Exeter River Lodge

Offering panoramic views of the water and wildlife

Exeter River Lodge is a warm and welcoming lodge that is set in a leafy, evergreen thicket on the banks of the Sand River. A grove of ebony trees lends its shade to this gracious lodge, where dramatic views of the nearby river are enjoyed from every corner of each suite.

Each room in the Lodge offers panoramic views of the water and the wildlife it attracts. Padded loungers beckon from the private veranda of your suite, inviting you to while away an afternoon of activities in the greenery and admiring the occasional herd of elephant taking their daily bath. Warm afternoons are spent cooling off in private plunge pools or simply soaking up the beautiful scenery. Freshen up in an al fresco shower or soak in a deep bathtub before enjoying a fine meal around a blazing fire in the open air boma under a star strewn sky. Awake to the river rolling slowly past your front door and watch the denizens of the bush make their morning ablutions. The game viewing continues all day, whether on a game drive or from the comfort of the Lodge’s shady viewing deck.

The full flavours of lunch acquire an extra edge on our open air dining deck, with the distant splashing of animals coming down to drink at the water’s edge as a gentle reminder of Africa. Later, give in to the lull of the silent waters and sink into the plush sofas in the shared lounge area, drinking in the peace and solitude. Follow the example of the hippo wallowing in the river and seek refuge from the heat of the afternoon in the personal plunge pool on the deck of your suite. Or simply retire for a restful siesta or a quiet hour with a good book in the cool interior of your spacious suite. While the elephant cavort in the river below you can indulge in your own outdoor shower.

Re-live the excitement of your afternoon game drive around a roaring fire in the boma. Linger over dinner while you listen to the sounds of the African bush – the distant yipping of a jackal, nervous chuckle of a hyena or strident wail of a bush baby. The last sound you here as you drift off to sleep in the depths of your warm bed is the gentle rushing of the river outside your front door.

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