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Witnessing the Big Five, volunteering in a foreign country and a lush bed to rest your head at night – these are bucket-list travel experiences the whole family should enjoy, right? Right. Cue Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa…
Owned by Sir Richard Branson, you’ll find Ulusaba in the western sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve, neighbouring Kruger National Park in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, making it an ideal destination for spotting Africa’s famed wildlife.
But unlike many other five-star safari experiences across Africa, Ulusaba has a charitable arm named Pride ‘n Purpose, offering visiting families community tours and excursions for a deeper, more involved travel experience.
For instance you can incorporate a volunteering experience into your stay, participating in a hands-on project within a local community, which can be arranged by the team at Ulusaba, based around your skills and interests.
Better still, all expenses to run this program are covered by Ulusaba, so 100 percent of donations and money raised through tours goes to local communities to improve their living conditions.
But for those of us with tinier travellers in the family, there is Ulusaba Cub’s Club, open to children of all ages.
Each cub receives their own backpack filled with educational safari goodies, a cap, and in every cub’s room awaits a personal welcome letter and special introduction (including a safety briefing), as well as their very own amenities, just like mum and dad.
There’s also a range of activities available, tailored to each child’s needs, while babysitting is complimentary and run by experienced staff members at no extra charge. We did say this was the family-friendly safari experience…
But like any luxury safari holiday, Ulusaba doesn’t skimp on the creature comforts either.
While surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of African wilderness on your doorstep, you can expect the same level of luxury and service you would a five-star boutique hotel.
Private swimming pools, gymnasiums, a wine cellar and indulgent spas with panoramic views are merely to whet the appetite. Guests can also spend their days soaking up safari walks, moon-lit bush dinners and of course, the twice daily game drives.
Better still, rates are all inclusive with no hidden extras – you can even go behind the bar and help yourself to anything that you want, at any time.
Yes, Ulusaba takes its name from local tongue meaning ‘place of little fear’, and we’re sure it extends to travelling with families…