Isibindi Africa Lodges was established by Brett and Paige Gehren to further private conservation efforts in some of the most beautiful and vulnerable
landscapes in SA, in collaboration with communities and government. Carefully curated offerings include lodges in the Kruger National Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and on the Anglo-Zulu War battlefields. Rhino Ridge, the group’s
newest property, is a welcome addition to the park’s varied offerings.
Within the greater Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, Ezemvelo offers self-catering accommodation at Hilltop rest camp and guided wilderness trails, which can be combined with a stay at Rhino Ridge. Although Rhino Ridge is a four-star property, touches of luxury firmly nudge the bedrooms into five-star territory. The 22 villas are beautifully appointed and contain private balconies, indoor/outdoor showers and lavishly furnished sleeping and lounging areas.
The clever design is luxe-rustic with slabs of timber, large concrete bathtubs and scree floors dotted with exotic carpets. While the food is wholesome and tasty, dinner tends to be fairly unimaginative and the wine list is uninspiring, if easy on the pocket. But this was quickly forgotten with the warmth of the staff. Leaving the next day (having fitted in a pre-breakfast game drive and spa treatment) we felt as though we had stayed for a week. Next time, we will.