Experience a luxury safari in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Big 5 Game Reserve, the oldest nature reserve in Africa. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge in the iconic Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, offering a chic alternative to the traditional park visit, with exciting extra options thrown in.
The park has three entrances, making it easily accessible from Swaziland in the north, Richards Bay Airport 1.5 hours east and an easy 3.5 hour drive north from King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
The luxury safari lodge offers four room types, all positioned to take advantage of the spectacular views over the bushveld below. The modern, tastefully-decorated rooms and villas offer guests the utmost privacy and comfort.
Along with exciting game drives, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers a host of other activities so that can guests can enjoy an authentic African experience - from wild bush walks to traditional Zulu homestays and rejuvenating spa treatments overlooking the watering hole.
HOME OF THE RHINO
In the early 1900's white rhinos numbers had dwindled to as low as 50 - 100 left in the world, and all of them were in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve. Today, South Africa’s first game reserve is still home to the densest population of white rhino on the planet.
PACKAGES & TRAVEL IDEAS
TRAVEL TRADE & MEDIA
Experiences BUSH TRAILS
Take a walk on the wild side with a guided trail through the untamed African bush.
Exciting encounters with animals big and small in open safari vehicles with an experienced guide.
“Where to start”
Where to start, we loved every minute of our time there, from the delicious food, the welcoming and attentive staff, the beautiful location and comfortable and luxurious accommodation, it was the perfect weekend away.
We loved our driver Sinda, so knowledgeable and indulged our love for birds without boring the other guests on the vehicle.
Justin & Julia Henry
(sa) Stayed November 2020
“A special thank you”
Durban, South Africa
Stayed November 2020
Everything was fantastic - could not ask for more. Staff, rooms and good were amazing. The ranger for both the bush walk and drive were very knowledgeable. The bush walk is a must - incredible being able to get so close.
Gold Coast, Australia
Stayed January 2020
“Out of This World”
Early january 2020, we spent two nights at this lodges within the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi NP. The rooms and food were excellent, and the views from the lodge and infinity pool are top! What a view on the rolling hills of Zulu land. Having experienced the game drives in the private reserves of Kruger, the games drives here were somewhat less exiting as the cars cannot leave the roads in search of animals. This being said, the safari walk is a MUST DO. Highly recommended in the morning. We got up at 4:30am and were walking at 5:00am. The experience of the silence and the sun rising behind the hills is unforgettable. Sitting within 50 metres of rhino's is out of this world.
Stayed January 2020
“SA-Venues verified review”
Upon arrival, the atmosphere was relaxing and the scenery was breathtaking! The staff is friendly and will do anything to make the experience personal and amazing for you. Sifiso is an excellent game ranger and we had a few good laughs with him. Spha is an amazing host and makes sure you are comfortable. The food is Masterchef style and yummy! It is an experience that will never be forgotten!
Stayed November 2020
We stayed in October for two nights but really could have done with an extra night in order to make best use of all the facilities. The lodge is in a fantastic location over looking the park and is easy to find but the last part of the drive is very steep. We were warmly greeted by Mary on our arrival and after a full briefing taken to our lodge, number 10. This was roomy and spacious with a large comfy bed, sofa, fireplace, bath, shower and large veranda. The room was equipped with everything you could need. The only negative was the shower had a glass door to the veranda so it felt like you had an outside bathroom. Lovely if you were in any other room, but it was disconcerting to find the staff taking a short cut back in front of our lodge whilst you were in the shower! Was particularly impressed with the provision of refillable metal drinks bottles for water instead of single use plastic ones.
Take your binoculars to breakfast as all the tables are positioned facing over the valley with spectacular views. We saw buffalos, giraffes and wart hogs. The food was excellent and the staff very attentive and friendly. High tea was taken just before the afternoon drive where you sit with your ranger and others from your safari vehicle, a great way to get to know people. Dinner is inside the main building with the quality and quantity of food excellent. We were also lucky enough to be entertained by a group of local women and children singing and dancing. Amazing!
We also booked the three hour bush walk at 10.30 which meant we still had all our game drives. Our ranger was fantastic and knowledgeable. He kept the walking pace suitable with frequent stops for water and to catch our breath whilst learning about the plants and animals in the bush. Saw lots of zebra, wildebeest, rhinos and spiders up close. Well worth the extra money. This did mean that we only had about an hour free before dinner. Another day meant we could have used the pool or spa.
The game drives were good and we were lucky enough to see quite a lot of wildlife. However, because the lodge is in the national park they are not allowed off road. The guides do keep in contact with one another should there be an unusual sighting.
This is a beautiful lodge in an amazing location with equally amazing staff.
Stayed October 2019
“Awesome beauty of pristine savannah”
The lodge and the National Park is an absolute gem. Even though South Africa has a very high standard in Safari and lodge a accommodation this amazingly beautiful gem stands out. The view from the lodge, pool, rooms and is breathtaking. But location is surpassed by the gorgeous and delightful staff who let you experience the world famous South African hospitality. This lodge set some new standard for me. I am recommend to arrange this visit at the end of your trip so you want be disappointed by other Safari Lodges.
Stayed February 2019
“The Perfect Stay”
We stayed at Rhino Ridge for 3 days and 3 nights and I wish we could have stayed longer. Everything about our stay was perfect. First, the staff from the waiters to the safari guides was truly exceptional. Everyone was so friendly and kind, we were sad to leave them. We had a dedicated safari guide, who we went out with twice a day for 3 hours (6-9 am and 4-7pm). One each safari ride we would stop for a snack and drink (in the morning coffee/tea) and in the afternoon a drink of choice (from wine to gin and tonic). We saw tons of animals on each drive. The only animal hard to track down was the lion and the leopard.