- Peaceful property in scenic location
- Exceptional accommodation
- Excellent safari activities
- Wildlife viewing from suites
Dulini River Lodge is one of three high-end properties which comprise the luxurious Dulini portfolio, and is one of the best of around two dozen accommodation choices within South Africa’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Guests will enjoy a premium and highly personalised safari experience along with an exceptionally high standard of accommodation. The property occupies a picturesque setting on the banks of the Sand River, with breath taking views of the lush riverside scenery and undisturbed surroundings.
Accommodation at Dulini River Lodge consists of just six suites, all offering generous amounts of space combined with a homely, intimate feel. Peace and privacy are top priorities here and each suite has a private viewing deck and plunge pool, along with both indoor and outdoor showers. The nearby river flows year-round and is a prime source of water for many animals who often visit for drinks in full view of suites and private viewing decks.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is known as an excellent safari destination. Game drives are lead by expert guides who are adept at coordinating with fellow guides to track down rare animals. Guides will share their wealth of knowledge about the reserve and its inhabitants and are always keen to make drives enjoyable, informative and worthwhile. Vehicle safaris depart from the lodge at different times of the day, and guided bush walks are also available. When not out exploring the reserve, guests can unwind in their suites, on the communal viewing deck, or in the lounge. Meals are served in the open-air dining area, with African-style food on the menus. ‘Boma’ dining experiences out in the open under the starry night sky are also on offer.
The lodge welcomes children of all ages. While game drives aren’t suitable for those aged six or under, the lodge can arrange for a babysitter to look after younger family members while parents are out on a game drive. It’s rare for wildlife to approach humans or accommodation, but parents are reminded nonetheless that children of all ages must remain under adult supervision at all times.
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