Into The wild From The luxurious Rhulani Safari Lodge At Madikwe

When you look at the pictures online, they don’t do justice to the beauty of Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. In fact, visitors at the Rhulani Safari Lodge often exclaim that the advertising doesn’t adequately describe the wonders of this spectacular lodge with its amazing location at the waterhole.

The word “Rhulani” means to relax and this modern-day refuge in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve is a tribute to the spirit of relaxation and rejuvenation. Designed as an ode to nature, Rhulani blends simplicity and the love for nature with the most luxurious and hospitable stay.

Celebrate nature in the lap of luxury

The words safari lodge may conjure up images of a rustic, simple stay in the wild. However, everything at Rhulani is designed to rethink your notions of ‘lodges’. It is the winner of several luxury hotel awards, including the 2018 Luxury Hotel Awards – “Best Luxury Bush Lodge Global Winner”. 


Rhulani is an all-inclusive lodge 0.1 km from Madikwe Game Reserve and situated in a provincial park.  It is also closely located to the Wonderboom gate and Kopfontein Border Post. Some other attractions – Tshukudu Dam and Gaborone Natural History Museum are at close access, within 20 miles of Rhulani.


Rhulani promises the epitome peace and tranquillity in a truly stunning setting. Do you ever wish to retreat to the lap of nature and enjoy complete privacy and oneness with nature?  Rhulani offers just the right ambience for your escape.

At Rhulani, you can enjoy the total privacy of your private plunge pool as you relax in the incredibly luxurious private chalets.There are seven chalets with air-conditioning for the warm summer evenings, also equipped with a Morso fireplace for the chilly winter nights.

The lodge itself is beautifully designed in local wood, stone and thatch. Rhulani is carefully designed as a boutique getaway. Its main lodge has seven luxury guest chalets on either side and it includes a family suite with sleeping accommodation for up to 6.

The best thing about Rhulani, however, is that the lodge is designed around a watering hole that attracts the surrounding wildlife.

The vibe at Rhulani safari lodge may be organic and laid-back but don’t let that deceive you.  The amenities here are on par with the finest luxury hotels.

All the chalets come with modern conveniences including wi-fi, air-conditioning, minibar, coffee machine. While the game reserve is malaria free, mosquito netting surrounds the four poster bed.  Each bedroom leads to a private terrace with a plunge pool and sun loungers and epic views of the watering hole.

There is a private, outdoor shower, and a beautiful indoor bathroom. They have used local stones and material inside the lodge and everything blends well with the scenery.

In the heart of the wilderness

Rhulani’s main claim to fame is its closeness to the wildlife. It is, after all,  located in the famed Madikwe Game Reserve – South Africa’s fifth-largest reserve. The lodge boasts of close proximity to the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as the rare sight of the African wild dog.

The beauty of its untouched landscape is to be seen to be believed. Once you are inside Madikwe,  you can only use their official guided vehicles for game-watching. And with the nearest town being 60 miles away and this is as off-beat and adventurous as it gets.

From thrilling game drives to the endless bird watching opportunities and star-gazing to soothe your soul, there is much to do, enjoy and celebrate at Rhulani safari lodge.

And if you are a foodie, then you are in for a delight. Enjoy the sumptuous dining experience under the night skies, by the fireside. Dine al fresco or in the comfort of your private deck. The food is extraordinary and accompanied by a selection of the best South African wines.

If that’s not tempting enough, you can choose from an impressive list of spa and massage therapies, or enjoy the swimming pool, enjoy a guided bush walk tour and get truly up, close and personal with nature.

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