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Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Ulusaba Safari Lodge

$700 per person

Ulusaba Safari Lodge, Sir Richard Branson’s luxury safari lodge in southern Africa and part of the Virgin Limited Edition. This is a collection of unique retreats and luxury hotels owned and operated by Richard Branson’s global company.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge, Sir Richard Branson's luxury safari lodge in southern Africa and part of the Virgin Limited Edition. This is a collection of unique retreats and luxury hotels owned and operated by Richard Branson's global company.
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The main lodge is Rock Lodge; it’s perched high on top of a rocky outcrop with a panoramic view of the surrounding bushveld. Cliff Lodge is a short walk from the main lodge and comprises two safari suites which can be hired on an exclusive use basis or separately. Safari Lodge is built on the bank of a dry riverbed. Guests staying at Safari Lodge get to their rooms by crossing a swing bridge.

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve has 21 rooms and suites spread across three lodges which includes Rock Lodge and the beautiful Cliff Lodge and Safari Lodge.
The premier safari destination is located in the western region of the Sabi Sand Private Reserve in South Africa and boasts three exceptional lodges of world-class quality. All the luxury safari lodges in Sabi Sand are spectacular in their own unique way but what is special about Ulusaba is its gorgeous views over the beautiful surrounding bushveld.

Ulusaba is located in a premier wildlife corridor in the Greater Kruger National Park and guests can expect spectacular game viewing on a safari tour of Sabi Sands. But what makes Ulusaba special is it exudes the warmth and open-hearted spirit of Sir Richard Branson himself which makes it a family-friendly safari destination even though it?s regarded as one of the most exclusive safari lodges in South Africa.

Guests have the choice of 21 spectacular rooms or suites at Ulusaba. Rock Lodge is the original lodge at Ulusaba, building was completed in 1983. Sir Richard Branson bought the property in 1994 and transformed Rock Lodge into a world-class safari destination with the addition of the Rock Cliff Suites, Cliff Lodge and Safari Lodge as well as the Treehouse Suite at Safari Lodge.

Ulusaba Safari Lodges

Rock Lodge – You’re on top of the world at Rock Lodge. The safari lodge and suites have been built high up on a rocky hill offering guests endless views of the surrounding bushveld and opportunities to spot wildlife roaming through the bush in the distance. The granite rock of the Ulusaba koppie (small hill) is a feature of the design of the Rock Lodge and enhanced by a contemporary African tribal/safari theme. Rock Lodge has 8 rooms which includes the Master Suite, Makwela Suites, Rock Cliff rooms and the 2-bedroomed Rock Suite. A few of the suites have a private plunge pool; all of them have an outdoor deck which is ideal for game viewing.

Rock Cliff 

4 rooms with private balconies. The Rock Cliff rooms are south-facing with panoramic views of the Sabi Sands game reserve. The rooms are spacious, air-conditioned and have a spacious ensuite bathroom. Two Rock Cliff rooms are built on a split level; a spiral staircase connects the bedroom with the bathroom.

Rock Suite

Rock Suite is a spacious two-bedroom suite with a living area and a master bedroom. The ensuite bathroom has a wonderful view looking out over Ulusaba Private Game Reserve. The second bedroom has a Queen-size bed but two twin beds can be placed in the room to suit a family with young children. The second bedroom has a small ensuite bathroom with only a shower.

Master Suite

This is Sir Richard Branson’s favourite room and ideal for couples on honeymoon. The Master Suite at Ulusaba is built on three levels and each offers a panoramic view; it?s air-conditioned and has an lavish ensuite bathroom, a large living room, private balcony and an infinity plunge pool. The living room leads out onto an outdoor deck where guests can relax on sun loungers; scanning the bushveld below for wildlife.

Makwela Suites

The Makwela Suites are two luxurious suites built on two levels where privacy is a priority. Each suite is air-conditioned and has a luxurious ensuite bathroom. Special features at the Makwela Suites include a separate lounge and library area which leads out onto a private balcony with an infinity plunge pool. Young children can be accommodated at the Makwela Suites on rollaway or fold-out beds.

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Cliff Lodge – Cliff Lodge is a short walk from Rock Lodge and features two luxurious suites which can be booked for exclusive use or separately. If you book both Cliff Lodge 1 & 2; a personal chef, professional game ranger and a private open safari vehicle is available for the duration of your stay. Cliff Lodge can accommodate up to 5 adults and 4 children when booked exclusively. Guests staying at Cliff Lodge have access to the outdoor pool at Rock Lodge as well as the private gym and Aroma Boma spa.

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.

Safari Lodge –  Safari Lodge at Ulusaba is tucked away beneath a grove of ancient trees on the edge of a dry river bed in Sabi Sand Wildtuin. It was created with a sense of adventure that personifies the owner of Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson. Swing bridges link the rooms with the lodge as well as the Treehouse Suite which overlooks the Xikwenga Dam. The Safari Lodge rooms have their own private balcony and a few have a private plunge pool. All the rooms at Safari Lodge have a panoramic view of the surrounding bushveld and the outdoor decks are a great spot for spotting game and bird watching. Guests staying at Safari Lodge at Ulusaba have access to the two swimming pools on the luxury property as well as a fully-equipped gym, a wine cellar stocked with a selection of the finest Cape wines, the Aroma Boma spa, a Bush Observatory for star gazing and two tennis courts. The Safari Lodge experience includes a morning and afternoon game drive, bush walks with a professional game ranger as well as moonlit bush dinner or a gastronomic feast at the lodge’s restaurant.

Elephant Rooms

Three spacious suites at Safari Lodge called the Elephant Rooms have an ensuite bathroom and a large viewing deck with a spectacular outlook. Elephants historically used a migratory route which passed in front of the Elephant Rooms at Safari Lodge and guests still see these gentle giants loping past their rooms. The Elephant Rooms are ideal for families with older children. Safari Lodge welcomes children 12 years and older.

River Rooms

There are 4 suites at Safari Lodge called the River Rooms; two of the rooms have their own private plunge pool. The River Rooms are tucked under a grove of majestic Jackalberry trees and designed in a treehouse style. They’re positioned in a secluded nook of Ulusaba and offer guests complete privacy. The view over the river bed is striking and the outdoor decks are excellent for game viewing. The River Rooms are a short walk from the main lodge and three of them are accessible by swing bridge.

Treehouse Suite

Sleeps 2 people. The Treehouse Suite at Ulusaba is a recent addition and offers guests an authentic safari experience. The magnificent suite is positioned overlooking the Xikwenga Dam which is home to a pod of hippos and where elephants regularly come to bathe. The Treehouse Suite has a lovely lounge area which leads out onto a large outdoor deck. Guests can order meals in their suite and enjoy the privacy and seclusion of the suite. Features at the Treehouse Suite at Safari Lodge include a King-size bed draped in a mosquito net, a spacious lounge with a sofa bed, a deluxe dining area and a private viewing deck. The suite is air-conditioned and boasts a lavish ensuite bathroom with an oversized bath. The windows reach from the floor to the ceiling, offering guests the most spectacular view of the surrounding bushveld. The Treehouse Suite is a short walk from the main area at Safari Lodge and accessible by swing bridges and a raised walkway. It?s the ideal location for avid photographers and birders and a special treat for couples on honeymoon or needing the ultimate romantic getaway.

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Children Staying at Ulusaba – Ulusaba loves kids and has a dedicated Cub’s Club to keep youngsters entertained during their stay. Children of all ages are welcome at Rock Lodge (including Cliff Lodge) but Safari Lodge is limited to children 12 years and older. Children aged 6 years and older are allowed on the open safari vehicles for daily game drives, although it’s at the discretion of the professional game ranger on duty. Parents have peace of mind that their young children are in safe hands if left behind at Rock Lodge at Ulusaba during a morning or afternoon game drive as the Cub’s Club team take excellent care of them. Children are treated to a fun line up of activities which usually revolve around educational safari themes. The Cub?s Club has a dedicated room where children can join in on daily activities. Health and safety are a priority and parents are kept informed on what is happening each day and how the kids are doing.

Each child under 12 years staying at Ulusaba is automatically signed up for the Cub’s  Club and receives a Ulusaba cap and a backpack filled with educational safari items. Young children staying at Ulusaba can be accommodated in certain suites with their parents on fold-out or rollaway beds.

Cliff Lodge 1 is close to Rock Lodge and the best option for families with young children as it has a separate room off the lounge with twin beds. The two-bedroom configuration at Rock Suite is ideal for families with children; and rollaway beds can be placed in the two Makwela Suites as well as in Cliff Lodge 2.

For a romantic date night, you can book a babysitter to look after your young child/children. The ladies put the youngster to bed with a good night story and will stay with them for as long as the parents are out enjoying themselves. Some of the fun activities put on by the Cub’s Club team include a mini game rangers course which teaches kids about the African bush and how to track game and identify animal footprints and dung droppings; safari walks with a professional game ranger and tracker to show them birds, insects, lizards and tame game around the camp; safari master chef classes, visits to a local community village to find out more about the lifestyle and culture of the local Shangaan people; and special spa treatments at the Aroma Boma tailored just for children.


Question: Best Time to Visit Ulusaba Safari Lodges

Answer: May-August and December


Question: Where is Ulusaba Safari Lodges Game Reserve

Answer: Ulusaba is located in a premier wildlife corridor in the Greater Kruger National Park and guests can expect spectacular game viewing on a safari tour of Sabi Sands.

More About Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Ulusaba Safari Lodges

International travellers are in a hurry to see the Big 5 on a safari tour but Ulusaba guides will introduce you to the little species that play such an important role in sustaining the African bushveld. This includes the Little 5 which is the rhino beetle, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, buffalo weavers and ant lions; as well as the Ugly 5 which includes wildebeest, warthog, spotted hyena, lappet-faced vulture, and the marabou stork. You’ll also enjoy sightings of an array of antelope such as kudu, waterbuck, impala and blesbok as well as bushveld regulars such as zebra, giraffe and hippos. Be on the lookout for endangered wild dog as well as predators such as black-backed jackals and brown hyenas.

Sabi Sands has earned itself as the Leopard Capital of Greater Kruger National Park. The elusive leopards are territorial so your guide and tracker will always be able to find one or two on your safari tour. You’ve also got a good chance of seeing cheetah in the Sabi Sands who also stick quite closely to territorial boundaries.

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


Sabi Sand Reserve, Mpumalanga, 1242

Inclusions and exclusions

Ulusaba Safari Lodges 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 (weather dependent)
  • Fully equipped gym at each lodge
  • 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
  • Private dining for up to 6 guests at Safari Lodge’s wine cellar and Rock Lodge’s wine room (subject to availability)
  • Local telephone calls
  • The contents of your minibar
  • Really nice staff!
  Rates exclude:
  • Flights between Johannesburg and Ulusaba’s private airstrip
  • Road and air transfers between other airports and lodges
  • Aroma Boma spa treatments
  • 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, and e-mail facilities
  • Gift shop purchases

Facilities and Amenities at Ulusaba Safari Lodges Game Reserve

Description of Facilities / Amenities Ulusaba
Rock Lodge | Number of suites8
Cliff Lodge 1 | Number of suites2
Cliff Lodge 2 | Number of suites2
Safari Lodge | Number of suites11
Back up ElectricityYes
Boutique Shop**Yes
Children | Rock LodgeYes
Children | Cliff Lodge 1 & 2Yes
Children | Safari LodgeChildren 12 years and older
Full bar facilitiesYes
Handicapped SuiteNo
Meeting FacilitiesYes
Swimming PoolYes
Telephone/Fax FacilitiesYes
Wine CellarYes
Air ConditioningYes
En-Suite BathroomsYes
Lounge AreaYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes
Safes in suiteYes
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) Yes
King Size BedsYes
Private Pool / JacuzziYes


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After a spectacular day in Sabi Sand Wildtuin (Private Game Reserve) soaking up the sights and sounds of a truly remarkable wildlife experience, you have the rest of the day to look forward to at Ulusaba and all its feature attractions. Ulusaba organises excursions to local community villages and major attractions close to the Greater Kruger National Park but if time is limited or you want to completely relax and enjoy all Ulusaba has to offer, here's what you can look forward to on your stay at Rock Lodge, Cliff Lodge or Safari Lodge.   ulusaba cliff lodge lounge view


The viewing decks at Ulusaba are perfect for game viewing. Ulusaba has placed telescopes on the outdoor decks which guests use for game viewing. The viewing decks are perfect place at night for star gazing.


Ulusaba built a special bush conservatory for guests interested in star gazing using a giant state-of-the-art telescope. The bushveld region in South Africa is ideal for astrophiles; people who love stars. You don't get the light pollution you get in most cities and towns. Professional safari guides at Ulusaba are fellow astrophiles and love to share their knowledge with guests on constellations in the southern hemisphere. Make an evening of it at the Bush Observatory at Ulusaba with only the sound of lion roaring in the distance and the gentle call of an owl to disturb your star gazing.


Ulusaba boasts a 5-star wine cellar at Rock Lodge which is stocked with a selection of fine wines from premier wine estates in the Cape Winelands. The wine cellar is also stocked with wines from international wine estates. The wine cellar at Ulusaba is the perfect place for a private dinner for up to six people. You'll be in the company of a wine steward who'll present a delightful selection of South African wines which are paired to suit the meal you've ordered.  


Ulusaba has a fully-equipped gym at Rock Lodge which is available for all guests staying at Ulusaba. While getting in a good work, enjoy the magnificent outlook over the surrounding bushveld. Guests have the choice of a running machine, stationary training bicycle, a multi-functional weight station and free weights for novice and advanced levels of fitness. It?s the best way to work off the calories you'll pick up from the delectable meals and snacks the Ulusaba kitchen team serves up.  


The lounge area at Rock Lodge at Ulusaba is a wonderful place to relax; boasting a magnificent view of the Sabi Sand wilderness. It's the perfect place to settle in with a good book, enjoy a selection of movies on the big screen in the entertainment area or soak up the late afternoon sun with a pre-dinner cocktail. The lounge area leads out onto a beautiful wooden outdoor deck which is built over the granite rocks. You can cool off in the outdoor pool and relax on sun loungers with a good book or magazine.  


The Aroma Boma Spa at Ulusaba is where you?ll go for a morning or afternoon of luxurious pampering by qualified and experienced therapists. The selection of spa treatments is truly mind-blowing and one visit to the Aroma Boma won't be enough. The spa centre at Ulusaba prides itself on only using environmentally-friendly and natural products produced by Africology. The company creates creams and oils using magical ingredients sourced from traditional healing herbs and plants in Africa. This includes extracts of rooibos, aloe, marula and the African potato. The therapists have adopted unique techniques to eliminate buildup of toxins and smooth tense muscles for the ultimate spa treatment and relaxation. Boma is the traditional African word for an enclosure (mainly for animals). It?s been adopted by South Africans as a well-known word for an outside meeting place, usually an authentic African barbeque under the stars. The Aroma Boma is an affectionate term adopted for the spa centre at Ulusaba because it?s the perfect place to relax and unwind.  


Guests have use of two tennis courts which were built at the bottom of the Ulusaba hill. You can borrow tennis racquets and balls from Ulusaba so you don't need to bring your own. Guests need to request a security escort to the courts as it's not safe to walk there or be there on your own. The tennis courts are floodlit so it?s something fun to do in the evenings after a long game drive; particularly, if you have young children and teens who need to run off a bit of energy after sitting in an open safari vehicle for a few hours.  


Ulusaba has a well-stocked gift shop at Safari Lodge which is stocked with a selection of local arts and crafts as well as small gift ideas, books and a clothing range which includes caps, t-shirts, beanies and gloves. The gift shop at Ulusaba also carries a limited range of camera batteries and memory cards as well as a basic range of toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo.  


If you are staying at Ulusaba for a few days and would like to explore the Greater Kruger National Park region, there are a number of great excursions you can arrange and book through Ulusaba. These excursions are not included in the daily rate for Ulusaba.  
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Take a day tour to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and meet several of Africa's finest wildlife ambassadors. The centre is a safe haven for abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and birds of prey; some of which are healed and re-introduced to the bush, while others take up permanent residency because they are too badly damaged to fend for themselves. You'll see a wide array of animals at Moholoholo; from lion, leopard, serval, cheetah and hyena to Stoffel the famous honey badger as well as vultures, eagles and other magnificent birds of prey. The centre plays an extremely important conservation role, has a very successful breeding program and is actively involved in anti-poaching initiatives. 19The centre is entirely self-funded and relies on the support of visitors and generous donors. There is a small fee for guided tours which last about two hours. Your visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre helps keep this incredible facility going. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is 90 kilometres from Ulusaba Private Game Reserve; about 2 hours driving time  
  • Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)
HESC is a non-profit organisation which runs a successful breeding and research programme and plays a vital role in protecting endangered species in Africa. It is world-renowned for the role it has and continues to play in protecting dwindling predator populations in southern Africa. The centre provides a safe haven for orphaned, sick and injured animals and has set up an impressive education centre where the general public and school children can learn about endangered wildlife species and interact with them. HESC plays a major role in assisting anti-poaching initiatives, in particular, saving our precious rhino from extinction. HESC is based at Kapama Game Reserve which is a short drive from Simbavati Safari Lodges. A visit to HESC exposes guests to the incredible work researchers and conservationists are doing in the field; it?s a chance to interact with the animals on a closer level and helps towards raising much-needed funds for conservation and anti-poaching initiatives. HESC is 76 kilometres from Ulusaba Private Game Reserve; about 2 hours driving time  
  • Helicopter flip
Hoedspruit Helicopters is the only scenic helicopter charter company operating in the Hoedspruit. Contact them directly for a one-of-its-kind helicopter flip over the majestic Drakensberg mountain range and the Blyde River Canyon. Gain a different perspective of the lush Lowveld from high up in the air.  
  • Helicopter flip
Hoedspruit Helicopters is the only scenic helicopter charter company operating in the Hoedspruit. Contact them directly for a one-of-its-kind helicopter flip over the majestic Drakensberg mountain range and the Blyde River Canyon. Gain a different perspective of the lush Lowveld from high up in the air.  
  • Blyde River Canyon Cruise
Blyde River Canon is the third-largest canyon in the world and the largest ?green? canyon in the world. You?ll enjoy an interpretation tour of the canyon which takes you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall; a fascinating 200-metre high natural phenomenon which builds up and lays down tufa rock as a result of a chemical reaction which precipitates cultrate out of the reaction between plant, water and rock. A canyon cruise is awe-inspiring; the steep cliff faces tower above you while the boat cruises in the shadow of the Three Rondavels (a mountain landscape shaped like three small huts). The tour takes 1 hour 30 minutes and departs from the Blyde River Dam jetty which you get to from Swadini Forever Resort. Swadini Forever Resort is 105 kilometres from Ulusaba Private Game Reserve; about 2 hours driving time  
  • Explore Hoedspruit
Hoedspruit is the largest town in the region and a thriving tourism hub. It's grown so much in the last few years that it?s now a destination on its own. A modern shopping centre has just gone up and you?ve got a choice of a number of great restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. It's where the local farmers and game farm owners come to shop and meet friends and the town?s packed with tourists either passing through or spending a few days in town. Hoedspruit lies nestled in a fertile agricultural valley at the foot of the majestic Klein Drakensberg, which means Small Dragon Mountain in Afrikaans. It lies on the railway line which links Tzaneen in the north-west with Kaapmuiden in the east. The town got its name - which means hat creek in Afrikaans - from an intrepid explorer who allegedly made the long and arduous trek over the Drakensberg mountains, down into the scorching Lowveld. When he reached the cool waters of the Sandspruit River, he threw his hat into the creek and declared he would settle there. There's a lot to do in and around Hoedspruit; plan to spend at least a day exploring the area. Most trips to Hoedspruit end at one or other restaurant or pub where the locals will greet you warmly and convince you to drink up and stay awhile. Hoedspruit is 100 kilometres from Ulusaba Private Game Reserve; about 2 hours driving time  
  • Panorama Route tour
If you are driving to or from Ulusaba Private Game Reserve; one way at least should go via the Panorama Route. It?s an incredibly scenic route with spectacular views around every corner; taking you from Hoedspruit via the historic towns of Graskop and Pilgrim?s Rest to the town of Sabie. It tracks the ancient paths of gold diggers who came to the area during the gold rush to seek their fortune. An iconic feature along the Panorama Route is Blyde River Canyon. It?s the third-largest canyon in the world and the largest ?green? canyon in the world. Other highlights along the way include Gods Window, a breath-taking viewpoint on the Drakensberg escarpment; the Pinnacle, a rocky outcrop which some people call Gods Finger; and Bourkes Luck Potholes, a beautiful and strange natural phenomenon where river water has over centuries eroded the rocks and created perfectly formed smooth potholes and unusual sculptures. Stop for pancakes at the legendary Harry's Pancakes in Graskop or delicious craft beer at the Sabie Brewing Company. If you have time, enjoy the ride of your life on Misty Mountain's Long Tom Toboggan which is located on Long Tom Pass. It's a 1.7 kilometre track that winds down a mountain slope at speed; it's the longest toboggan run in Africa and a huge amount of fun for children and adults. Graskop is 99 kilometres from Ulusaba Private Game Reserve; just under 2 hours driving time

Ulusaba Safari Lodge Game Lodge Rates 2018


Ulusaba Safari LodgeRates and Tariffs
Ulusaba Safari Lodge | Elephant Rooms | per night per person sharingZAR11 350
Ulusaba Safari Lodge | River Room | per night per person sharingZAR13 100
Ulusaba Safari Lodge | River Room with plunge pool | per night per person sharingZAR14 650
Ulusaba Safari Lodge | Treehouse Suite | per night per person sharingZAR18 100
Ulusaba Safari Lodge | Exclusive use | per unit / villa per nightZAR248 000

Ulusaba Cliff Lodge Game Lodge Rates 2018


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

Ulusaba Rock Lodge Game Lodge Rates 2018


Rock LodgeRates and Tariffs
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