The Lodge


What sets Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge apart is a breathtaking combination of its expansive natural views and visionary architecture which strategically makes the most of its prime position overlooking a watering hole below the lodge and undulating hills typical of Zululand.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on land belonging to the local Mpembeni Community which has been incorporated into the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. This is a unique joint venture between the community, the park and a private company creating much needed employment and generating revenue for conservation via park fees and levies.

The lodge features slick, contemporary design with natural finishes and boasts a deck that extends the entire length of the main lodge building, taking full advantage of the spectacular views. 

Whether you are looking for a quick weekend in the bush to recharge your batteries, a romantic honeymoon destination or an ideal spot for a family holiday Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge caters for everyone. We are ideally situated for guests travelling from Durban, Johannesburg or Swaziland. Consider combining your trip with our sister lodge Thonga Beach Lodge for a superb bush and beach experience or team up with some friends and add on a few days at one of the superb golf resorts on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

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The lodge facilities are designed to enhance your experience by complementing the exquisite surrounding wilderness. Rhino Ridge is designed to ‘bring the outdoors in' by incorporating open spaces and maximising the expansive views over the reserve.


The indoor dining area - this is where your buffet breakfast and luncheon is served, along with our delicious dinners in the evening.
The outdoor dining deck - opens from the indoor dining and lounge area and is the perfect spot for al fresco breakfast or lunch.


Our well-stocked bar serves all your usual favourites along with delicious cocktails and specialty coffees. Our cellar has a fantastic selection of prime South African wines.


The comfortable lounge area has a fireplace, a small library and a selection of board games.


Sun umbrellas and wooden loungers with comfortable cushions surround our unique infinity pool that overlooks the African bushveld below.


Unwind, de-stress and soak up the experience with a relaxing spa treatment in serene rooms overlooking the reserve.


Our on-site curio shop is stocked with quality souvenirs, African beadwork, items of clothing and everyday essentials.

The 5 Reasons

You deserve to truly escape, appreciate the natural world, heal and relax. When you visit Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, you’ll experience the African bushveld at its best, while travelling with purpose as you support local conservation efforts. There are so many reasons to visit Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge; here are our five favourites:


Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only 4-star private lodge in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, providing guests with exclusive luxury and outstanding service within one of South Africa’s flagship national parks. Since the lodge is situated within the park, there’s no need to waste precious time driving to the reserve; your game drive starts from the front door of the lodge and you get full use of the extensive network of roads throughout the park.

Exciting Experiences

Along with exciting game drives, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers a host of other activities so that guests can enjoy an authentic African experience - from wild bush walks to traditional Zulu homestays and rejuvenating spa treatments overlooking the watering hole.


At Rhino Ridge you have a unique window on Africa’s wildlife. From each cleverly-designed open space, you are able to watch rhino, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and perhaps even the elusive painted wolves (wild dog) at the local drinking hole in the bushveld below, uninterrupted in their natural habitat, as they have been for decades in this protected natural area. With expansive views from every room, this setting is everything you could ask for - and more! - in a luxury safari lodge.

Abundance of wildlife

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is home to 46% of the birdlife found in the entire Southern hemisphere, 86 different mammal species, all of the Big 5, and the world’s densest white rhino population. It’s also one of the best places to see the African wild dog, one of the continent’s most endangered large carnivores.

Community empowerment

All luxury, architecture and wildlife aside, one of the aspects that we are most proud of at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the shared community ownership of the lodge and our commitment to the empowerment of the local previously-disadvantaged community of Hlabisa. In keeping with the Isibindi ethos, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is a joint venture between the National Empowerment Fund and the local Mphembeni community who own the land on which the lodge is built. People from the community have been trained to work in various departments and now constitute 97% of the lodge staff.

A Day At Rhino Ridge

Although there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ day on safari (since every day brings something new and exciting), guests at Rhino Ridge can look forward to an authentic safari experience, quality time with loved ones, and time to ‘decompress’ and enjoy being in nature.