Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is a luxury safari lodge
situated on the western boundary in the lower Hluhluwe section of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu Natal. The park has three entrances making it easily accessible from Swaziland in the north, Richards Bay Airport 1.5 hours east and King Shaka International Airport Durban an easy 3.5 hour drive north.
1. Community & Private Equity Lodge
In keeping with the Isibindi ethos, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is a joint venture with the National Empowerment Fund and the local Mphembeni Community who own the land on which the lodge is built. Locals were used in the construction of the lodge and have subsequently been trained to work in various departments within the business constituting 97% of the staff, providing much needed skills and employment in this impoverished rural community.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers a chic alternative to the traditional park visit, with exciting extra options thrown in.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and offers people wishing to visit this important reserve a luxurious alternative to traditional accommodation within the park at reasonable rates.
2. Drives in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
As the lodge is situated within the park one does not have to waste precious time driving to the park before your game viewing begins. Game drives start from the front door of the lodge and have use of the extensive network of roads throughout the park.
The exclusivity of a thirty six bed lodge, and outstanding service combines beautifully with the full Hluhluwe iMfolozi luxury safari lodge experience.
4. Additional exciting experiences including the option to walk in Big Five territory or Conservation Areas
5. Reasonable Rates and Bar Prices
Set in the heart of Zululand, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa established in 1895. The park consists of two game reserves – Hluhluwe in the north and iMfolozi to the south. In the times of the mighty Zulu Kings, Dingiswayo and Shaka this park served as the hunting grounds of royalty. The original hunting pits of the Zulu Kings can still be seen in the iMfolozi section of the park.
Throughout the park there are many signs of Stone Age settlements. On April 30, 1995, President Nelson Mandela visited the then Hluhluwe Game Reserve to celebrate the park’s centenary. Hluhluwe Imfolozi was originally two separate reserves that joined under its current title in 1989.
The park is home to Africa’s Big Five, and also other game including the elusive cheetah, wild dog and nyala. Prime game viewing takes place at hides overlooking pans and waterholes which enable visitors to see animals at close range.
Today, the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is world renowned for its white rhino conservation and its Centenary Capture Centre is setting exceptional standards for animal capture and sustainable utilization in Africa. Operation Rhino the brainchild of the late Dr Ian Player initiated in the 1950s and 60s put the park on the map in terms of rhino conservation and game capture standards. The park covers 96 000 ha and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. Hluhluwe where Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is situated is characterised by hilly topography and noted for a wide variety of both bird and animal life.
|Rates per person per night sharing||May 2017
|Safari Room & Safari Family Room||R 2 190||R 2 870||R 2 360||R 3 100|
|Luxury Bush Villa||R 3 120||R 3 840||R 3 370||R 4 150|
|Honeymoon Villa||R 3 540||R 4 260||R 3 820||R 4 600|
|Single Supplement||Add 30%||Add 30%||Add 30%||Add 30%|
|Children sharing with adults 0-3 years||No charge||No charge||No charge||No charge|
|Children sharing with adults 4-12 years||50% of adult rate||50% of adult rate||50% of adult rate||50% of adult rate|
|Children sharing with adults 13-18 years||75% of adult rate||75% of adult rate||75% of adult rate||75% of adult rate|
|Park Fees Per Day (SA Residents) *||R 105||R 150||R 150||R 165|
|Park Fees Per Day (Non-SA Residents) *||R 210||R 250||R 250||R 330|
|Bush Walk **||R 490||R 540||R 540||R 580|
|Gorge Walk ***||R 300||R 330||R 330||R 360|
|Private Safari Guide & Vehicle||R 3 700||R 4 255||R 4 255||R 4 680|
|Game Capture Museum & Boma Visit *****||R 360||R 415||R 415||R 450|
|Mpembeni Community Visit ******||N/A||R 330||R 330||R 360|
Included are accommodation, all meals, teas and coffees and two safari drives per day.
Excluded are transfers, park fees, drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature.
* Children Park Fees 0-3 Years : no charge. 4-12 Years : 50% of adult fee. 13 Years : Full Adult Rate.
** Bush Walk in Big 5 Territory – no children under 14 years. Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people.
*** Gorge Walk outside of Big 5 Territory – no children under 10 years. Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people.
**** Half Day Hluhluwe iMfolozi Safari including picnic lunch. Minimum 2 people.
***** Game Capture Museum & Boma Visit Minimum 2 people. Seasonal.
****** Mpembeni Community Visit No minimum number.
Baby Sitters are available. 24 hours notice required.
The combination of breath-taking expansive views and spectacular architecture which strategically makes the most of its prime position overlooking the wild game of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. From each cleverly designed open space you are able to watch rhino, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and perhaps even the elusive painted wolves (wild dog) move below, uninterrupted in their natural habitat as they have done for decades in this protected natural space. The luxury safari lodge overlooks a local drinking hole, which attracts wildlife at all times of the day and night.
4. Luxury Safari Lodge Accommodation
5. Community Ownership
An iconic experience of Africa, a stay at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge makes the most of everything that this lovely part of the world has to offer its privileged guests.
For those less adventurous guests, and young children, an option is to go on a Gorge Walk outside of the park where there is no threat of Big Five encounters. These are suitable for families with children strong enough to walk up a steep hill (guideline is eight years and older) where guests can explore the magnificent riverine gorge area below the lodge with its exquisite bird life and flora.
If you are looking for the ultimate bush break in KwaZulu Natal, why not take your pick of the top luxury safari lodges in South Africa? Nestled in the indigenous bush of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve you will find Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, the only 4-star private lodge in the park. As a luxury safari lodge, every effort has been made to ensure that guests enjoy a true African safari -without compromising on luxury and comfort. The lodge features contemporary design and natural finishes and boasts an 11-m infinity lap pool, sundeck, boma and spa.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers safari accommodation at its best for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts, honeymooners and even families. Whether you are staying for a week or just a few nights, your stay at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge will make it well worth your while.