South African Sabi Sands Bush Safari Special at Ulusaba

Rock & Cliff Lodge
Summer is fast approaching in beautiful South Africa, and Road Travel Africa is delighted to offer some excellent Summer Specials to our clients wanting to spend their free time in Africa.  Ulusaba’s Pay 3, Stay 4 Night offer has been extended.  Enjoy the warmth and sunshine of our country with a stay at Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson‘s Private Game Reserve in the South African bush!  This FREE night offer is applicable for stays of 4 nights or more for arrivals up to 31st March 2012 (excluding Christmas and New Year). That means your final night will be absolutely free!  Plus kids stay free when combined with this offer.  With plenty to do including searching the big 5, this is one safari not to be missed.  Contact us soon to book your special safari.

Rock Lodge suite
Ulusaba is one of several private reserves in the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve: a private 64,000-hectare wilderness that shares its eastern border with the Kruger National Park.  With 10,000 acres of traversing land and fenceless boundaries with the surrounding reserves, Ulusaba is an excellent wildlife destination.  Top that with larger-than-life luxury at either of the lodges and you’ve got the classic African luxury safari.

photographer Trevor Savage
Ulusaba, meaning ‘Place of Little Fear‘ strikes a good balance between nature and nurture – as well as being an excellent place to observe the ‘Big Five‘, it is also an ideal place to kick back and unwind.  Ulusaba re-defines the rules of a safari lodge and taken a step away from the traditional colonial style by offering swimming pools, gymnasiums, a wine cellar, Aroma Boma spas with panoramic views and tennis courts.  With all of these facilities, you really need to plan your days so you can enjoy safari walks, moon-lit bush dinners and of course, the twice-daily game drives.

Safari Lodge dining room
Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between the tree house rooms while elephants, bushbuck, lion and other local wildlife pass by.  Children of any age are welcome at the Rock Lodge but must be 12 or above to stay at the Safari Lodge. Younger pride members of the family can visit the Cub’s Club, which runs a fun daily program of activities aiming to both entertain and educate cubs about their surroundings.

photographer - Trevor Savage
With unique sights, sounds and smells of Africa on your doorstep in the kind of style and luxury you’d expect from a five star boutique hotel, Ulusaba is perfect place for all age groups and for any occasion to experience a safari.  At Rock Lodge you will find spectacular panoramic views over miles of bush, the wildlife roaming within, and the beauty of the lowveld (bushy grassland plain) below, all set against a backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountain range far in the distance.  Rock Lodge is the epitome of luxury safari accommodation in South Africa. As Ulusaba is a Private Game Reserve the service, facilities and suites are all excellent.

photographer - Trevor Savage
Ulusaba offers game drives in open 4×4 game viewing safari vehicles twice a day as well as nature walks.  These activities are included in your special luxury safari accommodation rates offered by Road Travel Africa.  A safari in South Africa is a once in a lifetime experience; at Ulusaba they understand this and aim to make your African adventure as special, fulfilling and memorable as possible.  The excellent game viewing experience is complimented by other activities such as stargazing, bird watching and moonlit bush dinners or sundowners.

wellness treatment
The daily bush walk usually commences after breakfast.  This is a fascinating activity as it allows you to observe the smaller animals that you would usually not see while out on drive.  The knowledgeable ranger and tracker will enthrall you with stories about the medicinal properties of plants, local beliefs regarding the wildlife and fascinating facts regarding the animals.  As if some of the finest game viewing, cuisine and views in Africa weren’t already enough, not to mention luxurious rooms and staff that make you feel so at home, Ulusaba also has a boutique spa at both Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge.  The Aroma Boma Virgin Touch Salon offers a fabulous range of treatments to help you relax and unwind after the excitement of game drive.

Safari Lodge private meal
If an African Safari is on your bucket list, why not get in touch with one of Road Travel Africa’s friendly and knowledgeable consultants and start planning your ideal trip to South Africa.  Our consulting services are hassle free and free of charge.  We are looking forward to assisting you in turning your dream holiday into a reality.

safari lodge boma

Thanda is Raising the Red Flag on Rhino Poaching.

Thanda Private Game Reserve is a supporter of World Rhino Day 2011 and has played an active role over the years in social responsibility as well as many successful conservation initiatives. Thanda is committed to the efforts of its associated wildlife organisations to raise awareness of the many conservation issues of KwaZulu-Natal. Thanda and Thanda Foundation are dedicated to educate and inform local communities to protect the wildlife legacy and the biodiversity contained in the area. Thanda is proud to be associated with and work alongside Wildlands Conservation Trust, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Wildlife Act, Space For Elephants and African Impact.

In recognition of World Rhino Day 2011 and the dire situation of the African rhino, Thanda is focusing on fighting the battle to preserve our precious wildlife heritage and is actively involved in the conservation efforts of Project Rhino.  Thanda has been championing and supporting this initiative in multiple ways and is one of the founding members of Project Rhino.  Project Rhino is an association of like-minded organizations allowing collective co-ordination of rhino conservation interventions, which are aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the rhino population in KwaZulu-Natal.

The members of Project Rhino recognize that the work in conserving and protecting rhinos from poaching is symbolic of the threat faced by all wildlife, as they will all benefit from actions taken by Project Rhino.  Project Rhino will bring together organizations with a common vision and goal; identify synergies through an integrated, common approach, and collectively become a representative body which carries powerful leverage ability.

Project Rhino outlines the need to prevent duplication of projects / or fund raising events, create a common vision and credibility within the general public, educate the general public by producing generic releases for use by all members, educate rural communities and collaborate, support and promote each member.

The objectives of Project Rhino include: Increased intelligence – information and informant networks |Increased surveillance (with appropriate technologies, aerial and GPS chips) | Increased field ranger competence (training) | Increased advocacy (legal aspects) | Increased communication sharing (central repository for information) | Increased public awareness and education.

As part of a recent game-release program, Thanda introduced 100 nyala and 15 waterbuck onto the 11 000-hectare private reserve.  Thanda is excited to have been granted permits for more rhino and recently acquired and released an undisclosed number of white rhino onto the land.  Thanda ensures that it has the constant proactive vigilance of anti-poaching teams to protect the reserve’s wildlife from ruthless poaching operations.

Rhinos are part of the big five animals and are popularly marketed by game reserves throughout southern and eastern Africa but are sadly being viciously and illegally hunted for their horns.  Rhino horn is commercially popular in the Asian market for its medicinal applications and uses, and is believed by some to have aphrodisiac properties.

Thanda is dedicated to the plight of this magnificent creature and wants to see the rhino removed from the critically endangered species list before reserves can only market big four safari’s to visitors.  Road Travel applaud this wonderful lodge’s dedication and support their efforts all the way.  Contact us to find out more.