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South Africa Safari

Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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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.

Safari Lodge is a romantic, tree-house-style lodge nestled in the heart of the riverine bush under a canopy of trees. Elevated chalets have netting-enclosed windows and private, shaded decks which overlook the tropical forest. The wooden interiors are complemented by handcrafted furniture and warm fabrics throughout. Safari Lodge borders the Mabrak River and stands close to a well-trafficked watering hole, allowing guests to view all manner of game from a viewing deck. The lodge has undergone major refurbishment with all rooms now enjoying private entrances and en-suite bathrooms. Safari Lodge also comprises three spectacular free-standing rooms adjacent to the main lodge and another three suites across the riverbed that are linked to the main lodge by a wooden swing bridge. A new swimming pool completes this brilliant project. Guests of Safari Lodge are welcome to use the spa facilities at Rock Lodge.

Accommodation            For images of Safari Lodge, click Safari Images
Built along the banks of the Mabrak riverbed, Safari Lodge is a romantic, rustic style lodge nestled in the Riverine bush, offering superb game viewing from the nearby watering hole. There are three Safari Rooms, three Elephant Rooms and four River Rooms, all of which have their own private sundecks, ideal for whiling away the glorious African sundown's against sounds of wildlife preparing for the night.

The rooms at Safari Lodge are built 'tree house style', with wooden bungalows on stilts, offering that extra degree of privacy and exclusiveness, the Elephant and River Rooms being accessed by specially designed wooden swing bridges. These bridges pass through treetops allowing safe access to guests' rooms while Giraffe and Elephant pass below.

Each of the rooms has king-size beds and most rooms can be converted to twin beds upon request. Safari Lodge has been decorated in a more contemporary style, while retaining the atmosphere of being "on safari." The elevated swing bridges lead to thatched chalets that have been positioned to ensure privacy and each chalet captures individual views. The handcrafted bush beds and furniture were produced by local craftsmen. The antique Mali Mud cloth cushions and throws are traditional fabrics from Western Africa.

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. Business facilities are available upon request. Also available are DVD, video, music, a library, board games, children's books and games. Guests at Safari Lodge are free to use the tennis courts, spa and gymnasium located at the nearby Ulusaba Rock Lodge.

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.

Dinner is served in the traditional safari manner and can be enjoyed in the contemporary dining room or outdoors by the warmth of the Boma fire, where the local Shangaan staff welcome the opportunity to impart their legacy of African knowledge.

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 pool or perhaps a workout in the fully equipped gym. The spa, gym and tennis courts are located at the nearby Ulusaba Rock Lodge but are available for use by guests of Safari Lodge. 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.

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.

The watering hole adjacent to Ulusaba Safari Lodge provides regular sightings of Elephant, Leopard, Giraffe, Waterbuck and Monkeys coming to drink.

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