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Karkloof Polo Club

Karkloof Polo Club - Midlands & Battlefields, KwaZulu Natal

Karkloof Polo Club

The origins of the sport of polo, commonly mistaken to have started with British royalty, lie somewhere in Persia or China. The word "polo" is derived from the Indian language of Gugerati, more specifically the the word "pulu", meaning ball. There are a number of tapestries depicting the game, which date back to the fourth century. The game quickly made its way across the Asian continent, and it is a well known fact that the Mongol leader, Genghis Khan often used enemies' heads as practice balls.

The fast paced sport of Polo was introduced to South Africa by British cavalry regiments stationed in the Eastern Cape during the late 19th century. The British troops had learnt the game in India, and a short time later the first recorded tournament in South Africa took place at King Williamstown in 1885.

The Karkloof Polo Club was founded in 1897, and is one of the few, if not the only, polo club in Africa which boasts three playing fields. The club, set in magnificent surroundings, has a long and rich history. It was in 1886 that several brothers of the Shaw family played their version of a game they'd only heard about, cutting sticks from indigenous wood and shaping balls from willow and bamboo roots. Together with the Mackenzie brothers, the club was formed in 1897, and their descendants have produced many Springboks in its over one hundred years of existence.

The Karkloof Polo Club hosts a number of major events on the South African polo calendar, which include the SAPA Cup, the South African Championships, and a number of international matches, and the public are encouraged to spend the day watching the events.

For more information contact club Secretary Jan te Riele at (033) 330 2793
or 082 491 7998 , or send an email to jantr@mweb.co.za.

Nearby Listings

Graded:
Sleeps: 24 in 4 units/rooms
From R 1 600,00
Per unit, per night.

Rockwood Lodges

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Karkloof Nature Reserve

5.1km North East of center of Karkloof Polo Club

Deep within the three thousand hectare Karkloof Nature Reserve lies Rockwood. Four completely private, self catering lodges complement the beautiful surroundings - two are situated within the private nature reserve.

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Sugarlands Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Curry's Post

5.6km South of center of Karkloof Polo Club

Sugarlands Cottage is a cozy self catering cottage situated along the Currys Post Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, with easy access off the N3 (1.5 hours from Durban and 4.5 hours from Johannesburg).

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Sleeps: 16 in 5 units/rooms
From R 625,00
Per unit, per night.

Kusane Farm Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Howick

5.8km South East of center of Karkloof Polo Club

Kusane Farm Cottage is perched high above the stunning Karkloof valley, midway between Howick and Curry's Post on the Midlands Meander, with its fine restaurants and shopping.

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Sleeps: 15

Mission House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Curry's Post

8.4km South East of center of Karkloof Polo Club

Mission House is a beautiful home situated on a ridge with breathtaking 360* views of the Drakensberg Mountains and the rolling hills of the Midlands.

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Sleeps: 9
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Little Mount Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nottingham Road

9.9km North West of center of Karkloof Polo Club

Mount West farm cottage is a 4 bedroom period style family home that has been beautifully restored as a fully equipped, self catering cottage for weekend getaways.

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Bushwillow Park

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Karkloof

11.1km North East of center of Karkloof Polo Club

There are the two cottages; the smaller option has a large bedroom, where the glorious winter sun's rays stream in to keep it warm and cosy. ( The en-suite bathroom is a shower, basin and loo.)

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Lions River Country Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dargle

11.3km South of center of Karkloof Polo Club

If your heart yearns for a tranquil blend of seclusion and luxury then Lions River Country Cottages, award winning accommodation, is your perfect escape into the solitude of the countryside.

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Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 385,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Amberleigh Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lions River

11.7km South of center of Karkloof Polo Club

Amberleigh Guest Farm is a working farm situated in the Kwa Zulu Natal midlands 12km outside Howick, easily accessible from the N3 highway.

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Burnside Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Balgowan

11.8km South West of center of Karkloof Polo Club

Burnside Lodge is in a prime location on the Midlands meander, close to many good restaurants, Nottingham Road, Michaelhouse school & Bosch Hoek golf course. It is newly decorated, with great attention to detail. There are 3 queen sized bedrooms...

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Sleeps: 20 in 8 units/rooms

Clydesdale On Lions River

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Lions River

12.0km South of center of Karkloof Polo Club

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