The splendour of Dulini Lodge
setting: Beneath the shade of ancient Ebony and Leadwood trees, the tranquil haven of Dulini is enigmatically embraced by its rich riverine setting. There is a restorative quality to the peaceful atmosphere of the camp, on the banks of the Mabrak River. The symphony of bird song and the passage of wildlife add to the allure of Dulini.
Luxurious lodge: The main lodge, resplendent with deep couches and contemporary African accents spills onto the cool veranda, with views to the wilderness beyond. A welcoming ambience of laid back luxury creates a place of conversation and laughter, while the extensive library of books accommodates those more inclined to quieter contemplation.
Accommodation at Dulini Lodge:
Intimate private suites: Six exquisite thatched suites grace the banks of the riverbed. The spacious accommodation with private plunge pools and interiors that epitomise romance, with canopies of mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms. Each suite offers a, private view of the riverbed, seamlessly integrating the grandeur of nature and elegance of décor.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Reputed to be one of Africa’s finest safari destinations, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is home to Dulini. The 65 000ha Sabi Sand Reserve shares a common 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park to the east. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and Sand Rivers sustain the diverse fauna and flora of the area, which enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse populations of any reserve in Africa.
With no boundary fences between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park, a great diversity of wildlife is found here, including the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
Game drives traverse an area of 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience. Off-road driving enables the best possible view of any exceptional sighting and rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements.
The traffic of game frequenting the trails through and beyond the camp and riverbed may be enjoyed from the cantilevered deck tented by a leafy Jackalberry. It is not uncommon to secretly witness the passage of an elusive leopard from this vantage point. The deck also offers an alternative venue for enjoying the rich fare at meal times.
Traditionally known as “the boma”, this truly African dining venue boasts a ceiling of stars and a roaring fire. It is around the Boma fire that friendships are sealed and all African bush yarns are spun – grandiose tales of fearsome beasts and great escapes are always more memorable when shared around the camp fire.
Our wine cellar boasts a collection of South Africa’s finest wines. Whether sunning at the pool, resting in the shade of the Leadwoods or enjoying an intimate dinner, we will have something special in our cellar. Guests are invited to peruse our wine list at the time of reservation and to let us know if there are any wines that they would like us to procure that are not currently in stock. Every effort will be made to have these requests available in time for your visit.
Children from 8 years and older are welcome at Dulini Lodge. A child is considered 8-16 years old and will be charged 50% of the full adult rate when sharing with one or two adults. Should there be a full camp booking; children of any age will be welcome.
A well-equipped gym caters to your need for physical exertion when the African pot begins to pad the hips and you have had adequate time relaxing on your deck.
A collection of bespoke curios and safari essentials are available for your temptation. It is an African custom to return to one’s home bearing gifts of the land to which one has journeyed. The Safari Shop will accommodate this tradition and package purchases in Dulini style to remind you of your African sojourn.
Guests have an opportunity to partner with Dulini through their purchases from our safari shop.
The Dulini curio shop is dedicated to key fundraising for our outreach work. 50% of profit from curio shop sales is directly Donated to the EsiDuini Community Trust.
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Health & Climate:Weather:
Summer months are hot and humid (Nov to Dec) followed by hot, but drier, months later in the season (Jan to Mar). Temperatures start to cool slightly (Apr), and winter months are warm with cold nights/dawns (May to Jun).
July to September is very dry with cold night and early morning/late afternoon temperatures. Spring is very dry with hot, dry winds (Sept to Oct).
The first rains start towards the end of October.
Rains or typical afternoon thundershowers (Nov and Dec), with potential scattered afternoon thundershowers (Apr).
Best time to travel:
All year round, best game viewing from March to October
423m above sea level
Dulini Lodge is situated in a malaria area and necessary precautions should be taken.
Everybody and everything was perfect. We have seen the big five and a special thank to the ranger. Hope to go back for a longer time in the future.