Located in the greater parts of Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Ulusaba Game Reserve is one of the private reserves in the region that shares borders with the infamous Kruger National Park.

The private game reserve is known to provide exceptional game drive where visitors can easily view the big five, including the leopards, which area hard to detect.

Sir Richard Branson, a renowned business tycoon and the owner of Virgin Group, owns the small game reserve. Visitors can stay in two of the 5-star lodges that offer unique themes, luxury, and a different pricing structure.

The private reserve has rights for traversing with seven other reserves in the region, offering tourists a walkthrough between different game reserves.However, game viewing can be congested and tourists need to wait for long hours, therefore, only three vehicles are allowed at a time.

  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (It can get a bit busy)

Why Go:

  • Home to the Big Five
  • Excellent wildlife viewing
  • Three luxury lodges with different styles and decor
  • Exclusive entertainment area for children
  • Close encounters with animals, as off-roading is allowed
  • Professional guides offer excellent game drive during the day and night


Wildlife viewing is excellent in the Ulusaba Game Reserve and tourists can easily view the big five, cheetahs, leopards, and antelope. Tourists can find various species of antelope, but they are often overlooked due to an increased focus on flagship species.

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The region in Ulusaba Game Reserve is mostly woodland savanna, which is dense but does not interfere with game viewing activities. The guides are skilled in wildlife tracking and can go off-road to offer an exceptional experience.

Weather & Climate

The winter-dry season is from May to September during which, the region witnesses very little rain. Water sources are the primary water supply for wildlife, causing a cluster of animals around waterholes. The Summer-Wet season is from October-April, which can get uncomfortably hot and humid. Average temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees with plenty of storms that can hinder game viewing.

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Best Time to Visit

Best time to visit Ulusaba Game Reserve is during the winter-dry season, as it is less crowded and game viewing is in abundance.

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