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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.

Spa

Spa Facilities

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.

Activities, Sports & Leisure

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.

Facilities

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.

Services

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Safari drives
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Malaria Status 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 R4250
Double Room R6540

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 R5680
Double Room R8740

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 R6280
Double Room R9660

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 R4250
Double Room R6540
 

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.

Star Rating

4 Star

Hotel Group(s)

  • isibindi Africa Lodges