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Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Safari Lodge delivers the classic Sabi safari: epic Big 5 game viewing, breathtaking suites & all the luxuries.

The brainchild of Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, Ulusaba Safari Lodge offers the quintessential luxury safari for honeymooners and families alike. Overlooking a dry river and permanent waterhole, this 11-suite lodge lies at the heart of Big 5 country, offering unforgettable game drives and walks with professional guides and trackers. It’s a classic destination for leopard sightings and the general game viewing is superb. Cultural excursions and community visits balance the wildlife experience with a fascinating human element.

Lying beneath sprawling trees, Ulusaba Safari Lodge is a place of rope bridges and tree-house suites, honeymoon hideaways and stargazing decks. The camp is well appointed too: there is a heated pool, gym and even two tennis courts. Those who want to relax between game drives can enjoy massages and beauty treatments at the spa or a bit of shopping at the gift shop.

Welcoming families with children over the age of 12, the lodge offers fully en suite chalets with air-conditioned comfort. You’ll sleep soundly in a netted four-poster and can sit back and relax on your private viewing deck. Meals are enjoyed in the company of fellow guests or at a table for two, set away from camp under a blaze of candles.

Lodge Highlights:

  • Prime Big 5 location
  • Game drives & guided nature walks
  • Romantic & private suites
  • Pool, spa, tennis courts & gym

About Ulusaba Safari Lodge

Luxury Suites

  • Air-Conditioned & Fully En Suite
  • Private Viewing Decks & Stunning Views
  • Larger Suites with Pools Available
  • Romantic Tree-House Suite

There are 11 rooms and suites at Ulusaba Safari Lodge, beginning with three adjoining Safari Rooms located close to the Main Lodge and each with a large viewing deck. The lodge also offers three tree-house style Elephant Rooms, so named for the elephants that often pass beneath them, and four larger River Rooms, also built in a tree-house style and two of which have private plunge pools.

Perfect for couples, the sophisticated Elephant and River Rooms offer a secluded and private experience as does the lodge’s accommodation masterpiece – the Tree House Suite, set over a waterhole and complete with lounge and daybed plus a private dining deck. This unique honeymoon hideaway is a 10 minute walk from camp and is reached via swing bridges and raised walkways.

All accommodation at Ulusaba Safari Lodge is fully en suite. Bathrooms feature ball and claw bathtubs and separate showers while the bedroom has a netted king-sized bed, air conditioning and a ceiling fan. A mini bar and tea and coffee station ensure you won’t want for any refreshments while you enjoy the view from your private deck.

Lodge Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Lounge, Dining Areas & Bar
  • Gym, Tennis Courts & Spa
  • Stargazing Telescope
  • Internet Access
  • Romantic ‘Bush’ Dining

One of the more well-appointed Sabi lodges, Ulusaba Safari Lodge offers its guests plenty of entertainment between game drives. Its swimming pool and spa are popular but you can also enjoy a workout in the gym or play a couple of sets on one of the two tennis courts. As night falls, you’ll find the focus turns to the lodge’s convivial bar and lounge where stories of the day’s sightings are recalled over drinks.

Dinners are a fine affair at Ulusaba and you’ll enjoy excellent cuisine and wine pairings. Dietary requirements, private meals and special occasions also catered for.

Activities at Ulusaba Safari Lodge

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Bird Watching & Stargazing
  • Cultural Tours
  • Helicopter Sightseeing

Ulusaba lies at the heart of the Sabi Sands, putting it in front-row seats for some of Africa’s best Big 5 game viewing. Expert guides and keen-eyed trackers take you on morning and afternoon game drives in search of the heavyweights – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. It’s also a place of hippo, giraffe, cheetah and wild dog – no wonder Ulusaba offers specialist photographic safaris too. And after a toast to the setting sun, you’ll enjoy a spot-lit night drive, searching for Africa’s seldom seen nocturnal animals.

Extra activities such as sightseeing by helicopter and tours to an elephant sanctuary are offered, and guests also have the chance to discover the human element to this landscape. Visits to local Shangaan villages can be arranged and you’ll have an opportunity to support Ulusaba’s community project.

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Lodge Rates

These rates are purely for informational purposes and do not reflect the actual cost in those currencies.

Elephant Room

Season & Year
Per person sharing
2018 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 810
2019 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 849

River Room

Season & Year
Per person sharing
2018 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 934
2019 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 976

River Room with plunge pool

Season & Year
Per person sharing
2018 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 1054
2019 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 1103

Treehouse Suite

Season & Year
Per person sharing
2018 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 1291
2019 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 1351

Safari Room

Season & Year
Per person sharing
2018 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 714
2019 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 750

Safari Suite

Season & Year
Per person sharing
2018 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 1291
2019 (rates exclude Christmas and New Year)
USD 1351
Included in your stay
  • Your accommodation
  • All meals served in a variety of locations around the lodge
  • All beverages including a top quality wine list and fine champagne
  • Twice daily game drives
  • A daily walking safari (subject to favourable weather conditions)
  • Fully equipped gymnasium
  • Lounge equipped with DVDs, CDs and a small library
  • Laundry service (no dry cleaning available)
  • Business facilities (details available on request)
  • Complimentary wireless available in all guest rooms and public areas
  • An observatory, perfect for star gazing
  • Informative talks on flora, fauna and conservation that can be organised on request for both adults and children
  • Private dining for up to 6 guests at Safari Lodge’s wine cellar and Rock Lodge’s wine room (subject to availability)
  • Local telephone calls
  • The contents of your mini bar
Excluded in your stay
  • Flights between Johannesburg and Ulusaba’s private airstrip
  • Road and air transfers between other airports and lodges
  • Aroma Boma beauty treatments
  • Tours to the local community
  • Private game drives (subject to availability)
  • Photocopying, telephone, fax, e-mail facilities and gift shop purchases
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Conservation levy
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Hands-on Expertise

  • We’re based in Africa
  • Visit our destinations regularly
  • Exceptionally knowledgeable team
  • Expect unrivaled customer service

Accredited & Bonded

  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
  • ATTA Membership (204387)
  • Fully Independent & Owner Run
  • 24/7 Travel Support

Reviews

Trip of a lifetime: Five countries, six camps, Vic Falls, Big Five plus more game

In June/July 2016 we undertook a trip to Southern Africa to fulfill a lifelong intention. We stayed at six camps, safari style, and had a great time. All of our expectations were met or even exceeded. For example, we never expected to see honey badgers or sitatunga, given the secretive nature of those species, but we did! All travel arrangements and connections worked smoothly, which is astonishing since we had several dozen transfers and meeting points; all of the connecting personnel were prompt, professional, and welcoming.

Michael (USA)
We had a wonderful holiday with no hitches, perfectly planned for us and so professional.

Though we live in Australia, Safari online made planning for our family holiday so easy. Walter understood our requirements and nothing was too much trouble. The holiday was everything we wanted it to be and so much more. Every camp was ideally suited for our family and we loved each day, every early morning and evening game drive. Thank you to Walter for his attention to detail and his friendly, professional and caring manner. It was a trip of a lifetime and one that we will talk about forever.

Mary (AU)
Best experience ever!!

They provide us the most taylored and customized honeymoon possible! everything was much better than we expected. We loved the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere and everyone made us feeling so incredibly special and gave us a unique insight. Over our game drives we managed to see all the big five plus some!!

Salvatore (IT)
Outstanding experience!

We have booked at the Elephant Plains Lodge. We stayed there for a few nights and went on safaris. The lodge, the guide, the food and all the animals we have seen were fantastic. Really an outstanding experience. We can recommend Elephant Plains to everybody. Maybe you will not be as lucky as we were, becaucse we have seen the Big 5! But however you will not forget your stay at Elephant Plains.

Silvio (CH)
The trip was sensational and tailored to our needs. Simply fantastic!

The care by Walter was great from planning to leaving Johannesburg. The accommodations were perfectly chosen. If after a few days you thought it could not be better, you were told otherwise. It was an increase every day, with the 3 days safari in the Kruger, including overnight in tree house, the grand finale.
I would book a trip anytime again at Safari Online.

Ulrike (DE)
Experience of a lifetime and wonderful service!!

Our extended family (16 travellers, including 8 children under ten years of age!) went on a wonderful safari adventure curated and organised by Walter Kohrs of Safari Online. It could not have been any better than we experienced. From our time in Cape Town, to visiting Victoria Falls, all the way through Zimbabwe and finally wrapping up at the amazing Chobe Safari Lodge, all the locations chosen by Walter were amazing.

His attention to detail, willingness to fine-tune and excellent responsiveness (over a period of several months!) could not have been better. He took time to visit us personally upon our arrival in South Africa, with lovely gift-packs and shared a wealth of advice, recommendations and tips. I cannot recommend Safari Online (and Walter Kohrs in particular) any higher. Absolutely amazing.

Oisin (AU)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. She then coordinated our flights to and from the property, arranged the drivers necessary to get us from the airport to the lodge and back again, and sent the appropriate paperwork to each of us to verify each step of the process. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Faultless service, attention to detail and quality of accomodations.

The communications and service from Walter was excellent, and we were continuously fully informed. The information package and book received on arrival were excellent. We felt that we had been allocated carefully selected lodges at each camp and every detail met or exceeded our expectations.
The safari tour was wonderful, and a particular feature was the variety offered at each location which combined perfectly

Carolyn (AU)
Exceptional service ensuring a wonderful holiday. Highly recommended

Attention to detail & service provided was first class, from our very first email to the last day of our trip. Walter went above and beyond to ensure that we were notified of any changes, even up to our last day with a change to our flight time, at short notice. The safari was so much more than expected, from the rustic to the exceptional, every camp was different in it’s own way and our highlights are hard to single out just one as each camp was great.

Cyndi and Dave (AU)
Absolutely Perfect

I was already last year in South Africa and Zambia organized by Safari Online. It was a absolutely gorgeous trip. Everything was perfect. This was the reason I booked this year in May and June an new trip to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. I got everything I expected. It was a dream again. I know I´m coming back.

Bernard (DE)