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“2nd visit, still truly amazing”
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Dulini Lodge
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Geneva, Switzerland
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22 reviews
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“2nd visit, still truly amazing”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We stayed at the Lodge in July 2009 and have just returned for another stay. Everything was just perfect and it is impossible to have any criticism of this lodge. The service, food, accommodation and game drives are all just amazing, a huge effort is made by everyone to give you a truly memorable stay. Highly recommend, you will not regret it!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Having read the reviews our expectations were already very high but the whole Dulini experience proved itself even more wonderful. The lodges are luxurious and the food gourmet. Everyone you meet goes so much further than they need to make your stay special. Ian and Sue, the owners, even suggested that my husband may like to watch the World Cup on their TV. Our Ranger Patrick and tracker Tyrone are so talented and yes we managed to see the Big Five and so much more. My personal highlight was watching a leopardess with her young cubs as she introduced them to climbing trees and amazingly that they should not be afraid of the vehicle. It seems that getting up close and personal to the vehicles is being passed from Mother to cubs. If you are thinking of going on safari I would strongly suggest that you contact very soon as Dulini get booked up very quickly.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

From the moment of arrival it is first class all the way. The location,the game drives, the food, all absolutely fantastic. Then there are the rooms or should I say suites. magnificently located along the river where Elephants graze outside your door each with butler service, they have to be the best rooms in Africa. The meals are simply fantastic and the total experience is a delight of suprise upon suprise in each and every way. I tried to re book for a visit with another friend a couple of weeks later but it was totally booked out. Why am I not suprised! This lodge is an absolute stunner, book now you will never regret it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

There are no words to describe our experience at Dulini Lodge. We kept pinching ourselves to make sure our stay was not a dream. On our third day we had an elephant visit us and have a drink out of our plunge pool...what else is there to say? If you can, book for four nights!!!!

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

To describe Dulini in one word…. wow! It was the final stop on our first trip to South Arica, and it sure was an incredible way to end such a magnificent two weeks. For those reading the reviews to determine whether to stay here, we’ll make it easy for you. Do it. Here’s why:

The people:
You couldn’t wish to meet more inviting, friendly and fascinating people than the staff at Dulini. Poppy greets you on arrival and is a great indication of the quality of interaction you will receive during your stay. Maurice was a true character who didn’t rest until every need was met. Our ranger, Dynamosi, and tracker, Isaac, were the absolute pinnacle of our South Africa experience. Their experience and knowledge were second to none and we were mesmerised by the stories they shared. A special treat every morning was the Isaac special – we have tried to recreate it at home with some Duty Free bought Amarula, but it doesn’t even come close! To this day we still quote Dynamosi (“guys, this is very nice”) whenever we share a fun moment. We were very sad to say good-bye. When you meet and spend time with the owners, Iain and Sue, it’s no surprise that Dulini have some of the nicest people you will ever meet.

The area:
Sabi Sands is a smorgasbord of South Africa’s finest creatures. We saw the Big Five, and then some! A male lion stalking a pack of wild dogs was an absolute treat. If you have a request they will pull all of the stops to deliver. Even if you don’t find a cheetah you have fun along the way : ) The property isn’t fenced so you will have the pleasure of stepping out of your door to a group of grazing Kudu, or if you’re lucky, something even better!

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All meals were a terrific mix of flavours and cuisines. It was great to be able to experience the local cooking and produce. The dinners were all interesting, dynamic and engaging – each night a different experience. We also thoroughly enjoyed the caramel fudge that Maurice provided for us. It’s all the small things that make it that much more special.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth Western Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Seriously if you are still waivering about where to stay - stop researching and book Dulini now.
It is the absolute best place we have ever stayed and we are lucky enough to have done a great deal of travel in our lives - the rooms were sublime with your every need and whim catered for and some! Private unobtrusive butler service, all drinks, laundry included - first class food, romantic dinners, huge bubble baths overlooking the outdoor plunge pool and riverbed where you are likely to see any animals! This lodge has been decorated by a team of people with great taste and class - everywhere you look there are extra little touches that make this place special. The team of staff are just delightful and always on hand to provide you the extras! have a massage also - was fabulous!
Game drives - our driver "dynamite" and tracker Isaac what a great team - such fun, lots of laughs and joking all the time and such knowledge. Out of the vehicles following tracks, explaining all the time to the guests, really comfortable jeeps, only ever 6 in a jeep, not crowded, fabulous drinks held half way thru each drive and the game - well we saw it all - and so close hardly used my zoom lens at all.
I could go on and on and on - but honestly go and experience it yourself - you will never regret your choice to stay at Dulini. Thank you Ian and Sue and your whole team - we are already looking at dates to return and have been home less than 48 hrs!! Thank you!

Room Tip: Stayed in room 3 - was fabulous!! best suite I have ever stayed in!!!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Stepping outside our lodge on the first morning, I had to make sure I had woken up as I came face to face with seven startled Impala, who stared at me and disappeared, as though rushing to grace someone else's dream.

The lodge is not fenced which gets you closer to the wildlife. We stayed in room 6, which apparently gets the most passing four-legged locals.

We were shown the park by Dinamosi and Isaac. I've been on safari in Tanzania before and had great trackers but these two were something else. Isaac managed to spot a chameleon. In a tree. In the dark. A chameleon.

He then allowed me to hold the beautiful creature, which was a highlight.

We saw: a family of rhinos; seven lion cubs either comatose from gorging or tearing through a wildebeest; two families of elephants; a hunting and sleeping leopard; various Cape buffalo; giraffe; impala; kutu; mongoose; hares; Marshall eagle and a medley of other birds; hippos (submerged); owls and hyenas.

Both D and I regaled us with hilarious tales of buffalo chases and gave us David Attenborough style tidbits on eating and mating habits.

The baked goods were amazing- cakes, breads are all baked on site. African dishes were delicious, the European ones so-so. We would have liked a larger selection of wines to choose from.

We were on our honeymoon, so really our only reservation was the regular group dining. Although I understand from the owners that they will now offer honeymooners a choice of dining options when they arrive.

All in all we had a magical three days. I will remember most turning a corner on our first drive and seeing a family of three rhinos feeding as the morning mist rose above the rushes. I was moved to tears.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dulini Lodge
Address: | White River, Kruger National Park 1240, South Africa (Formerly &Beyond Dulini)
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Dulini Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Under a leafy canopy of ebony trees, six luxurious stone cottages grace the banks of the Mabrak River. As one of only 12 guests, you feel instantly at home in this quiet retreat, where classic interiors enfold guests in quiet style and elegance. Generous private plunge pools and shady decks look out onto the dry riverbed. Large, welcoming sofas and African sculptures fill the gracious guest areas. Dine under the ancient jackalberry tree where skilled chefs serve delicious meals or steal away for an intimate dinner in the well-stocked wine cellar. ... more   less 
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