My wife and I have recently returned (March-14) from a four-night visit to Dulini Lodge and had a wonderful time. It was our first experience of a safari and I can't imagine anywhere being better.
The lodge comprises 6 villas each of which is extremely well-positioned and with excellent amenities. There is a large bedroom area, a huge bathroom and the good-sized lounge area. In addition, there is a lovely and large verandah, with plunge pool, overlooking the river, to relax in between game drives. There is a lovely central area, where meals are taken, which also has a large lounge area for relaxing. There is a pleasant pool and relaxation area next to the river.
The food at Dulini was excellent and imaginative throughout our stay. The service during meals was extremely good, with Given and Maurice ensuring that the evening progressed smoothly and that glasses were kept filled! It was really nice to catch up with the other guests each evening to share experiences of the drives during the day.
All of the staff were absolutely charming and the service was both personal and uniformly excellent. The safari drives we had with Patrick and Tyrone were exciting and exhilarating in equal measure and we got to see the Big 5 and more, mostly in very close proximity to the animals. The lay-out of the land rovers (2 per row) meant that everyone had a perfect view. The drives were also very enjoyingly interspersed with hot chocolate (laced with Amarula - very good) in the morning and G & T in the evening.
During our stay, we also had a chance with meet with Ian, Sue and their charming daughters on most days. It is obvious that they are both hugely knowledgeable and passionate about Dulini and the local ecology and it added to the whole experience.
The whole experience will live with us for many years to come and I can't recommend Dulini highly enough. Anybody looking for a perfect South African safari should go to Dulini Lodge.
- 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