and Game Reserve
By Yolisa Qunta
Dulini River Lodge brings old world magic back to the honeymoon experience.
One of the best things about the days gone past was romantic travel experiences. Gently rocking steam trains, smooth sailing ships and hypnotic carriage rides. While modern travel has many advantages it could be said it has lost a lot of soul. Taking a honeymoon to Dulini Lodge in the Sabi Sand game reserve combines the conveniences of this century with the sophisticated style of yesteryear. Getting there is a breeze with Airlink who fly in from all major South African airports and the regional ones in neighboring countries. Arriving at Dulini is very convenient as they have a service from the Kruger National Airport that drops passengers off on the runway at the lodge. The short but scenic flight is smooth and sometimes the pilot flies a little lower if there is game to be seen.
On arrival at Dulini River Lodge the magic begins. With only six villas there is no formal check in, instead guests are greeted by name then seated in the double volume lounge space overlooking the scenic Sand River with homemade juices. The villas epitomize luxury starting with the oversize king bed. There is a spacious bathroom with a full sized shower big enough for two, a stand alone bathtub and double vanity sinks. Outside is a second shower and perfectly heated plunge pool on the wooden deck overlooking the river. The personal touch continues with a handwritten welcome note from staff. The entire suite is designed for a couple to enjoy privacy in opulence. This includes coffee machines and in room wifi.
Leaving such lavishness would require some incentive which comes in the form of wildlife. Dulini is famous for leopard sightings and the big cats have occasionally been spotted wandering though the lounge. It is preferable to view them from the safety of a game drive vehicle with the experienced rangers. The sumptuous meals are yet another highlight of a stay at Dulini River Lodge. The chef prepares daily feasts based on what is in season. The owners Sue and Iain Garratt like to join guests for dinner giving the occasion a regal family feel.
Other projects that keep Sue busy are an initiative that gives local teenage girls sanitary towels so that they do not miss school and a scheme that teaches children and adults in the community digital literacy. Guests are pleased that the opulent living during their stay is balanced with compassion. Dulini River Lodge is the ideal honeymoon venue for those looking to combine exquisite service, breath-taking scenery and timeless luxury.
More information can be found at www.dulini.com/river-lodge