Across the rope swing bridge, beneath the trees that stand on the edge of a dry riverbed, you’ll find Sir Richard Branson’s luxury Ulusaba’s Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Bungalows with private decks offer guests unspoilt views and the chance to connect with Africa’s wildlife and nature.
Adjacent to the Kruger Park, Ulusaba’s is known to attract those with an adventurous spirit and a love of the African bush and game. Boasting spacious rooms, some with private plunge pools, it also offers a Treehouse Suite, which is set apart at a discreet distance, from the main lodge.
African game stir before sunrise, so days start early, but guests are well rewarded for their early wake up call with a fortifying drink (the amarula hot chocolate is legendary), a light snack before departure and generous breakfast upon return. On game drives, visitors are bound to encounter the likes of baboons, antelope, buffalo, elephant, zebra, hippo and giraffe as well as Africa’s big cats. As the day unfolds guests have a choice of leisure activities, such as safari walks with experienced rangers or helicopter flips over the Cascades and Canyons. For those who wish to immerse themselves in local culture, a visit to the local Shangaan village will give insight into local ways of life.
For world-weary travelers who are in need extra reviving, a visit to the scenic, relaxing Aroma Boma Spa is on the cards. The afternoon brings sumptuous afternoon tea and an early evening game drive. Guests are encouraged to switch over to “Africa Time” and truly unwind, but for those who like to keep their finger on the pulse, WiFi and satellite TV are available throughout the lodge.
In typical African style, hospitality is heartfelt and welcoming and visitors can expect a high level of friendly service. Meals are splendid and sociable and diners can expect pan-African cuisine in either the Boma, on the deck, or in the dining room. Babysitting services are available and children can be entertained at the Ulusaba Cubs Kids Club.
The verdict from previous guests is “I’d return in a heartbeat”.