Private Celebration in the Bush

Are you visiting Rhulani Safari Lodge to celebrate your birthday or wedding anniversary? Would you like to renew your vows or propose to your loved one during your stay?

To make your private celebration special and unforgettable, we offer the option of a "Private Celebration in the Bush". In the afternoon you will go on a private game drive with your ranger without any other guests. Just in time for the sunset, you will be taken to an exclusive location, in the middle of the wilderness and with a beautiful view, where our team will be waiting with an aperitif buffet specially prepared for you.

You will have time to enjoy your intimacy and private celebration and to take unforgettable photos. The Rhulani team will be happy to help you make your day as special as possible - just let us know! 

With a bit of luck, your ranger will find more places for photo shootings in the bush and with animals in the background

Duration: during afternoon game drive (3 – 3.5 hours)
Cost: ZAR 4’500 for 1 vehicle

 

Local Village Tour

Get a fascinating insight into local Tswana culture and life in a local village.

After the morning safari and a hearty breakfast at Rhulani, you will be picked by your guide and after less than 20 km drive you will reach your destination: Supingstad or Lekgophung.

In the village you will meet one of the village elders at the Tribal Office, and you will go on a tour to learn about community history and "kgotla", which in Tswana culture is a gathering of the people to discuss important issues, or to serve as a court of law.

Further program highlights are a visit to a pre-school and senior school, a local health clinic, as well as a community project or SMME. With a bit of luck you will get a glimpse of a local ceremony such as a wedding, funeral or tombstones unveiling.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: ZAR 2’900 for 4 persons (additional person R 600) (*)

(*) Rhulani Safari Lodge will allocate R500 from your payment to a community project.

 

Gaborone City Tour

Get to know the secrets and beauties of the capital of Botswana, which is less than 40 km from Rhulani.

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center. Today, a trip to Gaborone gives you the opportunity to enjoy the young city's safe and modern amenities while exploring the region's sights. In spite of the lack of historic attractions, you'll have plenty of places to visit in Gaborone.

After the morning safari and a rich breakfast, you will be picked up by your tour guide at 10 am. After about an hour's drive, during which you cross the border into Botswana, you will reach Gaborone. You will return to Rhulani at 3pm, so you will not miss the High Tea and the afternoon safari.

Tour 1: Traditional City Tour

You have the opportunity to see various government ministries, the parliament building, the house of Chiefs and the Central Bank of Botswana. Outside the parliament building, there is a statue of Sir Seretse Khama, Botswana’s president. Take a tour of the Main Mall or the Botswana Craft Market, where you will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of souvenirs, ranging from leather sandals and woven baskets to nicely carved wooden statues.

To fully experience and appreciate the ambience of Gaborone you will then take a tour through Old Naledi Township or through Tlokweng villages, one of the first settlements of the city.

You will then go to the Gaborone Bus Rank, the true heart of the city. It is also the center of the public transport system. Experience the pulsating energy of the area. Then proceed to the three Dikgosi monuments and SADC House.

Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: ZAR 4'700 for up to 3 persons / ZAR 5'900 for up to 7 persons / ZAR 7'200 for up to 13 persons

Tour 2: The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Tour

A tour is dedicated to giving you a front row seat to the life of Mma Precious Ramotswe, the main character in the famous series “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”, a series of novels set in Botswana by Alexander McCall Smith.

The novels are as much about the adventures and foibles of different characters as they are about solving mysteries. Mma Ramotswe starts up her detective agency using the inheritance from her father to move to the capital city, Gaborone, to buy a house for herself and an office for her new business. She feels a detective needs to know about people more than anything to solve problems for them. 

The tour visits the most important places described in novels, commencing at Zebra Way, followed by Speed Motors, followed by Go-Go Handsome Man Bar and the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency office rounded off by lunch at  the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Coffee shop and Restaurant to sample a wide variety of culinary delights.  

Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: ZAR 6'000 for 2 persons

 

Rhino Notching (*)

Book this once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your travel companions where you will make an important contribution to the protection of rhinos in Madikwe Game Reserve.

The activity is conducted either in the morning or in the afternoon as part of a regular game drive. At the meeting point you will be introduced to the conservation team of the reserve the veterinarian and the helicopter pilot.

You will get an introduction to the challenge of rhino poaching, which unfortunately also affects us in Madikwe Game Reserve, the different protection concepts, and there will be a briefing about the planned activity: the so-called "rhino notching".

Then there is action: You will witness the search for a rhino via helicopter, from where the animal is darted and immobilized. Now you can approach the animal on the ground.

The work begins and your active participation is required: Blood is taken, samples from the horn and the tail, and, with a bit of luck, you manage to implant a micro-chip through the thick skin of the rhino. The vet will then cut (“notch”) the rhino's ears in a unique pattern so that it can be identified in the future. 

Finally, you will give the rhino the injection to wake it up and you will see it disappear back into the bush.

Duration: 1-2 hours (during game drive)
Cost: ZAR 66’000 for the group

(*) other available interactive Conservation activities on request