We stayed at Ulusaba at the recommendation of a friend from Johannesburg. Ulusaba has two properties: the Safari Lodge which is closer to the river and allows for closer interactions with various wildlife (we saw lots of baboons, monkeys, nyala, and elephants right outside our room) the Rock Lodge which is built on top of a cliff and has a great view of the game park. Rock Lodge is slightly more expensive, but I personally like the close proximity to the animals at Safari Lodge. As both properties are owned by Ulusaba, you have the freedom to enjoy meals and facilities at both properties if you stay at either Lodge.
A typical day would be scheduled like this:
5:30am - wake up call
6am - light breakfast (muffins, granola and yoghurt, fruit, coffee and tea)
6:30-9am - morning game drive; with a quick coffee/snack break in between
9am - heavy breakfast at the lodge
Anytime between breakfast and afternoon tea - lunch at the lodge
3.30pm - afternoon tea
4-7pm - afternoon/evening game drive
7:30pm - dinner
We would normally try to get to bed by around 10/11pm so we could get up bright and early the next day.
During the game drives we saw the big five (elephants, leopards, lions, cape buffalo and rhinos). Because Ulusaba is not technically inside Kruger National Park we were able to drive off-road and get really close to the animals.
We were a large family of 8 (ages 27-60+) and we had a wonderful time at Ulusaba. The property has a heated pool, gym, spa, TV with satellite service if you absolutely need to catch up with sports events, wi-fi all throughout the lodge. The food was excellent, and alcohol was free flowing. Overall a very memorable and fun family holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed. The 11 rooms at Safari Lodge include a Treehouse Suite overlooking the nearby Xikwenga Dam as well as three other room types: Safari, Elephant and River Rooms, some of which have private plunge pools. Kids over the age of 12 are welcome to stay at Safari Lodge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ulusaba Safari Hotel Ulusaba Private Game Reserve