Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

Owned by our own Sir Richard Branson, this is one of the most luxurious and exclusive game lodges in the world. It is located amid the breathtaking landscapes of Sabi Sands and combines exceptional service with a superb safari experience - what could be better? If you like to keep yourself close to the ground and the passing wildlife, you'll enjoy Safari Lodge - with treehouse inspired rooms and suites, all with private decks. Your day starts early with a cup of tea and then it's out to the 4WDs in search of the reserve's exciting creatures. Then it's back to the lodge for a delicious hearty breakfast and a chance to enjoy the impressive leisure facilities. You'll also enjoy an evening safari to spot some different bush creatures, before enjoying a first-class dinner accompanied by excellent wines and occasionally by tribal dancers and singers.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Near National Park
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the western sector of the Sabi Sand reserve. Road transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga or Skukuza airport are available. We recommend to fly direct from Johannesburg to Ulusaba's private airstrip. Flight time approximately: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Hotel information

Ulusaba has 20 rooms and suites spread over 2 exquisite lodges. Safari Lodge has a fantastic bush location built along the banks of a dry river bed and offers a selection of Elephant Rooms, a  Safari Room, River Rooms, a Treehouse Suite and the new Safari Suite. All with private entrances and terraces providing incredible views of passing animals on their way to the nearby waterhole, a sitting area and en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower. The Safari Room is located close to the main building and has a large viewing deck, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: all food and beverages - including top quality wine list, premium branded spirits and French Champagne. Twice daily-game drives, daily walking safari (subject to favourable weather conditions), local entertainment, laundry service and transfers from Ulusaba air strip.

Elephant Rooms are 'treehouse style' built high above the bush and mostly accessed by swing bridges, sleeping maximum 2 adults. As the name suggests they are great for elephant viewing with their location being on a elephant migratory route!

River Rooms have the same facilities as an Elephant Room and 2 of the River Rooms have infinity plunge pools, sleeping maximum 2 adults. River Rooms are very secluded making them the perfect romantic bush getaway.

The Treehouse Suite is a stunning, unique suite featuring a private deck with magnificent views over Xikwenga Dam where hippos and elephants come to bathe. Perfect for honeymooners, sleeping maximum 2 adults. The suite is a 10-minute walk from the main lodge and is accessible by swing bridges and raised walkways.

Safari Suite - this private suite is next to the Main Lodge and is accessed through its own entrance into a walled garden with boma fire pit. There is a separate spacious lounge that opens onto a large viewing deck with jacuzzi plunge pool, outdoor shower and private dining table for maximum 8 adults. The suite boasts an en-suite bathroom with a separate toilet and an additional guest bathroom next to the lounge. The Safari Suite can be interconnected with the Safari Room to sleep maximum 4 adults.

Romance/Honeymoon package

Enhance your stay by adding a Romance/Honeymoon package to your room or suite and recieve the following benefits:

  • A fruit basket and champagne in the room on arrival
  • The Aroma Boma Devotional Journey spa treatment for two (60 minutes)
  • Lovers’ Picnic private lunch on a day of your choosing
  • Romantic bath time experience on an evening of your choosing
  • Private dinner on the last evening complete with own personal butler
  • Complimentary space-available upgrade
  • Gift on departure
  • Free night offer: stay 4 nights, pay 3 nights when staying between 15 Jan-30 Jun '20. Maximum one free night. 

Local entertainment. Daily game-drives. Late morning walking safaris. Outdoor swimming pool. Viewing deck. Aroma Boma spa*. Gym and 2 tennis courts. Video, music and book libraries. Wine cellar. Observatory in the bush for star gazing. Complimentary WiFi access. Gift shop.

5 nights between 22 Dec-1 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Children over 12 years are welcome to stay at Safari Lodge.

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Feb 14, 2020 Francesca S Worthing, United Kingdom

Our 2nd visit to Ulusaba Safari Lodge. Stayed for 7 nights in River Room 1 and my cousin and friend joined us for 5 nights and stayed in an elephant room. Both rooms are great and the wildlife viewing even better than on our first trip thanks to our wonderful ranger Eric and tracker Sipho. This place is just magical. We had such fun and a lot of… Read more
Our 2nd visit to Ulusaba Safari Lodge. Stayed for 7 nights in River Room 1 and my cousin and friend joined us for 5 nights and stayed in an elephant room. Both rooms are great and the wildlife viewing even better than on our first trip thanks to our wonderful ranger Eric and tracker Sipho. This place is just magical. We had such fun and a lot of laughs. The staff are delightful and the food excellent, catering very well with gluten free food for my husband. We saw all the big 5 and magnificent 7 several times over, including leopard cubs, a cheetah and hyena babies. We saw wild dogs 3 times. If you are animal lovers and enjoy watching animals in the wild, then this is the place for you. It was great to meet Sandra and Patience again and a big thank you to them for making us feel so welcome. Thank you to Eric and Sipho (the A Team!), and to Plantain, Chrisna,Chaily, Nons, Zee, Ishmael, Sam, Douglas and Gabriel. Sorry if I have missed any names off the list but thank you to everyone for a remarkable holiday. We will be back in December with our daughter - can't wait! Read less
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Feb 3, 2020 laurenphillips2212

It's been two months since we traveled here and every single day I have thought about it and started to write a review, but genuinely anything I put down just can't come close to describing the magic of our stay here. I really can't put into words how truly unbelievable this place is. Not only is it beyond beautiful and seeing all of the animals… Read more
It's been two months since we traveled here and every single day I have thought about it and started to write a review, but genuinely anything I put down just can't come close to describing the magic of our stay here. I really can't put into words how truly unbelievable this place is. Not only is it beyond beautiful and seeing all of the animals so up close and personal exceeded every expectation, but I can't say enough about the service and the staff. The staff truly went over and beyond at every turn. We genuinely felt like we had a personal friendship with each one of them. How they can make you feel so welcome and taken care of is beyond belief. Thank you so much to our ranger Kyle and our guide Kayne who made every drive so much fun and unique. It was genuinely so sad to leave because we honestly miss them so much! We genuinely feel that we've met people we want to keep in touch with forever. How often can you say that on a 4 day trip?! We celebrated our honeymoon here with them, and every single staff member knew us all by name, knew our favorite drinks and had them waiting. The food was the most amazing meals every single day and the wine pairing was so delicious. I even commented one time to the chef on how unbelievable the soup he made was and the next day at breakfast, he delivered his handwritten recipe for it. One night at the bar, I mentioned to my husband how good an espresso martini sounded and Vickers overheard me, looked up a recipe as he hadn't made it before, found all the ingredients and perfected it. It was so beyond thoughtful and so delicious! He even worked on it throughout the next day and had one chilled and waiting for me the next night! We also had the most amazing massages we have ever experienced. We ended up having to book a second one for the next day because it was so amazing!! The staff have magic hands! We had a beautiful private dinner in the cellar and came back to our room with rose petals everywhere, it was truly the most amazing celebration we could have asked for. When we were leaving, I had mentioned to Vickers how cool the new water bottles were - the new shipment were slightly different than the ones we had and sure enough, he went and found two more to give us as a parting gift. We use them all the time! Once again, nothing I could ever say could relay our experience here. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This trip will always hold such a special place for us. We hope to see you again soon! Lauren & Jeb Phillips Read less
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Feb 2, 2020 MikeFantic Cape Town Central, South Africa

Where do I start to describe the awesomeness of this place 😀. From getting picked up at the private airstrip by Brandon & Respect and driven to the resort. On arrival being met by Sandra and some of her team with hot towels, champagne and a overall lovely welcome. The room (River Room 4) with plunge pool was just amazing. And waking up daily… Read more
Where do I start to describe the awesomeness of this place 😀. From getting picked up at the private airstrip by Brandon & Respect and driven to the resort. On arrival being met by Sandra and some of her team with hot towels, champagne and a overall lovely welcome. The room (River Room 4) with plunge pool was just amazing. And waking up daily with Elephants, Impala etc right outside our room was simply amazing. The quality and quantity of the dining was way above our expectation. They continued to impress on a daily basis, with the overall friendliness of ALL the staff, Sandra and Chilee in particular couldn’t have been nicer, but difficult to say that as all the staff were so helpful and lovely. Brandon (our Ranger) was simply outstanding. We went out twice daily with him and Respect (our Tracker) and it’s difficult to put into words how good they were. Brandon in particular has a very welcoming nature and great sense of humour, putting us at ease with his laid back attitude and giggles along the way. His knowledge of Africa and the animals is nothing short of amazing and he very much made the trip so enjoyable for us both. Five star doesn’t start to describe this destination 👍🏽👍🏽 Thanks to all at Ulusaba for an amazing experience. Mike & Adele Mearns Read less
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Jan 29, 2020 mitchell s

Ulusaba is a place to behold. The staff here anticipates every need and you feel like family within a day. Our guide Brad may have been the most knowledgeable person we ever met. Our tracker Herrold didn't miss a beat. We saw a pack of Wild Dogs take down an Impala on our first drive. Patience and Sandra took great care of us in the lodge and… Read more
Ulusaba is a place to behold. The staff here anticipates every need and you feel like family within a day. Our guide Brad may have been the most knowledgeable person we ever met. Our tracker Herrold didn't miss a beat. We saw a pack of Wild Dogs take down an Impala on our first drive. Patience and Sandra took great care of us in the lodge and don't miss having a massage if you have time. Food and drink here is like in a fine restaurant. It was genuinely sad leaving. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 2nd visit better than the 1st - just amazing

Jan 23, 2020 IanBTotteridge London, United Kingdom

There are not enough adjectives to describe just how wonderful this place is! We spent 3 nights thus time and were lucky enough to get upgraded to the spectacular Safari Suite with plunge pool, boma, garden and enormous terrace as well as spectacular living room bedroom and bathrooms. As great as the room was its the staff that make Ulusaba, from… Read more
There are not enough adjectives to describe just how wonderful this place is! We spent 3 nights thus time and were lucky enough to get upgraded to the spectacular Safari Suite with plunge pool, boma, garden and enormous terrace as well as spectacular living room bedroom and bathrooms. As great as the room was its the staff that make Ulusaba, from the greeting at the private airport to house keeping everyone is super friendly and just cannot do enough for you. Food, wine and drinks are bountiful and of great quality, I defy anyone not to put on weight. We celebrated by son and wife’s birthday and the team provided a memorable experience, presents, champagne breakfast, cake and traditional singing. The game drives are amazing, both ranger (Liam) and tracker (David) were awesome. You are guaranteed close encounters and spectacular sightings, the big 5 is almost a given. It’s not cheap but building life long memories never are. We will be back! Read less