Dulini River Lodge, Sabi Sands: The Lowdown

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Dulini River Lodge receives nothing but rave reviews from our guests (and staff) and it’s not hard to see why- it’s a high-end camp with a low-key feel, and its setting on the Sand River means that your game viewing starts right in camp- elephants from the plunge pool anyone?

What’s River Lodge really like?

Arriving at River Lodge, everything just seems effortlessly wonderful. It’s seriously comfortable, but the staff go out of their way to make your stay magical, and create a relaxed and unfussy atmosphere so you feel very at home despite the high level of service. The main area is large, light and airy, and open plan so you get a chance to chat to other guests over a drink on the sofa beside the fire. Your reviewer is a serious foodie and was very impressed by everything she ate -the chocolate mousse is still being discussed in the EA office. Meals are generally eaten indoors, though on clear nights you’ll occasionally eat outside. If you over-indulge (and who would blame you?) and want to stretch your legs a bit, there’s a gym, though for more sybaritic pleasures, River Lodge has a wine cellar and can offer delicious massages in your suite.

The six suites themselves are gorgeous, somehow feeling simultaneously rustic and modern, and with lovely views out over the river. They feel huge with ensuite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and heated private plunge pools.

What can I do at River Lodge?

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is one of the most prolific wildlife areas in the Greater Kruger, so morning and afternoon game drives are definitely the main activity here. This area is one of the best places to spot leopard in Africa so despite this being a notoriously elusive cat, you might just get lucky! River Lodge is one of the few camps we know of where camera and photographic lens rental can be arranged- a real blessing if you don’t want to carry one with you for the rest of the trip. Please let us know in advance if you would like to do this. Nature walks are also on offer.

Giving back at Dulini:

The communities surrounding Dulini are amongst the poorest in South Africa. If you speak to the lodge manager it’s often possible to visit the local community, but even by shopping in the curio shop you can help. 50% of the shop profit goes to the community trust, supporting access to sanitary towels which is vital for keeping girls in school, giving children digital education and helping adults with training to set up their own small businesses.

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