The Rhino River Lodge is a beautiful private Game Lodge, which belongs to the Zululand Rhino Reserve with an area of 23.000ha land. They share this land with the neighboring Lodges Leopard Mountain Lodge and Zebra Hills Lodge. As the name says is the focus in this reserve the Rhino: One can see Black Rhinos and White Rhinos, but also all the others of the Big 5, as well as Antilopes, Zebras, Giraffes, Hippos, Crocodiles and aplenty of birds.
The way to the lodge is a little bit adventurous. After a few kilometres on a dirt road, you have to drive about 5km through the reserve, after you arrive at the reception. On our way we saw some Waterbucks and Rhinos in less than 60m distance and I found this quite exciting.
There are only 6 rooms and 2 family chalets, which guarantees a cosy and private atmosphere. Die rooms are situated in a long thatched house, but are built that one definitely has its privacy and each room has a small veranda. In addition there is a common lounge with a sun deck, as well as the pool area. The lodge is situated directly at the Msunduze River, the garden – although natural – is very cultivated. The rooms are not super-luxury or top-modern, as one might know this from other private Game Lodges, but they are comfortable and primarily clean. Moreover, they should now be refurbished gradually.
The licensed bar is fully equipped, the food is tasty and plentiful, the tables are nice covered for Dinner and in the evening you can sit around a cosy campfire in the boma. But first of all the service is fantastic. Hier is everybody responsable for everything. The Reserve Managerin welcomes you at the reception and a little bit later, she is the barkeeper or serves the dinner. The same applies to the Rangers and everyone is open for a small talk or provides useful information. One realises that everyone here really loves his job and is doing it with his heart and is bothering about the welfare of the guest.
I already stayed at really luxury Lodges in South Africa, too, and with this luxury the Rhino River Lodge may not compete, but this is not even necessary, because they have a absolutely great value for money and mainly they have an unbelievable factor of convenience.
Anyway I didn’t want to depart after my 3 nights I spent there and I would definitely consider to stay there again on my next South Africa vacation, if this agrees with my travel plans.
Not at all I can confirm what someone else wrote here, that the rooms are dirty or that there are insects or other animals in. Nothing in this sort was the case and I'm very critical with things like that!
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