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About Rhulani Safari Lodge

The adventure begins the moment you arrive at Madikwe Game Reserve. A wonderful welcome awaits you at the main lodge, Rhulani means Relax so sit back and enjoy. Creating Rhulani has been both stimulating and inspirational, we set out to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, to build a modern day refuge, an oasis of calm, a place to nourish the soul and lift the spirit. We invite you to experience the serenity and harmony of this special place with us; come celebrate nature, celebrate life.

Water cascades gently into the meandering rock pool around which you will find ample sun or shade provided by beautiful old Marula trees, an ideal spot for quiet contemplation. Indoors and outdoors merge effortlessly at Rhulani, ensuring you magnificent views of the bush. Sit and meditate awhile; your comfort is assured as you relax surrounded by earthy rich African colour and our warm hospitality.

Dining alfresco under a glorious African night sky, warmed by a roaring fire is a magical way to end a perfect day.

Traditional Southern African cuisine is complimented by a selection of world-class local wines. Sensational game viewing opportunities await you at Rhulani, whether from the open Land Rover or on foot with your experienced game ranger or from right in front of the lodge at the nearby water-hole. Check out our guest feedback page for their candid comments.

Succumb to the peace and tranquillity of this spectacular setting. Enjoy total privacy and your own plunge pool while you pamper yourself in the spacious luxury of your chalet. No children's rate. Any guest staying at Rhulani will be charged the full adult’s rate, single or sharing.

Safari: Located in the Big 5, Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the lodge prides itself on excellent game viewing. Two daily game drives in open-topped Land Rovers are included in the daily per person tariff.

Spa: Indulge in a variety of massages in the privacy of your own room or on your private deck.

Wedding Venues: Wedding facilities are available. Please inquire for details.

Conference Venues: Conference facilities are available for up to 30 delegates. overflowing guests can be accommodated at neighboring lodges.

Family friendly: Children have access to a playroom equipped with toys, art supplies and DVDs. For those under six there is a kiddies bumble in place or a game drive. Babysitting services are available.

Romantic: Rhulani is an ideal place for a romantic escape to the bush. The luxury private chalet gives you maximum privacy to enjoy the tranquility of the bush. We can offer you a romantic turn down or a private deck dinner in your room.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 7 hours
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 19
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 10 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 5 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

" Complimentary welcome drinks
" Luxury accommodation
" Free WiFi internet in your room and all lodge areas
" Stocked Nespresso coffee machine with complimentary tea & coffee in your room
" NEW from 1.1.2019: Well stocked minibar in your room
" Early morning and evening game drives in an open game viewer,...
" Complimentary welcome drinks
" Luxury accommodation
" Free WiFi internet in your room and all lodge areas
" Stocked Nespresso coffee machine with complimentary tea & coffee in your room
" NEW from 1.1.2019: Well stocked minibar in your room
" Early morning and evening game drives in an open game viewer, accompanied by a qualified ranger
" Complimentary sundowners on game drive
" All meals and snacks on a full board basis (includes breakfast / brunch, high tea, dinner, bottled water)
" NEW from 1.1.2019: Selected local drinks which includes a personal selection of house wines, spirits, soft drinks, tea's and coffees
" Lunch on your day of arrival (upon request)
" Emergency Medical Assistance
" Pick-up and drop-off at Madikwe's Western airstrip

" Madikwe Game Reserve Gate Entry Fee: ZAR 180, Children < 12 years ZAR 80; Fly In Fees: Adults ZAR 240, Children under 12 ZAR 150 - Fee is applicable per stay, VAT inclusive, subject to change without prior notice.
" Madikwe Conservation Levy: ZAR 150, Children 2 - 11 years ZAR 75 - Levy is applicable per person per night, VAT inclusive, subject to change without prior notice.
" All beverages not explicitly mentioned as included
" NEW from 1.1.2019: All premium rated wines, spirits and imported champagnes, cigars & cigarettes
" Massages, bushwalks, laundry, curios, excursions, private vehicle
" Gratuities
All excluded items not prepaid by the guest can be paid at check-out.

Check-in time is 2.00 pm (gate closes at 9.00pm, no exceptions)
Check-out time is 11.00 am (gate opens at 6.00am - no exceptions)
We try as much as possible to adapt the day's program to your individual arrival and departure times. However, at high occupancy we must adhere to our strict times in the interest of all guests. Check-out times are binding. For late arrivals to participate in the afternoon game drive is no longer possible.

Our game drives take place in the Madikwe Game Reserve (Big 5 Reserve) under the guidance of qualified rangers in three open landcruisers. The allocation of the guests to the vehicles is under the responsibility of the Ranger. We consider the customer wishes as much as possible, in order to ensure that groups and families stay together, and that there will be sufficient space on each vehicle. The maximum number of guests on a vehicle is 7 (seven), so that the middle seat will be left free, for the comfort of the guests. In order to respond to exceptional situations such as unexpected unavailability of a vehicle or the wish of bigger groups or families staying together, we maintain the right of using the maximum capacity of 10 (ten) guests per vehicle.
Morning game drive departs from reception between 5.00am (January) and 6.30am (July). Afternoon game drive departs after High Tea between 3.00pm (July) and 4.30pm (January). Please note that the departing times of game drives are subject to seasonal changes and depend on weather conditions. Exact departing times are communicated to the guest at check-in.

Children of all ages are welcome at Rhulani Safari Lodge. Children under 12 are permitted on safari at the sole discretion of the field guide. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on safari, except if on a private vehicle. Even on private vehicle safety needs to be considered and it remains the ranger's decision whether certain sightings can be viewed whilst accompanied by small children. A bumble drive can be organized for smaller children not joining game drives.
Rhulani offers a complimentary children' s kit. There is a kiddie's corner equipped with toys and DVD's. We offer a children's menu option.
Babysitting service is available at an extra cost.

A 50% deposit of the above total amount is required to confirm any reservation. Full payment of the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Bookings within 30 days require full payment upfront.

All reservations, changes and cancellations must be made directly with the reservations office and in writing via e-mail to reservations@rhulani.com. The following cancellation terms and conditions will apply to reservations, which are cancelled in part or in full, as follows:
" Cancellation up to 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the total amount will be due
" Cancellation between 29 and 15 days prior to arrival: 50% of the total amount will be due
" Cancellation between 14 and 0 days prior to arrival: 100% of the total amount will be due
In case of changes or cancellation of a transfer included in this rate, special terms and conditions by the respective provider will apply.

Guaranteed reservations that fail to arrive are subject to a 100% ' no-show' fee on the booked value.

Guests checking out prior to the scheduled departure date are not entitled to receive a refund for the nights not used. Exceptions can be made in case that Rhulani Safari Lodge fails to provide promised essential services, such as non-availability of confirmed room category, impossibility to conduct the scheduled game drives or cancellation of meals. The following circumstances are not considered as failure to provide essential services: Bad weather conditions, rescheduled game drives because of weather, unstable or unavailable guest internet, quality of food, dissatisfaction with room infrastructure or cleanliness, or quality of game viewing.

" No pets allowed
" All firearms need to be declared at the Main Gate
" Gates open at 6.00am and close at 6.00pm
" It is important to drive carefully and be aware of village pedestrians, domestic animals and children.
" Speed limit in the park is 40km per hour
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Reviews for Rhulani Safari Lodge

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Michael Allin
24 July 2017

Game drives especially mad Allister, food and accomodation

Rennetta Volker, South Africa
22 September 2013

Coming into Africa one finds a piece of heaven - nestled on a hilltop with panoramic views - the accommodation is luxurious and welcoming and the wonderful ambience and amazing staff set the tone for an amazing stay filled with surprises! Grant - the manager and ranger - is probably one of the most knowledgeable and detailed rangers I've yet encountered and for that - I would recommend this lodge far above any other! I love the fact that the staff have no airs about them - you feel right at home!

Attie Steffens, Botswana
29 September 2008

Our stay was very enjoyable and relaxing. Anneke and her staff went out of their way to satisfy our needs and to make us feel very welcome. The game drives with Greg as our Game Ranger was exceptional! Overall we had a great experience at Rhulani Lodge and recommend it to anyone! We will certainly go back in the near future.

Garth Berisford-Maynard, South Africa
01 September 2008

We just want to thank you all so much for our wonderful stay at Rhulani this weekend!Rhulani is definitely a place of peace and tranquillity. The lay out and rooms are absolutely stunning, the food was exquisite, the staff so helpful and friendly and the Game drives were excellent! The whole experience was a pleasure and highly commended to everyone involved in making our stay one to be remembered!We will most definitely pass on a good word for Rhulani as a place in a million!

Anonymous, South Africa
01 September 2008

Rhulani is an oasis in Madikwe. The lodge is perfect, rooms amazing, staff friendly and interesting. If you want a malaria free safari, this is the place. If you are willing to risk the malaria, then the lowveld offers better game viewing and more established bushveld. The park has a long way to go before it looks anything like Kruger and surrounds.

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Rhulani Safari Lodge is 19.1km from the centre of Madikwe Game Reserve , the nearest airport 39km (Sir Seretse Khama International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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