A small, private safari lodge, Rhulani Safari Lodge offers 5-star luxury accommodation and the chance to spot the Big 5 and a wide variety of wildlife, with an unhurried, uncrowded safari experience. Malaria-free Madikwe has incredibly diverse plant life and topography, attracting a wide variety of wild animals.

  • Malaria-free, Big 5 Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Just over a four-hour drive from Johannesburg
  • Seven luxury chalets, each with a private deck, plunge pool and fireplace
  • One luxury two-bedroom family unit with own lounge
  • Boma dinners and indoor dining
  • Its elevated setting offers incredible views of Madikwe
  • Early-morning and late-afternoon daily game drives
  • Opportunity to view a wide variety of wildlife

Set high on a ridge overlooking Madikwe Game Reserve, a malaria-free park and home to the Big 5 and a wide variety of game, Rhulani Safari Lodge offers sweeping views out over the park and its wildlife inhabitants.

Private, luxury accommodation

Rhulani sleeps only 18 guests in eight chalets, each positioned to ensure absolute privacy. Spacious and luxurious, each chalet has its own fireplace, air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with an additional outside shower and a private deck offering uninterrupted views out over the reserve.

Superb main lodge

The main lodge is spacious yet intimate with a lounge, bar and library as well as a dedicated kiddies' corner. There's a swimming pool with shaded deck chairs, perfect for relaxing between game drives. Evening meals are often served in the open-air boma (reeded enclosure) by firelight. Intimate, private dinners outdoors can also be arranged. Starry, starry nights are a stargazer's dream.

Excellent game activities

There's plenty to entertain and see at Rhulani. Game viewing is done in open safari vehicles with knowledgeable guides. Bush walks to get a unique perspective of the surroundings are available by arrangement. Madikwe has two distinct biomes which make for a fascinating variety of fauna and flora, so you are often able to see species you seldom see together in other parks. With over 350 bird species, birdwatching is great.

Getting there

By road - It's about a 4 ½-hour journey from Johannesburg. Road transfers can be arranged.

By air - 45-minute daily flights connect between OR Tambo International (Johannesburg) and Madikwe. Private charters are also available.

Our take on Rhulani Safari Lodge

Rhulani Safari Lodge is a welcoming, well-run lodge in a great section of Madikwe with excellent views out over the reserve. Private and intimate, it's ideal for honeymooners, families and anyone looking to get away from it all.

  • Accommodation in private chalets, all meals, snacks and teas
  • WiFi (in the chalet and main areas)
  • Two daily safari activities
  • Transfers to and from Madikwe Airstrip
  • Transport to and from Rhulani Safari Lodge
  • Parks Board entrance fees
  • Therapies and massages
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Curio shops and purchases of a personal nature
  • Bush walks (available on request)
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