Overview

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.

Tucked softly in under a canopy of looming indigenous trees, Safari Lodge is all about leaf-tinted lighting, the soft trickle of the nearby river, and gorgeous accommodation with a range of facilities. Romantically offset with a wooden walkway, and with a great view of the Xikwenga Dam, Safari Lodge is a softly lit, beautiful venue.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Safari Lodge takes the form of the Safari Rooms, Elephants Rooms, River Rooms and the Mpfuvu Tree House.

Rooms feature air-conditioning and fans, private sun decks and interconnecting wooden swing bridges.

The en-suite Tree House Suite hangs over the Xikwenga Dam, charming and elegant, within close proximity to the natural scenes below, and to the main lodge. It features a king sized bed, attractive mosquito net draping, a lounge with a sofa bed, and a gorgeous private viewing deck leading off from the lounge.

Wildlife

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 Fig Five, cheetah, wild dogs, more passive wildlife such as the leopard tortoise and ant lion, a host of brightly coloured and fantastic birds.

Extra Info

Children:
• Children under the age of twelve years are not permitted. Children lodging here must be accompanied at all times.

Directions

BY ROAD:

From Johannesburg:

• 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 Game Reserve 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 need to pay a gate entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person. The entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation (Prices are 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)

Reviews


Flights were very good.

Neil Senior

From the moment we arrived, we knew this place was special. Our tracker and guide were waiting to welcome us to Safari Lodge. Spending four days with Ryan and Kaizer, was just the best. Every day got better and better as we learned about the animals. Kaizer has the eyes of an eagle as he was able to spot leopards and lions. Ryan shared with us fascinating details about the animals we were seeing. If you want to see wildlife, this is the place! When Ryan spotted painted dogs, he jumped in the air with joy ,with arms raised in his excitement! It was an incredible experience to share his love of the animals. As we left, and were walking to our plane, we had tears in our eyes. We will always remember our time at Ulusaba, and would love to return.

Christine

Nothing prepared us for how magnificent our visit to Ulusaba would be. Without my pictures and shared memories, I'd thought it was a dream instead of reality. Sir Richard Branson outdid himself. Huge tree-house guest rooms which are interconnected to a main gathering area via rope bridges...safely above the wild animals below. The trackers, staff and Lonnie (spelling?) the General Manager were fun, spirited and adventurous. An unforgettable property and journey. I honestly consider it a privilege to have stayed at Ulusaba. They made us feel like Rock-Stars.

Gene

This was a fantastic experience. I had friends from the UK who thoroughly enjoyed their stay. although expensive the lodge was beauitful, food and staff fantastic, game ranger was the best ever and I have been all over SA. So all in all a fabulous trip.

Carol

Four of us stayed for four days. The time was perfect. 8 Safari drives with each one being different.The staff does not know how to say "NO" to their guests. The work hard to say yes and figure out how to make a request happen. There is NOTHING we would change.Our stay was AMAZING!

Art Freedman

From the arrival at the private airstrip Ulusaba was very special. Being met by the ranger who will look after you for the whole of your stay, was one of the many thoughtful things that make Ulusaba the place it is. If you think you will be bored being in a jeep up to eight hours a say, don't worry, especially if your ranger is Brandon and your tracker, jack. Brandon's passion for the animals and energy he puts into tracking and chasing them makes for an exciting, exhilarating adventure. Every day. Warm ponchos and 'bush babies' (hot water bottles) in the cold mornings was a treat, hot chocolate with a dash of Amarula, for morning tea, then back for a full breakfast. In the evening drive, sundowners, then tumbling out of the jeep, straight into the lodge for a couple of drinks around the bar with other guest and rangers then a three course meal, alone, or altogether around a long table, which was great fun. All that and I haven't mentioned the animals yet! We saw the lot, including sitting in the middle of a herd of 1000 buffalo. We saw leopard cubs and most exciting was a leopard up a tree with it's kill while underneath skulked hyenas waiting for something to drop from the tree. We stayed in a suite with a private plunge pool. Unfortunately it was too cold to enjoy. Spacious and well appointed. We would recommend Ulusaba to anyone. First class but not stuffy. Like a staying with a family who looks after your every whim. Thank you everyone, especially Brandon.

Sandra

We originally came for the game viewing, and that is great, big 5 in 2 days both trips. The rooms are great, but for us it's the people which make it really special. Everyone is really friendly, and the service is great.It's an early start for the drives, but it's well worth it. Michelle and Don our ranger and tracker were amazing, we saw so many different animals.The food is great, and there is plenty of it and the selection of drinks included is extensive and quality.We have split our time between Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge both times. Both Safari and Rock lodge are great in their own different ways, Rock lodge rooms maybe fractionally nicer, and it has amazing views, but Safari lodge you never quite know what animals you will see and for me that makes it marginally better.It's one of the few places I've been where I really didn't want to leave.I'll be back again, and the sooner the better.

Chris

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.

Tucked softly in under a canopy of looming indigenous trees, Safari Lodge is all about leaf-tinted lighting, the soft trickle of the nearby river, and gorgeous accommodation with a range of facilities. Romantically offset with a wooden walkway, and with a great view of the Xikwenga Dam, Safari Lodge is a softly lit, beautiful venue.

Accommodation at Safari Lodge takes the form of the Safari Rooms, Elephants Rooms, River Rooms and the Mpfuvu Tree House.

Rooms feature air-conditioning and fans, private sun decks and interconnecting wooden swing bridges.

The en-suite Tree House Suite hangs over the Xikwenga Dam, charming and elegant, within close proximity to the natural scenes below, and to the main lodge. It features a king sized bed, attractive mosquito net draping, a lounge with a sofa bed, and a gorgeous private viewing deck leading off from the lounge.

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 Fig Five, cheetah, wild dogs, more passive wildlife such as the leopard tortoise and ant lion, a host of brightly coloured and fantastic birds.

Children:
• Children under the age of twelve years are not permitted. Children lodging here must be accompanied at all times.

BY ROAD:

From Johannesburg:

• 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 Game Reserve 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 need to pay a gate entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person. The entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation (Prices are 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)

Flights were very good.

Neil Senior

From the moment we arrived, we knew this place was special. Our tracker and guide were waiting to welcome us to Safari Lodge. Spending four days with Ryan and Kaizer, was just the best. Every day got better and better as we learned about the animals. Kaizer has the eyes of an eagle as he was able to spot leopards and lions. Ryan shared with us fascinating details about the animals we were seeing. If you want to see wildlife, this is the place! When Ryan spotted painted dogs, he jumped in the air with joy ,with arms raised in his excitement! It was an incredible experience to share his love of the animals. As we left, and were walking to our plane, we had tears in our eyes. We will always remember our time at Ulusaba, and would love to return.

Christine

Nothing prepared us for how magnificent our visit to Ulusaba would be. Without my pictures and shared memories, I'd thought it was a dream instead of reality. Sir Richard Branson outdid himself. Huge tree-house guest rooms which are interconnected to a main gathering area via rope bridges...safely above the wild animals below. The trackers, staff and Lonnie (spelling?) the General Manager were fun, spirited and adventurous. An unforgettable property and journey. I honestly consider it a privilege to have stayed at Ulusaba. They made us feel like Rock-Stars.

Gene

This was a fantastic experience. I had friends from the UK who thoroughly enjoyed their stay. although expensive the lodge was beauitful, food and staff fantastic, game ranger was the best ever and I have been all over SA. So all in all a fabulous trip.

Carol

Four of us stayed for four days. The time was perfect. 8 Safari drives with each one being different.The staff does not know how to say "NO" to their guests. The work hard to say yes and figure out how to make a request happen. There is NOTHING we would change.Our stay was AMAZING!

Art Freedman

From the arrival at the private airstrip Ulusaba was very special. Being met by the ranger who will look after you for the whole of your stay, was one of the many thoughtful things that make Ulusaba the place it is. If you think you will be bored being in a jeep up to eight hours a say, don't worry, especially if your ranger is Brandon and your tracker, jack. Brandon's passion for the animals and energy he puts into tracking and chasing them makes for an exciting, exhilarating adventure. Every day. Warm ponchos and 'bush babies' (hot water bottles) in the cold mornings was a treat, hot chocolate with a dash of Amarula, for morning tea, then back for a full breakfast. In the evening drive, sundowners, then tumbling out of the jeep, straight into the lodge for a couple of drinks around the bar with other guest and rangers then a three course meal, alone, or altogether around a long table, which was great fun. All that and I haven't mentioned the animals yet! We saw the lot, including sitting in the middle of a herd of 1000 buffalo. We saw leopard cubs and most exciting was a leopard up a tree with it's kill while underneath skulked hyenas waiting for something to drop from the tree. We stayed in a suite with a private plunge pool. Unfortunately it was too cold to enjoy. Spacious and well appointed. We would recommend Ulusaba to anyone. First class but not stuffy. Like a staying with a family who looks after your every whim. Thank you everyone, especially Brandon.

Sandra

We originally came for the game viewing, and that is great, big 5 in 2 days both trips. The rooms are great, but for us it's the people which make it really special. Everyone is really friendly, and the service is great.It's an early start for the drives, but it's well worth it. Michelle and Don our ranger and tracker were amazing, we saw so many different animals.The food is great, and there is plenty of it and the selection of drinks included is extensive and quality.We have split our time between Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge both times. Both Safari and Rock lodge are great in their own different ways, Rock lodge rooms maybe fractionally nicer, and it has amazing views, but Safari lodge you never quite know what animals you will see and for me that makes it marginally better.It's one of the few places I've been where I really didn't want to leave.I'll be back again, and the sooner the better.

Chris

Accommodation options

Elephant Room

Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
02 Jan 2017 — 21 Dec 2017 $ 839 $ 1,181 2 people
From $ 839

Per Person Sharing

Inclusions:
The above rates include all meals and beverages including top quality wine and fine champagne.  Twice daily game drives and walking safaris.   Tennis courts and  fully equipped gym.  Business facilities with free wifi.  An observatory.  Wine cellar with an outdoor dining area.  Laundry service.  Informative talks on flora, fauna, and conservation.

Excludes:
Guest conservation contribution of R114 per person per night

Please Note:
Please request rates for the period of 22 December 2016 - 1 January 2017 .
A minimum of 5 night stay between the above dates 

River Room

Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
02 Jan 2017 — 21 Dec 2017 $ 967 $ 1,414 2 people
From $ 967

Per Person Sharing

Inclusions:
The above rates include all meals and beverages including top quality wine and fine champagne.  Twice daily game drives and walking safaris.   Tennis courts and  fully equipped gym.  Business facilities with free wifi.  An observatory.  Wine cellar with an outdoor dining area.  Laundry service.  Informative talks on flora, fauna and conservation.

Excludes:
Guest conservation contribution of R114 per person per night

Please Note:
Please request rates for the period of 22 December 2016 - 1 January 2017 .
A minimum of 5 night stay between the above dates .

River Room with plunge pool

Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
02 Jan 2017 — 21 Dec 2017 $ 1,083 $ 1,495 2 people
From $ 1,083

Per Person Sharing

Inclusions:  
All meals and beverages including top quality wine and fine champagne.  Twice daily game drives and walking safaris.   Tennis courts and  fully equipped gym.  Business facilities with free wifi.  An observatory.  Wine cellar with an outdoor dining area.  Laundry service.  Informative talks on flora, fauna and conservation.

Excludes:
Guest conservation contribution of R114 per person per night

Please Note:
Please request rates for the period of 22 December 2016 - 1 January 2017 .
A minimum of 5 night stay between the above dates 

Treehouse Suite

Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
02 Jan 2017 — 21 Dec 2017 $ 1,336 $ 1,965 2 people
From $ 1,336

Per Person Sharing

Inclusions:  
The above rates include all meals and beverages including top quality wine and fine champagne.  Twice daily game drives and walking safaris.   Tennis courts and  fully equipped gym.  Business facilities with free wifi.  An observatory.  Wine cellar with an outdoor dining area.  Laundry service.  Informative talks on flora, fauna and conservation.

Excludes:
Guest conservation contribution of R114 per person per night

Please Note:
Please request rates for the period of 22 December 2016 - 1 January 2017 .
A minimum of 5 night stay between the above dates .