There's so much to do and see at Sir Richard Branson's private game reserve, that you won't want to sit still for a minute.

Situated near Kruger National Park, Ulusaba (known as a 'place of little fear', because
of its vantage point) has just 21 rooms and suites, split between three lodges. Rock Lodge and Cliff Lodge perch on the summit of a koppie (small hill) with stunning views of the bush below. Safari Lodge is 500 metres away on the plains of a dry riverbed, so don't be surprised if a wandering impala passes you on the way to breakfast!


Snuggling beneath a blanket on thrilling twice-daily game drives is the highlight here, and your ranger will even whisk you away for an intimate lovers' picnic in the bush, with champagne and a delicious lunch hamper prepared by the lodge's chef.

If this sounds too sedate, book an exhilarating helicopter flight through deep canyons and lush valleys, and over breathtaking waterfalls.

For an earthbound treat, there's a chance to indulge your regal fantasies by riding a beautiful African elephant. Flagging honeymooners will find a super-relaxing couples' massage waiting at the Aroma Boma Spa - you even take away the scented candle from your personal treatment as a memento.

It's not only about the big moments - like epic breakfasts with panoramic views - but the little surprises, too. Returning from an evening drive to find the bath drawn and surrounded by tealights and fresh rose petals is utter bliss.


WOW FACTOR: Staff will wake you at night for a spot of stargazing at the resort's very own observatory. 

GO: A room costs from £327, all-inclusive; One-way flights ( from Johannesburg to Ulusaba's airstrip start at £189.

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours