the following awards:
- 2010 – Good Safari Guide Gala Award -Best Safari Spa
- 2011 – Good Safari Guide Award ‘Best Safari Spa Africa’
- 2013 – Third place – Best Safari Spa/Retreat in Africa
- 2014 – Winner at Country level (RSA) – Best Safari Retreat/Spa. Runners up at continental level
- 2017 – Best Safari Spa in Africa (Safari Awards)
Karkloof owner, Fred Wörner, says: “My vision was to create an opportunity to live amongst wildlife, while leaving a minimal footprint on the landscape, a place where time stops, an experience I and my guests have enjoyed and which has massively added to the quality of our lives. Interest in Karkloof comes from those who love Africa or want to discover Africa and love the idea of living cheek by jowl with wildlife in a green and sustainable way, where wildlife will always have priority. The awards tell us we are doing something right.”
Karkloof is home to no fewer than 486 species of mammals, birds, butterflies and amphibians – a virtual sub tropical paradise with no predators. Soime of these are:
Butterflies: Bush Beauty, Polka Dot, African Leopard, Forest Glider, Spotted Sailor, Spotted Joker, Pied Piper, Brown Playboy, Fig Tree Blue, Natal Opal.
Birds: Goliath Heron, Black-crowned (Night) Heron, African Spoonbill, Secretary Bird, Cape Vulture, Verreaux’ (Black) Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Martial Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Blackbreasted Snake-Eagle, African Fish-Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, Jackal Buzzard.
Amphibians: Natal Ghost Frog, Plaintive Rain Frog, Clicking Stream Frog, Snoring Puddle Frog, Dwarf Puddle Frog, Natal Chirping Frog, Bush Squeaker.
Mammals: Black and White Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Zebra, Serval, Reedbuck, Eland, Kudu, Nyala, Blesbok, Warthog, Jackal, Caracal, Bushpig
Located on 7,400 acres and home to three of the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo), this is Africa’s largest Spa. It is easily accessible by road or air and its sixteen individually decorated villas with spacious private viewing decks allow you to enjoy sundowners while watching animals within a stone’s throw. Guests have the added luxury of a private guide and private vehicle while on safari. Activities include walking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and game drives. And after a busy day game viewing there is a sumptuous Spa to relax in and indulge one’s senses.
Karkloof Safari Spa has a uniquely magnificent lodge, set in beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands. Stay here to unwind, be pampered and feel at one with nature, there are no set times at Karkloof decide when you would like to dine, indulge in treatments or partake in any of the activities on offer. All meals, drinks (excluding French champagne) and 11 hours of spa treatments are included in the nightly rate.
The villas are beautiful all luxuries have been thought of under floor heating will take the edge off the night chill, private decks allow you to sit and watch the stunning African sunsets. Soak in a bath with a view, wrap yourself in a sumptuous fluffy gown and sink into the giant bed. Listen to the streams trickle gently around the villas while linked wooden walkways connect all the villas to the spa and main area of the lodge.
Karkloof is well known as an ultra-luxury spa retreat, with a five-star lodge hidden amidst the verdant subtropical hills of southern KwaZulu-Natal. It has received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for three years running. The dream-like setting reflects an otherworldly atmosphere, perfect for those who are tired of the day-to-day of the world’s cities.
Here is Africa at its best, the silence only broken by birdsong, the rustle of grass and the continent’s intoxicating scents. This remarkable place is the brainchild of Fred Wörner. The pristine, award winning Karkloof Safari Spa has won plaudits from environmentalists for its game-breeding programme, its accommodation, hospitality and spa.
For those who have already fallen under the spell of Africa, and for those intrigued by it, there is a unique opportunity to realise the dream of the perfect African safari at Karkloof Safari Spa where Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, White Rhino and other big game species thrive in a predator-free area that remains in many ways untouched.
Access from Europe could not be easier. A 10-hour overnight-flight from Heathrow brings you into Johannesburg at dawn, then it’s a 45-minute hop to Pietermaritzburg, and as there is just a one-hour time difference, there is no jetlag. Then it’s a short drive into the country and you will be on your deck for lunch and a spot of game viewing, with the sounds and smells of Africa reminding you that you are now a world away from London and its stresses. Here ‘normal’ time stops.
Despite its remote feel, it is just 20 minutes from downtown Pietermaritzburg, a charming university town in KwaZulu Natal, and close to the seaport and holiday resort of Durban. Karkloof offers the best of both worlds, a safari reality with easy access to city sophistication and superfast broadband that provides links to the wider world. But what will draw buyers to this haven is its access to two of the worlds greatest luxuries: unspoiled landscape and a healthy wildlife population, this is what makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“Why visit Karkloof?” The answer lies all around you when you arrive in this special place, for it offers a fresh meaning the phrase ‘a natural wonder’. This after all is the home of early man; our earliest ancestors lived here and walked these plains, lived among this family of game
Karkloof is one of Africa’s largest and best spas with 17 treatment room, saunas, steam rooms, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and Roman baths, plus a wildlife retreat and a five star lodge. Built on a high slope it affords sweeping views over the valley below taking in a river and endless green hills of Zululand. It blends seamlessly into the landscape and is so cleverly hidden it even fools the animals who often wander in and around it. Dotted around the main lodge there are 16 spacious luxury villas, superbly designed and decorated with underfloor heating and huge viewing decks.