For those outside of Kloof, our town may have a reputation for being a ‘retirement village’ and not having much to do, but that is simply not true. Besides unmatched natural beauty, Kloof has plenty to offer. We often speak to Kloof residents and learn that they still haven’t explored all that Kloof has on the go. So, if you’re looking for things to do in Kloof, there are a few real treasures you might appreciate. We’ve taken the liberty of listing some of them for you.
6 Awesome Outings in Kloof
- Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
If you are an outdoor adventurer, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy Krantzkloof Nature Reserve! Whether you’re an experienced or amateur hiker or are simply looking for a place to set out a picnic, Krantzkloof is a magical slice of heaven that is hard not to fall in love with.
Address: 152 Kloof Falls Rd, Kranskloof, Kloof, 3624
Entrance Fee: R50 per adult (12 years and older) and R20 per child (under 12 years).
Note: Please get in touch with Krantzkloof Nature Reserve to see if trails are open in light of revised COVID-19 rules.
- Stokers Arms
Otherwise known as Kloof’s local watering hole, Stokers is not just a lively pub & restaurant but is also somewhat of an historical relic. It is situated along the old Kloof Railway Station and overlooks the railway tracks. The pub also boasts a railway coach, which can be hired out for private functions and celebrations. Those looking to do something a little different with friends may enjoy the experience of English style food, a buzzing atmosphere and steam train antiques.
Address: 16 Old Main Road, Kloof
- The Umgeni Steam Train
Image: GMG Photography
Do you ever wish you could turn back time and experience what it’s like to live in another era? You can do exactly that with the Umgeni Steam Train! As one of the few remaining steam trains in South Africa, it is truly an unforgettable experience. Travelers can visit the Historical Museum while the train stops for disembarking passengers, set up a picnic at the Inchanga Station to relax and take in the beautiful surrounds or peruse all the interesting products that the Inchanga Craft Market has on show.
Address: 16 Old Main Road, Kloof (the train departs from Stokers Arms and returns to Stokers in Kloof).
Tickets: R260 per adult, R190 per child (2-12years) and R190 per pensioner
(You can buy tickets to board this train here).
When it comes to entertainment for the little ones, there couldn’t be a place more exciting than the Kloof SPCA. From puppies, kittens and peacocks to tortoises, ducks, and geese, the SPCA has plenty of adorable animals to see. And tucked away, just behind the animal sanctuary, is a spot that hosts a café, a mini train for the kids and thrift shops for the adults, where you can find excellent bargains. On top of all these activities, there’s also some gorgeous murals of local flora and fauna, painted by the talented Gifford Duminy.
Address: 29 Village Road, Kloof
- View the Kloof Bench Murals
As a recent addition to the things to do in Kloof, The Kloof Bench is a public art space that is not to be missed! Originally started to raise awareness for the dwindling Kloof frog population, this trendy spot will definitely capture your attention with its brightly coloured murals, situated under the Elizabeth bridge (opposite fields centre). It’s a great place to take selfies or sip a cuppa while admiring work from some of Kloof’s most talented artists.
Address: 13 Old Main Road, Kloof
Fee: Free to the public
- Makaranga Botanical Gardens
Makaranga is definitely a favourite for us! Immaculate gardens, decorated with all sorts of sculptures, a massive labyrinth and some of the best landscaping we’ve seen, wait to greet you. There is no other place quite like it. So, if you want a refreshing change of scenery, have a delicious meal at the Makaranga restaurant and then take a stroll, exploring all the diverse gardens with exotic and indigenous plants as well as stunning orchids.
Address: 1A Igwababa Road, Kloof
Fee: Entry to garden is free for restaurant guests
Note: At the time of writing, Makaranga was closed due to renovations during COVID. Kindly call them on 031 764 6616 to see when they reopen.
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