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“Excellent stay - exceeded expectations!”
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Dulini Lodge
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

The prior reviews really covered the details of Dulini. I would just add that the whole experience exceed my high expectations! From the arrival pick up at the Branson air strip by Issac, the personal greeting at the lodge by Iain and his daughter Gracie (who was delightful), to our 'butler' Maurice and our wonderful tracker Issac and our delightful ranger, Dinamosi...our trip was the best. 'Going on safari' has been a bucket list item for years, and now, having been, I am putting it back on as I can't wait to go again. Not only did we see the Big 5 on our game drives but we also saw Wild African Painted Dogs and their pups and cheetah rounding out the Magnificent Seven...add to that zebra, giraffes and a Richard Branson sighting it could not have been better. Thanks to Iain and his superb staff! Well done!

Room Tip: All the rooms are wonderful
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stayed at Dulini in the beginning of September during the honeymoon. It was our first safari, which exceeded all the expectations to a large extent due to the highest level of service and attitude we received at Dulini. Everything was perfect: game drives, accomodation, food, private dinner, rangers, lodge staff etc. This is a wonderful place to stay and i am glad and proud to be able to reccomend it!

Room Tip: All rooms are the same and very good.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Long overdue but never too late…African safari with four night stay at Dulini Lodge was amazing! The moment we were greeted by Issac at the Branson air strip, we knew we were in safari paradise! The lodging area is beautiful with comfortable outdoor seating, a cozy library room, boma and a covered dining area with a welcoming fireplace. We found vervet monkeys everywhere, including outside of our lodge… which I shoot him off but he came back for more, lol! It was amazing how the wilds roamed around the grounds impalas, kudu, Nyala and the one with a target on the behind… ha-ha. The game drives were exciting, interesting and very fun. We were chased by a matriarch elephant, stalked lioness and leopards, watched the male lions roar, watched a group of Hyenas cross our path… wildebeest crossed our path and one almost charge at another water buffalos standing next to out land rover!!! Everyone jumped to the other side! And the sundowners with a gin and tonics with great conversations! Everyone at the Dulini made us feel right at home and we miss everyone. I can’t wait to come back!!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Palau05
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We started our three-week African adventure with a four night stay at Dulini Lodge! The moment we were greeted by Issac at the air strip, we knew we were someplace really special! He drove us to the Lodge where we were greeted by Poppy. She is the heart of Dulini! The grounds are beautiful with comfortable outdoor seating, a cozy library room, boma and a covered dining area with a welcoming fireplace - perfect for the cool mornings! We found vervet monkeys, warthogs and impalas grazing on the property - not to mention the very crafty chacma baboons who know how to open doors! Of course, our rooms were amazing! However, the highlight was our time spent with Dinomosi and Issac. The game drives were exciting, interesting and very fun. Dinomosi and Issac did an excellent job of tracking the animals and sharing their knowledge and expertise with us. Did I mention the sundowners? We looked forward to our gin and tonics with great conversations about the Southern Cross and other constellations - all new to our group from the Northern Hemisphere! Finally, my personal true test of a great experience is whether or not I can leave without tears ... after hugs and goodbyes, I cried all the way to the air strip! BOOK NOW and enjoy a fabulous experience!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong!
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at Dulini. The ambience is wonderful - relaxing, friendly yet professional and knowledgeable. The food was outstandingly good, with variety at every meal and first class presentation and taste. Jess must be congratulated on a constantly changing menu. All the staff were welcoming and genuinely friendly.

The game drives were conducted with enthusiasm and skill. The sightings were numerous and varied, so that we saw a number of quite unique situations.

Our villa was large and comfortable, with a fully stocked bar fridge (unfortunately we were so full from the meals that we couldn't actually make use of it!). The wifi was of good quality. The bathroom was spacious and well equipped.

We would love to return!

Room Tip: All the villas are spacious and well equipped.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Autraliantraveller
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We went to Dulini for the 2nd Safari on our honeymoon. We stayed for 3 fabulous nights.This is such a beautiful place, filled with beautiful people working there! The entire experience was amazing! I had Fred and Martin as my guide and tracker and they were truly exceptional. They found the most amazing animal sightings without just using the radio, they truly "track" which makes the entire experience authentic and exciting. Poppy, Ian, Given and Reply were the other staff we interacted the most with and all were so kind, friendly and helpful. I wish I lived at Dulini. I have already recommended to a relative to go there in October!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Danielle W
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Dulini Lodge was the first place in which my husband and I stayed during our honeymoon in Africa. We were instantly swept away with the friendly, courteous staff. Three meals were provided each day - breakfast right before morning safari, lunch (in various locations around the lodge, like in the Boma or dry river bed or your own room), and dinner following the evening safari. We were guaranteed something different each lunch and dinner. The staff remembers everything! My husband and I are not alcohol drinkers, so we were spoiled with the most amazing fresh fruit drinks. There was not a single drink that we disliked. The cooks enjoyed making our drinks because it was something different and they got to do things in the kitchen that they didn't normally get to do.
Our rooms were taken care of by Given and other wonderful staff members. We were absolutely blown away with the room with the plunge pool, outdoor and indoor showers, large bath tub, sitting area (inside and out), and large (extremely comfortable) bed. The porch overlooked the "river bed", which was dry in September. From here we got to watch Cape Buffalo, elephants, and Nyala walk by.
Two safaris are scheduled each day (morning and night). Each guide and tracker pair were wonderful, but we were convinced that Martin and Barry were the absolute best! They made sure that each person in the land rover got to see what they most desired. It was always a surprise too. They had wonderful explanations and drove basically anywhere to make sure we saw everything as close as possible. They made sure that we all had fun, but ensured our safety as well.
During our stay, we, of course, learned a lot about the African animals, but we also learned a lot about the different cultures. They shared information, songs, and dances. Anyone who contemplates a trip to South Africa can be sure that the Dulini lodge, alone, will make the trip worth going.
Note: We went in September 2012, not October. However, September was not an option in the "When did you travel" box.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: | White River, Kruger National Park 1240, South Africa (Formerly &Beyond Dulini)
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $111 - $2,327 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Dulini Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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&Beyond Dulini Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Dulini Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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