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About Rhino River Lodge

Our small and exclusive lodge, set in the big 5 Zululand Rhino Reserve,offers a unique and personalised bush experience; enjoy game drives, guided walks, traditional bush cuisine and some of South Africa's finest wines.Our Big 5 reserve is composed of a wide variety of habitat types and is home to a large diversity of animal and plant life. The Manyoni Private Game Reserve was initially established as a part of World Wildlife Fund’s black rhino range expansion program. A population of these endangered rhinos were introduced to the game reserve and have been thriving ever since. At Rhino River Lodge, we are frequently privileged with sightings of black rhino on our game drives. We are now excitedly awaiting the arrival of a pride of magnificent lions that we hope will thrive as well as our rhino have.Accommodation, facilities and cuisine: Our lodge offers guests comfortable and attractive accommodation. The log cabins are ideally suited to families and sleep up to four people. Each cabin features two bedrooms, a comfortable lounge, private verandah and boma area. Each luxurious en-suite double unit is set under a thatch roof with a private verandah overlooking the lodge grounds and riverbed below and is the perfect place for our guests to enjoy the tranquility of the African bush. The swimming pool area offers a welcome respite for guests looking to escape the midday heat and cool off or just to relax on the loungers under the thatch gazebo. The lounge and dining room at Rhino River Lodge is set high on the banks of the Msunduze River amongst magnificent Sycamore Fig and Fever Trees overlooking the riverbed. A favourite with all of our guests is spending time in our boma enjoying an evening cocktail around the campfire, swapping stories of their adventures in the bush. 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 splendour of an unpolluted starry sky.The Lodge offers hearty home style meals served in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Our kitchen specializes in offering cuisine that features traditional South African flavours, dishes, and cooking styles. The 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.Activities: Rhino River Lodge offers morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, and walking safaris - (Bush walks are subject to availability upon arrival) Our game viewing is some of the best in the world-renowned Zululand area and our birdlife is exceptional with over 350 species having been recorded.Special Occasions: The intimacy and privacy of Rhino River Lodge lends itself perfectly for those seeking a small private lodge to celebrate special occasions like engagements, weddings, birthdays or anniversaries. It is also ideal for those mini-conferences where bonding in privacy is a priority. We invite you to join us at Rhino River Lodge for an exclusive and personalised visit to experience the African wilderness in privacy and comfort.

  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 24
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 17 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Vitality Collection
  • Conference Venues

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Rooms are only confirmed on payment of a 50% deposit, as indicated above. It would be appreciated if the deposit due could be paid within 2 days of receipt of the Confirmation of Booking, unless the booking is made less than a week before arrival, in which case the entire booking amount is due immediately. The balance can be paid by internet... Rooms are only confirmed on payment of a 50% deposit, as indicated above. It would be appreciated if the deposit due could be paid within 2 days of receipt of the Confirmation of Booking, unless the booking is made less than a week before arrival, in which case the entire booking amount is due immediately. The balance can be paid by internet transfer 1 month prior to arrival.
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  • Double Ensuite Room Double Ensuite Room Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 4 Features:  Bar Fridge
    • Rooms Adults
      • Family Chalet Family Chalet Sleeps 4 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 2 Family Chalet. Lounge, Kitchen and 2 Bedrooms, one full bathroom with shower & Bath tub, outside deck. Each cabin... see more Features:  Bar Fridge
        • Rooms Adults
          • Homestead Homestead Sleeps 4 Includes: All Meals Luxurious private house with plunge pool and outdoor shower. Availability is limited and this room is not always open... see more
            • Adults
              • Cottage Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: All Meals 2 Bedroomed Cottage, both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms.Indoor lounge and dining area, leading off the lounge area... see more
                • Adults

                  Reviews for Rhino River Lodge

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                  Lizzy Naidu
                  05 April 2021

                  Food n game drives were excellent

                  Dot Bissell
                  19 August 2019

                  Saw plenty Impala, Nyala and warthogs. Good lion, rhino and giraffe viewing

                  Evelynn Lees, South Africa
                  07 January 2015

                  We had a wonderful time. Everyone was very friendly and caring. Definitely a worthwhile experience. Thanks for having us, and making a very special birthday, even better by baking me a delicious cake. Lynn and Hazel.

                  Julietta Pavlov, South Africa
                  02 April 2013

                  The service was amazing and they really went out of their way to be hospitable.We had a monkey invasion in the room as one of the cleaning ladies had forgotten the windows open. They cleaned the room immediately and they gave us a discount when we checked out.The food was excellent.We will definitely return and recommend the place to friends.

                  Talent Sibisi, South Africa
                  11 January 2012

                  It was an amazing and awesome experience that I will personally never forget. The food, the game drives, the staff in general was just amazing and friendly. I truly would recommend it for any couple or family to go and experience. It was beyond my expectations, really! Thank you.

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                  Rhino River Lodge is 10.2km from the centre of Manyoni Private Game Reserve , the nearest airport 94.7km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling