Set in the heart of the Sabi Sand reserve on the border of the Kruger National Park, the Ulusaba Safari Lodge is Richard Branson’s private park. Staff at this deluxe retreat all come mostly from the surrounding villages so genuine South African hospitality is ensured.
A number of experienced rangers and trackers will allow guests to get up close and visual with twice daily safaris across 13,500 hectares of open plains. Guided walks through the bush to see flora, fauna and some of the smaller creatures often missed in the rush to see the Big 5 (lions, rhinos, leopards, buffalos, elephants) are also provided.
Other tours include trips to Cascades and Canyons by helicopter and visits to Blyde River Canyon. For those looking for a true slice of South African life they can check out the local villages surrounding the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on a community tour.
The hotel itself offers a range of exotic amenities and treatments, including revitalizing massages and facials as well as offering visitors excellent honeymoon and wedding packages.