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Dulini Lodge

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- Opulent yet cosy riverside property
- Excellent guiding & wildlife viewing
- Game drives & bush walks
- On site gym & curio shop

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Dulini Lodge belongs to the luxurious Dulini portfolio and is located in a scenic spot on the banks of the Mabrak River in South Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The reserve is a large, protected area covering some 65,000 hectares that’s home to a broad array of wildlife, including the Big 5. Dulini Lodge has an opulent yet welcoming and intimate feel, and the riverside setting means that visitors will enjoy the privilege of seeing many animals in their natural habitat from the comfort of their own accommodation.

One of the most appealing aspects of the lodge is that it’s very small and peaceful. There are just six thatched suites, all spaced well apart to maximise privacy. The suites are located right beside the river and all come with their own private viewing deck and plunge pool. Decor is contemporary, with African-style touches throughout. There’s plenty of space for lounging about and while the suites are roomy, they do have a particularly homely and cosy feel.

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve borders the Kruger National Park, yet there isn’t any fencing marking the boundary. Animals are therefore able to roam freely between the two, which improves the biodiversity of both areas. Dulini Lodge offers game drives that cover much of the reserve. The guides are experienced professionals who are adept at working together to track down rarely seen animals, ensuring visitors have the best possible safari experience. Guided bush walks are another great way to explore the reserve ‘up close’ and discover its plentiful wildlife. Along with the Big 5, other animals that might be spotted include zebras, giraffes, hippopotamuses, wildebeest, cheetahs and many more.

On-site facilities include a well-equipped gym, an open-air dining area, a ‘boma’ area for evening meals under the stars, a curio shop and a comfortable lounge that’s well stocked with books. Three meals a day are served, with most of the food choices consisting of African specialties and delicacies.

While the lodge welcomes children, please note that those under the age of six are unable to take part in the game drives. Parents looking to go on game drives can arrange for a babysitter to watch their children while they’re out on a drive. While it’s rare for wildlife to approach humans or accommodation, parents are reminded to make sure their children are under constant adult supervision.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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