Rhino River Lodge

Safari Lodge in the Manyoni Game Reserve, Zululand KZN


Manyoni Game Reserve, Zululand, Northern KwaZulu Natal


Rhino River Lodge is a family-owned and operated Big 5 safari lodge located in the magnificent Manyoni Private Game Reserve. This 23,000-hectare private game reserve is situated in the very heart of Zululand, 30kms north of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The area is renowned for its African wildlife and rich cultural heritage.

Rhino River Lodge is a relaxed family-style safari lodge with a reputation for excellent customer service and superior value for money. Join us for our game drives, where you will be guided by a knowledgeable ranger in one of our open safari vehicles and have the chance to see the Big 5 and many other African animals, birds, and wildlife. Enjoy hearty South African cuisine highlighting local ingredients, served under the stars around a campfire. Indulge in a comfortable night’s sleep in one of our well-appointed rooms, chalets or private safari homes. Join us in experiencing South Africa at its best, amongst untamed nature and warm hospitality.

The lodge grounds sprawl through an area of thick riverine vegetation, rich with bird and animal life, and filled with magnificent fig and fever trees. The grounds also include a reception with curio shop, dining room with bar, WIFI, lounge, and swimming pool.

Rhino River Lodge offers three types of accommodation to suit our guests’ various needs. Guests can choose from double en-suite luxury rooms, family chalets or one of our two-bedroom private safari homes (the Cottage and the Homestead). The camp accommodates a maximum of 24 people at any time. All accommodation types feature air-conditioning, ceiling fans, private verandahs, mosquito nets, coffee and tea making facilities, and a fully-stocked minibar.

Our most traditional style of accommodation is our four en-suite luxury rooms. The rooms are decorated in a modern rustic style with newly renovated bathrooms. Each room has either one king sized bed or two single beds covered by a large mosquito net, a sitting area, and a private veranda.
For small family that would like to share accommodation or groups of friends that would like a little extra space, we can offer our family chalets, which can accommodate up to four people each. Each log cabin-styled chalet has two double bedrooms (one is a second story loft-style room), a shared bathroom with bathtub, an open plan living area, and a private boma. We have two family chalets available.
The ultimate option to stay in privacy and luxury is Rhino River Lodge's exclusive Homestead. This stylish contemporary two-bedroom safari home can accommodate up to four guests. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and features an outdoor shower.

Stacking doors in the spacious lounge fully open onto a private deck at the edge of the camp‘s boundary with un-touched bushveld views. This modern-styled home was designed to highlight the natural surroundings. The Homestead is equipped with a fully functional open plan kitchen, air conditioning, and a private plunge pool overlooking the Msunduze River bed.


    2 Game Drives per day
    *Children aged 4 - 12 years are charged 50% of the adult rate when sharing with two full paying adults.
    *Children 0 - 3 years old are free of charge when sharing with two full rate adults. Please note that children aged 0 - 3 years are not allowed on game drives. Baby sitting services are available for guests at an extra charge.


Your day will begin just before the sun rises as guests meet up at the main lodge area for a cup of coffee or tea and freshly baked muffin before hopping on one of our game drive vehicles at first light.

Upon returning to camp a full English-style breakfast is served to order. After breakfast the day is yours to relax, either at our lodge pool, our lounge, or in the comfort of your room. At approximately 1:30 a light lunch is served.
The afternoon game drive begins about two and a half hours before sunset. Just before sunset the vehicle will stop for a special safari tradition, the sundowner. The drive will continue on for a short while after the sun sets, in search of the more rarely observed nocturnal animals.

A hearty three-course dinner is served shortly after arrival back at camp where you will be seated, weather-permitting, under the stars around the campfire.


In addition to the black rhino, the Manyoni Reserve is now home to all of the Big 5 (rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion) and has seen the re-introduction of two endangered carnivore species, cheetah and African wild dog. The reserve has become one of the premier wildlife-viewing destinations in Kwa-Zulu Natal and features beautiful varied landscapes from acacia thornveld to open savannah to riverine forest. Game drives on the reserve are regulated by the reserve and coordinated by the ecotourism businesses to minimize the impact on the environment and the stress on the animals and to provide guests a better and more intimate game viewing experience.

Special SADC Midweek Rate


per person sharing per night, valid for midweek stays until 30 April 2021. Weekend Rate: R2,495

SADC Rate - Deluxe En-suite Rooms


per person sharing per night, valid for midweek stays until 30 April 2021. Weekend Rate: R2,695

SADC Rate - The Homestead


per person sharing per night, valid for midweek stays until 30 April 2021. Weekend Rate: R3,095

Standard Rate

From R3,100

per person sharing per night, valid for midweek stays until 30 April 2021. Weekend Rate: R3,095

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