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All things great and small

Our Rangers and Trackers come across many things in the bush and some of the smaller bugs and insects are just as interesting as spotting the Big 5! Check out some of our favourites from Ranger Calvin.

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Ulusaba bush news: Wild dog update

The bush is looking amazing at the moment with all of the rain and the bush is lush and there are pools and pans full of water everywhere and the Sand River is flowing strongly.

Bush Telegraph, Ulusaba

Ulusaba bush news: Tug of war – leopard vs hyena

This morning’s game drive could not have been more action packed.

Bush Telegraph, Ulusaba

Ulusaba bush news: Celebrating the King of the jungle

Tomorrow we will be celebrating World Lion Day and we’re asking you to give some thought for these incredible creatures.

A little bird told us...

The Archive

  • 2015 November
  • 27th November 2015

    Our teams around the globe are about to get busy racing, running and hiking to raise money for their chosen charities.

    26th November 2015

    This week in Babylon we welcomed the festive season and hosted our annual tree lighting ceremony in association with our charity partner, Starlight Children’s Foundation.

    25th November 2015

    There is nothing more important for a company than empowering and supporting your team.

    25th November 2015

    Anyone who’s been on safari before knows that no two game drives are ever the same! There are two daily game drives at Ulusaba, one leaving early in the morning and one leaving late afternoon.

    24th November 2015

    We love the start of a season when the first snow falls! Our team is back for the winter season and we’ve got some new faces on-board this year that you’ll be getting to know.

    24th November 2015

    You will see a stunning array of wildlife on Necker Island during your stay, from lemurs to flamingos to giant tortoises and you can even get involved with feeding them! Check out the latest snaps from around the island.

    10th November 2015

    As the temperatures start to drop, keep warm on Babylon’s heated terrace and choose from an assortment of specially selected cheeses and freshly baked breads, perfect for sharing.

  • 2015 October
  • 30th October 2015

    Halloween is a great opportunity to have a little fun and of course we love a bit of cheeky dress up.

    29th October 2015

    We’ve got some exciting news to report from the British Virgin Islands.

    22nd October 2015

    Fancy a ski holiday like no other? We’re gearing up for the winter season in December and we’ve made it extra tempting with a free night offer.

    22nd October 2015

    There’s a reason people flock to the Caribbean in just about every month of the year: sandy beaches, rum cocktails, a relaxed vibe (not unconnected to the previous point) and reliable sunshine.

    22nd October 2015

    It is no surprise that our signature Monty Cocktail takes full advantage of the delicious Sauvignon Blanc.

    22nd October 2015

    You’re invited to take an all-access journey behind the scenes at a photography shoot at Ulusaba.

    22nd October 2015

    Veronica visited Kasbah Tamadot during September and has shared her experience below.

    8th October 2015

    Last year some of our London team braved the British winter to dress up as Santa and raise money for GOSH.

    2nd October 2015

    Our Head Chef, Benoit Pépin and our Kasbah team have made a pledged to create menus, celebrating seasonal and local produce, starting with apples from Asni, the local village.

    2nd October 2015

    Our people naturally form the heart and soul of what we are as an organisation, so we wanted to share some of our Virgin Limited Edition stars who work so hard to make our guests’ stays the best they can possibly be.

    2nd October 2015

    With a reputation as one of the Alps’ most luxurious destinations in the winter season, Verbier certainly has form.

    1st October 2015

    Every Ulusaba experience is different and no one knows that better than our guests that keep coming back.

    1st October 2015

    You might have spotted us talking about the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s campaign #MakeFoodGood which inspires people to ‘give a fork’ about what and where they eat.

    1st October 2015

    Thanks to all our guests for sharing your snaps #mahalimzuri.

  • 2015 September
  • 30th September 2015

    They say there’s no such thing as a free meal and they’re usually right but last night our MD Jon treated some of our London team to an evening of flamingo watching, Mont Rochelle wine and London views for an evening of team building at Babylon Restaurant.

    29th September 2015

    We’re serious about creating good food that’s sustainable.

    25th September 2015

    We love all things environmentally friendly and aim to make a credible contribution towards creating a sustainable economy.

    24th September 2015

    The Kasbah Tamadot experience hits you immediately when you arrive at your new Moroccan home.

    23rd September 2015

    We’re all about sourcing local produce and you’ll often find our Head Chef Darren foraging in our nearby woods searching for the freshest ingredients.

    23rd September 2015

    Thanks to all our guests for sharing your snaps #kasbahtamadot.

    22nd September 2015

    We’re all smiles after Necker Island was named the ‘Most Prestigious Venue’ at the Prestigious Star Awards.

    22nd September 2015

    Today is World Rhino Day and we want to celebrate our beautiful rhinos.

    18th September 2015

    We’re super excited to announce that we took out two awards at the  annual SATOA Awards last night.

    16th September 2015

    We’ll be firing up the braai on Thursday 24th September to celebrate Heritage Day.

    9th September 2015

    As the saying goes, there are three things that matter in property: location, location, location.

    9th September 2015

    What do you love most about your job? I love seeing guests enjoy my food just as much as I enjoy it making it.

    9th September 2015

    In a recent poll in Travel Africa magazine of the top 25 reasons to visit Kenya, a safari journey to the Maasai Mara understandably ranked at number 1.

    9th September 2015

    Join the Surivors Walk of Hope with us on Saturday 19th September.

    3rd September 2015

    Last September we opened our doors to a newly refurbished Mont Rochelle and we’ve been truly chuffed by the support both locally in Franschhoek and from all our loyal guests globally.

  • 2015 August
  • 28th August 2015

    Anyone who has visited us knows our team work hard to ensure all your requests are catered for.

    28th August 2015

    The guest experience goes beyond the adventures of the bush and into the lives of the surrounding communities as we gear up to celebrate ‘Arbor Month’ for the  month of September.

    13th August 2015

    A camera is essential when you’re visiting as you never know what you might snap around the lodges or on safari.

  • 2015 July
  • 20th July 2015

    Our girls Robyn, Laura, Bronwyn and Chaleen completed the Virgin Staff Cycle South Africa Challenge.

  • 2015 June
  • 28th June 2015

    We had over 35 riders participate in our Riding for Rhinos.

    8th June 2015

    We love seeing your snaps of Kasbah Tamadot and getting a different perspective.

    4th June 2015

    This isn’t part of our usual Necker Island experience and we definitely don’t recommend you try it at home.

    4th June 2015

    Recognise these faces? We’re so proud of our Ulusaba ladies who will be representing us in the 2015 Virgin Staff Cycle South Africa Challenge.

  • 2015 May
  • 26th May 2015

    If you’re planning on visiting one of our South Africa properties from 1 June 2015 you need to be aware of some changes to South Africa’s immigration rules.

    26th May 2015

    We’re thrilled to announce we’ve been awarded the TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence 2015’ for; Mahali Mzuri Ulusaba Rock Lodge Ulusaba Safari Lodge Kasbah Tamadot Mont Rochelle The Lodge A big thank you to our guests that take the time to write about us.

    22nd May 2015

    If you’re planning a trip to visit us during the winter months our charitable arm Pride ‘n Purpose could really use with some winter warmers.

    22nd May 2015

    Yesterday in Hyde park waiters from around the UK came together for the National Waiters Day race.

    12th May 2015

    One of the most popular ways to experience Ulusaba is to split your stay between Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge – it’s like a holiday within a holiday.

    12th May 2015

    We’ve put together what a week on Necker Island can look like to really tempt you… Day 1 You’ve arrived at your private island paradise and champagne awaits! After a walking tour of your new home take it easy and settle in with a celebration dinner to get you into the swing of things.

    12th May 2015

    A good picnic doesn’t require much more than a patch of grass, a shady tree and a lovely view, and that’s not hard to find around our property.

    12th May 2015

    We were sitting with a large herd of elephants enjoying the antics of a couple of calves who would approach the vehicle with ears spread and little trunks reaching out to catch our scent which made them turn tail and run.

    7th May 2015

    Now we have two destinations in South Africa,  you make the most of the diversity and vibrant country.

    6th May 2015

    It’s been more than 10 years since we open our doors.

    6th May 2015

    This June 3 of our team, Robyn, Bronwyn, Chaleen and Laura will be swapping their daily routine for bikes and riding to support Pride ‘n Purpose.

    6th May 2015

    Spoil your mum this Sunday 10th May with a day to remember at Mont Rochelle.

    1st May 2015

    Suzanne Walford Carrier’s Africa Product Manager revisited Mont Rochelle last autumn, following our reopening.

    1st May 2015

    Our friends at Carrier shared this lovely feature that focuses on our General Manager Karl.

  • 2015 April
  • 28th April 2015

    When it comes to cool jobs, working for a luxury travel brand has its fair share of perks.

    23rd April 2015

    This year two brave members of The Roof Gardens team, Romain Rousset and Catherine Greppo, are taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon and running a massive 26.

    22nd April 2015

    Richard Branson recently visited Mahali Mzuri in Kenya and shared his reflections on a country whose natural beauty and diverse wildlife is too often overshadowed by news headlines.

    22nd April 2015

    Over the years the watersports team has acquired some of the best equipment available on the market as well as top class instruction skills for all levels.

    21st April 2015

    We’re delighted that Mont Rochelle has been included in the Conde Nast Traveler 2015 Hot List.

    21st April 2015

    We’ve been treated to some spectacular sightings over the years but recently we had one in particular that was pure magical! We’ve been lucky to have a mother and her cheetah cubs around Ulusaba and this is the first time in 12 years we’ve spotted cheetah cubs.

    20th April 2015

    With their backyard as the Sabi Sands some of our team have a great eye for photography and we’ve picked a few of their favourite snaps on Instagram.

    17th April 2015

    Sharing the #neckerisland love    .

    17th April 2015

    What could be better than a cocktail on our Babylon terrace and digging into one of our Spring menu options?! Well nothing really, not when London is turning it on with the sunshine.

    16th April 2015

    Alice from our London office has recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Mahali Mzuri to explore our luxury tented camp, meet the team and show some of our tour operators the magic of Kenya.

    15th April 2015

    It’s still not quite one year since we reopened following an extensive refurbishment, but we’ve already harvested the first batch of grapes: around 97 tonnes from the 12.

    15th April 2015

    Kasbah Tamadot’s history actually dates to the beginning of the 20th century when it was constructed for the local French governor.

    15th April 2015

    We love seeing your snaps of Mahali Mzuri.

    13th April 2015

    It makes us happy to see our guest photos.

    13th April 2015

    We’ve been snap happy recently and had some cracking game drives.

    11th April 2015

    The Western Sector has sadly lost a lioness from the Ximungwe Pride known as “Short Tail”.

  • 2015 March
  • 30th March 2015

    Check out the cute cubs from the Othawa Pride  .

    26th March 2015

    We’re a proud member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows our guests to make a lasting impact in our local community.

    26th March 2015

    We’ve had quite the journey in the last 10 years and you can watch it all in the film about where it all started.

    20th March 2015

    It’s still not quite one year since we reopened following an extensive refurbishment, but we’ve already harvested the first batch of grapes: around 75 tonnes from the 12.

    19th March 2015

    Richard has developed a passion for trying to help preserve endangered species of lemur.

    18th March 2015

    Hip hip hooray it’s Kasbah Tamadot’s 10th Birthday! We’ve been putting up balloons, slicing the birthday cake and getting into the party spirit to celebrate Kasbah Tamdot’s 10th Birthday and we’re not doing it by halves.

    18th March 2015

    Holidays are probably one of the few times you will always remember to bring your camera with you, and for good reason.

    11th March 2015

    Our Rangers and Trackers come across many things in the bush and some of the smaller bugs and insects are just as interesting as spotting the Big 5! Check out some of our favourites from Ranger Calvin.

    6th March 2015

    We hope you’ll join us at Mont Rochelle on Saturday 14th March in celebration of our annual harvest for a day full of grape-picking, wine tasting and delicious treats at the Country Kitchen.

  • 2015 February
  • 6th February 2015

    Craig our Assistant Reservations Manager has visited Kasbah Tamadot 3 times over the last 10 years! We asked him for his top 10 reasons to visit us and this is what he said… 1.

    6th February 2015

    Thanks to all our guests for sharing your snaps #montrochelle.

    4th February 2015

    On Saturday 14th March we’ll be hosting a “Festival Day” starting with breakfast in Country Kitchen at 8:00am.

    3rd February 2015

    Our friends at Magical Kenya spoke to Jonathan Scott a zoologist, wildlife photographer and conservationist who travels the world campaigning on animal conservation.

    2nd February 2015

    The warm summer rains have transformed the bush into an explosion of green.

  • 2015 January
  • 28th January 2015

    Just as you will sit at home in the morning and read or listen to the news, we bush fundi’s do the same thing, albeit in a slightly different manner.

    27th January 2015

    Our team was delighted to welcome a very special guest to Mont Rochelle.

    9th January 2015

    There’s no experience quite as humbling as walking in the bush.

    6th January 2015

    Did you see us on the BBC on Tuesday 6th January? You will have been introduced to quite a few of the team on Necker Island including our General Managers Kenton and Leesa Jones.

    6th January 2015

          Radio cackled into life – “Two young Ottawa lions located to the east of Incala, north of Dumphries”.