We stayed at Dulini btwn Christmas and new years 2012
and can 100% recommend this lodge and its staff to anyone.
This ranks as one of the best overall experiences we have ever had. This is a small “boutique” lodge if you will, so you get to know all the staff and most all of the guests with 6 rooms. Singita is well known as a luxury lodge but we felt Dulini was a little jewel.
The &BEYOND CO hires amazingly knowledgeable, kind, and attentive staff so in terms of service there was no issue. We visited the sister property, RIVER LODGE which was larger and felt more like a hotel with a proper lobby and they had a gorgeous Great Room which was open and airy overlooking the river -- didn’t see any guest rooms though. Also looked like a great place to stay. Dulini had wifi only in main part of lodge not rooms or pool area but it worked well. Cell service seemed to work throughout
The rooms at Dulini are very well appointed but cushions could of used a cleaning indoors and out. Outdoor shower was amazing and bathrooms excellent.
Be prepared insects everywhere, but that is AFRICA
We were there of course for the wildlife and it didn’t disappoint- we saw the big 5 in our first 2 days and a lot of bird species which were beautiful. On our last day we saw what is very rare for our area of the sabi sands, a pack of wild dog and hyena.
A leopard came right into the lodge midday on one occasion. Our tracker Jack and Ranger Steve made the drives so memorable and fun. They were fearless in their pursuit and would often times drive through very dense areas of the bush mowing down trees like a heard of elephant. Jack and Steve were both very cool and friendly and we all felt like we were a team. We got very very close to all of the animals except giraffe and zebra. Leopards, lions, rhino were very very close to the landrover.
Steve was very informative about a lot of the bird and plant life which was an added bonus
It was super hot so we couldn’t go on a lot of walks but I would recommend taking advantage of doing the walks as much as you can because there is a lot of down time and eating between drives and it’s a change up from driving. Breakfast, in my opinion, was the best meal with great variety and fresh foods. We could barely eat lunch after the buffet they lay out in the morning. Maurice was our “butler” waiter and made this great special ginger tea. He was fantastic. Isaac the manager was also lovely.
Bring small video camera even a version of a flip cam or iphone because capturing the lions roaring or different animal sounds is really special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under a leafy canopy of ebony trees, six luxurious stone cottages grace the banks of the Mabrak River. As one of only 12 guests, you feel instantly at home in this quiet retreat, where classic interiors enfold guests in quiet style and elegance. Generous private plunge pools and shady decks look out onto the dry riverbed. Large, welcoming sofas and African sculptures fill the gracious guest areas. Dine under the ancient jackalberry tree where skilled chefs serve delicious meals or steal away for an intimate dinner in the well-stocked wine cellar. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- And Beyond Dulini Lodge
- &Beyond Dulini Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Dulini Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve