Karkloof Safari Villas

KwaZulu-Natal

Days 1 - 3: KwaZulu-Natal

Karkloof Safari Villas Location Map

Africa’s largest spa property can be found in the most tranquil and picturesque region of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The timeless Karkloof Safari Villas is conveniently located less than 30 km from Pietermaritzburg, within a 3,500 hectare game reserve that is home to game including black and white rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, antelope, warthog and monkeys, as well as breath-taking waterfalls and more than 300 different species of birdlife.

All guests benefit from a private guide and private game drive vehicle, ensuring that you have a relaxed and personalised game experience that can be enjoyed at your own pace.

The timeless Karkloof Safari Spa has won numerous international awards for its world class facilities and the high level of service from internationally trained Thai therapists and staff.   Guests can enjoy unlimited spa treatments and access to the spa’s hydrotherapy facilities during their stay.  Personalised weight loss, detox and wellness programmes are also available at the wellness centre for those guests with specific health and fitness goals in mind.

Sixteen private and individually decorated Villas each have their own hiding place amongst the verdant trees. Settle into seamless luxury where underfloor heating takes the edge off the night chill, sunsets rival satellite television and chattering birds outdo internet connectivity.   Streams trickle gently around the Villa’s, which are linked through wooden walkways, connecting them to the Spa, Lodge and dining areas.

All food is freshly prepared and organic by nature with every meal a delectable celebration of flavours.

Unlike most properties, you can check in from 8 am and check out is 8 pm on the day of departure, which means you will have an extra full day to enjoy all that is on offer here. 

Example Details For Karkloof Safari Villas

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Villa
Includes: All meals; beverages (except French champagne); up to 11 hours of spa treatments daily; game drives; and walking safaris are included.
 
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Karkloof Safari Villas Location.

Directions

From King Shaka International Airport: When leaving the main airport exit gates, travel over the bridge and turn right onto the N2 South onramp towards Durban. Go through the toll and stay on this highway until the turn off indicating left onto the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg. Stay in the right hand lane and drive towards Pietermaritzburg.

Drive on the N3 highway for about 45 minutes. In the Pietermaritzburg area (still driving on the N3 highway), take Exit 81 (Church Street/Greytown). At the traffic lights, turn right over the highway, towards Greytown. Continue straight through the next 2 sets of traffic lights.

The Northway Mall Superspar is now ahead of you. Just before the traffic lights, take the slip road off to the left. This is Otto's Bluff Road. Travel straight long Otto's Bluff Road for approximately 20 km. Please be awared that some sections of this road are gravel. After crossing Morton's Drift, turn off to the left (signposted Karkloof Spa). Travel along this road for about 2 km until you reach a gate on your left hand side.

From Johannesburg/Harrismith: Take the N3 south towards Durban. Remain on the N3 highway until you reach Pietermaritzburg. Pass the Midlands Mall on your left hand side and take the next off ramp - Exit 81 (Church Street/Greytown). At the traffic lights, turn left towards Greytown/Otto's Bluff. Continue straight through the next set of traffic lights.

The Northway Mall Superspar is now ahead of you. Just before the traffic lights, take the slip road off to the left. This is Otto's Bluff Road. Travel straight long Otto's Bluff Road for approximately 20 km. Please be awared that some sections of this road are gravel. After crossing Morton's Drift, turn off to the left (signposted Karkloof Spa). Travel along this road for about 2 km until you reach a gate on your left hand side.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 08:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 20:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Normal adult rates apply.

Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge

Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Days 4 - 7: Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge Location Map

If you want to be seduced by the romance of Africa, and see lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino up close in the sanctuary of a 10,000 hectare private game reserve, but also you want to experience understated luxury - then it is time you reserved your place at Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge.

A stay here will ensure you leave more relaxed and enriched than when you arrived.

The Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve is 23 km east of Ladysmith in the extraordinarily beautiful and geographically diverse KwaZulu-Natal region. Your extremely knowledgeable guide and tracker will plan a personal safari that takes into account your particular interests and requirements. You can explore the reserve by 4x4, on foot or via helicopter.

The reserve is also close to the famous battlefields of the Anglo-Boer War and various other historic sites, and is also not far from the spectacular Drakensberg mountains, making this the perfect stop over en-route to or from these other South African holiday highlights.

The 5* Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge offers intimate and luxurious accommodation. There are 8 luxury suites and one honeymoon suite, and each suite has a private viewing deck and an interior featuring a contemporary eclectic mix of local African design.

The main lodge lofty glass-enclosed dining and lounge areas provide panoramic views of rolling hills and savannah by day, and thousands of stars in the clear night sky. A wide verandah with its neighbouring bar spills out onto a waterfall that splashes into a rock pool where guests can float on cushions whilst sipping cocktails. Four indoor wood fires and 2 outdoor boma fires offer warmth, intimacy and another place to dine.

Example Details For Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite
Includes: Brunch, high tea and dinner daily; tea/coffee; snacks; the Rhino Conservation Levy; and 2 game drives per day are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge Location.

Address

Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge,Off the D46, Nambiti Game Reserve

Directions

From Johannesburg: Take the N3 - heading towards Durban. After van Reenen’s Pass take the Ladysmith Toll off-ramp. Take the R103 towards Ladysmith. Travel following the N11 towards Newcastle. Take the D45 - right (+/ - 7 km after the last traffic light as you leave Ladysmith) - this is a dirt road. At the T-junction turn right onto the D46. Continue for about 4 km until you reach a staffed gate house on the left signposted Nambiti.

From Durban: Take the N3 - heading towards Johannesburg, go past Mooi River Toll. Take Bergville/Ladysmith glide off. Turn right towards Colenso/LadySmith. Travel past Colenso. Go through Ladysmith following the N11, towards Newcastle. Take D45 - right (+/- 7 km after the last traffic light as you leave Ladysmith) - this is a dirt road. At the T-junction turn right into the D46. Continue for about 4 km until you reach a staffed gate house on the left signposted Nambiti.

From Spionkop: Take the R600, following the road for around 19 km before turning right onto the N11, and taking directions to Ladysmith. Continue on the N11 and follow the directions above.

PLEASE NOTE: The gates open at 06:00 and close at 18:00.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge around this time, but if you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 15:00 at the very latest, or else you may miss the afternoon drive.

Rooms must please be vacated between 11:00 and 11:30 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. No safari activities are permitted for children under the age of 6. Game drives can be offered to children aged between 6 and 12 years of age at the discretion of the lodge manager. Babysitting services are available (additional cost).

All suites have air conditioning, King or twin beds with a mosquito net, an open plan lounge area, private verandah, indoor shower and extra large stone bath, a fully stocked mini bar, wireless internet, telephone, and a tea/coffee station. The Honeymoon Suite in addition has an outdoor shower.

Morning/afternoon game drives are taken in the company of an experienced ranger in an open 4x4 Land Rover.

The Zolile Spa offers a relaxing range of treatments (additional cost).

The lodge has a swimming pool and a boma.

Additional off-site activities that can be arranged include Battlefield tours, fly-fishing, scenic flights and tours of local historical sites. More information and rates on request.

MasterCard, Diners Club, American Express and Visa cards are accepted.