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Ulusaba – South Africa

Ulusaba is your luxury safari lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve set on a private reserve of 13,500 hectares, with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness. Here you can help provide access to clean drinking water for the nearby community

About this project

This charity relocates mistreated elephants to their sanctuary where they are cared for by permanent staff, including veterinarians. Your stay contributes to the cost of the elephants’ upkeep and welfare.
Main volunteering activities:
  • Preparing the elephant’s vitamin balls
  • Tracking their feeding patterns
  • Assisting the vet on their daily checks
  • Washing the elephant
  • Cleaning their beds
  • Maintaining the gardens
Key information:
  • The typical number of days on this fulfilling project 2-3, but you can spend longer
  • It involves 7-8 hours of helping each day, starting at 7:30am
  • November to April is recommended, but you can help anytime
  • This volunteering project blends well with activities in central Sri Lanka, including Kandy and the rest of the Cultural Triangle
Successes to date:

The foundation has cared for over 80 elephants. There are currently nine elephants being cared for at the sanctuary.

One of the resident elephants was the first in the country to be born in captivity.

The Foundation’s mahout training program is the only one to be recognized and accredited by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife.

This project is for you if:
  • You are looking for a project that enables you to learn an enormous amount about elephants 
  • You would like an experience that has a variety of activities
  • You are happy rolling up your sleeves and don’t mind getting dirty
Nearby activities:
  • Exploring the fascinating Cultural Triangle
  • The Tea Country hill stations
  • Leopard spotting in Yala National Park

Suggested Itinerary for Sri Lanka

in Sri Lanka

Price: US$6,000 per adult, $3,800 per child under 12

This adventure enables you to bond as a family by conserving critically endangered sea turtles, plus you get to explore the wildlife highlights of Sri Lanka

Trip Highlights

  • Rolling up your sleeves and caring for elephants
  • Jeep safari to see elephants in the wild
  • Awesome views and the engineering marvel that is Sigiriya Rock
  • Bustling Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth
  • Epic train ride
  • The waterfalls and  scenery of Horton Plains
  • The beauty of the Tea stations
  • A working tea factory

Price Includes

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Expert local guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Volunteering costs
Note: Price excludes international flights

Sample Day by Day

Note: This is a sample itinerary only
Note: This is a sample itinerary only, and we delight in crafting unique itineraries to meet your family’s exact requirements

Ulusaba Lodge features 21 luxurious rooms and suites, each individually decorated with a unique African theme. The rooms and suites are equipped with all the modern amenities, including air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and en-suite bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers.

Ulusaba Lodge offers a range of activities and experiences, including game drives, guided walks, stargazing, and bush picnics. The lodge also has a full-service spa, which offers a variety of treatments using natural, locally sourced ingredients.

Ulusaba Lodge is committed to sustainability and eco-friendliness, with initiatives such as solar power, recycling, and water conservation. The lodge also supports local conservation efforts and community development projects, including supporting local schools and providing employment opportunities for the local communities.

One of the unique features of Ulusaba Lodge is its location on a hilltop, which provides guests with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness. The lodge also has a treehouse suite, which is located 10 meters above the ground and provides guests with a truly unique and unforgettable safari experience.

Overall, Ulusaba Lodge offers a luxurious and eco-friendly safari experience in one of the most beautiful and wildlife-rich destinations in Africa. The lodge’s focus on sustainability, conservation, and community development make it an ideal destination for travelers who value responsible tourism and want to make a positive impact on the environment and local communities.

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