Location: South Africa-->Kruger National Park-->Ulusaba Game Reserve
Accommodation Type: Lodge
Comfort Level: Luxury
Good For: Solo, Couple/Romantic, Family |
Ulusaba Game Reserve - safari home of world famous Sir Richard Branson, as well as home to an extensive and exciting collection of birds, mammals, reptiles, and African flora of the type only found in this vegetation-rich area.
Decked out with world class equipment and facilities, guests have a lodge of the highest quality at their disposal. Get back from an exciting drive out in the dusty air adjacent to the Kruger National Park and enjoy being pampered at one of the reserve's fabulous health spas, or bound around a tennis court in the sepia glow of the setting sun.
Constructed high above a slope of vegetation descending off into the surrounding park, Rock Lodge enjoys a view second to none anywhere. From atop its perch in the park, Rock lodge commands ten unique suites, designed in the colours of various African tribes. From the decor, the individualism of this lodge stretches out into the service, facilities, and special attention during the daily game drives.
Ulusaba Rock Lodge offers accommodation in a choice of its two Makwela Suites, four Rock Cliff Rooms, and the split level Master Suite.
Also on offer is the popular Rock Suite, with en-suite bathrooms. All the suites are air conditioned, include tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a mini bar.
Guests hoping to spot wildlife in between enjoying the luxury accommodation of Ulusaba are in for a treat, as this are is home to the Big Five, cheetah, wild dogs, more passive wildlife such as the leopard tortoise and ant lion, a host of brightly coloured and fantastic birds.
• BY AIR:
• O R Tambo Johannesburg International - Hoedspruit
• Cape Town International - Hoedspruit
• CHARTER FLIGHTS:
• Private charters on request
• Helicopter transfers on request
• Transfers to lodge are available
• BY ROAD:
• Take the N4 / N12 to Nelspruit
• Follow the R40 from Nelspruit through White River to Hazyview
• As you approach Hazyview there is a T-junction
• Turn left at this junction
• This road will take you into Hazyview Town
• Carry on straight through the first set of traffic lights
• At the intersection with 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.
• After 32km you will see a signpost for Ulusaba on your left
• Follow the gravel road and signposts for Ulusaba to Newington Gate, which is where you will enter the Sabi Sand Reserve
• You will pay an entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person. Entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation (Prices subject to change)
• Once through Newington Gate, follow all signposts to Ulusaba
• You will travel for approximately 17km after entering Newington Gate
GPS: -24.7924 (latitude), 31.3687 (longitude)
We stayed at Ulusaba for 3 nights last month and it was simply the most amazing place I've ever been to. It felt like staying in someone's home, it was so intimate and personal (in a good way). Staff were all delightful, everyone knew each other by name, any request was fulfilled. The drives were unreal and we saw EVERYTHING. The rangers were so knowledgeable and entertaining. I also took my little boy with us and he had an absolute blast and learned so much.
Food was also very good and service impeccable.
Very highly recommend this place.
Thank you, everyone at Ulusaba, for making this stay unforgettable.
We are a family of 5 (3 boys aged 17,14,11). Had the most amazing stay at Ulusaba Rock Lodge for our 4 nights. Our 2 older boys shared a Rock Room, while we stayed in a Makwela Suite with our youngest. Both rooms had a real African influence, the bathrooms were wonderful. Each room had a different view both were fantastic. The staff were very welcoming, the food beautiful, we loved everything about our stay. Our ranger Johnny and tracker Dan were great - in fact we saw all the Big 5 on our first afternoon. After our stay here we continued our holiday for another 2 weeks. Now we are home, we ask our boys which was the best place. Ulusaba without hesitation.
We will be talking about this place for years to come.
I stayed at Safari Lodge for two nights and Rock Lodge for another two. Although we enjoyed both, I would definitely say our favorite was Rock. The views are just phenomenal...our room (dusk suite) had its own plunge pool and wrap around porch. We stayed at the treehouse suite in Safari, and although it was also beautiful--the hippos and baboons are very loud at night!
But what really made our stay at Ulusaba unforgettable was the staff. Our guide Sean was incredible---he was such a wealth of knowledge and we were lucky enough to have the jeep to ourselves for a day and a half. We saw the Big Five, cubs, a kill + countless other beautiful animals & birds. I can't imagine a better safari experience...we were treated to two breakfasts in the bush, drinks at night with the hippos, star-gazing, and other magical experiences we will never forget.
If you're like me and do A LOT of research before your trips, look no further. This is a trip you will never forget.
Stayed at rock lodge, amazing experience, staff are out to make sure your stay is nothing but perfect. You are greeted at the airstrip, and a nice bottle of bubbles on ice waiting for you.
Ryann who collected us was our game driver, he was fantastic his knowledge of the wildlife was incredible, he had a person who has never really taken an interest in birds becoming a bird watcher, well done Ryan! He did everything in his power to make sure we had an amazing wildlife experience. We'll done to everyone associated with rock lodge it's a team effort.
My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights for our Honeymoon. It was an incredible experience from start to finish. We flew to Ulusaba airstrip with Fed Air (who we would recommend). Here we were greeted by our Ranger (Brandon), who congratulated us on our marriage and helped us fill in a brief form whilst we sipped on some bubbly.
Then it was off to the Rock Lodge in the open top Land Rover. The road leading up to the Rock Lodge is extremely steep and as it is so high up, the views are simply amazing. We were quickly shown to our room. It was beautifully decorated with tasteful dark wood furniture. The mini bar had a wide selection of drinks, including soft drinks and alcohol. We also had a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us. The room had floor to ceiling windows in the main bedroom and bathroom which was great for staring out onto miles and miles of game whilst having a relaxing bath in the generously sized tub! There was also a large rainfall shower and twin sinks, which was great.
Every morning we were woken up at 05:30 by a phone call from our Ranger, to go for our morning game drive. We had a brief breakfast of fresh orange and muffins and set off around 06:00. Viewing the animals in their natural habitat was both wonderful and educational and we frequently went off road to view them up close, and as a result we got some incredible photographs.
After the morning game drive we had a full English breakfast, and then the time was free to do whatever you pleased. We took the opportunity to go on two excursions during our visit. We visited Elephant Whispers and also did the Canyons, Cultures and Contrasts excursion. We would highly recommend both, as they were worth every penny and allowed us to experience the beauty of South Africa.
After returning from our excursions, we went on an evening game drive around 16:00 and this was followed by a 3 course evening meal at 19:30. All the guests at the lodge sit around one big table to eat on the evening. This was great as we were able to chat about the animals we had spotted and make new friends.
The food at the lodge is exquisite. We enjoyed every meal and the drinks are constantly flowing too. The staff made us feel so welcome and really made our trip special. On our last night at the lodge we were given the option to have a private dinner. We did and it was so romantic and again the food was simply amazing.
We both agree that what really made our Honeymoon special was the hard work and enthusiasm of our Ranger (Brandon) and Tracker (Jack) who were a great team making sure we had the opportunity to see as many animals as possible. They were so generous in sharing their vast knowledge of the animals and South African culture, and we are so grateful to them for giving us the experience of a lifetime. We would love to return and do it all again!