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Where we are

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 Self Drive Directions

Recommended route from Johannesburg

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.

Recommended route from Kruger National Park (Kruger Gate)

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.

Sabi Sand Wildtuin Entrance Fee

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!

Flying to Ulusaba?

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 2019

Federal Air 2019 Nett Rates

Rates valid from 01st January – 31st December 2019

Rates (ZAR per person one way)**

Adult Child* Infant*
JNB to Ulusaba
10:30 R5,490 R4,215 R1,525
JNB to Ulusaba
12:30 R5,490 R4,215 R1,525
Ulusaba to JNB
11:00 R5,490 R4,215 R1,525
Ulusaba to JNB
12:30 R5,490 R4,215 R1,525

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.

Route: JNB-ULU Kiosk Lounge
1st Flight 09:45 10:00
2nd Flight 11:45 12:00

Onward Flight Connection Times

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.

Route: ULU-JNB Domestic International
1st Flight 15:00 16:30
2nd Flight 17:00 17:50

Federal Air is a point to point service and at no time guarantees any onward connection.

Guest Meet and Greet

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.

Departure Lounge Facilities

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
  • Shower facilities
  • Baggage storage

Terms and Conditions

  • 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

Baggage Restrictions

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:

Type of bag: Maximum weight: Maximum size:
Soft (all sides) luggage/duffel bags with no rigid sides i.e. flexible bags made of pliable material such as cotton or canvas Checked luggage: 20kg (44lbs) / Hand luggage: 5kg (11lbs) 40cm (16in) wide x 30cm (12in) high x 60cm (24in) long
  • Oversized bags cannot be carried on laps as unsecured items inside the cabin are hazardous
  • Soft sided bags can be purchased at the Federal Air lounge if required
  • Federal Air offer a complimentary luggage storage facility for any excess luggage
  • Additional luggage can be accommodated on flights by booking and paying for an extra seat which will allow for a further 60kg. This should be booked in advance as there may not be availability on the day of departure

Cancellation Policy and Fees

Cancellation Fee
More than 61 days to depature date R250
60 - 31 days in advance 15%
30 - 15 days in advance 50%
14 - 0 days in advance 100%

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 Contact Information

PO BOX 7294 • BONAERO PARK • 1622
TEL: +27 (0) 11 395-9000
FAX: +27 (0) 11 395-1071