Rhulani Safari Lodge
Color palette in harmony with nature Absolute tranquility in your private chalet
Color palette in harmony with nature
Absolute tranquility in your private chalet

Rhulani Safari Lodge

The adventure begins the moment you arrive at Madikwe Game Reserve. An African welcome awaits you at the lodge. Rhulani means "relax" so we invite you to sit back and enjoy the African bush with us! 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.


South Africa


5 Star private lodge - Unforgettable bush experience - Malaria-free Big 5 Reserve - Absolute privacy and silence - We treat our guests like royalty - Experience and “can-do-mentality” - Excellent value for money - Warm, family-friendly atmosphere

Need to Know

We are redecorating Rhulani, and have commissioned South African interior design company Flipswitch for this important task. Our new look will be revealed in the first semester 2015. It is a complex and subtle job: we are a luxury, five-star lodge with all the services and amenities of a five-star hotel – but we want our guests to feel, smell, see and hear the bush, so we take great care in creating the perfect balance of stimuli. Our objective is to create a unique Rhulani feeling. We are keeping our colour palette – brown, beige and terracotta that are inspired by the changing colours of the Earth, with added splashes of red and yellow. The addition of yellow and coral red symbolises the African sunrise and sunset. Our earthy tones are embedded in nature. In much the same way, Rhulani was designed and built to blend as much as possible into its surroundings. It is only when you are at Rhulani and observe its incredible wildlife that you truly appreciate how perfectly all the elements of nature interact – as they always have. Come and visit the new Rhulani – inside and out, it will be a feast for your senses.


Game viewing: Experience the sensational game viewing opportunities that await you at Rhulani, whether it is from an open Land Cruiser, or from the front of the lodge at the nearby waterhole Birdwatching: Discover some of the 350 bird species Madikwe boasts. Bush walks: Feel the butterflies in your stomach and experience the African bush by going on a guided a bush walk with our qualified ranger

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Madikwe is one of the largest reserves in South Africa – 75 000 hectares of pristine, malaria-free bushveld. The reserve is well known for its abundant wildlife (including the "Madikwe Top 10") and diversity of habitats. Rhulani offers visitors a unique and personalised bush adventure, going every extra mile to ensure their Madikwe memories linger for years to come. Madikwe has the distinction of being one of the few game reserves in the world to be proclaimed purely on these grounds. Thousands of healthy animals have been released into the reserve, including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, African wild dog (Madikwe is the first fenced reserve where wild dog were released), spotted hyena, giraffe, zebra and many species of antelope and herbivores. Leopards were already on the land before it was fenced off. Madikwe also boasts an incredible 350 bird species, making the reserve a paradise for any enthusiastic birdwatcher.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Activities included during your stay: Game viewing - Birdwatching - Dining under the magnificent African night sky - Star gazing - Curio Shop - Children's activities (see children’s policy) Activities you can add when at Rhulani: Indulge in a variety of massages in the privacy of your own room or on your private deck- Feel the butterflies in your stomach and experience the African bush by going on a guided a bush walk Activities subject to prior arrangement: Bush wedding - Conferences - Conservation activities - Excursions to Gaborone


Swimming pool, deck chairs, daybed, sunshades - Outdoor deck overlooking the water hole - Intimate lounge, bar and library - Children’s corner, Outdoor dining areas near pool area - Traditional outdoor African boma - Indoor dining room - Curio/gift shop - Office/FOH - Meeting room (for 25 people)


Succumb to the peace and tranquillity of this spectacular setting. Enjoy the total privacy of your own private plunge pool while you relax in the spacious luxury of your private chalet. The seven chalets are air-conditioned for warm summer evenings and have a Morso fireplace for the cool winter nights. All rooms are fully equipped with coffee and tea stations and a fully stocked bar fridge. The en-suite bathrooms have an oval bath, twin basins, indoor and outdoor showers. The two-bedroom luxury family suite has two en-suite bedrooms, with outdoor showers. All the rooms lead onto a private deck with plunge pool. The extra-large bedrooms can accommodate two comfortable stretcher beds for children. The sofas in the lounge can also be converted into two single beds. You can have massage treatments in the privacy of your room or on your private deck. There is free wireless internet in all chalets and common areas of the lodge.


2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards: Best Bush Lodge, GLOBAL Winner 2014 World Boutique Hotel Awards: Best Relaxation Retreat in Africa 2013 North West Park & Tourism Award: Best lodge in Madikwe


Year round - we are open 365 days a year Each season has its fascinating facets. A hot summer from November to March brings rain and transforms nature into wonderful, green color. A long, dry winter from June to September brings sunny, pleasant days and cold nights.

Average StayAverage Stay

3 nights on average Safari experienced local guests sometimes stay for 2 nights, international guests for 4 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Individual Rates

Private chalets

Rates are per person sharing per night (incl VAT). Surcharge of 50% applies for single use. Children under the age of 6 years stay free of charge. Children between 6 and 15 years staying in the room with two paying adults pay 50% of the per person adult rate. Children of 16 years and older pay the full adult rate and stay in their own room.

R6,500 - Valid 7 April 2017 – 22 April 2017

R5,850 - Valid 23 April 2017 - 30 April 2017

R4,850 - Valid 1 May 2017 - 30 September 2017

R5,850 - Valid 1 October 2017 - 14 December 2017

R6,500 - Valid 15 December 2017 – 22 March 2018

R7,800 - Valid 23 March 2018 - 7 April 2018

R6,500 - Valid 8 April 2018 - 13 December 2018

R7,800 - Valid 14 December 2018 - 5 January 2019

Luxury family suite

Rates are for up to six people (four adults, two children) sharing the suite per night (incl VAT)

R32,500 - Valid 7 April 2017 – 22 April 2017

R29,250 - Valid 23 April 2017 - 30 April 2017

R24,250 - Valid 1 May 2017 - 30 September 2017

R29,250 - Valid 1 October 2017 - 14 December 2017

R32,500 - Valid 15 December 2017 – 22 March 2018

R39,000 - Valid 23 March 2018 - 7 April 2018

R32,500 - Valid 8 April 2018 - 13 December 2018

R39,000 - Valid 14 December 2018 - 5 January 2019

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children of all ages are welcome! 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. A bumble drive can be organized in such cases after breakfast. Rhulani offers a complimentary children’s kit. There is a kiddie’s corner equipped with toys and DVD’s. We offer a children’s menue option. Babysitting service is available. Children Rates: 0 to 5 years: free of charge, 6 to 15 years 50% of the adult rate, 16 years and older: full adult rate when in their own chalet

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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