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The Ulusaba lodge is indisputably one of South Africa's most elite reserves on 13,605 ha in the prestigious Sabi Sands, which, adjacent to the Kruger Park. At the end of a day filled with exciting wildlife encounters at Ulusaba in Sabi Sands, guests return to the Safari Camp to relax at the Aroma Boma beauty treatment centre, to enjoy a game of tennis, take a swim in the refreshing swimming pool or workout in the fully equipped gym at the lodge. Guests can savour a traditional meal under the African stars which are sure to tantalise the taste buds.
The Game Reserve is made up of three different safari camps options, and they are all the epitome of luxury safari travel. While your African safari guests will stay in style and comfort in one of 3 lodges:
Ulusaba Rock Lodge
Rock Lodge features a panoramic landscape where the Drakensberg Mountain range in the far distance compliments the vast open plains of the lush Lowveld upon which the lodges luxurious rooms are situated.
Ulusaba Safari Lodge
Safari Lodge suites resemble quaint tree-houses set in the heart of the African wilderness. These stunning treehouses over incredible views of the nearby waterhole and the animals that frequent it.
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge
The Cliff Lodge has two rooms which can be booked for exclusive use. When reserved for exclusive use, a private chef and private game drive vehicles are available for guest use.
Whether guests choose to go on a thrilling safari ride or enjoy an adventurous guided African safari game walk in the open bush, visitors have more than 10 000 acres of unspoilt African bush to enjoy virtually exclusively.
Two game drives daily, one early in the morning and one late in the afternoon, in open 4x4 game viewing safari vehicles and nature walks are available to guests staying at the lodge. The excellent game viewing experience is combined with other activities such as stargazing, bird watching and moonlit bush dinners or sundowners which are weather permitting.
Early-morning walking safaris allow safari travellers to get up close to the smaller, yet just as fascinating, animals that inhabit the reserve. These bushwalks are led by the knowledgeable rangers and trackers of Ulusaba, who will show guests the unique medicinal properties of indigenous plants, teach about local beliefs and offer up fascinating animal facts.
Activities and facilities:
- Two floodlit tennis courts: tennis rackets, tennis balls, fully stocked bar
- Fully equipped gym situated at Rock Lodge
- Game drives
- Walking safaris
- Spa treatments at the health & beauty spa "Aroma Boma."
Health & Beauty Spa
After a hot day in the African bush, travellers can indulge in any number of spa treatments at the Aroma Boma. Options include a hypodermic facial which uses high-frequency current to cleanse deep and hydrate the root layers of the skin and speed up cellular regeneration.
A liposome facial uses a high concentration of vitamin C and proteins to strengthen elasticity and firmness while stimulating cellular regeneration. The resident beautician also offers aromatherapy massages, manicures, pedicures and waxing. A chiropractor is also available on-site to relieve aches and pains, headaches and muscle tension.
Included in the rate:
- Luxury accommodation
- Game drives accompanied by experienced tracker
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- All beverages including top quality wine list and excellent champagne
- Daily walking safari
- A fully equipped gymnasium situated at Rock Lodge
- Tennis courts with viewing pavilion: rackets and balls supplied
- Laundry Service
- Business facilities
- Use of binoculars
- Free babysitting
- Informative talks on flora, fauna and conservation did on request
- Tea and coffee
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- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling Fan
- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Mini bar
- Mosquito net
- Tea and coffee making facilities
Dining at the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
The excellent team of chefs at the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa offer numerous pan-African dishes which are influenced by many African cultures, flavours and spices.
Whether guests dine under the magnificent African sky, in the outdoor dining Boma at Ulusaba, on the deck or in the dining room, the delicious menus and meals at the Ulusaba Lodges promise to be exciting, social and inspirational. The bread and pastries served at Ulusaba are baked daily, and special meals, special occasions as well as children are catered for.
The Aroma Boma Spa features rooms at both the Ulusaba Rock Lodge and the Ulusaba Safari Lodge. A full range of spa treatments are available in these rooms or guests can choose to enjoy a treatment in the comfort of their room or on their outdoor decks.
The health and beauty spa uses a range of products from Africology, which captures the healing essences of Africa. The Africology products use local ingredients including Rooibos, Aloe, Marula and African Potato.
- Body scrubs
- Yoga sessions
- Waxing and tinting.
Game Drives or Walking Safaris
Whether you choose to go on a safari drive or enjoy a guided African safari game walk in the open bush, you will have more than 10 000 acres of untouched, unspoilt African bush to enjoy virtually exclusively.
The excellent game viewing experience is complemented by other activities such as stargazing, bird watching and moonlit bush dinners or sundowners (weather permitting).
The daily bush walk usually commences after breakfast. This is a fascinating activity as it allows you to observe the smaller animals that you would normally not see while out on a drive.The knowledgeable ranger and tracker will enthrall you with stories about the medicinal properties of plants, local beliefs regarding the wildlife and fascinating facts regarding the animals.
The Curio Shop at Ulusaba is filled with a selection of art crafts, small gifts and clothing ranging from caps, shirts, beanies and gloves at Safari Lodge. It's perfect for gift ideas for your friends, family or even yourself and has all the bits and pieces you may need when on holiday.
Ulusaba features two floodlit tennis courts for guests during their stay. Don't worry about tennis rackets, tennis balls, Ulusaba has everything guests need including a fully stocked bar!
There is a gymnasium situated at both Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge, which is available for guests to use 24 hours a day.
Breeding Project Tours can be arranged to the Cheetah and Endangered Wildlife Breeding Project, and the Blyde River Canyon. Theses include a visit to the Swadini Dam and museum.This beautiful tour features exquisite natural beauty and some of the excellent conservation work that is taking place in the area.
The Canyon's, Cultures and Contrasts tour includes a day on the famed "Panorama route" along the Drakensberg Escarpment. This tour features the Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes and is steeped in exquisite beauty and the history of the hardy pioneers of this region.
Community Tours take place outside the reserve in the local village. These tours offer a fascinating insight into modern Shangaan lifestyle. Visitors will be welcomed into a pre-primary school and can expect to see some traditional singing and dancing as well as being welcomed into a traditional home where guests will be given a chance to taste traditional foods.
- Tennis court
- Viewing deck
Infants are not able to participate in the regular game viewing safaris due to safety reasons.
However, the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve does operate a Kids Programme at the Ulusaba Rock Lodge which is complete with an Ulusaba Activity Book, games, books and lots more. Babysitting is available at no extra cost.
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Airport transfers
- Game drive safaris
- Housekeeping service
- Kid's entertainment
- Wake-up call
- Walking safaris
Children of all ages are very welcome at the Ulusaba Rock Lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. Children are invited to participate in game drives but, unfortunately, are not able to take part in Walking Safaris.
Special meal and beverage requests are available on demand. However, the Ulusaba Rock Lodge requires notice. Simple snacks and light meals for children such as sandwiches can be prepared at the lodge on request. The lodge can accommodate children on rollaway or fold out beds.
Children of all ages are welcome to stay at Ulusaba's great Rock Lodge and are invited to take part in the Ulusaba Cub's Club. The Ulusaba Rock Lodge does not operate a set programme, a set welcome pack, as well as a range of great activities, are available on request.
On arrival at the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, all cubs are given a Cub's Club Backpack, which contains several little goodies to keep them entertained and to educate them about the African Bush.
In every child's room are a special welcome letter and a list of phone numbers they can dial from their room, so it is easy for them to get hold, other members of their pride, along with the Ulusaba staff.
Cub's Club features include:
- A welcome treasure hunt
- Story and educational books in the lounge
- New and classic children's DVDs and CDs in the lounge
- Short excursions around the Rock Lodge to spot birds, insects and lizards
- Bedtime Storytelling in the room complete with milk and cookies
- A bi-annual newsletter and a birthday card
- Children spa treatments.
Working on a non-profit basis, Pride in Purpose is Ulusaba's charity. They are committed to helping the disadvantaged communities that live alongside the Sabi Sand Reserve.
They focus on creating sustainable development programmes designed to improve food, water and health supplies. Guests staying at Ulusaba may volunteer their time for the ongoing projects.
Rock Lodge: Rock Cliff Room
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The Ulsaba Game Reserve offers a variety of magnificent game lodges for guests to enjoy.
All rooms feature:
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Bottled water
- Electronic safe
- iPod station
- Insect repellant
- Bathrobes, slippers and bathroom amenities
- Air conditioning
- Ceiling fans
- Mosquito nets
The Rock Lodge at Ulusaba Game Lodge is perched on the summit of a cliff with views of the reserve and the distant mountains. The Rock Lodge has a swimming pool, gym, spa, indoor and outdoor dining areas, two floodlit tennis courts and a children's club. There are ten rooms and suites, including four Rock Cliff rooms, at the Rock Lodge, which have been individually decorated with African traditional art.
Rock Lodge: Rock Suite (2 bedrooms)
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One two-bedroom Rock Suite offers spectacular panoramic views of the bush, and the Drakensberg Mountains range in the distance. The suite consists of two bedrooms, a lounge and two bathrooms.
Rock Lodge: Master Suite
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One Master Suite is on offer at the Ulusaba Rock Lodge. The master suite is built on three levels and features its private plunge pool. The living area also features a terrace with sun loungers and a telescope.
Rock Lodge: Makwela Suite
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The two Makwela Suites at the Rock Lodge, located within the Ulusaba Game Reserve, provide African luxury accommodation. Each of these suites is built on two levels and feature full en-suite bathrooms, private balconies, infinity plunge pools, separate living areas, a study and a fold-out sleeper couch for children.
Safari Lodge: Safari Room
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The rooms at the Safari Lodge at Ulusuba are built like tree houses and give the feeling of actually being in the bush. The rooms with spectacular views of the reserve and a watering hole. The Safari Lodge is located under a canopy of trees while rope bridges link the rooms together. The Safari Lodge features a curio shop, wine cellar, outdoor pool and boma and children over the age of 12 are welcome at the lodge. Three adjoining safari rooms are available, each with a large viewing deck and en-suite bathroom.
Safari Lodge: Elephant Room
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The Ulusaba Safari Lodge features three spacious Elephant rooms, each featuring en-suite bathrooms, large viewing decks and views over the bush.
Safari Lodge: River Room
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The four River Rooms at the Ulusaba Safari Lodge are built tree-house style and offer maximum privacy. Two of the River Rooms offer private plunge pools while all have en-suite bathrooms and spectacular views.
Safari Lodge: River Room with plunge pool
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Two of the River Rooms at Ulusaba's magnificent Safari Lodge offer private, outdoor plunge pools while all are featured with en-suite bathrooms. Great views over the vast and untamed African wilderness can be enjoyed from here.
Built tree house style and very private, the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve features four River Rooms, of which River Rooms 2 and 4 offer private infinity plunge pools. River Rooms 2, 3 and 4 are accessible by swing bridge and are a short walk from the main Lodge.
Safari Lodge: Tree House Suite
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The tree-house suite located at the Ulusaba Safari Lodge features a private terrace with views of the Xikwenga Dam. The deck is large enough to enjoy private breakfasts, lunches and dinners of up to 16 people. This luxurious suite is set apart from the main lodge and is accessed by walkways and swing bridges.
Cliff Lodge 1
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The Cliff Lodge at Ulusaba features two suites which can be privately hired for exclusive use. When hired for this exclusive use, a private chef and exclusive game drive vehicle are available for guest use.
Cliff Lodge 1 is a luxurious two bedroom suite which can accommodate a maximum of 3 adults and two children. The suite offers a fireplace, kitchen, bar, a small spa, gym and a viewing deck with private pool.
Safari Lodge: Safari Suite
The Safari Suite provides ample of space to enjoy the magnificent surroundings in the heart of the African bushveld.
Cliff Lodge 2
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The spacious one bedroom Cliff Lodge 2 can accommodate two adults and two children on pulling out bed. The Cliff Lodge 2 features a lounge with fireplace, large viewing deck, a Jacuzzi and TV with DVD player.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve Specials
The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.
Enjoy a wonderful discount when booking 21 days prior to arrival for Southern African Residents.
The offer is valid for arrivals from the 1st February – 10th December 2018 for Southern Africa Residents only.
WHEN YOU'RE AT ULUSABA
All your meals and drinks are included, even fine champagne! Look out for the ‘Big Five’ on the twice daily game drives traversing an area of 13,500 hectares, accompanied by a fully trained and experienced ranger and tracker.
WHEN IS THE OFFER AVAILABLE?
The offer is available for new bookings made for arrivals from until 10th December 2018. Bookings can be made within 21 days of arrival only.
The discounted rates are priced in South African Rand and include your accommodation at one of our beautiful lodges, all meals and beverages, twice daily game drives, a daily walking safari, a fully equipped gymnasium, tennis courts and wireless internet. Transfers to and from Ulusaba are not included. Please contact us for local residents’ fares
Rates starting from R7,945.00 per person sharing per night in a Elephant & Rock Cliff Room.
Included in the rate:
- accommodation at one of our beautiful lodges
- all meals and beverages
- twice daily game drives, a daily walking safari
Excluded from the rate:
- Items of a personal nature
- Transfers to and from Ulusaba are not included. Please contact us for local residents’ fares
Terms and Conditions:
- This offer applies for any new bookings for arrivals from the 1st February – 10th December 2018. Bookings can be made within 21 days of arrival only.
- Offer is subject to availability, available for limited dates and rooms during this period. Black-out dates may apply.
- All Ulusaba’s normal booking terms and conditions apply.
- This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or special package.
- The offer is only available to Southern African Residents and proof of residency will be requested.
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The Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is approximately a 1 hour and 20-minute flight from the OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport (JNB), or 30 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA).
The Ulusaba Private Game Reserve features its private airstrip, and there are daily scheduled and charter flights available. Federal Air flies directly to Ulusaba.
You can also come by road from KMIA, which will take approximately two and a half hours:
1.Take the N4/N12 to Nelspruit
2. Follow the R40 from Nelspruit to White River to Hazyview. As you approach Hazyview, there is a T-Junction. Turn left at this junction.
3. At the intersection of the second set of traffic lights, there will be a signpost that reads Paul Kruger Gate. At this signpost, turn Right. This road is the R536.
4. After approximately 32kms there are signposts for Newington Gate on the left-hand side of the road. There will also be signs indicating Huntington, Lilydale & Justicia. Turn left and followed the gravel road for 9km until you find the next Newington Gate sign.
5. Turn right and follow the road for another 3km to Newington Gate, which is where you will enter the Sabi Sand Reserve. From Newington Gate follow all signposts for 17kms to Ulusaba.
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.