- Small, stylish lodge with exclusive feel
- Viewing opportunities from lodge and suites
- Excellent game drives and bush walks
- Peaceful property in tranquil setting
South Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve is home to around two dozen different camps and lodges, and Dulini Leadwood Lodge, part of the luxurious Dulini portfolio, offers one of the higher-end accommodation options in the reserve. It’s an intimate property with an exclusive feel, designed to offer top notch comfort and hospitality, and offering a range of excellent nature-based activities for those looking to explore the reserve and discover its diverse wildlife.
With just four two-person suites, the lodge is one of the smallest to be found in the reserve. All suites have a sophisticated, stylish and contemporary feel and are exceptionally light and airy, with large windows and expansive private decks offering captivating views of the Sand River and the nearby area – on occasion, some of the local wildlife can be spotted from the suites. The emphasis here is on privacy and comfort, and all suites come with their own private plunge pool and fireplace.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve spans some 65,000 hectares and partly borders the Kruger National Park. Interestingly, there’s no fence border demarcating the end of one and the beginning of the other. As such, animals are free to roam between the two, vastly improving the biodiversity of both protected areas. Private, exclusive game drives organised by the lodge’s professional and friendly expert guides cover nearly a sixth of the reserve and offer premium wildlife viewing experiences. The guides have spent many a year honing their skills at tracking down rarely seen animals and are always willing to share their vast knowledge of the reserve with visitors. Game drives depart from the lodge at various times of the day, with optional bush walks also available.
There’s a sizeable on-site swimming pool, as well as an open-air dining area where the day’s three meals are served. There’s also the option for ‘boma’ dining when evening meals are served in an enclosed area out in the open underneath the stars.
Children are very welcome to stay here. However, those under the age of six are unable to participate in the game drives. That said, staff at the lodge can arrange for a babysitter to watch young children while parents go out on a game drive or have dinner. While it’s rare for animals to approach humans or accommodation, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019