The Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is located within the pristine Hluhluwe iMfolozi ‘Big 5’ Game Reserve, just 3-hours’ drive from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. This exclusive location affords you the opportunity to truly enjoy an Awesome South African wildlife safari.
An African Safari is an experience of a lifetime and Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers you the opportunity to enjoy their exclusive and luxurious lodge while you explore this magnificent reserve.
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is world renowned for its ‘Save the Rhino’ campaign in the early 60’s when less than 100 White Rhino’s remained in the wild. Today Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is home to the largest population of White Rhino in the World. The park provides refuge to an estimated 1,500 White Rhino and 360 Black Rhino.
Apart from the ‘Big 5’ (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino), the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve, is home to a variety of other exciting animals which will make your safari so memorable. Other exciting animals include African Wild Dogs, Cheetah, Hyena, Giraffe, Wildebeest and an array of antelope including; Nyala, Bushbuck, Reed Buck, Kudu and Water Buck.
One of the highlights of staying at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the wildlife safari in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve Park. Enjoy two game drives a day atop specially modified game viewing vehicles which provide the perfect platform from which to search the bush for sightings of the many animals which make this park their home.
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive. Escorted and led by professional game rangers who impart their extensive knowledge of the natural world, the fauna and flora, and the history of the region.
The smell of the bush, watching the sun rise, listening the calls of the wild, an African sunset are all some of the highlights that makes an African Safari so memorable. The excitement of a game drive brings that all together and affords you the opportunity to sight some of Africa’s finest wildlife.
The afternoon game drive culminates in enjoying the African sunset while enjoying sundowners and snacks. My favourite is sipping a Gin and Tonic while tucking into to some delicious biltong, and all before a scrumptious dinner. These are some of the moments that will make your South African Holiday so special and unforgettable.
Birding in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park
The mammals of this region take centre stage for most tourists, but you should invest in a good South African bird field guide. The varied eco-systems that makeup this awesome region range from dams, flood plains, riverine thickets to savannahs and woodlands. The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park region supports around 400 bird species.
Some notable birds to look out for include; Black-bellied bustard, Burchell’s coucal, Crested guineafowl, Saddle-billed stork, Spotted eagle owl, Black-bellied bustard and Spotted eagle owl.
Walking in the bush brings a closer connection to nature. Walking in the terrain is an opportunity to explore and experience the beauty of the natural world close-up and personal. Led by experienced rangers who will bring the environment to ‘life’ and highlight the fauna and flora of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.
A Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge bush trail with the legendary ranger, Nunu Jobe, is a unique opportunity to get up real close to a white rhino. This highly experienced ranger is affectionately known as ‘The Rhino Whisperer’. He has a reputation of being able to get closer to a white rhino than anyone.
Walking in the domain of the ‘Big 5’ is an exhilarating and exciting way to experience the African bushveld. I would highly recommend you include this on your safari adventure, you will truly witness the bush from a different and special perspective.
“Just like roads and highways connect cities, when you walk in the bush you are walking on the oldest trails made by the animals – you are going back to where we came from. Where we belong. The wilderness is our original home that still lingers in every human.” – Nunu Jobe.
The gorge walk offered by Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is carried out outside the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in the gorge below. The gorge walk explores the stunning riverine below the Lodge, outside of the ‘Big 5’ area. On foot explore and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush.
Accommodation at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
When you stay at the Awesome Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge you are located inside the Hluhluwe iMfolozi ‘Big 5’ Game Reserve. This magnificent lodge offers you an exclusive and luxurious setting that will l’ift your heart and fuel your soul’.
This exquisite lodge provides an exclusive venue to enjoy a truly magnificent wildlife safari holiday. The positioning of the lodge allows you to enjoy commanding views over the surrounding bushveld from the lodge, the villas, the rooms and the beautiful pool area.
The luxurious accommodation at the lodge has been designed to maximise the vistas and provide privacy and comfort in this very special bush camp. Each room has a feature shower overlooking the bush.
4 Safari Rooms
These well-appointed, air-conditioned, Safari Rooms provide you with a private deck overlooking the park. The en-suite rooms have a shower ‘to die for’ with incredible views over the bushveld.
2 Safari Family Rooms
The Rhino Ridge Safari interconnected, spacious rooms are ideal for families or two couples travelling together.
The Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge provides ten bush villas. The luxurious villas have baths and afford magnificent views from the private viewing decks.
8 Luxury Bush Villas
Enjoy breath-taking views over surrounding bushveld from your gorgeous air-conditioned private suite.
2 Honeymoon Villas
The stunning air-conditioned Honeymoon Suites offer the perfect accommodation to seal your marriage vows. With a private plunge pool and glorious views from the patio sure to make awesome memories.
Facilities at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Expect exquisite cuisine while you stay at this awesome lodge. Enjoy your meals ‘al fresco’ style while soaking up the glorious views from the lodge or in the comfortable indoor dining area. The outdoor boma provides a unique African dining venue for unforgettable evenings.
Swap stories with fellow travellers and enjoy the warm hospitality of the staff at this wonderful lodge. The well-stocked bar offers a selection of fine South African wines, local beers and ciders, wonderful cocktails and specialty coffees. Try an Amarula Coffee; they’re delicious.
The open plan lounge has a fireplace and provides a delightful venue to kick back and relax with a drink or take some time to read a book from the library. There is also a selection of board games available.
Infinity Swimming Pool
Relaxing under the glorious African sun, sipping a delightful cocktail and taking in the Awesome vistas, this could be ‘heaven’. The 20-metre infinity pool sure does provide the perfect venue to soak up the ambience of this very special destination.
Whatever stress you may have, the spa will surely help you to unwind, de-stress and soak up the experience with a relaxing spa treatment in serene rooms overlooking the reserve.
The curio shop stocks a quality selection of African beadwork, clothing and souvenirs, as well as other everyday essentials.
Whether it’s an African adventure holiday, a honeymoon or a family safari holiday; the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is an Awesome choice to include in your itinerary. Numerous guests’ reviews endorse the popularity and quality of this fine South African safari lodge.