We stayed at Rock Lodge Ulusaba for 3 nights in early November and cannot wait to save up to visit again!! We had a nightmare journey - thank you British Airways - and ended up arriving a full 24 hours late but from the minute we arrived all the stress and aggravation was dispelled by the fantastic staff and the service we received. We also cannot thank them enough for being so flexible and simply adjusting our stay so we still stayed 3 nights at no extra charge for our missed first night's accommodation. After all the nightmare problems we had with BA we received numerous faxes and phone calls from our travel agent [--] (who was fantastic at rescheduling the remainder of our trip!!) and Ulusaba made sure we received all those communications promptly. From the champagne on arrival to the stunning accommodation you really feel this is a very special place. Our room at Rock Lodge had fabulous views out across the bush and we were able to spot game from our balcony or watch the hippos in the lake through binoculars. Bathrooms are similar size to the bedrooms with great Virgin spa toiletries. Minibars are all included in the room cost and include champagne, chocolates, fine wines etc. There's no tv in the rooms but I would almost guarantee you won't miss it! You are introduced to everyone in the lodge on your arrival from the chef to the spa therapists and they are all so wonderfully friendly and yet, not at all in your face if you just want to chill out and be left alone. Meals tend to be taken together with the other guests in a large house party style except lunch which is separate, but if you want to take dinner on your own terrace or have a private dinner they will happily arrange this for you... the food is fabulous, menus are described by the chef each evening and the food is varied and plentiful.... as is the wine to accompany it. We had massages at the spa which were really great and 15% of the proceeds went to a local charity arranged by Virgin which was a nice touch. But the animals and the game drives... all I can say is wow. We saw all of the Big 5 on our 6 game drives and more besides. .. we were lucky enough to see a 2 week old elephant, young lion cubs feeding and playing, and on our last night a lion kill. You have the same ranger and tracker throughout your stay and I cannot say a big enough thanks to Philip and Joseph for our fabulous experiences. Sundowners and morning coffee in the bush is a treat and the walking safari is definitely well worth the effort.. even if you are tired after 5am wake up calls! We also had the opportunity to visit Safari Lodge which is the other accommodation at Ulusaba and that too was really lovely. Children can stay up at Rock Lodge but not at safari if that was to be a factor in anyone's decision making. There were so many special treats incorporated into our stay so we never knew quite what to expect and perhaps that is why we're so looking forward to returning some day... or maybe it was just the fabulous sense of relaxation, excitement, wonderment and thorough enjoyment we experienced. Truly a special place and to anyone going - you lucky things! and to anyone thinking of going - do it! It can be tricky to book as they have so few rooms and get very full - we booked 14 months in advance with our travel agent [--].
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With panoramic views overlooking the miles of African bush, there are 8 rooms at Rock Lodge, including the Master Suite, Makwela Suites, Rock Cliff rooms and the two bedroom Rock Suite, some of which have private plunge pools. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ulusaba Rock Hotel Ulusaba Private Game Reserve