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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed at rhino river lodge on a one night special offered recently. The rates were well worth our visit for one night for three, all meals and two game drives with guide Murray, who is an excellent guide well rounded in all fields from birds to trees. We had fun spotting baby chameleons in between viewing Buffalo, ostrich, crocs, impala, nyala and searching for lion and ellies. We stayed in chalet one which is beautifully decorated with comfy modern furnishings and a luxurious bathroom looking into bush. The staff are super friendly and helpful. We spent an afternoon round their tranquil pool and the dinner after our afternoon game drive was superb in the boma around the fire. The food was delicious, all meals cooked to perfection. Very impressed

Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
Thank Taryn C
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RhinoRiverLodge, Manager at Rhino River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Dear Taryn,

So great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us!
It is great that you saw so much on your drives, That is one of the bonuses of having a little rain fall!

I have to say seeing baby Chameleons is so special, as they only come out certain times of the year and sightings are not frequent....If you have any photographs you would like to share with us please feel free to email them through and we will use them on our social media sites and of coarse give you credit for the images!

It is always such a pleasure hosting guests such as your selves as it makes us all here at the lodge just push even harder to make everyone happy, so thank-you for this amazing review and I hope we get to host you in the near future!

Kind Regards,
Clair Naude

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

We had not done the fully catered game experience, so firstly that was a most pleasant treat! But beyond that, the accommodation was clean and inviting. The food was delicious! Because we were there for Christmas, having delicious Christmas meals prepared for us, alongside game drives and a special evening setup in the bush made Christmas even more special.
The staff are also exquisite!! Claire that runs the lodge, Bertie the host and Deon our ranger were all fantastic!! Thanks to Rhino River Lodge for a great stay!

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
Thank LittleSharde
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RhinoRiverLodge, Manager at Rhino River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Dear Sharde and Family,

I have to say having the entire family was very warming to all the staff over that period, seeing happy families over Christmas is always such a great feeling.

I hope the "love Birds" have decided on a final date for the wedding...
Please keep us informed about how it all goes...

Thank-you so much for this lovely review, they really do go along way.
Ps: Thank-you for wearing your Christmas Hats (as small as they were - They were fantastic) otherwise I wouldv'e felt a little awkward being the only one wearing one! Hahaha

Your family is great and I do hope that it does not take another several years for you all to come back!

Kind regards,
Clair Naude

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Reviewed 11 December 2017

We booked the homestead so had 3 bedrooms, one for each sister.
The house was equipped with everything we needed.
Our patio and pool area was spacious and we were able to just relax in or out of the sun between meals and game drives.
Our game driver, Murray was amazing and this knowledgeable young man was full of new information for old bush travelers.
We were made to feel special as it was my birthday and also our yearly sisters get together from far afield.

Room Tip: If a big group go for the homestead, so worth it.
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank hadlowco
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Our visit to Rhino River Lodge was part of our 10th wedding anniversary celebration, Having stayed there 4 years earlier, we were hoping for a repeat of the high standards.
This time we stayed in The Cottage - beautifully furnished with its own pool and private view of the river (unfortunately dry, due to the drought). We had abundant birdlife and nyala drinking from our birdbath.
Our ranger for the visit was Murray. He pulled out all the stops to make our drives interesting and special. We were hoping to see cheetah, as in our 6 visits to South Africa, we'd never seen them in the wild. What a treat for our first drive - white and the elusive black rhino, a shy steenbok and then rather a lot of vultures. This heralded our sighting of 2 cheetah with an ostrich kill. On our way back, when we thought things couldn't get any better we stopped and watched an amazing lightening storm - a real African storm as Murray put it.
Further game drives did not disappoint, Murray even took us out the following evening with storms threatening. We got fairly wet, but maybe some ponchos thicker than the ones provided would have helped. The next morning only us and a lovely intrepid German couple turned up for the drive. Part of the reserve was closed due to the bad weather, but Murray still found us plenty to see including a different cheetah family. He is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable for someone who hasn't been in the job for that long, birding being a speciality.
We were also taken to have a look at the new Rhino Sands camp - very impressive.
On our last evening, he had a surprise for us - racing across the reserve, we had a brilliant sighting of a lioness with her 4 four week old cubs playing rough and tumble in the road in front of us. Amazing.
After another tasty evening meal, we arrived back at our cottage(with a guide by torchlight) to find the room candlelit with a bottle of bubbly on ice for our anniversary. What a lovely thoughtful surprise.
On our last morning we had a bush walk with Dale and Murray. This is a totally different experience and well worth doing. Dale is extremely knowledgeable and we felt safe at all times.We followed lion tracks, but despite the fact that they'd gone deep into the bush and we didn't see them, didn't detract from the experience.
All in all, a brilliant stay. All members of staff so friendly and helpful, tasty well presented food, lovely accomodation, fantastic game drives.
Thank you to all at Rhino River, especially Murray.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

The staff at Rhino River Lodge are without exception friendly and accommodating. The rooms are clean, the beds comfortable. The meals were very good. Our guide, Murray, managed the perfect balance between pursuing big 5 sightings and drawing our attention to the smaller (and often more interesting) events of the bush. The reserve is beautiful with plenty of variation. We had a wonderful couple of days and will definitely return

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank Philip B
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