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Game drives

Make memories that last a lifetime

Anyone who’s been on safari before knows that no two game drives are ever the same. 

There are twice-daily game drives at Ulusaba, one leaving early in the morning and one leaving late afternoon, each lasting around three hours.  

You’ll traverse over 13,500 hectares of private reserve with your dedicated ranger and tracker who will tailor your game drive just for you.  

Sightings will vary depending on the season, but you should always keep your eyes peeled for the Big 5! 

Morning and afternoon drives 

Morning is generally the best time to spot wildlife, as the temperature is cool and the animals are still active, including the big cats, who’ll be returning from a night of hunting. 

There’s also something special about the bush as the late afternoon light starts to fade. The animals stir from their daytime slumber and predators start stalking their prey. It's common to stop for sundowners as the sun sets - it's a magical experience! 

The big 5 (and little 5) 

The big five are lions, buffalos, leopards, elephants and rhinos. This is an old term originally referring to the five most dangerous animals to hunt, and not to the biggest or strongest animals. Hunting is of course not permitted at Ulusaba, or in the protected Reserves and National Parks of South Africa. 

The Little Five are more difficult to spot but your ranger and tracker can help. They'll be looking out for rhino beetles, elephant shrews, leopard tortoises, buffalo weavers and ant lions. 

Safari walks  

Depending on the weather there’s usually a safari walk directly after breakfast. Your ranger and tracker will guide you, pointing out various birds and animals. 

This is a great opportunity to see smaller creatures that are often missed when you’re on the game vehicles. We’ll also teach you some fascinating facts about the medicinal use of trees and plants along the way. 

Photographic equipment rental 

To capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments while out on a game drive, make sure to have the best photographic equipment to hand.  

We have partnered with Africa Photographic Rentals to take the hassle out of hiring any camera equipment. Visit their website to place your order and your equipment will be ready for you on arrival at Ulusaba. (Please be aware you will be leaving our website to make this booking)

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