Check-in / check-out times

Check-in time is 2.00 pm (gate closes at 9.00pm, no exceptions)

Check-out time is 11.00 am (gate opens at 6.00am, no exceptions)

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

Our game drives take place in the Madikwe Game Reserve (Big 5 Reserve) under the guidance of qualified rangers in three open landcruisers. The allocation of the guests to the vehicles is under the responsibility of the Ranger. We consider the customer wishes as much 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 a vehicle is 7 (seven), so that the middle seat will be left free, for the comfort of the guests. In order to respond to exceptional situations such as unexpected unavailability of a vehicle or the wish of bigger groups or families staying together, we maintain the right of using the maximum capacity of 10 (ten) guests per vehicle.

Morning game drive departs from reception between 5.00am (January) and 6.30am (July). Afternoon game drive departs after High Tea between 3.00pm (July) and 4.30pm (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.

Children Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at Rhulani Safari Lodge. 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, except if on a private vehicle. Even on private vehicle safety needs to be considered and it remains the ranger’s decision whether certain sightings can be viewed whilst accompanied by small children. A bumble drive can be organized for smaller children not joining game drives.

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. 

Payment terms and conditions

A 20% deposit of the above total amount is required to confirm any reservation. Full payment of the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Bookings within 30 days require full payment upfront. 
Payment can either be made by credit card or can be directly deposited in our bank account. Should you choose to pay via credit card, please note that we require a letter of authorization stating that we are entitled to deduct payment off the credit card, as well as the cardholder‘s signature and a copy (back and front) of the credit card.

Should you decide to pay via bank transfer, please remember to fax a copy of the deposit slip to +27 (0) 86 6418 117 or email to (Please enter only booking number as reference).

Our bank account details are as follow:

Bank: Nedbank
Branch: Business Westrand
Universal Branch Code: 128605    
Account name: RHULANI Safari Lodge (Pty) Ltd.
Account number: 1286048613

Credit arrangements are on application only. Unless approved, all group and FIT reservations will be on a prepayment basis as outlined above. All payments must be made in ZAR (SOUTH AFRICAN RANDS).

Should payment not be timeously received, the lodge reserves the right to automatically cancel the reserved accommodation and at the same time reserve the right to cancel or refuse to accept further bookings.

Cancellation Policy

All reservations, changes and cancellations must be made directly with the reservations office and in writing via e-mail to The following cancellation terms and conditions will apply to reservations, which are cancelled in part or in full, as follows:

  • Cancellation up to 30 days prior to arrival: 20% 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 in this rate, special terms and conditions by the respective provider will apply.

Reservation changes

You have the right to reschedule the date of your booking up to 60 days before arrival once, free of cancellation charges. However, a surcharge will apply if a higher fare applies on the postponement date. There is no guarantee that there will be availability for the postponement date.

All other changes of confirmed bookings, such as partial cancellation, shortening the journey or date shift, are subject to the cancellation policy. In such cases, however, we try to find a solution within our possibilities.

If Rhulani Safari Lodge allows a reservation change and thereby waives the cancellation penalty, please note that in the event of cancellation of the changed booking, the cancellation penalty of the original booking may be charged.


No shows

Guaranteed reservations that fail to arrive are subject to a 100% ‘ no-show’ fee on the booked value. 

Departure prior to check-out date

Guests checking out prior to the scheduled departure date are not entitled to receive a refund for the nights not used. Exceptions can be made in case that Rhulani Safari Lodge fails to provide promised essential services, such as non-availability of confirmed room category, impossibility to conduct the scheduled game drives or cancellation of meals. The following circumstances are not considered as failure to provide essential services: Bad weather conditions, rescheduled game drives because of weather, unstable or unavailable guest internet, quality of food, dissatisfaction with room infrastructure or cleanliness, or quality of game viewing.

Reservation changes due to COVID-19

Special conditions apply for travel cancellations or postponements requested from 16 November 2020 caused by coronavirus COVID-19:

1. Rhulani Safari Lodge is closed due to a COVID-19 incident
     - Cancellation Penalty: waived
     - Postponement Penalty: waived

2. Rhulani Safari Lodge is inaccessible for you due to a travel ban or lockdown
     - Cancellation Penalty: 10% of the booking amount
     - Postponement Penalty: waived

3. Your trip has been declined by the South African authorities because you did not meet the COVID-19 entry requirements
     - Cancellation Penalty: 10% of the booking amount
     - Postponement Penalty: waived

4. Your transport was canceled and no reasonable alternative is available
     - Cancellation Penalty: 20% of the booking amount
     - Postponement Penalty: waived

5. Your trip was made impossible by the requirement of self-isolation or quarantine before departure
     - Cancellation Penalty: 20% of the booking amount
     - Postponement Penalty: waived

6. You no longer want to travel because of a self-quarantine requirement upon returning to your home
     - Cancellation Penalty: 20% of the booking amount
     - Postponement Penalty: 10% of the booking amount

7. It is difficult to assess the COVID-19 situation for the day of your travel, you don't want to take any risks
     - Cancellation Penalty: as per original policy
     - Postponement Penalty: 14 days or less before arrival: 50%; 15 - 30 days before arrival: 20%, 31 - 90 days before arrival: 10%, 91 days or more before arrival: waived

Above conditions apply to your booking and to all persons traveling with you. In case of a postponement of your trip, new travel date must be within 12 months of the original travel date. The new travel date can be communicated at a later stage. Rhulani Safari Lodge cannot guarantee availability on the new travel date. In the case of a higher tariff on the new travel date, the price difference will be charged. The deposit you have paid for the original booking will be allocated to the rescheduled booking. 

General information

  • No pets allowed
  • All firearms need to be declared at the Main Gate
  • It is important to drive carefully and be aware of village pedestrians, domestic animals and children.
  • Speed limit in the park is 40km per hour

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: R150 (USD 10) 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 R2,250 (USD 150). Please tip your ranger separately, as we have a “staff pool” for any other staff.

Other staff: R150 (USD 10) per guest per day.

Contact details

Tel : +27 (0)14 553 3981
Cell: +27 (0)82 907 9628
Fax : +27 (0)86 6418 117
Email :
Skype: rhulanilodge
Website :