Ulusaba Facts & Info


Set in the heart of the Sabi Sand reserve


Sir Richard Branson's Private Game Reserve is set in the heart of the Sabi Sand reserve on the border of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Most of our staff hail from the surrounding villages therefore guests benefit from authentic South African hospitality. The Ulusaba family of 119 individuals includes some of the finest and most qualified rangers and trackers in the reserve, who guarantee the experience of a lifetime on game drive. They delight in going the extra mile for all their guests!

Ulusaba is part of Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's portfolio of unique retreats.

Pride 'n Purpose at Ulusaba

Working on a non-profit basis, Pride 'n Purpose is Ulusaba's charitable arm committed to helping disadvantaged communities living adjacent to the reserve. Pride 'n Purpose's work is achieved both through the provision of basic needs, such as access to food, water and health services, and by empowering communities with sustainable development initiatives.

While staying at Ulusaba, guests can go on a variety of community tours with all proceeds donated to the local community. Pride 'n Purpose is jointly funded by Virgin Limited Edition and Virgin Unite (Virgin Group's charitable arm).

The Ulusaba Philosophy

At Ulusaba, they believe that people are most effectively helped if they are empowered to help themselves. The aim is to therefore to work with and not for the people. Over 35,000 people across six communities benefit from Pride 'n Purpose.

The Aroma Boma Spa

The Aroma Boma Spas at Ulusaba's Rock and Safari Lodges are the perfect antidote to all the excitement of game drives. A whole range of treatments is available, from facials and massages through to those essential grooming rituals.

Away from the spa you can opt to enjoy a massage in the comfort of your own room, on one of the outdoor decks, or even by the pool.

Ulusaba has had some excellent recent successes:

 

  • 'Gold status in environmental and social responsibility, Travelife 2009'
  • 'Forbes Traveller 400 - the world's very best hotels and resorts, 2008'
  • 'Most socially responsible hotel by Virtuoso & Virtuoso life, USA 2008'
  • 'Luxury Travel Reader Awards, UK 2007'
  • 'Welcome Awards, South Africa, 2007'
  • 'The Gold Standard List - Cond Nast Traveller, 2007'
  • '5 Stars grading, South Africa, 2006 & 2007'
  • 'Diners Club Magazine Certificate, Germany 2006/2007'
  • 'Golden Achiever Award, South Africa 2006 & 2007'
  • 'Top 100 for Conde Nast Readers Travel Awards 2006'
  • 'Most Luxurious hotel in South Africa - Focus Hotel ranking, Germany 2006'

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