Ulusaba Rock Lodge

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Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is the private safari home of the world-famous Sir Richard Branson and his collection of magnificent lodges. Ulusaba Rock Lodge overlooks the game-rich bush of the prestigious Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve; known for its phenomenal game viewing opportunities which include the sought after Big 5 and the big cats.

Highlights

  • Whereabouts: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, South Africa
  • Experiences: Big 5 game drives, bush walks, Panorama Route, helicopter flights, elephant interaction, local village tour, tennis, spa treatments, stargazing, bush dining, African sunsets
  • Related Lodges: Ulusaba Safari Lodge | Ulusaba Cliff Lodge

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Child Policy

Children of all ages are accommodated at Ulusaba Rock Lodge. Children aged from 0 - 11 years can stay at Ulusaba for free if traveling between 2 January and 21 December 2018. This special offer is only applicable to children sharing in a room with their parents.  

Children must be accompanied by their parents at all times.

Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on game drives and children younger than 12 years are not permitted on bush walks.

A children's programme is available as well as child minding services.

The detail

Decked out with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, guests have access to a lodge of the highest quality. Get back from an exciting drive out in the reserve and enjoy being pampered at one of the reserve's fabulous health spas, or enjoy a round of tennis on the tennis court.

From atop its perch in the park, Rock lodge boasts eight unique rooms, designed in the colors of various African tribes. The lodge prides itself on its personalized service, and top-notch facilities.

The eight rooms at Rock Lodge include the Master Suite, Makwela Suites, Rock Cliff rooms and the two-bedroom Rock Suite, some of which have private plunge pools.

Four adjoining Rock Cliff Rooms, all south facing with views over the vast landscape each from their own private balcony. Rooms are spacious and offer en-suite bathrooms with spectacular views. Two of these rooms are built on split levels with a spiral staircase connecting the bedroom and bathroom.

The Rock Suite is a spacious two bedroom suite with living area, the master bedroom can be split into a twin and has a full en-suite with views over the bush, and the second queen bedded room has a smaller en-suite shower room. An ideal option if you’re traveling as a family as we can accommodate two children.

The Master Suite is built on three levels with beautiful views, an en-suite bathroom, and private balcony with infinity plunge pool. The living area has another terrace with sun loungers looking out over the bush, so bring your binoculars! This is one of Richard Branson’s favorite rooms and ideal for honeymooners.

Two lavish Makwela Suites are built on two levels with en-suite bathrooms and feature private balconies with infinity edge plunge pools. With separate living area and study/library, each has a luxurious couch perfect if you’re bringing the kids.

The lodge facilities include a lounge area, wine lounge for private dinners, spa, outdoor rock pool, a viewing deck with telescopes; a gymnasium with running machine, bike, a multifunctional weight station as well as free weights.

Guests to Rock Lodge embark twice daily on exciting safari game drives, under the faithful guidance of a team of experienced bush guides, all eager to answer questions.

For the more adventurous, a close up encounter with the diverse bush of the area is available on a guided bush walk. Other optional activities include the scenic Panorama Route, helicopter flights over the bush, and an authentic Shangaan experience with a visit to the local villages surrounding the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a private game reserve situated on the Western border of the Kruger National Park. It spans 65,000 hectares and is renowned for providing some of the best game viewing in Africa. The reserve shares a 50km long unfenced border with the Kruger, ensuring that animals can roam freely between the two reserves. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve comprises a number of private game reserves, each providing an exclusive and luxurious experience in the heart of the bush. Unlike the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand is not open to the general public. Staying in one of the lodges here means you are sharing this pristine wilderness with only a few other guests.

The reserve has a dense concentration of wildlife, including over 330 plant species, 45 fish species, 30 amphibian species, 110 reptile species, 500 bird species and 145 mammal species! It is home to the Big 5 and is probably the best place in the world to get up close and personal with the elusive leopard.

Ulusaba Rock Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for a luxurious Big 5 safari experience.  

Price includes

  • Accommodation, all meals, beverages including top quality wine and fine champagne, twice daily game drives and walking safaris, informative talks, and laundry service
Rate Excludes

Road or air transfers, gratuities, conservation levies, additional activities and all other items of a personal nature.

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Rates & Pricing

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Heather
Stayed at rock lodge, amazing experience, staff are out to make sure your stay is nothing but perfect. You are greeted at the airstrip, and a nice bottle of bubbles on ice waiting for you. Ryann who collected us was our game driver, he was fantastic his knowledge of the wildlife was incredible, he had a person who has never really taken an interest in birds becoming a bird watcher, well done Ryan! He did everything in his power to make sure we had an amazing wildlife experience. We'll done to everyone associated with rock lodge it's a team effort.
Janine
We are a family of 5 (3 boys aged 17,14,11). Had the most amazing stay at Ulusaba Rock Lodge for our 4 nights. Our 2 older boys shared a Rock Room, while we stayed in a Makwela Suite with our youngest. Both rooms had a real African influence, the bathrooms were wonderful. Each room had a different view both were fantastic. The staff were very welcoming, the food beautiful, we loved everything about our stay. Our ranger Johnny and tracker Dan were great - in fact we saw all the Big 5 on our first afternoon. After our stay here we continued our holiday for another 2 weeks. Now we are home, we ask our boys which was the best place. Ulusaba without hesitation. We will be talking about this place for years to come.
Jessica
We stayed at Ulusaba for 3 nights last month and it was simply the most amazing place I've ever been to. It felt like staying in someone's home, it was so intimate and personal (in a good way). Staff were all delightful, everyone knew each other by name, any request was fulfilled. The drives were unreal and we saw EVERYTHING. The rangers were so knowledgeable and entertaining. I also took my little boy with us and he had an absolute blast and learned so much. Food was also very good and service impeccable. Very highly recommend this place. Thank you, everyone at Ulusaba, for making this stay unforgettable.
Elisa
I stayed at Safari Lodge for two nights and Rock Lodge for another two. Although we enjoyed both, I would definitely say our favorite was Rock. The views are just phenomenal...our room (dusk suite) had its own plunge pool and wrap around porch. We stayed at the treehouse suite in Safari, and although it was also beautiful--the hippos and baboons are very loud at night! But what really made our stay at Ulusaba unforgettable was the staff. Our guide Sean was incredible---he was such a wealth of knowledge and we were lucky enough to have the jeep to ourselves for a day and a half. We saw the Big Five, cubs, a kill + countless other beautiful animals & birds. I can't imagine a better safari experience...we were treated to two breakfasts in the bush, drinks at night with the hippos, star-gazing, and other magical experiences we will never forget. If you're like me and do A LOT of research before your trips, look no further. This is a trip you will never forget.
Pip
My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights for our Honeymoon. It was an incredible experience from start to finish. We flew to Ulusaba airstrip with Fed Air (who we would recommend). Here we were greeted by our Ranger (Brandon), who congratulated us on our marriage and helped us fill in a brief form whilst we sipped on some bubbly. Then it was off to the Rock Lodge in the open top Land Rover. The road leading up to the Rock Lodge is extremely steep and as it is so high up, the views are simply amazing. We were quickly shown to our room. It was beautifully decorated with tasteful dark wood furniture. The mini bar had a wide selection of drinks, including soft drinks and alcohol. We also had a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us. The room had floor to ceiling windows in the main bedroom and bathroom which was great for staring out onto miles and miles of game whilst having a relaxing bath in the generously sized tub! There was also a large rainfall shower and twin sinks, which was great. Every morning we were woken up at 05:30 by a phone call from our Ranger, to go for our morning game drive. We had a brief breakfast of fresh orange and muffins and set off around 06:00. Viewing the animals in their natural habitat was both wonderful and educational and we frequently went off road to view them up close, and as a result we got some incredible photographs. After the morning game drive we had a full English breakfast, and then the time was free to do whatever you pleased. We took the opportunity to go on two excursions during our visit. We visited Elephant Whispers and also did the Canyons, Cultures and Contrasts excursion. We would highly recommend both, as they were worth every penny and allowed us to experience the beauty of South Africa. After returning from our excursions, we went on an evening game drive around 16:00 and this was followed by a 3 course evening meal at 19:30. All the guests at the lodge sit around one big table to eat on the evening. This was great as we were able to chat about the animals we had spotted and make new friends. The food at the lodge is exquisite. We enjoyed every meal and the drinks are constantly flowing too. The staff made us feel so welcome and really made our trip special. On our last night at the lodge we were given the option to have a private dinner. We did and it was so romantic and again the food was simply amazing. We both agree that what really made our Honeymoon special was the hard work and enthusiasm of our Ranger (Brandon) and Tracker (Jack) who were a great team making sure we had the opportunity to see as many animals as possible. They were so generous in sharing their vast knowledge of the animals and South African culture, and we are so grateful to them for giving us the experience of a lifetime. We would love to return and do it all again!
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The person helping me was great
The person who was helping me with the booking, Carien, was exceptionally helpful and she made it very easy to get information and to get my booking sorted. The website was very easy to navigate and receive good information about which spots offer which amenities
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ZA
Jan 27, 2023
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I cant say much but safari is the best when it comes to book coz they know client are always right and they help me very quicky.God bless u
Phathu Matshintshisa
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Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, Safari.com consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire Safari.com team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
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Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with Safari.com! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
CSY
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Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at safari.com as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
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Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, Safari.com. I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from Safari.com responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, Safari.com will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
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CA
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
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Heather Carlson
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US
Sep 5, 2022
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Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found safari.com didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through safari.com that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
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US
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by Safari.com and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
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IT
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
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Apr 21, 2022
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