River Lodge, Dulini Collection
Exeter Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the game rich Sabi Sand Game Reserve's western sector, 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
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
A tiny camp with a huge following of leopards - savour 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
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
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Anna Hearn, November 2013 (Staff)
We loved the location of Exeter River Lodge, set on a sweeping bend of a perennial river where game often comes down to drink and the lodge makes the most of this fabulous position with huge open sides and plenty of areas to sit and watch the world go by. Exeter started as a hunting lodge and game farm back in 1937 and still retains an atmosphere akin to that era although the safari lodge has been running since 1996. The rooms are nicely spaced and all overlook the view with lovely plunge pools which we were told were often frequented by thirsty elephants during the heat of the day an incredible photo opportunity. Exeter is perfect for families, and while children over the age of eight are accepted on game drives, the lodge also offers a childminding service to younger children, meaning parents can enjoy the wonderful game in this little corner of the Sabi Sands.
Dominic Atterton, July 2013 (Staff)
Exeter has a fantastic location within the Sabi Sands area of the Kruger National Park. Running right along the front of the Lodge is the Sand River and this presents excellent game viewing opportunities from the hotels main deck and pool as well as from the rooms.
The open plan cottages at Exeter each have their own plunge pools overlooking the river and made up in the trademark &Beyond mix of contemporary style and classic safari touches.
I was lucky enough to stay at the lodge on a Braai Night, or bbq night for the rest of us. After an incredible evening game drive which ended listening to two leopards calling to each other across a river bed whilst we enjoyed our sundowners we returned to a roaring fire and an outdoor table set up for us. We ate communally that evening chatting around the fire and sharing stories from safaris past. It was a hugely memorable occasion and a great opportunity to chat with rangers and staff at the lodge and learn more about what is such a fascinating part of the world.
Ms Janelle Britt (Guest)
Exeter River Lodge was the most luxurious place I have ever stayed.
The service (particularly from Christopher) was of the highest level, the food was excellent. I could not possibly recommend this place highly enough. It was the best 4 days of the trip by a mile.
Louisa Verney, November 2010 (Staff)
River Lodge offers eight suites and is the closest to a bush experience, but this does not mean you'll have to forgo private plunge pools, inside and outside showers, and luxurious living quarters. Large glass walls and huge screened doors look out onto views of the river. Shades of ocher and clay, taupe, and teak bring a slick, sophisticated look to the huge double-volume lounges. Dining areas are huge, magnificent open-sided rooms with views of the nearby Sand River - a beautiful place to drink and dine.
Mrs Alison Hill (Guest)
River Lodge was a fantastic experience. The lodge was comfortable and luxurious. The food and dining experience was amazing. All of the staff went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed ourselves and nothing was too much trouble. Our ranger and trackers were fantastic and the whole safari experience was truly amazing. We saw the Big 5 in our first drives and saw a lot from the lodge during our stay too.