Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve in South Africa. It means ‘place of little fear’, so-named because the hill on which Rock Lodge sits provided the ancient Shangaan tribal warriors with the perfect lookout point. Ulusaba has 20 rooms and suites spread over two lodges: Rock Lodge, including the beautiful Cliff Lodge, and Safari Lodge.
Ulusaba sits entirely within the Sabi Sand Reserve near Kruger National Park, surrounded by 13 500 ha of open bush. The spectacular Ulusaba hills rise above the surrounding terrain, offering a view unsurpassed anywhere else in the reserve. People visit the area for the abundant game and the variety of sightings possible. Ulusaba is a family-friendly safari destination. Most of the staff are Shangaan, and hail from the communities that border the game reserve. Shangaans are celebrated for their dancing and singing and rich musical heritage.
Relax or cool down in the Safari Lodge pool. If relaxing is more your thing, we’ll make you a cocktail so you can soak up the sunshine. We’ll keep the pools heated in the winter months if you fancy a dip. The treehouse viewing deck overlooking the Xikwenga Dam is a great place to get even further into the bush to see where the hippos and elephants come to bathe.
Far away from the all the light pollution you get in most cities and towns, a visit to Ulusaba is a great chance to gaze at the night sky, and our Bush Observatory is the perfect place. If you fancy a spot of tennis, there are two tennis courts. There is a gym equipped with a running machine, bike, multifunctional weight station, and free weights. The Aroma Boma spa treatment room is built on the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed among the trees. Away from the main lodge area, the only likely disturbance is perhaps the odd elephant wandering past.
Whether you’re staying at Rock Lodge or Safari Lodge, you should definitely make some time to taste a few reds and whites in the Safari Lodge wine cellar. We can also organise private dinners for up to six on the deck just outside the cellar, which overlooks the nearby watering hole. Our Gift Shop is located at Safari Lodge, and is filled with a selection of arts, crafts, small gifts, books, and clothing ranging from caps, shirts, and beanies to gloves. We also stock necessities such as camera batteries and memory cards, so you’ll be able to relive every moment of those amazing animal sightings on game drives.
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Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve. We’re close to Kruger National Park which is in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.