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Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
Northern KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
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The Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge nestles in the game rich Hluhluwe iMfolozi Reserve of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.  

With its 4 star rating, the game lodge provides stylish and spacious accommodation, delicious cuisine combined with an exciting variety of attractions and activities in the surroundings.

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve is home to the 'Big Five' including both the Black and White Rhinoceros for which successful conservation efforts are in place. Travellers at the lodge are also encouraged to visit the nearby Isimangiliso Wetlands Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as Sodwana Bay, home to the southernmost coral reefs, as well as the Mkuze, Tembe and Ndumo National Parks.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in 22 well-appointed and spacious accommodation units. Each of these is discreetly set separate from the others to ensure privacy and to enhance the experience of being close to nature.

Room types:

  • 8 Bush Villas with luxurious indoor/outdoor showers and private wooden deck
  • 2 Honeymoon Villas with private plunge pool
  • 6 Safari Rooms Comprising of 2 en-suite bedrooms ideal for families.

Facilities

The lodge offers guests exclusive leisure facilities which include the health and beauty spa where relaxing spa treatments are available as well as the outdoor swimming pool where a refreshing swim in the warm afternoon sunshine can be enjoyed. On the sun deck, guests are welcome to read or relax.

The outdoor boma provides a unique African dining venue for unforgettable evenings. The wellness spa offers a vast range of wellness treatments which are performed by professional therapists in a serene and most tranquil setting.

  • 20-meter infinity lap swimming pool
  • Sundeck
  • Spa facilities
  • Outdoor dining boma
  • Curio shop
  • Dining room
  • Bar
  • Wedding venue.

Services

  • Game-drive safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Day-trips
  • Housekeeping
  • Airport transfers
  • Wake-up calls
  • Laundry service.

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve

South Africa's famous Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve is one of the oldest national parks in the country and is well-known for its conservation efforts which is most notably in the preservation of the Black and White Rhinoceros, both of which are critically endangered.

Apart from these two species, the game reserve is home to the other members of the 'Big 5', namely lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo.A healthy population of endangered predators such as the African Wild Dog and Cheetah can also be found here.

The varied habitat which is found here supports a good diversity of common game species which include giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and different antelope. This region of South Africa is renowned for its excellent bird-watching opportunities, with over 400 of the country’s 950 species of birds being represented here.

The greater area around this game park has an abundance of private and public game reserves and national parks. Guests may visit the Isimangiliso Wetlands Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as Sodwana Bay, which is home to the southernmost coral reefs, as well as the Mkuze, Tembe and Ndumo National Parks.

Distances and Access

Access by Road:

The Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in South Africa can be reached by standard 2 x 4 vehicles.  The travel time by car from Durban to the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge when driving via the Nyalazi Gate takes approximately three hours  (270km). Travelling time from Richards Bay is 1hr45mins (100km) also via Nyalazi Gate. Travelling time from Johannesburg via Pongola and Memorial Gate is approximately 7 hrs (573km).

Access to the Lodge by air:

1. Via Richard’s Bay Airport – SA Express: There are daily flights from Johannesburg (ORT – 1hr 15mins flying time) to Richard’s Bay Airport. It is an easy 1hr 45min drive in a 2x4 vehicle from the airport to the lodge.

 2. Via King Shaka International – Durban: Daily flights from all domestic and regional destinations land at King Shaka International Airport which is an easy 3-hour drive to the lodge.

Arrival times:

Please note that the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park has set gate opening and closing times which vary depending on the date of the year. The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park has three entrance gates, namely Memorial Gate to the north, Nyalazi in the east and Celgene to the south.Guests must arrive at the gates at the latest 10 minutes before the closing time. Guests arriving after this will not be allowed access to the park and will have to overnight outside the park.  The speed limit in the park is 50km/h.

Travelling times and distances:

  • Nyalazi  Gate to Lodge: 19kms 32 mins
  • Memorial Gate to Lodge: 25kms 40 mins
  • Cengeni Gate to lodge: 61km 1hr 30mins.

IMPORTANT:

Please note that the Lodge is on the HLUHLUWE IMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE and can ONLY be accessed via 1 of the three park gates, namely Nyalazi, Memorial or Cengeni Gates.

Please do not make use of the GPS as this will mislead directions. Guests travelling to the Lodge are encouraged to take advantage of the guidelines provided by the lodge which can be requested from us.

Below detailed information about the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is available.
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeping
  • Indoor Outdoor Showers
  • Mini bar
  • Mosquito net
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck
  • WIFI

Restaurants

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

The meals are included when staying at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge whereby guests get treated to a delicious selection of treats which are produced from the freshest ingredients and sure to satisfy the most discerning palate.

The Spa

The most relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments can be booked at the lodge's health and beauty spa.  The treatments are enjoyed in natural surroundings amongst nature where tranquillity makes the perfect venue.

Game Viewing

The lodge offers both early morning and late afternoon/evening game drives. Game drive safaris are conducted in specially adapted open Land Cruisers and are accompanied by professional guides. No off-road driving is practiced. In addition to driving on the private concession, the lodge has unlimited access to the Greater Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Park, which is home to the white rhino conservation.

Swimming Pool

Guests enjoy the 20 metre infinity lap pool from where magnificent views of the surrounding landscape can be admired.  It is the perfect place to refresh during the warm afternoons.

Activities at Lake St Lucia

The Lake St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal is the country's largest estuarine system.  Measuring 80 kms long and 23 kms wide at its widest poin, this region of South Africa is home to over 800 hippos and 1200 crocodiles.

Large flocks of pelicans, flamingos, ducks, waders and a variety of fish and other aquatic species can be admired here. Located about 80kms away from the from the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, this area lies an easy 2 hours drive away and offering guests a wide variety of fun activities.

Activities at Lake St Lucia:

  • fishing (shore, deep sea, jet ski, fishing ski, boat)
  • whale watching (June – Nov)
  • horse Riding
  • birding
  • self-guided nature trails
  • walking or swimming at the beach
  • guided night drives
  • visit to the Crocodile Centre
  • boat cruise on Lake St Lucia
  • kayaking on Lake St Lucia.
Diving

The stretch from Sodwana Bay in South Africa all the way up to South Mozambique (Ponto do Ouro and Ponta Malongane) is regarded as a mecca for diving enthusiasts. This region of Southern Africa's coastline was proclaimed a marine reserve and forms part of the famous UNESCO Isimangaliso Wetland Park which is a World Heritage Site.

Extensive tropical reefs can be found here as well as some of the most southerly coral reefs in the world. According to the Oceanographic Reserarch Institute the mix of soft and hard corals which occur here are very unique. They are inhabited by hundreds of species of coral and over 1200 species of fish, including the Coelecanth once thought to be extinct.

Dolphin and Whale Watching

The beautiful sandy beaches along this Marine Reserve invite for memorable walks.  Guests may go out to sea in a semi-rigid rubber duck to experience the thrill of seeing large schools of dolphin surfing in the ocean and mighty whales up close.  The months between June to September are ideal to see the humpback whales who migrate to the warmer waters of Mozambique during this time. Advance bookings for this popular full day trip is essential.

Nearby attractions
  • Isimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Border Caves
  • Market Day Visit
  • Marula Festival
  • Annual Reed Dance
  • Community Visit.

  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Open Air Boma
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Waterhole for wildlife
Day Itinerary

A typical day at the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge includes an early start, a cup of fresh coffee or tea, rusks and muffins after which guests set out on their game drive. 

Guides at the lodge meet the stringent requirements of Ezemvelo Parks Authority, and senior guides hold the highest guiding qualifications possible in South Africa, to ensure that encounters with the African bush are exciting, informative and safe.

In the late afternoon after a delicious high tea, travellers may enjoy an evening game drive, relaxing with sundowners, watching spectacular sunsets and spotting nocturnal creatures in the park.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • WIFI
General Services
  • Air conditioning
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Malaria and Animals
  • The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is within a low-risk malaria region of South Africa, and guests are advised to consult their doctor before travelling regarding antimalarial prophylaxis. 

    It is also recommended that you wear long-sleeved clothing in the evening as well as applying insect repellant.

    The lodge is on a nature reserve with free-roaming wildlife, and as such, guests are advised to be cautious and adhere to safety instructions as given by the staff.

Children Policy
  • Children are welcome to stay at this lodge in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.  The additional charges for the children are not included in our quotes and need to be added to the total cost for a stay.

Available Rooms

Safari Room

# Rooms:
6

The lodge's Safari Rooms consist of two twin/king bedrooms both of which feature en-suite bathrooms. This room type is arranged in pairs leading off a common lobby making them suitable for families and couples who travel together.

Single Room R2710
Double Room R4170

Bush Villa

# Rooms:
8

The well appointed Bush Villas at the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge consist of twin or king bedded rooms which are en-suite with separate toilet.  Guests enjoy a luxurious indoor/outdoor shower, a private wooden deck, a mini bar, a fireplace, an overhead fan as well as air-conditioning.

Bush Villa features:

  • King bed or twin beds
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Seperate toilet
  • Indoor and outdoor shower
  • Private wooden deck
  • Mini bar
  • Fireplace
  • Overhead fan
  • Air conditioning.
Single Room R3860
Double Room R5940

Honeymoon Villa

# Rooms:
2

The lodge's two Honeymoon Villas provide a king bedroom with en-suite bathroom featuring a separate toilet.  A luxurious indoor/outdoor shower, a private wooden deck, mini bar, fireplace, overhead fan & air-conditioning and private plunge pool are also available.

Honeymoon Villa:

  • Private plunge pool
  • King bed
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Seperate toilet
  • Indoor and outdoor shower
  • Private wooden deck
  • Mini bar
  • Fireplace
  • Overhead fan
  • Air conditioning.
Single Room R4380
Double Room R6740

Safari Family Room

The lodge's Safari Rooms consist of two twin/king bedrooms both of which feature en-suite bathrooms. This room type is arranged in pairs leading off a common lobby making them suitable for families and couples who travel together

Single Room R6260
Double Room R6260

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

The Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge nestles in the game rich Hluhluwe iMfolozi Reserve of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.  With its 4 star rating, the game lodge provides stylish and spacious accommodation, delicious cuisine combined with an exciting variety of attractions and activities in the surroundings.

Stay for 4 nights at the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge during May - June 2017, and only pay for 3 nights.

Included in the rate:

  • accommodation, meals, teas & coffees and game drives. Drinks and park fees are excluded. Bush walks available at additional cost. Each guest is entitled to 1 of the following on an evening game drive, glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink.


 

Excluded from the rate:

  • Excludes park fees
  • 4x4 transfers, drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature
     

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid 1 May - 30 June 2017
  • Only valid for a minimum 4 night stay
  • Subject to availability
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -28.167537

Longitude: 31.958903

Directions

Please note that RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE is INSIDE the HLUHLUWE IMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE and can ONLY be accessed via 1 of the three park gates i.e., Nyalazi, Memorial or Cengeni Gates.

PLEASE DO NOT TO USE your GPS as this will not lead you to the lodge. We recommend travellers to take advantage of the directions issued by the lodge which can be requested by us.

Access by Road:

The Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in South Africa can be reached by standard 2 x 4 vehicles. The travel time by car from Durban to the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge when driving via the Nyalazi Gate takes approximately three hours (270km). Travelling time from Richards Bay is 1hr45mins (100km) also via Nyalazi Gate. Travelling time from Johannesburg via Pongola and Memorial Gate is approximately 7 hrs (573km).


Access by Air:

Via Richards Bay Airport - SA Express
There are daily flights from Johannesburg (ORT - 1hr 15mins flying time) to Richards Bay Airport. It is an easy 1hr 45min drive in a 2x4 vehicle from the airport to the lodge.

Via King Shaka International - Durban
Daily flights from all domestic & regional destinations land at King Shaka International Airport which is an easy 3hr drive to the lodge.


Arrival times:

Please note that the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park has set gate opening and closing times which vary depending on the time of the year. The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park has three entrance gates, namely Memorial Gate to the north, Nyalazi in the east and Celgene to the south. Guests must arrive at the gates at the latest 10 minutes before the closing time. Guests arriving after this will not be allowed access to the park and will have to overnight outside the park.

Travelling times:
Nyalazi Gate to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge / 19kms - 30 mins
Memorial Gate to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge / 25kms - 40 mins
Cengeni Gate to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge / 60km - 1hr 30mins
the speed limit in the Park is 50km.

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4 Star

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