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Ulusaba Cliff Lodge

Ulusaba Cliff Lodge

$1465 per person

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.
The Ulusaba Cliff lodge, which forms part of the Virgin Limited Edition, is situated high up in a koppie and offers spectacular views of the surrounding bushveld.

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.

ulusaba cliff lodge lounge view
ulusaba cliff lodge bedroom view

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.

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ulusaba cliff lodge private pool

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

SCHEDULE

05h00Wake up call
05h15Tea and coffee served in the
library with your ranger
05h30Your morning game drive departs
09h00 Return from your game drive and
enjoy a hearty breakfast
Option of a bush walk after breakfast
10h00 - 13h30R&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!)
13h30Lunchtime, often served on one of our sundecks.
16h00Before heading off on the evening game
drive we will tempt you with our afternoon tea served
on the patio.
16h30Game 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
African bush.
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.

FAQ's

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.

  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Breakfast
    Entry Fees
    Flights
    Meals
    Personal Safari Guide
    Spa treatments and Laundry
    Telephone
    Wifi
  • Not Included
    Boutique purchases
    Departure Taxes
    Premium Brands and Cellar wines

TOUR LOCATION

Sabi Sand Reserve, Mpumalanga, 1242

Inclusions and exclusions

Rates 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!
Rates exclude:
  • 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 suites2
LODGE FACILITIES
Back up ElectricityYes
BomaYes
Boutique Shop**Yes
ChildrenYes
Full bar facilitiesYes
GymYes
Handicapped SuiteNo
LoungeYes
Meeting FacilitiesYes
ParkingYes
Spa*Yes
Swimming PoolYes
Telephone/Fax FacilitiesYes
WiFi***Yes
Wine CellarYes
SUITE FACILITIES
Air ConditioningYes
En-Suite BathroomsYes
FansYes
HairdryersYes
Lounge AreaYes
Mini-BarsYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes
Safes in suiteYes
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) Yes
TelephoneYes
DELUXE, PRESIDENTIAL AND LUXURY SUITES – ADDITIONAL FACILITIES
King Size BedsYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes
 

ULUSABA CLIFF LODGE LIFE ENRICHING EXPERIENCES

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ACTIVITIES

From bush game drives, safari walks and cocktails by the pool, there's no shortage of things to do at Ulusaba during the day.   ulusaba cliff lodge private jacuzzi

GAME DRIVES

Early 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 BUSH

Daily 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 SPA

The 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 TASTING

There is a wine cellar at Rock Lodge which offers a comfortable location to enjoy a night of wine tasting.  

STARGAZING

Guests 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.  

TENNIS

Fancy 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 POOL

There 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).  

GYM

Apart 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 EXCURSIONS

The 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 PURPOSE

Pride ‘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 & CONTRASTS

A 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 SPECTACULAR

Take 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 ULUSABA

Children 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.  

SHOPPING

The 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 ULUSABA

We 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 PARTIES

Ulusaba 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.  

ROMANCE

A 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!  

OBSERVATORY

Couples 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?!  

TENNIS

Kids 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
This is a three-hour excursion during which you can view the beautiful king cheetah, and other endangered species up close.  
  • Manyeleti Cultural Excursion
This is a 2-3-hour informal excursion into the neighboring Shangaan community villages where guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the indigenous people, watch African crafters at work, or even visit a local school and sangoma (traditional healer). This visit gives a surprising insight into local customs and traditions.  
  • Hot-air Ballooning
During this early morning excursion, you can view an African sunrise and the magnificent wilderness from a hot air balloon and enjoy light refreshments post-flight. This activity is weather dependent and bound to thrill.  
  • Panorama Tour
A full day excursion to visit scenic sites such as the beautiful God’s Window, the Three Rondawels and the nearby towns of Graskop and Pilgrim’s Rest. The tour includes a picnic lunch.  
  • Kruger National Park
An excursion in a closed air-conditioned vehicle into this world heritage site. Expect beautiful wildlife sightings as the iconic Kruger is home to most of Africa’s magnificent wild beasts. Your expert field guide will share this beautiful wilderness’ secrets in an informative and highly entertaining manner.  
  • Moholoholo
During a guided tour of this animal rehabilitation center, you will discover interesting information on conservation an might even get the opportunity to handle some of the animals. Done in a closed air-conditioned vehicle.  
  • Hoedspruit Town Tour
This is a 60-minute drive to the nearest town, Hoedspruit, to introduce you to some local flavours! The Kamagelo Tourism Center boast numerous shops and restaurants for your enjoyment. En route back you will also visit the Bombyx Mori Silk Farm, where you can delight in beautiful local crafts and enjoy a tour of the silk factory, where silk duvets and linen are produced for the global export market. Please note that this excursion is done in a closed air-conditioned vehicle.  
  • Jessica the Hippo
The home of Jessica, the hippo, is about an hour’s drive from Hoedspruit. This lively 9-year old has a sweet nature which has brought her international fame. Jessica likes to pose for the camera and even allows her visitors to stroke her. She is an absolute must-see! A closed air-conditioned vehicle is also used for this excursion.  
  • Elephant Whispers
The Elephant Whispers sanctuary is dedicated to securing the future of the African elephant, and offer guests up-close-and-personal encounters with these gentle giants. Each of the six elephants at the sanctuary has his/her own unique personality. You can meet little Lindiwe, test Medwa’s remarkable memory and have a thrilling interaction with Tembo. Exchanging trunk greetings and offering them tasty treats will give you an insight into these fascinating creatures. Experienced elephant handlers will share amazing facts about these wildlife ambassadors and their role in protecting their own kind. The more adventurous can even enjoy a ride on one of them into the bush - this is a privilege fit for a king! Interactive Session with the Elephants and an Elephant Back Ride * Advance bookings for all the above-mentioned activities are essential.  
  • Corporate Functions
The unspoiled surrounds of Tintswalo Safari Lodge are as far removed from a stuffy corporate boardroom as you can get. However, this doesn’t affect our appreciation for professionalism and unparalleled service when it comes to booking your corporate retreat or team meeting. Personal care and attention to detail will ensure the success of your event.  
  • Private Functions
Whether you’re celebrating a momentous birthday, a special anniversary, an engagement, or any private celebration that calls for that extra luxurious touch, Tintswalo Safari Lodge invites you to celebrate your special occasion with us.

Ulusaba Cliff Lodge Rates 2019

VALIDITY PERIOD 01 JANUARY 2019 – 31 DECEMBER 2019

Ulusaba Cliff LodgeRates and Tariffs
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge 1 | per night per person sharingZAR25 900
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge 1 | as a tripleZAR24 00
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge 2 | per night per person sharingZAR22 200
Ulusaba Cliff Lodge | exclusive use per nightZAR104 400
     
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