Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is part of the Sabi Sand Reserve which is a 66,000-hectare reserve bordering the Kruger National Park.  Some of this land has been in private hands since 1869 and was initially hunted. During the early 1920's most of the area was stocked with cattle and by 1927 they were competing with wild game for grazing. A Foot-and-Mouth epidemic broke out in 1938 which resulted in all the cattle being shot.


The hills of Ulusaba are spectacular as they rise above the surrounding bushveld offering a view unsurpassed anywhere in the reserve.  The tribe occupying the area long ago used the hills as an outpost for the chief and senior warriors. The elevation gave them tremendous advantage during battle and meant the enemy was unlikely to win, as surprise attack was virtually impossible. The tribal members could therefore live in safety and the place was called Ulusaba, meaning "place of little fear."


Rock Lodge and Cliff Lodge:

Rock Lodge spans the cliff face of Ulusaba Mountain, 800 feet above sea level, and overlooks the sprawling wilderness below. All bedrooms and bathrooms have been completely redesigned to satisfy every indulgence, and each boasts a private, furnished sun deck from which to enjoy the dramatic views. Interiors reflect African culture and are filled with indigenous furniture and fabrics to create a Safari décor. A new swimming pool with a natural waterfall has been built into rock on the hillside and is surrounded by exotic tropical gardens. New spa facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium and offer treatments such as aroma therapy massage. Rock lodge is comprised 11 air-conditioned rooms and can accommodate 22 people in total. The lodge is available for exclusive use.


Safari Lodge:

Safari Lodge is a romantic, tree-house-style lodge nestled in the heart of the riverine bush under a canopy of trees. Elevated chalets have netting-enclosed windows and private, shaded decks which overlook the tropical forest. The wooden interiors are complemented by handcrafted furniture and warm fabrics throughout. Safari Lodge borders the Mabrak River and stands close to a well-trafficked watering hole, allowing guests to view all manner of game from a viewing deck. The lodge has undergone major refurbishment with all rooms now enjoying private entrances and en-suite bathrooms. Safari Lodge also comprises three spectacular free-standing rooms adjacent to the main lodge and another three suites across the riverbed that are linked to the main lodge by a wooden swing bridge. A new swimming pool completes this brilliant project. Guests of Safari Lodge are welcome to use the spa facilities at Rock Lodge.


Accommodation

Rock Lodge and Cliff Lodge:
Carved deep into the Ulusaba rock itself and elevated high above the great Sabi Sand Game Reserve stands Rock Lodge. Representing the deep interior of Africa, the interiors of the camp have been designed with traditional colors and weaving's to create a truly magical environment.

Accommodation consists of four Rock Rooms, four Rock Cliff Rooms, and a stunning stand-alone, split-level Master Suite, which is sure to bring out the romantic in you. The Rock Suite has two bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, and is ideal for those wishing to bring little cubs of their own! Six of these bedrooms can be converted to twin or double beds upon request.

Each of the luxurious ten bedrooms is air conditioned with private decks overlooking the far-reaching savannah below. All beds are covered by mosquito netting. The décor in each guest room is reminiscent of a particular African tribe or region. Original artifacts, traditional colors and weaving's have been blended while retaining the utmost in comfort and luxury. All rooms include telephones. A complimentary laundry and pressing service is included on a daily basis. Hair dryers and international adapters are available in all rooms.

The lodge also includes two tennis courts with a viewing pavilion, a swimming pool and a fully equipped gymnasium. The Aroma Boma (beauty therapy room) offers treatments ranging from massage, waxing, facials, manicures, pedicures and make-up.  The lodge offers a qualified chiropractor specializing in deep tissue chiropractic massage and acupuncture. Business facilities are available upon request. Also available are DVD, video, music, a library, board games, children's books and games.

The stunning Infinity Pool, with its natural waterfall, is the ideal location to enjoy the tranquility of the African bush. This magnificent lodge is sure to provide a spiritual awakening and adventure that will leave you longing to return to this special place, Ulusaba.


Built along the banks of the Mabrak riverbed, Safari Lodge is a romantic, rustic style lodge nestled in the Riverine bush, offering superb game viewing from the nearby watering hole. There are three Safari Rooms, three Elephant Rooms and four River Rooms, all of which have their own private sundecks, ideal for whiling away the glorious African sundown's against sounds of wildlife preparing for the night.


Safari Lodge:
The rooms at Safari Lodge are built 'tree house style', with wooden bungalows on stilts, offering that extra degree of privacy and exclusiveness, the Elephant and River Rooms being accessed by specially designed wooden swing bridges. These bridges pass through treetops allowing safe access to guests' rooms while Giraffe and Elephant pass below.

Each of the rooms has king-size beds and most rooms can be converted to twin beds upon request. Safari Lodge has been decorated in a more contemporary style, while retaining the atmosphere of being "on safari." The elevated swing bridges lead to thatched chalets that have been positioned to ensure privacy and each chalet captures individual views. The handcrafted bush beds and furniture were produced by local craftsmen. The antique Mali Mud cloth cushions and throws are traditional fabrics from Western Africa.


Activities

Experience a real bush adventure with twice-daily game drives. Drive through the reserve accompanied by a qualified ranger and tracker who personally look after each guest. Or if you prefer, contemplate nature's bounty by encountering the many different species of birds and fauna on a guided walking safari. Whatever adventure you have encountered during the day, you can be sure that the staff will be on hand not only to talk to you about it, but to look after all your needs.

After an exhilarating day's game viewing, relax at the Aroma Boma beauty treatment center, enjoy a game of tennis, take a swim in the infinity pool or perhaps a workout in the fully equipped gym. Whatever you desire, you will be sure to find a place that really is heaven on earth.

Guests come to Ulusaba for the game but many will want to add an extra couple of days to enjoy the exhilaration of the bush. As well as the extensive facilities available at the lodge, guests may relax by the side of the freshwater Shikwenga dam while fishing or visit a local animal orphanage to get close to the younger animals. Guests also have an opportunity to stop by one of the local breeding projects to see the efforts that go into retaining the numbers of wildlife so abundant in this beautiful area of South Africa.

Ulusaba also offers day excursions by road or air to Sudwala caves, Crocodile Reptile Park, whitewater rafting, Shangaan Cultural Village, shopping at Graskop, and Pilgrims Rest.


Rates

From South African Rand (ZAR) 4'750 per person per night sharing (fully inclusive)