Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, owned by Sir Richard Branson, is home to two of South Africa’s most extraordinary luxury destinations – Rock Lodge and Cliff Lodge. Set within the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve, which has a long, unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the reserve offers the Big Five and much more.

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Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, in the Sabi Sand Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park, is owned by maverick entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. Immediately you know you’re in for something really special.

And your first sight of Ulusaba’s Rock Lodge and Cliff Lodge will only confirm this. Clinging to a high hill like something out of a fairy kingdom, the Ulusaba lodges promise incredible views.

Rock Lodge set new standards in luxury accommodation when it was built. The style combines traditional and modern African aspects. Think thatch, leadwood, muslin, the finest linen, wide decks, breathtaking vistas.

There are 10 suites, three of which have their own plunge pools where you can lie and dream as game roams the bushveld below. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Drakensberg mountains.

But if you seek that edge in exclusivity, privacy and luxury, consider Cliff Lodge. There are only two suites here. One has a private pool and the other a jacuzzi. Should you book both suites you’ll also have your own private chef, your own guide and game-drive vehicle, and you’ll have full access to the spa treatment room and the private gym. The views here are superb.

The acclaimed Sabi Sand Reserve shares a long, unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. The Big Five are generally relatively easy to see, even the elusive leopard. You might also see other interesting creatures, like cheetahs and wild dogs.

If you’re interested in astronomy, Ulusaba guides will take you to the bush observatory to show you the features of the bright southern skies at night – the Southern Cross, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the Jewel Box, and the starred spine of the Milky Way.

Alternately, if you’d like to find out more about the lives of local communities on the border of the Sabi Sand, there are Pride 'n Purpose tours that will give you a real insight into daily village life.

Proceeds from the tours go directly to the communities.

But whatever your choice of activity, expect a memorable time at Ulusaba’s Rock Lodge and Cliff Lodge.

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