Overview – Dulini GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Dulini is a private reserve within the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve and shares open borders with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Being part of such a vast ecosystem, Dulini offers an authentic wilderness experience and superb wildlife viewing. The emphasis is on observing the Big Five, and all big cats are easily seen – including the leopard, which is normally difficult to find.

Dulini has three luxury lodges on the property: Dulini, Leadwood and River Lodge (all overlooking the river). The service, décor and food are of the highest quality. Dulini is one of six smaller properties in the west of Sabi Sands which have traversing rights between one another. Since only three vehicles at a time are allowed per sighting, this can create congestion and time pressure.

Size Sabi Sands*:
650 km² / 250 mi²
Altitude Sabi Sands*:
272-479m / 892–1,572ft
*Dulini is part of the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Best Time to Go May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (It can get a bit busy)

Pros & Cons

  • The wildlife viewing is superb, and the Big Five are easily seen
  • Close sightings of wildlife due to the ability to drive off-road
  • Excellent guides offering day and night drives and walking safaris
  • Only expensive, fully-inclusive safari packages available
  • Situated in a more crowded part of Sabi Sands
  • Big emphasis on flagship species only

Dulini GR Safari Reviews

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Wildlife

It is easy to see all of the Big Five and cheetah in Dulini. Although usually difficult to see, leopard sightings are common as they tend to be very relaxed throughout Sabi Sands. Various antelope species are plentiful, although they are sometimes ignored in favor of focusing on more high-profile safari animals. Night drives offer a great opportunity to see some nocturnal creatures such as large-spotted genet and civet.

Scenery

The vegetation is quite thick across Dulini’s woodland savannah, but this rarely interferes with sightings, due to skilled guides and trackers and the ability to drive off-road.

See Sabi Sand Game Reserve for more info

Dulini is part of the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve. See the links below for more info about Sabi Sands.

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Dulini GR Safari Reviews

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  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding
  • Wildlife
  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding
Most Helpful Expert Review
Possibly the best-kept secret in the Sabi Sand Reserve
5/5

Small and relatively unknown, Dulini’s luxury camps have a genuinely exclusive and personal feel, with none of the ostentation of the Sabi Sand Reserve’s more famous hangouts. This section of the reserve is owned and managed by &Beyond,...

Latest User Review
changm55  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Sep 13, 2012
Life Changing
5/5

My experience at Dulini was amazing!! We spent 4 days there and our group was incredibly lucky to see many babies- including but not limited to baby giraffes, rhinos, hippos, elephants, cheetah cubs (super rare!), and adolescent lions. We...

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