A Zululand Safari Lodge in the premier Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Rhino River Lodge

Rhino River Lodge is a family-owned and operated Big 5 safari lodge located in the magnificent 57 000 acre Manyoni Private Game Reserve situated in the heart of Zululand in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, just a leisurely 3 hour drive north of King Shaka International Airport in Durban. And only 30kms north of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. We are a relaxed family-friendly lodge with a reputation for welcoming staff, amazing value for money and child-friendly safari activities.


The lodge can accommodate 24 people at any time. Choose from three types of accommodation that suit families, small groups and couples staying at our safari lodge in KZN – double en-suite Deluxe Rooms, Family Loft Chalets, and two Private Safaris Houses, the Cottage and Homestead. 

All the accommodation types feature air-conditioning and ceiling fans, private verandahs, mosquito nets, coffee and tea stations and a fully stocked mini-bar, and with the Private  Safari Houses, large private decks and plunge pools.

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An Unforgettable Safari

Days at Rhino River Lodge start and end with game drives in the reserve guided by one of our knowledgeable rangers. While out in the bush, look out for lions, elephants, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, cheetah and rhino as well as a variety of birds such as barbets, rollers, kingfishers, sunbirds and hornbills. Before heading back to the lodge, your guide will stop to give you the chance to take in the beauty of the bush, while enjoying drinks and snacks.

Lions at sunset

Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Manyoni Private Game Reserve is a premier safari destination in KwaZulu-Natal that is conveniently located only three hours from Durban and six hours from Johannesburg. The reserve is home to a host of iconic African animals and birds that thrive in Zululand’s rolling grasslands and riverine forests. Manyoni means “place of the birds” in Zulu, and with 415 recorded bird species, the reserve lives up to its name. Various endangered species like cheetah and rhino have been introduced as part of the reserve’s commitment to conservation.

Guest Reviews

Casey Ann Bauer
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We had an amazing time on honeymoon. The lodge has such a relaxing vibe to it. Amazing staff, rangers and even better food. An abundance of wildlife. The Manyoni Reserve itself has amazing conservation efforts, which was incredible to witness. We will definitely be back!
Gilly Beans
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We were here for just one evening, but everything was simply amazing. The lodge is well situated in the Manyoni Reserve and beautifully maintained. The food was fantastic, our accommodation was superb and Kyle, our ranger for the game drives, was incredible. In fact, all the staff need to be commended as they all make such a huge effort for guests. Definitely worth visiting, and we will certainly be returning!
Jarryd Duminy
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We had our wedding at Rhino River in July and the only word that comes to mind is BREATHTAKING! The lodge staff, along with our wedding planner JONI K went above and beyond to create the most incredible weekend. We had a very intimate family wedding and one we'll never forget. The rangers made sure we had the most amazing sightings, the lodge staff were incredibly friendly and helpful - I honestly cannot thank everyone enough for making it a weekend to remember.
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Awesome private game resort. We stayed two incredible nights in the lodge, and we loved it. The food is great, the accommodation as well and the friendly staff perfected our stay. Our ranger for the drives was Stuart and he was great. He is very knowledgeable and was never tired to answer our questions. What we liked even more is the fact that he was also dealing in a perfect way with the kids. Our 7-year-old son never got bored on those 3-hour drives. Thanks Stuart. All in all, I can highly recommend the lodge. I'm pretty sure you will love it too.
LaMiss Toulouz
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Beautiful lodge, the location is exceptional. The friendly staff only adds to the beauty of the experience. Thank you very much to all, but special mention for Steve, our guide, thanks to him, we returned with unforgettable moments.

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