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Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve. We're close to Kruger National Park which is in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.
Ulusaba is approximately a 1 hour and 20 minute flight from the international airport in Johannesburg (JNB) flying by twin-engine aircraft, or 30 minutes from Nelspruit (MQP) and 20 minutes from Skukuza (SZK), via a charter air hop, which are the best airports to use if travelling from other destinations within South Africa. We have our own private Ulusaba airstrip (ULX) and there are daily scheduled and charter flights available. Get a window seat - the view’s terrific!
You can also come by road too from Nelspruit, which will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Try and arrive by 1pm - just in time for lunch! Driving instructions can be found below.
Ulusaba Self Drive Directions
Please note that the drive will take approximately 6 hours (± 500km)
Take the N4/N12 to Nelspruit. Follow the R40 from Nelspruit through White River to
Hazyview. Hazyview is about 60km from Nelspruit.
As you approach Hazyview there is a T-Junction. Turn left at this junction. This road will take you into Hazyview Town. Carry on straight through the first set of traffic lights. At the intersection with the second set of traffic lights, there will be a signpost that reads Paul Kruger Gate. At this signpost, turn right. This road is the R536.
After approximately 32km there are signposts for Newington Gate on the left hand side of the road. There will also be signs indicating ‘Huntington, Lilydale & Justicia’. Turn left and follow the gravel road for 9km until you come to a four way stop. Turn right and follow the road for another 3km to Newington Gate which is where you will enter the Sabi Sand Reserve. From Newington Gate follow all signposts for 17km to Ulusaba.
Please note that the drive will take approximately 1½ hours (± 35km)
Follow the R536 to Hazyview. After approximately 8km there will be a signpost for
Newington Gate where you will need to turn right onto a gravel road. Follow the gravel road for 9km until you come to a four way stop. Turn right and follow the road for another 3km to Newington Gate which is where you will enter the Sabi Sand Reserve. From Newington Gate follow all signposts for 17km to Ulusaba.
Fee effective from 2018: R280 vehicle entrance and R120 per passenger (subject to change). Debit and Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard) facilities are available at Newington Gate.
The entrance fee helps ensure this rare conservation area can be preserved in its current form. Some of the current core projects which receive a proportion of this fee include:
• A substantial investment by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin into improving its security operations in the immediate term to combat the unprecedented (and rising) level of rhino poaching. Security in general will also be enhanced on the reserve
• The improvement and maintenance of the reserve’s perimeter fence to minimise potential for human-wildlife conflict
Please contact Ulusaba’s Reception on +27 (0)13 735 5460 should you need any further information. Unfortunately Google Maps does not display the exact location for Ulusaba so please do follow the instructions above or you might end up at the wrong watering hole!
We’ve got private airstrip and your Ranger and Tracker will be waiting for you with cold bubbles – the perfect way to start your Ulusaba experience. Federal Air flies directly to Ulusaba's airstrip but there are also options to fly via Nelspruit or Skukuza Airports, with onwards hops to Ulusaba's airstrip.
Click here for Federal Air information 2018
Rates valid from 01st January – 31st December 2018
Departure and Arrival times may vary by up to one hour.
All rates and times subject to change without notice.
* Infants aged 0 – 2 (No Seat) / Children aged 2 – 11 at time of travel
Important: Federal Air operates an Air Shuttle Service and NOT a Scheduled Service. Routings and departure times vary from day to day depending on actual lodge and guest requirements as well as Air Traffic Control and landing conditions.
Check In Times
Check in opens at 07:00 for the Johannesburg-Ulusaba flights. Please refer to the below table for the latest check in times in order to connect to these flights on time.
Departure times can vary to accommodate guests departing from various lodges. Please refer to the below table for the earliest recommended onward connection times. No domestic or international flights should be booked before the times shown.
Federal Air is a point to point service and at no time guarantees any onward connection.
Federal Air provides a complimentary Meet and Greet service at OR Tambo International Airport. This service is available to all passengers arriving off flights which are scheduled to land after 06:00. Federal Air also provides complimentary transport back to the OR Tambo Departure Terminal for return flights.
Executive Meet and Greet
One of the Federal Air team members will meet you as you enter the Arrivals hall after collecting luggage and clearing customs. Please look for your name and the Federal Air logo. You will then be escorted to the terminal counter where you will be transferred across to the Federal Air departure lounge.
Airport Kiosk and Transport
Passengers who arrive before 06:00 should make their way to the dedicated Airport Kiosk situated in the bus terminal behind the OR Tambo Intercontinental Hotel. A driver will be at the kiosk from 06:30 daily to transport guests to the Federal Air Lounge.
If you are lost or your flight is delayed, kindly proceed to the Federal Air Kiosk on arrival.
The Federal Air lounge is operational from 07:00 on a daily basis. The following complimentary facilities are available at the lounge for all arriving and departing passengers:
Tea, coffee and soft drinks
Fresh sandwiches, fruit and snacks
Wi-Fi inside the lounge
All rates include VAT, passenger departure tax and fuel levies where applicable
Rates are subject to airfield suitability, availability, noise abatement and operational procedures.
Rates are subject to change
Federal Air flight reservations are booked by the Ulusaba Reservations Office on behalf of Federal Air
Flight reservations close 72 hours in advance
Confirmed bookings are subject to automatic release if passengers’ full names are not received at time of confirmation
Guest travel insurance is not included and is advisable
Late guest arrivals will be booked on the next available flight (possibly the following day). Cancellation fees may apply
Delays due to weather, air traffic control (arrival or departure) or technical delays are beyond the control of Federal Air.
In the event of bad weather, Federal Airlines reserves the right to drop passengers of at the “nearest suitable and serviceable airstrip”. This may mean a road transfer for guests to get to their final destination and will be for the guest’s own account. This diversion will only be done in the interest of safety.
Smoking is not permitted on any flights
All passengers are entitled to one free piece of checked luggage and one small carry on item each. Please see below details for checked in bags:
Important: Any amendment to a booking within 72 hours that is not a cancellation will attract the following charges:
Date change: R750.00 per person
Time change on day of travel: R250.00 per person
FEDERAL AIR (PTY) LTD
HANGER 14, JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PO BOX 7294 • BONAERO PARK • 1622
TEL: +27 (0) 11 395-9000
FAX: +27 (0) 11 395-1071
Click here for Airlink information
Experience the heart of the African bush with daily direct flights with Airlink from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Nelspruit KMIA and Skukuza Airport gateway to the Kruger National Park and the private game lodges. A short, small aircraft transfer connects you onward to Ulusaba’s doorstep on Airlink’s Lodge Link service to the Ulusaba Airstrip.
A short air transfer from the lodge airstrip or Skukuza Airport to Nelspruit KMIA connects you conveniently to Livingstone (Zambia) and Vilanculos (Mozambique) gateway to the Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands.
Operated by Airlink Grand Cessna Caravan 208B (12 seats plus 2 pilots)
Checked baggage 20kgs (soft bag)
Cabin baggage 8kgs (soft bag)
Free soft bags available on request on arrival
Free baggage storage facilities at Skukuza Airport and Nelspruit KMIA
Free baggage transfers between Skukuza Airport and Nelspruit KMIA for passengers utilising a minimum of 2 consecutive lodge link flights
These exclusive services are restricted to applicable lodges and their guests
Airside lounges at Skukuza Airport and Nelspruit KMIA with refreshment and restroom facilities
Short apron transfers
Minimum connecting time at Skukuza Airport and Nelspruit KMIA is 20 minutes - please note that this is a legal connecting time
Charter Flights on request - contact Airlink's Group Department
Accrual and Redemption of Voyager Miles are not permitted
No Children or Infant fares available
Three letter City Code is ULX - Ulusaba Airstrip
Ulusaba Airstrip (ULX) services Ulusaba, Leadwood, Exeter River, Inyati, Leopard Hills, Dulini, Savanna and Idube
SA AIRLINK LTD
NO.3, GREENSTONE HILL OFFICE PARK, EMERALD BOULEVARD, GREENSTONE HILL, MODDERFONTEIN
PO BOX 7529 • BONAERO PARK • 1622
TEL: +27 (0) 11 451-7300
FAX: +27 (0) 11 451-7367