• Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Ulusaba, meaning“Place of Little Fear” strikes the perfect balance between nature and nurture - as well as being an excellent place to observe the “Big Five”, it is also an ideal place to kick back and unwind. Ulusaba re-defines the rules of a safari lodge and has taken a step away from the traditional colonial style by offering swimming pools, gymnasiums, a wine cellar, Aroma Boma spas with panoramic views, a Bush Observatory perfect for star gazing and tennis courts. With all of these facilities, you really need to plan your days so you can enjoy safari walks, moon-lit bush dinners and of course, the twice daily game drives.

Guests can share their time between the two lodges - Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge which offer two unique experiences, encouraging many guests to split their time between the two. Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms while elephants, bushbuck, lion and other local wildlife pass by.


Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

 

Rock Lodge

Description
2 Jan 2017
to 21 Dec 2017
Rock Cliff PPPN 10 800.00
Rock Suite (2bedroom) PPPN 13 950.00
Master Suite | Plunge pool PPPN 13 950.00
Makwela Suite | Plunge pool PPPN 17 200.00
Cliff Lodge 1* 23 350.00
Cliff Lodge 1(as triple) PPPN 21 650.00
Cliff Lodge 2* PPPN 20 000.00
Cliff Lodge exclusive use 94 000.00
Rock Lodge per lodge per night 278 500.00

Safari Lodge

Description
2 Jan 2017
to 21 Dec 2017
Elephant Room PPPN 10 800.00
River Room PPPN 12 450.00
River Room with plunge pool PPPN 13 950.00
Treehouse Suite PPPN 17 200.00
Safari Lodge per lodge per night (11 rooms, per night) 236 000.00

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KIDS GO FREE AT ULUSABA IN 2017


Kids (known to us as ‘Cubs’) aged from 0 - 11 years can stay at Ulusaba for free in 2018, a saving of ZAR 2,500 per child per night! Between the 2nd January - 21st December 2018 up to two children travelling with one or more adults can stay at Rock Lodge at no extra charge. We tailor fantastic programmes for the little ones at our Cub's Club... like keeping them out of trouble for a start... and we have rooms especially designed for families. Cubs over the age of 6 can even join the rest of their pride on game drives!

  •  Offer available for limited dates and rooms during this period
  •  Offer can be combined with other packages and offers, please contact us for further information
  •  All other normal terms and conditions apply

SO WHAT'S THE CATCH?

There isn’t one that we can see! But here’s how it works...

  • This offer is subject to room availability and children will generally be accommodated in the same room as the parents, although some of our rooms have a separate bedroom for the children so the parents still have privacy. As long as we have a room available that can accommodate 3 to 4 people, then you are eligible for the offer.
  • Infants aged under 6 go free to Ulusaba anyway as they do not participate in game viewing and generally do not require a rollaway bed and as long as this is the case we will not charge for them either, even if you are bringing another 2 children with you. However if you require a separate bed for your infant, we may count them in with other children – call us if you would like this clarified.
  • We have not cut back on anything! Your children can still participate as fully as they would if you had paid for them – we still include all food and drinks, they can still participate in Cub’s Club and, provided they are aged 6 years or over, they can still participate in game drives.

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Celebrate the Festive Season in Africa

 

Christmas and New Year at Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Christmas 2017

Let the celebrations begin... Go in search of the Big 5 on an afternoon game drive before drinks at sunset.

  •  On Christmas Eve - Our chefs prepare a feast fit for kings with festive African entertainment!
  • On Christmas Day – A scrumptious Christmas lunch will be the order of the day - the spirit of Christmas takes on an African twist!

New Year 2018

  • New Year’s Eve under a blanket of stars – After a thrilling game drive, feast on traditional dishes prepared over an open fire.
  • New Year’s Day - A late-morning champagne brunch will be served while the early birds can indulge in a continental breakfast.

What's Included?

  • Three nights’ accommodation at one of our beautiful lodges
  • All meals served in a variety of locations
  • All beverages including a top quality wine list and fine champagne
  • Really nice staff!

How Much?

  • Rates below are based on two people sharing one room for a 3 night stay for stays between 22nd December 2017 - 2nd January 2018
ROCK LODGE 3 NIGHT STAY
Rock Cliff Room ZAR 71,400
Rock Suite ZAR 92,100
Master Suite with plunge pool ZAR 92,100
Makwela Suite with plunge pool ZAR 113,400
Cliff Lodge Exclusive (2 bedrooms) ZAR 310,200
SAFARI LODGE 3 NIGHT STAY
Elephant Room ZAR 71,400
River Room ZAR 82,200
River Room with plunge pool ZAR 92,100
Treehouse Suite ZAR 113,400

Terms and Conditions:

Minimum stay of 3 nights. Rates are based on two people sharing one room, except for the exclusive use of Cliff Lodge, which is based on up to 5 adults and 4 children. A 30% deposit is required upon confirmation, with final payment (70%) payable 60 days prior to arrival. Deposits and final payments are non-refundable. Rates are subject to change at any time and our standard booking terms and conditions apply

 

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A Wild Romence

Valid from 2nd January - 21st December 2018

Who says romance is dead? At Ulusaba we see it every day, and not just from our human guests. The elephants who roam the Sabi Sand Reserve are often spotted cuddling each other, and when something the size of an elephant gets amorous, you’re advised to keep your distance!

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A ROMANTIC SAFARI AT ULUSABA

A stay at Ulusaba can you give you the space you and your partner need to ignite (or re-ignite!) the magic, and we’ve got some great suggestions and ideas for an intimate and private escape in the African bush. Whether you’re on honeymoon or just fancy 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.

GAME DRIVES
Nothing gets past our experienced Rangers and Trackers on the twice daily game drives (well, mostly!). There are 13,500 hectares of space to cover, but our Trackers are experts at reading animal tracks, noticing disturbed areas of the bush, and using their sixth sense to take you right to the action. While you’re busy snapping away with your camera, our Rangers will be on hand with interesting facts and stories.

TIME TO EAT
From delicious spreads at breakfast to evening banquets, dining at Ulusaba is designed to cater to your personal tastes. Early morning starts are the norm to catch some of the animals at their most active, so most people stick to coffee, fresh fruit and muffins and indulge when they get back to the lodges. A pre-booked massage treatment or refreshing swim is a great way to build an appetite for our lighter à la carte style lunches, followed by a well-deserved nap. Evening meals at the lodges tend to be a communal affair, but as you’re here to spend some time with each other, we have a few other ideas...

Lovers’ Picnic: Your Ranger will whisk you away to a secluded location for a romantic picnic lunch – often at Constitution Rock. Trust us, the views are fabulous, and the champagne somehow tastes even better!

Observatory Private Dinner: We prepare a private meal for two under the stars at our Bush Observatory. Your Ranger will be able to tell you all about the stars visible in the southern hemisphere, and even tell you some more about your own star sign – is your love for your partner written in the stars?!

All prices are per couple

Description 3 Night Stay Extra Night
Elephant & Rock Cliff Room ZAR 70,896 ZAR 22,700
River Room ZAR 81,396 ZAR 26,200
River Room with plunge pool ZAR 90,696 ZAR 29,300
Rock Suite ZAR 90,696 ZAR 29,300
Treehouse Suite ZAR 111,396 ZAR 36,200
Master Suite with plunge pool ZAR 90,696 ZAR 29,300
Makwela Suite with plunge pool ZAR 111,396 ZAR 36,200
Cliff Lodge 1 ZAR 149,796 ZAR 49,000
Cliff Lodge 2 ZAR 128,796 ZAR 42,000
Cliff Lodge Exclusive (2 bedrooms) ZAR 298,896 ZAR 98,700

All prices are per couple. Valid from 22nd December 2017 - 21st December 2018
Ulusaba reserves the right to change the rates at any time and supplements and minimum stays may apply during peak periods

WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED?
You’re unlikely to run out of things to do at Ulusaba, but we do recommend indulging in a few spa treatments during your stay, and so as part of our romance offer for couples we’ve come up with some suggestions below:
A spa treatment for two: Our Aroma Boma Devotional Journey is 60 relaxing minutes where you and your partner light a candle together as a symbol of your union and you both receive a full body massage
Romantic bath time experience: We prepare your room with a special romantic turndown service and supply you with a selection of bath oils for a romantic evening in – there’s room in the bath for two and of course the champagne will be on ice.

WHAT ARE THE RATES?
Book a romantic break at Ulusaba and all the following is included:

  • 3 nights’ accommodation for two with extra nights available
  • All food and beverages
  • All game viewing
  • A fruit basket and champagne in the room on arrival
  • The Aroma Boma Devotional Journey spa treatment for two (60 minutes)
  • Lovers’ Picnic private lunch on a day of your choosing
  • Romantic bath time experience on an evening of your choosing
  • Private dinner on the last evening complete with own personal butler
  • Complimentary space-available upgrade
  • Gift on departure
Rock Lodge Rooms & Suites

Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie with views over the vast lowveld and the distant Drakensberg Mountain range. There are ten rooms and suites individually designed with décor that incorporates modern and traditional African art. There are four Rock Cliff rooms, one Master Suite, two Makwela Suites and one two-bedroom Rock Suite. The Master Suite and Makwela Suites all have private plunge pools.

Safari Lodge Rooms & Suites

Safari Lodge is located beneath a canopy of ancient trees on the edge of a dry riverbed. Guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross rope bridges between tree house style rooms, with local wildlife passing by. The eleven rooms include a Treehouse Suite overlooking the nearby Xikwenga Dam and are split into Safari, Elephant and River Rooms, some of which have private plunge pools. The Treehouse Suite is located a 15 minute walk along a raised walkway from the main lodge.

Guests can share their time between the two lodges - Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge which offer two unique experiences, encouraging many guests to split their time between the two. Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms while elephants, bushbuck, lion and other local wildlife pass by.

When not occupied on a walking safari or twice daily game drive, take a dip in the swimming pools or indulge in a spa treatment. For the more active, there are tennis courts and gyms available. Try a few South African wines from the wine cellar and after dinner enjoy a spot of stargazing at the bush observatory.

These rates are quoted per person, per night and priced in South African Rand.
Include accommodation as detailed, 14% VAT and a South African Tourism Bed Levy. Flights and transfers to and from Ulusaba are not included.
Rates exclude Christmas and New Year. For more information about these rates, please contact our reservations team. Rates are subject to change at any time. Minimum stays may apply.

* Cliff Lodge 1 and 2 can be booked individually 4 months prior to arrival.

Single occupancy rates (2016) available upon request. We can accommodate extra adults and children in some of our
rooms on fold-out or rollaway beds. In some cases there will be an additional charge of ZAR 2,300 per person, per
night. There are restrictions on the number of guests and vehicles allowed in the Sabi Sand Reserve, so there may
be times when we’re unable to accommodate extra guests in rooms.

Exclusive use

These rates are quoted per lodge, per night and priced in South African Rand. Hiring one or both of our lodges exclusively is ideal for weddings, birthdays, or any type of gathering where you might like the place to yourselves! You’ll have full use of the lodge for the number of guests stated and your own game vehicles.

Rock Lodge Rate per lodge/per night (R 264 500)(includes exclusive use of Cliff Lodge)

How many rooms do we have?
Safari Lodge can accommodate 22 guests sharing 11 rooms and Rock Lodge can accommodate between 20 and 25 guests sharing 10 rooms and suites, including Cliff Lodge which can accommodate up to 5 adults and 4 children and can be hired independently for smaller groups and families.
Ulusaba reserves the right to alter its rates at any time. Supplements and minimum stays may apply.
What’s included?
• Transfers from Ulusaba’s airstrip to either Rock or Safari Lodge
• Your accommodation at one of our beautiful lodges
• All meals served in a variety of locations
• All beverages including a top quality wine list and fine champagne
• Laundry service (no dry cleaning available)
• Really nice staff!

Things to do...and also included!
• Look out for the ‘Big Five’ on the twice daily game viewing drives traversing an area of 13,500 hectares, accompanied by a fully trained and experienced ranger and tracker
• Enjoy a daily walking safari accompanied by a ranger and tracker and learn about medicinal properties of plants, local beliefs regarding the wildlife and fascinating facts about the animals
• Work out at one of our gymnasiums or take a dip in one of the swimming pools
• Have a hit of tennis on one of two floodlit tennis courts or watch your friends courtside from the viewing pavilion – racquets and balls supplied
• Relax in one of the lounges at each lodge and watch a bit of TV, a DVD, play some music or read one of our books from the library
• Surf the net on one of the guest computers (one per lodge)
• Informative talks on local plants and wildlife as well as conservation efforts can be organised on request for both adults and children
• Nose and swirl around a few South African reds and whites in the wine cellar at Safari Lodge – wine tasting sessions arranged on request. There is an outdoor dining area for up to six guests – great for private dining
• Star gazing at the observatory in the bush
Subject to favourable weather conditions

Something for the children?

Cubs of all ages are welcome at Rock Lodge and will be invited to take part in Ulusaba’s Cub’s Club. Aiming to both entertain
and educate cubs about their surroundings, the Cub’s Club doesn’t offer a set programme, but rather a range of activities suitable for every child.

Available on request (not included in room rates)
• Flights between Johannesburg and Ulusaba’s private airstrip
• Road and air transfers between other airports and lodges
• Aroma Boma beauty treatments
• Visits to the local communities (supported by Ulusaba and Virgin Unite, the Virgin Group’s entrepreneurial foundation) as well as the Cheetah Breeding Project Tour and scenic helicopter flights.
• Wedding and Honeymoon packages
• Your own private vehicle with a ranger and tracker for game drives (subject to availability)
• Photocopying, telephone and fax facilities
• Gift Shop purchases
• Photographic safari
• Volunteer safari

Safari Lodge

• Your accommodation at one of our beautiful lodges
• All meals served in a variety of locations
• All beverages including a top quality wine list and fine champagne
• Laundry service (no dry cleaning available)
• Really nice staff!

Just what is...?

...an infant? a guest under the age of 6
...a child? a guest between the ages of 6 and 12
...an adult? a guest aged 12 years and over
Infants stay free of charge provided they share with at least one adult.

Children are charged as follows:
  • 1 child sharing with 1 adult will be charged ZAR 2,300 per night on top of the Adult Single Rate
  • 1 child in her/her own room is charged the Adult Single Rate
  • 2 or more children in their own room are charged the Adult Single Occupancy Rate for the first child plus ZAR 2,300 per child per night for each additional child
  • In some rooms we can accommodate children on rollaway or fold-out beds. In these cases where adults are paying double or triple rates, extra children will be accommodated at a rate of ZAR 2,300 per child, per night. Occasionally due to restrictions on the number of guests and vehicles allowed on the Sabi Sand Reserve, we may not be able to accommodate extra children in rooms – please contact us for details.

Can I get married at Ulusaba?
Of course! Elope to the Bush or plan a big event with all your family and friends. We’ve thought of everything to make it the most magical wedding
possible – what better place to tie the knot?! Please ask about one of our packages, or our team can happily create a custom-made wedding for you. If you can’t get married here, include Ulusaba in your celebration and visit us on your Honeymoon!

Can I hire Ulusaba exclusively?
Absolutely! Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, wedding or just a great opportunity to experience a safari with family, friends or colleagues, the Ulusaba team are on hand to cater for all requests. You have the choice of hiring one of the lodges separately or both the lodges together. Please ask us for more details.

What’s included at Cliff Lodge?
Cliff Lodge has two suites which are perfect for smaller groups and families. Located just a short stroll away from the Main House at Rock Lodge, Cliff Lodge 1 is a spacious two bedroom suite with one large bedroom and 2 small pull-out beds, as well as a second smaller bedroom which can accommodate one adult and two small children. The suite features a private swimming pool, gym and mini Aroma Boma Spa. Cliff Lodge 2 is a spacious one bedroom suite with a large lounge area and outdoor viewing deck with Jacuzzi. When you hire both suites for exclusive use you will have your own chef and private vehicle for game drives. Cliff Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 5 adults and 4 children when booked exclusively.

What clothing and footwear will I need?
For game drives, you should wear pale or neutral colours. In summer (October to April), these should be lightweight, but take a windbreaker or light jacket for evenings. In winter (May to September) take a jumper/sweater, fleece or warm jacket too. Trainers/sneakers are fine for safari walks, and it’s a good idea to bring a hat and sunglasses – for all seasons. You can wear whatever you like around the lodges and dining rooms. Formal wear isn’t always practical, but of course it’s up to you. Make sure you don’t forget your swimsuit.

Do you cater for special diets?
Our African inspired menu is one of the highlights of your stay. But we understand that some people have special requirements and personal favourites too. Let us know in advance, and we’ll do our best to make sure we have exactly what you need.

Do I need to take precautions against malaria?
The Mpumalanga province, including the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, is in a malaria endemic area so it is very important to seek advice on appropriate precautions before you travel. During your stay it is still important to cover up with insect repellent. We provide an excellent one in your room, but bring your
own stick or roll-on repellent to take out on game drives and for when you first arrive in Mpumalanga. All rooms have mosquito nets too.

What can I do during the day?
Well of course there are the twice daily game drives. One starts early in the morning around 5am and the other leaves in the afternoon at about 4pm. Each drive lasts for approximately 31⁄2 hours. The more adventurous may opt for a walking safari after breakfast to learn about the local plants and wildlife and for some more in-depth knowledge on how to track animals. If you want to take it easy, soak up the sun by the pools, read a book, or relax with a Spa treatment. Energetic types can have a hit of tennis or work out in the gym where the views will take your mind off all that hard work. Others may prefer
to go on one of our cultural, wildlife or scenic tours including helicopter trips or a tour of the local community. Volunteer safari You can now incorporate a volunteering experience into your stay at Ulusaba. Our team will create bespoke itineraries to participate in hands-on projects within the local communities,
based around your own skills and interests. Just ask our reservations team for more details.

Arrival and departure details
Check-in is officially 2pm. If you want to arrive earlier we’ll make every effort to have a room ready for you, but if not we’ll look after your bags so you can start enjoying yourself. Check-out is officially 11am however we are flexible. Just ask us the night before you leave.

Medical information
We have first aid equipment at both lodges along with staff trained in administering first aid. 24-hour Emergency Trauma Paramedics and 4 x 4 ambulances are available in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Doctors provide telephone or personal consultations to guests with minor aches and injuries, but this will be charged, so make sure you have appropriate travel insurance.

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  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Large elephant population
  • Over 530 bird species
  • Big 5 Game Animals

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