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.
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.
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.
Accommodation at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge: 18 rooms nestled in bush with expansive and uninterrupted views of the reserve. All rooms en-suite with large shower (opening onto a deck), double vanity, mini bar & private decks. All rooms are air-conditioned. All villas have a free standing bath in bathroom and a fireplace.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers a choice of four types of accommodation: - Two Honeymoon Villas nestled in the indigineous bush with private plunge pools - Eight Luxury Bush Villas expansive open plan bedrooms with lounge area, fireplace, mini bar, full bathroom and large viewing deck. - Four Safari Rooms with private shower room leading onto deck area. - Two Safari Family Suites ideal for families travelling with children.
All rooms are positioned to take advantage of the spectacular views and offer guests utmost privacy.
Bathrooms All Villas have open-plan bathrooms with rain showers.
Honeymoon Villas Honeymoon Villas offering total seclusion and private plunge pool. - Expansive open-plan bedroom - Lounge area - Open fire place - Open-plan bathroom with shower and bath - Large Deck - Private Plunge Pool
Luxury Bush Villas Expansive room with seating area, fire place, open plan bathroom and large deck. - Expansive open-plan bedroom - Lounge area - Open fire place - Open-plan bathroom with shower and bath - Large Deck
Safari Rooms Family friendly rooms with private shower rooms opening onto deck. - Open-plan bedroom - Separate shower room - Deck
2 Identical Safari Rooms joined by a common lobby.
Safari Drives: There is nothing quite like setting out on the back of an open game viewing vehicle, watching the red sun rising as a tall giraffe crosses the road in front you. On the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge safari packages it is our pleasure to bring you the best of unique wildlife encounters of this fascinating KwaZulu-Natal natural context. This is easily achieved in the spectacular Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, a vast nature reserve, a haven for protected species such as rhino, elephant, leopard and wild dog. You may be lucky enough to come across a local pride of lions which enjoys sleeping in a wide, comfortable tree in the South of the park.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers both morning and afternoon safari drives which are complimentary and included in your room rate. These exhilarating drives are conducted in specially adapted open, high game viewers, with professional guides. To preserve our concession and in keeping with park rules no off-roading is practiced. The drives are the highlight of every safari in South Africa. At Isibindi we are serious about enjoying outdoor treats, and tea, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks are offered on the mornings drives. We will pack your favourite sundowner drinks and bring out more snacks to munch as you watch the sun set in the evenings.
You may choose to book on a specialized walking safari which takes place in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve with a qualified and knowledgeable walking safari guide. This is one of the most unique ways of experiencing the African bushveld, and your will enjoy the mindful engagement with nature. Your guide will create four-dimensional reconstructions of the wildlife activity which has taken place along your trail, from past, to present to future, vertical and horizontal action. Appreciate the beautiful scenery, delicately balanced ecosystem and the myriad of little critters and plants from up close as you tread gently in this protected corner of Africa.
Wildlife in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge The park is home to Africas Big Five: elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard. Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve boasts 86 special species. It is one of the worlds top spots for viewing nyala.
The park is a prime birding destination and is home to 340 bird species. The Hluhluwe River Flood Plain is one of the only areas in the whole of South Africa where yellow-throated, pink-throated and orange-throated longclaw species can be seen together.
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.
Children Policy: All children welcome. No children under 6 years can go on game drives with other guests. Private vehicle can be booked by prior arrangement.
Access to the lodge: Access by Road 4 x 4 access not required. Nyalazi Gate (West) to be used if travelling from Durban, KSIA, St Lucia or Richards Bay; Memorial Gate (North) to be used if travelling from Kruger, Thonga Beach or Kosi Forest Lodge; Cengeni (South) to be used if travelling from Isibindi Zulu Lodge. Nearest Airport Richards Bay Airport Access by Air 1hr 45 min road transfer from Richards Bay. 3hr 30 min road transfer from KSIA, Durban.
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.
Gate times 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)
Travelling times: - 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
Health and Climate:
Low risk Malaria area
Rooms and Units Available:
Honeymoon Villa - excluding levies
King size bed or twin beds, en-suite bathroom, separate toilet, luxurious indoor/outside shower and private wooden deck, mini-bar, fireplace, private plunge pool. Overhead fan and air conditioner.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults
and 1 child
Luxury Bush Villa - excluding levies
King size bed or twin beds, en-suite bathroom, separate toilet, luxurious indoor/outside shower and private wooden deck, mini-bar, fireplace. Overhead fan and air conditioner.
Amount of similar units: 8
Sleeps 2 Adults
and 1 child
Safari Room - excluding levies
Room with double or twin beds, with en suite bathroom with shower and double vanity.
Amount of similar units: 8
Sleeps 2 Adults
Facilities & Services available:
Children under 12 Elderly Honeymoon Couples Laundry Service
Conference facilities Wedding facilities Bar on the Premises Dining room
Spa Fireplace on the Premises English Hiking / Walking Trails
- We require written confirmation for all cancellations (e-mail or facsimile) - Cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge - Cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the full accommodation charge - Cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge - Cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival: 90% of the full accommodation charge - All guests shall settle their extras account in full prior to departure