Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve


Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa. The reserve is home to the 'Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area.

Expert rangers will ensure that your safari experience is truly memorable. Each day begins with an early morning safari game drive on the 1,000 private hectares of the reserve that the lodge vehicles are allowed to traverse across. In the late afternoon guests head out on another game drive and return after dark, offering guests exhilarating night game drives as well!  Optional bush walks are offered every day after breakfast/brunch.

The focus at the lodge is of the view of the seasonal Sand River, and for obvious reasons. Almost daily guests are treated to sightings of various animals grazing in the riverbed.

The lodge sleeps a maximum of 14 guests in 7 chalets/rooms.  The chalets have a small verandah with a sitting area, offering views over the African bush.

The main lodge area consists of a lounge area, a swimming pool with decking, as well an open air dining area and bar. All facilities have wonderful views of the riverbed.

In addition, a safari to the Kruger would not be complete without the traditional boma experience. Dinner is served around a roaring fire against the natural night sounds of the bushveld.

 

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Our standard rates for a Standard Chalet
DatesPriceBasisRate NameNights
1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014 GBP £ 121 US$ 195 ZAR 2,085 EUR 151 ppsStandard1+ nights
1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015 GBP £ 149 US$ 240 ZAR 2,575 EUR 187 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

All meals, game walks and drives and teas/coffees are included. IN ADDITION: For all visitors, there is a cash entrance fee payable of R50 per person to enter the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is payable at the entrance gate. Self-drive visitors must ALSO pay a R190 per vehicle entrance fee. All rates subject to change. For guests arriving and departing via FedAir, the landing/departure fees are also excluded (payable directly to the lodge - rates on request).

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.


All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Umkumbe Safari Lodge can be included in you own dream holiday.

Suggested Itineraries

Africa at its Best

This is a whirlwind week of world-class experiences, beginning with 4 nights in the globally acclaimed Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Part of the Greater Kruger, Sabi Sand offers perhaps the finest Big Five game viewing in South Africa. Staying in an authentic luxury chalet on the banks of the Sabi River, you'll take game drives into the reserve at dawn and dusk, led by an expert guide and tracker. As the reserve is privately owned, your ranger can go off-road to find lion cubs playing in the shade of a tree or elephant gathered around a waterhole in the misty morning light.

Next, you'll take a flight to Livingstone in Zambia for the full Victoria Falls treatment. You'll spend 3 nights on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, overlooking the panorama of the Falls. From here, you can explore ‘The Smoke that Thunders' from a staggering away of angles by trying bungee jumping, sky diving, white water rafting, abseiling and elephant back safaris. Aboard The Lady Livingstone, a 144 seater river cruiser comprising of 3 decks, you can experience Africa in a unique style on the Zambezi River.

7 day itinerary.

 
 

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

If an adventurous fortnight is on your holiday agenda, this trip will be just the ticket. You’ll start with a safari in Klaserie, which shares unfenced borders with Kruger. The camp really is one of a kind, specialising in expert-led walking safaris, so you’ll track the Big Five through the bush on foot. Next, you’ll head for the world-famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve to set off on a series of heart-thumping game drives as the sun rises and sets over Africa.

At the end of all this, you’ll be wired with adrenaline and ready to unwind, so you’ll hop on a plane bound for tropical paradise. Staying on the Bazaruto Archipelago, a little nook of beach nirvana, you’ll enjoy an eco-chic retreat to remember forever. Here, the sun-kissed sandy shores of the island give way to the bright turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The seafood is fresh, the sun is like a warm hug and the sunset cocktails are a must. It’s total barefoot bliss.

14 day itinerary.

Guide price valid for travel in November 2014

 
 

*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.




Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 9 ratings




I can't recommend Umkumbe enough as the guide we had there was brilliant. He could not do enough for us and was so informative. I learned a great deal from him and his walking safaris each morning enabled us to learn much more than we could have ever expected about the local environment. It was here that we expereinced both a lion kill and a close up of a leopard.

Fantastic lodge = very good price. Could not find a single fault. Rooms lovely, views over Sand River to die for, knowledgeable, friendly staff and good food.

I have travelled my whole life. I spent the most incredible four days on holiday that I have ever known. The lodge was fantastic. Located at the end of Sands River herds of elephant and water buffalo came to the river every day. I am told that this does not always happen. It is winter and the dry season and many of the rivers have dried up at this time of year. The large sandy banks seemed to invite the large herds. The guides said that the elephants usually do not come to the river as often as they did on my four day holiday. Over the four days I was at the lodge monkeys, baboons, warthogs, antelope, mongoose and many birds along with two hippos were in front of the lodge every day. On one of the bush rides we spent 30 to 40 minutes about eight feet from eight lionesses just relaxing and cleaning themselves. They were so relaxed and could not be bothered that we were there. A memory of a lifetime! Every day we saw rhinos, antelopes and many giraffe and many more. Everything was breathtaking. The long flight was difficult but it's very far away, there is nothing that can be done about that. The two hour taxi ride was great. I had the same driver each way and he told me as much about the area we were going thru as possible. The lodge was great. The chalet was lovely and near the end of the sands. This meant that I got to see young elephants, warthogs, monkeys, mongoose and and many birds right at the steps of my chalet. The food was very good and endless coffee, happy me. The best part of the lodge was the entire staff, each one did a great job. The bush guides were fantastic. The rides were amazing every one of them. This holiday has given me memories for a lifetime. I want to go straight back. Many many thanks to all who helped to make my holiday so wonderful.

Thank you so much for arranging our visit to Umkumbe Safari Lodge. You nailed it right there. We had an exceptional time there. The lodge was exactly what I had hoped for, the staff was kind and accommodating and the game drives provided for unforgettable encounters with African wildlife. Your responsiveness truly set a standard for us. Admittedly, I have many many questions and like to do a complete evaluation of my options before I make a decision. I was reassured with your recommendations and appreciated your level of detail. I only have compliments for your service and for the subsequent visit to Umkumbe and will not hesitate to recommend you and Umkumbe to friends and family.

We were a little bit curious as Umkumbe looks like an "entry level" lodge. We were just wrong; yes rooms are not luxurious, but we were not there for that! We were there to see animals and feel the wild "atmosphere" and we have been lucky!! Out of this, Umkumbe team is great, very professionnal, smiling team, Hermann and his boys are fantastic and service is a 5 stars service. My car was dirty and it has been cleaned, my wife's shoes were more than dirty, they have been cleaned and looks more than new ones etc etc ... That was a great safari for us and on top of service, guides were great!!! Do not tell to too many people that this lodge is great otherwise they will become more expensive with less service!!!! We are very happy of our choice.


General Information For Guests

Each unit has an en-suite bathrooms, own private patio and each fitted with an air conditioner.

Morning Bush-Walks, preferably done early morning when the air is still pleasantly cool and traces of the nocturnal animals can still easily be identified. Breakfast is back at the lodge at about 10h00.

There are no credit card facilities at the camp. Extras are to be paid in cash.


Directions

From Hazyview: Proceed through Hazyview until you reach a set of traffic lights with a thatched shopping centre on the corner. Turn here onto the Paul Kruger Road which will be signposted Kruger Gate and the R536. Continue along this road for approximately 34.5 km and on the left-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for various lodges including Inyati, Idube, Exeter and Savanna. Go past these, and approximately 3 km further on, on the left-hand side of the road, you will see signposts for the private game reserves of MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi. Turn left here onto the gravel road. Travel for approximately 8.5 km and you will get to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve Shaw's Gate.

For all visitors, there is a cash entrance fee payable of R50 per person to enter the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is payable at the entrance gate. Self-drive visitors must ALSO pay a R190 per vehicle entrance fee, also payable in cash at the entrance gate. All rates subject to change. Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit.

Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge through the reserve. Allow between 30-50 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From the Paul Kruger Gate: Go through the gate, and follow the R536 to Hazyview. Continue along this road and on the right-hand side of the road, you will see lodge signboards for the private game reserves of MalaMala, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi. Turn right here onto the gravel road and follow the directions as above.

From the Kruger Mpumalanga/Nelspruit International Airport: Turn right out of the airport onto the R538 and follow the signs to White River (Witrivier). Continue for approximately 12 km, until you reach the first set of traffic lights in White River, with the mosque on your left. Turn right and travel towards Hazyview on the R40. After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40 and follow the directions from Hazyview as above.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway respectively to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 towards Nelspruit/Mbombela. At Nelspruit/Mbombela, turn left onto the R40 to White River. In White River, at the first set of traffic lights in the town itself, turn left, following signs to Hazyview and Wildtuin/Kruger National Park. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right. Cross over the next set of traffic lights and then at the final set, with a Caltex garage on your right, turn left on the R40 for Hazyview (the R538, via the Numbi Gate, is a busy road and not recommended). After approximately 45 km, you will go down a steep hill towards a T-junction. Turn left, staying on the R40 and follow the directions from Hazyview as above.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria via Scenic Route: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. In Lydenburg/Mashishing, follow the signs to Sabie over the Long Tom Pass (the highest tar road in South Africa). In Sabie, take the R536 to Hazyview. Just before Hazyview you will reach a T-junction. Turn right onto the R40 towards Hazyview and follow the directions from Hazyview as above.


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