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The lodge is approximately 3 hours away from Durban, and 7 hours from Johannesburg situated on the border of the renowned iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the Hluhluwe River Lodge offers guests a beautiful retreat and base from which to explore the many attractions of northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This lodge overlooks the Hluhluwe River floodplain with guests enjoying spacious and comfortable lodging, tasty meals and the warm hospitality of an interested team.
The accommodation at the Lodge consists of 2 romantic Honeymoon Chalets, 2 Family Chalets (with extra space for the kids) and 9 Standard Chalets. Each chalet is an A-frame structure providing plenty of light, constructed of timber with a thatch roof and are among the mature indigenous trees which make for a beautiful wilderness setting. The chalets are all comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated. Self-catering cottages are also available for those looking for additional seclusion.
- En-suite bathrooms
- Mini-bar (some units)
- Tea and coffee making facilities
Facilities and Services
The chalets at the Main Lodge have tucked away in the surrounding forest. The main lodge features a reception, a lounge, topped off with lovely views of the surrounding lake. The dining room is set just on the terrace, so dinners are often served outside on the patio under the stars.
- Restaurant and bar
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Outdoor lounge
- Reference library.
- Wake up calls
- Laundry service.
Set 30 minutes from the Memorial Gate entrance of the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Park, this lodge is ideal for self-drive visitors. It is here where guests have an excellent chance of viewing the "Big 5" (rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, and elephant), along with numerous other species. Upon request, a safari drive can be organised, depending on availability.
- Walking: beautiful walking trails for tree identification and bird watching
- Mountain biking
- Bird watching
The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is Africa's oldest proclaimed game reserve and is one of Southern Africa's most famous parks. Being home to the Big Five, the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park has become well known for saving the White Rhino from extinction. Close encounters with Africa's untamed wildlife, its prolific bird life and beautiful scenery can be taken in a while enjoying the thrilling safari drives through the reserve. The False Bay sand forest in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park is home to one of Africa's smallest antelope, the Suni, and its shy relatives the grey and red duiker.
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- Ensuite / Private bathroom
Dining at the Hluhluwe River Lodge
If the weather allows, dining at the Hluhluwe River Lodge is a delicious outside affair as breakfasts, lunches and dinners are mostly served outside. The dining room at the Hluhluwe River Lodge is the place where guests find coffee pots loaded with fresh coffee and tea.
The cold breakfast is set up inside the dining room in the mornings where it is safe from the Vervet monkey’s who from time to time like to check out the delicious meals served at the lodge.
The lodge provides a fleet of mountain bikes, or you could bring your own, which are ideal for exploring this region of South Africa within the lodge's conservancy.
A great destination to reach with the mountain bike is the False Bay Park, which is a 2300 hectare reserve which borders the western shoreline of Lake St Lucia; it forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
The family rides on the False Bay Lake trail offer scenic views across the St Lucia Lake and Hell’s Gate and are about 20 kilometres in distance stretching over flat terrain).
The walking trails which meandering through the unique sand forests have their roots firmly planted on ancient sand dunes are beautiful. These scenic walks are diverse and the Hluhluwe River Lodge offers a relaxed, self-guided walk along the well-marked Red Duiker Trail. Walks to the shores of the magnificent Lake St Lucia and a fascinating guided walk through the unique sand forests of False Bay Park are also available.
These trails are suitable for the whole family and provide visitors with the opportunity to discover the region's outstanding diversity in fauna and flora.
The lounge deck at the Hluhluwe River Lodge is a welcoming place where guests may put up their feet to enjoy the view of the lake from a comfortable chair.
From the Hluhluwe River Lodge, guests have direct access to various habitat types including: floodplain, riverine, dense woodland, estuarine and sand forest. The variety of habitats at Hluhluwe allows for an incredible diversity of bird species making this game reserve one of the best birding locations in South Africa.
- Hotel Bar
- Viewing deck
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Airport transfers
- Concierge services
- Housekeeping service
- Safari drives
- Tours & Transfers on Request
- # Rooms:
The Standard Chalets at the Hluhluwe River Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, accommodate two adults comfortably and are situated separately in the surrounding forest garden. Each of Hluhluwe's eight Standard Chalets is on stilts with thatch roofs and wooden decks.
Each Chalet has a wooden ramp which leads onto a covered wooden deck where comfortable chairs, as well as a coffee table, can be found. The double glass doors, as well as the glass-fronted apex above the entrance to the Chalets, create a well light environment offering scenic views out into the forest.
The Standard Chalets at the Hluhluwe River Lodge provide air conditioning, comfortable queen-sized beds and en suite showers, separate toilets and vanity areas. A tea and coffee tray accompanied by delicious rusks are available for guests.
- # Rooms:
The family chalets are open plan and ideal for small toddler’s and kid’s sharing with parents. There are two family chalets specially designed for a family with two small children.
These open plan thatched chalets have a double bed arrangement for parents and a dormer set off to one side with two single childrens’ beds. A drawable curtain seperates the children’s beds from the rest of the room.
There is an en suite shower with a double basin vanity area and a separate toilet. The chalet has a substantial luggage rack and storage area as well as a cupboard. The chalet is air-conditioned and equipped with mosquito nets during the summer months. A large deck off the front of each chalet provides comfortable chairs and a coffee table.
Honeymoon / Deluxe Chalet
- # Rooms:
There are two luxuriously appointed honeymoon suites tucked away in a forested ravine just a short walk from the main lodge. These thatched chalets are made with natural materials on an open plan design with a large deck and slide away doors to take advantage of the beautiful forest surrounds.
With a King size bed and a suspended mosquito net the room exudes a romantic atmosphere in a natural setting. A Victorian bath is on one side of the main room with views into a tangle of giant trees and pristine forest. There is also a separate shower and toilet and a double basin vanity area. The room is fully air-conditioned.
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Directions from Durban to the Hluhluwe River Lodge:
250kms, about 2.5-hour drive
From Durban take the N2 northbound.
If you are travelling from King Shaka International Airport, follow the signs from the airport to the N2.
You will pass off ramps for Empangeni, Richards Bay and Mtubatuba before reaching the Hluhluwe off ramp.
Directions from Johannesburg via Ermelo to the Hluhluwe River Lodge:
700kms, about 7-hour drive
From Johannesburg take the N17 via Springs and Bethel to Ermelo.
Then take the N2 via Piet Retief, Pongola and Mkuze.
The Hluhluwe off ramp is 55km�s from Mkuze.
Directions from Swaziland via Lavumisa border post to the Hluhluwe River Lodge:
110 kms from the Lavumisa border
If you are approaching from the Kruger Park via Swaziland, you must exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa border post.
From the border proceed 5kms before turning left onto the N2 South.
Pass the Jozini dam on your left and the town of Mkuze.
The Hluhluwe offramp is 55 km from Mkuze.
Turn left off the freeway and proceeded through the town.
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.