The Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge nestles in the wildlife rich Hluhluwe iMfolozi Reserve of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. With its 4 star rating, the safari 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 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.
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.
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 wildlife 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.
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.
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:
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.