Rhino River Lodge Game Lodge Accommodation in Hluhluwe
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Rhino River Lodge is a highly recommended KwaZulu Natal game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Zululand.

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.

At a Glance

  • All meals included
  • All of the Big 5
  • Guided game drives included
  • Conservation fee applicable


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.

Additional Facilities

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.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • International plug point(s)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Zulu

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Family Chalet

For small family that would like to share accommodation or groups of friends that would like a little extra space, we can offer our family chalets, which can accommodate up to four people each. Each log cabin-styled chalet has two double bedrooms (one is a second story loft-style room), a shared bathroom with bathtub, an open plan living area, and a private boma. We have two family chalets available.

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Double Rooms

Our most traditional style of accommodation is our four en-suite luxury rooms. The rooms are decorated in a modern rustic style with newly renovated bathrooms. Each room has either one king sized bed or two single beds covered by a large mosquito net, a sitting area, and a private veranda.

Qty: 4
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: ; over 12 years treated as adults


The ultimate option to stay in privacy and luxury is Rhino River Lodge's exclusive Homestead. This stylish contemporary two-bedroom safari home can accommodate up to four guests. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and features an outdoor shower. Stacking doors in the spacious lounge fully open onto a private deck at the edge of the camp‘s boundary with un-touched bushveld views. This modern-styled home was designed to highlight the natural surroundings. The Homestead is equipped with a fully functional open plan kitchen, air conditioning, and a private plunge pool overlooking the Msunduze River bed.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

The Cottage

Guests that desire a little extra space and seclusion can book this traditional thatched house. This private safari home is reminiscent of a British cottage with a nod towards African-inspired decor. The house can accommodate four guests in two en-suite bedrooms, complete with air conditioners and stunning views. The Cottage features a cozy lounge and dining room as well as a fully functional kitchen. The covered verandah and private swimming pool overlooking the Msunduze River are the star features of this comfortable house-the perfect spot to enjoy family or friends while taking in the sights and sounds of the Zululand bush.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Accommodation in lodging of your selection
A morning and afternoon game drive on one of our open safari vehicles led by a game ranger
Snacks and drinks on both game drives
A generous full English breakfast served on return from your game drive
A light lunch
A three course, hearty South African dinner highlighting local ingredients and cuisine

Conservation Fees, personal expenses, drinks, gratuities

Guest Reviews

5 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

What a fabulous place. The hospitality was first class. The staff couldn't do enough for you. Food excellent and well presented. Game drives very good with a very imformative guide. keep it up. already missing the sundowners!

April 2019

gill (Easington uk)

Verified reviewexcellent

We took overseas visitors and they were blown away by both the lodge, the staff, the food and the general surroundings. Highly recommended.

February 2019

Cheryl (Durban)

Need to Know

Response timeRhino River Lodge typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Richard's Bay Airport - 150km
Durban International - 300km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 13h00
Check-out by 11h00

If room is not previously occupied check in time can be earlier and if no one is arriving on morning of departure check out time can be later, please enquire.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyAmerican Express, Visa, Mastercard, Diners, EFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since October 2008

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