What Is Ulusaba Game Reserve?

Lumara Lee

Ulusaba Game Reserve is a private game reserve located in the western region of the Sabi Sands Reserve in South Africa. This locale is believed by many to the best place to view wildlife. The Sabi Sands Reserve borders Kruger Park, which is recognized as one of the premier animal sanctuaries in the world. Ulusaba Game Reserve is a luxury resort in the African bush that treats guests to safaris to see the myriad wildlife South Africa has to offer. This wildlife includes the beasts that have come to be known as the big five — lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo.

Ulusaba Game Reserve is located in South Africa.
Ulusaba Game Reserve is located in South Africa.

The word Ulusaba means “place of little fear,” an appropriate name since Ulusaba Game Reserve is an animal sanctuary where the wildlife is protected. There are no fences to mark the boundaries of Kruger Park and the reserves, so the big five and other creatures can pass through unmolested. Expert rangers and trackers take guests on drives in open four-wheel drive vehicles or on walking safaris to view animals and birds of the African bush in their natural habitat.

Lions may be found at the Ulusaba Game Reserve.
Lions may be found at the Ulusaba Game Reserve.

Ulusaba Game Reserve has several forms of luxurious lodging, with architecture designed to blend in with the surroundings and interiors featuring native furniture and décor that reflects different tribes. Rock Lodge is built on granite boulders atop a hill with a stunning view of the African savannah in Kruger Park and the Drakensberg Mountains in the distance. The aerial view this lodge offers is one of the best locations to sight leopards and other game animals. Rock Lodge also provides its guests five-star accommodations with world-class dining, tennis courts, a swimming pool, fully equipped gym, and a spa offering massage along with a range of beauty treatments. The lodge even features an observatory so guests can view the stars in the African sky.

Leopards, a "big cat" species that sleeps and eats in trees, are among the game animals that live in the Ulusaba Game Reserve.
Leopards, a "big cat" species that sleeps and eats in trees, are among the game animals that live in the Ulusaba Game Reserve.

Safari Lodge is located beside the Mabrak riverbed. The rooms at this lodge are designed to resemble tree houses, and accommodations are reached by swinging bridges. There is a watering home situated nearby, which draws many animals. Guests staying at Safari Lodge are treated to luxurious accommodations as well as excellent views of the animals heading to the watering hole.

Cliff Lodge offers the newest accommodations at Ulusaba Game Reserve, consisting of private, luxury suites connected to the main lodge by a raised walkway. Ulusaba Game Reserve is less than an hour and a half away by air from Johannesburg. Its many repeat visitors demonstrate that a visit is an unforgettable experience.

Travelers on safari tours may spot the "Big Five" at Ulusaba Game Reserve.
Travelers on safari tours may spot the "Big Five" at Ulusaba Game Reserve.

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