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“Magical weekend & perfect setting to celebrate my sister's wedding :-)”

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Karkloof Safari Spa
Certificate of Excellence
Windhoek, Namibia
1 review
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“Magical weekend & perfect setting to celebrate my sister's wedding :-)”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

*Truly a memorable weekend away! Excellent standards covering all aspects of the Lodge, safari and spa!! Friendly staff and surroundings that make you feel 'at home'! Some key words: Heavenly and magical place, breath taking, soul healing- rejuvenating... there is something to do for every one! Thank you to Fred and Kae and to all the staff for a wonderful time *memories i will cherish forever! Kind regards Kathryn McLean.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Karkloof1, Public Relations Manager at Karkloof Safari Spa, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review about your experience at Karkloof Safari Spa. What a special way to spend your time here. Congratulations on your sister's wedding and we look forward to hosting you again.
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Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

In planning for a wedding anniversary, the choice of international and local came up, however decided on a local trip as wanted something relaxing and chose the Karkloof Spa which is only one hour fifteen minutes from Durban. although expensive, the experience was out of this world. We spent one night at this excellent place which is in a game reserve and had unlimited treatments at the SPA. Although we spent only one night, we arrived at 8 am in the morning and left at 8pm the following night. With the emphasis on timeless stay ( eat when you want to, game drive when ready, spa usage anytime ), the experience was magnificent with doing things in your own time. We had 6 great nutritious meals with fresh pastries at breakfast, to healthy salad lunches and exquisite dinners. The staff were extremely friendly and obliging and one of the greatest service received. from the time the original booking was made ( details on what one is celebrating, what is the Favourite cake, do you need an iPod charger !!), to the actual stay and also when one departs, the entire experience is seamless and very professional. Will definitely be back at this best kept secret.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karkloof1, Public Relations Manager at Karkloof Safari Spa, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank you for choosing Karkloof Safari Spa for celebrating your Wedding Anniversary and congratulations. As a place that specializes in special occasion celebrations, we are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to having you here again and thank you for such a fantastic review.
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Perth
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

From the minute I emailed my request for a night's stay for my sister and I, we were treated like royalty!!! Lawrence did everything he could to answer our enquiries speedily. Check in time is 8 am in the morning and check out time is 8pm the next day!! (if staying one night as we did)!!! So one glorious night and two full days to be spoilt in the spa and on game drives and a drive/walk to the Karkloof Falls!!! Everything was well worth every single star rating and more...The timeless experience is too true to believe...do whatever you want whenever you want including meals!! Game drives with Freedom (thank you Freedom for all your knowledge of the wildlife, birds and trees)!!! Most of the staff are from Zimbabwe (where my sister and I were born and raised) and we felt like home away from home with the friendliness of all the staff. The Spa has Thai ladies giving magnificent treatments very professionally (thank you Noo and Nan) and Augustine, the Assistant Manager, was a pleasure to talk to and fun to spend time with!! All of the staff are excellently professional and very very friendly without being intrusive!! And the views and wildlife.....words cannot express how therapeutic this whole experience was for me!! After a dreadful year health wise, relationship wise and job wise, this was just what I needed....an injection of Africa!!! And to share the experience with my sister..well what more can anyone ask for!!!
Thank you very much Karkloof Spa...I am sorry that I haven't mentioned everyone by name but you all know you made our experience so special and you will always be in our African hearts no matter where in the world we are living!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Karkloof1, Public Relations Manager at Karkloof Safari Spa, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Wow! Thank you for such a heartfelt review of Karkloof. We are so happy to hear about your special time spent with us. Our aim is to always ensure that our Guests leave feeling revived, rejuvenated and ready for life back in the real world. The team at Karkloof will be delighted to hear about your comments. We look forward to having you here with us again.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Not being a spa kinda person, i was just amazed how beautiful the place was. The service is great and really friendly staff. The view from the rooms are just amazing. When you get there ask for villa number 4 and make sure you visit the spar. Make sure you take your time there. Other great sites are the waterfalls and the fishing... Thanks for the staff at Karkloof and am sure am coming back.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Karkloof1, Public Relations Manager at Karkloof Safari Spa, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to send a review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. It is always interesting to hear back from Men who initially are not fans of spas and then when they have experienced the Karkloof "magic", seem to have a new light on it. We agree, one should definitely take their time at the spa and enjoy all the pampering and gorgeous therapies available. As for the monkeys, we agree, they are clever chaps! The joys and adventures of being surrounded by lush green bush. We look forward to having you visit here again.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

You cannot but enjoy the incredible service and luxury of Karkloof. Of all the hotels and lodges we have stayed in around the world, Karkloof has without doubt the highest level of service i have ever experienced. Top class meals when you want, Spa experiences any time of the day or night, and relaxing surroundings in the magnificent African Bush. It's not cheap, but if you're looking for something ultra special, perhaps romantic, and definitely luxurious, then Karkloof is the place to go !!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Karkloof1, Public Relations Manager at Karkloof Safari Spa, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank you for such a well written and brief review that captures Karkloof exactly. We pride ourselves on being the destination of choice for life's special celebrations. We are humbled by your compliment of being the "Best service" you have experienced in the world. I will most definitely pass your comments onto the team. We look forward to having you stay here again.
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New York
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Karkloof Spa, Wellness & Wildlife Retreat ( Africa’s 1st Seven Stars Award resort spa ) was a dream come true. I spend a week surrounded by sheer luxury, breathtaking views and amazing wildlife, spa-ing, organic dining, on safaris, climbing up waterfalls, adventuring, - and filming.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Karkloof1, Public Relations Manager at Karkloof Safari Spa, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank you for your great review on Karkloof and may we just say that your photos are absolutely stunning! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to having you stay here again.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Having stayed at some of the best hotels and game lodges in the world, I am not easily impressed. So truly take it from where it comes when I say that I have NO recommendations/improvements that I could suggest to Karkloof. Stunning villa. WiFi, TV and DVD player that work effortlessly, a mini-bar containing all my preferences, and all the luxury one could want or need. Great game viewing, surprisingly - no predators, but plenty of rhino, buffalo, giraffe and plainsgame. Beautiful surroundings - that waterfall! Makoni was our guide was a gem. Every single staff member went out of their way to accommodate us, be it plain pasta or chicken strips for our daughters, or late night dining for us, after some evening Spa time. Excellent Thai Spa, massage was incredible. 10/10.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Karkloof1, Public Relations Manager at Karkloof Safari Spa, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Karkloof. As an avid traveller, we appreciate your compliments and comments. Makoni is truly a very special Ranger and we are so glad that you enjoyed your time on safari. We look forward to having you and your Family visit us again.
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Property: Karkloof Safari Spa
Address: Otto's Bluff Road, Pietermaritzburg 3231, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Pietermaritzburg
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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
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Ranked #2 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Pietermaritzbu...
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 16
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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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