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

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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Oct 22, 2020 Sandra D Pretoria, South Africa

We went back for our 6th visit this time to Safari lodge. And despite all the precautions, they did not interfere with our amazing visit. The staff are wonderful, all the precautions were managed very discreetly by them so we knew that we were safe, being elderly this was important for us. We brought friends on a first visit and they were blown… Read more
We went back for our 6th visit this time to Safari lodge. And despite all the precautions, they did not interfere with our amazing visit. The staff are wonderful, all the precautions were managed very discreetly by them so we knew that we were safe, being elderly this was important for us. We brought friends on a first visit and they were blown away by the experience they can't wait to return. I do hope that many more South Africans will take the opportunity, with this special rate for us in SA, to visit particularly since we cannot as yet travel abroad. This is such a great opportunity to enjoy the best SA has to offer! We cannot wait to make our 7th visit much better value that going to the UK. Thank you all at Safari Lodge for making this trip so special as always, to Sandra, Janine, Corrine (for the amazing cuisine) and of course our rangers Tom and Sipho (spectacular game viewing) and not to forget Benjamin and other staff who served our great food and wines! lots of love to you all and keep well. Read less
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Sep 24, 2020 craigwY6767KV

What an experience! Sorry for the delay in reviewing. This is just perfect from start to finish - our team was just stunning with Jay our driver (now married I presume) providing an amazing experience. My wife was emotional the day we left such was the perfect experience delivered. Words are not adequate, this place is heaven on Earth in every… Read more
What an experience! Sorry for the delay in reviewing. This is just perfect from start to finish - our team was just stunning with Jay our driver (now married I presume) providing an amazing experience. My wife was emotional the day we left such was the perfect experience delivered. Words are not adequate, this place is heaven on Earth in every respect. Thank you 🙏 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Outstanding (Again)

Sep 13, 2020 StuJen_13 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We stayed here at the end February this year, so has taken a while to write this review, which is in no way a reflection of our experience. Unfortunately like most of the tourism industry the hotel has had to temporarily close its doors and we wish all those associated with the hotel all the very best. We have been watching the Ulusaba Sofa… Read more
We stayed here at the end February this year, so has taken a while to write this review, which is in no way a reflection of our experience. Unfortunately like most of the tourism industry the hotel has had to temporarily close its doors and we wish all those associated with the hotel all the very best. We have been watching the Ulusaba Sofa Safari broadcasts every Monday and while they have been extremely entertaining and informative there’s nothing like being there for real. This was our 4th visit in 7yrs for what was going to be a once in a lifetime trip when we came in 2013 for our honeymoon, but we just keep being drawn back to this magical place. Despite this we always seem to come away with special memories from each trip. We flew into Ulusaba’s own airstrip from Johannesburg with Fedair which takes about 75minutes and is a great way to arrive. Upon arrival you complete the check in formalities at the airstrip while having a glass of sparkling wine or two. You are picked up by your Ranger (Kyle) and Tracker (Canny) with whom you will be with on all of your game drives. We were fortunate to stay in River Room 2 with its own plunge pool, having previously stayed in the Elephant and Safari rooms which are closer to the main lodge. All of the rooms are excellent and very in keeping with the surroundings. The River Rooms are accessed by rope bridge which can be quite entertaining late at night after what’s generally been a very social evening. You are escorted back to your room at night but in the mornings you are free to go from the room to the lodge unescorted. Breakfast will be with the other guests on your jeep, maximum of six though often less and you will be joined by your Ranger to chat about the mornings drive. Dinner is again communal but generally one big table for all the guests staying at the lodge, which makes for quite a social and interesting experience. Most don’t bother to change for dinner after the evening drive but just go straight to the bar, it’s not really a dressy affair. There’s also a few surprises along the way!!! The service levels here are incredible, managing to be both extremely relaxed but efficient at the same time. Nothing is too much trouble you only need to mention something in the passing then it magically appears even if if was simply an observation and not actually a request. We mentioned that we hadn’t stopped any of the mornings for pancakes in the bush which had done on previous visits and the next morning they had a pancake station set up at breakfast. My wife had gone to the bar for a bottle of something bubbly to celebrate our arrival and enjoy in the plunge pool and had selected a particular bottle. This was duly noted and a bottle was in our breakfast picnic for my birthday out in the bush. Another bottle was there in an ice bucket when we arrived back in our room from the picnic.... We had laundry done a couple of times when there, and couldn’t believe how quickly it reappeared. Same day on one occasion. There are so many people in the background that you don’t come into contact with that make this place what it is, but a special thanks to Anel, Chaila, Jeanine, Kyle and Canny, and a shout out to Vickers and Chrisna at rock lodge when we were up for our spa treatments. We have been lucky to travel extensively over the years but no other hotel has ever come close to here, we look forward to it immensely and are never disappointed when we are there. The vibe that exists here is truly magical and we find it instantly relaxing from the moment we arrive until we depart. All we can say is that we have booked again to come back in February 21, hopefully things have gotten back to some normality by then.... Ps. Couldn’t have had a better birthday, was an unbelievable day and can’t express how much we appreciated the effort that went into it. Read less
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Mar 11, 2020 Parlour Cottage W Worcester, United Kingdom

Set on a hill, with great views. This was our 3rd safari lodge on this trip. We found the staff and surrounding very corporate, in a luxury lodge. One member of staff a little too over friendly !!! and the ranger more interested in his own personal safari tour, than his customers experience. Good food and were able to help ourselves to drinks… Read more
Set on a hill, with great views. This was our 3rd safari lodge on this trip. We found the staff and surrounding very corporate, in a luxury lodge. One member of staff a little too over friendly !!! and the ranger more interested in his own personal safari tour, than his customers experience. Good food and were able to help ourselves to drinks when needed. Dinners were eating all together, on one large table, which was fun meeting others. We enjoyed our 1st two lodges more, which were more rustic, set out in the bush, with the wild animals and the staff were genuinely friendly Read less
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Feb 20, 2020 southerndanielle Preston, United Kingdom

We had 4 nights at the safari lodge in an elephant room. From start to finish it was first class. Room was outstanding, we were greeted by our Ranger Tom with a glass of champagne and then taken to our room. Immediately the staff put as at ease and knew our first names. Tom our ranger and John our tracker were superb. Their knowledge was… Read more
We had 4 nights at the safari lodge in an elephant room. From start to finish it was first class. Room was outstanding, we were greeted by our Ranger Tom with a glass of champagne and then taken to our room. Immediately the staff put as at ease and knew our first names. Tom our ranger and John our tracker were superb. Their knowledge was outstanding and they explained everything in detail. They were also great fun with brilliant sense of humour. We saw everything we hoped to see and more and had seen the big 5 within 2 days. All the staff were excellent, extremely friendly also with a great sense of fun. Food and drink second to none, gaining a few extra pounds in the process! All in all we had a fantastic time and will return. P.S Trevor you might have beat us at rugby but we hammered you at cricket 😂😂 Read less