Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. The ultimate destination for spotting the ‘Big Five’, guests are able to enjoy over 13,500 hectares (about 33,000 acres) of privately owned, unspoilt, game-rich Bush in near solitude. With experienced Trackers and Game Rangers sharing their vast knowledge of the surrounding wildlife, Ulusaba brings the thrill, adventure and safari traditions of Africa to life in an exclusive and luxurious setting.
Booking style: Ulusaba operates hotel style where guests book individual rooms, additionally they can hire one or both lodges exclusively; both operate on an all inclusive basis. Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary or just a great opportunity to escape with family and friends, Ulusaba’s team are on hand to cater to all requests.
Accommodation: Ulusaba has two beautiful lodges set 0.5 kilometres apart.
Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie with views over the vast lowveld and the distant Drakensberg Mountain range.
There are ten rooms and suites individually designed with the colours denoting a different African tribe or region. These include four Rock Cliff rooms, one Master Suite, two Makwela Suites with private infinity plunge pools and one two-bedroom Rock Suite.
Cliff Lodge, located a short walk from the Main House at Rock Lodge, features two magnificent suites offering guests the ultimate in safari luxury. Cliff Lodge 1 has a private pool and a second bedroom for one adult or two children, and Cliff Lodge 2 has its own Jacuzzi with stunning views over the bush. When you hire both suites for exclusive use your own chef and private vehicle for game drives is included. Cliff Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 5 adults and 4 children when booked exclusively.
Safari Lodge is located beneath a canopy of ancient trees on the edge of a dry riverbed. Guests will have the sense of adventure as they cross rope bridges between tree house style rooms, with local wildlife passing by. The eleven rooms include a Treehouse Suite overlooking the nearby Xikwenga Dam and are split into Safari, Elephant and River Rooms, some of which have private plunge pools. The Treehouse Suite is located a 15 minute walk along a raised walkway from the main lodge. Overlooking the Xikwenga Dam, where hippos and elephants come to bathe, the Treehouse Suite is the ideal spot to get up close and personal with the animals and the perfect spot for those looking for a little more privacy and seclusion.
What to do: There are twice daily game drives included in all guest stays. In addition to this, guests can take game walks, stargaze in the Bush Observatory, indulge in a spa treatment, visit the gym, enjoy private dinners, make the most of the wine cellar and much more. Alternatively, guests can visit the local community (supported by Pride n’ Purpose Ulusaba’s charitable arm).
Location & Access: Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve near Kruger National Park in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.
South Africa is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European hubs, with flight times to Johannesburg of between 10 ½ and 11 ½ hours depending on the point of origin.
From the US there are direct flights from the East Coast, with flight times of approximately 18 hours.
On arrival in Johannesburg, Ulusaba is approximately a 1 hour 20 minute flight by twin-engine aircraft to the Ulusaba airstrip from Johannesburg International Airport (also known as O.R. Tambo Airport) and only a 30 minute flight from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit.