- Star gazing under clear night skies
- Chalets with private plunge pools
- Game drives and walking excursions
- Malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve
Rhulani Safari Lodge is a traditional yet stylish retreat located amongst 75,000 hectares of bushveld, about three and a half hour’s drive away from Johannesburg and Pretoria. This luxurious and laid back property is situated in close proximity to the stunning, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, known for its abundance of wildlife. Well away from towns, cities and light pollution, Rhulani offers breath taking views and super-clear night skies.
The accommodation comprises just seven luxury chalets, each with folding doors opening out onto a private deck with plunge pool. All chalets come with a fridge, a fireplace for those rare nights when the cold seeps in, and air conditioning against the heat of the dry season. Each chalet has an en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers and a large oval bath.
Rhulani’s main lodge has a relaxed, cosy feel. Indoors and outdoors merge effortlessly and there are magnificent views of both the bush and the indoor rock pool. There’s a lovely pool and spa, and massage treatments can be enjoyed in the privacy of chalets or private decks. Animals can be seen coming to drink at the waterhole near the lodge, and al fresco evening dining in front of the camp fire is a real treat. Educational stargazing sessions are also offered under the gleaming night skies.
Activities naturally centre around the superb game viewing in the vicinity. Game drives in open Land Cruisers are on offer, along with excursions on foot with experienced game rangers. Madikwe is one of the best places in South Africa to catch a glimpse of the elusive wild dog, as well as lions, elephants, buffalo, and, if lucky, leopards. With over 350 different species of bird in the area, this is a great choice for birdwatching enthusiasts.
Children are more than welcome and there's a designated 2-bedroom family suite. There's a playroom fully equipped with toys, art supplies and DVDs to keep youngsters entertained, and a babysitting service is available. Parents should note that due to Rhulani’s rural, unfenced location, children must be supervised at all times.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019