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Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Breathtaking elevated setting
- Home to the Big 5
- Exclusive, elegant accommodation
- Pool, spa, gym, tennis courts

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Overview

Ulusaba Rock Lodge is an upmarket property situated in Sabi Sands private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park in north eastern South Africa. This exclusive lodge perches high on a rocky hillside with wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding bushland. Rock Lodge offers excellent service and deluxe accommodation in just ten rooms and suites, along with a heated swimming pool, a spa, gym, wine cellar, and tennis courts. The property sits within the private 13,500-hectare Ulusaba Reserve, home to the big 5 (elephant, lion, rhino, Cape buffalo and leopard) plus hippo, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, jackal and abundant birdlife. It will appeal to travellers on a higher budget seeking an exclusive and stylish safari experience.

Guest areas include an elegant, open-sided communal dining room with a high thatched ceiling hung with chandeliers, and an alfresco dining deck with individual tables boasting sweeping views of the bushveld. Private dining, including romantic bush dinners, can be arranged. The lodge has a wine cellar and holds regular tastings. There is a well-equipped gym onsite, and a spa offering massages and beauty treatments. Outside are two floodlit tennis courts and a refreshing outdoor pool which is heated during the cooler May to September months.

Activities comprise twice-daily game drives and morning guided walks led by highly experienced guides. Community visits to local villages and schools are a great opportunity to meet residents and learn about day to day life. Excursions further afield include visits to the stunning Drakensberg escarpment, renowned for its dramatic terrain. Back at the lodge enjoy a spa treatment, relax in the pool, or learn about the stars in a fascinating Astronomy evening at the lodge’s bush observatory.

The accommodation comprises ten bespoke rooms and suites, all stylishly decorated with a blend of contemporary and traditional features. All rooms and suites have king size or twin beds draped with mosquito nets, spacious contemporary bathrooms, and all come with a complimentary minibar, hot drink facilities, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and Wi-Fi. Outside is a private terrace or balcony with wonderful views. Suites offer one or two bedrooms and extended living space, several featuring a split-level layout, and some boast private plunge pools and indulgent outdoor showers.

Children of all ages are extremely welcome at Ulusaba Rock Lodge. Guests under six years of age stay free of charge, and there are reductions for under 12s when sharing a room with adults. The lodge’s two bedroomed suite is ideal for families, with one twin and one double room, two ensuite bathrooms and a spacious lounge. Two further suites each offer one bedroom with a king size bed, and a separate lounge area with a day bed suitable for children. Extra beds may be provided, subject to advance request. The lodge operates a kids’ club for under 12s with activities including treasure hunts, arts and crafts, cookery, board games, kids’ spa treatments, supervised pool fun, storytelling and safari walks. Complimentary babysitting is available on request and, due to the rural location of the lodge, parents are reminded to keep their children under constant adult supervision.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • 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

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