Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, which is set to open in December 2014, will offer four-star luxury and unrivaled game viewing within the 96,000-hectare Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.
The only private lodge in the park, Rhino Ridge is an easy drive from Durban and is a great getaway for those in KwaZulu-Natal who are looking to see rhinos — and the rest of the Big Five.
The lodge, which is owned by Isibindi Africa, features 22 rooms: eight villas, two honeymoon villas, and six two-room suites. Amenities include an infinity pool with sundeck, fireplaces in each villa, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. Game viewing, birding, guided bush walks and day trips to iSimangaliso Wetland Park are among the activities offered.
Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is South Africa’s oldest private game reserve and is home to the largest population of white rhinos in the world. Successful conservation efforts there inspired Brett Gehren, owner of Isibindi Africa, to open Rhino Ridge.
“Our dream of being able to share the passion we have for protecting the pristine and precious natural wonders of Africa began while sitting on the banks of the Isibindi River in KwaZulu Natal,” Gehren said to Southern African Tourism Update. “We can’t wait for guests to experience all that the lodge has to offer, especially the exceptional safari experiences.”
Isibindi Africa Lodges owns and operates numerous small eco-tourism lodges in pristine areas of South Africa. The company’s philosophy pivots on the recognition of vital issues in facing ecotourism in rural Africa, including respect for the environment, sustainable utilization, and the betterment of local communities.
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