Overview – Ulusaba GR

Ulusaba offers a superb wilderness experience. It is one of the private reserves within the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve and shares open borders with the widely acclaimed Kruger National Park. Wildlife viewing is excellent and seeing the Big Five is emphasized. All big cats are commonly spotted, including the notoriously shy leopard.

Ulusaba is owned by Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group. The reserve has two 5-star lodges different in style and with different rates. Ulusaba is relatively small but has traversing rights with seven other properties in the west of Sabi Sands. It is possible to travel freely between them, but it can get crowded at wildlife sightings. This can cause congestion and time pressure since only three vehicles are allowed at any given time.

Size Sabi Sands*:
650km² / 250mi²
Altitude Sabi Sands*:
329-504m / 0-3,117ft
*Ulusaba is part of the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Best Time to Go May to September (Dry season)
High Season October to March (It can get a bit busy)

Pros and Cons

  • Wildlife is plentiful and the Big Five is commonly seen
  • It is possible to see animals up-close since off-road driving is allowed
  • The excellent guides offer day and night drives, as well as walking safaris
  • Children's entertainment is available
  • Expensive, fully inclusive safari packages are the only options offered
  • Situated in a part of Sabi Sands where it can get crowded at wildlife sightings
  • Concentration on flagship species over others, such as antelope

Ulusaba Safari Reviews

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Wildlife

There is excellent wildlife viewing in Ulusaba. Cheetah and all high-profile safari animals are easily found, including the Big Five. Leopards, normally very secluded, are very relaxed in Sabi Sands and sightings of them are nearly guaranteed. There is an impressive variety of antelope, but they are generally neglected in favor of more impressive species.

Scenery

Ulusaba’s terrain is comprised of woodland savanna. Thick foliage is present, but seldom interferes with wildlife viewing. Rangers with great tracking skills and the ability to drive off-road, make the foliage an easy obstacle to overcome.

See Sabi Sand Game Reserve for more info

Ulusaba is part of the greater Sabi Sand Game Reserve. See the links below for more info about Sabi Sands.

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Most Helpful Expert Review
Ulusaba – top of the world
4/5

On the whole, Sabi Sand isn’t renowned for its scenery. The gameviewing at this 65 000 hectare/153 000 acre network of private game reserves linked to the southwestern corner of the Kruger National Park is unsurpassed with over 145...

Latest User Review
5/5

Same as above all close together . Very Good guides, and good comfortable vehicles to game view