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Dulini River Lodge

Exeter Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the game rich Sabi Sand Game Reserve's western sector, Dulini River Lodge's eight large suites, each has a private plunge pool and sit in the shade of a grove of ebony trees along the edge of the Sand River.

At a Glance

  • Sit and watch the animals drinking from the river right in front of the lodge

  • Private plunge pools in front of each suite

  • Enjoy an outdoor shower under the stars

  • Big 5 game viewing literally on the doorstep

  • Fantastic service and attention to detail from &Beyond

Adventure, Honeymoon, Wildlife, Family

Insider's View

Wrap up warm with a blanket and enjoy a night-cap overlooking the river late at night, listening to the sounds of passers by.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

A tiny camp with a huge following of leopards - savor a perfect bush sundowner as the African sun slips into the dusk and watch the leopards wherever they deign to show their faces!

Jules Maury

Insider's View

Braai nights occur every 3rd night or so and are a brilliant time to meet other guests and learn more about the bush. Not to be missed.

Dominic Atterton

Insider's View

Enjoy a wonderful traditional African supper in the lodge’s huge boma

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Take a look in the extensive gift shop for some great souvenirs

Anna Hearn

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Dulini River Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Greater Kruger


Dulini River Lodge (formerly Exeter River Lodge) is situated within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is renowned for having some of the best game-viewing in South Africa. Located near the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park, there are no restricting fences, enabling animals to roam freely. You will get a chance to view the big five and the park is particularly famous for its leopard sightings. The Sabi River, which flows all year round, is a major source of water for the animals in the reserve and home to hippos and crocodiles, while its thick reed beds are a haven for many species of water birds and weavers.

Dulini River Lodge sits in the shade of a grove of ebony trees right on the edge of the Sand River. Eight luxury suites are spread out along the shady bank with dramatic close up views of the river, all with generous spaces and elegant bathrooms. Cool off in the private plunge pool while enjoying the sight of a herd of elephant drinking or perhaps a hippo surfacing in the river below.

Magnificently positioned sitting and dining areas overlook the Sand River. A giant sausage tree provides shade for long, lazy afternoon lunches. Delicious Pan African meals, complimented by the finest South African wines, are shared in the open air boma around a blazing fire under a star-strewn sky. Romantic candlelit dinners in the African bush or on the deck of your suite, offer memorable dining experiences.


River Lodge offers eight air-conditioned suites featuring generous spaces, elegant en-suite bathrooms with twin hand basins, separate WC, bath and indoor and outdoor showers. Private plunge pools are surrounded by spacious decks that overlook the river.


Each suite has a private deck and plunge pool as well as an elegant en-suite bathroom with indoor and out door showers.


Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at River Lodge. However, children under the age of 6 years cannot participate in game drives. The lodge is able to arrange baby sitting for younger children while the parents go on a game drive or have dinner.


Facilities at River Lodge include the outdoor dining area serving sumptuous Pan African cuisine, a lounge with comfortable sofas and each suite has a private plunge pool. There is also an open air viewing deck overlooking the river below.


Game drives, family game drives, special children’s programs and bird watching are all included at River Lodge. You can also enjoy interpretive bush walks where an armed ranger will accompany you and share his vast knowledge of the local fauna and flora. Take in the intimate details of your surroundings, from the intricate patterns of a spider's web to the bright plumage of the local birds and the sharp alarms calls of a dozen small creatures.

Location & Directions

Exeter Private Game Reserve, South Africa

River Lodge is situated in the 65, 000 hectare (160,600 acre) Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, allowing African wildlife to move freely across the territory.

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.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Dulini River Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Greater Kruger

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