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Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays


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Forest Lodge
Max 6 Guests
1 double, 2 twin

from R 3975 / per room per night

Mountain Cabin
Max 6 Guests
1 double, 2 twin

from R 3070 / per room per night

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About Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays

Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays is a breathtaking escape comprising two self-catering cabins 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 kilometers of meticulously maintained hiking, mountain biking, and trail running paths – creating an adventure lover's paradise.

Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays' two wooden cabins are located deep within the heart of Karkloof Nature Reserve's indigenous forest, accessible only by 4x4 and offering a serene off-grid retreat without WiFi access. Surrounded by towering trees and the soothing sounds of nature, this unique accommodation provides a cosy getaway for guests seeking tranquility. Whether unwinding in the comfort of well-appointed cabins or exploring the scenic trails, Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays promises a rejuvenating getaway where the beauty of the forest becomes an integral part of the guest experience.

Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays Setting

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.his is a draft property.

What's included

  • Bottle of red wine
  • Charcoal, firelighters and firewood
  • 1L of milk in the fridge
  • Box of tasty biscuits
  • cooking oil and basic spices


How to get there

  • 2 hrs

    King Shaka International Airport

  • Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays

    Karkloof Nature Reserve, Karkloof Rd, Howick, 3290

  • Check in at Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays

    15:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays

    10:00 on day of departure

Frequently asked questions


  • Yet Another Sterling Stay

    Another sterling stay at the gorgeous Rockwood Farm House. There have been some internal decor upgrades since we were last here +/-2 years ago, so its still looking clean, crisp and modern. The natural surroundings never disappoint and enough firewood to satisfy any pyromanic. review

    Y. Felt

  • Everything You Need

    What a lovely place to stay… The Mountain lodge is remotely positioned, surrounded by beautiful trees and magical views. The lodge is simple but has everything you need for a weekend off the grid. review

    T. Dusson

Rockwood Karkloof Forest Stays impact highlights

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.

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