The lodges are luxurious, the atmosphere is tranquil. What is there to do?
The Karkloof is excellent mountain biking country. Every year there are many MTB events in the area. Nick Floros, designer of the World MTB champs course, has designed and built our on-site Mountain Biking track and is able to facilitate a guided tour with some notice. Feel free to explore the marked trails and plantation roads around Rockwood (while respecting the privacy of surrounding landowners).
View our Trail Map
For more information, calendars and maps see our affiliations and links page.
Karkloof Canopy Tour
The Karkloof Canopy Tour offers a thrilling way to zip-line through the indigenous forests while hanging 40m above the ground, suspended on a cable. It takes about 3 hours from start to finish and includes a meal. For further information, go to http://www.karkloofcanopytour.co.za.
Our guests enjoy special rates for The Karkloof Canopy Tour as it commences within the borders of our private nature reserve.
- Guest rate (inc. light meal) per person R552.50 per person.
(Please note, this discounted rate applies only to Rockwood guests who make reservations through us).
Trout and bass fishing is possible in the Godwini Dam on your way to Rockwood Forest Lodge. In addition there are several fishing weirs within the Reserve. Follow the signs to Rockwood Mountain Lodge in the East of the Reserve. Access with a four-wheel-drive only. Please bring your own fishing equipment. We are in the process of stocking the two dams at Spitzkop farm.
There are several splash pools in the river around Forest Lodge. The weirs are excellent for swimming at Rockwood Mountain Lodge. The two dams on Spitzkop farm are available for guests of both Rockwood Farm House and Farm Cottage and there are at least 4 inner tubes available for tubing.
We have marked many of the tree species at Forest Lodge. Utilize some of the books provided to test your knowledge. A short 2.5km trail has been set up in the Eastern side of the reserve. Follow the signs to Karkloof East (Mountain Lodge) and then look for the sign to Tree Trail.
Birding on the forest fringes can offer some excellent rewards to birders. Some of the more elusive species found are the Cape Parrot, Narina Trogon, Crested Guinea Fowl and the Crowned Eagle.
The list attached has been compiled over many years and we have decided to start it again with guest sightings. If you spot any of the birds on the list (or any other bird), let us know and we will include your name on the list. All we need for verification is three photographs (one from below, one from above and one nesting), a sworn affidavit, and a letter of good standing from your rabbi, priest, mullah etc.
Click here to view the birding list in PDF format .
We would love to upload your photo’s onto our website so do email these to us.
There is limited game viewing within the Reserve. In the mornings you are likely to see bushbuck (nkonka) grazing around the lodge. These timid animals are found throughout the forest. Morning visitations from the gregarious Samango monkeys and blue duiker (impithi) are likely.
Click here to view the animal list in PDF format.
Hiking and Waterfalls
There are numerous self-guided trails within the reserve. Please consult the maps provided in the lodges. Some of the trails are steep but all can be attempted by a moderately fit person. Prefer a guided hike? We have access to Howick’s best tourist guides and can put together a guided hike for you with a little bit of advance notice. Choose between birding, tree identification, frogging or general hikes. Cost is R500 for 3 hours.
The Karkloof area has numerous waterfalls. Some of the more spectacular falls are mentioned below:
- Karkloof Falls
- Howick Falls
- Grey Mares Tail
- Horseshoe Falls
- Rockwood Falls 1 and 2
- Godwinwi Falls
- Joan’s Falls
Plans are currently well advanced to extend the trails to the Karkloof Falls and ultimately through to the Howick Falls.
Jungle Gym and Trampoline
Situated mere metres away from Rockwood Farm House and Farm Cottage, this fenced off area consists of a Jungle Gym with platforms, swings, a ladder, slide, cargo net etc. as well as a 4 x 2.5m trampoline.
These facilities can be used if staying at any of the four Rockwood lodges and is for the exclusive use of Rockwood guests.
Rockwood Forest Lodge, as well as Rockwood Farm Cottage and Rockwood Farm House have flat screen TV’s and DVD Players with a growing range of titles, as well as DSTV (channels including MNET, Movie Magic and SuperSport, as well as SABC and eTV). Each lodge has an iPod docking station.
Board Games, books and magazines
Our housekeeping staff will gladly supply you with some board games and playing cards for rainy days. Each lodge has a supply of magazines, whilst the library at Rockwood Farm House is quite extensive.
Dinner theatre with chef Andrew Giles
Allow Andrew to entertain you! Our full package includes 3 courses, refreshments, welcome drink / sundowner with snacks and wine pairing with each dish and can be customised to your taste and requirements. Price upon request.
DIY sushi-making class
A fun exercise culminating in the crowning of the “Sushi Ninja”! Each person will enjoy making their own platter consisting of 25 pieces of different types of traditional tuna, salmon and prawn sushi. A vegetarian option can also be booked. Cost: R1600 for a class of 6, thereafter R200pp.
Art class with Brent Dodd
Renowned artist, Brent Dodd, offers a 1-3 hour drawing class with all materials provided. No age restriction or previous experience required; simply a sense of humour and an ounce of courage to challenge yourself! Brent provides step-by-step guidance and guests take home their own creation. Cost: R350pp per hour.
Clay pigeon shooting
A fun outdoors activity, we provide a safe experience with all the required equipment, ammunition and clays. Cost: from R120pp.