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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Park
Private Lodge within Hluhluwe iMfolozi

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, part of the Isibindi group of lodges, is the first private safari lodge to be situated within the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve. The reserve is one of Africa’s oldest game reserves and is world renowned for their successful efforts in rhino conservation.


Home to Africa’s “Big Five”, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is ideally situated on the western boundary of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, which is well placed off the main N2 route between Durban and Swaziland and accessible by a 2x4 vehicle.

Travelling time is about three hours from Durban (270km), just under two hours from Richards Bay (about 100kms) and about seven hours from Johannesburg (580kms).

There are daily flights from Johannesburg to Durban and Richards Bay airports, from where guests can arrange a hire car or road transfer.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge at a Glance

  • 4 Star Luxury Private Lodge
  • Private Wooden Decks
  • Accommodation: Number of Rooms 
  • 8 Luxury Bush Villas
  • 2 Honeymoon Villas
  • Low Risk Malaria Area
  • Private Plunge Pools
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Fireplace
  • Mini Bar
  • Air-conditioning
  • Room Fans 
  • Indoor and Outdoor Showers
  • Lodge Swimming Pool
  • Gourmet Restaurant
  • Outdoor Boma
  • Curio Shop
  • Spa Facilities
  • Wi-Fi/Internet Access
  • Gate times are 6am to 6pm (March to October)
    Gate times are 5am to 7pm (November to February)
    No travelling outside these times. No driving at night.


Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge comprises 22 rooms, nestled in natural bush high up on the ridge offering commanding views of the reserve.

The lodge has two Honeymoon Villas, eight Luxury Bush Villas and six Safari Rooms. Each suite has two rooms which share a common lobby, but which may be separately secured and serve as an inter-leading 2-bedroom family unit.

Each suite and villa has an en-suite bedroom with Twin or King Size beds, indoor and outdoor showers and a separate toilet. The rooms further boast private, wooden viewing decks, offering panoramic views.

The lodge is part owned by the local Mpembeni community and is in a low-rsik malaria area.

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve is 96 000 hectares in size and is world renowned for its successful rhino conservation efforts - brought about through “Operation Rhino” in the 1950s and 1960s.

The park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. Also famed for its wilderness hiking trails and game capture unit - the reserve has an immensely diverse concentration of wildlife and offers excellent birding opportunities, with over 400 different recorded species.

Game drives
Rhino Ridge offers twice daily game drives in the early morning and evening with experienced, knowledgeable and professional rangers - in specially adapted open vehicles.
Guided bush walks are offered daily.

In addition to the private concession area, guests also have unlimited access to the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, which is home to amongst others, the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.

All Rhino Ridge guides and rangers hold the highest guiding qualifications to ensure that guests get the most exciting, safe and informative encounters with the African bush.

The lodge boasts beautiful spa facilities which have been designed to ensure that guests can soak in the sights and sounds of Africa, while enjoying a full range of beauty therapies by a team of dedicated professionals.

Rejuvenate the mind, body and soul while relaxing in tranquil surroundings with spectacular views over the park.

Access to the Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge has to be within the reserve’s opening and closing times.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park has three entrance gates – Memorial Gate to the north (approx. 20-minute drive to the lodge), Nyalazi in the East (approx. 30-minute drive to the lodge) and Cengeni in the south (approx. 90-minute drive to the lodge).

The gates open at 06h00 or 07h00 and close at 18h00 or 19h00 in summer and winter respectively and guests must arrive within the above time frames. After this access to the park will not be allowed and visitors will have to overnight outside the park.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers spectacular scenery and excellent safari opportunities. It is ideal for conservationists, wildlife enthusiasts and tourists.

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