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Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Exclusive lodge in private game reserve
- Deluxe tree-house style accommodation
- Pool, spa, gym, tennis courts

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Overview

Ulusaba Safari Lodge is an upmarket property situated in the Sabi Sand private reserve in the game-rich Kruger region of northeast South Africa. This elegant lodge sits on the banks of a seasonal riverbed shaded by trees, close to a waterhole popular with wildlife. The property offers excellent hosting and select accommodation in 11 elevated treehouse rooms along with an inviting swimming pool, a gym, tennis courts, and a spa. It will appeal to travellers at the higher end of the budget who are seeking an exclusive and highly comfortable safari experience.

Guest areas at the lodge include indoor and outdoor dining areas, panoramic viewing decks, and a comfortable lounge. The property boasts a library, a wine cellar, an observatory, a gym, and a tranquil spa. Outside are two floodlit tennis courts, and a lovely swimming pool, which is solar heated from May to September. An outside boma with a fire pit is a great spot for alfresco dinners under the stars. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

Activities include twice daily game drives, and morning guided walks with highly informed guides. Home to over 140 mammal species including the big 5, plus spectacular birdlife, the Sabi Sand Reserve offers excellent year round wildlife viewing. Community visits are available, and excursions to the dramatic Drakensberg escarpment, including the vast Blyde River Canyon, the third deepest canyon in the world. Back at the lodge, enjoy romantic bush dinners, wine tasting sessions, indulge in some pampering at the onsite spa, or experience a star gazing evening hosted by rangers at the bush observatory.

Accommodation comprises 11 stunning treehouse style rooms, cleverly linked to the main lodge by elevated wooden walkways and swing bridges. Each spacious unit has king or twin beds draped with mosquito nets, and a stylish ensuite bathroom. Outside is a large private veranda with tranquil views of the bush or river. Some rooms boast a private alfresco plunge pool. All come with a complimentary minibar, hot drink facilities, air conditioning, and ceiling fans. For guaranteed privacy, opt for the deluxe treehouse suite, a short walk from the main area. Sleeping two guests, it offers extensive living space, including a sweeping veranda perfect for alfresco dining, with super views over a nearby dam frequented by hippos and elephants.

Children age 12 years and over are warmly welcome at Ulusaba Safari Lodge. Families with younger children may wish to consider its sister property, Ulusaba Rock Lodge, which is able to accommodate guests of all ages and operates a kids club onsite.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • Hi, just back home now as stayed in London last night. It was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round- Thankyou. Best holiday ever!!!

    Accommodation great at both places, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in lake Sybia, monkeys in trees at Tonga.

    Beach beautiful, but a bit windy, waves v rough but didn’t deter my boys. We snorkeled which was fab but too rough on day we booked to do ocean experience.

    My boys swam in all pools!!!

    Weather better than we expected!

    Must go and do some laundry, but hope that helps?

    Best Nicola

    MissingNicola B reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 24 July 2019

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