A wonderful welcome awaits you at Rhulani Safari Lodge, which is situated in the spectacular 75,000 hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, just 4 hours from Johannesburg or 2 hours from Sun City.
Sensational game viewing opportunities await you at Rhulani, whether from the morning and afternoon game drives on an open land rover or on foot with your experienced game ranger (restrictions apply), or from right in front of the lodge at the nearby water-hole. As well as elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, the Reserve is also home to wild dog, cheetah, plains game including gemsbok, springbok, zebra and giraffe, and over 340 species of birds.
Inbetween game drives, guest can relax around 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.
There is also a library with an interesting selection of books for your reading pleasure.
Dining alfresco under a glorious African night sky, warmed by a roaring fire is a magical way to end a perfect day. The traditional Southern African cuisine is complimented by a selection of world-class local wines.
There are 7 luxury chalets plus 1 luxury family suite in total, each with private deck and plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers, air-conditioning and mini bar.
The meaning of Rhulani is 'Relax' - which is exactly what guests are encouraged to do during their stay here - so sit back and enjoy!
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Madikwe Conservation Levy (pppn)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
GBP 8 USD 11 ZAR 152 EUR 10
per person per night
Breakfast/brunch, high tea and dinner; bottled water; stocked minibar in room; selected local drinks (house wines, spirits, soft drinks); stocked Nespresso coffee machine with complimentary tea/coffee in your room; complimentary welcome drinks and sundowner drinks on game drive; the Madikwe Conservation Levy; complimentary Wi-Fi; Madikwe Western airstrip transfers; and morning/evening shared game drives are included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive guests, the gate entry fee of R210 per adult/R105 per child (subject to change and payable in cash) to enter the reserve is NOT included. For guests travelling by FedAir, the landing/departure fees are not included and are payable directly to the lodge (currently R280 per adult/R140 per child and subject to change).
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on game drives, and children between the ages of 6 and 12 are only allowed on game drives at the sole discretion of the game ranger.
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 60 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. More details available on request.
Rhulani Safari Lodge Location
Directions For Drivers
SUGGESTION: Refuel at Sun Village/Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve. DO NOT follow your GPS after Zeerust/Sun City - it will take you on the wrong roads.
From Johannesburg Airport via N4 tar road: Follow the R21 north, to Pretoria (Tshwane) through Kempton Park. After 40 km follow N1 north to Pretoria (Tshwane), Pietersburg (Polokwane). After about 12 km, take N4 west into Pretoria (Tshwane), to Rustenburg or Hartebeespoort Dam. Follow the N4 to Hartebeespoort Dam.
Take the N4 to Zeerust past Brits, Rustenberg, and Swartruggens. Zeerust is approximately 220 km from Pretoria. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 to Gaborone/Madikwe Game Reserve. After +/- 90 km you will see a sign on the right for the Abjaterskop Gate of the Madikwe Game Reserve. You will have to pay a gate entrance fee of R210 per adult/R105 per child (subject to change and payable in cash) to enter the reserve.
Once you are in the reserve, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow about 30-60 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
From Sun City via N4 tar road: Turn right from as you leave Sun City onto the R565. After a few km you will come to a junction with the R565 to the left, and the R556 signposted straight ahead. Turn left here to keep on the R565 signposted Phokeng and Rustenberg, and it is 38 km from here to the junction with the N4 tar road.
When you reach the N4, turn right onto the road (signposted Swartruggens and Zeerust) and continue for around 130 km on this road to Zeerust. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 and follow the directions as above.
From Johannesburg or Sun City via gravel roads: There is a gravel road from Sun City to Madikwe - this route is a lot shorter than the current tar road route, however as the roads are gravel and the signs to Madikwe are rather inconsistent, we would not really recommend this route to customers.
Should you wish to return to Sun City or Johannesburg using the gravel roads, the lodge will be able to supply you with a map and directions.
General Information For Guests
The chalets have mosquito curtains over the bed(s), a full en-suite bathroom with inside and outside showers and a bath tub, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar fridge, mini safe, hair dryer, air conditioning unit, fireplace, a private deck, private plunge pool, and an international power plug and adaptor.
The luxury family suite has all the above facilities (but no inside shower), as well as a communal lounge area and a Nespresso coffee machine.
The main lodge area has a swimming pool with sun loungers and sun shades. There is also an outdoor deck overlooking a waterhole, a dining room, an intimate lounge and library, boma and a curio/gift shop.
Bush walks are available (additional cost and payable to the lodge - prebooking is advisable, please contact your Travel Butlers consultant to make the arrangements on your behalf).
Massages and other treatments are available - rates on request.
The maximum number of guests on a game vehicle is 10.
Wi-Fi is available.
A laundry service is available (additional cost).
If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 30 minute drive away from the airstrip.
Bush Walks / Walking Safaris
Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 60 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. A guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.
Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.
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