When you think of KZN, I am sure the first thing that comes to your mind is the beautiful beaches and resorts overlooking the sea, right? But there is so much more to discover in this beautiful province that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Almost 4 hours away from King Shaka International airport, you will be amazed at what KZN boasts when it comes to scenic views and wilderness.
It was my first KZN Safari trip and now I am wondering why I waited so long to do this…
Rhino Ridge Safari is hidden in the hills of Hluhluwe and offers a bucket list experience that will graciously reconnect you to nature thanks to limited Wi-Fi and almost no cell phone reception.
To be honest, I was not sure what to expect at Rhino Ridge Safari but without realising it, my experience started as soon as I entered the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve (which can be fun and a safe family day out during Covid19).
The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve is a Big 5 Game Park and the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa.
There are 96000 hectares of wilderness awaiting you and a beautiful hotel literally in the middle of nowhere that offers excellent service and food. The staff is welcoming and warm. The décor and layout were well-thought-out to offer you a comfortable luxurious stay.
This trip reminded me of just how beautiful South Africa is.
Expect dusty roads, rolling hills of sunsets, magnificent Big 5 sightings & photograph opportunities at every stop of the adventure.
Things you need to know about Rhino Ridge Safari:
- The hotel is eco-friendly.
I love how they do little things to make sure they can make a difference in the environment.
2. The food is an experience on its own.
To be honest, the food exceeded my expectations. Expect 5 star meals. The dinners were always delicious and well presented.
3. The safari is worth the early morning wakeup.
You will go on a safari twice a day but the highlight for me was the morning safari trip. Waking up before sunrise to drive through the wilderness and fog trying to spot animals was an experience I will never forget.
4. Experience the park on foot.
The gorge walk allows you to explore the magnificent riverine gorge area below the camp with its exquisite birdlife and flora. Your knowledgeable guide is well-attuned to the sights, sounds and smells of nature, and will help you engage your own senses to better understand your surroundings.
Gorge walks take place outside the park (where there is no risk of Big 5 animals) and are a great family safari activity suitable for children aged ten years and older.
5. Remember to carry those fancy binoculars.
The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is a prime birding destination, home to over 400 bird species, a number that represents close to half of the species found in the southern African sub-region! This number also includes some important populations and species of birds that have suffered outside of extensive protected areas like the park.
6. Spend a day at the Spa.
Relax, unwind, and complete your safari experience with a rejuvenating spa treatment. The tranquil treatment rooms overlook the African bushveld so you might spot a rhino, giraffe or zebra while indulging in the ultimate relaxation.
7. The drive to the hotel can get tricky.
If you plan on going in a car, you might want to think twice. There is a long stretch of gravel road that could test your driving skills and patience. I highly recommend that you visit with an SUV.
8. Stay for 2 or more nights.
One night is not enough here. I highly recommend you stay at least 3 nights so you can soak in every moment and enjoy the views to the fullest.
9. South African Residents get a special rate.
Yay for local safaris accommodating our budgets and allowing us to experience our beautiful country as a tourist.
You can save up to 40% on your stay! This rate includes accommodation, all meals & 2 game drives per day. Excludes Park fees, Isibindi Foundation Levy, drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature, and guided bush walks in Big 5 territory.
Special valid until 30 November 2021.
* Terms and conditions apply.
For more information on rates, click here.