Dulini Lodge, near the Sand River, offers an exclusive retreat with only six suites, set in a reserve renowned for some of the best wildlife viewing in South Africa.
Dulini Lodge offers a luxurious and small safari lodge with six spacious stone and thatch cottages set on the banks of the Mabrak River and hosting a maximum of 12 guests. The main building, also set under thatch, has comfortable sofas, reading material and African sculptures in addition to a well-stocked cellar of South African wine, a sitting room and an outdoor dining deck. Children over the age of eight are welcome and babysitting can be arranged while parents go on a wildlife drive or dine. If the lodge is taken exclusively there is no age restriction. Free Wi-Fi and a gym with weights, a running machine, cross-trainer and more is provided.
Food & service
The food Dulini Lodge is pan-African, delicious, and taken on the dining room deck, in the traditional African boma, or in the privacy of one’s own suite. Sipping sundowners on the main deck overlooking the savannah is highly recommended.
Dulini Lodge has six air-conditioned stone suites, each with a working fireplace for cold evenings, and large heated plunge pools overlooking the river with seating and hurricane lamps for sitting under the stars. Interiors are neutral and earthy, with luxurious touches that include a claw-footed tub in the en suite bathroom and large glass windows to make the most of the beautiful surroundings.
The lodge offers wildlife drives as well as bush walks with experienced rangers and trackers to explore the area. Each vehicle seats six guests and comes equipped with binoculars, ponchos and camera stands. The Sand River brings hippo and crocodiles to the area, with the thick reed beds home to water birds and weavers. Wildlife drives, family wildlife drives, bush walks and bird watching are all also on offer at Dulini Lodge.
The Dulini Lodge curio shop helps fund the EsiDuini Community Trust’s outreach work with 50% of profits going directly to the charity. The charity supports several community projects in the area, working particularly with young people to improve their lives.