User Reviews – Ulusaba GR
Email Michele | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Email rudyerasmus | 65+ years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
35-50 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Ulusaba has 2 lodges, Rock Lodge and the Safari Lodge. We visited both and stayed in the Safari Lodge, which for people who like to see Wildlife is the better place. This is a once in a lifetime dream lodge where you will find nothing to complain about. We would go back any minute. Thanks to Richard Branson for having created this fantastic hideaway.
Email Kitty & Tony Jackson | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
20-35 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
First class experience overall!
I had a fantastic experience with Ulusaba. The lodging is split into two sections. I stayed on the top of the hill which had amazing views. There is also the river lodging which would provide a different experience. Both provide unique experiences. The service inside the lodge was tops and can't say enough about the food and the staff. The guides were fun and very knowledgeable. There was an abundance of leopard at this particular reserve. However, there was a large pride of lions that had a kill the week we were there. Big five were all there and there was even a pack of wild dogs which was rare. I would recommend this game reserve to small groups or families. Best lodging I've experienced out of the three lodges I've stayed at.
35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Good for being pampered while seeing the animals in all cycles of life and routing. Quite Amazing
Ulusaba has great attention to detail and care. From the arrival with a cocktail to the lodges which have free laundry, stocked mini-bar (all part of the cost of the lodge), welcome gift, etc. The rooms are large and very comfortable while still feeling part of the environment. Food, wine, etc well prepared though for lunch good use with a few more selections. The snack breaks while on the Drive are something! Love that in the early AM drives; waiting for me on the seat was a hot water bottle and thick blanket. Enjoyed the breakfast out on the Reserve as well as the outdooor BBQ -- giving you more of a outdoor enjoyment. Simply staying at the lodge itself is a great experience.
But of course its about the animals while here. Our guide and trekker were exceptional -- in their knowledge and skills. They tried to be sensitive to the things we wanted to see and if we wanted to stay and watch a particular scene longer; they always accomodated. They taught us about the behaviour, imitiated the sounds and described, as they were happening, the chase of kill.
Just driving around the reserve was gorgeous; somehow the light and smell were different and just more clear and crisp. We were fortunate to see all the Big 5 and 2 rather gnarly feeds -- what doesnt come across in documentary footage is the smell and smaller sounds of the crunching of bones when being eaten. Lions, hyenas, lepards, elephants, zebras, rhinos, buffalo, hippos, giraffes, diakers, monkeys...we really got to see it all and in wonderful life scenes.
To be able to view such incredible wildlife from the brids, trees, landscape to the various large animals in itself is a once in a lifetime experience. To have the caring staff, exceptional guides and the Diva-attentioned lodges simply made it truly incredible.
So many great memories: from watching the cheetah eat his daiker kill to then bring it up a tree for later feeding, almost dropping it from the precarious branch. And once safelty held, cllimb down. Or the Lion eating, while his 2 borthers would slowly inch for want of some only to have the big brother "growl" back a negative. This Try and Decline of the lions for food and being angrily denied by its brother was such an interesting thing to watch - that it wasnt simply watching a lion eating its feed. Or coming in my lodge after lunch only to have a leopard on the balcony, slowly walking by!
35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Very special SA safari experience vacation
Ulusaba is hard to fault. Arriving at the reserve's own airstrip via light plane was very special. The location, the activities and the people were outstanding. We visited during the SA summer, but despite this the game spotting was plentiful and, for first time safari-goers, very exciting. Ulusaba offers a compelling mix of beautiful surroundings, luxury accommodation and F&B, and a genuinely engaged and knowledgeable staff and safari team. Highly recommended.
Email kaeppeler | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
breathtaking location - unforgettable experience
We had our honeymoon in Ulusaba Rock Lodge. It was so phantastic. The rangers, the trackers and the general staff were extremly friendly and helpful 24h a day... It is the right place to relax and enjoy the game.
We will come back!
Email galago1962 | 35-50 years of age
The perfect place to experience the bush first hand
We had some extraordinary experiences on safari as well as on the bush walks. The accommodation was top notch, the food delicious, the staff friendly and helpful. UluSaba is set in a beautiful corner of South Africa and well worth a visit.
under20 years of age
A perfect oppurtunity to see some of the most endangered species of Africa.
The weather when we were there was amazing, it was a bare able heat in the day whilst staying reasonably warm in the night. We never caught any rain whilst we were in South Africa and so the humidity was good also.
The scenery at Ulusaba was amazing, without the bush over coming us we were able to see a variety of trees around us whilst still seeing a lot of wildlife. The wildlife there was incredible, we saw every animal possible for the region: Leopards, Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, Water buck, Giraffes and even Hyena's and Hunting dogs.
The food there was amazing it was all served hot, with delicious desserts and we were given the option of different meals. We even had the one-off chance to have breakfast in the middle of the bush; pancakes with chocolate sauce.
Our tracker and driver was amazing, funny and telling us the information we wanted to know, even allowing us to pause for photo's whenever we wanted.