Stayed in Cliff Lodge for 3 nights in January. Due to BA shutting down T5 we had to reschedule our trip and finally arrived two days late. No problem for Ulusaba staff who were friendly, professional and really good fun. Particular thanks to Sean and George who took us out every day, and really made the trip. Due to the heavy rain, the tracks were almost impassable in places and we, and a couple of the other trucks got stuck and had to be rescued. This just added to the excitement and fun of the drive, along with the 'Ferrari safari', when we'd get notified over the radio of a potential sighting and went tearing off to find it - just brilliant! We saw just about everything you can think of with the possible exception of Tarzan and had a couple of very close experiences with rhino and the most beautiful leopard.
The Cliff Lodge was wonderful. Huge suite astefully and sympathetically decorated, great showers and very comfortable bed, small plunge pool on the deck and the most fantastic views out over the dense green. At dawn, you could step out onto the deck and watch the mist clearing to reveal elephants having a mud bath beneath you.
The only advice I might give is that if you're mixing your safari with a longer sightseeing holiday in South Africa, do the safari first; it's tiring, because you're up very early and not necessarily having early nights to compensate. Also, one of other reviewers who gave a poor review commented on the fact that the LandRovers are shared. Yes they are, but if you don't like who you're sharing with, why not ask to change. We shared with a lovely family from New York, and spent the whole 3 days laughing together - they were brilliant.
You won't leave Ulusaba hungry either - the food was excellent. Pre-safari breakfast is served (muffins, fruit, cake, tea, coffee etc) from 5.30 am, followed by full breakfast with EVERYTHING upon return at around 9ish. Then lunch, and pre-safari tea, followed by a delicious dinner. Meals were served in the huge dining area communally, but if you wanted a table to yourselves, you just had to ask... The Chef came out before each meal to describe the menu (our evening meals included steak, kudu and a BBQ) and you had a choice of excellent wines. The whole three days was magical and memorable and I can't wait to go back one day.
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