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  • Tranquil location amongst the magnificent indigenous trees lining the banks of the Msunduze River
  • Located inside the Zululand Rhino Reserve, offering Big 5 game viewing and numerous activities nearby
  • Classic bushveld comfort and full-board catering, and two guided drives a day included

Rhino River Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

28km from Mkuze


-27.8068, 32.1086


The Zululand Rhino Reserve is a privately owned 23 000 hectare Big 5 reserve that was the proud recipient of a population of endangered black rhino as part of the WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.

Located within this reserve in a riverside setting dominated by Sycamore Fig and Fever Trees, Rhino River Lodge offers comfortable and attractive accommodation in thatched cabins, en-suite units and an exclusive-use Homestead.

Facilities at the roomy cottages are perfect for small families or groups of friends, and include a comfortable lounge and large veranda.

The en-suite double units are luxurious and feature private verandahs overlooking the lodge grounds and riverbed below.

The Homestead boasts vast windows looking out onto the grounds, and the spacious lounge sprawls out onto the edge of the camp’s boundaries, with unspoilt bushveld views. A private plunge pool on the deck, along with all other conveniences, complete the indulgent experience.

Included in your stay is the opportunity to go on two game drives daily, conducted by a game ranger who will guide you through the reserve in search of its prolific wildlife, including the Big 5.

Night drives can be arranged at an extra fee to search for the rarely seen nocturnal animals, and 2 - 3 hour long bush walks are also available as an optional extra.

Hearty South African cuisine, accompanied by a selection of drinks, is served around a campfire under the stars, the perfect setting in which to swap stories of your bush escape. 

Guests can take day tours to nearby attractions including the Hluhluwe Reserve, St Lucia Wetland Park, Sodwana, and Jozini Dam. Cultural tours of the heritage-rich Zululand region are also available in the vicinity.

Rates & Summary

2 Family Cottages

Each sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms
Shared bathroom with bath and shower
Open plan living room/kitchen
Private boma

4 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private verandah

The Homestead

Sleeps up to 4 guests
2 double en-suite rooms
Deck with private plunge pool
Undisturbed bushveld views 


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Full Board

Why Stay Here?

Sleeping up to 20 guests, Rhino River Lodge is located on the banks of the Msunduze River inside the Zululand Rhino Reserve,  30 km north of the Hluhluwe game reserve. This private game lodge, beautifully situated amongst the magnificent indigenous trees lining the riverbank, offers you an intimate and comfortable safari experience.  The lodge is in an area renowned for its rich cultural heritage, and excellent Big 5 game viewing.


  • Tranquil location amongst the magnificent indigenous trees lining the banks of the Msunduze River
  • Located inside the Zululand Rhino Reserve, offering Big 5 game viewing and numerous activities nearby
  • Classic bushveld comfort and full-board catering, and two guided drives a day included


The Homestead is for exclusive use and provides optimum privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Bird watching
  • Arts and culture tours
  • Fishing tours
  • Beach trips
  • Educational tours


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • No fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal


On the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the wild country of the Elephant Coast presses up against the Indian Ocean in the east, Mozambique in the north and Zululand to the south and west. Here, the bright lights of the city are nowhere to be seen, replaced by night skies as unpolluted as nature created them.

The area was named for the elephants that once roamed here in great numbers, hunted for their tusks until they had all but disappeared. Luckily this has been turned around and elephants can once again be seen in many of the region’s game reserves, along with the rest of the Big 5.

Made up of extensive commercial farms, private game farms and government game reserves, the Elephant Coast is still relatively untouched by modernity. It incorporates vast expanses of wilderness, including an internationally renowned World Heritage Site, the 328000ha Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It is also home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, founded in 1895.

The area is a must-visit for ecologically minded tourists; there is far more to see than just the two flagship reserves. Fortunate tourists can see the Big 5, scuba dive with whale sharks or manta rays, watch turtles laying their eggs, fish for tigerfish, and ride horses on the beach or through the bush. It’s a region that is rich in diversity.

Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Reserve are both on the border with Mozambique and offer unique experiences for twitchers and pachyderm fans.

Tembe now boasts herds of elephants that are noted for their impressive tusks, and it’s one of the better places in South Africa to get good sightings and photographs of these animals.

Ndumo is best known for its birding. Species such as the narina trogon, palm-nut vulture and green twinspot can be seen in the forests of figs and other beautiful trees. Healthy populations of hippo and crocodile lurk in the pans and rivers.

KosiBay, a reserve protecting a series of shallow coastal lakes and all that lives in and around them, offers excellent fishing. There are also fascinating cultural and wildlife walks and birding opportunities. In season, one can watch turtles as they lay eggs or hatch from them.

Also on the coast is Sodwana Bay, yet another conservation area run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

Sodwana holds beneath its waters coral reefs that are home to an estimated 1 200 fish species. These include the prehistoric coelacanth, as well as sharks and other fish.

Lake Sibaya is another attraction, although one that has failed to attain the popularity it deserves. The largest fresh-water lake in South Africa, Sibaya is home to thousands of waterbirds. Game is plentiful along its shores and crocodiles stalk its clear water.

The Jozini, or Pongolapoort, Dam offers a wonderful blend of sport fishing with game viewing. The river itself is also home to healthy populations of tigerfish.

Look out for

Isimangaliso Wetland Park – this World Heritage Site is amazingly diverse and deserves at least a few days of your time. Go for a boat cruise on the estuary, a game drive through the bush, and a hike along the shores of Lake St Lucia.

Sodwana Bay – take advantage of one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Beginners can go on courses or snorkel; while more experienced divers have a number of reefs to choose from.

Birdwatching – the entire Elephant Coast is home to bountiful birdlife, although there are a few hot spots. The pans of Mkhuze Game Reserve play host to pelicans and all sorts of other birdlife. Over 420 bird species have been recorded in the riverine forest, woodland and savannahs of the park. Ndumo Game Reserve has an even better record, with more than 430 species recorded, the most for anywhere in South Africa. Beautiful, fever tree-lined pans are home to specials such as Pel’s fishing owl, broadbill and black egret.

Fishing – the Elephant Coast’s Jozini Dam is one of the few places in South Africa where anglers can try their luck at landing the tigerfish, one of the most ferocious, toothy fish in the world. If salt-water fishing is preferred, Kosi Bay is a popular and exceptional fishery, while deep-sea charters also operate from St Lucia.

Turtle tours – St Lucia is probably the best place in the country to go on an organised turtle watching tour. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying eggs or hatching. Community guides at Kosi Bay also offer turtle watching tours that are very worthwhile.

Game view – the Elephant Coast is still home to a healthy population of big tuskers, especially in Tembe Elephant Park. A good sighting of these animals will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is internationally famous for saving the white rhino from extinction, and it remains one of the best places in the world to view this docile behemoth. The rest of the Big 5 can also be seen here, along with many other interesting animals.

Hike – while some areas require a guide (especially the Big 5 parks), there are some exceptional walking trails on the Elephant Coast. Almost all game reserves will offer day trails, while a trail with a difference can be enjoyed at Kosi bay. Here you can wander around the Kosi Mouth estuary, inspecting the primitive fish traps and watching locals at work spearing their catch. 

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