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Rhino River Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Good Value Big 5 Safari
- Private 23,000 hectare reserve
- Family suites
- Down to earth accommodation

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Overview

Rhino River Lodge is a private 23,000 hectare reserve only 30 kilometres north of Hluhluwe Game Reserve. This Big 5 safari experience is in the heart of Zululand in the Southern section of the Zululand Rhino Reserve. Situated along the Msuduze River the lodge is set in riverine vegetation filled with bird and animal life. The area is populated with lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, hippo, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, variety of antelope and warthog.

There are 4 double en-suite standard rooms and four 2 bedroom family units in addition to a reception with curio shop, dining room with bar, lounge, swimming pool and outside boma area set around the camp fire for evening meals weather permitting.

Guided safari drives are in open 4x4 vehicle which depart morning and late afternoon. For a small supplementary cost, night drives or guided walks for those over 16 years of age. Meals are full English breakfast on return from your morning game drive, a light lunch and three course dinner. Snacks and drinks whilst on game drive are included and generally enjoyed during a stop to stretch your legs and enjoy the bush.

Rhino River Lodge is a very good safari choice for families, offering big five safari and excellent family friendly accommodation that combines superbly with some relaxation time on the nearby coast, with the minimum of transport and hassle between. There are two family chalets, each with two bedrooms and private boma, a two bedroom homestead with private plunge pool and a two bedroom cottage with private small pool. Each of these units comfortably fits a family of four. A family of five can fit in the two bedroom units as long as the youngest is under 12 as they will be accommodated on a fold out ottoman bed. Children under 4 are not allowed on game drives unless you pay extra for a private vehicle and guide.

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Suggested Itineraries for Rhino River Lodge

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Fantastic value safari & beach combination in KwaZulu-Natal. Enjoy big 5 safari and relaxed beach time.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $2,087 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,033 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,368 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,033 per person economy class from London

Superb value safari and beach holiday, combining Big Five in South Africa and an all-inclusive oceanfront resort in idyllic Mauritius.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

Adults from $2,840 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,420 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,113 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,420 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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 South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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