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Rhulani Safari Lodge
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Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews
“tranquil beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Such a beautiful place and nothing more I could ask for. Everything was spectacular--people, ambience, food... All we asked to see we saw--thanks Grant for your amazing skills! Our last game drive was so exciting with sightings of wild dogs to complete the mag seven, that upon our return I left my jacket in our room and didn't even realise it till two days later. Truly awesome service. Loved the time at Rhulani.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Rhulani S, Owner at Rhulani Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 29 June 2014
Dear Salome
it is indeed quite amazing that you could find the "Magnificent Seven" during your stay ay Rhulani. The wild dog is a typical animal for the Madikwe Reserve, but a bit of luck and the good nose from Grant were certainly helpful. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay with us in all aspects, and we thank you very much for having selected Rhulani as the place for your safari. Hopefully, your journey in South Africa continued well, and many thanks for sending us your feedback!
With best regards
Rolf & Marisa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

We spent 4 amazing days at Rhulani with magic gamedrives, lovely food and excellent service!
An extra star of recommendation goes to Jacques for his gamedrives. They really made the stay something special!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rhulani S, Owner at Rhulani Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Malin
it is so nice to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. Four nights is certainly ideal to relax, to experience the special atmosphere of the bush, and to discover most of the animals. But even more, we are glad to know that our staff contributed to make you feel comfortable, with good service in the lodge and exciting drives with Jacques, our ranger. Many thanks for sending us this feedback, and hopefully, one day we will see you again at Rhulani!
Yours Marisa & Rolf
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

We just came back to the UK after our wonderful safari at Rhulani. We were originally booked for 2 nights at Rhulani but quickly decided that we needed to spend more time here! From the moment we stepped into Rhulani till the moment we left Madikwe, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We were so impressed with the service at Rhulani - Jeannette's warm reception as she greeted us on our arrival back to Rhulani after the safaris, the hot towels after the safari the lovely sherry awaiting us, the morning coffees with Amarula, the fires in the dining areas and rooms and those wonderful warm blankets!!! The little experiences made the overall experience so wonderful and memorable.

Jacques was our dedicated ranger who had an impressive instinct for where the animals would be and what their next movement would be. We experienced 2 lions making a territorial call and Jacques warned us to keep our video cameras ready. His foresight meant we have had some of the most memorable experiences and we saw so much in just 3 days.

The food was deliciously amazing and thank you for catering for me as a vegetarian! I would highly recommend this lodge to anyone, and in fact my family in Botswana will now be visiting too.

As an active couple however we missed our regular exercise and craved more fruit. We certainly got extra fruit when we asked for it, nothing was too much trouble. An exercise mat or a skipping rope in the room would have been great for us, especially after all the delicious food we ate!

Thank you for making our mini-moon to special and memorable! Thanks again to Jeanette and Jacques and all the staff at Rhulani!

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful and are equally private. Our room (6) faced west so we had beautiful sun ri...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rhulani S, Owner at Rhulani Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear SimmiB
Thank you so much for this wonderful comment. It confirms us that our innovative ideas and permanent optimizations, aiming to make the "Rhulani experience" unforgettable for all our guests, are going into the right direction. In a bush lodge out in the nature, far away from the city, with challenging logistic and maintenance, we have always a plan of major reforms and changes, but your lines remind us to continue paying attention to many little details. We have worked a lot on those with our team at the lodge, since we have taken over the operation last year as new owners. We are happy to hear that they made you feel very comfortable.
By the way, we are grateful for your tip, that we can further improve Rhulani in terms of fitness options. My wife and I have also discussed this topic on our last visit, and we will take this into account in our future improvements plan.
We look forward to seeing soon your family from Botswana, and send you kind regards to the UK.
Yours Rolf & Marisa
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

We stayed at Rhulani for 3 nights and had a amazing stay. Our ranger was Grant who was fantastic and very knowledgable. We had great game drives and Grant found us everything including Black & White Rhino, 4 Cheetah brothers chilling in the sun and a thrilling close up experience with a leopard. Grant is an incredible ranger and made our holiday with his wit/humour. We stayed in room 2 which was clean and spacious. We even had a fire awaiting for us on return to the room every evening as the nights got chilly. Nothing was too much trouble. The great thing about Rhulani was the watering hole. How unforgettable to be sat eating lunch and watch herds of elephants drinking from the watering hole. All the staff were very friendly and attentive, including having hot towels on return from the game drives. We had a great and memorable stay and very much hope to go back with our children..

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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RolfSteiner, Owner at Rhulani Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Dear Rachael
Thank you very much for your visit to Rhulani and for your wonderful comment. Our manager Grant (your ranger) told us that lately one big herd of elephants visits our waterhole quite frequently, and we are jealous that we can not watch this spectacle.
A safari with so many beautiful animal sightings is of course fantastic, and we are pleased that Grant could enrich the game drives with interesting and funny comments. We are also pleased that you made best experience with our lodge and our service in the hours during the day and the chilly nights.
Rhulani is also an ideal place for families, so that we would be pleased to see you soon again with your whole family.
All the best to you, and with best regards
Rolf & Marisa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We went for a two-night stay, and had a fantastic time. Jeanette and the team at the lodge really went the extra mile to accommodate us, from general hospitality to meeting our special diet requirements. Like other reviewers, we also had an amazing time on the four game drives with our ranger, Jacques. With a combination of great experience, instincts a lot of hard work and a little luck, we manage to see every single animal we wanted to and more. Not just the 'big 5', but all 'magnificent 7' (big 5 plus cheetah and wild dogs).

We couldn't be happier, thank you to all who gave us a great experience!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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RolfSteiner, Owner at Rhulani Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Dear Kaleka
Now I am really impressed to read how much you and your family have seen in just two days and therefore four game drives at Rhulani. Of course you had with the great animal diversity of Madikwe Game Reserve and with Jacques as your ranger an optimal starting position. But it is in this season, where the green plants often obscure the animals, and they can not be found so easily at the dams, as there is still a lot of water everywhere. So, you were also a bit lucky!
On the other hand, we are glad ​​that also in the other aspects, which we can even better control, you made good experience, namely, the infrastructure of the lodge, the meals, and the service by our staff.
We hope, that we can welcome you at Rhulani again in the future, and I would like to send you best regards and a big "thank you" for your wonderful comment.
Marisa & Rolf
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

We have just returned from a 4 night stay at Rhulani - it was an incredible experience. The lodge is relaxing and beautiful, the service is 5 star and the food is first class.

We would like to say a special thank you to Jacques who took us out on the safaris twice a day. He is very knowledgable about all the wildlife and so passionate about what he does. He made the holiday for us. We saw so many different animals each day from Elephants to Rhinos and wild dogs and a Leopard, but my favourite experience was seeing 2 female lions with 4 baby cubs eating on their Buffalo kill and very playful - spectacular!

All the staff were very friendly and helpful, Jeanette at front of house who always greeted us after a safari with a hot towel, Ernst at the bar. We were lucky to meet Ralph and his wife who were stating at Rhulani; they love what they do and have so much enthusiasm for their lodge.

We were sad to have to leave, but we will be going back to visit later this year. Thank you for an unforgettable holiday.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Thank Natalie1002
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RolfSteiner, Owner at Rhulani Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 12 May 2014
Dear Natalie
it is with great pleasure to hear back from you and be certain, that you had a spectacular 4 nights-stay with us, and that Rhulani formed part of your "amazing holiday". My wife Marisa and I very much enjoyed your presence as well, and indeed, the lion sighting on the kill with all the cubs playing around, was very special.
We would also like to especially thank you that you mentioned the passion and friendliness of our staff, starting from the interaction you had on the game drive vehicle, at our front of house or at the bar. Given that our staff literally lives at Rhulani for a great part of their life, it is important for us that they are happy with the place they work and with what they do.
Natalie, it will be a pleasure for us to see you soon back at Rhulani, and we definitely will stay in touch in the meantime.
With best regards
Rolf & Marisa
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Randburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

Brilliant service by staff led by Ernst, excellent hospitality extended by Jeanette and tremendous ranger tracking skills and living for his job demonstrated by Jacques. A very memorable 3 nights spent and sightings experienced in a place where we will surely return to. Attention to detail and fine finishing such as the going-away gifts received made us feel special.

Room Tip: Chalet Nr 5 with an excellent view on the drinking hole of the lodge.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Willem L
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RolfSteiner, Owner at Rhulani Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Dear Willem
we like very much the title of your review, as indeed the name "Rhulani" (which means "relax"), does not fully cover all the different areas where we want to offer a first class experience to our guests. An exciting safari adventure and first class service in the lodge, in addition to the tranquility and privacy of the place, form also part of our every-day aspirations.
But what we even more like about your review, is to be certain that you had a great time with us, and that you enjoyed the little things which often is a result from the ideas from our staff. We hope that we see you soon again, and send you best regards
Rolf & Marisa
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Property: Rhulani Safari Lodge
Address: Bravo 21 Wonderboom node, Madikwe Game Reserve 2840, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #11 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Rhulani Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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Succumb to the peace and tranquility of this spectacular setting. Relax in the spaciousness of your private luxury chalet with its own deck and plunge pool.Each chalet includes a Morso fireplace, climate control air conditioner, mini bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and full en-suite bathroom and outside shower. ... more   less 
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