Hluhluwe River Lodge
and Adventures is a small hideaway close to the famous Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and the coastal marine reserves of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Great comfort, friendly staff, excellent food and lots of exciting activities make this the ideal choice for travelers exploring this diverse and beautiful region.
The lodge is ideal for self drive visitors looking for a fully catered restaurant facility and spacious living area
Twelve separate thatched bungalows are all privately spread about a shaded canopy of indigenous forest garden where there is also a secluded swimming pool to while away the warm days with chattering birds and shy antelope that feed on the grassy lawns.
The chefs will ensure that you are well fed with a variety fresh fruit, vegetables along with a variety of delicious dishes at dinner to interesting hot breakfast choices to kick start your day. Vegetarians and guests with special dietary requirements can specify their needs on or prior to arrival.
The atmosphere at the lodge is friendly and relaxed with a home from home approach to hospitality. Our variety of adventures are designed to offer guests a wide choice of activities wether they are active adventure seekers or the relaxed naturalist type content with wildlife, birds and scenery.
The Main Lodge
The main lodge contains a restaurant, bar, lounge and terrace which commands a fantastic view of Lake St Lucia and the savannah grasslands of the Hluhluwe River floodplain. Wifi available.
Accommodation at Hluhluwe River Lodge:
The Lodge comprises of 8 two sleeper standard chalets, two four sleeper family chalets,two spacious Honeymoon/luxury suites and one self catering (Mkhulu`s house) that sleeps four.
Thatched A frame style chalet with deck. The bathroom is made up of an en suite shower and separate toilet, a vanity unit with one basin, a large mirror and shaver plug. The chalet is equipped with a mini bar, tea/coffee making facility, a comfortable wing back chair, a writing desk, two suitcase racks, clothes cupboard, digital safe and an air conditioner.
Thatched A frame style chalet with deck. The bathroom is made up of an en suite shower and separate toilet, a vanity unit with two basins, a large mirror and shaver plug. The chalet is equipped with a mini bar, tea/coffee making facility, two comfortable cane chairs, a writing desk, a large suitcase rack, clothes cupboard,digital safe and an air conditioner. The chalet is open plan with two three quarter beds allowing for a double or twin arrangement and then two single beds which can be screened off with curtains if required.
Thatched A frame style chalet with an expansive deck area, chairs and coffee table. The bathroom is made up of an en suite shower and separate toilet, a vanity unit with two basins, a large mirror and shaver plug. A Victorian bath is just off the main room area and looks out into the forest. The King size bed is draped with a romantic mosquito net. The chalet is equipped with a mini bar, tea/coffee making facility, two comfortable cane chairs, a writing desk, a large suitcase rack, clothes cupboard, digital safe and an air conditioner.
*Mkhulu`s self-catering house
Mkhulu`s house is ideal for a family of four or two adult couples. The house is equipped for a self catering holiday however meals may be booked at the lodge restaurant provided the lodge is occupied by guests. Mkhulu’s House is a 5 minute walk from the main lodge and we recommend that you bring a torch if you intend booking meals as the path and road has no lighting.
The lodge terrace has a fire pit which is lit every night and dinner is served most often on the outside deck or in the dining room depending on weather.
Hluhluwe River Lodge Activities:
Upon request, we offer guided walks into False Bay Park which includes forest and lake shore experiences where the focus is on the little details and magic of our greatest asset, the Sand Forest.
- Bird Watching
- Mountain Bike Trails
- Forest Walks
- Evening Walks
- Pineapple Tour, 15min from the Lodge
Various other activities off-site, please enquire.
Hluhluwe River Lodge Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
There really is not a bad time to visit as the climate is sub tropical with a tendency to become hot and humid in the high summer between October to February.
Winters are very mild.
Bring a hat, walking shoes, and webbing sandals with nylon straps.
Shorts and light cotton shirts are recommended and a fleece jacket is ideal for cool mornings especially in winter.
This was my second trip to Hluhluwe but first time to the River Lodge. The River Lodge far exceeded all expectations. Excellent food, great staff & what a view! Thanks we will be returning.
The quality of service, location and game viewing unfortunately does not meet the expectations one would have a luxury South African lodge. Being quite a distance removed from the Hluhluwe game park, and with accommodation offering no views, we were very disappointed.
Following the 2015 voting period, Emdoneni has won: Global Winner in the Luxury Game Lodge category of the World Luxury Hotel Awards. If you ever dream of getting close to nature, Emdoneni Lodge is the place.
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See hippos and crocodiles at the adjoining World Heritage site of Lake St Lucia, explore the 4000ha Bonamanzi Game Park or view the Big Five at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. Excellent for photography, game watching and bird viewing.
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Looking for accommodation with style and flair, look no further. Come "...kick off your shoes 'cause you're home!". Hluhluwe is your last "out post" to Birding, Big 5, Endangered Wild life, Gaboon Adder and Turtles.
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Afro-Colonial Lodges situated near Hluhluwe, an ideal base from which to explore northern Zululand, the game reserves and lakes-area. Self-catering only.
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3-Star rating, 10 rooms sleeping 26 people, AA Quality assured with a Highly Recommended Rating. B&B with "Home Cooked Dinners" by prior arrangement. Daily Game Drives on offer, large tropical garden with swimming pool. Children accepted.
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