Rooms: 18: 8 luxury Bush Villas; 2 Honeymoon Villas; 4 Safari Rooms; 2 Family Safari Suites. Villas have en-suite bath and shower, balcony and indoor fireplace. Safari Rooms and Safari Family Suites have showers only.
Prices: R2,490 - R4,260 pp sharing. Includes all meals, tea/coffee, safari activities. Excludes drinks and park fees.
* Special rates available
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Meals: Full breakfast, high tea and a la carte dinner included. Lunch available on request at additional cost.
Directions: Easily accessible by 2x4. Approx 3.5 hrs from Durban and 6.5 hours from Johannesburg. Or fly to Richards Bay and then 1.5 hours drive. Detailed directions and travel times sent on booking.
In the heart of Zululand, where King Shaka once hunted, the Hluhluwe Mfolozi Park is over 96,000 hectares (that's big!), the oldest in Africa and one of SA's best-kept secrets. Here, on a hill overlooking this big 5 wilderness, is Rhino Ridge. Using natural materials and modern, retro-inspired finishes, the owners have created almost a boutique bush hotel, offering a chic, sleek alternative to traditional, rustic lodges. I stayed in one of the bush villas and loved my slate-tiled shower, natural wood mirrors, corner sofa and especially the central open fireplace that separated bedroom from bathroom. As ever, my time was short, but I was in awe of the stories of game sightings from fellow guests. I retired from the elegant dining room early, but as it was a hot night I sat for a while on my balcony, enjoying the breeze and the sounds of the African bush. A full moon lit up the valley and I wondered what animals were busy hunting just below me, as I quickly drifted off to sleep to the harmonious sound of Zulu singing from the lodge. On my drive out, I couldn't believe my luck when I spotted a leopard in a tree just next to the road. Far from the madding crowds of Kruger, this little-known gem of a reserve is ideally located between the historic Anglo-Zulu battlefields and the beach lodges of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.
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