Dulini River (Sabi Sands)

elephants walking in a line

6 Luxury Suites – 12 Guests

Dulini River Lodge is located o the banks of the languid Sand River. Dulini River offers inspirational views and an awe-inspiring atmosphere ideal for private getaways or small groups wishing the best of the African bush.  The serenity of the setting is reflected in the elemental tones and textures of six magnificent suites, which emerge from the banks of the river. So if you are looking for peace and tranquillity, you will find it at Dulini River.

The Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is adjacent to the world renowned Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly leopard viewing.

Repeat Guest Offer: Return guests receive a 15% discount on their accommodation costs
Terms: There is a minimum stay of 3 nights, and the last travel dates are required to confirm the discount. This discount will only apply to repeat guests’ accommodation and not guests who may be traveling in the same party.


With no boundary fences between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park, this reserve benefits from the great diversity of animals found in one of the richest wildlife areas on the African continent, along with the additional benefits experienced on a private game reserve.

Reputed to be one of Africa’s finest safari destinations, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is home to the Dulini Collection of properties.

The 65 000ha Sabi Sand Reserve shares a common 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park to the east.

Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and Sand Rivers sustain the diverse fauna and flora of the area, including the Big Five: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino.

Game Drives

Our rangers strive to give guests an interpretative wildlife experience in which nature speaks louder than they do. All our rangers and trackers are seasoned field guides with the most superior qualifications in the industry. In addition, all game drives at Dulini Leadwood are in exclusive six-seater game viewers.

This allows for maximum comfort, unspoilt views & incredible wildlife encounters.

Focus is not spent solely on tracking the Big Five. Instead, rangers take the time to explore some lesser-known delights and allow guests to absorb the landscape and atmosphere of the ‘Sands.’ You will undoubtedly leave with a heightened passion for the wild, Africa, and the conservation of this spectacular place.

Morning Game Drives: The morning game drive leaves between 5:30 am and 6 am. Your guide will select a spot to enjoy the stunning views while enjoying a morning refreshment.

Afternoon Game Drives: The afternoon game drive leaves between 4 and 5 pm. After sundowners and snacks, your guides will use the spotlight to find nocturnal animals before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Reasons to love Dulini River Lodge:

Dulini River offers guests many opportunities to get active, relax or stay connected. The lodge area boasts a wellness center, boma, curio shop, wine cellar, WIFI, main lodge lounge, deck, and training swimming pool.


the view from the main lodge deck at dulini river

River Lodge has six riverside suites. Each suite features a lounge area, deck, and plunge pool. Luxury features extend the experience with indoor and outdoor showers, baths, double vanities, and a separate toilet. In addition, suites have a ceiling fan, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar, safety, and hairdryers.

Each luxury suite at Dulini River boasts dramatic close-up views of the Sand River and are generously spaced along the river bank for privacy & exclusivity.

Suite interiors are elegantly designed using natural earthly colors, luxury finishes, and a dash of African flair.

The lodge lounge and dining areas are under thatch with open sides, high ceilings, and screed or wooden floors. Deep comfortable sofas and furnishings, an extensive deck, a giant sausage tree, and an open-air boma add to the allure of this beautiful lodge.

The total room size, incl the outdoor area, is 150m2.

What sets Dulini River apart?

Guests are enthralled by the passage of game and rich birdlife that meander with the river and their view from the open dining deck and sumptuous lounge.

Getting to Dulini River Lodge

Approximate distances by road:

  • Johannesburg: ± 5-6 hrs (±500 km)
  • KMIA Airport: ± 2 hrs (±150km)
  • Skukuza airport: ± 1hr 20 min (±50km)
  • Ulusaba airstrip: 20-30 minutes Game Drive transfer (complimentary)

Sabi Sand Private Reserve Fees:

You must pay R310 per vehicle entrance fee, plus R140 per passenger, including the driver (valid until 31 Dec 2020).

*Keep the slips, as you will need them on departure.
** Entry and exit to the reserves via self-drive will need to happen through the same gate
***Gate entry fees are subject to changes implemented by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin.

By Air:

The closest landing strip is the Ulusaba Airstrip which is used by lodges in the Western Sector; we offer a complimentary transfer service to and from the lodges. In addition, Federal Air has daily scheduled flights to and from Johannesburg into this airstrip, and SA Airlink has daily flights to and from major cities to this Airstrip; via either Nelspruit or Skukuza Airports.

SA Airlink fly into Nelspruit Airport (KMIA) and Skukuza Airport (SZK) from various domestic and regional destinations. Clients flying into either of these airports would need to self-drive or book a road transfer to get to the lodge. Alternatively, there is a Lodge Hop service to Ulusaba Airstrip (ULX).

The closest gate entry is Newington Gate.


A typical summer day at Dulini River:
(Kindly note, times may vary slightly, and winter timings are different)

  • 05h30 Wake-up call at the room
  • 06h00 Light breakfast in the central area
  • 06h30 Depart for your morning activity: game drive, nature walk, mokoro
  • 10h30 Return from the morning activity
  • 11h00 Brunch
  • Afternoon at leisure – possible activities: Swimming pool, curio shop, spa
  • 15h30 Afternoon Tea
  • 16h00 Depart on afternoon game drive
  • 19h30 Return from the game drive
  • 20h00 Dinner under the stars (weather permitting)

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Rates at Dulini River

R22344.00 PPS

** Please note that the Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC) fee of R345 per person per night (Vat incl) will be added to the above rates and will be invoiced with the accommodation, max 3-night charge.

Fully inclusive of:

  • Accommodation
  • Two game drives per day
  • All meals, teas and coffees, drinks (house wines, local brand spirits, beers, and soft drinks)
  • Minibar & refreshments on game drives, bush walks
  • Wifi
  • Laundry service
  • Transfers to and from the lodge airstrip
  • VAT

Rates exclude:

  • Curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Telephone calls
  • Spa treatments
  • SSW guest conservation contribution (GCC**)
  • Gate entrance fees
  • Aircraft landing and departure fees
  • Ulusaba Passenger Taxes
  • Airport transfers

Extra Info

The camp is not fenced off, and we request that guests be highly vigilant at all times. Security guards accompany guests while walking around the camp at night.

Everyone traveling to South Africa must have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of travel.

No inoculations are legally required for entry. However, you may want to check with your local immunization and inoculation clinic for their recommendations on health precautions for travel to South Africa.

Sabi Sands is in a malaria area, and necessary precautions should be taken.

Arrival/departure and meals: Guests may arrive any time from 13h00, and the suites are to be vacated by 11h00. Lunch is served around noon, followed by tea/coffee and cake before the evening game drive commences. Dinner is served on return from the evening game drive. Dawn tea/coffee is served before morning game drive, and breakfast is served on arrival back at the lodge.

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