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Rhino River Lodge

Manyoni Private Game Reserve, (Zululand Rhino Reserve)
Big 5 Safari Game Park, Northern KwaZulu-Natal
Fully Hosted & Catered Luxury Safari Lodge

Read about our visits to Rhino River Lodge - 2013 - 2018 - 2024

Rhino River Lodge, set in the heart of Zululand against a backdrop of the lovely Lebombo Mountains, offers a unique bush experience and guarantees personal attention from our experienced staff.


The exclusive Lodge forms part of the 23 000ha Manyoni Private Game Reserve (previously the Zululand Rhino Reserve).

The reserve is one of the few areas selected for the re-introduction of the rare and endangered black rhino. This project was a combined initiative of the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, the World Wildlife Fund and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

Rhino River Lodge at a Glance

  • Rhino River Accommodation – max 24 guests
  • 2 x Family Loft Chalets
  • 4 x En-suite Double / Twin Deluxe Rooms
  • 1 x The Homestead (two en-suite bedrooms sleeps 4)
  • 1x The Cottage (two en-suite bedrooms and loft, sleeps 6)
  • Daily Game Drives early mornings and late afternoon into the evening
  • Big 5 Reserve with cheetah
  • Just 30km north of Hluhluwe
  • Dining room with bar
  • Boma
  • WiFi
  • Lounge
  • Swimming pool
  • Curio shop


Rhino River Lodge hosts attractive catered Log Cabins (Family loft Chalets) under thatch.

Each cabin accommodates four people and is constructed from locally sourced materials.

With ironstone-tiled flooring, the well-appointed chalets offer comfortable respite from the heat of the day and a home-from-home base at the hub of the region's tourist attractions.

There are also four en suite Double/Twin Deluxe Rooms.

Each room has tea and coffee making facilities as well as a bar fridge and a private veranda.

The Rhino River Lodge Homestead is set away from the main Rhino River Lodge facilities but well within walking distance Two double rooms with bathrooms en suite and outdoor showers, with lounging area and own private plunge pool and deck overlooking the Msunduze River.

Similarly the Rhino River Lodge Cottage, which can sleep 6 in two bedrooms with bathrooms en suite and a loft room with downstairs bathroom. The Cottage is also in a private setting and it too has its own private plunge pool.

Rhino River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Msunduzi River in spacious grounds. The comfortable lounge, dining and bar area has a raised deck looking out through majestic fever trees to the river below which is lined with ancient fig trees.

The boma area attached to the lodge is a popular gathering place in the evening where guests can indulge themselves in fire gazing whilst sampling a selection of South African wineswhilst regaling one another with tales of the African bushveld and the exciting day’s sightings.

The well-equipped facilities are ideal for small conferences and workshops, or just for that secluded holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Game drives are the main activity at Rhino River Lodge.
Driving at different times of the day maximizes the variety of animals one may spot, so there are morning and afternoon drives included in the rate.
We leave early for the morning drive, stopping at a strategic point, within the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, either a waterhole or view site, to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee and a rusk / biscuit.
On the afternoon drive we usually try to find a suitable outlookt to view the sunset while sipping a cool sundowner,(one included in the rate) before wending our way back to the lodge and the welcoming boma fire. Utilizing a spotlight to try and find some of the Manyoni Game Reserve’s nocturnal species.
 There is a great diversity of bird life in our "birder friendly" Manyoni reserve – let our guides be aware that you are keen on the bird sightings too.

A wealth of wildlife including:

  • Leopard very rarely seen
  • Elephant
  • Black and white rhino
  • Buffalo
  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Zebra
  • Giraffe
  • Blue wildebeest
  • Impala
  • Nyala
  • Kudu
  • Warthog
  • Bushpig
  • Ostrich
  • Wild Dog – regular escapees, not guaranteed to be in the Game Reseve

Among our variety of antelope we are fortunate to have the red duiker and suni. These shy creatures are relatively rare and are only found in a small part of Zululand.
Many fascinating smaller mammals such as jackal, porcupine, vervet monkey, Leopard tortoise, caracal, serval, pangolin and mongoose can also be seen.


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