Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
With only six suites, Dulini Lodge offers an exclusive luxury retreat within the Exeter Private Game Reserve, near the south western corner of the Kruger National Park. Guests staying at Dulini can enjoy superb game viewing in ultimate safari comfort.
At a Glance
Each cottage has its own viewing deck and private plunge pool
Romantic candlelight bush dinners
Game viewing on day and night game drives
Dulini Lodge has the unique colonial feel
Home to more than 300 different bird species
Spend a lovely afternoon relaxing on your private deck watching the world wonder by while reading a good book.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Enjoy a candle light dinner by the pool to the sound of lions in the distance.Camilla Whitworth
Dulini is one of the few lodges that is set up to cater for younger children and a great option for those guests looking for an ultra-luxurious experience at a lower price point than the Singita Lodges.Dominic Atterton
Look out for the family of Nyala which can often be found picking their way delicately through the lodge groundsAnna Hearn
Take a dip in your own private plunge pool in the heat of the day – a lovely way to cool off!Anna Hearn
Dulini Lodge is a firm favorite of ours, offering a luxurious and small safari lodge within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve which is renowned for having some of the best game-viewing in South Africa. There are no restricting fences between the game reserve and the Kruger National Park, enabling wildlife to roam freely. The Sand River, which flows all year round, is a major source of water for the animals in the reserve and is home to hippo and crocodiles, while the thick reed beds are a haven for many species of water birds and weavers. The reserve is also particularly famous for its leopard sightings.
The six spacious stone and thatch cottages of Dulini Lodge grace the banks of the Mabrak River, in the western corner of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. As one of only 12 guests, you will feel instantly at home in this quiet retreat. The beautifully appointed suites boast generous plunge pools, shady decks and classic interiors that celebrate the signature style of the Reserve. From the privacy of their own plunge pools, guests enjoy watching game explore the dry riverbed just a few meters away.
The guest area is an elegant space filled with big welcoming sofas and interesting African sculptures. Dine under the ancient jackalberry tree where skilled chefs serve delicious Pan-African meals, or steal away for a romantic candlelit dinner in the well-stocked wine cellar.
The lodge offers game drives as well as bush walks with experienced rangers and trackers to explore the finer details of your surroundings.
Dulini Lodge has six air conditioned stone suites, each with a cosy fireplace for cold evenings, and boasting generous heated plunge pools, facing out toward the river bed, shady decks and classic interiors that celebrate the signature style of the Reserve. Bathrooms feature inviting claw footed tubs and huge glass windows accentuate the beautiful surroundings.
Children are welcome at Dulini Lodge however children under six years cannot participate in game drives. The lodge is able to arrange baby sitting for younger children while parents go on game drives.
Facilities at the Dulini Lodge include private, heated plunge pools in each suite, outdoor dining deck, boma area for dinners under the stars a couple of times a week, a well-stocked wine cellar, sitting room and a lounge offering a wide selection of literature. There is also a curio shop, a gym and the lodge offers in room massages. Each of the vehicles are state of the art and seat no more than 6 guests and re equipped with binoculars for each guest, fleece lined ponchos and camera stands.
Game drives, family game drives, interpretive bush walks and bird watching are all included at Dulini Lodge. The summer season (September to March) is a time when many species breed and prey is plentiful for lions, cheetah, leopards and other predators that roam the park. In the winter season (April to August), the animals concentrate at the perennial water sources and the grass is low, making game viewing easier. Although winter days are usually warm and clear, late afternoon and early morning temperatures are distinctly chilly.
Location & Directions
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
Dulini Lodge is ideally located in a private concession in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa. The Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park share a fenceless boundary which allows for the free movement of game in this region. The lodge is located on the banks of the seasonal Mabrak River and is easily accessible from Johannesburg by road or air.
When to go
There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.