About Karkloof

Karkloof is situated in the Natal Midlands, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Show on Map

KwaZulu Natal DestinationsKarkloof, Natal Midlands

Karkloof is a beautiful range of hills stretching for over 50 kilometres between Rietvlei, Curry’s Post and Howick in the Midlands of Natal.

This area includes a steep, flat-topped kloof and an extensive range of mist belt forests, home to the Karkloof blue Orachrysops ariadne - a small, blue butterfly classified as ‘vulnerable’, with only five colonies of the species ever recorded - which occurs only in this, the most beautiful area in the province. Although a lot of this is privately owned, the Karkloof Nature Reserve is 936 hectares of indigenous forest that is home to yellowwood and black stinkwood trees that attract the Crowned and Martial Eagle, as well as porcupines, duiker and other smaller game.

The Karkloof falls form a wonderful 88 metre backdrop to picnics and braais under the shady trees that surround it; and through one of the magnificent Karkloof indigenous forests runs the Karkloof Canopy Tour, a unique eco-experience that involves moving from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended some 30 metres above the floor of the forest.

Karkloof also hosts the Classic Mountain Bike Festival, the country’s largest and longest running one-day mountain bike race, in early May. The event has adopted a festival format to make a weekend of the race, beginning with a 20 kilometre Bell Night Race and including a 10 kilometre family fun ride.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Karkloof

Rockwood Lodges

Self Catering

Rockwood Lodges

If you wish to stay in the Karkloof Nature Reserve, choose between Rockwood Forest Lodge and Rockwood Mountain Lodge ... more

11 Karkloof

Self Catering

11 Karkloof

11 Karkloof offers accommodation in five self catering cottages each sleeping four, the Round House which sleeps 12 and ... more

Karkloof Safari Villas


Karkloof Safari Villas

Karkloof Safari Villas, located just 24 kilometers from Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu Natal's magnificent Midlands, is a ... more

Reviews of Karkloof

This is an animal-lovers' paradise! There was so much to see and do in Karkloof because we all love being outdoors and experiencing the beauty of nature...

Henry, Alain, Trish, Pat, Mark and Gary, Western Cape

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