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Reviewed 12 October 2017

We had an amazing experience at the Dulini Lodge. The staff was incredible -- Jaryd, Martin, Jess, Marissa, Leche, Jono, Chris, Maurice, Aubrey, and Martha all deserve mention, but many others contributed to our stay. The staff was friendly and helpful and also relaxed, making sure our needs and requests were met while also making us feel quite at home and the whole experience not at all "transactional". By the end of the trip we felt like the staff were friends, which really made the experience special for us. (Noted, some folks may just want to vacation to get away, and we experienced that this staff is just as good as giving people a respectful distance as they are at making people feel like part of a family.)

To some of the measurables:

(i) Game Drives -- Superb. We split time between two rangers, Jaryd and Jono, each of which was excellent. Our trackers, Martin and Chris, were also terrific. Highly recommend all four of them!! We saw, quite easily, the "big five" and much more, but each of the rangers and trackers were, as they say, quite keen to listen to our feedback, or try to read our mood, and structure the game drives in response. The service on these drives, in addition to the game viewing, was extraordinary.

(ii) Hotel -- Also, great. The Lodge has a small amount of rooms (six, I think) and feels very intimate. We spent our time between game drives and meals either hanging in our room (the sitting area was a favorite spot, with the great views outside) or enjoying the common outdoor areas, viewing the monkeys, impala, etc. and having some great conversation with the staff. The Lodge was very, very nice but also had that outdoorsy feel -- a great mix.

(iii) Food -- A special mention here for Altus, a wonderful executive chef and person who took time out of his busy schedule to check on our needs and talk about the food and South Africa. Some of your typical dishes -- filet, etc. -- are available and terrific, but we also ordered a springbok loin that was potentially the best dish of the whole trip (including Cape Town). Breakfast was probably my overall favorite meal of the day; after a big morning drive it was great to sample the available buffet and then have the option to order additionally (eggs benedict seemed to be a big favorite, and there's a fried egg that is also exceptional).

It's hard to imagine a better stay; if you're looking around Sabi Sands for a safari trip, put this hotel at the top of your list, and keep in mind the other lodges too in the same "group" -- River Lodge and Leadwood. For any return to Sabi Sands, we'll certainly be hoping Dulini is available! Mary & Brent B.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Brent B
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We spent three nights at Dulini Lodge I the Sabi Sands private game reserve and it was fabulous! We arrived late due to a delayed flight but were greeted by the wonderful and infectiously enthusiastic Marissa on our arrival. Because we had arrived late, dinner had been arranged in our room, and what a wonderful room! The 6 rooms are all in their own 'little' independent buildings and have a seating area, a bedroom area and a bathroom area, including outdoor shower. Each room is very private with its own private decking area and jacuzzi on the deck overlooking the African bush.
Each day we were taken on safari in the morning and evening. The morning one started at 5.30am (early morning alarm call at 5am) to be followed by a superb breakfast after the 3-4 hour safari. Then the rest of the morning and afternoon were our own to do as we wished, only to be interrupted with a magnificent lunch at 1.30pm. Then, further safari starting at about 4pm, again for 3-4 hours. Back in the evening for a fantastic dinner. All drinks included!
Our ranger and tracker were brilliant and highly knowledgable. We saw the 'big 5' a number of times over in the three days we were there and numerous other animals and birds.
All in all I cannot recommend Dulini Lodge high enough. If you want luxury combined with enthusiastic and knowledgable staff and 2 safaris a day with lots of animals to spot, this is definitely the place to come. Absolutely brilliant!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Paul W
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We spent 4 nights at Dulini for our honeymoon and couldn't imagine a more amazing experience. With only 6 rooms, every staff member knows your name and is so kind and welcoming. Within our first game drive we saw almost all of the Big Five, and the rest of the trip only got better from there. Knowledgeable rangers and drivers (we loved you Dyke and Jaryd!), beautiful rooms and delicious food made the trip unforgettable. Couldn't recommend this place more and I hope we are lucky enough to return someday soon.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Emily P
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

HIGHLY recommend!!

My husband and I stayed at Dulini Lodge during our 1-year anniversary trip to South Africa.

Dulini is a serene place with an intimate feel. Our suite overlooked the river bed, and we watched a family of elephants bathe in the mornings from our outdoor shower and plunge pool. To call it magical is an understatement.

The twice-daily game drives with Ranger Fred and Tracker Dike were exhilarating and lots of fun, and we really enjoyed the company of the other travelers in our spacious 6-person jeep. The sundowner cocktails were also a nice touch.

Everyone on staff knew our names, greeted us, and treated us with friendly hospitality and top-notch service. A special shoutout to managers Marissa and Emma for going above and beyond.

We would go back to Dulini in a heartbeat and definitely plan to return!

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank bonvoyage9876
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

The other reviewers ht the nail on the head. This lodge is wonderful! It has only 6 villas, so there is never a crowd. Each is very private, beautifully appointed with all amenities included. They overlook the river - as we were unpacking our bags on arrival, a giraffe walked by. The lodge itself is beautiful, with meals served on the deck or patio. I can't say enough about the service. The staff were friendly and professional and the meals were fantastic. I'm afraid we did serious damage to our diets on this trip.

As with other safari lodges, everyone goes out on 2 games drives a day. The guides and trackers were very good and managed to find whatever animals or experiences were were looking for. The vehicles never hold more than 6 passengers in three rows so there is no one sitting in the middle. They are equipped with rain ponchos, and wool blankets and hot water bottles for cold mornings (only needed that briefly one morning), as well as setups for coffee stops on morning drives and cocktails for sundowners.

The service even extended to before the trip. I had emailed the manager ahead of time with questions, and they had dried beans on hand to fill my camera beanbag.

All in all, we were extremely pleased with our stay. Our only regret was that we had not booked a longer stay!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jim S
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