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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

Experience a luxury safari in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal province. Africa. As the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa and the former hunting grounds of the Zulu Royal family, the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park has an interesting history. The park is an amalgamation of two individual game reserves previously known as the Hluhluwe Game Reserve and the uMfolozi Game Reserve and is the only privately run lodge in the park and offers a chic alternative to the traditional park accommodation.

About Rhino Ridge

What sets Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge apart is a breathtaking combination of its expansive natural views and visionary architecture which makes the most of its prime position overlooking undulating hills typical of Zululand and a watering hole strategically situated below the lodge.

Rhino Ridge is built on land belonging to the local Mpembeni Community which has been incorporated into the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. This is a unique joint venture between the community, the park and a private company creating much needed employment and generating revenue for conservation via park fees and levies.

The lodge features slick, contemporary design with natural finishes and boasts a deck that extends the entire length of the main lodge building, taking full advantage of the spectacular views.

Whether you are looking for a quick weekend in the bush to recharge your batteries, a romantic honeymoon destination or an ideal spot for a family holiday Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge caters for everyone and can be easily accessed whether travelling from Durban, Johannesburg or Swaziland. Consider combining your trip with one of sister lodges - Thonga Beach Lodge for a superb bush and beach experience or Kosi Forest Lodge for a unique water-active forest and lake experience; or team up with friends at one of the superb golf resorts on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal.


Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers luxury safari accommodation with a choice of four room types: two Honeymoon Villas nestled in the indigenous bush with private plunge pools overlooking the reserve; eight glamorous Luxury Bush Villas with deep baths separated from the bedrooms by open fireplaces; four Safari Rooms with showers opening out onto the bushveld; and two Safari Family Suites ideal for families travelling with children. All rooms are positioned to take advantage of the spectacular views and offer guests the utmost privacy and comfort. The stylish decor is softened by four-poster beds dressed in crisp white linen.

Safari Room & Safari Family Room

Four Safari Rooms are configured in pairs comprising a common entrance lobby leading off to two separate bedrooms. Each bedroom has a private shower room that opens out onto a small viewing deck. The bedroom has a glass sliding door that opens onto a screened deck, ensuring your complete privacy.

The Safari Rooms have a private deck, double vanity, separate toilet, air conditioning, overhead fans, mini bar, safe, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Luxury Bush Villa

Eight Luxury Bush Villas feature a spacious, open plan design with a lounge area, open fireplace and a large viewing deck. The spacious bathrooms, with rain showers that open onto the outdoors are a guest favourite, along with luxurious bathtubs with wide windows that look directly onto the wild African bush.

All rooms have a private deck, double vanity, separate toilet, air conditioning, overhead fans, mini bar, mosquito nets, safe, hair dryer, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Honeymoon Bush Villa

There are two Honeymoon Villas, comprising a spacious, open plan bedroom and bathroom with bath, double vanity, separate shower and toilet. The open fireplace is perfect for cosying up on cool winter nights.

These dreamy villas have private plunge pools set on an elevated deck, with spectacular views of the bush below. The Honeymoon Villas offer total seclusion and privacy, and the king-size four-poster bed is romantically draped with dreamy white mosquito nets.

All rooms have a private deck, double vanity, separate toilet, air conditioning, overhead fans, mini bar, mosquito nets, safe, hair dryer, and tea and coffee making facilities.


Relax, unwind and complete your Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge experience with a rejuvenating Spa treatment. Best of all, our tranquil treatment rooms overlook the open bush. Where else can you spot a rhino, giraffe or zebra while indulging in the ultimate relaxation on your African holiday?

Authentic African Experiences

At Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, we want you to have the opportunity to have a taste of the places, people, fauna and flora of wildest Africa. Our safari experience is about stepping out of your own life (and perhaps even your comfort zone), to truly enjoy what Africa has to offer. We aim to enrich your stay with us, by immersing yourself in a range of activities.

Bush Trails

Nothing can quite prepare you for the experience of walking in the wild of a game reserve in Africa. And Hluhluwe iMfolozi is the real thing - a vast protected area teeming with lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and one of the highest concentrations of White Rhino in the world.

Bird Watching

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is a prime birding destination and home to over 400 bird species, representing close to half of the species found in the southern African sub-region! This number also includes some important populations and species of birds that have suffered outside of extensive protected areas like the park. The bird diversity within the park can be attributed to the variety of habitats in this area, from riverine thickets to open savannah.

Gorge Walks

The gorge walk allows you to explore the magnificent riverine area below the camp with its exquisite birdlife and flora. Your knowledgeable guide is well-attuned will help you engage your own senses to better understand your surroundings.

Gorge walks take place outside the park (where there is no risk of dangerous animals) and are a great family safari activity suitable for children aged ten years and older.

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 herd of elephant crosses the road in front of you – this is Africa at its finest. On the safari drives in the company of experienced and knowledgeable Guides, it is our pleasure to bring you the best of unique wildlife encounters in the spectacular Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve, a vast haven for protected species such as rhino, elephant, leopard and wild dog.

Contact Us

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

Tel: +27 (0) 35 474 1473


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