A mere 30 minutes outside of Pietermaritzburg, Karkloof Safari Spa in South Africa offers an incredibly unique hybrid spa-safari experience. Here, attentive yet non-intrusive pampering is the norm, and timelessness is eternal. Forget a watch, eat meals at any hour, make your own game drive schedule, and indulge in spa treatments at a moment’s notice at this boutique spa lodge.

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At Karkloof Safari Spa in South Africa, sixteen private villas hide among the trees, offering the ultimate privacy. Inside, under-floor heating, soaking bathtubs, soft percale linens, fluffy towels, and comfortable beds work together for optimal luxury. Stays are highlighted by private viewing decks of surrounding wildlife, waterfalls, and gorges, personal butler service and private safari guides, unlimited spa treatments, and crystal decanters filled with sherry.

The main lounge at Karkloof Safari Spa has an old-world colonial feel to it, with high-vaulted ceilings embellished with Swarovski crystal chandeliers, stunning blown-glass vessels, and wrap-around exterior decks. Retreat to the reflection lounge for moments of peace and treat the taste buds with greens and teas from the café. Food at this boutique spa lodge is sourced from local farms bordering the area, and adventurous chefs conjure up both exciting and healthy meals featuring organic avocados, game meat, and raw ingredients. Pair these delicacies with a bottle from the lodge’s spectacular wine cellar.

Quintessential of any safari lodge, game drives and activities are offered throughout the day and provide abundant viewing of black and white rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and antelope. Bird watchers will marvel at the 270 species in the area, catching sight of wandering ostrich, chirping turacos and robins, and soaring eagles and buzzards.

While the accommodations and surrounding activities leave little to be desired, Karkloof Safari Spa goes beyond a luxury safari lodge with its sensuous spa facilities. 17 generous treatment rooms offer views of the native bush and specialized treatments from Thai therapists designed to uplift, revitalize, and recharge the body and soul. Guests are welcome to take advantage at the Karkloof Spa, of the first-class yoga instructors as well as the various hydrotherapy facilities including Kneipp pools, floatation pools, sauna and steam rooms, indoor Roman baths, and open air Jacuzzis.

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