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8.4
Overall

Rhulani Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Madikwe

from R 4608 pp/night sharing

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8.4
Overall

Rhulani Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Madikwe

from R 4608 pp/night sharing

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Cool off in the heat of summer in your own private plunge pool; in winter return to the warmth of your Morso fireplace heated room!

Our Ratings

8.4
Overall
8.5
Luxury & Style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

Our Ratings

8.4
Overall
8.5
Luxury & Style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
8.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • The Madikwe boasts excellent game viewing generally - and a highlight at Rhulani has to be the very active waterhole in front of the public area which attracts a steady stream of animals, including regular herds of elephant, that wander along the game trails in front of the rooms on their way down to drink
  • Each of the rooms come equipped with their own private plunge pools (quite a rarity at this reasonable price level) so you can relax in the privacy of your own pool without having to schlepp up to the main lodge pool if you fancy a cooling dip
  • We love the inside-outside flow of the rooms with their huge fold-away glass door opening up onto your private deck overlooking the bush – some of which have a view out over the lodge’s active waterhole
  • Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience under the stars with the staff singing and dancing in the lodge’s boma with its rustic wooden fence of tree branches (so much nicer and more atmospheric than more “fabricated” wood fences in our opinion)
  • What could be better than returning from your evening game drive with the temperatures starting to fall rapidly, to find a cosy bedroom heated by the Morso fireplace thoughtfully lit by the staff whilst you were out!

What's Not

  • With the lodge being child friendly, if you’re a couple looking for a romantic break without a child in sight then it may be safer to consider other lodges which don’t allow kids
  • Not all the rooms boast views of the lodge waterhole – then again, the further you get away from the main lodge where it is located the more private your room/plunge pool
Rhulani Lodge

Rhulani Lodgeplunge pools are perfect for escaping the summer heat and, of course, all rooms come with air-conditioning too - in winter meanwhile, you’ll return from game drive with the outside temperatures plunging to the warmth of the large Morso fireplace thoughtfully already lit by the staff!

Lodge Profile

Cool off in the heat of summer in your own private plunge pool; in winter return to the warmth of your Morso fireplace heated room!

Quick Overview

Location
Madikwe
Drive Time
4 hour drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
No
Setting
Overlooking a waterhole
Rooms
7 luxury suites & 1 luxury family suite
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes - private plunge pool
Spa
In-room massages
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
No - ranger only
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
All ages welcome

SPACIOUS ROOMS WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED

The name “Rhulani” means “relax” and that pretty much sums up the atmosphere at this cosy little lodge of 7 rooms clustered around an active waterhole. The lodge’s 7 traditional style rondavels and 1 family unit are sumptuous and elegantly decorated, with whites contrasted against dark wood and thatch. Each room is spacious and uses sliding glass doors and light to grant the rooms an even larger feeling of space. The chalets also have their own private deck (where you can even enjoy a private massage or romantic dinner) and private plunge pool, meaning you don’t you don’t have to trundle across to the main lodge pool if you fancy a quick dip (and at night the plunge pools are adorned with old-fashioned oil-burning lamps which make for a perfect romantic environment!)

PERFECT FOR SUMMER HEAT OR WINTER CHILL

Those plunge pools are perfect for escaping the summer heat and, of course, all rooms come with air-conditioning too. In winter meanwhile, you’ll return from game drive with the outside temperatures plunging to the warmth of the large Morso fireplace thoughtfully already lit by the staff! The en-suite bathrooms are similarly equipped for all seasons with their indoor and outdoor showers. Showering in the sunshine (perhaps with an onlooking audience of elephants or zebras) or under the stars of the African night sky is unforgettable - one of our favourite sensual experiences!

FIT FOR FAMILIES

Whilst the 7 Private Chalets are perfect for couples, if you’re a family then the two-bedroom Luxury Family Suites will no doubt tick all your boxes – the 2 double bedrooms (there are also stretcher beds and the sofas in the lounge also convert into beds for the kids) are separated by a comfy lounge area whilst all the aspects that make the standard rooms so attractive are also present and correct here – your own private viewing deck with plunge pool, outdoor showers and the gorgeous Morso fireplaces.

UNFENCED WILDERNESS

One thing to note is that Rhulani itself is unfenced, and the dining areas and rooms alike lead straight onto untamed bush, adding a feeling that you’re in the heart of the wilderness with animals often wandering in front of the lodge. The waterhole in front of the lodge’s public areas attract a steady stream of game with herds of elephant regular visitors. Watching these imposing animals or smaller game like zebra and impala roaming just a few dozen metres from where you’re enjoying a hearty full English breakfast is something you won’t forget in a hurry! However, that’s not to say that Rhulani is unsafe or isolated: the staff has your safety first and foremost on your minds. All chalets and the public area of the lodge have Wi-Fi internet access too, so you’re one click away from telling the folks back home about all your amazing experiences.

OUT ON GAME DRIVE

The 75 000 hectares of the Madikwe reserve have a well-earned reputation for delivering quality game viewing experiences and Rhulani is unlikely to disappoint in that regard. The rangers show an obvious high level of knowledge and love of their craft, making each dawn and dusk excursion a real treat and education. Wild dogs have become the reserve’s well-known speciality and all of the Big 5 can be spotted as well as cheetahs (Rhulani actually sponsored the release of a number of cheetah on the reserve) not to mention a host of general game.

TIME TO “RHULANI”

However, it’s really after the day’s game viewing that Rhulani’s name is earned. “Rhulani” as we mentioned earlier means “relax” – and you’ll be doing plenty of that once the excitement of your game drive has ended. Picture yourself reclining on loungers on the sundeck, ice-cold G&Ts in your hand as the sun sets on another perfect day in Africa; or perhaps huddled over a telescope peering into the deep and starry skies as Rhulani’s local experts give you a tour of the stars and tell you what each constellation means to the local people; or even sitting in a canvas chair in the gorgeously rustic wood-fenced boma, an enticing plate of delicious food in front of you as the boma choir serenades you with song and dance.

It’s not just for the adults, however. Rhulani is very child friendly (many lodges have age restrictions placed on their guests) – a large playroom will keep your tykes occupied for hours, with toys, art supplies and DVDs. Rhulani also offers babysitting services for when you’re out or want to catch some me-time or perhaps a relaxing massage on your deck. The staff will even take them on bug hunts and give them an activities bag.

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Booking Notes

Child 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 menu option
  • Babysitting service is available at an extra cost of R150 per babysitter if you leave your children with us during a game drive
  • Otherwise R50 per hour per babysitter
  • Children between the ages of 0 - 5 years of stay free of charge
  • Children between the ages of 6 - 15 years will pay 50% of the adult rate
  • Children 16 years and older will pay the full adult rate and will be accommodated in their own room