The chalets are separate from the main lodge building and tucked away privately in the surrounding forested environment. The main lodge complex includes a reception, a lounge with a stunning view of the lake as well as a dining room, bar lounge and a sweeping terrace that offers wonderful views of Lake St Lucia and the river floodplain. The view is quite special and reminiscent of an ‘Out of Africa’ view across the grassy plains only with a lake as a backdrop. Meals are most often taken outside on the terrace where every night the staff lights a fire where guests can share a few stories of the day.
The dining room holds pride of place with its magnificent view to be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the dining room you will find coffee bodum’s loaded with filter coffee, tea and a kettle available to guests all hours of the day and night. Beware of the marauding gang of Vervet monkey’s who from time to time like to keep the kitchen staff on their toe’s by testing the fruit platter’s and freshly baked date muffin’s in the mornings. The resident Large Spotted Genet by the name of ‘Jenny’ also needs to be watched at dinner as she has developed a keen taste for the delicious beef and kudu fillet served at dinner. The dining room is just off the terrace so dinners are often served outside on the terrace under the stars.
Hluhluwe River Lodge is located in a wonderful setting with a superb view of Lake St Lucia. Apart from the pristine surrounding environment the lodge is also perfectly located to access the surrounding game reserves, beaches and local attractions. Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is an easy 30 minute drive and Mkuze Game Reserve is a 1 hour drive away. The beaches of St Lucia and Sodwana Bay are both a 1 hour drive from the lodge. The area also has three excellent animal interaction experiences on its doorstep; the Bayete Elephant Interaction, Zulu Croc Reptile Park and the Cheetah Project are all worth a visit and most entertaining for families with children.