Karkloof Safari Spa was voted Best Safari Spa or Retreat in Africa for 2017 – and I was lucky enough to be able to confirm this personally last weekend!

The setting – in the Karkloof just outside Pietermaritzburg – is idyllic, and as far removed from the frenetic city noise as you can get. KZN is lush and green from all the rain at the moment, and tree canopies offer shade to the wildlife, while bubbling brooks form natural water features all around.

Even the buck are laid-back and relaxed at Karkloof

Buck and baby warthogs frolic near the entrance to the Spa, which is flanked by two massive rose quartz rocks – a symbol of the spiritual retreat inside.

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The hydrotherapy area features a big, heated pool with massage jets, and two smaller pools with both hot and icy water to use alternately as a great circulation booster.

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Sauna and steam rooms are available to guests as part of some of the packages, and my favourite, the reflection room, is a unique feature at Karkloof.

 

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Here guests can meditate in a glass-roomed studio surrounded by green vegetation or practise yoga in a one-on-one session with an instructor (Available on request for event/corporate bookings)

The spa’s eco-design incorporates natural materials, with thatch and living roofs, which invite game to graze gracefully in full view.

Lunch at the spa is a healthy and wholesome treat

 

A pear and almond smoothie, and a chicken, avo and papaya salad, was my choice from the spa menu, while my husband opted for the simple cheese pizza, flavoured with herbs.

Then it was time to enter our treatment room (AKA paradise)

 

We had been booked for a treatment package designed to relax, pamper, and hydrate tired and stressed out muscles, skin – and souls.

We began with a foot scrub, followed by a body scrub, then a 90 minute-full body massage that ironed out the kinks and knots that ONLY Thai therapists can achieve.

 

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My avocado facial was recommended by my therapist – for treating wrinkles and dehydration lines (too much coffee and not enough water in my workday it seems) and my husband chose the grapefruit sportsmen’s facial.

I realised that he had fallen asleep on the massage table – DURING the face scrub application after his massage – when I heard the familiar sounds of his snoring (he was THAT relaxed!)

I swear he secretly wanted to trade me in for his massage therapist (she also talks a LOT less than I do…)

Our afternoon of bliss ended with an oil treatment head massage and we left loose-limbed and relaxed – and thoroughly pampered.

Image: Chris Allen Photography

New and exclusive luxury day spa packages at award-winning Karkloof Safari Spa

For those who don’t have the luxury of escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life to get away for a tranquil weekend, why not make time for a sensational day spa experience at Karkloof Safari Spa?

The team at Karkloof has created the perfect day packages for those looking for either half day and full day treatment packages.

All day spa packages include; a light meal, a luxury gown and use of the hydro area. Enjoy unlimited smoothies, coffee and organic tea, and if you’re celebrating a special occasion, look forward to a complimentary cake during your much-deserved time off.

Karkloof Safari Spa’s Director, Kae Komonsing, says – “Escape and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul with one of our exclusive and luxurious day spa packages, specially designed to relax and revitalise the soul.

“Our 5-star Thai therapists, trained to our world-class standards, offer the best personalised massages and treatments for guests to delight in. The products used in all our treatments are freshly made by our therapists, using only the best organic ingredients and locally produced pure essential oils.”

Contact Karkloof Safari Spa at  033 569 1324

Karkloof Safari Day Spa Packages

Half Day Package – R1 850 per person

Experience ultimate relaxation with Karkloof Safari Day Spa’s signature Massage Therapy.
• 90-minute massage of your choice
• Full use of the extensive spa hydrotherapy area
• Enjoy a light lunch
• A minimum number of four people are required to take advantage of this exclusive package.

Safari and Spa Package – R2 500 per person

• 90-minute massage of your choice
• Two-hour game drive and walk to Karkloof Falls
• Snacks and refreshments on the game drive
• Full use of the extensive spa hydrotherapy area
• Enjoy a continental breakfast to start off your day
• A minimum number of two people are required to take advantage of this exclusive package.

Chaokao Package – R3 000 per person

The treatments in this package prepare the skin for the winter months by increasing moisture levels and suppleness.
• Welcome ceremonial foot bath cleanse with salt scrub
• Coconut Body Scrub | 45 minutes
• Coconut Body Wrap with Honey and Coconut | 45 minutes
• Aromatherapy Massage with Coconut and Avocado oils | 90 minutes
• Full use of the extensive spa hydrotherapy area
• Enjoy a continental breakfast to start off your day

Silk Full Day Package – R3 200 per person

A gift of sensuality that is essentially oriental pure organic ingredients are blended with the healing properties of botanicals and infused with ancient knowledge.
• Welcome ceremonial foot bath cleanse with salt scrub
• Herbal Thai Poultice Massage | 90 Minutes
• Lana Hot Oil Hair and Scalp Massage | 60 minutes
• Authentic Luxurious Aromatic Facial Treatment | 75 minutes
• Full use of the extensive spa hydrotherapy area
• Enjoy a continental breakfast to start off your day

Sanctuary Escape Full Day Package – R3 800 to R4 300 per person

Escape to this heavenly sanctuary, hidden in the majestic Midlands, where exhilaration and rejuvenation go hand-in-hand.
• Return point-to-point transport
• Welcome ceremonial foot bath cleanse with salt scrub
• 3 treatments, 1 from each category
– Skin Care | 75 minutes
– Body Essentials | 45 minutes
– Massage Therapy | 90 minutes
• Full use of the extensive spa hydrotherapy area
• Enjoy a continental breakfast to start off your day

Collection points:

• Zimbali, Mount Edgecombe Country Club, Gateway, Durban Country Club, Musgrave Centre, The Pavilion, Oscars Hillcrest | R4 300
• Midlands Mall, Hilton Quarry Centre, Amber Valley, Amber Glen | R3 800