The Green Season certainly is setting in here in Zululand! Just last week we had another 16ml of rain at Rhino River Lodge and the river was flowing once again. With the recent rains, everything is slowly starting to bloom and new life is everywhere you look. Wildlife sightings have been brilliant with some of the highlights including spotting four tiny cheetah cubs, a wonderful elephant interaction, and an extremely rare sighting of a striped polecat by ranger Murray! This was the first ever sighting of one in our game reserve, which goes to show just how special this was. Sadly, due to all the excitement of the sighting, everyone forgot to take photos. However, the same polecat was spotted in the same area a day later by another ranger on the reserve! Hopefully, someone will manage to capture a photo soon, and if you’re joining us for a holiday soon, make sure to keep those cameras ready! You never know what the bush will surprise you with next.

Lodge and Reserve News


After recent rains, the Msunduze River began to flow! This is always so great for guests to witness as it doesn’t happen that often, and the splendor of it can be enjoyed from the comfort of the lodge deck.


With the fuzzy fur coats and playful natures, cheetah cubs are some of the cutest cubs to witness in the wild! We are so excited to have these little guys in the reserve and look forward to more sightings of them. Photo by Ranger Vicky Wallace.

Staff Highlight: Berti Nolte

With his amazing people skills and a bubbly personality, we are very happy to announce that Berti has officially joined the Rhino River Lodge Family. He deals with our reservations and will likely be one of the first faces you see on arrival at the lodge!

Berti is such an enthusiastic member of our team. He is always coming up with new ideas and keeping us on our toes for improvements.With such an outgoing yet attentive personality he mingles very easily with our guests and goes the extra mile all the time. He also gets along with the staff very well. His extra positive energy has been a breath of fresh air for everyone around the lodge!


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Rhino River Lodge is a Big 5 safari lodge in KwaZulu Natal. It is situated along the shore of the Msunduze River in the southern section of the Zululand Rhino Reserve. This 23,000 hectare private game reserve is located in the very heart of Zululand , 30kms North of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. It’s in an area renowned for its African wildlife and rich cultural heritage. The private game lodge offers you an intimate and comfortable safari experience.

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