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Rhino River Lodge
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At Rhino River Lodge, the theatre of nature comes to life in vivid, startling colours. 
Watch as rhinos and elephants collide; see the reclusive black rhino as he slips through the riverine bush.

Rhino River Lodge

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Location Information
                                                Locality                                               Region
                                  Hluhluwe, Elephant Coast KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Property Description

At  Rhino River Lodge, the theatre of nature comes to life in vivid, startling colours.  Watch as rhinos and elephants collide; see the reclusive black rhino as he slips through the riverine bush; Hear the leopard’s rasping call as he prowls his territory at night;  Delight in the many different antelope that inhabit the Zululand bush;  Be dazzled by the herds of Zebra and their beautiful foals and get close the ever curious Giraffe that think they can hide behind the thorn trees!

Rhino River Lodge is an intimate and exclusive private game reserve and lodge with some of the best game viewing Zululand has to offer. Superb accommodation and exemplary service together with cuisine that features traditional South African flavours, dishes, and cooking styles and a  wine list has been hand-picked to provide our guests with a selection of some of the finest affordable wines that South Africa has to offer await you.


Accomodation 
Delightful 2 bedroomed log cabins constructed solely from locally sourced materials await you, iron-stone flooring and high thatched roofs make for a cool interior to the spacious cabins.  Each cabin has it’s own private boma attached for relaxing evenings and private dinners can be arranged.   In addition to these stunning log cabins, there are four luxury en suite double or twin rooms each with  private entrance and  verandah that overlooks the Umsunduze River.  All accommodation has coffee and tea making facilities, bar fridge, Mosquito nets and ceiling fans.

Lodge
Join  family or friends for a well-deserved sundowner on the raised deck at the lounge, dining and bar area looking out over the  majestic Sycamore Figs and Fever trees that line the river below, here you can  sink into the sombre, reflective twilight as the sun melts on the horizon.  As darkness falls congregate around the campfire in the boma for a pre-dinner cocktail and swap stories of the African bush with superb company.  These evenings are a magical part of every guest’s experience, taking in the smells of the campfire, the sounds of the African night, and the splendor of an unpolluted starry sky.  During the day you can refresh yourself and enjoy a lovely swim in the sparkling, crystal clear pool  watching  the resident warthog family mosey on the laws of the lodge, or see the timid red duiker make its way shyly across the camp nibbling at tasty tit-bits on the way..
Area activities
In order to maximise our guest's chances of fulfilling their African safari wishes, we offer morning and afternoon drives, night drives and guided walks.  Our morning drives leave soon after sunrise in order to try and catch the animals whilst they are still active before the heat of the day sets in. The drives are between 2 and 3 hours long and are interrupted only by the sounds of the bush and a cup of coffee and a rusk at a scenic point, before returning to camp for an English style cooked breakfast.  The afternoon drive leaves once the day starts to cool down and the animals are active again. This is usually when the bigger animals are found close to water or mud wallows. As the sun begins to set, a complimentary drink is served before making our way back to camp and pre-dinner drinks around the boma fire. 

Our night drives depart after an early supper and are about 2 hours long. This is when Africa’s more secretive creatures are about. Common sightings include porcupine, small spotted genet, aardvark, white tailed mongoose, bush babys, night jars and owls and on the rare occasion hyena, leopard or honey badger can be spotted. 
Our guided walks offer the more adventurous an opportunity to experience the wilds of Africa in the best possible way, on foot! A guided walk entails an interpretive bush experience as close to nature as possible.

In the interests of safety the group size is limited to 6 people. Walks are undertaken either in the early morning or late afternoon and are between 2 and 3 hours long. Walking affords the unique opportunity of exploring paths that have been traversed by wild animals for centuries, and being exposed to all the smells and sounds of the bush which are not noticed when travelling by vehicle.
Bush Trails
Our guided walks offer the more adventurous an opportunity to experience the wilds of Africa in the best possible way, on foot! A walking trail entails an interpretative guided walk with an experienced game ranger and a small group of guests. In the interests of safety, the group is limited to six persons. Walks are undertaken in the early morning or late afternoon and run for 2 - 3 hours. These walks afford the unique opportunity of exploring paths that have been traversed by wild animals for centuries and bring back the realization of human vulnerability in the face of the wilds of Africa.
Birding
There is a great diversity of bird life in our "birder friendly" reserve and patience will be richly rewarded with interesting sightings. Birds indigenous to the region and frequently sighted include, the Bateleur, Martial Eagle, Pinkthroated Twinspot, Paradise Wydah, Yellow Spotted Nicatar, Rudd's Apalis and the Crested Guineafowl.

Day Tours include:
Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve Tours
Game Drive into Mkhuze Game Reserve
Boat Tours

Sightseeing Tours include:
Ghost and Lebombo Mountain Range which overlooks the Greater St Lucia World Heritage Sight.
Mkhuze River Bird Walk
Ghost Mountain Walk

Places of Interests:
• Ilala Weavers in Hluhluwe
• Duma Zulu Cultural village
• Emdoneni cheetah project
The Following Tours Can Be Arranged
• Tiger Fishing trips
• Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve Tours
• Game Drive into Mkhuze Game Reserve
• Canoeing in St LuciaEstuary
• Boat Tours to view the hippos and crocs in St Lucia
• Whale Watching
Arts & Crafts
Ilala Weavers - Hluhluwe - 035 562 0630/1
Emdoneni Art Gallery - 035 562 22577
Dumazulu cultural village: Avery, Crocodile Pool, Zulu Dancing - 035 562 2260

Wildlife Protection:
 Cheetah Breeding Station (view by arrangement only) - 035 562 2256
 Hluhluwe boat trip - 035 562 0255
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Sodwana Coral Divers - 082 556 2474
Cape Vidal - 035 590 1340
Dive Africa Tours
Odysea Diving - 035 5710 1600
Directions
Our Lodge is in Zululand just 27 kilometres north of Hluhluwe and rests in the shadow of the majestic Lebombo mountains.  We are a  private reserve forming part of the greater Zululand Rhino Reserve. The rare and endangered black rhino is found in this park; a rare privilege for guests to see. 20 black rhinos have been relocated into the park, and their numbers have now swelled to 30, providing for excellent game viewing opportunities.
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Airports
Transport and transfers can be arranged.
Other transport

Avis Rent a Car: 035 789 6555
Avis Van Rental: 035 789 3097
Eropcar SA: 035 786 1881

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