Sabi Sands: the best place for a luxury safari
Sabi Sands Game Reserve is located adjacent to and shares an open border with the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Some of the species roaming the reserve are the lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. Collectively these animals are also known as the "Big Five". Other animals that roam this reserve are the cheetah, hippopotamus, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hyena, and Cape wild dog. The reserve shares thousands of different plant varieties and all animal species with the Kruger National Park.
Stay at the Ulusaba Rock Lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which is one of the lodges offering the most amazing views over the South African bushveld. Ulusaba Rock Lodge is situated on a hilltop offering uninterrupted panorama views. Be sure to enjoy an intimate experience. This luxurious safari lodge is distinctly African in style: traditional art and furnishings blend seamlessly with modern conveniences, ensuring maximum comfort. The main lodge is under thatch and boasts extensive viewing decks where guests can appreciate the vistas. Soak in the natural rock pool, in between game drives and bush walks, or enjoy a relaxing treatment in the luxurious spa.
If you arrive a day or two earlier, we recommend booking an excursion to Soweto or the Apartheid Museum.
You will be picked up at any of the following spots for the start of the tour between 6 am and 7 am:
1. O.R.Tambo Airport, 2. Gautrain Centurion Station,
3. Your centrally located hotel, 4. Home pick up
Please request a quote (email@example.com) for home pick up, or if your hotel is not on our route. (Between the O.R.Tambo Airport and our destination.) Pick up point must be indicated on the booking form.
Day 1: You will begin the journey and drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. We visit the intriguing museums and shops in Pilgrim’s Rest and then to view Pinnacle Rock and to experience the amazing view from God’s Window (Wonder View). You visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. (Lunch en-route, restaurants available) From here we visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and then head the Blyde River Canyon, where we overnight in a 4-star chalet at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon (buffet dinner incl.)
Day 2: We leave after breakfast to take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take us to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. Completing this we head to Sabi Sands Game Reserve where you stay at the Ulusaba Rock Lodge for the following 3 nights. Here you will get that once-in-a-lifetime and unforgettable Africa safari experience.
Day 3: Early morning game drives in an open 4x4 vehicle are done every day. Knowledgeable rangers with a ton of experience and a genuine passion for South African flora and fauna will guide you during your safari adventure. The rangers will be in contact with each other to track wild animals. Besides morning safaris, afternoon safaris and guided bushwalks are on offer as an option. Enjoy South Africa's beautiful nature and discover the wildlife of the area. When not on exploration in the bush, you can relax a little at the swimming pool or in the spa. More active travellers can make use of the tennis court of gym, now that's what we call a special place to work out. You are also invited to visit the wine cellar or gaze at the stars in the bush observatory.
Day 4: Same as day 3. Have an optional game of golf at the Skukuza Golf Course, situated on the outskirts of Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park. The rich wildlife sanctuary surrounding the golf course is home to the Big Five, a huge variety of birds and countless animals, which all conspire to provide the visitor with a harmonious close-to nature golfing experience.
Day 5: Start your morning with an early morning game drive, have breakfast and return to Johannesburg where you can book to do a tour through Soweto, or take your flight back home.
National Park fees
Professional guide at specialist venues
Transportation in a closed air-conditioned vehicle according to passenger amount
At Ulusaba Rock Lodge:
A Rock Cliff Room, upgrades possible on request
All meals, served in a variety of locations around the lodges
All beverages including a top-quality wine list and fine champagne
The contents of your minibar
Twice daily game drives
A daily walking safari (weather dependent)
An observatory, perfect for star gazing
Informative talks on flora, fauna and conservation that can be organised
on request for both adults and children
Private dining for up to 6 guests at Safari Lodge’s wine cellar and Rock
Lodge’s wine room (subject to availability)
Book a Tour
Email request for your start date
- Group discounts for 6 and more
Also consider doing the combination
9 day Wine & Wild Luxury Tour
You will be redirected to our booking site: Rezgo
Flights between Johannesburg and Ulusaba’s private airstrip can be arranged
Besides using mosquito repellent, it is advisable to consult your doctor before you depart. Bring sunblock, a sunhat, walking shoes, binoculars and cameras.
Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Activities indicated as optional
Food and drinks, unless specified