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Karkloof - Natal Midlands

Karkloof is situated  between Curry's Post, Rietvlei and Howick in the kwa zulu natal midlands, south africa

Karkloof is situated between Curry's Post, Rietvlei and Howick in the kwa zulu natal midlands, south africa.

The Karkloof range of hills situated is one of the most scenic and spectacular areas of KwaZulu-Natal. It is famed for its extensive mist belt forests. The significance of these forests is attested by the presence of an isolated population of Crested Guineafowl which belong to a subspecies endemic to the Karkloof. A large proportion of the area is privately owned. Leopard Bush Private Nature Reserve consists of a 600 ha area of which more than half is forest. A day's exploration of the area should produce 80-100 species of birds.

The original white settlers found this beautiful area virtually empty...abandoned first by the Bushmen hunter-gatherers in response to encroaching black tribes, then by these same black tribes as King Shaka carved out and expanded his Zulu Empire. During the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, a church built 16 years earlier served as a fort and remains surrounded by settler graves.

The Karkloof blue Orachrysops ariadne is a small, blue butterfly, the adult males being brighter than the females. This butterfly is classified as Vulnerable and only five colonies of the species have ever been recorded, one of which no longer exists presumably because its habitat has been transformed by alien plants. The butterfly only occurs in Moist Midlands Mistbelt. The Midlands Meander route has made the Karkloof Blue their symbol and has funded a research project in the hope that they are successful in ensuring its survival. 'Common Cents' collection tins are located at all Midlands Meander outlets, and contributions will be used towards this project.  Please support them.

Karkloof Attractions

  • Karkloof nature reserve situated on the east side of the Midlands Meander. The first white settlers found this beautiful area of Karkloof virtually empty...abandoned first by the ancient San hunter-gatherers in response to encroaching black tribes, then by these same black tribes as King Shaka carved out and expanded his Zulu Empire. 
  • Karkoof Falls. It is well signposted and you take  the road to the right into the plantation.  It is a gravel road of at least 5km, but the drive is well worth it, especially during the months December to April. The Karkloof Falls is a fantastic sight and for those who have time to spare, there are picnic sites where you can view the water plunging down into the valley.
  • The Karkloof Canopy Tour is a unique eco-experience that takes people on a 3-hr adventure through the magnificent Karkloof indigenous forest. The canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30m above the forest floor. The tour comprises seven platforms and eight slides that zig-zag down a pristine forested valley. The scenery and birdlife is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the tour.
  • The Karkloof Spa is a Destination Spa of vast spaces and intimate exclusivity. Enhanced with the big heart of African sensibility and inspired by flowing water, Karkloof Spa captures your senses like no other. With a personal butler, your experience is tailormade to suit you, complemented with unfailing luxury and impeccable standards, Karkoof Spa encapsulate the vibrant yet restful allure of nature’s beauty and embrace every aspect of a relaxing journey to your complete restoration and wellness