What can I add to all the great previous reviews… ?! Everything was just perfect: the weather, the location of the lodge, its beautiful architecture, our room, the food, the staff, the game rides…..
Everybody working there was young, clean cut, very polite and well spoken, very friendly with the guests and with each other and seeming genuinely interested in everything you need … Splendid!
We were greeted at the airstrip with cold drinks, big, friendly smiles and a jeep that took us to the lodge. We stayed three nights at the Rock Lodge where we had the Rock Cliff room # 2. In the room we found a nice welcoming letter from the management, together with two nice, high-quality-print books, one about the lodge itself and another about the animals in the area – a nice touch! The room itself was very spacious, with all the amenities expected, immaculately clean, wonderful views from the balcony and a huge bathroom area downstairs with even better views.
The food was constantly excellent and the drinks… whatever you want, as much as you want, whenever you want ….
Our ranger, Dale, was very pleasant, knowledgeable, with a good sense of humor and always willing to help, no matter what that was, like everyone else at the lodge. As about the spotter, Don - the guy was even able to spot a chameleon, on a tree, in the dark of the evening, while returning to the loge-incredible!!! The game: elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, all kind of antelopes, lionesses with cubs, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, chameleons (!) and others I don’t remember. We even happen to see something apparently very rare: a predator attacking another predator. In this case it was three lionesses killing a young hyena, which in its attempt to savage through the remains of a nyala killed by the lionesses the night before, got too close to the cubs. It was gruesome…
There was also a wonderful, surprise dinner. On our second evening, when returning from an afternoon game drive, out of a sudden we noticed in a distance (before going uphill, to the lodge) a lot of lights, lights in the tree (just like on Christmas) and when we got closer also heard the sound of the drums. There was a very interesting song and dance show performed by the people of a village nearby, followed by a tasty buffet dinner. On the last morning, there was a surprise breakfast when returning from the game drive, in the middle of nowhere, with pancakes made to order, champagne and … anything else you want…
We didn’t really want to leave but this was just the beginning of our trip to South Africa and there were so many other places to see. We’ll surely be back ….
- 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