Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge


Safari in Hluhluwe Imfolosi Park.

Established to protect the previously endangered white rhino, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve is a triumph of conservation efforts. Celebrate this legacy in exclusive luxury at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge - the only private lodge in the reserve - offering exceptional safari experiences in the heart of Big 5 territory. 18 well appointed, air-conditioned rooms nestle on a ridge, each with their own private deck giving expansive and uninterrupted views of the reserve. The lodge, built in 2015, is designed in a contemporary style with overtones of organic forms utilising natural finishes and materials.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers exceptional safari experiences in the heart of Big 5 territory, with both morning and afternoon games drives in the Hluhluwe Imfolosi Game Reserve. Game walks are also offered.

The Day Spa has been designed to ensure that guests can soak in the sights and sounds of Africa while enjoying professional treatments from the hands of therapists. Positioned to take advantage of the magnificent views of game grazing across the reserve – this will be the perfect place to indulge after a day's safari. The Spa provides an unrivalled African relaxation experience.


At a glance

  • 18 private suites

  • Wellness Spa on site

  • Breathtaking views

  • Inspirational conservation programme


  • Rhino Ridge Lion cub

    Game Drives

    At Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, they offer both morning (6am in summer and 6.30am in winter) and afternoon (4pm in summer and 3.30pm in winter) safari drives which are included in your room rate. These drives in open, high game viewers with professional guides are the highlight of every safari in South Africa. You just never know what’s around the next corner… Safari drives are not only about seeing the Big 5, but learning more about the amazing ecosystems and creatures great and small.

    Your knowledgeable guide will impart a wealth of fascinating information, bringing you closer to the natural environment. You’ll also get to enjoy the scenery when you park the vehicle to enjoy outdoor treats – warm drinks and nibbles in the morning, and sundowners and snacks as you watch the sunset on your evening game drive. Please note that due to the fact that they are operating within the confines of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park they are regulated by park rules which means that we do not do any off-road driving.

  • Rhino Ridge walk

    Game Walks

    Nothing can quite prepare you for the experience of walking in the wilds of a game reserve in Africa. Reconnect with nature and with each other in a vast wilderness area with untamed lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, guided by highly experienced walking guides for this activity which is often a highlight. Nunu Jobe and his team will take you on a walk with the Big-5 and unknowingly a discovery of yourself.

  • Rhino Ridge birds


    The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is a prime birding destination, home to over 400 bird species, a number that represents close to half of the species found in the southern African sub-region – of which 16% are recognised as red data species. This number also includes some important populations and species of birds that have suffered outside of extensive protected areas like the park. The bird diversity within the park can be attributed to the variety of habitats in this area, from the flood plains to the riverine thickets, dams, woodlands, vleis and open savannah. Migratory birds arrive around September/October and depart around February/March.

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