Dulini River Lodge
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the game rich Sabi Sand Game Reserve's western sector, Dulini River Lodge's six 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.
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
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.
When to visit
Wrap up warm with a blanket and enjoy a night-cap overlooking the river late at night, listening to the sounds of passers by.
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.
You can easily access River Lodge by road or air from Johannesburg. Fly from Johannesburg OR Tambo International airport (ORTIA) to Ulusaba airstrip, followed by an easy game drive to the lodge. This direct flight is approximately 1.5 hours and generally scheduled for the morning or early afternoon to allow arriving guests to enjoy an afternoon game drive on their day of arrival. The distance between River Lodge and Johannesburg is about 500km (310.68 miles), a 6 hour drive.
Top Things to Do Nearby
&Beyond Wild Child programme
Specially designed activities ensure your children get the most out of their safari experience, with activities such as tracking footprints and making traditional bows and arrows to add to game drives with their parents.
4WD Game Drives
Go on private or shared game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, South Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino - and a host of other animals. The Kruger is also a brilliant spot for birders so pack some binoculars.
Cascades and Canyon Helicopter Experience
Experience an exhilarating flight over the Sabie River Valley and along the edge of the escarpment as you swoop over winding rivers, sheer cliffs, deep gorges and cascading waterfalls.
Search for leopard in the Sabi Sands
The Sabi Sands is widely regarded as one of the most rewarding regions for spotting leopard in Africa. With good populations and the ability to go on night game-drives which coincides when these big cats are most active, all you need is good timing!