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South Africa Safari

Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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ULUSABA ROCK LODGE - SABI SAND GAME RESERVE
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is part of the Sabi Sand Reserve which is a 66,000-hectare reserve bordering the Kruger National Park.  Some of this land has been in private hands since 1869 and was initially hunted. During the early 1920's most of the area was stocked with cattle and by 1927 they were competing with wild game for grazing. A Foot-and-Mouth epidemic broke out in 1938 which resulted in all the cattle being shot.

The hills of Ulusaba are spectacular as they rise above the surrounding bushveld offering a view unsurpassed anywhere in the reserve.  The tribe occupying the area long ago used the hills as an outpost for the chief and senior warriors. The elevation gave them tremendous advantage during battle and meant the enemy was unlikely to win, as surprise attack was virtually impossible. The tribal members could therefore live in safety and the place was called Ulusaba, meaning "place of little fear."

In 1984 the road up to Rock Lodge was built with the lodge itself being completed in 1985. In those days, it was comprised of a dining room, bar and four chalets. In 1990 the self-catering Safari Lodge, comprising 3 chalets was completed. Sale of the property occurred in 1991 with both lodges being transformed into world-class lodges. Disaster struck in 1988 when Rock Lodge was hit by lightning and the main lodge burned down. Two months later, a massive bush fire ravaged the area and Safari Lodge was almost completely lost. Mid-1999 saw the dawning of a new era for Ulusaba with the property being sold for the first time to a foreign investor - Sir Richard Branson. Since then, Ulusaba has undergone a major transformation.

Rock Lodge spans the cliff face of Ulusaba Mountain, 800 feet above sea level, and overlooks the sprawling wilderness below. All bedrooms and bathrooms have been completely redesigned to satisfy every indulgence, and each boasts a private, furnished sun deck from which to enjoy the dramatic views. Interiors reflect African culture and are filled with indigenous furniture and fabrics to create a Safari décor. A new swimming pool with a natural waterfall has been built into rock on the hillside and is surrounded by exotic tropical gardens. New spa facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium and offer treatments such as aroma therapy massage. Rock lodge is comprised 11 air-conditioned rooms and can accommodate 22 people in total. The lodge is available for exclusive use.

Accommodation            For images of Rock Lodge, click Rock Images
Carved deep into the Ulusaba rock itself and elevated high above the great Sabi Sand Game Reserve stands Rock Lodge. Representing the deep interior of Africa, the interiors of the camp have been designed with traditional colors and weaving's to create a truly magical environment.

Accommodation consists of four Rock Rooms, four Rock Cliff Rooms, and a stunning stand-alone, split-level Master Suite, which is sure to bring out the romantic in you. The Rock Suite has two bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms, and is ideal for those wishing to bring little cubs of their own! Six of these bedrooms can be converted to twin or double beds upon request.

Each of the luxurious ten bedrooms is air conditioned with private decks overlooking the far-reaching savannah below. All beds are covered by mosquito netting. The décor in each guest room is reminiscent of a particular African tribe or region. Original artifacts, traditional colors and weaving's have been blended while retaining the utmost in comfort and luxury. All rooms include telephones. A complimentary laundry and pressing service is included on a daily basis. Hair dryers and international adapters are available in all rooms.

The lodge also includes two tennis courts with a viewing pavilion, a swimming pool and a fully equipped gymnasium. The Aroma Boma (beauty therapy room) offers treatments ranging from massage, waxing, facials, manicures, pedicures and make-up.  The lodge offers a qualified chiropractor specializing in deep tissue chiropractic massage and acupuncture. Business facilities are available upon request. Also available are DVD, video, music, a library, board games, children's books and games.

The stunning Infinity Pool, with its natural waterfall, is the ideal location to enjoy the tranquility of the African bush. This magnificent lodge is sure to provide a spiritual awakening and adventure that will leave you longing to return to this special place, Ulusaba.

Children under 12 are quite welcome at Rock Lodge. Although children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, the staff are delighted to assist with babysitting. Numerous activities like painting, treasure hunts, videos, swimming, tennis, books, etc. are available for children of all ages.

Cuisine
Ulusaba's internationally renowned chefs have developed numerous Pan African dishes influenced by many African cultures, flavors and spices. No dietary requirement is too difficult and all requests are catered for. Whether dining out under the African sky, in the boma, on a deck or in the dining room, Ulusaba's menus and meals promise to be exciting, social and inspirational. All breads and pastries are baked daily and they will gladly cater for private meals and special occasions.

Activities
Experience a real bush adventure with twice-daily game drives. Drive through the reserve accompanied by a qualified ranger and tracker who personally look after each guest. Or if you prefer, contemplate nature's bounty by encountering the many different species of birds and fauna on a guided walking safari. Whatever adventure you have encountered during the day, you can be sure that the staff will be on hand not only to talk to you about it, but to look after all your needs.

After an exhilarating day's game viewing, relax at the Aroma Boma beauty treatment center, enjoy a game of tennis, take a swim in the infinity pool or perhaps a workout in the fully equipped gym. Whatever you desire, you will be sure to find a place that really is heaven on earth.

Guests come to Ulusaba for the game but many will want to add an extra couple of days to enjoy the exhilaration of the bush. As well as the extensive facilities available at the lodge, guests may relax by the side of the freshwater Shikwenga dam while fishing or visit a local animal orphanage to get close to the younger animals. Guests also have an opportunity to stop by one of the local breeding projects to see the efforts that go into retaining the numbers of wildlife so abundant in this beautiful area of South Africa.

Ulusaba also offers day excursions by road or air to Sudwala caves, Crocodile Reptile Park, whitewater rafting, Shangaan Cultural Village, shopping at Graskop, and Pilgrims Rest.

Wildlife
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve borders the world-renowned Kruger National Park, but there are no fences here and wildlife moves and migrates freely throughout the region, providing fantastic game-viewing opportunities from open, four-wheel drive vehicles.
The Sabi Sand Reserve has a higher bio-mass of animals per hectare than the internationally renowned Kruger National Park, which borders the Sabi Sand Reserve.

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is a Big Five viewing area. A variety of animal species can be found in this wilderness haven, including Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, White Rhino, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo, Kudu, Wildebeest and a variety of over 300 bird species.

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