As part of a 3 week trip through Africa this was an amazing stop! This game preserve is owned by Richard Branson and is in the northern part of Kruger National Park. It is very dry with lots of bush and we stayed at the Safari part of the Ulusaba compound. We were met on the outskirts of the lodge (where the bush planes land) by 2 friendly young men who would be our rangers all week. They gave us damp cloths for our faces and champagne or other cool drinks while we sat down to sign forms and fill out necessary paperwork and listen to their introductions about themselves and the place. After this they drove in to the compound where we were taken to our individual houses. Ours happened to have a salt water plunge pool off of our balcony. The units (houses) are tree house style and connected by rope bridges that are 20 feet above the ground and a dry creek bed and they swing as you walk on them! Our unit looked at nothing but land and many, many elephants that roam through the area! One elephant came up to drink out of our plunge pool which is 12 feet off the ground attached to our porch. The room inside is amazing with a beautiful sheer white netting around the poster bed and a door less shower in the bathroom. Air conditioning too. It was an unbelievable experience as we went out on game drives in the cool early morning and then again at night. Our guides and trackers were very knowledgeable and we ended up seeing the big 5 and then some! It was almost Disney like as each day I would ask if we could try and find a particular animal--say a leopard--and then before the 3 hour drive was done we usually would have found it! The rangers do communicate to each other from different parts of the park if they see something and let each other know locations. We even saw a pack of wild African "painted" dogs--very rare! The food at the lodge was great especially the morning breakfast local specialty. This place is expensive but worth every penny. I wonder how it is in other months when maybe the creek beds are not dry, etc.?? We were even lucky enough to have been there when Richard Branson was there himself and he and his friends drove up next to our vehicle and said hello!
- 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