We're currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but our reservations remain open for future travel.
The South African government has implemented strict measures in an effort to minimize the impact that COVID-19 has on our country. We whole-heartedly support this and will always comply with government regulations and act in the best interest of the health and safety of our team and guests. We plan to reopen our doors as soon as it is safe and possible.
Rest assured that we understand the current concerns and difficulties surrounding planning and booking trips. In response, we have introduced a new risk-free booking policy, allowing you to book with complete confidence in these uncertain times. If you're dreaming of your safari holiday of the future, please get in touch.
Rhino River Lodge is a family-owned and operated Big 5 safari lodge located in the magnificent Manyoni Private Game Reserve. Experience family-style hospitality with us at Rhino River Lodge during your Big 5 safari in the magnificent Manyoni Private Game Reserve, KZN. We are a relaxed family friendly safari lodge with a reputation for welcoming staff, amazing value for money and child-friendly safari activities. Manyoni is a 23,000-hectare private game reserve situated in the heart of Zululand, 30kms north of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
Join us for two game drives each day, where a knowledgeable and friendly ranger will guide you in an open safari vehicle. You will have the chance to find the Big 5 and many other African animals, birds, and other fascinating creatures. Enjoy hearty South African cuisine highlighting local ingredients, served under the stars around a campfire. Rest and relax in one of our deluxe suites, chalets or private safari homes. This is the wild and beautiful South African bush at its best.Virtual Tour Book your stay COVID-19 booking policy
Manyoni is a premier safari destination in KwaZulu-Natal that conveniently located only three hours from Durban and six hours from Johannesburg. The striking landscapes home diverse animal and bird life, including Africa's iconic Big 5 (rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion), abundant birds and mammals as well as various endangered wildlife species.
The reserve was formed in 2004 to provide sanctuary to a population of black rhinos as part of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. Game drives are regulated by the reserve to minimize the impact on the environment and animals, and to provide guests a more intimate game-viewing experience.
Wedding anniversary trip.
Thank you for an amazing experience.
The staff at Rhino River lodge were amazing and worked hard to make this an unforgettable experience. The game drives were superb and Stuart put in a great deal of effort to make it an amazing trip. Thank you!!
September 2021, Tripadvisor
Amazing family recharge.
The staff, the accommodation, and the food were all amazing. Thanks to Stuart, our ranger, who was very knowledgeable and was amazing with our kids. It was an epic family recharge weekend ... We will definitely be back.
August 2021, Tripadvisor
Still my favourite lodge!
I have been visiting Rhino River Lodge for a few years now and even my most recent trip once again reached beyond all expectations. Game Viewing was spectacular and our Guide Hela was awesome and patient, finding us some really interesting and different sightings. The food was delicious and staff friendly. A great place to take kids - my 5 year old loves it here!
July 2021, Tripadvisor
Chilling in the bush.
We stayed at the Homestead lodge and it was pure luxury. We took a self-catering option and loved it - nicely appointed kitchen, great decor and comfortable and warm beds and baths. Private pool and garden frequented by buck and an abundance of wild-life. Very quiet and just what we needed to recharge and restore our batteries. The game drives were great - we saw lots and our rangers were knowledgeable and went out of their way to make sure we saw what we wanted. The rest of the staff were friendly and went out of their way to help and assist where needed.
May 2021, Tripadvisor
Fabulous Family Adventure.
Great night away in the bush with my family. The staff were so friendly and accommodating. The children were included in the game drives and loved every minute.
Wonderful hospitality, delicious food, and knowledgeable ranger. Highly recommended. We would love to come again!!
January 2021, Tripadvisor
We had a lovely stay. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Bongani and Jay-D were in point, 5 star service! Bongani is very knowledgeable, knows his way around and tries his best to ensure we see as many animals as possible.Weather let us down a bit. We were well prepared on how to conduct ourselves when we saw animals👌. Such a pleasant surprise from the kitchen staff on my birthday🎉. Tear inducing!The cottage was a bit cold in areas other than the bedrooms which had aircons/heaters this limited us enjoying the rest of the house. That said, the set up was homely. 👌 Books to read and board games for kids. Thank you all!!!
September 2021, Google
I recently spent 4 nights at Rhino River Lodge and it was amazing. It's become my happy place. The staff are friendly and efficient. The cottage I stayed in was beautiful with a lovely pool deck and our Ranger Bongani was just awesome with his vast knowledge of animals, birds and plants. It was my second time staying at Rhino River Lodge and I'll definitely be going back.
April 2021, Facebook