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From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This compact itinerary is ideal for those searching for scenic countryside and history of South Africa, as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer. The cosy lodges provide a homely and intimate stay.
Ulusaba Rock Lodge
Kruger, South Africa
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Wildlife
Ulusaba Rock Lodge is a spectacular private safari lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa. Owned by Richard Branson, Ulusaba Rock Lodge offers amazing game viewing on its expertly guided game drives and bush walks, and complete bush luxury.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is set in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and with over 10, 000 acres of unspoilt, game-rich bush you are guaranteed a once in a lifetime safari experience. Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a kopje (rocky hill) where you will find spectacular panoramic views over miles of bush.
Carved into the rock the accommodation comprises of two new Makwela Suites, four Rock Cliff Rooms, and a stunning stand alone, split level Master Suite, all south facing and boasting excellent views. Each room is interconnected by rope bridges all made from local and natural resources, giving guest privacy and an immersive experience within the trees. The Rock Lodge is perfect for families as the split level rooms offer space for guests with children. The Ulusaba Kids Club is available for children from 0-11 years old and offers bespoke activities so that children can experience the bush and even learn what it means to be a ranger.
Sabi Sands has no fences or boundaries and Ulusaba offers guests the opportunity to spot the 'Big Five' with twice daily game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, conducted with professional and experienced guides from each lodge. Nature walks are also available and are guided by a professional guide along with a tracker. Walks are a particular highlight of a stay at Ulusaba - the ability to track animals on foot and understand the smaller aspects of the bush, is unbeatable!
When to go
Game viewing in the Kruger is best during it’s dry, winter months, here the vegetation is sparse, and the animals are easier to spot. The summer months in the Kruger are warmer, with an average temperature of 27°C (81°F) but tend to bring more rainfall, which fills the rivers and waterholes resulting in lush and green vegetation. If travelling in late November and early December, this is a great time to spot newborns. Travelling in the height of summer (December to March) can be extremely hot, with the humid air bringing in afternoon thunderstorms.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Walking Safari with Tracking Guides
Bush walking is the closest you get to the essence of the African wilderness. No car engine, no interruptions, just you and nature. With professional guides reading spore on the ground and teaching you the way of the wild this experience is captivating.
Night Drives in the Kruger
Night safaris are something special, with animals out hunting, scavenging and being sneaky, this is when some predators that aren't easily seen in the day could be spotted roaming, hunting and drinking at waterholes.
Game Drives in the Sabi Sands
Head out in the world famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve which is thought to be one of the most game rich areas on the continent. Keep your eyes peeled for the 'Big Five', specifically the magnificent leopard for which it is particularly well-known for.
Night drives in the Sabi Sands
Driving under the starry night sky on a game drive is an experience like no other. Your tracker will be shining a spotlight to find a variety of animals that are active at night, many of which you wont see during the day.
Bush Dining in the Kruger
Breakfast, picnics and fine romantic dinners enjoyed with just the company of nature and wildlfie in the African bush is another unforgettable special experience everyone should add to their to-do list.
Spend the day exploring the magnificent Panorama Route, where the mountainous escarpment of Mpumalanga offers stunning views across some of South Africa's most spectacular scenery, providing some perfect photography opportunities.
Game Drives in the Kruger
Game drives are conducted in early mornings and late afternoons, when wildlife is most active. Late afternoon drives often end with a sundowner drink and driving back to camp with spotlights may mean spotting nocturnal wildlife.
Guided walk in the Sabi Sands
Explore the Sabi Sands Game Reserve on foot with an experienced guide to get up close and personal to the bush. Learn about the incredible biodiversity of plant and wildlife and step alongside the tracks of some of the larger animals.
Star Gazing in the Bush
The vastness of the African night sky is remarkable. With no city lights to obscure the stars, the rural plains of Africa have the best views of the endless starry sky that surrounds us. Learn of fables and facts as you gaze up in awe.