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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, KwaNompondo South Africa
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#1 of 1 lodge in KwaNompondo
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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the first privately owned lodge within the Hluhluwe iMfolozi National Park. The lodge offers superb accommodation in either Bush Villas, Honeymoon Villas, Family Rooms or Safari Rooms Honeymoon Villas have their own plunge pools and all rooms have private decks with magnificent views over the park. Game drives and bush walks take place both on the concession and within the park offering superb safari opportunities. The lodge is set high up on a ridge offering spectacular panoramic views. Guests can indulge themselves at the spa, relax at the 11 metre lap pool while enjoying delicious meals. NB!! NB!! Please note, do not follow any GPS Coordinates to the lodge as they will get you lost.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Spa
Concierge
Gift shop
Secured parking
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Full body massage
Massage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
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Private balcony
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu

Location

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, KwaNompondo South Africa
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Getting there
Zulu Inyala Airport
48.3 km
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Richards Bay Airport
66.7 km
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within 10 kilometers
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Journey36772148767 wrote a review Sept 2023
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Me and my family had an amazing experience here! This place is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the african wildlife and nature. The structure is really wonderful, but the best thing that you will find there is the people. Everyone is nice and makes you feel at home. Very high quality service! We have to thank the waiters, the manager, the chef (food is amazing) and the safari guides, who were more than friendly! We also lost a phone during one of the safaris and they did anything they could to help us retrieve it. I hope to have a chance to come back in the future because it’s really worth it!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 11 Sept 2023
Dear Journey36772148767, Thank you for taking the time to write this fabulous review on Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. We are so thrilled that you and your family enjoyed such an amazing experience with us, and hope to welcome you back one day. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Jen M wrote a review Sept 2023
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A lovely lodge on the top of a mountain : dining room, swimming pool and room have an amazing view over the bush. The staff is friendly and respectful. The meals are amazing, as if you are in a famous restaurant. Rooms are large, the bed is very comfortable. The managers are very friendly. We had an stunning time over that lodge.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 11 Sept 2023
Dear Q1435QTjenm Thank you for this wonderful review on Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed such a stunning time with us. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Susan L wrote a review Sept 2023
London, United Kingdom61 contributions17 helpful votes
In many ways excellent safari experience. It is an expensive lodge , an all inclusive package and the staff and food were excellent. We joined twice daily game drives and saw lots of animals (sadly no big cats!), but lots of giraffe zebra rhino and deer. A few things let it down. Firstly the approach road to the lodge is in terrible condition and hard to drive even in a large 4 wheel drive car. Driving it every day 4 times was an avoidable discomfort for everyone! Please repair it! Also some maintenance issues in the room - a leaking sink and shower that flooded the floor each time . These things could be fixed. But staff were really friendly and food was plentiful and a good choice of meat and some vegetarian options. Wonderful views and a memorable experience.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 11 Sept 2023
Dear Susan 1, Many thanks for taking the time to write your review on Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. We are delighted that overall you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. Maintaining the gravel roads are an ongoing project and we do regularly grade and repair them. We appreciate you alerting us to the sink and shower leaking and assure you out maintenance team have resolved the issue. Wishing you further memorable experiences Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Melissa C wrote a review Sept 2023
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We stayed 3 nights at Rhino Ridge in August 2023 and had a wonderful experience. Thobeka was our guide for our time there and she brought a lot of experience and great energy to every single game drive. She played a really big part in our positive experience. Would also highly recommend doing the bush walk (although this was at an extra charge) as it’s a completely different experience from being in a vehicle and you can be assured that this is led by a highly experienced guide who knows what he is doing. The rooms were clean and came with a fireplace which would be nice for cold winter evenings. Food was good and staff was accommodating to our preference for dining times. There was a decent selection of drinks at the bar as well. At checkout, we noticed errors in our final bill
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Date of stay: August 2023
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MaexxBo wrote a review Aug 2023
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We had a wonderful stay with great safari experience. The location in the middle of the reserve is very special. The views from the villas and the main house are stunning. Food and the staff were top notch!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 29 Aug 2023
Dear MaexxBo, Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review on Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. We are delighted that you had such a great experience with us. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Richard B wrote a review Aug 2023
6 contributions1 helpful vote
It’s actually quite hard to put into words, what a special place Rhino Ridge is. First and foremost are the amazing team who work there a selection of the most wonderful, warm and engaging people you could possibly wish meet. Good souls all!! As returning guests we were really made to feel like family, handshakes and hugs all round and that set the tone nicely for the rest of our stay. Special thanks to, Dries the GM, who has done a wonderful job with some improvements and creating a happy, motivated team (professional too by the way) and he always checks in with you to ensure everything is good. To everyone who looked after us throughout our stay, Vusi, who almost single handedly ran our table for the stay and Themba, running around with the copious drinks orders. And to
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 29 Aug 2023
Dear RichardbS3464LM, How to reply to this simply fabulous review on Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge! We are so thrilled that you enjoyed such a great exprience on your return visit to us. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this in depth review. We have shared your comments with our staff and are hugely appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back again one day in the not too distant future. With kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Tim K wrote a review Aug 2023
9 contributions3 helpful votes
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Stunning location with five star service provided by all staff members. Great facilities and with safari guides like Simo, all the family thoroughly enjoyed every game drive. Highly recommend Rhino Ridge!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 29 Aug 2023
Dear L6301LTtimk, Thank you so much for this fabulous review on your recent stay with us at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. We are thrilled that you had such an excellent experience with us. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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MYreviews wrote a review Aug 2023
London, United Kingdom80 contributions82 helpful votes
We stayed three nights with our family of six biking three rooms. This place is amazing. The staff are incredible. Nothing is too much trouble. We arrived at around 1pm. Within minutes we were having a wonderful lunch. Then at 3pm we were off on a fabulous drive with the fabulous Liberty (who was our driver for all three days). Back for dinner then early bed so we were ready for the next morning 6am drive. Two drives a day with drinks and snacks. Three meals a day. Wow what a place ! The general manager was always mingling with guests and was on hand for any questions. Will we be back. A definite Yes.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 21 Aug 2023
Dear LDreviews. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this simply wonderful review on Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. We are delighted that you enjoyed such an outstanding experience with us and really look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Jules E wrote a review Aug 2023
Ivoryton, Connecticut11 contributions11 helpful votes
This was our first safari and it did not disappoint thanks to the wonderful guides and staff here. From the moment we arrived (greeted with a warm welcome and a warm washcloth) to when we left 3 days later (with a care package for our journey), we were well taken care of by people who care about their community and the environment. The lodge and the rooms themselves are tastefully decorated, and the views beautiful. Sitting by the pool, it was peaceful and they even came by to ask if we’d like drinks. The food was amazing (we are vegetarian) and the drinks and snacks we had on the safaris were much appreciated. Everything about this place was fantastic and we felt so fortunate to have found it.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 08 Aug 2023
Dears julese686, Thank you so much for this simply wonderful review on Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. We are thrilled that you enjoyed such an amazing experience with us, making many great memories. Kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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Nleebee wrote a review Jul 2023
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Went with my daughter, July 2023. Fantastic staff at a brilliant lodge. Extremely welcoming with community interests at heart. The location is about 3 hours drive from Durban, and well worth taking the time to get there. It was a wonderful experience and very memorable holiday. The three meals each day were top notch, and we are foodies - and there was plenty of variety through the duration of our stay. Accommodation (villa) was 5*, and luxurious, and the Villa very private with beautiful views. The game drives were exciting every time. We were blessed to have Thobeka taking us on the game drives, and she was fantastic - very enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and “on it” when it came to finding the animals. The bushwalk with Nunu was definitely worth doing too. Certainly got the
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Responded 08 Aug 2023
Dear Nleebee, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful and comprehensive review on Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed such a memorable and special stay with us. With kind regards Yolande Hay-Buchanan for Isibindi Africa Lodges
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PRICE RANGE
R 7,823 - R 11,936 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalKwaNompondo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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