About Rhino River Lodge
At Rhino River Lodge, the theatre of nature comes to life in vivid, startling colour. Scout white rhino and elephant, glimpse the reclusive black rhino slipping through the riverine bush; hear the prowling leopard’s rasping nigh-time cough; delight in the sheer variety of gentle antelope; be dazzled by the herds of zebra; look up at the ever-curious giraffe
Rhino River Lodge is an intimate and exclusive lodge on an privately-owned game reserve with some of the best game viewing Zululand has to offer. Superb accommodation and exemplary service compliment the home-cooked cuisine featuring traditional South African flavours.
Families are catered for in delightful two bedroomed log cabins constructed solely from locally sourced materials. With iron-stone flooring and high thatched roofs the interiors stay spacious and cool!
Luxury en suite double or twin rooms each have a private entrance and verandah that overlooks the Lodge lawns towards the Umsunduze River.
All accommodation has en-suite bathrooms with a walk-in shower, coffee and tea making facilities, bar fridge, mosquito nets and ceiling fans.
Join family or friends for a well-deserved sundowner on the raised deck at the lounge, dining and bar area looking out over the majestic Sycamore Figs and Fever trees that line the river below. As darkness falls congregate around the campfire in the boma for a pre-dinner cocktail and swap stories of the African bush with superb company. These evenings are a magical part of every guest’s experience, taking in the smells of the campfire, the sounds of the African night, and the splendor of an unpolluted starry sky.
During the day you can refresh yourself and enjoy a lovely swim in the sparkling pool watching the resident warthog families root in the grass, see the timid red duiker make its way shyly across the camp or watch the Nyala trimming the low-hanging tree branches.
Rhino River Lodge is located in Zululand, 26 kilometres north of Hluhluwe in the shadow of the majestic Lebombo mountains. It is situated within the greater Zululand Rhino Reserve. The rare and endangered black rhino is found in this park; a rare privilege for guests to see.
In order to maximise our guest's chances of fulfilling their African safari wishes, the accommodation package includes morning and afternoon drives. Night drives and guided walks are arranged on request.
Our morning drives leave soon after sunrise in order to try and catch the animals whilst they are still active before the heat of the day sets in. The drives are generally two-and-a-half hours long, interrupted only by a hot beverage and biscuits at a scenic point before returning to camp for a full cooked breakfast.
The afternoon drive leaves once the day starts to cool down and the animals are active again. This is usually when the bigger animals are found close to water or mud wallows. As the sun begins to set, a complimentary drink is served before making our way back to camp and pre-dinner drinks around the boma fire.
Night drives depart after an early supper and are about 2 hours long. This is when Africa’s more secretive creatures are about. Common sightings include porcupine, small spotted genet, aardvark, white tailed mongoose, bush babys, night jars and owls and on the rare occasion hyena, leopard or honey badger can be spotted.
Our guided walks offer the more adventurous an opportunity to experience the wilds of Africa in the best possible way, on foot! A guided walk entails an interpretive bush experience as close to nature as possible. In the interests of safety the group size is limited to 6 people. Walks are undertaken either in the early morning or late afternoon and are between 2 and 3 hours long. Walking affords the unique opportunity of exploring paths that have been traversed by wild animals for centuries, and being exposed to all the smells and sounds of the bush which are not noticed when travelling by vehicle.
THE FOLLOWING TOURS CAN BE ARRANGED
• Tiger Fishing trips
• Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve Tours
• Mkhuze Game Reserve
• Canoeing in St Lucia Estuary
• Boat Tours to view the hippos and crocs in St Lucia
• Whale Watching
PLACES OF INTEREST
• Ilala Weavers in Hluhluwe
• Duma Zulu Cultural village
• Emdoneni cheetah project