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Ulusaba river lodge vs kings camp

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Ulusaba river lodge vs kings camp

Which lodge is more luxurious and is the game viewing equally as good?

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1. Re: Ulusaba river lodge vs kings camp

Hi there Jennifer,

I would personally recommend Kings Camp. It is located within one of the most fantastic game viewing areas that I have ever encountered (and I have been to MANY - I live right here in the Kruger area). Many would say that the lodges within the Sabi Sands are always more luxurious, but this is more of a generalized statement. The majority of the lodges are indeed fantastic, but sometimes I feel that lodges in other areas get looked over because of this.

Anyway - Kings Camp gets my vote. They are both excellent in terms of luxury, but I just prefer Kings.

Either way you will be 110% spoiled :-).

All the best,



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2. Re: Ulusaba river lodge vs kings camp

Perhaps you mean Ulusaba Safari Lodge? Or Lion Sands River Lodge? Speaking of Kings Camp, the accommodations there have a special 'feel' because they are more 'Olde English Colonial' than African. But they are posh, indeed.

At Ulusaba Safari Lodge, only the Safari rooms are in the price range as those at Kings Camp and I would say that suites at Kings Camp (which are actually free-standing chalets) would be more luxurious.

Game drives at Ulusaba will be rich, for sure. That part of Sabi Sand is known for leopards, lions.. But I would expect your experience at Kings Camp to be very strong as well.

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3. Re: Ulusaba river lodge vs kings camp

Haven't been to Kings, always heard great reports. Game viewing in the Timbavati is excellent.

Have been to Ulusaba Safari Lodge and it's really beautiful, luxurious and they sure do look after you exceptionally well. Game viewing is excellent.

If you are looking at Sabi Sands, look at Sabi Sabi who offer special packages and andbeyond.com they have several lodges in Sabi Sands. All these lodges are luxurious and some offer a lower rate in winter (my personal preference for game viewing) May - September and special deals like 4 nights for 3.

Have fun!

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4. Re: Ulusaba river lodge vs kings camp

Hi Thanks all,

we are looking at at safari lodge and contemplating between the cheaper safari room or the more expensive river room, we are going in December so paying peak and is fairly pricey already, not sure if it is worth the extra for a river room?

We looked at lion sands ivory lodge but seems quite a bit more expensive as does singita and londolozi.

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5. Re: Ulusaba river lodge vs kings camp

Also looking at eagles Crag at shamwari how does that compare?

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6. Re: Ulusaba river lodge vs kings camp

If you are looking for rooms on a river, consider Lion Sands River lodge. Many of the rooms have outstanding rooms and are much less expensive then Ivory.

And yes, I think they are worth paying extra as you do spend much of the day back at the lodge.


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7. Re: Ulusaba river lodge vs kings camp

Hi, if you are budget conscious there are other lodges to consider at lower rates. (let me know if you want names).

In the Timbavati Reserve (where King's is) look at Tanda Tula and Simbavati and Motswari (all by the river). In December it will be very hot, so you will either be in the cool of your room during the day or swimming, but agree with Mike if this is a trip of a lifetime worth spending the extra for a river or waterhole room, its wonderful to sit and watch the animals coming and going, although again in the heat of the day they will not be out in the open.

In Sabi Sands Londolozi is one of the top camps and is first class with river frontage. I think Dulini and Idube in Sabi Sands are also river frontages, as is Exeter River Lodge (andbeyond.com mentioned previously).

Shamwari is in a completely different area of the country. It is in the Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth. I have not been there but it is one of the top lodges. Personally, I prefer the Greater Kruger for the 'real bush experience'. If you are doing Cape Town and/or the Garden Route, Shamwari may be an option you want to consider if you don't want to add extra flights to your time.

Hope this helps.

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