What a tremendous experience! We enjoyed every moment! Sitting up high on the back of a real safari vehicle was so exciting for our two children. Isaac(our guide) was quick to spot creatures great and small and gave us delightful insight into both the animal and plant kingdom.
On Sunday morning at 5 :30 am we left all bundled up in blankets ready for the new adventure that lay ahead. As we exited the fever trees it was almost surreal, as before us the golden plain teamed with life. We saw a male ostrich doing a beautiful mating dance, antelope, giraffe, warthog and many others .I have seen rhino up close before, but seeing them in their natural environment, with such perfect terrain is totally different. We then set out on a buffalo hunt! Thanks to Isaac’s determination and perseverance we came across a huge herd grazing under the trees with ox peckers chattering around their mighty frames. After a few moments with the buffalo we were off to meet Africa’s gentle giant, we had seen evidence of his presence all over the park where trees had been bulldozered down and shredded. When we arrived to where the elephants had last been seen, we excitedly followed their spoor and droppings but found that they had magically disappeared into the foliage. The children enjoyed spotting where the elephants had walked. By 9:30 am we were all ravenous and keen for breakfast, which again was served in the warm, personal setting of the dining room .
Thanks for a wonderful weekend !!
The Hawyes Family
"Great place with staff willing to go the extra mile with everything"
Russell Brickhill (NZ)
"A delightful stay with excellent staff to assist and cater for all our needs. Looking forward to a return one day"
Rob & Mary Buckley (UK)
"Really pleasant and professional staff! Our stay was too short unfortunately, however we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Many thanks to all, see you back here in the near future. Will recommend!"
Darren Curtin (SA)
Now that we are home from our wonderful holiday, I just wanted to write and thank you for all your help and kindness in welcoming us to South Africa!
We had a lovely time at Rhino river lodge and really felt at home there- it's such a lovely place in a beautiful spot! It was wonderful wandering round watching the warthogs and monkeys!
The game drives were great -we had such a good time - we're all wanting to come back again!
Thanks again, Janet and thanks particulaly to Sumanth and Isaac who really looked after us!
All the best,
Janet, Paul, Sam and Ben (Bishop)
hi i just wanted to say what a wonderful trip and stay we had at rhino river. All your staff were fantastic, game drives and food were excellent. Many thanks
Taylor family from England
Hi Janet. I am one of the guys who booked at your lodge this passed weekend.
I would just like to inform you of my experience there:
It was AWESOME.
The staff are very pleasant, friendly and warm.
What impressed me was their soft -spoken nature and hospitality. Their willingness to please & make everyone happy is a rare find!
I have not experienced this kind of excellent service anywhere before.
Please convey my regards and deepest appreciation to Sumanth, Isaac and Dominique.
Oops almost foregot the kitchen staff. The effort they made to set up a romantic dinner table helped in setting the mood for the proposal.
All in all it was fantastic.
My girlfriend and I have precious memories there.
Finally thank you.
Shaneel Singh, Durban
To all the staff at Rhino River Lodge,
Thank you so much for an amazing weekend. We really had a lovely time and will definitely be back!
You are all so friendly and helpful.
See you soon
Thank you again
Samantha Smit, Durban
World Cup Feedback - June
Very nice camp. Pleasant gamedrives. More luxury than we are used to - made it very nice.
Michael Jaklitsch - USA
Good information and communication on booking. Good instructions on how to get to the lodge. Excellend food and even cokies and coffee! Great game drives. Nothing we can think of that would have been better. Absolutely lovely people and good service. We really liked your well kept property and pool and the cabin. Special mention of the 5 star service. a big thank you.
Leena & Timo, Toni & Hanna - Finland
We found our stay at Rhino River Lodge to be of the utmost excellence. The staff takes great care of all the guests to ensure an unforgettable experience. the guides provided great knowledge of the animals and surrounding vegetation. We would recommend this place to everybody. Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful experience.
Marc Lacher & Franziska Stoffgen - Switzerland
Just a quick note to say thank you for a wonderful stay. We had a great experience all round, hospitality, food, accommodation, game drives. Sumanth and Syanne were very friendly and made us feel really welcome. We look forward to visiting again when you have the Lions! THANK YOU Kindly, Lara
Dear Syanne, Sumanth and Isaac
Tony and I are home safe and sound .. to a vastly different climate!
Just wanted to thank you all for the most amazing weekend but mostly for your commitment to service. It really was like being at home away from home. The three of you together are a wonderful combination.
PS – it took us 8 hours home instead of 9 and a half there! What a beautiful countryside .. thank you for suggesting Vryheid Syanne .. The trip home had as much splendour as our stay with you.
Praying for rain in the Northern Kwa Zulu.
Thank you very much, we had an excellent time. The staff is very friendly, we felt like at home. Ranger had great knowledge about fauna and flora. Food was excellent too! we hope we can come back.
Lucas & Vaness - Switzerland
Great staff, great sararis! Excellent adventure during the World Cup.
Vince Lau & Yoan Kagoma - Canada
13th May 2010
Fantastic, Brilliant, 100%. Syanne was excellent. Great friendly staff, food excellent! Amazed by the amount of rhino sightings every time we sent out. Black and White rhino - lives up to the name! We will be back.
The Burtons - UK
2nd May 2010
Thank you for an amazing experience! A special way to spend our anniversary.
Vaughan & Debbi Hodson - Hillcrest, SA
30th April 2010
thank you for making this a memorable return to Africa. Siyabonga!
The Bishops - New Zealand
30th April 2010
Wonderful venue, wonderful staff. Great relaxing ambiance! Thank you very much.
The Winchester family - UK
26th April 2010
Excellent staff, fantastic break, wonder food!
B. Sturgeon - Amanzimtoti, SA
22nd April 2010
Absolutely first class!
Ron & Ellen Lane - Norway
14th April 2010
No words for it, just OHHH!
Toby Janssen - Germany
9th April 2010
We had a truly memorable holiday. Thank you very much.
Elizabeth Peasey - UK
I just want to drop you a note to say thank you very much for our lovely stay at Rhino River Lodge on the weekend of the 18th to the 20th of Feb 2011. I especially want to say thanks to the staff at the lodge, the service was excellant. Our ranger was Isaac and he was really friendly and knowledgable, we had nice chats whilst we enjoyed the awesome scenary around the lodge. And the lodge manager,Sumanth really went out of his way to make us feel comfortable and it was a pleasure to go to the lodge!
I just thought that you need to know that we really appreciated the way that the people at Rhino River Lodge operate and that you can be proud to have a team like that!
Nadia & Johnny
31st March 2010
This has fed our soul! Thank you so much!
The Pooles - Atlanta USA
30th March 2010
Great relaxed atmosphere, fantastic (and plentiful) food! Isaac and Syanne did a great job looking after us.
Guy, Charley, Tina, Rhiannon & Phoebe Scudder - UK
What and oasis! A beautiful experience, thank you!
clive & Jasmin Walker - Durban
14th March 2010
The baby elephant growing in my tummy is all your fault!! Syanne & Isaac your rock! wonderful hospitality. Thank you so much for an awesome weekend! Sumanth your chill sauce is amazing.
Thank you guys for making my 21st so spectacular
Stacey Gent - Durban
Greetings from Northern Norway! We are now home again after a wonderful seven-week holiday – and it is snowing outside. Our family all agree that our four days at Rhino River Lodge was one of the highlights of the trip. While we didn’t meet you, those we met were extremely kind, helpful, service minded and knowledgeable and made our stay a very enjoyable and memorable one, especially the lodge’s new manager. Thanks also for the wonderful flexibility you showed us after our late arrival owing to the cancellation of our first flight , delay of our second flight, cancellation of our rental car booking, delays with road works etc. We really enjoyed the excellent game drives and were fortunate enough to see a wide range of animals at close range. And as for the food, it was delicious and child friendly. Thank you again.
Wishing everyone at Rhino River Lodge a Happy New Year
26th March 2009
To everyone at Rhino River Lodge a big THANK YOU! Scott and I enjoyed our weekend so much. You made us feel very welcome. The game drives were amazing. We were so fortunate to have got within 2 metres of a black rhino. Thankyou, Byron you were very informative and a great person to be around with your amazing personality. Thank you Sonia for making us feel welcome your hospitality was truly unforgettable. Thank you to the chefs, the food was divine. For all of those who helped Scott arrange my engagement a very BIG thank you. It was truly unforgettable!!!! It was a lovely surprise and everything I had hoped it would be. I would recommend Rhino river lodge for there superb hospitality, heart warming staff and accessibility to viewing the most incredible variety of wild game.
Thank you again
Louise and Scott
Hi there Janet
Just a quick note to say how Kelly, the kids and I thoroughly enjoyed our weekend at the Lodge. To say we were hugely impressed would be a mammoth understatement. We do however want to make special mention of the phenomenal knowledge displayed and communicated by Byron, the drives were really informative and he showed incredible patience along with his vast knowledge. In Sonja you have an absolute gem and she was just awesome, with a great sense of humour and engaging demeanor. Everything from an efficient check in, very comfortable rooms and excellent food complimented the best experience enormously. To you and the investors, keep up the good work, as you have a good thing going there and not only will we be back, but we will certainly be spreading the word.
27th January 2009 - email
Hi Janet, we spent last week-end at the lodge and just want to thank you for a wonderful experience. The hospitality and warmth of Christelle and Byron was amazing. We have been to the best lodges in South Africa like Thorny Bush and Gwala Gwala and even a few in Africa belonging to CC Africa but we really regard this as one of our best experiences. Our encounter with theblack rhino was awesome. Byron handelled it so well and we even had a chance to take some photos. What a knowledgable young man. And the food was the best. We will deiniately recommend this to our family and friends.
8th April 2007
If you are looking for a true African retreat, look no further than Rhino River Lodge. It is the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy excellent hospitality, beautiful African scenery and truly devilish cooking. I highly recommend the walks with Dale. We were lucky enough to encounter an elephant amongst many other animals on one early morning walk. The experience of tracking and coming within a few metres of this magnificent animal was something I will never forget. Thank you Shannon and Dale, you guys showed us an excellent time.
B C Harley, Pietermaritzburg
3rd December 2006
Though the present owners have only had the lodge since May, they were fantastic. The game drives were a joy and we managed to see lots of animals. They even told us when an elephant had been sighted on the other side of the river and asked if we wanted to go. Of course we did. They were friendly, helpful and obliging. Anyone wanting a truly wonderful experience, I would recommend Rhino River Lodge. Price range is affordable and amenities more than adequate. Everything you want and more.
Stephen Cragg, United Kingdom
We have just returned from spending a weekend at Rhino River Lodge and I can honestly tell you that it was one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken.
Sumanth was great. He catered to all our needs and the lodge exceeded all our expectations. He made us feel like we were the only guests there. He depicts the epitome of hospitality. Rhino River Lodge felt like a home away from home. The food was outstanding. We eat at restaurants regularly but some five star hotels cannot prepare meals the way Sumanth does. He is an asset to any organisation. Sumanth organised a romantic, delicious dinner for our anniversary – it was just perfect. Anand, our game range is so young yet so knowledgeable, he is very impressive. We were also thrilled that we had seen Black Rhino which we had never seen before. Pretty was great babysitting my little boy whilst we were on game drives.
Many many thanks and I am sure that we will be back again – even just for the food !!!!
28th November 2006
I thought I would like to let you know how much my son and I enjoyed our brief stay at Rhino River Lodge. The accommodation, game drives and facilities exceeded my expectations, especially considering the amount charged. We were sorry we couldn't stay longer but time was a luxury we didn't have. Dale and Shannon made us feel at home and nothing was too much trouble.
Derek Kemp, Durban
1st October 2006
Hello Dale and Shannon. My family are all safely back in the UK. Many thanks to you both for making their bush experience such a special one, take care.
Helen Grape, Johannesburg
We loved it so much that my child now wants to be a game ranger!
Warm friendly hospitality, reasonable rates with exceptional service, 5-star food all in a gorgeous setting. The star of hte hsow was the bush - and the very informative game ranger we had. She shared her vast knowledge generously and kindled a life-long interest in the bush for our boys. Wonderful find - hoep to return.
Alison Faraday - December 2010
We had a great time at your lodge! Wall to wall Rhino and the staff are just fantastic. It was well worth the trek all the way from Cape Town and I’m so glad I eventually made it the second time around.
Michelle de Chastelain - November 2010
"Great service, relaxing and awesome game viewing!"
Marco Rabe (SA)
"Syanne...where to begin? Awesomeness personified! Awesome awesome game drives. Best EVER sighting of Cheetah! Sumanth...superb manager and rest of staff, wow you are wonderful! Food is out of this world (service, service, service) A really great bonding with nature experience. Love you all!"
Sonja Kruse - Abuntu Girl ( Walking SA for Charity)
"It was a great two days. Thank you very much for all the fun and especially the Cheetahs!"
Ron and Trixie (Germany)
"Wonderful stay, very kind personnel, the lodge is really very pretty and enjoyable - will recommend to other people"
"Amazing Service, Loved our stay, Thank you!"
Belinda Roux (NZ)