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Ulusaba Safari Lodge
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“Purrrrfection!”
Reviewed 12 February 2014

We have just returned from 6 nights at Ulusaba, 3 of these nights were spent at Safari Lodge and the other 3 at Rock Lodge. I am reviewing Safari lodge here. We stayed in River room 2, which is an absolutely gorgeous room with a large sitting area, sundeck, very large bathroom and the best of the room was it's position, the sundeck overlooks an area which attracts all the wild animals, whilst we stayed here a herd of over 30 elephants came right outside the room, as did a number of other animals.

The main lodge provides the communal area and this is where the delicious food and drinks are served, every meal we had was really good and introduced by the chef. We also requested private dining in the wine cellar which provided for a really special night;s dining in the stars and alongside the dry river bed.

The drives were the really special part of this experience, we were lucky enough to have two great guys for our drives, Rico was our ranger and Orange was our tracker, together they made the 7 hours a day we spent with them extra special. They went that extra mile to find animals that you asked them for and on most drives we saw 3 or 4 of the big 5 and one morning saw all 5 in the one drive. Over and above that Rico and Orange were really friendly and we had a great laugh with them as well - as far as we are concerned the star of the show!

This was our first experience at Safari and now we are hooked and intend to return to Ulusaba next year!

Thanks to everyone on the team for making our stay so memorable and so so special.

Room Tip: River room 2 provides the best outlook and facilities
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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PRINCETON, NJ
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Just spent 4 days at Safari Lodge and would highly recommend the experience. Our ranger Ryan was a delightful wealth of knowledge and did everything to make our stay perfect. It is a small lodge never overwhelming and low key. You need minimal amount of clothing because daily laundry is included.They even have rain parkas in the range rovers for each guest! We saw the Big Five and more in our short 3 night stay. The facility is well maintained and food was delicious and varied. We stayed at the River 4 room which is way too far from the lodge and required traversing several rope narrow bridges and stairs. All rooms are beautiful so save your money and stay at the closer rooms. The nearby lodges ranger's are always in radio communication to advise where all the animals have migrated to insure a rich experience every day.

The airstrip is only minutes from the lodge entrance and all check in is done in minutes at the airstrip while sipping champagne!! We will return with the rest of our family next year.

Room Tip: Stay closer to the main building multiple elephants are seen from all rooms and dining areas.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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VLELondon, General Manager at Ulusaba Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
We love hearing feedback from our guests experience with us and thank you for taking the time to share yours. We look forward to welcoming you back with the rest of your family!
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Karl Langdon
General Manager of Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

This was honestly one of the most magical places I have ever been to. From start to finish the whole trip was just perfect. We flew from JNB to the Ulusaba air strip and were met by Sean and James, our ranger and tracker. They stayed with us for the whole 3 days and 6 drives that we did, and were brilliant, both so knowledgable and obviously loved their job.
The accommodation was stunning, although you are hardly in your room, you are either on a drive, or eating- the food is endless and unbelievable quality.
I have never eaten so much in such a short space of time!
The 2 daily drives are definitely the highlight of the day, we saw so many animals, in such close proximity, they don't even seem wild as they come so close to the jeep, and are obviously not bothered by people.
We were so sad to leave, and are already planning our next trip. A massive thanks to all the staff there, who really go above and beyond to look after you- Kim, Blair, and all of the kitchen staff who make such beautiful meals! We only got 4-5 hours sleep a night, and came home exhausted, but it was so worth it, there just isn't time to sleep, there are so many other things to do!
Thank you beautiful Ulusaba, we will be back next year without a doubt.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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VLELondon, General Manager at Ulusaba Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Thank you for your review, we’re so glad you loved your stay with us from start to finish. Ulusaba is truly a unique place and we are happy you were able to enjoy the magic. We will pass on your comments to the rest of the team and hope to welcome you back again next year.
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Karl Langdon
General Manager of Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

this is my first review on trip advisor, but I wanted to recommend this lodge because we had such a great time in our short visit there, 2 nights only and I wish we had stayed at least 4 nights We thought we were going to be at the Rock Lodge wish I recommend, but I was not disappointed at the safari lodge the staff was wonderful and we loved our ranger Michelle and tracker Don. The food and drink was fabulous
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Palm Beach FL

Room Tip: our room was close to the lodge, wish was very convenient , but for more privacy you can stay furthe...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

looking for a once in a life time experience...look no further.
this place is not for everyone.you need to love nature and earth and if you do this place is it.
from the first email to the final good bye this game reserve will become the most cherished memory ever. the staff, the hospitality the atmosphere was purrrfection.
Sir Richard Branson has created a masterpiece and one should experience it once in a lifetime.
Johnny, Kim, Carmen, Robin, Chris, Sunny, Karl , Llane and all the others at the safari lodge made us feel so welcome.the word No is just not in their vocabulary and they treat you like a guest in their own home.
the hospitality was one like i have never experienced before and i doubt i EVER will.for that reason i am coming back hopefully soon.THANK YOU.

Room Tip: the river 4 room with its own plunge pool.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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VLELondon, General Manager at Ulusaba Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We’re thrilled that you found your “heaven on earth” during your stay! The team and I look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Best wishes
Karl Langdon
General Manager of Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2014 via mobile

This is our 3rd visit to Ulusaba and not our last, we stayed from the 28th December and unfortunately left on the 7th January, we stayed 5 nights at safari lodge then 5 nights at Rock lodge, we had the best New Years Eve ever. Ulusaba is 10 stars all the staff are amazing and the food is also amazing, I have food allergies and every meal and game drive, food was prepared for me and I spoke to the chiefs daily amazing service.

Every Game Drive was a champagne moment, our Ranger Brandon was amazing and so knowledgeable about everything and our tracker Dan was perfect they make a very good team.

The only negative thing about this place I can say was the day we had to leave.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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VLELondon, General Manager at Ulusaba Safari Lodge, responded to this review, 17 January 2014
Thanks for sharing your lovely feedback about your stay at both Rock and Safari Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Ulusaba family for the 4th time.
Best wishes
Karl Langdon
General Manager of Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

ulusaba has to be one of the most amazing places on earth,we stayed at the safari lodge for 6 nts, and met some lovely people (dianne & peter),everything was much better than we could have hoped for,which was down to the wonderful staff we had the pleasure of getting to know,a special mention to BRANDON,JACK,MICHELLE,ROBYN, sorry to not include everyone,as for the drives they are all so different you never want to miss any,the food is out of this world,i can only recommend this lodge to everyone,if you only have 1 chance to visit ulusaba you won't ever regret it,thank you ulusaba.

Room Tip: you only need the safari room 1 to 3 as you don't spend much time in them.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ulusaba Safari Lodge
Address: Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve > Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre 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 #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ulusaba Safari Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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 
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