Ulusaba Game Reserve
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
A South African safari-themed getaway is in your near future if Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is part of your wedding or honey-mooning itinerary. Yet another Sir Richard Branson owned resort, the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park.
You could either be ‘at one with the wild’ along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed as you reside in a suite at Ulusaba’s Safari Lodge; or be on top of the world amongst the draping forage, indigenous trees and rocky ridges at Rock Lodge; or even better, have the best of both worlds by choosing to split your stay between the two lodges. Nevertheless, you will be sure to experience the African bush at its most natural form, while never having to give up comfort, luxury, and style. Ulusaba gives you the sights, sounds and smell of the wild without compromising the lifestyle and pampering you would expect from a five star hotel.
With a stunning backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountain range, the Rock Lodge sits at the apex of a koppie (rocky hill). Its 10 room setup sits eight hundred feet above the wilderness, contributing to a spectacular view of the vast stretch of land. Inspiring its name, the granite rocks of the koppie remains the highlighting feature design of the Rock lodge. To match its brilliant exterior, the interior of each room has the colors of a distinct African tribe. Each room is decorated with authentic African inspired artifacts and regalia to give guests a sense of comfort and culture. To encourage sightseeing, each room has its adjoining balcony that overlooks the safari wonderland below.
Au contraire to the Rock Lodge, the Safari Lodge is conveniently placed within the African bush. A popular attraction here is the Treehouse suite. It appeals to the sense of adventure in that access to some guest rooms is through swing bridges. The built tree house rooms also provide a direct view of wildlife activities along the riverbed. Each lodge provides a serene and relaxing atmosphere and a wonderful view of wildlife in its rawest form.
Ulusaba Game Reserve is known to provide a breathtaking event location for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other celebratory events. Weddings here are known to be memorable: couples have the option of exchanging vows on a viewing deck that provides an enchanting back drop and a picture perfect setting, or may prefer to commemorate their future life together under a romantic canopy of an Amarula tree, amidst the warm glow of bamboo torches, while being serenaded by the beat of an African drum.
Wedding Packages -In order to cater to the couple’s taste, Ulusaba provides a suite of four event style options
- Pure Romance-for the couple looking for a private romantic ceremony without the fuss
- Simply Exclusive-for the couple who wants to share their big day with close family and friends, however opt for simplicity.
- The Pure Indulgence-for the couple who are all about the pampering during a private and romantic ceremony.
- Premium Exclusive-caters to the couple who want close family and friends involved as well as opt for all the bells and whistles.
Activities / Facilities
Staying true to its safari appeal, Ulusaba is staffed with an experienced and knowledgeable team of trackers and rangers who host ‘game’ rides twice a day. Not up for the adrenaline rush of gaming, then you’ll enjoy the Aroma Boma Spa which has all the relaxation remedies to work out the kinks of a stressful day. Aroma Boma offers a wide range of relaxing treatments, from facial rituals to massages to essential grooming. Each lodge has its own spa: At Rock Lodge it’s located 800 feet above the African Savannah contributing to a breathtaking view of the Bush while at the Safari Lodge it is setup amongst the trees along the riverbed, away from the lodge. Each spa provides privacy and pure exhilaration! Products used include a suite of Africology products. Africology products takes advantage of local active ingredients include Rooibos, Aloe, Amarula and African Potato to help capture the rejuvenating and healing essence of Africa.
For travel, direct flights are available to South Africa from the East Coast. Once in Johannesburg, Ulusaba is approximately a 1 hour 20 minute flight by twin-engine aircraft to the Ulusaba airstrip from Johannesburg International Airport (also known as O.R. Tambo Airport) and 30 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit. For more information on this spectacular African getaway visit http://www.ulusaba.virgin.com/