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Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s Private Safari Game Reserve located in the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa.

Ulusaba is known for the quality of its safari experience, with some of the most experienced Rangers and Trackers in the country.

Their team is encouraged to let their personalities shine through, so you can relax as soon as you step off the plane at their private airstrip.

All guests at Ulusaba can expect luxurious accommodation, outstanding food, twice daily game drives, safari walks, unforgettable views and plenty of smiles while you’re here with us in the African bush.

Ulusaba means “place of little fear”.

That’s because the koppie where Rock Lodge sits provided the ancient Shangaan warriors with the perfect lookout point.

Spend time at Rock Lodge and you’ll be flying with the eagles, or take a walk on the wild side back down to earth at Safari Lodge.

Both Lodges are approximately 500 meters away from each other and are extraordinary in their own way.

Each provides a unique and exceptional experience – something you’ll remember forever. We suggest you visit both!

LOCATION
Sabi Sand Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ulusaba is approximately a 1 hour and 20 minute flight from the international airport in Johannesburg (OR Tambo International) or 30 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)
ACCOMMODATION
Safari Lodge can accommodate up to 22 guests in 11 rooms and suites
Rock Lodge and Cliff Lodge (a 2 bedroom suite perfect for some added privacy) can accommodate a total of 20 – 25 guests
AMENITIES
Outdoor pool
Fully equipped gym and Aroma Boma spa
A variety of indoor and outdoor dining and relaxation areas with panoramic views of the bush
WELLNESS
Fully equipped gym and Aroma Boma spa in both lodges
The Aroma Boma spa at Ulusaba is the perfect antidote to all the excitement of being out on the game drives, from facial rituals to massages and essential grooming
DINING
All meals served in a variety of locations around the lodges are included
Chefs specialize in pan-African dishes influenced by many African cultures, flavours and spices, using seasonal, local ingredients
Private dining under the African sky, in the Boma, on a deck or in the dining room
Cubs’ Club (children) meals
Wine cellar and wine room with tasteing sessions on request

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve. It is close to Kruger National Park which is in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.
On arrival in Johannesburg, it’s approximately a 1 hour and 20 minute flight to Ulusaba’s airstrip.
You can also get to us from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) which is only a 30 minute flight or from Skukuza (SKU) which is a 10 minute flight.
Alternatively, a road transfer from KMIA takes approximately 2.5 hours and 1.5 hours from Skukuza.
KMIA and Skukuza are serviced by SA Airlink from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban several times daily.
Rock Lodge and Cliff Lodge
Rock Lodge has the best view in the Sabi Sand – and we promise we’re not biased! Perched high on the summit of a koppie, with panoramic views over miles of bush, grab a pair of binoculars to see what you can spot.
Within Rock Lodge is Cliff Lodge, a two bedroom suite perfect for some added privacy.
Both Rock and Cliff Lodge are ideal for families with children of all ages who are welcome to join the Cub’s Club.
Cliff Lodge is located a short walk from the Main House at Rock Lodge, and features 2 magnificent suites offering guests the ultimate in safari luxury.
When you book both suites for exclusive use we include your own chef and private vehicle for game drives, and you have full use of a private gym and spa treatment room.
Cliff Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 5 adults and 4 children when booked exclusively.
The two Cliff Lodge Suites can also be booked individually within four months prior to guest arrival.
If you include Cliff Lodge, Rock Lodge can accommodate a total of 20-25 guests.
Cliff Lodge
A luxurious 2-bedroom suite accommodating up to 3 adults and 2 children with one large bedroom and a second smaller bedroom.
Cliff Lodge 1 offers a spacious lounge with fireplace, separate kitchen and bar and also features a mini spa, gym and an outdoor deck with a large pool.
Safari Lodge
Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed.
Guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms, created and inspired by local and natural materials, with elephant, bushbuck, lion and other local wildlife passing by.
Safari Lodge can accommodate up to 22 guests in 11 rooms and suites.
family
Both Rock and Cliff Lodge are ideal for families with children of all ages who are welcome to join the Cub’s Club. Children of all ages are very welcome at Rock Lodge, however Cubs under the age of 12 are not allowed at Safari Lodge for safety reasons.
As long as your Cub is aged 6 or over he or she is more than welcome on the safari game vehicles.
The resort has a great range of child-friendly meals.
Your Cubs (that’s the children) can choose from a selection of tasty, well balanced, healthy and fun meals keeping both the parents and the Cubs happy! A babysitting service is available at no extra charge, however please be aware that off-duty staff who have plenty of experience with children are used for this.
Due to the location, they do not have professional childcarers available, but with advance notice, this could be arranged at an extra cost.
Ulusaba has security guards on duty all night that will pay particular attention to rooms occupied by Cubs.
Kids activities
Rock Lodge does not operate a set programme, rather a range of great activities for your cubs to choose from:
• A wide variety of educational board games, puzzles and ‘Big 5’ playing cards, all with a safari theme
• Allow your Cub to become a safari master chef with a morning of creating and cooking homemade pizzas for lunch and cupcakes for guests to enjoy at
tea
• A welcome treasure hunt to help Cubs familiarise themselves with their surroundings
• Traditional South African kids’ games which they can teach their friends when they get home
• Cubs and their folks are encouraged to visit the community so kids can learn about giving back and to see how different the lifestyles are in the
community
• Your Cubs will explore their Arts and Crafts ability with coloured sand art and an afternoon of rock painting
• A mini Ranger’s course where your Cub’s Ranger will teach them about the African bush and how to track and identify animal footprints and dung
droppings
• The Ulusaba Cub’s spa treatments will ensure that your Cub is able to unwind after a busy day with a variety of specially designed treatments for
children
• A great range of new and classic children’s DVDs, CDs and a Nintendo Wii to keep your Cubs busy
• All Cubs will be invited to join the Pen Pal Club
• Cubs are able to enjoy the swimming pool with an experienced swimmer to supervise afternoon pool activities followed by ice-cream to re-energise
• Safari walks around Rock Lodge to spot birds, insects, lizards and anything else your Cub may find
• Bedtime story-telling complete with milk and cookies, or whatever normally helps get your Cub ready for bed!
giving back
Pride ‘n Purpose is Ulusaba’s charitable arm committed to helping disadvantaged communities living adjacent to the reserve and working on a non-profit basis.
For an authentic Shangaan experience, visit the local villages surrounding the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on a Community Tour and support Ulusaba’s charitable project, Pride ‘n Purpose.
If you would like to volunteer your time to help with some of the ongoing projects during your visit to Ulusaba we can tailor-make an itinerary based on your interests and the time you have available.
Excursions
See the Cascades and Canyons by helicopter or visit Blyde River Canyon. All excursions are available at an additional charge.
SPA
The Aroma Boma at Ulusaba is the perfect antidote to all the excitement of being out on the game drives.
Book in for a relaxing treatment, from facial rituals to massage to essential grooming.
The Aroma Boma at Rock Lodge is located 800 feet above the African Savannah with truly stunning views over the Bush and offers complete privacy.
At Safari Lodge, The Aroma Boma is built on the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed amongst the trees and away from the main lodge area, so the only likely disturbance is perhaps the odd elephant wandering past! Ulusaba uses a range of products from Africology.
Africology prides itself on its African roots, taking inspiration from home and using local active ingredients including Rooibos, Aloe, Marula and African Potato.
Dining
The chefs have developed numerous pan-African dishes influenced by many African cultures, flavours and spices.
The recipes are constantly refreshed and consist of seasonal, local ingredients.
All breads and pastries are home baked daily and we also cater for private meals and special occasions.
Wine lovers won’t go thirsty with the well-stocked wine cellar at Safari Lodge. If you prefer hearty reds we won’t delay your enjoyment by showcasing the best rosés, and likewise if you can’t wait to sip a refreshing glass of chilled white we won’t hold you back.
Features
  • GYM
  • KIDS' BEDROOM
  • PRIVATE CHEF INCLUDED
Different rates for using
  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 bedrooms

DAILY RENTAL STARTING AT

$3,380 $2,535/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.

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Africa changes you forever, and to go on safari is to experience the greatest outdoor adventure holiday of them all. To live for a while in the sun and the wind, looking for lions on the boundless savannahs or watching the spectacle of the wildebeest migration is all you need for the lure of the wild to take hold.
Discerning travellers yet to go on a safari holiday should know it is possible to do so without sacrificing an ounce of comfort, staying in luxury safari camps and lodges whose facilities are the equal of any world-class city hotel, and whose romantic locations are second to none.
Even though these properties offer modern conveniences, such as spa and gym facilities, the surrounding environment is what makes these accommodations so unique. You’ll be closer to the action — so close that at times you’ll have to be escorted through the bush to your suite.
Planning a safari trip can be a daunting task.
ZEKKEI offers a wide range of luxury African safari options. We want to help you ensure that your experience is unforgettable. Choose from one of our luxury lodges at well-known rest camps. We specialize in lavish and indulgent getaways and provide once-in-a-lifetime fully guided safaris.
Booking with us is easy, hassle-free and safe, with best rates guaranteed, and we are with you every step along the way. If the camp of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the camp can be arranged. Once on site, your resident staff will ensure the camp is kept clean and tidy. Your butler is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize activities.
Staying with us
  • Travel concierge: We listen to help you plan
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  • Limited time deals, exclusive perks
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