Commanding a fantastic view of False Bay ( southern reach of Lake St Lucia ) the main lodge incorporates a dining room, bar and a lounge area. The reception leads out onto and expansive terrace and grassed courtyard with a 180 degree access to all of the facilities and a superb view. There is also the Errol Harrison Museum that is open to guests, this is a local history museum curated by Hluhluwe River lodge in honour of Errol Harrison a Zululand pioneer, outdoorsman and naturalist. The terrace is a great place to take in the beautiful surroundings at any time of the day.
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 plain’s only with a lake as a backdrop. Meals are most often taken outside on the terrace where every night the staff light a fire where guests can share a few stories of the day.
A collection of crudely carved paddles collected from the shoreline of the lake are mounted on the wall in the bar or pub as it might be called in England. The bar includes a casual lounge with safari chairs and tables and like every room in the main lodge has a wonderful view out of the slide away doors out onto the floodplain and lake beyond. There is a television which is only used for important sport’s events and if absolutely neccesary for guests to catch up on CNN or BBC news. A wide range of great South African wines and malts are on offer as well and beer is served always in a frosted glass. The bar is open from early till late.
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.
There are two luxuriously appointed honeymoon suites tucked away in a forested ravine just a short walk from the main lodge.These thatched chalets are made with natural materials on an open plan design with a large deck and slide away doors to take advantage of the beautiful forest surrounds.With a King size bed and a suspended mosquito net the room exudes a romantic atmosphere in a natural setting. A Victorian bath is on one side of the main room with views into a tangle of giant trees and pristine forest. There is also a separate shower and toilet and a double basin vanity area.The room is fully air-conditioned and a drinks service is available to the room from the main lodge bar.
The family chalet is open plan and ideal for small toddler’s and kid’s sharing with parents.
There are two family chalets specially designed for a family with two small children.
These open plan thatched chalets have a double bed arrangement for parents and a dormer set off to one side with two single childrens’ beds.
There is a drawable curtain to separate the children’s beds from the rest of the room.
There is an en suite shower with a double basin vanity area and a separate toilet.
The chalet has a substantial luggage rack and storage area as well as a cupboard. The chalet is air-conditioned and equipped with mosquito nets during the summer months.There is a large deck off the front of each chalet with comfortable chairs and a coffee table and in the chalet is a tea and coffee tray.
The standard chalets sleep two adults comfortably and are separately located in the surrounding forest garden.
Each of the eight standard chalets are built on stilts with thatch roofs and wooden decks.
Each room is accessed via a wooden ramp leading onto a covered wooden deck appointed with comfortable chairs and a coffee table.
Double glass doors and a glass-fronted apex above the entrance facilitate a well-illuminated environment with views out into the forest.The chalets are fully air-conditioned with queen-sized beds and an en suite shower, separate toilet and vanity area.
The chalets are spread about the forested garden environment and within the forest canopy affording a cool and relaxing atmosphere at all times.
Mkhulu’s House is a private homestead just away from Hluhluwe River Lodge and tucked away in its own secret forest. The house sleeps 4 people in two en suite rooms and is ideal for a family of 4 or two couples wishing to self cater in the privacy of their own environment. There is swimming pool and a lovely entertainment area on the deck complete with a superb view. There is a fully equipped kitchen and there is also a gas barbecue for outside cooking. See more details and photos on the Self Catering tab on the menu.