Dulini River Lodge (formerly Exeter River Lodge) is located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve to the West of the Kruger National Park. This area of South Africa is well respected as being one of the finest game viewing areas on the planet and Dulini is now owning a number of great properties in the Sabi Sand's western sector. Dulini may not be as luxurious as the Singita’s nearby, but what really sets these lodges apart from their competition however is their price. It is superb value for money considering the level of accommodation on offer.
Dulini River Lodge - The Details
In a corner of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve; Dulini River Lodge sits on the edge of the Sand River in the shade of a grove of ebony trees. The river attracts a plethora of bird and wildlife whilst the river itself offers spectacular views no matter where you are in the lodge.
Dulini River Lodge comprises of six luxurious suites that are spread out along the river bank with views into the river itself. Each room is generously spaced from each other and contains an en-suite bathroom, mini-bar and has its own private deck with plunge pool. At the main lodge, a gym, spa and bigger pool can be enjoyed during time in between game drives.
Mirroring the other Dulini properties, no children under the age of eight are allowed here which helps create the sophisticated ambience that makes Dulini such a special place to visit. The guest sitting and dining areas overlook the Sand River which provides the perfect back-drop whilst enjoying some of the culinary delights that the chefs at Dulini produce.
A giant sausage tree provides shade for afternoon lunches where Pan African meals, with a selection of South African wines, are shared in the open air. A sandy boma is also a favourite dinner location where guests and guides can exchange the day's stories under the stars and around a roaring fire.
Game drives in this area are renowned for their prolific leopard activity and with excellent guides and trackers, finding the Big 5 is generally not an issue during a stay here. Whilst Dulini River Lodge shares its traverse with Dulini Safari Lodge and Dulini Leadwood as well as Richard Branson's Ulusaba, the likelihood of seeing the another vehicle is quite slim as the traversing area is so large.