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“A must Visit if in Durban. Beautiful Day of safari and spa - wish I had stayed overnight” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Karkloof Safari Spa
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A must Visit if in Durban. Beautiful Day of safari and spa - wish I had stayed overnight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

We were staying at the Oyster box in Durban for a holiday and wanted to take a safari so we took the two hour drive and Im so glad we did. My only regret is that we didnt stay here a couple of nights.
Our guide on the safari was great. So helpful, kind and friendly. We saw black and white rhino, buffalo, leapord and the hippo amongst others. No lions and tigers but it is Durban.
For the afternoon we went to the spa. Oh, just beautiful. Its very Thai, the buildings, the spa itself, just oozes relaxation, luxury. Its very spacious and the treatments were amazing.

Me and my friend decided we must come back here for a girly weekend or bring partners for a romantic one. Didnt see inside the accommodation but they were well spread out across the property so privacy, peace and romantic seclusion would be optimal.

I always look at my trips with one question. Would i come here again and this one is a big yes if i am back in Durban or surrounding area.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Johannesburg
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Words, what words can be used to describe our experience at Karkloof Hotel, Spa and Wildlife Reserve - sublime, wonderful, heavenly, superb, special - actually there are not enough to describe what you experience when you step out onto the property. Fred and his team have put together a concept that really is unbelievable. From the moment you arrive you are treated like you are the only guests there. The staff are so well trained and so hospitable and nothing is too much trouble for them to organise. The experience in the Spa has spoilt us forever and we will not be able to go anywhere else, as comparisons are enivitable and any other spa will be found wanting. We cannot wait to return and we certainly will.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank barenb
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Beautiful 'home away from home'. Most wonderful surroundings in the beautiful Midlands countryside. Service from all staff outstanding, from recetion, living/dining areas, spa, game drives, visit to waterfall and cleaners. Everybody courteous and helpful and makes one feel at home. Villas are very comfortable the whole atmosphere is tha of absolute relaxation.
When I arrived there after a long drive, I felt like on top of the world. My first comment to the reception staff (who I fel I already knew as I had been communicating with them for a few months) was ' I thought I was coming to a Spa resort, and this is heaven" This was before I even set foot at the lodge.

Room Tip: Villas 1, 2 and 3 have excellent views of Karkloof River and the surrounding valley and mountains
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Nompumelelo M
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

I spent the most wonderful weekend at Karkloof. They are masters of service and hospitality. I was pampered from the minute I stepped at reception on arrival to the personal send off from the staff and owner on departure. I was amazed by the attention to detail. World standard suitable for royalty!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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3 Thank MandisaM
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

One of the guests wrote in the Karkloof Spa gust book: "If this is what heaven is like: We are ready." I could not have said it better. You are picked at the Durban airport and after about 1.5 hours you reach an amazing resort on an 18 hectare of woods, hills, river, and open land. You are greeted by Lawrence in a bungalow that only serves as a welcome center and you are transferred to your spacious private bungalow by a Landover that can also take you to the many game drives. Fred, the owner may greet you upon arrival or at dinner. If you come for one night: You can check in at 8 in the morning and leave at 8 in the evening of the next day and it is considered a one day visit. Throughout you can use the 60+ spa treatments as many times as you wish. You can go there at 9am and stay there till 9pm and experience many types of massages and treatments. That is if you give up game drives. You may have a driver with a car who can take you to see myriad of animals. The beauty of this place is that they only have vegetarian animals, so the major carnivores (lions, cheetah, leopard, wild dogs etc.) are not on site. But you come close and friendly to hippopotamuses, buffalos, rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras, wild beasts, wart hogs, and many types of antelopes not to mention at least 100 birds. To top it all, you can eat any meal whenever you want it. If you want breakfast at 7pm: so be it. Two chefs are at anytime on site and they will serve you whatever meal you wish for at whatever time you wish for. Is and when you want wine you can go to the spa’s cellar and select your own wine. I did so and it was a spoiling experience.
But the best part is the staff. They compete on making you feel good. Each one wants to make sure that what they have to offer is of the best quality and fits your needs. They are welcoming and constantly trying to make your vacation as perfect as can be. My wife and I were very sad to leave and dream of coming back.

Room Tip: Come early and leave late.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ram C
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philly
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

This three day holiday has been the highlight of our trip to SA.
Amazing service..........
Amazing food..........
And heavenly spa treatments...unlimited at that.
The practice of having meals when you want, chef's catering to dietary requirement were above par
Our introduction to the 'raw' menu was great
The game drives were fantastic and the birding was great with a knowledgeable and patient guide ' Freedom"
Fred, has seen to it that there is a a 'heaven' on earth !!
THANK YOU for all your kindness and efforts in making this a great holiday for us

Room Tip: Ask for Freedom as your guide enjoy the chef's 'raw' menu
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank fe h
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Karkloof1, Public Relations Manager at Karkloof Safari Spa, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review on Karkloof Safari Spa. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip to South Africa. With so many choices in our country, we are so glad that you chose to stay at "Africa's Best Kept Secret - Karkloof". It was such a pleasure sharing our "Timelessness" experience with you and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

People are so nice and very profesionel. Thank you Keny, Suzane and sorry for the rest of the team but many thanks to everybody. Also many thanks to Frederic.
Everything is perfect to the Karkloof SPA.
Sofia

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sofia75018
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Property: Karkloof Safari Spa
Address: Otto's Bluff Road, Pietermaritzburg 3231, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Pietermaritzburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Pietermaritzbu...
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by the cinematic splendor of the Karkloof Valley, this modern and contemporary wellness and wildlife retreat is enhanced with the big heart of African sensibility. Karkloof Safari Spa offers a selection of supreme secluded lodges complimented by the finest cuisine and impeccable international standards. ... more   less 
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