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DDulini River Lodge belongs to the prestigious &Beyond group so it’s no surprise that it fulfills all the requirements for a top safari lodge: the Big 5 plus abundant other game and birds, gorgeous accommodation and one of the best river views in Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
Expect all the components of a top safari lodge when you choose Dulini (formerly Exeter) River Lodge. The Big 5 are all here, including some of the best opportunities in South Africa for leopard sightings, plus gorgeous accommodation and exceptional service.
Dulini River Lodge has managed to escape the much-publicised reputations of some of the other Sabi Sands Game Reserve private lodges, although it offers just what they offer but in a quieter, less glitzy way.
You'll stay in 1 of the stone and thatch suites overlooking the Sand River. On a hot day, dive in your personal plunge pool after the morning drive and then watch the passing show of game and birds from your huge wrap-around wooden viewing deck.
Inside your suite, dark honey-coloured stone walls and polished cement floors complement the earth tones of the comfy sofa and armchairs with their plump inviting cushions.
Handmade tables in dark wood, arresting photographs of game, small artefacts and interesting lamps all add to the genuine Out of Africa feel.
Before the evening game drive, high tea on the deck under the sausage tree is a highlight – not just for the food and the view, but also for when the sausage tree is in bloom in early summer, filled with iridescent sunbirds sipping nectar from the brilliant scarlet blossoms.
Game is abundant here. Expect to see the Big 5 but ask especially for a leopard sighting. To see these spectacular cats by spotlight, prowling through the gathering darkness or guarding their kill high up on the thick branch of an ancient riverine tree, is something you will never forget.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Sabi Sands Game Reserve – Dulini bookings
Tel: +27 (0)13 735 2600
How to get here
By charter flight or by road. The lodge will send you detailed directions and travel options when you make your booking.
Best time to visit
Winter is the best time for game viewing because visibility is far better. However, in spring and summer baby animals abound and the migrant birds are back.
Things to do
The Kruger National Park is right next door.
In an open safari vehicle or on foot – the lodge offers guided bush walks.
What will it cost?
Prices depend on the season but expect to pay around R17 000 per person per night, all inclusive.
What to pack
Pack long-sleeved items for the evenings, along with your hat and sunglasses for game viewing.
What to eat
The food is delicious, ranging from home-baked bread, muffins and scones, to full dinners in a boma under the stars.