Umlani Bushcamp

Safari Lodge

Timbavati Game Reserve

Umlani Bushcamp

Timbavati Game Reserve

Umlani Bushcamp is a classic African safari camp located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The camp offers an authentic wildlife experience in Big 5 territory. View lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as over 40 other mammal species and 350 bird species.

Experience the thrill of game drives in open Land Rovers, guided bush walks, and tracking game on foot with highly experienced rangers and trackers. You are guaranteed an adventure of a lifetime in one of Africa's world-renowned unspoilt wilderness reserves.  Inbetween game drives and bush walks, you can lounge in the double hammocks around the swimming pool sipping your favourite drink. Alternatively, laze away the day in the spacious bush bar and deck overlooking the riverbed and watering hole.

In the evening you will be treated to pre-dinner drinks in the traditional boma around the fire, followed by one of Umlani's award winning meals in the candle lit dining room, or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.

For exclusive tranquillity there is a tree house about 2.5 km from the camp overlooking a dam, where the lodge can leave you for an hour or 2 with blankets and big comfortable pillows as well as a cooler box with drinks. 

Umlani's traditional African reed and thatch huts will not only provide you with all the comforts you need, but will also provide you with an authentic experience of local tribal (Shangaan) architecture and style, which blends in naturally with the environment.  Each hut has en-suite facilities including an open-air bush shower fuelled by wood fires.  Umlani's philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity, so each hut and the entire camp is lit by candle light and oil lamps, providing a warm and romantic atmosphere.



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Our standard rates for a Thatched Hut
DatesPriceBasisRate NameNights
1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014 GBP £ 170 US$ 274 ZAR 2,940 EUR 213 ppsStandard Rate1+ nights
1 March 2014 to 31 October 2014 GBP £ 160 US$ 258 ZAR 2,765 EUR 200 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.

3 meals, 2 private game drives, optional bush walk and all local brand drinks are included. IN ADDITION: There is a one-off Conservation fee of R180 per person, payable directly to the lodge when you arrive. PLEASE NOTE: For self-drive visitors, there is also a one-off cash vehicle entrance fee of R140 per vehicle payable at the main Control Gate. 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.


From Hazyview: Follow the R40 towards Klaserie. Continue through Klaserie, and about 6 km before you reach Hoedspruit itself, turn right at the signboard towards Eastgate Airport/Thornybush Reserve/Timbavati Reserve (Argyle Road).

Go past the airport, and continue along this road until you reach the main control gate. There is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R120 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the gate.

Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow about 30-40 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 Eastgate/Hoedspruit Airport: Turn left and proceed along this road until you reach the main control gate. There is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R120 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the gate.

Once inside the gate, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow about 30-40 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.

From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park, and continue along the R531. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and follow the directions from Hazyview as above.

From Johannesburg/Pretoria: 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.

Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you see the turning off to the left for Eastgate Airport. Turn left here and follow the directions from the airport as above.

Umlani Bushcamp Map

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