Ulusaba Cliff Lodge
This luxury South African safari lodge in a private concession within Sabi Sand Game Reserve, can be booked exclusively for a private holiday experience. Exclusive Ulusaba Cliff Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in two 2 private suites that each boast ultra-luxurious facilities.
“The African Bush - just the thought of it conjures up some fascinating images of breathtaking 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
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Ulusaba Cliff Lodge is located on a koppie in Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Sir Richard Branson’s own piece of wild Africa.
Ulusaba means “place of little fear” in the indigenous Shangaan language, and that is because the koppie where Rock Lodge is situated, provided the ancient Shangaan warriors with the perfect lookout point. The Ulusaba service offering is also exactly that - fearless.
This luxury South African safari lodge in a private concession within Sabi Sand Game Reserve, can be booked exclusively for a private holiday experience.
Exclusive Ulusaba Cliff Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in two 2 private suites that each boast ultra-luxurious facilities.
Stellar facilities and warm hospitality make Ulusaba Cliff Lodge a preferred African safari destination among globetrotters in search of a truly unique bush experience. In 2017, Ulusaba was voted number 3 in the “Top Resorts in Africa” category by Conde Nast Traveler readers (US edition).
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge
Cliff Lodge 1 – Cliff Lodge 1 is approximately 330m² This spacious 2-bedroom suite boasts a large bedroom with king-size bed and two small pull-out beds) and a smaller bedroom which can accommodate one adult or two children. Opulently styled, it features a private pool and bar, spa, gym, iPod docking station, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and a fireplace, as well as an outdoor barbeque area. The lodge is accessed via a raised walkway from the main house at Rock Lodge.
Cliff Lodge 2 – Cliff Lodge 2 is approximately 120m² This lodge a spacious one-bedroom suite with king-size bed and two small pull-out beds that can accommodate two small children. It also boasts a large lounge area with satellite TV, iPod docking station, complimentary Wi-Fi, mosquito nets, fireplace and a Jacuzzi on the viewing deck. Access is gained via a raised walkway from the main house. Available individually 4 months prior to guest arrival. Cliff Lodge 2 can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.
Connected by elevated wooden walkways, these suites are all strategically positioned along the banks of the seasonal riverbed. All the suite decks overlook the riverbed and the magnificent sycamore groves.
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge is located a short walk from the main house at Rock Lodge, and features two magnificent suites, offering guests the ultimate in African safari luxury. Ideal for families and friends seeking an exclusive getaway, or couples wanting to enjoy those special occasions in utmost privacy, pure indulgence await in the heart of the wilderness.Cliff Lodge, when hired as a unit, can accommodate up to 5 adults and 4 children, a total of 9 guests. Guests has access to a designated ranger and tracker, private chef and private safari vehicle, ensuring an unsurpassed safari holiday for the discerning nature lover.
Facilities include a small spa treatment room, gym, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. All rooms are supplied with bottled water, spray-on insect repellent, Africology toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. When hiring Cliff Lodge Suites 1 and 2 exclusively, rates include private game drive vehicle and chef. Available individually 4 months prior to guest arrival. Cliff Lodge is linked to Rock Lodge by a raised walkway giving you access to all the facilities of the main lodge.
Your Safari Schedule
|05h00||Wake up call|
|05h15||Tea and coffee served in the
library with your ranger
|05h30||Your morning game drive departs|
|09h00||Return from your game drive and
enjoy a hearty breakfast
Option of a bush walk after breakfast
|10h00 - 13h30||R&R. We recommend any of our spa treatments
in the Aroma Boma spa. For those seeking more adventure you can
get up close and personal with the animals during
our walking safari (don’t worry an armed Ranger and
Tracker will be with you at all times!)
|13h30||Lunchtime, often served on one of our sundecks.|
|16h00||Before heading off on the evening game
drive we will tempt you with our afternoon tea served
on the patio.
|16h30||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 our Bush observatory where our game ranger will
give you the chance for some stargazing in the South
|20h00|| Dinner is served! We serve 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.
Question: Best Time to Visit Ulusaba Cliff Lodge
Answer: May-August and December
Question: Where is Ulusaba Cliff Lodge
Answer: Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve within the well-known Kruger National Park, in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.
More About Ulusaba Cliff Lodge
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge
Ulusaba is approximately a 1 hour and 20-minute flight from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (ORTIA) in a twin-engine aircraft, or 30 minutes from Mbombela (Nelspruit) and 20 minutes from Skukuza, via a charter air hop, which are the best airports to use if travelling from other destinations within South Africa. Ulusaba has its own private airstrip.
Your ranger and tracker will welcome you with ice-cold bubbly, the signature way to start your Ulusaba experience. From Mbombela (Nelspruit) a 2h30min journey by car will get you there.
Included5 Star AccommodationAirport TransfersBoutique purchasesBreakfastEntry FeesFlightsMealsPersonal Safari GuidePremium Brands and Cellar winesSpa treatments and LaundryTelephoneWifi
Not IncludedDeparture Taxes
Sabi Sand Reserve, Mpumalanga, 1242
Inclusions and exclusionsRates Include:
- Your accommodation at one of our beautiful lodges
- All meals served in a variety of locations around the lodges
- All beverages including a top quality wine list and fine champagne
- Twice daily game drives
- A daily walking safari (subject to favourable weather conditions)
- A fully equipped gymnasium situated at Rock, Cliff and Safari Lodges
- Lounges at each lodge equipped with DVDs, CDs and a small library
- Laundry service (no dry cleaning available)
- Business facilities (details available on request)
- Complimentary wireless available in all guest rooms and public areas
- An observatory, perfect for star gazing
- Informative talks on flora, fauna and conservation that can be organised on request for both adults and children
- A wine cellar at Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge. Safari Lodge has an outdoor dining area for up to six guests
- Local telephone calls
- The contents of your mini bar
- Really nice staff!
- Flights between Johannesburg and Ulusaba’s private airstrip
- Road and air transfers between other airports and lodges
- Aroma Boma beauty treatments at Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge (ask for rates)
- Wedding packages – refer to separate rate sheet
- Scenic helicopter flights over the bush to view spectacular sights such as God’s Window and the Blyde River Canyon – the world’s 3rd deepest canyon
- Tours to the local community
- Private game drives (subject to availability)
- Photocopying, telephone, fax, e-mail facilities and gift shop purchases
Facilities and Amenities at Ulusaba Cliff Lodge
|Description of Facilities / Amenities||Ulusaba Cliff Lodge|
|Number of suites||2|
|Back up Electricity||Yes|
|Full bar facilities||Yes|
|Private Pool / Jacuzzi||Yes|
|Safes in suite||Yes|
|Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines)||Yes|
|DELUXE, PRESIDENTIAL AND LUXURY SUITES – ADDITIONAL FACILITIES|
|King Size Beds||Yes|
|Private Pool / Jacuzzi||Yes|
ULUSABA CLIFF LODGE LIFE ENRICHING EXPERIENCES
ACTIVITIESFrom bush game drives, safari walks and cocktails by the pool, there's no shortage of things to do at Ulusaba during the day.
GAME DRIVESEarly morning and late-afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, and in the company of Ulusaba’s experienced and knowledgeable rangers and trackers, offer guests the opportunity to come up close to some of Africa’s most magnificent wildlife species. The rangers keep in close contact with one another in an effort to track the game more efficiently, affording avid photographers the opportunity to bag that perfect shot. Refreshments will also be enjoyed en-route. In the early morning and late afternoon, the bush brims with activity. Searching for nocturnal animals by spotlight after sunset is a truly thrilling experience. Guests can enjoy a refreshing cocktail on the afternoon drive, while appreciating the beauty of an African sunset.
WALKING IN THE BUSHDaily safari walks after breakfast provide guests with a unique perspective of the bush. It involves all the senses and will get the adrenaline flowing. The armed ranger and tracker will share their expert knowledge about the area’s fauna and flora and divulge some of nature’s intricacies, such as the medicinal properties of plants. They will also share fascinating facts about local beliefs regarding the wildlife. The anticipation of encountering wildlife up close makes this activity a definite must-do.
AROMA BOMA SPAThe Aroma Boma at Ulusaba offers a tranquil venue in which to enjoy pampering treatments to rejuvenate body and mind. It is the perfect antidote to all the excitement of being out in the bush during game drives. Book in for a relaxing treatment, from facial rituals to massage to essential The Aroma Boma at Rock Lodge is located 800 feet above the African savannah and offers astounding views over the wilderness. Guest can enjoy a wide range of treatments in utmost privacy. The spa only uses “Africology” products. Africology takes its inspiration from home and uses local active ingredients such as rooibos, aloe, marula and African potato. Cliff Lodge guests can request treatments in the small treatment room at the lodge. The expert therapists will be delighted to accommodate you there. * Spa treatments are available at an additional charge.
WINE TASTINGThere is a wine cellar at Rock Lodge which offers a comfortable location to enjoy a night of wine tasting.
STARGAZINGGuests can enjoy a stargazing evening as part of their safari experience at the bush observatory where the knowledgeable rangers will share interesting information about the Southern Hemisphere constellations.
TENNISFancy a spot of tennis? Two floodlit tennis courts are available for those who like to spend time on the courts. Racquets and tennis balls are supplied.
SWIMMING POOLThere are two outdoor pools - one at each lodge, as well as a private swimming pool at Cliff Lodge, and these are solar heated in the winter months (May to September).
GYMApart from Cliff Lodge’s private gym, both Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge have gymnasiums where guests can work up a sweat, 24 hours a day.
COMMUNITY TOURS AND EXCURSIONSThe community tours and excursions are organised by Pride ‘n Purpose, Ulusaba’s charitable arm. The basic philosophy is the principle of empowering people to help themselves while promoting sustainable development. The different types of tours available are:
- Day in the Life: The Day in a Life village tour looks into some of the charitable projects and schemes Ulusaba is actively involved with. This tour is tailored to your itinerary according to your interests.
- It's Child's Play: The It’s Child’s Play tour involves hands-on activities. You will have the opportunity to share your skills and teach children anything, from new songs to the school numbers and alphabet.
- Justicia Village Tour: The Justicia Village tour has more of a cultural emphasis.
PRIDE 'N PURPOSEPride ‘n Purpose is Ulusaba Private Game Reserve’s charitable arm, committed to empowering disadvantaged communities living adjacent to the Sabi Sand Reserve. Originally established in 2003 by members of the Ulusaba family, all the charity’s running expenses are covered by Virgin Limited Edition and Virgin Unite, the Virgin Group’s non-profit foundation. All donations go directly toward much-needed projects. Pride ‘n Purpose currently benefits approximately 35 000 people across six communities. Its philosophy is that people are most effectively assisted if they are empowered to help themselves, so the emphasis is squarely on sustainable initiatives.
PANORAMA TOURS CANYONS, CULTURES & CONTRASTSA day out on the famed ‘Panorama Route’ along the Drakensberg Escarpment, this tour features visits to the Victorian Town of Pilgrim’s Rest, the infamous Robber’s Grave, Blyde River Canyon, The Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Lisbon Waterfalls. You’ll will experience this region’s breathtaking splendour and gain insight in the history of its early pioneers. Lunch is enjoyed at Harries Pancakes in Graskop, where sweet, freshly prepared, pancakes and fresh salads and other country fare are served. This is a full-day excursion.
CASCADES AND CANYONS SPECTACULARTake an exhilarating helicopter flight that swoops over deep and mysterious gorges and through lush valleys bursting with vegetation and colour. Linger above cascading waterfalls for some brilliant photo opportunities. The flight will continue to God’s Window, which offers awesome panoramic views of the bushveld below. Then it’s on to the fascinating and dramatic rock formations of the 1 000-metre-deep, 30-kilometre long Blyde River Canyon, (the third deepest and greenest canyon in the world). You will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the curious Three Rondavels! The pilot will land at a site with magnificent views of the Mpumalanga Lowveld, where you can enjoy a delicious picnic.
CHILDREN AT ULUSABAChildren are welcome at Ulusaba and the Cub’s Club will keep the young ones entertained with a range of games and activities, affording parents more downtime. As long as your cub is aged 6 or over he or she is more than welcome on the safari game vehicles. On arrival each cub will receive a backpack filled with fun and educational safari goodies. Cubs have their very own amenities in the room, just like their folks do, and in every cub’s room there will be a personal welcome letter and a special introduction to their stay with a health and safety briefing specifically aimed at younger guests. Cubs 6 years and over are welcome on the safari game vehicles. Please note: As of 1 June 2015, changes came into force concerning all visitors to South Africa travelling with children under 18 years of age. Visitors are now required to provide unabridged birth certificates at immigration on arrival. Further information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website or the UK Foreign and Commonwealth website.
SHOPPINGThe gift shop situated at Safari Lodge is filled with a selection of arts, crafts, small gifts and clothing ranging from caps, shirts and beanies to gloves. It’s the perfect place to buy a little something for your friends, family or even yourself, and has all the bits and pieces you may need when on holiday.
WEDDINGS AT ULUSABAWe love weddings at Ulusaba, and what could be more spectacular or evocative than a ceremony in the African bush! Getting married on safari at Ulusaba is the kind of wedding your guests will be talking about for years to come. Ulusaba will tailor-make your bush wedding according to your preferences. The happy couple can also choose from various entertainment options, which include a local marimba band, performance by the Shangaan dancers or gumboot dances (a dance that originated among the workforce in South African mines), or the Usaba Choir comprising 15 staff members, and the Justica Best Boys, a local boys’ choir that excels in creating beautiful harmonies.
BACHELOR & BACHELORETTE PARTIESUlusaba is not just a great place for a wedding - it’s also an amazing setting for your bachelor- or bachelorette party - otherwise known as stag and hen parties. In addition to parties in the evening, daytime activities can also be enjoyed.
ROMANCEA stay at Ulusaba can you give you the space you and your partner need to ignite (or re-ignite!) the magic, and Ulusaba offers the ultimate private escape in the African bush. Whether you’re on honeymoon or just in need of a romantic break, there are only 21 rooms and suites at Ulusaba split over two lodges, so finding some time alone won’t be a problem. Experiencing a romantic picnic lunch at Constitution Rock is the ultimate romantic indulgence!
OBSERVATORYCouples can also request a private dinner for two under the stars at the Bush Observatory. Your ranger will be able to tell you all about the stars visible in the southern hemisphere, and even tell you a bit more about your own star sign – is your love for your partner written in the stars?!
TENNISKids can join the Cub's Club and receive a backpack filled with educational safari goodies. Activities designed for children on safari at Ulusaba include a treasure hunt, rock painting, sand art, supervised swims, traditional South African games, animal tracking, safari walks, junior spa treatments, cooking classes and more.
OTHER ACTIVITIES AT THORNY BUSH GAME LODGE INCLUDE
- Hoedspruit Cheetah Research Project
- Manyeleti Cultural Excursion
- Hot-air Ballooning
- Panorama Tour
- Kruger National Park
- Hoedspruit Town Tour
- Jessica the Hippo
- Elephant Whispers
- Corporate Functions
- Private Functions
VALIDITY PERIOD 01 JANUARY 2019 – 31 DECEMBER 2019
|Ulusaba Cliff Lodge||Rates and Tariffs|
|Ulusaba Cliff Lodge 1 | per night per person sharing||ZAR25 900|
|Ulusaba Cliff Lodge 1 | as a triple||ZAR24 00|
|Ulusaba Cliff Lodge 2 | per night per person sharing||ZAR22 200|
|Ulusaba Cliff Lodge | exclusive use per night||ZAR104 400|