South African Lodges
Address
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Greater St Lucia Wetland
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
R3150.00SINGLE RATE
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The Rhino River Lodge is an intimate and exclusive safari lodge located in the heart of the magnificent Zululand against the backdrop of the beautiful Lebombo Mountains in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. Guests are invited to explore the untamed bush on the private game reserve near Hluhluwe.

The Rhino River is part of the greater Zululand Rhino Reserve, which has been proclaimed a "protected area" making it the most significant private game reserve in this province of South Africa. Furthermore, this region of South Africa has been selected for the re-introduction of the rare and endangered black rhino. This project was a combined initiative of the 'World Wild Life Fund' and KZN Ezemvelo. Twenty-one black rhinos were released into this game reserve and can once again be seen ranging from their historical habitat. Most rewarding has been the birth of six youngsters since introduction, which has added enormously to the lodge's wildlife viewing experience.

The lodge itself nestles on the banks of the Umsunduze River. The comfortable lounge, dining and bar area feature a raised deck looking out through majestic Fever trees to the river below which is lined with ancient Fig trees. The boma area here is a favourite gathering place in the evening where guests can indulge themselves in fire gazing while sampling the selection of fine South African wines.

The lodge's well-equipped facilities are ideal for secluded holidays as well as for small conferences and workshops. The swimming pool here offers a refreshing retreat at the end of a hot and busy day in Zululand, whether it is wildlife viewing, sightseeing or conferencing. In the early morning and late afternoon, the lodge's resident family of warthog can often be seen grazing on the lawn, and if one sits, quietly one might also catch sight of the shy red duiker, which frequents the lodge. They offer both mornings, evening and night drives to maximise one's chances of seeing a variety of animals.

The reserve has a great diversity of bird and patience is richly rewarded with unusual sightings. Birds indigenous to the region and frequently sighted include the Bateleur, Martial Eagle, Pink-throated Twinspot, Paradise Wydah, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Rudd's Apalis and the Crested Guineafowl.

Accommodation

Room types:

4 Double en-suite luxury rooms which accommodate two adults per room

  • Either one double or two single beds
  • Sitting area
  • Private veranda
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Fully stocked mini-bar
  • Ceiling fans.

2 Family cottages which accommodate two adults + 2 children per room

  • Two double bedrooms (one is a second story loft-style room)
  • Shared bathroom
  • Living room/kitchen,
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Fully stocked mini bar
  • Private Boma

Safari Drives

Early morning and late afternoon safari drives are available to guests staying here. They leave for the morning drive at a time agreed with the guests, stopping at a strategic point, either a waterhole or view site to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee and a rusk. On the afternoon drive, they usually try to find a suitable spot to see the sunset while sipping a refreshing sundowner, before wending their way back to the Lodge and the welcoming boma fire.

The lodge also offers night safari drives which provide guests with the opportunity of spotting some of the more elusive nocturnal creatures of the bush, such as leopard, serval, genet, bush baby and hardware.

Walking Safaris

The lodge's guided walks offer the more adventurous visitors an opportunity to experience the wilds of Africa in the best possible way on foot. A walking trail entails an interpretative guided walk with an experienced game ranger and a small group of guests. In the interests of safety, the group is limited to six persons. Walks are undertaken in the early morning or late afternoon and run for 2 - 3 hours.

There is a great diversity of bird life in this "birder friendly" game reserve. Birds indigenous to this region of South Africa and frequently sighted include the Bateleur, Martial Eagle, Pink-throated Twinspot, Paradise Wydah, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Rudd's Apalis and the Crested Guineafowl.

Sightseeing Tours / Attractions nearby

  • Tiger Fishing Trips
  • Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve Tours
  • Safari Drive into Mkhuze Game Reserve
  • Hippo & Croc tours in St Lucia
  • Whale watching
  • Elephant interaction
  • Sightseeing Tours include:
  • Ghost and Lebombo Mountain Range which overlooks the Greater St Lucia World Heritage Site.
  • Mkhuze River Bird Walk
  • Ghost Mountain Walk

Below detailed information about the Rhino River Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Terrace

Restaurants

Dining at the Rhino River Lodge

Meals at the Rhino River Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, are served in the dining room, or weather permitting, in the magnificent open-air “boma” around the camp fire.

One of the most enjoyable and unforgettable experiences of the bush experience at the Rhino River Lodge is eating outdoors under the star studded African sky.

Local chefs prepare delicious cuisine with an emphasis on South African specialties and local ingredients. Focus is on nourishing home-style meals with a unique South African twist. Although the Rhino River Lodge does serve a set three-course menu, the kitchen accommodates any special dietary needs. The bar features a hand-picked selection of South African wines and beers for guests to enjoy.

Game drives

Included in a stay at the Rhino River Lodge, which nestles in the Zululand Rhino Reserve are the unique opportunity to participate in two game drives daily, one departing in the early morning and one departing in the afternoon.

Exact departure times vary depending upon the time of year and the weather and will be coordinated with the professional game ranger.  The game drives are conducted on the open-air safari vehicles and lead by an experienced and knowledgeable game ranger.

Safaris provide close encounters in the Zululand Rhino Reserve in search of the many animals, birds and wildlife that can be found in this part of southern Africa.   The adventurous game drives take a break at a picturesque spot, with coffee and tea in the morning and sundowners in the afternoon.

Walking Safaris

Guests staying at the Rhino River Lodge may enjoy the bush trail which is an interpretative guided walk with an experienced game ranger and a small group of guests.

These safari trails provide one of the best ways to experience the African bush and for many guests, this is an absolute highlight of an African travel experience.  Guided bush walks are available in the early morning or late afternoon and take about 2 - 3 hours. In the interest of safety, the group is limited to six persons and all guests must be age 16 or older.

Day Tours
  • Whale watching (seasonal)
  • Sodwana scuba and snorkel trips
  • Cape Vidal beach
  • uMkhuze Game Reserve
  • Hippo and Croc tour in St. Lucia Wetland Park
  • Jozini Dam tiger fishing
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
     
Art & Culture Tours
  • Ilala Weavers
  • Dumazulu cultural village
  • Emdoneni Art Gallery
  • Zamimpilo market
Educational Tours
  • Zulu Croc Reptile Centre
  • Emdoneni rehabilitation centre
  • Elephant interaction

Conferences at the Rhino River Lodge

The Rhino River Lodge in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is a beautiful venue for hosting small corporate conferences, team building events or corporate getaways. As a small, private game lodge, the Rhino River Lodge can offer exclusive use of its facilities. This allows for flexibility in scheduling work and recreational time for corporate special events.

  • Boma
  • Conference venue
  • Lounge
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 13:00
  • Check out: 10:30
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Safari drives
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris

Available Rooms

Deluxe Room

# Rooms:
6

En-suite Double Rooms

The Rhino River Lodge in Zululand, South Africa, features four double en-suite luxury rooms. Each room provides either one double bed or two single beds covered by a large mosquito net, with a bathroom, a sitting area, and a private veranda.

The rooms at the Rhino River Lodge offer tea and coffee making facilities along with a fully stocked mini-bar and are equipped with ceiling fans. The rooms feature thatched roofs and stone tile floors to keep the room cool.

Family Cottages

The Rhino River Lodge has two family cottages which can accommodate up to four guests. Each family cottage offers two double bedrooms (one is a second story loft-style room), a shared bathroom, a living room/kitchen, tea and coffee making facilities, a fully stocked mini-bar, and a private Boma.

The facilities are perfect for a small family that would like to share accommodation or groups of friends that would like a little extra space. The cottages are equipped with ceiling fans and feature thatched roofs and stone tile floors to keep the room cool.

Single Room R3150
Double Room R4580

Family Chalet

En-suite Double Rooms

The Rhino River Lodge in Zululand, South Africa, features four double en-suite luxury rooms.  Each room provides either one double bed or two single beds covered by a large mosquito net, with a bathroom, a sitting area, and a private veranda.
 
The rooms at the Rhino River Lodge offer tea and coffee making facilities along with a fully stocked mini-bar and are equipped with ceiling fans.  The rooms feature thatched roofs and stone tile floors to keep the room cool.

Family Cottages

The Rhino River Lodge has two family cottages which can accommodate up to four guests.  Each family cottage offers two double bedrooms (one is a second story loft-style room), a shared bathroom, a living room/kitchen, tea and coffee making facilities, a fully stocked mini-bar, and a private Boma.
 
The facilities are perfect for a small family that would like to share accommodation or groups of friends that would like a little extra space. The cottages are equipped with ceiling fans and feature thatched roofs and stone tile floors to keep the room cool.
Single Room R4410
Double Room R4410

Homestead

En-suite Double Rooms

The Rhino River Lodge in Zululand, South Africa, features four double en-suite luxury rooms.  Each room provides either one double bed or two single beds covered by a large mosquito net, with a bathroom, a sitting area, and a private veranda.
 
The rooms at the Rhino River Lodge offer tea and coffee making facilities along with a fully stocked mini-bar and are equipped with ceiling fans.  The rooms feature thatched roofs and stone tile floors to keep the room cool.

Family Cottages

The Rhino River Lodge has two family cottages which can accommodate up to four guests.  Each family cottage offers two double bedrooms (one is a second story loft-style room), a shared bathroom, a living room/kitchen, tea and coffee making facilities, a fully stocked mini-bar, and a private Boma.
 
The facilities are perfect for a small family that would like to share accommodation or groups of friends that would like a little extra space. The cottages are equipped with ceiling fans and feature thatched roofs and stone tile floors to keep the room cool.
Single Room R5270
Double Room R5270

Cottage

En-suite Double Rooms

The Rhino River Lodge in Zululand, South Africa, features four double en-suite luxury rooms.  Each room provides either one double bed or two single beds covered by a large mosquito net, with a bathroom, a sitting area, and a private veranda.
 
The rooms at the Rhino River Lodge offer tea and coffee making facilities along with a fully stocked mini-bar and are equipped with ceiling fans.  The rooms feature thatched roofs and stone tile floors to keep the room cool.

Family Cottages

The Rhino River Lodge has two family cottages which can accommodate up to four guests.  Each family cottage offers two double bedrooms (one is a second story loft-style room), a shared bathroom, a living room/kitchen, tea and coffee making facilities, a fully stocked mini-bar, and a private Boma.
 
The facilities are perfect for a small family that would like to share accommodation or groups of friends that would like a little extra space. The cottages are equipped with ceiling fans and feature thatched roofs and stone tile floors to keep the room cool.
Single Room R5270
Double Room R5270

Rhino River Lodge Specials

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

Stay at Rhino River Lodge for 3 nights and the third night is free! Valid between 7 March - 5 April 2019.

Included in the rate:

  • all meals and two daily guided game drives through the Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Excluded from the rate:

  • Excludes drink and reserve conservation levy

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid between 7 March - 5 April 2019.
  • New Bookings only
  • Minimum 3 nights
  • Subject to availability
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2019-02-28

I had a great stay at Rhino River, great game viewing & had a great meal in the Boma.

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2019-02-10

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2018-12-28

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2018-12-08

My husband and I had a great stay at Rhino River Lodge, we enjoyed watching the the lodge's resident family of warthog saw grazing on the lawn.

We both enjoyed the Hippo & croc tours in St Lucia & loved the Boma Dinner.

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2018-11-12

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -27.807089

Longitude: 32.108060

Directions

Directions to the Rhino River Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal:

The Rhino River Lodge is 300km from the Durban Airport in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

When traveling north on the N2 from Durban, approximately 27km past the Hluhluwe turnoff, turn left into the P450, opposite the Baobab Inn. At this point, you will also see a brown road sign leading to Rhino River. The main entrance gate will be on your right-hand side 4km along the P450.

When traveling south on the N2 from Pongola/Johannesburg, approximately 20km past the turnoff to Mkuze, turn right into the P450, opposite the Baobab Inn.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

Memberships

  • AA Quality Assured Associate
  • Zulu Kingdom South Africa
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