Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is located in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve. We are 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!
Your Ranger and Tracker will be waiting for you with a cold glass of fizz – the perfect way to start your experience at our luxury lodge. Federal Air flies directly to Ulusaba's airstrip but there are also options to fly via Nelspruit or Skukuza Airports, with onward hops to Ulusaba's airstrip.
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
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
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 and a tall wooden board with all the Lodges’ names on. Turn left onto this newly tarred road for approximately 8km until you come to a 4-way stop. There is a small inconspicuous sign post that says Sabi Sand. Turn right at the stop onto the dirt road. Follow the dirt road for about 1.8km to where you will have Happy Homes Primary School on the right hand side. Turn left here, and follow the road for a further 1.5km to Newington Gate. From Newington gate it’s about 17km to Ulusaba and is well signposted. The speed limit within the reserve is 40km/h. Please do not use a GPS as it mis-directs you.
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 newly tarred road. Follow the road for approximately 8km until you come to a 4-way stop. There is a small inconspicuous sign post that says Sabi Sand. Turn right at the stop onto the dirt road. Follow the dirt road for about 1.8km to where you will have Happy Homes Primary School on the right hand side. Turn left here, and follow the road for a further 1.5km to Newington Gate. From Newington gate it’s about 17km to Ulusaba and is well signposted. The speed limit within the reserve is 40km/h. Please do not use a GPS as it mis-directs you.
Sabi Sand Nature Reserve Entrance Fee
R310 vehicle entrance and R140 per passenger (effective 01 Jan 2020 - 31 December 2021). Debit and Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard) facilities are available at Newington Gate.
Prices inclusive of 15% VAT.
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 Nature Reserve 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 11 325 4405 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.