RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, South Africa
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only privately owned lodge inside South Africa's oldest game reserve, Hluhluwe Imfolozi in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Luxury rooms & villas are stylishly decorated with expansive views from their outdoor decks. Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is a joint venture between the National Empowerment Fund & the local Mphembeni community who own the land on which the lodge is built. People from the community have been trained to work in various departments & now make up
97% of the lodge staff.
Along with game viewing at the lodge and on morning and evening game drives, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers a host of authentic Africa experiences - from wild bush walks to traditional Zulu homestays and rejuvenating spa treatments.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is proud to be associated with Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and its success story of rhino conservation in South Africa, bringing the species back from the edge of extinction. As the only private lodge in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, our guests get to experience the wonder of Africa’s oldest national park while enjoying our exclusive facilities, a luxury African safari, additional activities and outstanding service. When you travel to Rhino Ridge, you can rest assured that our background in conservation is always top-of-mind and that you are journeying with purpose.
The luxury safari lodge offers four room types, all positioned to take advantage of the spectacular views over the bushveld below. The modern, tastefully-decorated rooms and villas offer guests the utmost privacy and comfort.
Along with exciting game drives, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge offers a host of other activities so that can guests can enjoy an authentic African experience - from wild bush walks to traditional Zulu homestays and rejuvenating spa treatments overlooking the watering hole.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge bush trails are led by none other than the legendary Nunu Jobe, a highly experienced trails ranger who also goes by the name of “The Rhino Whisperer”, as he has the reputation of being able to get closer to a white rhino than anyone. More than just a chance to experience the African bush at its wildest, Nunu says that going on a bush trail is a ‘spiritual journey’.
He will create four-dimensional reconstructions of the wildlife activity which has taken place along your trail, from past, to present, to future so that you can fully appreciate the beautiful scenery, delicately balanced ecosystem and the myriad of little critters and plants from up close as you tread gently in this protected corner of Africa.
“Just like roads and highways connect cities, when you walk in the bush you are walking on the oldest trails made by the animals – you are going back to where we came from. Where we belong. The wilderness is our original home that still lingers in every human.” – Nunu Jobe
The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is a prime birding destination, home to over 400 bird species, a number that represents close to half of the species found in the southern African sub-region! This number also includes some important populations and species of birds that have suffered outside of extensive protected areas like the park. The bird diversity within the park can be attributed to the variety of habitats in this area, from riverine thickets to open savannah.
The gorge walk allows you to explore the magnificent riverine gorge area below the camp with its exquisite birdlife and flora. Your knowledgeable guide is well-attuned to the sights, sounds and smells of nature, and will help you engage your own senses to better understand your surroundings.
Gorge walks take place outside the park (where there is no risk of Big 5 animals) and are a great family safari activity suitable for children aged ten years and older.
Relax, unwind and complete your Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge experience with a rejuvenating spa treatment. Best of all, our tranquil treatment rooms overlook the African bushveld below. Where else can you spot a rhino, giraffe or zebra while indulging in the ultimate relaxation on your African spa holiday?
HOME OF THE RHINO
In the early 1900's white rhinos numbers had dwindled to as low as 50 - 100 left in the world, and all of them were in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve. Today, South Africa’s first game reserve is still home to the densest population of white rhino on the planet.
A Big Five Game Reserve in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal Province, Hluhluwe Imfolozi is a premier "Big Five" Game Reserve offering a stunning and less crowded safari experience. ts rich plant-life, grasslands and forests support a wide variety of game animals including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park lies in the heart of “old Zululand” and is rich in history dating back to the early Iron Age and the hey-day of the Zulu Kingdom of King Shaka. The Park contains many historic sites. This fascinating game reserve covers 96 000 ha and is comprised of the Hluhluwe and iMfolozi Game Reserves. The Corridor Game Reserve, established in 1989, links the two older parks.
The park also has the honour of being known as the oldest game reserve having been proclaimed in 1895. It was originally known as the exclusive hunting grounds of the Zulu Kings and they protected the area by proclaiming conservation laws well before any formal protection was introduced.
As a result of it's ground-breaking Rhino Conservation Programmes in the 1950 and 1960's the Park has become world-renowned for its White Rhino populations.
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Hotel Health & Safety Policy
Each of our Accommodation Partners has a distinct Health & Safety Policy in place which can be found below. Please be advised, though, that this can differ from property to property.
ISIBINDI AFRICA LODGES COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
The health and safety of both our guests and staff is paramount to us and we are putting plans in place to ensure that we adhere to the highest standards laid out by the World Health Organization as well as government and industry standards. We are coming up with innovative ways to ensure that while we maintain these standards we can still give our guests the best possible experience while staying at one of our lodges.
The following procedures will be implemented at all Isibindi Africa Lodges to prevent the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
1. INFORMATION & ORIENTATION
1.1 Orientation & familiarisation of precautions taken for new guest arrivals
1.2 Guest travel and medical declaration as per national guideline
1.3 Recommended precautions will be strictly adhered to
- Frequent hand washing (Soap and water/sanitizer)
- Masks / Face screens
- Social distancing
- Readily available sanitizers throughout all areas
1.4 Visible signage and information
1.5 Designated responsible person at each lodge introduced to guests on arrival to address any
concerns during their stay regarding health and safety
1.6 Lodge & room orientation to contain relevant information regarding specific contact points during
2. GUEST ACCOMMODATION
2.1 Stringent sanitization procedures of all guest accommodation and protocols to eliminate
2.2 Use of approved sanitization products in all areas to sanitize all surfaces
2.3 Specialised training for housekeeping staff on sanitization protocols and procedures by registered
2.4 Luggage to be sanitized on arrival and on departure by our staff
2. All rooms are free-standing units set at least 10 metres apart. All pathways are open-air and all
public areas easily allow for social distancing
3. DINING AND BAR
3.1 Social distancing will be implemented in all dining and bar areas
3.2 Open air dining areas for meals for increased air circulation (weather permitting)
3.3 Private dining areas are available (weather permitting)
3.4 Intensified dining area and furniture sanitization between meals
3.5 There will be no open buffet options. Some meals may be presented on a butler tray per
individual table. Meals will be available in sealed units or individually plated and presented. There
will be no common or shared utensils
3.6 No sharing of menus between guests and tables
3.7 Utensil & cutlery precautions by improved measures and individual presentation
3.8 Intensive & on-going staff training on new health and safety standards
4. LODGE – RECEPTION, GENERAL AREAS & LOUNGES
4.1 Stringent sanitization procedures of all common guest use areas to eliminate contamination risk
4.2 Hand sanitizers readily available in main areas and main area guest bathrooms
4.3 Furniture and equipment regularly sanitized and placed to allow for social distancing
4.4 Bar, pool and deck set up to allow social distancing measures
4.1 Dedicated staff training by registered service providers with specific focus on Covid-19 regulations
4.2 Masks and or face screens (PPE) to be worn by all staff at all times
4.3 Strict hygiene procedures by frequent washing of hands and social distancing measures in all back of
house and common staff areas
4.4 Temperature and health screening for staff and contractors and deliveries
4.5 Stock and all equipment to be sanitized at regular intervals
4.6 Keys and devices used by staff to be regularly sanitised
4.7 Daily staff meetings to ensure all health and safety protocols are being strictly adhered to
4.8 One senior member of staff will be designated as a Covid-19 Health and Safety Officer
5. 4X4 TRANSFERS
5.1 Transfer vehicles will be thoroughly sanitised before and after each trip
5.2 Guests will be required to sanitize hands before start of transfer
5.3 Guests will be required to wear masks during the transfer
5.4 Hand sanitizers will be readily available during transfers
5.5 Driver to wear facemask / face screen
5.6 Luggage will be sanitized before and after loading into the vehicle
5.7 Lodge staff will not be permitted to park guest cars. Guests will be required to park their own cars in
5.8 Drivers will receive training to ensure health and safety protocols in respect of Covid-19 are
6.1 All game viewing vehicles/boats/kayaks/canoes are open air allowing required social distancing
6.2 Social distancing will be implemented during activities and numbers will be kept to the minimum required to allow ease of distancing
6.3 Guests will be required to sanitize hands before and after all activities
6.4 Hand Sanitizers readily available during activities
6.5 Refreshment and snack offerings to be offered on an individual basis
6.6 Staff and guests will be required to wear face masks and/or face screens during activities where
6.7 Vehicles and all equipment will sanitized before and after all activities
7. SPA (Where applicable)
7.1 Improved social distancing measures by therapists
7.2 Sanitizing procedures for guest and therapist to take place before and after treatments
7.3 Staff will be required to where full PPE as per industry standards
7.4 Entire treatment room, all equipment and furniture will be sanitized before and after each
7.5 Hand sanitizers readily available during treatments
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