Rockwood Karkloof Farm Stays is a picturesque countryside retreat offering a selection of self-catering units on Spitzkop Farm, tucked away within the Karkloof Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal. In addition to lovely lodgings, the reserve features one of the largest indigenous forests in South Africa where dams, waterfalls, and weirs are home to a variety of birds, fish, and game. The entire property offers more than 25 kilometres of meticulously maintained hiking, mountain biking, and trail running paths – creating an adventure lover's paradise
Rockwood Karkloof Farm Stays comprises two separate accommodations, each offering its own unique charm and individual style. These include a luxury four-bedroom farmhouse and a quaint two-bedroom cottage nearby, both offering WiFi. Tucked amidst rolling hills and lush landscapes, this idyllic farm stay provides a unique blend of rustic charm and modern comfort. Each accommodation is thoughtfully designed to reflect individual style, creating a distinctive and memorable experience for every guest, promising a rejuvenating retreat that celebrates the essence of rural living with a touch of luxury.
The KwaZulu Natal Midlands region of South Africa is characterized by its picturesque landscapes, wonderful accommodation options, varied cuisines and exciting outdoor adventures. Additionally, the region boasts historic landmarks, wildlife conservation efforts, and an opportunity for visitors to fully immerse themselves in rich culture and history with an abundance of unique activities.
Rockwood Karkloof Lodges offers the perfect base for guests to explore the diverse surrounding landscape of Karkloof Nature Reserve, home to a noteworthy array of endemic and near-endemic species of both flora and fauna. Bird-watchers will be in their element with the abundance of rare species that call the forest home, including the elusive Cape Parrot, Narina Trogon, Crested Guinea Fowl, and the Crowned Eagle – to name a few.
The Farm Cottage is beautiful inside; and set in the most idyllic location. There is something for everyone to do. The staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming.
What an amazing 3 days. The location is amazing. No other people anywhere nearby, a stream with natural pool in front of the lodge, beautiful trees to keep the place cool, lovely walks and good cycle paths. So wonderful to get completely back to nature
Karkloof Nature Reserve is situated in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, approximately 30 kilometers north of Howick. It spans the Mpofana and uMngeni local municipalities within the uMgungundlovu district. Covering an area of 3,274.7 hectares, the reserve encompasses land parcels owned, assigned to, or leased by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, as well as those held by private individuals incorporated through the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife biodiversity stewardship program.
As a vital component of KwaZulu-Natal's protected area system, Karkloof Nature Reserve plays a crucial role in preserving the indigenous Eastern Mistbelt Forest and the surrounding grassland-wetland continuum. Positioned in the upper catchments of the uMgeni and uThukela Rivers, it holds strategic significance for the region by contributing to the water supply for the large cities in the area.
Karkloof farmers seamlessly integrate agriculture and conservation, demonstrating a profound commitment to preserving and perpetuating its remarkable biodiversity. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of the conservancy's tranquil hides, where you can observe a myriad of birds. This initiative stands as a commendable model showcasing the harmonious coexistence of advanced agricultural practices, conservation efforts, and tourism, all conducted with utmost care to avoid disturbing the delicate ecology.