The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is situated in the southwestern corner of the world-renowned Kruger National Park and shares a 50km unfenced border. It is one of the parks that make up the Greater Kruger National Park.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is the most prestigious game reserve in South Africa and is renowned for some of the best Big Five game safaris in the world. With one of the richest game populations in the country, the chances of seeing the Big Five: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino are excellent. In addition, the reserve offers an exclusive experience with some of the world’s most luxurious lodges, great service and fine dining, among them is Dulini Lodge, a private gem located on the banks of the seasonal Mabrak River in the western sector of the 65 000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
The lodge offers six exquisite suites with heated plunge pools each, outdoor showers and shady decks. The suites are equipped with fireplaces, air-conditioning, fans, tea and coffee-making facilities, bar-fridge, Wi-Fi access and safes. There are mosquito nets over the beds and outdoor showers.
Guests can enjoy a brisk work out in the well-equipped gym, or simply relax in the guest lounge.
Service excellence and effortless personal attention as well as consistent rave reviews from guests for the food and dining experiences have made Dulini Lodge one of the most sought-after bush retreat in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and finding availability at this small and hugely popular lodge has become a real challenge!
Day 1 Johannesburg – Dulini Lodge
Journeying to Dulini Lodge, you are met at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg and transferred to Federal Air private lounge and depending on your flight option you will depart either at 10h30 OR 12h30.
On arrival at Ulusaba airstrip, you will be welcome by the lodge’s team and driven with fellow guests to the lodge, where you will be welcome once again by a member of the management.
Enjoy a refreshing drink while completing the check in procedures. Once you are settled into your suite depending on your arrival time enjoy lunch or afternoon tea or just take a dip in your refreshing plunge pool (heated in Winter) and feel how all stresses and strains just melting away in the deep peace of this exclusive destination.
Around 15h00 gather around for a decadent high tea during which you will be introduced to your ranger. After your briefing, Board on the lodge 4 x 4 Open Landcruiser before setting off on your first afternoon game drive in search for the big 5. Even though there is a 50-kilometre unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park which gives animals the freedom to go wherever they wish – they tend to stay right where they are! This is because the Sand River and Sabi River supply much needed water in the dry season and create an eco-system with one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations in Southern Africa. This is the reason why it is quite possible to see the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant) as well as numerous other animals and birds in couple of hours in Sabi Sand or even a couple of days.
Rangers are allowed to go off road whenever necessary to get closer to predator sightings, hence creating good photography opportunities.
While on Game Drive, you will stop for Sundowners at a magnificent location and toast the splendour of Africa as you watch the sun sink into the dusty horizon. Continue on with the game drive after dark. Your skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.
Return to the lodge and there is time to freshen up and meet in the bar for pre-dinner drinks.
Mealtimes are a sociable affair, with dinner served under the stars (weather permitting), inside
reed enclosed boma, around a roaring log fire. This is the time to discuss the afternoon sightings as well as tomorrow’s plans with your ranger.
Day 2 Dulini Lodge
The day begins early with tea or coffee with muffins and fruit before departing on the Game Drive which will take approximately 3-4 hours. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to see most of the large mammals, so today you will enjoy an early morning game drive as well as a late afternoon/evening game drive.
Animals usually seen during the early morning game drive include rhino, lion, leopard and giraffe. Lions are very active in the early morning enjoying family time with their curbs or stacking impalas at a water whole and with a bit of luck you may witness a kill.
As the day progresses and the sun rises, predators usually seek refuge under the shade of a tree or bush and may spend the best part of the day sleeping, only to emerge in the late afternoon or evening. Night-time is when most carnivores – except wild dogs and cheetahs – do their hunting, and if you are lucky you may stumble on a kill.
Back to the lodge for a scrumptious breakfast after which the rest of the day is at leisure.
This is your personal time to indulge in colonial-style comfort and contemplate two nights and three days of bliss.
Between game drives guests are free to embark on an escorted nature walk with an experienced armed tracker (these walks are subject to availability) – exploring the green riverbank and crossing the quirky suspension bridge. Your skilled tracker will explain the finer, intricate details of the bush and its many wonders en-route.
Return to the lodge to a lavish lunch and enjoy a little siesta afterwards.
Around 15h00 gather with fellow guests for a decadent high tea in preparation for your afternoon game drive during which your experienced Ranger will check your wildlife Wishlist to find out what hasn’t been ticked yet, but you may also be lucky by your third game drive in the sabi Sands game reserve renowned for its prolific wildlife your high expectations have already been met and exceeded.
Enjoy sundowners and tracking nocturnal animals with the aid of a spotlight during your afternoon/evening game drive.
Back again at the lodge after an exhilarating afternoon of unforgettable bush life. Get ready for dinner served under the stars (weather permitting) while discussing of the day sightings with fellow guests and your ranger. It is time to swap stories and make new friends.
Day 4 Departure
Early morning wake up call for your last game drive. Enjoy tea or coffee together with muffins and rusks before boarding on your 4 x4 game viewer for one last safari experience. Return to the lodge for a heathy breakfast. Afterwards complete the check-out procedures before being transferred to Ulusaba airstrip to connect with your federal air flight back to Johannesburg.
Rates Per Person
Children are considered to be 8-16 years. Sharing with an adult they will pay 50% of the full rate. From 17 years and older, full adult rate will apply.
Children from 8 years and older are welcome at Dulini Lodge and Dulini River Lodge and from 12 years and older at Dulini Leadwood Lodge.