Where other safari lodges have named themselves after animals, Rhulani Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve has chosen a word that is both instructive and conceptual. Rhulani means ï¿½to relax' in the Shona language.
With this in mind, a private plunge pool takes pride of place on the teak deck of each chalet, aimed at enticing guests into the required state of relaxation.
by Carrie Hampton
Pachyderms at the Pool
And to make sure there is always an opportunity to take the heat out of a sweltering Madikwe day, a sculpted-rock swimming pool has been incorporated into the wooden deck that flows seamlessly alongside the main lodge building.
The pool's curved edges mirror those of the game waterhole immediately opposite, where elephants often congregate. Sometimes, instead of drinking from the muddy waterhole, the pachyderms take their fill from the plunge pools, regardless of whether guests are in them - although a safer place would be watching the event from inside the glass-doored chalets.Rhulani's aim to nourish your soul and lift your spirits is applied in many ways. Even delegates in the lodge's conference centre find that they succumb to the tranquillity and harmony of Rhulani. For them, it makes it a little easier to solve complex business problems right here in the heart of the African bushveld.
Surprise visits from local wildlife are possible because, unlike most other safari lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve, Rhulani is not fenced. This allows nature to come closer than you ever thought possible and means that rangers need to escort you to your chalet at night.Visit Rhulani Safari Lodge