“The African Bush – just the thought of it conjures up some fascinating images of breath-taking wilderness, sunrise safaris and a retreat far away from the city. Here your imagination becomes reality. I hope someday we’ll be able to share this with you.” — Sir Richard Branson
Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s Private Safari Game Reserve located in the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. Ulusaba is known for the quality of its safari experience, with some of the most experienced Rangers and Trackers in the country.
Ulusaba means “place of little fear”. That’s because the koppie where Rock Lodge sits provided the ancient Shangaan warriors with the perfect lookout point. Spend time at Rock Lodge and you’ll be flying with the eagles, or take a walk on the wild side back down to earth at Safari Lodge. In 2016, Ulusaba was voted number 1 amongst all top resorts and safari camps in Africa by Condé Nast Traveler readers.
For travellers in search of adventure, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve offers the ultimate safari experience. Located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve which borders Kruger National Park. During twice daily game drives you will have the opportunity to spot the legendary Big Five guided by expert rangers, traversing an area of 13,500 hectares.
Ulusaba has 21 rooms and suites spread over two lodges: Rock Lodge, including the beautiful Cliff Lodge, and Safari Lodge. Rock Lodge has the best view in the Sabi Sand. Perched high on the summit of a koppie, with panoramic views over miles of bush, grab a pair of binoculars to see what you can spot. Within Rock Lodge is Cliff Lodge a two bedroom suite, perfect for some added privacy. Both Rock and Cliff Lodge are ideal for families with children of all ages.
Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed and some of the rooms are built ‘tree house’ style and you really get the feeling of being in the heart of life in the bush. Your room will provide fascinating views of the animals as they stroll past on their way to the nearby watering hole.
A Typical Day at Ulusaba
We thought we would give you a little taster as to what you can expect on a typical day at Ulusaba! You can do as little or as much as you like, it’s completely up to you:
5AM Rise and shine
The early morning game drive sets off at 5.30AM, but before you depart enjoy a range of early morning teas, coffees and refreshments served on the main terrace.
5.30AM Off you go
Depart on the morning game drive in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, stopping for refreshments in the heart of the South African bush.
9AM Breakfast time
Retreat back to the lodge for breakfast with your Ranger.
10AM It wouldn’t be a holiday if you didn’t have a bit of R&R
Enjoy any of the spa treatments in the Aroma Boma spa or for those seeking more adventure you can get up close and personal with the animals during a walking safari (don’t worry an armed Ranger and Tracker will be with you at all times!).
1.30PM It’s lunch time
Lunch is served often on one of the sundecks.
4PM Afternoon tea
Before heading off on the evening game drive enjoy afternoon tea served on the patio.
4.30PM Game on
It’s time to depart for the evening game drive. Search for those elusive nocturnal animals after sundowner drinks served in the bush. Next it’s onto Ulusaba’s Bush observatory where one of their game rangers will give you the chance for some stargazing in the South African bush.
8PM Dinner is served!
Enjoy dinner at the Lodge or in the heart of the bush, under the African skies around a blazing log fire. Enjoy the tribal dancers and singers for a truly authentic African experience.
What’s the weather like?
The landscape changes with every season, so each visit will give you a different perspective on the
African Bush. In spring and summer (October to April) the temperature averages 34°C. The days are glorious, the vegetation lush and the nights pleasantly warm. During autumn and winter (May to September) the days are moderately warm and sunny with an average temperature of 26°C, while the nights are cool and crisp.
Make a reservation
If you’d like to plan a stay at Ulusaba the best thing to do is give them a call! Their friendly staff can answer any questions you still have and advise on availability for the time of year you’d like to stay.
South Africa – Sales and Reservations
0800 056 343 (SA toll-free)
+27 (0)11 325 4405
UK Sales and Reservations
The Metro Building, 1 Butterwick, London
W6 8DL United Kingdom
0800 716 919 (UK toll-free)
+44 (0) 208 600 0430
USA Regional Sales office (New York)
65 Bleecker Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY
10012, United States of America
877 577 8777 (USA toll-free)
+(1) 212 994 3070
To make a reservation online visit www.virginlimitededition.com/en/ulusaba. Please note online reservations at Ulusaba are only possible when booking for stays 30 days and beyond. For stays arriving within 30 days please contact the Ulusaba team on +27 (0) 11 325 4405 or email email@example.com.