Jul 8th, 2004, 03:02 PM
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Has anyone stayed at Ulusaba recently? How does it rate as far as accommodations go? We enjoy a bit of luxury - would we be disappointed? (This is in case we cannot get Singita on the dates we need in October)
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Jul 8th, 2004, 05:21 PM
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Surprisingly Ulusaba is not really marketed to the US. This is the camp owned by Richard Branson and is in the same price category as the others = Singita, Londolozi. If you wish to stay here, the Rock Lodge is what you should request, as it has the best view of all the private camps in Sabi Sands.

Check the www.e-gnu.com site for this and see the specs and prices.
Jul 8th, 2004, 10:32 PM
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Personally I think that Singita goes OTT with the luxury. Ulusaba is excellent and the best IMHO for lion sightings. You won't be disappointed.
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Jul 9th, 2004, 05:36 AM
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I've been to Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge and as far as accommodations go,just as luxurious as Singita,Londoz,Sabi Sabi.Try the new Makwela suites at Rock Lodge!

''We are proud to announce the transformation of our four Rock rooms into two new Luxurious Makwela Suites opening July 2004.''

Luxurious bedroom with Double-King size beds cocooned by romantic Balinese mosquito net.
The en-suite includes free standing bath, his & hers basins, large shower with over-sized shower head.
An outdoor shower with breathtaking views of the bushveld.
A large comfortable lounge which opens out onto a spacious deck and private infinity plunge pool, overlooking the splendour of the African Savannah 800 feet below.
The deck has two pool loungers and chairs with a large umbrella.
Sunscreen and tanning lotions are provided.
A study/library room with complimentary Internet access & luxurious foldout sleeper couch, which could sleep two children up to the age of 12 comfortably.
Each suite has a CD player with surround sound and a selection of the latest CDs.
The complimentary in-room bar consists of soft drinks, juices, mixers, and large bottles of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Absolute Vodka, Johnnie Walker Whiskey, Hennessey Cognac and South Africa?s very own Amarula, along with very scrumptious munchies and home made decadence.
Also a selection of the finest South African wines and, of course a bottle of fine Champagne.
The Filter Coffee, Espresso and Tea Making Facilities are charming and include a surprising selection of Teas.
Each suite has a pair of binoculars and bird and mammal books are provided.
In-room dining will be a unique dining experience when required, complete with your own personal butler.
Including all standard facilities & amenities too; large bottles of Virgin Vie Products, Mosquito Repellent, complimentary laundry and pressing services, Hair dryers, Robes, Slippers etc. all go without saying? & Virgin Vie Foot Fizz and Eye Packs in the fridges too!

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Jul 9th, 2004, 07:58 AM
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A discerning friend visited UluSaba's Rock Lodge and adored it. You won't be disappointed at the level of luxury or service. Game drives were described as fabulous too. Should mention that Rock Lodge is perched high on the rocks however, so you get breathtaking views, but the animals are below you (when viewed from your room). Bring binoculars to enjoy.
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Jul 9th, 2004, 12:00 PM
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Very cool. I'm glad to hear this. In looking at websites of consolidators, I've noticed that there are prices listed in US dollars (approx $1800 per night on average for these lodges) and then prices for SA residents (at the same lodge) that equal approx $300 per night.

I'm a South African with a SA passport that resides in the States. As I told my travel agent, I understand what tourism brings to the economy, but no one likes to feel taken advantage of.

I was happy to find that Ulusaba was at least a middle ground and that feedback is so positive. I think I will look into this further for this trip.

Thanks, guys.
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Jul 12th, 2004, 10:20 AM
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I agree that the difference between US residents and SA residents doesn't sit right...!! That's a huge price difference.

Back to my question, The Rock Lodge is perched high and great for overall views but the Safari lodge is located lower (with the swinging bridge) and is better for actually seeing animals, correct??
It mentions a "DRY" riverbed...why would the animals come to visit a dry riverbed?

We are traveling with a group and would be renting out the entire Safari or Rock Lodge camp for a 3 night visit. Thank you.
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