Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
is situated on the western boundary in the first private concession within Africa’s oldest proclaimed Game Reserve Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Set in a 96 000 hectare park Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge enables guests to enjoy 4 star luxury at a private lodge for the first time within the park, offering spectacular scenery and excellent safari opportunities within the heart of Big 5 territory.
- Low risk malaria area
- Air conditioning, fans & mosquito nets in all rooms
- Fireplace in each Villa
- 11 metre infinity lap pool with sundeck
- Exceptional Spa Facilities
- Curio Shop
- Wi-Fi can be intermittent and slow due to satellite connection.
- Only private lodge within Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in heart of Big 5 Territory.
- Easy 3.5 hour drive from Durban –no 4x4 transfer necessary
- Easy access to iSimangaliso Wetland Park & St Lucia area
- Great packages available with other Isibindi lodges offering Bush & Beach Experience at Thonga Beach Lodge
- Situated in heart of Zululand with access to Zulu culture
- Excellent birding
- Great weekend getaway
- Child Friendly
- Easily accessible from KSIA or Richards Bay Airport.
- Fabulous wedding venue
CHILDREN ON GAME DRIVES:
Children of 3-6 years will be accommodated on a kiddies drive from 10am-12pm - no extra charge. They will be required to have a guardian adult of the parents choice within the group booked. Children 0-3 years may only go on game drives if a private vehicle is booked at additional cost. There are no afternoon/evening game drives for children 3-6 years. There will be a supervised kiddies playtime/activity between 2.00pm-3.00pm in Winter & 3.00pm-4.00pm in Summer
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge Accommodation:
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge accommodates a maximum of 36 guests in 4 different room types. The rooms have been carefully positioned high up on a ridge to take full advantage of the spectacular views over the hills and valleys of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park while at the same time giving each room maximum privacy. This has resulted in some of the rooms being quite a distance from the central lodge facility with some of them being a 200 metre walk to the main lodge area. Guests are advised to pack comfortable flat shoes for walking along the paths.
- 8 Luxury Bush Villas comprising twin/double bedroom en-suite with separate toilet, luxurious shower, private wooden deck, mini bar, fireplace, overhead fan & air-conditioning
- 2 Honeymoon Villas comprising twin/double bedroom en-suite with separate toilet, luxurious indoor/outdoor shower, private wooden deck, mini bar, fireplace, overhead fan & air-conditioning and private plunge pool
- 4 Safari Rooms twin/double en-suite showers & private deck
- 2 Safari Family Rooms twin/double are arranged in pairs leading off a common lobby ideal for families or couples travelling together. Each room with private en-suite shower & private deck.
Kindly note that from 1 September 2016 we are implementing a minimum 2 night stay policy.
ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE:
Game Drives – no extra cost
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge situated inside the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park so all our game drives start from the lodge. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers both early morning and afternoon/evening game drives. Game drive safaris are conducted in specially adapted open game viewing vehicles, with professional guides (maximum 9 people per vehicle). To preserve our wilderness no off-road driving is practiced. In addition to driving on our private concession within the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park we also have unlimited access to the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park where you have the opportunity to spot the Big 5. Our guides meet the stringent requirements of Ezemvelo Parks Authority and senior guides hold the highest guiding qualifications possible in South Africa, to ensure that your encounters with the African bush are exciting, informative and safe.
Early morning tea/coffee, rusks & fruit are served on the deck before setting off on your morning drive. Another refreshment stop is made during the morning drive after which you return to the lodge to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast.
High tea is served in the early afternoon after which guests can enjoy an afternoon game drive with a sun downer break before driving into the early evening looking for nocturnal creatures. On arrival at the lodge guests are given the opportunity to freshen up before enjoying a delicious dinner on the deck.
Whilst children of all ages are welcomed at the lodge, families with children under the age of 6 years cannot accompany other guests on game drives. They may either book a private game drive vehicle for their exclusive use or request a baby sitter for the duration of the game drive which we will gladly arrange.
Half-day Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari
Enjoy a half day safari through the park with one of our highly trained guides. Your safari includes a picnic lunch at one of the many beautiful view sites within the park.
Duration: 5 hours
Minimum no of people – 2. Pre-booking advisable
Mpembeni Community Visit
An amazing opportunity for our guests to interact first hand with the locals in the area. Cultural tours provide an interesting and direct way for visitors to learn about the lives and daily experiences of the local people. Guests will visit one of the local villages. In addition with the assistance of an interpreter will gain an insight into local life. Dependent upon availability a meeting/consultation with the Inyanga (Traditional Healer) or the Sangoma (fortune teller) will provide the highlight of the trip.
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
No minimum number of people
Spa – treatments charged as per current price list
Guests wanting to indulge themselves can make use of our beautiful spa facilities. A full range of spa and beauty therapies are offered by a team of dedicated professionals. Rejuvenate the mind, body and soul while relaxing in tranquil surroundings offering spectacular views over the park. Relax to the sounds of the wild and soak in the essence of Africa.
All children welcome. No children under 6years can go on game drives with other guests. Private vehicle can be booked by prior arrangement.
Access to the lodge:
BY ROAD: From Durban Airport 2hrs 45min drive (213km) From Richards Bay Airport 2hrs (109km)
4 x 4: 4 x 4 access may be required at certain times of the year In this case guests will be transferred in open 4x4 from Hilltop within the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.
Arrival time at the Lodge:
Guests must arrive at gates at the latest 10 minutes before closing time. Guests arriving after this will not be allowed access to the park and will have to overnight outside the park.
Winter: Mar - Oct 6am - 6pm
Summer: Nov-Feb 7am - 7pm
SPECIAL NOTICE – Road works on the road from Memorial to Hilltop Camp and will add 25 minutes to travel time.
ACCESS BY ROAD – please use our directions and not your GPS.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge can be reached by normal 2 x 4 vehicles, however after heavy rains care must be taken when driving as wash aways may occur. Travelling time by vehicle from KSIA (Durban Airport) to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge via Nyalazi Gate is approximately three & half hours(270km). Travelling time from Richards Bay is 2 hrs (100km) also via Nyalazi Gate. Travelling time from Johannesburg via Pongola and Memorial Gate approximately 7 hrs (573km)
- Nyalazi Gate to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge – 19kms – 40 mins
- Memorial Gate to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge – 25kms – 1hr
- Cengeni Gate to Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge – 60km – 2hr 30mins
NB - speed limit in the Park is 50km