Dulini Leadwood

Dulini Leadwood

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#9 of 37 lodges in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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Nestled in the fork of the Sand and Mabrak Rivers, Dulini Leadwood offers a cosy and serene getaway completely at peace with the bush that surrounds it. With suites carefully distanced from each other, Dulini Leadwood is ideal for families or parties of friends who want to share their safari experience without intruding on each other's privacy.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Patio
Babysitting
Airport transportation
Spa
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Plunge pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Massage
24-hour security
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun terrace
Butler service
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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5.0 of 5 stars
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Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park 1242 South Africa
Getting there
Arathusa Safari Lodge Airport
12.9 km
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Ulusaba Airport
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Zach wrote a review Feb 2020
4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a truly magical place. We had an amazing time and highly recommend this secluded lodge. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with smiles, waves, hot towels, and a beverage. We had room number 1 and absolutely loved the seclusion and safari feel. The guide Mac and the tracker Prince were incredible and lead us to many once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the animals. There were coffee breaks and beverage breaks during the trips which were a nice touch. They even coordinated a champaign by lamplight surprise stop that was waiting for us one evening on our way back. Our meals included a Braai with dancing, an intimate dinner on the deck (with a surprise wildlife visitor), and a dinner at the treetop area overlooking the river. Monica, LaShay, Mac, Prince, Kary, and Reinas were all truly wonderful. We can't wait to return.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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S. Bernhard wrote a review Jul 2022
Katonah15 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One month after returning from our first trip to S. Africa, my husband and I are still reminiscing about Leadwood Lodge. We have a special place in our hearts for the warm and welcoming staff that was only too happy to please. Our guide, Mac, energized us from the moment we met on the tarmac. Over three nights, which included six game drives, we saw elephants, leopards, a pride of lions, giraffe, zebra, rhino, hippo, impala, hyena, water buffalo, wildebeest, mongoose, crocodile, and various bird life. Our luxury "suite" was comprised of four spacious rooms, a deck, swimming pool, and an outdoor shower. My gluten sensitivity was always acknowledged and our meals were delicious, abundant, and creatively presented. Three to four hour bush drives included chocamocarula each morning and cocktails & snacks in the evening, served by our tracker Prince. We were pleasantly surprised by an astronomer, a bush breakfast, and a romantic anniversary dinner. Although there are many places in the world to visit, we hope to return to LL!
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Date of stay: June 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Alissa T wrote a review Dec 2021
New Canaan, Connecticut126 contributions35 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the most spectacular way to end our trip to South Africa. The open air lobby/common dining areas and all four suites of the lodge overlook the river, allowing for game viewing at all times.

Our ranger, Neil, and tracker, May, made for an incredible pair on all of our game drives. They were incredible at tracking and spotting animals, we saw the big 5 + so many more animals almost every day! Every game drive was better than than the last, they were amazing and so well informed. Neil even helped me learn the settings on my camera so I could best capture the incredible animals we were seeing.

Our suite, room 2, was incredibly roomy with a large indoor living room with fully stocked minibar (all included) and a wrap around porch with a large private swimming pool.

This is the type of special place that you want to return to time and time again. I wish I could bring all my friends and family to visit from the US!

Thank you for the wonderful service, food, experiences, etc - really made it the trip of a lifetime!
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Loved room 2!
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JmHattingh wrote a review Jan 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa11 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Dulini Leadwood Lodge in November 2020 , We had a extraordinary experience it’s probably the closest you’ll be to nature such as elephant drinking out of your private pool and leopards walking past the camp ,with exceptional guides and trackers, I highly recommend staying at Leadwood for as A nature lover. Leadwood Lodge also offers a full catering service that includes snacks ,all meals ,sundowners and picnics. Me as being South African who is around nature quite often this was the experience of a lifetime with great game viewing. Including lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino, cheetahs and elephants we also saw a few unexpected animals such as a honey badger and Night owl.
My favourite part was having the choice of taking a Safari on foot ,tracking South Africa’s most majestic animals .
Coupled with great and extraordinary friendly staff this was experience I will never forget .
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: For Honeymooners I recommend room 1 which is most private room, with the best views over the...
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Zoey Reading wrote a review Mar 2022
Bridgwater, United Kingdom16 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Dulini Leadwood for 3 nights over our honeymoon in February 2022.
The rooms and food were exceptional and in abundance! The drinks selection wasn't amazing and we weren't quite sure what was actually available, it would have been nice to have had a menu at the start.
The rooms were exceptional and very private so we were fully able to relax and enjoy the pool and room between game drives.
What really made the trip was our guide and tracker. Nic and Dyke were a wonderful team and bounced off each other throughout each game drive. Nic was incredible informative and conversational throughout, we were sad to say goodbye but are already looking forward to booking our next trip and requesting this power team again!
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Neil Jennings, Sales at Dulini Leadwood
Responded 20 Sept 2023
Dear Zoey Thank you for your wonderful review. We will definitely pass on your amazing words and gratitude to Nic and Dyke. Thank you for the feedback relating to the drinks, it is something we will take on board and see how we can look to improve on that for the future and your return. The beauty and appeal of Leadwood is the complete privacy and secrecy you find yourself in surrounded by the Sand River and all it has to offer from the comfort of your own suite. We are so happy it was all that you hoped for. We will pass on your kind words to our kitchen team! We cannot wait to welcome you back! Regards Neil
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Dana M wrote a review Aug 2022
7 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing time at Dulini Leadwood for our honeymoon! From the moment we arrived, the staff was extremely warm and inviting. Because there are only 4 rooms, the staff knows & addresses everyone by their name which adds a nice, personal touch. The lodge itself is gorgeous, as well as the villa. The food was delicious as well and the chefs were extremely accommodating. Our game drives were always amazing and exciting. Mac, our guide, and Prince, our tracker, were both extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We were provided with a reusable water bottle, binoculars, and a blanket on the game drive. Also, the lodge had some special meals for us, which made the trip even more memorable. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this lodge!!!!
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Neil Jennings, Sales at Dulini Leadwood
Responded 18 Jul 2023
Dear Dana, What a wonderful review of your honeymoon stay with us. With the intimate nature of leadwood, we invite all of our staff to get to know our guests and we are so glad they crept into your hearts- you are now part of the Dulini family. Mac and Prince have years of experience and its wonderful that you had such a good time ( you must have learnt plenty of new birds from Mac) We are very happy that you loved all the meals and that all your dieteries were taken care of, the chef team takes great pride and care in that. Thank you so much for the recommendation, and we hope that you can return in the future again. Warm regards Neil
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SamHezlep wrote a review Apr 2020
Germantown, Tennessee1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kenyezi African Safari's boast of extraordinary 5 - star service and accommodations is certainly not an exaggeration. They were with us every step of the way from planning through execution phase. If you would allow me to make one recommendation in a lifetime for your most enjoyable, exciting, and memorable adventure vacation it would be with Kenyezi African Safari at Dulini Collection in Sabi Sands. Our private villa at Dulini was "Leadwood" with a private swimming pool and beautiful view of the river and wild game. Service at our lodge, including everything from meal and drink preparation in the "treehouse", to modification of travel arrangements, demonstrated every attention to detail. Fred Smith, our ranger, and Tyron, our tracker were magnificent and very impressive, this being only our second safari. They worked extraordinarily well together as a team and went well above and beyond our expectations to discover and locate unique game sightings. Their familiarity and knowledge of Sabi Sands terrain and topography was indeed impressive enabling them to put us in optimum positions to observe and photograph multiple lion prides, female leopards training their cubs, elephant, buffalo, and wildebeest herds. All numbers of game were plentiful this time of year and the weather was perfect. Again, I would highly recommend Kanyezi African Safari without any fear of contradiction!
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: leadwood villa #4
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konz wrote a review Jun 2022
Gainesville, Georgia43 contributions11 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the moment of your warm welcome arrival with scented towels all needs are taken care of until departure. It truly feels like you are coming home to your family. We brought our kids here to not only see the amazing animals and scenery but to also see the culture and interact with the local people. Dulini helped personalize activities with the kids including African cooking classes and a visit to a local school and community. This allowed them to interact with their peers and created an everlasting bridge between them. Dulini had surprises throughout our stay including a star gazing talk and bush walks looking at animal tracks.
The personalization of our vacation and everything we wanted out of it for our family was second to none and created special lifetime memories for all of us.
You will leave Dulini with a full, warm heart, a lifetime of memories and a fully charged and nourished soul.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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LindaSanDiego wrote a review Oct 2023
San Diego, California68 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Sabi Sands area was the last stop on our 2.5-week South African adventure, with a remarkable 4 nights at Dulini Leadwood. I spent a lot of time researching the area safari lodges, and can say with considerable confidence that we made the perfect choice. The setting and rooms at Dulini Leadwood are absolutely spectacular! We were in Room 1 and had visitors including monkeys, baboons, nyala, and more right in front of our room. You can see a lot of animals from the property. We even saw a genet one night while dining! Our guide and tracker were Bright and Prince – they were outstanding and I honestly feel they made the trip for us. They were so knowledgeable and also very friendly and a lot of fun to talk to! Because the lodge is small, you will never be with more than 2 other people and we had a couple of drives where it was just us and Bright and Prince. You can imagine what the safari drives will be like--but until you see how thrilling it really is, how close to the animals you are – it is a profound and unforgettable experience. We saw the big five within about the first 24 hours and ultimately saw the magnificent seven; we even saw a pangolin! Beyond the drives, all of the Dulini staff were amazing. Everyone was very warm, welcoming, and could not do enough for us! Our server was Jabu (most of the time) and he was fun, funny, and charming – he recommended excellent wines and kept us entertained. My husband and I are vegetarian and each day the kitchen came up with unique and delicious dishes for lunch and dinner. The chefs are incredible! Everyone, everything was amazing and we were very sad to leave the day we departed. I hope we will be able to return to the area one day and if so, we will definitely stay at Dulini Leadwood again. If you are searching for a truly special experience and the ideal Sabi Sands lodge– look no further.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Room 1 is separate from other rooms and had many animal visitors!
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Response from Neil Jennings, Sales at Dulini Leadwood
Responded 09 Nov 2023
Dear Linda Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a heartfelt review of your time at Leadwood. We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful time and got to connect to nature. The privacy of the suites allows those special moments with the wild life, where you feel it's just yourselves and them. It sounds like you had an amazing time on your safaris and that you enjoyed the private nature of your thrilling encounters. I will send your regards to Bright and Prince along with your kind words. Very happy that all your dietary requirements were well met and that Jabu and the team always kept you smiling and happy at meal times. Thank you for choosing Dulini and we can't wait to welcome you back again one day! Welcome to the family. Regards Neil
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PattiP wrote a review Mar 2023
New Jersey11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Felt like royalty! This is the most amazing place. This was our first safari experience and it exceeded our expectations. The entire staff was amazing. You are greeted as if you are returning home to see old friends. The warm welcome continued throughout the stay. Doreen and Leeann, Rainas, Sabatha were always available to cater to every desire. The food was exceptional; fabulous and beautiful dining. We had an in room couple's massage which was spectacular.

Our Game Drives left me breathless with joyous excitement! I feel like we hit the jackpot with our ranger Fred and tracker Tyrone. The amount of knowledge and skill combined was remarkable. I felt we were in the best hands and lucky to have these two. We saw all of the Big 5 and MORE within the first two game drives. Our experience kept getting better. I could not believe how wonderful each drive was.

When planning the trip I had multiple emails with Ali who was always prompt and replied with courteous responses addressing all of my concerns. She was aware this trip was an anniversary trip and the staff surprised us with bubbly, candlelit room, and romantic bath drawn, flowers throughout room. I was beyond stunned.

Dulini Leadwood you could not have been any better, you are perfect.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Neil Jennings, Sales at Dulini Leadwood
Responded 13 Jul 2023
Dear Patti We are thrilled that your first safari experience was such a memorable one, welcome to the Dulini family! The game drives are such an integral part of the Dulini experience and to hear how blown away you were by the whole adventure makes us really happy. It sounds like Africa and her beauty has definitely crept into your heart and soul. The team will be delighted to read your kind and endearing words and it will definitely make their day. We hope to see you again in the future and look forward to welcoming you back to Dulini, this time as even better friends! Warm Regards Neil
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Answer from sdgt625
San Diego, California1,648 contribution258 helpful votes
I was there last June . I assume the temperatures in July would be similar ? I did dip into the plunge pools a couple of times last June - if I remember correctly , they were slightly heated , and so it was fine dipping into them in the middle of the day even when it was not that hot . I think the temperatures in June / July are not conducive to sunbathing though ...
Answer from sdgt625
San Diego, California1,648 contribution258 helpful votes
All I can tell u is that when I was there in early July , bugs were not an issue . But if u came across bug problems , there are insect repellent sprays you can use in the game drive vehicles . At Dulini , they have thought about just everything their guests may need !
Desire G wrote a tip Apr 2024
24 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book massages! They are wonderful"
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jopp1 wrote a tip Jan 2024
Piermont, New York48 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fortunately, no children are allowed (they might get eaten). Look at the warnings on the sign I included in the photo..."
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LindaSanDiego wrote a tip Oct 2023
San Diego, California68 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 1 is separate from other rooms and had many animal visitors!"
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Meredith R wrote a tip Jul 2023
Midland Park, New Jersey14 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Everything was amazing. "
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reginavf wrote a tip Jul 2023
Paris, France13 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"During winter time it gets really cold! Pack well"
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What are some of the property amenities at Dulini Leadwood?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Dulini Leadwood?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Dulini Leadwood?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Dulini Leadwood?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dulini Leadwood?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Dulini Leadwood have airport transportation?
Yes, Dulini Leadwood offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dulini Leadwood?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
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