At Rhulani you can choose to stay in one of our seven private chalets (for 2 adults) or the luxury family suite (for 4 adults and 2 children).

Individual Rates

Private chalets

Rates are per person sharing per night (incl VAT). Surcharge of 50% applies for single use. Children under the age of 6 years stay free of charge. Children between 6 and 15 years staying in the room with two paying adults pay 50% of the per person adult rate. Children of 16 years and older pay the full adult rate and stay in their own room.

R5,850 - Valid 1 October 2017 - 14 December 2017

R6,500 - Valid 15 December 2017 – 22 March 2018

R7,800 - Valid 23 March 2018 - 7 April 2018

R6,500 - Valid 8 April 2018 - 13 December 2018

R7,800 - Valid 14 December 2018 - 5 January 2019

Luxury family suite

Rates are for up to six people (four adults, two children) sharing the suite per night (incl VAT)

R29,250 - Valid 1 October 2017 - 14 December 2017

R32,500 - Valid 15 December 2017 – 22 March 2018

R39,000 - Valid 23 March 2018 - 7 April 2018

R32,500 - Valid 8 April 2018 - 13 December 2018

R39,000 - Valid 14 December 2018 - 5 January 2019

Group Rates

We have discounts for groups consisting of a minimum 8 adults using a minimum of 6 chalets. Please contact our Front of House.

Conference Rates

We have Conference Facility for 25 people. Please contact our Front of House for special conditions.


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Rate inclusions & exclusions

Our rates are inclusive of two game drives and three meals daily (breakfast / brunch, high tea, dinner, complimentary sundowners, lunch is available upon request), free wifi in the whole lodge, Madikwe West airstrip pick-up / drop-off

The rates exclude:

  • Madikwe Game Reserve Gate Entry Fee - applicable per person per stay (incl. VAT, subject to change without prior notice): All Visitors ZAR 180, Children (under 12) ZAR 80; Fly In Fees: All Visitors ZAR 240, Children (under 12) ZAR 150
  • NEW FOR CHECK-IN DATES FROM 1 AUGUST 2017: Madikwe Conservation Levy - applicable per person per night (incl. VAT, subject to change without prior notice): All Visitors ZAR 150, Children (under 12) ZAR 75, Babies (under 2) ZAR 0
  • Beverages and minibar consumptions (except water on game drives and complimentary sundowners
  • Massages, bushwalks, laundry, baby-sitting, curios, day excursions, special events, transfers from / to Rhulani

All excluded items will be charged to the guest’s overall bill and paid at check-out. 

Children 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.

Check-in & check-out times

Check-in time is 2.00 pm

Check-out time  is 11.00 am

We try as much as possible to adapt the day's program to your individual arrival and departure times. However, at high occupancy we must adhere to our strict times in the interest of all guests. Check-out times are binding. For late arrivals to participate in the afternoon game drive is no longer possible.

Game Drives

The daily safaris are conducted by qualified rangers. Rhulani Safari Lodge uses three open landcruisers. The allocation of the guests to the vehicles is under the responsibility of the ranger. We consider the customer wishes as good as possible in order to ensure that groups and families stay together, and that there will be sufficient space on each vehicle. The maximum number of guests on the vehicle is 10 (ten).

Morning game drive departs from reception between 05h00am (January) and 06h30am (July). Afternoon game drive departs after High Tea between 15h00 (July) and 16h30 (January). Please note that the departing times of game drives are subject to seasonal changes and depend on weather conditions. Exact departing times are communicated to the guest at check-in.

Private Vehicle

For guests interested in booking a private vehicles, request must be done with your reservation in advance and a fix additional fee per vehicle of ZAR 4,200 per day applies (includes vehicle, field guide, fuel, concession and VAT).

Payment terms and conditions

A 50% deposit is required of the total amount for accommodation and transfers to confirm any reservation. Full payment of the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation policy

The following cancellation terms and conditions will apply to reservations which are cancelled in part or in full as follows:

  • Only written cancellations are accepted
  • Cancellation up to 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the total amount will be due
  • Cancellation between 29 and 15 days prior to arrival: 50% of the total amount will be due
  • Cancellation between 14 and 0 days prior to arrival: 100% of the total amount will be due

In case of changes or cancellation of a transfer included i, special terms and conditions by the respective provider will apply.

We strongly recommend all our guests to buy a travel insurance to protect themselves against the payment of Cancelation Fee for unforeseen events.

Tipping recommendations

Any gratuities are much appreciated. Cash tips are normally given in South African Rand or American dollars. We allow tipping by credit card. The figures bellow represent suggested minimum amounts -- if you receive exceptional service, a greater tip is always appreciated!

Rangers: R125 ($10 U.S. dollars) per guest per day in a shared vehicle. Therefore, if you are with 5 people in your party and stay at the lodge for 3 nights, you would tip the individual R1,875 ($150 U.S. dollars). Please tip your ranger separately, as we have a “staff pool” for any other staff.

Other staff: R125 ($10 U.S. dollars) per guest per day.

Transfers from & to Rhulani Safari Lodge

As our guest let us organize transfers to/from Rhulani for you. We work with selected, reliable suppliers. Please inform our Front of House, and we will include the transfer of your choice in our offer to you. All rates include VAT and are subject to change without prior notice due to unpredictable price increases.

Road transfers

Our suppliers are professional tour operators. The drivers/guides are fully accredited and medically cleared. All vehicles are comprehensively insured to carry International Tourists (PDP). Rates include driver, vehicle, fuel and toll fees.

Road transfer rates from Johannesburg to Madikwe

2017 per way: 1-3 passengers R3,800 / 4–7 passengers R4,300 / 8-13 passengers R5,100

2018 per way: 1-3 passengers R4,100 / 4–7 passengers R4,700 / 8-13 passengers R6,100

Road transfer rates from Gaborone to Madikwe

One way transfer: 1-3 passengers R1,900 / 4–7 passengers R3,100 / 8-13 passengers R4,900

Return transfer: 1-3 passengers R3,400 / 4-7 passengers R5,200 / 8-13 passengers R8,900

Air transfers

Our supplier is Federal Airlines (Fedair). You will be welcomed on your arrival at Johannesburg OR Tambo Int'l Airport and escorted to the departure lounge. After a 45 minute flight, you will land on the Western Airstrip of Madikwe Game Reserve, where you will be greeted by Rhulani's ranger and brought to the lodge (15 minutes drive). Your first safari!

Read more about the flight experience with the Fedair shuttle to Rhulani here.

Daily scheduled flight from Johannesburg OR Tambo Int'l Airport

From Johannesburg to Madikwe: 13:00h (arrival 14:00h); additional flight in Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Oct, Dec: 10:00h (arrival 11:00h)

From Madikwe to Johannesburg: 11:15h (arrival 12:15h); additional flight in Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Oct, Dec: 14:30h (arrival 15:30h)

Rate: R3,735 per person one way flight, R2,250 per person per way for South African Residents

Please make sure you have enough time at the terminal of Johannesburg OR Tambo Int'l Airport, if you have a flight connection. Please note the current terms and conditions regarding check-in times and luggage restrictions by Fedair. Landing & departure times may be delayed due to waether conditions or animal obstructing the runway in Madikwe. Rhulani cannot be held responsible for flight delays.

Charter flight

Please let us know if you would like us to organize a charter flight for you.


Rhulani safari Lodge has its own helipad.

Frequently asked questions

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