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Luxury Tented Safari Camp

Situated in the big five Manyoni Private Game Reserve, Rhino Sands Safari Camp is a five-star tented luxury safari destination designed to bring an authentic safari experience in traditional East African style to Kwa-Zulu Natal.

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Private Tented Rooms

Each of our tented suites are situated in a private patch of riverine forest, with a stunning view of the river below where animals come to drink at permanent water holes throughout the year. With their own private swimming pools, lounges and outdoor showers, the guest accommodation is the ultimate in safari-style luxury.

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The Experience

At Rhino Sands, we embrace the idea of a bespoke safari experience. While the daily rhythm revolves around game drives and meal times, each day is set to be a little bit different than the one before. With a maximum of only eight guests in camp at any time, your stay is guaranteed to be a personal and exclusive experience.

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Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Well-known for its fantastic game viewing and birding, Manyoni Private Game Reserve is the perfect place to go on safari. This world-class wildlife viewing is within a private reserve, meaning that the number of vehicles traversing the reserve and present on any sighting is strictly regulated, allowing for intimate safari experiences and putting less pressure on the animals and the environment.

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Guest Reviews

21st birthday safari

This was our 4th stay at Rhino Sands and every visit is always extraordinary! We celebrated my 21st birthday and the team pulled out all the stops to make it a truly memorable occasion. Beautiful attention to detail in the camp, game drives, and dining. A special place run by special people!

Chance Porteous

April 2022, Tripadvisor

What an amazing experience‼️ We felt like royalty from arrival to departure ♥️ I don’t know what or how they train their staff but they have the best team. The food, the game drives, the accommodation, the wake up call, the early morning coffee, the knowledgeable conversation with excellent staff, the animals, the sunsets, the air, EVERYTHING is exceptional. We have been to a gazzillion game drives but nothing beats Rhino Sands ✨ we are definitely coming back. Thank you so much for making it the most memorable 2 nights of our lives. You are more than 5 stars!!!

Zimana Fumba Bashe

May 2021, Facebook

Wonderful safari camp located in a forest, overlooking a dry riverbed.

Rhino Sands includes 4 safari tents and a main tent with lounge and dining area. The tents are extremely spacious and classy and include an indoor as well as outdoor shower and a (somewhat cold) pool. There is also a bathtub. Everything is in the best condition and very clean. From the spacious deck the animals in the riverbed can be observed. The service was first class and attentive from the first minute, every wish is read from the eyes. The food is excellent, as is the setting around the boma. The game drives were informative and entertaining. Best thanks to Jonno for his excellent driving skills and interesting explanations. All in all, an unique experience that you have to treat yourself to.

Bruno Catellani

April 2022, Google

My father and I stayed at Rhino sands and had the most incredible experience!

They do an incredible job of making you feel like family during your stay. The small 4 tent lodge makes every event personal and allows you to truly get to know the employees and other guests. Rhino Sands achieves near perfection in every aspect of a safari lodge.

The guides are insightful and full of knowledge, the animals on the reservation are beautiful, the rooms are luxurious while also making you feel one with nature, the food is spectacular and the people are caring and compassionate. I would recommend Rhino Sands to anyone who would like a once in a lifetime experience.

Taylor Heilman

February 2022, Google

BEST experience!

We recently visited Rhino Sands and we were honestly blown away! The lodge really makes you feel part of all the nature surrounding you and the hospitality is world class! Each member of the staff goes above and beyond to make your stay the best it possibly can be.

With this being our first trip away after the Covid-19 pandemic, we were very impressed at Rhino Sand’s commitment to making sure each and every one of the guests were comfortable and safe with all the necessary screening in place!

Do yourself a favour and book at Rhino Sands, it will be one of your best holidays for sure!

Cait Heger

September 2021, Tripadvisor

Honeymoon at Rhino Sands

We had a truly unforgettable 4 nights at Rhino Sands. Everything from the food, accommodation, staff and Game Ranger (Anton) was first class. Animal sightings were great. We can’t wait to go back. I would highly recommend it for any special occasion.

James Birkett

September 2021, Tripadvisor

OH. MY. GOODNESS. Magical. Amazing. Incredible. Wonderful, dare I say, perfect. Rhino Sands actually blew my expectations, and my expectations were pretty high. I just loved every single moment. The food was magnificent, the staff were flawless, and we even got a full moon. Manyoni is such a beautiful place. My soul is full. THANK YOU.

Keri Miller

May 2021, Google

World Class is an understatement! 5 Stars don't do justice to the Rhino Sands experience. During the most uncertain of times due to Covid, we decided to get married at Rhino Sands in August 2020. The lodge was more than accommodating to all our requests and needs and the service and hospitality was out of this world!

The set up of the wedding in the bush was exactly what we had dreamed of, coupled with an incredible assortment of drinks and canapes made for an unforgettable and certainly unique wedding. The rangers even found us the most incredible breeding herd of elephants to top off our wedding day.

Back at the lodge the rooms are extremely comfortable and private with finishings to really make you enjoy the luxury bush experience. The staff are attentive and are willing to assist in any way possible to make your stay one to remember.

For us, the absolute best part of the Rhino Sands experience has to be the dining! During our stay, Chef Bongani was on duty and absolutely blew us away with his culinary skills. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner were always a treat with something new on the menu each meal and cooked and presented to perfection. We will be back for sure!

Johnathan Pretorius

September 2021, Google