Family Friendly Safari Fun at Rhino River Lodge, South Africa

  • South African Safari Holiday| Rhino River Lodge| With Kids
  • South African Safari Holiday| Rhino River Lodge| With Kids
  • South African Safari Holiday| Rhino River Lodge| With Kids

Are we there yet?” For parents, this is the dreaded question that almost always precedes a fantastic family holiday.

Excited to be doing something different and impatient to arrive, children can be a challenge to travel with. However, when done right, it is oh-so-rewarding. For many of us, the memories of going on family holidays as a child are ones that we will cherish forever, and as parents, this is something that we want to be able to give our kids.

The biggest problem that many parents are faced with when organising a family trip, is finding that perfect (and affordable) family-friendly destination that balances your own enjoyment and comfort, with your kids’. Set in the heart of the wildly beautiful Zululand Rhino Reserve, Rhino River Lodge is one of those ‘precious gems’ when it comes to safari lodges and welcomes families with open-arms. Owner and manager team, Dale and Shannon Airton, are parents themselves and as a result, understand the unique challenges and requirements that come with travelling with children.

Where to stay?

Rhino River Lodge has two lovely free-standing bush homes that can each comfortably accommodate up to four people, making it perfect for a small family. The Cottage is a traditionally thatched cottage with two en-suite bedrooms, a cozy lounge and dining room area, as well as a fully functional kitchen. There is also a covered veranda and private pool where parents can watch their children swimming while enjoying spectacular views of the Msunduze River.  

Alternatively, families can stay at Rhino River Lodge's exclusive Homestead. This contemporary two-bedroom house is designed to take full advantage of the pristine views of the bushveld. The spacious lounge opens onto a large deck with a private plunge pool. All the accommodation is also equipped with air conditioners and ceiling fans to help beat the South African heat, as well as fully stocked mini bar fridges and tea/coffee making facilities.

Family Safari Holiday| Rhino River Lodge| With Kids South Africa

Activities, adventures and excursions

Daily activities at the lodge consist of two game drives, one in the early morning and one in the evening, through the Zululand Rhino Reserve. Guided by a knowledgeable ranger, guests have the chance to encounter some of the many animals and birds that can be found in this part of southern Africa. All children over the age of 3 years old are welcome to join in on game drives but bear in mind that children with short attention spans and high energy levels may find a three-hour game drive challenging.

Family Safari Holiday| Rhino River Lodge| With Kids South Africa

What to eat?

It’s no secret that most kids are fussy eaters and will turn their noses up at anything green or unfamiliar. Rhino River Lodge’s restaurant menu ranges from hearty South African dishes, to the more basic ‘kid-friendly’ options like chicken burgers, toasted sandwiches and pizza, ensuring the lodge is a tantrum-free zone. Keeping the homely feel alive, all the meals are prepared with lots of love and fresh, local ingredients, and served under the stars around a campfire.

Family Safari Holiday| Rhino River Lodge| With Kids South Africa

What are you waiting for?

What better way to bond with family and experience South Africa at its best, than amongst untamed nature and warm hospitality? Rhino River Lodge is a true ‘home away from home’ experience with a special twist of safari magic.

Family Safari Holiday| Rhino River Lodge| With Kids South Africa

 

For more information please visit: Rhino River Lodge

16 Comments

    • Tania Potter - ... (not verified)

      September 23, 2016
      This is just up the road from me in Richards Bay! I didn't know of this lodge so thanks for the heads up.
    • admin

      September 23, 2016
      Hi- always a pleasure- I have to admit- I need to go there soon:)
    • Brian (not verified)

      September 23, 2016
      I've seen giraffes at Pilanesburg, but could not touch them. Where to eat would be my question lol. Ostrich and maize were the two things I remember the most about my trip there in 2010.
    • admin

      September 24, 2016
      lol- Yes, exciting travels and interesting dinners go hand in hand! 2010 is a loooong time ago- think it may be time for another visit:)
    • Carrie (not verified)

      September 24, 2016
      This sounds like a great adventure! I would love to take my kids here with they get a little bit older! I think they would have a blast.
    • admin

      September 25, 2016
      Great idea- the weather here is always awesome :) Send us some pics when you do!
    • Elizabeth O. (not verified)

      September 25, 2016
      I've never been to this lovely place before! It would be nice to take the kids here and just relax and enjoy everything that the place has to offer.
    • admin

      September 25, 2016
      This week was also International Rhino day/week- a shout out to Rhino River Lodge for helping us keep this species alive - memories to cherish forever
    • Jessica (not verified)

      September 26, 2016
      Everything looks rustic and natural. Would not mind to stay at the Rhino River Lodge for a week or more. haha
    • admin

      September 27, 2016
      Yes! (More like forever:) I guess it's quite clear we all need an "end of year" holiday break:)
    • Jessica (not verified)

      September 26, 2016
      Everything looks rustic and natural. Would not mind to stay at the Rhino River Lodge for a week or more. haha
    • Eloise (not verified)

      September 26, 2016
      This looks like a great experience for everyone in the family! I bet it's the greatest adventure out there, I'd love to see that in person : )
    • admin

      December 14, 2016
      With the end of year here- I would love to go there too!
    • Laura H (not verified)

      September 27, 2016
      Wow that is an incredible place to stay!! I would absolutely love to spend some time at Rhino River Lodge's exclusive Homestead :)
    • suchi (not verified)

      September 30, 2016
      Oh my! i just bookmarked this! We are planning a South Africa trip next year and this is on my list!!! My daughter would love this!
    • admin

      December 14, 2016
      Thank you for the feedback- be sure to make use of our site to find some entertainment ideas too!

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