Rhulani Safari Lodge is a place with which we want to convey the beauty of the African bush to guests from all over the world at the highest quality standard. But it is just as important for us to live in harmony with the environment, and thereby to contribute to the preservation of the ever decreasing biodiversity, as well as to give support to the nearby villages and communities, where the majority of our employees live. As a guest, you can also be a part of it.

A business can only be sustainable and successful in the long term if all influences and participants are taken into account and are allowed to participate in the success. Rolf and Marisa, the owners of Rhulani, have been aware of this since day one when they made the decision to take on "Project Rhulani".

It goes without saying that we want to offer the best product to our guests, provide our employees with a great and safe place to work with development opportunities, treat all our partners fairly and pay all bills and taxes. But out here, far away in the bush, that's not all.


For the coming decades it is essential for us to make a contribution to ensure that the indescribably beautiful nature, with its unique, wild animals, the great diversity of plants and the many bird species, can be preserved and admired by the next generations as well.

We are in constant contact with the Ecological Department of the Madikwe Reserve to give support to certain endangered animal species and to ensure that you and your children can continue to admire them in their natural habitat.

So, we are helping preserve the population of wild dog, which is the animal that drew international attention to the reserve three decades ago, when this species was on the brink of extinction. Furthermore, we make a contribution to the protection of rhinos by supporting activities to identify and track these unique mammals via the so-called "rhino-notching". And thirdly, it is particularly important to Rolf to ensure the sustainable reproduction of cheetah populations in the reserve. Cheetah is Rolf's favorite animal.

We have had some great successes over the past few years. The number of rhinos killed by poaching is very small, and after many failed attempts, the first cheetah birth finally succeeded, in the midst of the pandemic lockdown. What a joy!

As a guest, you can also make a direct contribute to the conservation activities in the reserve and at the same time create a unique, unforgettable experience for you and your family. 

Read more about it here

“It is unique opportunity to do something meaningful and add a special experience to your holidays.” – Rolf Steiner, Rhulani's Owner


The Madikwe Reserve and therefore Rhulani Safari Lodge is located in the North-West, a province in South Africa where the gap between luxurious holiday destinations such as Sun City or Rhulani and the rural population could not be bigger.

We create jobs and working conditions that give our employees and their families a livelihood, an opportunity for professional development and a second home.

But the cooperation with the local communities goes much further. We consider small local suppliers for our daily needs, services and purchases. From time to time we arrange special projects, especially for local schools, where the need for repairs and access to educational material is significant and we help with action and strength and financial means.

As a guest you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of life in a local village during the relaxing hours between game drives and see where our staff are from. 

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For voluntary donations, we kindly ask you to either add a specific amount to your hotel bill to be paid upon check-out, or to make a payment to the following bank account by stating the specific purpose:

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


Have a look at some examples of activities we have done in the past in the below list and contact us if you are interested.


May 2023: A day of maintenance work at a nearby Primary School

May 2023: Two new Soccer Balls for the local Primary School

March 2023: Cheetah collaring

July 2022: Medical treatment of a female Cheetah

April 2022: Rhino notching

March 2020: Rhino notching

March 2020: Wild dog collar change

February 2020 - Cheetah collaring

September 2019 - Relocation of wild dogs

July 2029: Mandela Day: Building a new roof

May 2029: Rhulani’s community project: How it started

February 2019 - Cheetah re-collaring

December 2018 - Rhino notching

May 2018 - Rhino notching

April 2018 - Rhino notching

February 2018 - Surgery on wild dogs

September 2017 - Female cheetah arrival in Madikwe

September 2017: Rhulani's Guests sponsor rhino notching in Madikwe

September 2017 - Springbok capture & rhino notching

May 2017 - Rhino notching

May 2017 - Cheetah collar removal

December 2016 - Rhino notching

October 2016 - Rhino notching

May 2016 - Femals Cheetah release

April 2016 - Saving the trunk of an elephant

May 2015 - White rhino collar removal

February 2015 - Cheetah collaring

May 2014 - Rhino notching