Dulini River Lodge

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Why photographers love Dulini River Lodge

Dulini River Lodge is in the famed Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park. It’s a fantastic area for leopard sightings, and the Sabi Sands offers night drives, off-road driving and walks not allowed in the national park. The lodge has large areas of river frontage in the western part of the park and has traversing rights over 10,000 hectares.

This lodge was previously called Exeter and has been taken over by the Dulini Collection which is run by Sue and Ian Garrett. Sue and Ian ran the neighbouring Dulini Property, which is also highly recommended. They have brought up their own children in this area and are very invested in their property and their excellent staff many of whom have worked here for more than a decade.

How we rate Dulini River Lodge

Wildlife starstarstarstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstarstar
Lodge & Dining  starstarstarstarstar
Vehicles  starstarstarstarstar
Guides  starstarstarstarstar

Dulini River Lodge at a glance

  • 8 riverside suites with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, private verandas overlooking the river and private plunge pools
  • Main lodge with sitting area, dining area, bar, shop, spa and boma for open-air dining

The concession

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a private reserve west of Kruger National Park with an un-fenced border. The area is renowned for wildlife and is famous for leopard sightings. The big five are all present, as are spotted hyena, hippo, impala, kudu and a variety of other antelope.

The seasons

Dulini is a year round destination. The dry season from May to October is best for game viewing. Temperatures are cooler and the vegetation is more open. The wet season, from November to April brings lush vegetation, migrant birds and baby animals.

What Exeter costs

Rates start from R14000 per person per night. Access is by charter flight from Johannesburg, a 90 minute drive from Nelspruit.


Photographers need to know

The Sabi Sands is a fantastic area for wildlife. Guides are constantly in radio contact with each other to find the best possible sightings. Therefore, sightings are managed–only three vehicles are allowed at one time, so you may have limited time at each sighting.