About Us


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.

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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.

3. Exclusivity

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

For those more adventurous guests who would like to experience the bush on foot – bush walks are offered from the lodge with the legendary Nunu Jobe, a highly experienced trails ranger who also goes by the name of “The Rhino Whisperer”. Having worked in the park for many years Nunu has the reputation of being able to get closer to a white rhino than anyone. Nunu has a wealth of information and it is a real privilege to learn more about life and nature from this unassuming man. Walks are usually conducted in the Big Five area of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park where children of fourteen years and older may walk but need to be accompanied by a supervising adult. Walks are typically 2-3 hours long and refreshments are provided.

5. Reasonable Rates and Bar Prices

Nobody wants to count pennies when on holiday, so we have structured our rates to ensure the best of quality without breaking the bank. We keep our bar and curio prices reasonable and stock a variety of award winning South African wines across the price range.

History of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

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.

Our Rates

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Rates per person per night sharing May 2018
Jul 2018
Aug 2018
Apr 2019
May 2019
Jul 2019
Aug 2019
Apr 2040
Safari Room & Safari Family Room R 2 380 R 3 130 R 2 570 R 3 380
Luxury Bush Villa R 3 400 R 4 180 R 3 670 R 4 520
Honeymoon Villa R 3 850 R 4 640 R 4 170 R 4 990
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 151 R 166 R 166 R 184
Park Fees Per Day (Non-SA Residents) * R 252 R 275 R 275 R 300
Bush Walk ** R 540 R 585 R 585 R 640
Gorge Walk *** R 335 R 365 R 365 R 390
Private Safari Guide & Vehicle R 4 290 R 4 720 R 4 720 R 5 090
Mpembeni Community Visit ****** R 335 R 360 R 360 R 390

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.

What Sets Rhino Ridge Luxury Safari Lodge Apart?

1. Location

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.

2. Architecture

The main lounge is a vast, beautiful and luxurious setting with upmarket finishes, attention to detail and contemporary eco-friendly architecture. Along the whole length of the back wall of the lounge is a dramatic wall mural of local wildlife, while the front is floor-to-ceiling glass which acts as a high-definition screen onto reality. Every small detail in the design and layout is well thought-out, giving you the opportunity to relax in luxurious comfort. Creative use has been made of local fabrics and art, and the decor is both modern and warm, with a central indoor fireplace connecting the various seating areas and bar. This setting is everything you could ask for in a luxury safari lodge.

3. Food

The wrap-around deck and pool reach out into the KwaZulu-Natal bushveld under intense blue skies, and the only time you might briefly tear your eyes away from these panoramic views is to select the delicious cocktails and meals which celebrate local produce. The plentiful food references its context with modern, fresh, healthy and sophisticated flair, combined with attention to artistic presentation. The variety and choice of flavourful food ensures that all dietary requirements are catered for. The bar is well stocked and the cellar has a fantastic selection of prime South African wines. Meals and drinks may be served outside on the terrace or in the glass-fronted dining room, and after dinner you may gather round the fire pit to trade stories of the day’s sightings over a nightcap before heading off to bed.

4. Luxury Safari Lodge Accommodation

Luxurious safari suites are well situated along the ridge such that each guest may enjoy a unique combination of privacy and views onto nature. You may choose between a glamorous Bush Villa with a deep bath separated from the bedrooms by an open fireplace, or a Safari Room with a shower with wide, full-height glass doors which open out onto the bushveld. For those celebrating a very special occasion or simply wanting to treat themselves there are two exclusive Honeymoon Villas with private plunge pools overlooking the reserve. Each room continues the theme of celebrating the open views, complemented by photographic wall murals of local wildlife. The modern, high-end effect is softened by dreamy white mosquito nets draped over four-poster beds dressed in crisp white linen.

5. Community Ownership

All luxury, architecture and wildlife aside, one of the aspects that we are most proud of about Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the shared community ownership of the lodge and its commitment to the empowerment of the local previously disadvantaged community of Hlabisa. This warmth comes through in every interaction with the staff and management of the lodge and you will feel their enthusiasm as they welcome you with a refreshing drink and warm face towel. Experienced wildlife guides delight in sharing their natural world with you on morning and evening game drives or guided bush walks.

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.