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“Magical experience!”
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Ulusaba Rock Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
UK
1 review
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“Magical experience!”
Reviewed October 1, 2008

My fiance and I went there at the beginning of September 08 and had the most wonderful time ever! The staff were so friendly and warm it was unbelievable. We also were lucky enough to get a wonderful ranger-tracker pair -Stuart and John, who were both so wonderful and gave us the time of our lives. John's expert tracking skills are out of this world and spotted several things without even having to make that much of an effort! Stuart was very informative and kept the jokes rolling throughout the whole time we were there. The weather was also great -very cool for the first two days, then perfectly dry and sunny for the remaining two, which was lucky because my fiance (who was then my boyfriend) was waiting for a beautiful day so he could propose! Ahhh! All safari members (visitors and staff) were fantastic and couldn't have made the day any more special for us than they had. They even went to the effort of dressing up our room in rose petals and setting up a table for us so we could have a private meal together in our room. For anyone going for the first time, I would recommend going in September as there aren't too many leaves on the trees so animal spotting is much easier. Also, bring a wooly hat and jumper for the morning drives -they are chilly!! I would definately recommend an Ulusaba experience to anyone who can get it. Highly impressed!

  • Stayed September 2008
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Reviewed June 7, 2008

We have now been four times and have stayed in both Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge,
In August we spent four nights at Rock Lodge,with our guests for our wedding,which was a fantastic experience,if any readers are looking to get married without all the hassle of a home wedding,then this is the package for you,simply pack your dresses and suits,(which will be pressed on arrival)and get married in the bush,with stag and hen nights,arranged as well,luckily stags are not tied to a bush and left to the lions !
Seriously this is probably one of the best Lodges in the world,
complimented by the best Staff ,Rangers and Trackers available, though i must say that the Rangers need to brush up on their dancing skills,the females in our party had got very excited ,at the Reception when they heard Duart the Head Ranger was to show off his moves on the Dancefloor,but he was more new born Giraffe than Travolta!
There is nothing more to say that other Reviews have not already said,just get out there and enjoy

  • Liked — The way you are at ease as soon as you arrive
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
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Jersey
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Reviewed March 6, 2008

Well what can I say. The title says it all. We got married in Ulusaba in March 2007 and it was the most incredible experience. We spent 1 week in the resort in total and cannot explain in words sufficiently how amazing this place is. The location is stunning, the rooms are incredible (we actually got to stay in Richard Branson's master suite!) and most importantly the game drives and the beauty you experience out in the bush take your breath away. A big shout out to our ranger and tracker Philip and Tulani who made the experience so much more fulfilling. Our wedding was organised to perfection and we got married out in the heart of the bush at King's Rock. I cannot recommend it enough...you MUST go. We just cannot wait to go back hopefully in a few years for our wedding anniversary. This place will touch your heart in so many ways. It is top end luxury and pampering without any pretense, you are immediately welcomed and feel like you have become part of a family. We were so sad to leave. Don't even think twice about this place, there is absolutely nothing bad I can say about it.

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  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, UK
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Reviewed January 17, 2008

As I write, I am sitting at the computer in the Makwela Dusk suite at Ulusaba's Rock Lodge - we leave tomorrow and I feel a little sad as I will actually miss all the amazing sights we have seen - a cheetah, the grumpy hippos, the peaceful elephants amongst many others. All the staff have been fabulous and our accommodation truly fantastic. On our first day after an 11 hour flight, Richard Branson offered to make us a cup of tea, he joined us for dinner on our first night with his wife and other lodge guests - what a down to earth, genuine, caring couple who are truly interested in their customers! It was a surprise for us to meet them but it was a real treat. We are here on our honeymoon before we go to the Seychelles and we have stayed for 5 nights - I would definitely love to come back in the winter and see what surprises the game reserve has to offer - it is a fantastic experience and you feel at home the minute you arrive - its nothing like being in a hotel and cannot be compared. If you are even slightly thinking about booking a safari - just do it - whether you are 15 or 50 - it's the trip for you!!

  • Liked — Plunge Pool
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2007

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 [--].

  • Liked — rustic luxury and the fabulous service
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 18, 2007

We got married here and stayed at Rock lodge for 4 nights. We stayed in the Makwela dawn suite. The room was amazing, it had everything there to make a perfect stay. We got to see the magnificent seven, which is the big 5 plus cheetah and wild dogs. Our ranger and tracker, Sam and Simon were such nice people. Not only were they great at tracking and teaching you about the animals, but they really care. We saw on occasion a tree trunk in the road, other vehicles would drive around them, our great guys would always stop and move it out of the way. They explained that by going around it, you increase the width of the roads and this is bad for the environment. We had a few massages here and they were amazing, the first time I’ve ever fallen asleep during one! The whole team here are full of smiles and make you feel so welcome. If you are looking at booking here...... don’t hold back, just go, it’s worth every penny. We gave them three times what we originally going to give as a tip.
I won’t mention much about the wedding; as if you are getting married here I wouldn’t want to spoil the many surprises. But it was the best day of my life. I just can’t wait to go back.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2007

My wife and I stayed here for part of our Honeymoon a few years ago. Simply this place was utterly fantastic. The facilities, staff, food everything was bang on.

When we stayed there were only 2 other couples there with us, so it was so quiet and peaceful. My wife had a massage in the Virgin Spa whilst watching the elephants at the waterhole just down the hill!

The guide - ours was Dave, were unbelievably knowledgeable and seemed to be loving his time in the bush as much as we were.

I'd love to go again - maybe next time!

  • Liked — The outddor shower.
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed September 2003, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ulusaba Rock Lodge
Address: Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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