Umkumbe Safari Lodge is owner managed and run; ensuring guests enjoy a personal, rustic and real South African safari experience. The lodge consists of seven chalets/rooms with most overlook the Sand River. Guests regularly see elephants, hippos, buffalo and antelope grazing in the river bed. Additional facilities include a swimming pool, lounge, bar and dining area and the traditional boma, where guests will be served delicious and hearty South African meals.
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. The phrase “Big Five” was coined by hunters of yesteryear – before the advent of the photographic safari – and refers to the animals considered the most dangerous to hunt.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa. Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is perfectly situated in one of the best Big Five game viewing destinations in Africa.
The lodge is easily accessible via either a self drive from Johannesburg, or by flying into the closest airport which is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit. The self drive takes 6 hours from Johannesburg on good, safe roads. The flight takes approximately 1 hour. Road transfers from KMIA to Umkumbe can be arranged and take approximately 2 hours.
Its been cat-manic over the last two drives. Last night we managed to find a new unidentified female leopard with a nasty gash on her side. This morning we woke up to two male lions lying in-front of the lodge on the riverbanks. Just as everyone was making their way back to camp for breakfast, with the help of some vultures we managed to locate this beauty. Male cheetah... Enjoy.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge will be represented by Sun Destinations at the World Travel Market in London on the 3rd and 4th November. To all our agents in the UK & Europe, please email email@example.com if you would like to learn more about our Kruger Camps.
The week in pictures! Angele and Cam added superb photos to the list this week. Take a look: http://www.sundestinations.co.za/week-in-pictures-all-the-cats-the-dogs-and-rhinos-in-perfect-light/ #weekinpictures
Something a little different for Sunday.... Having chased the Vervet monkeys away from our coffee station for the hundredth time, I was unaware I had inadvertently separated a mother from its newborn. I had now placed myself in a difficult situation. As ethical guides, we have a NO interference policy when it comes to aiding wildlife. This becomes even more precarious when you are the cause of the problem. After a few hours with no signs of the mother, I put on my work gloves, and relocated the newborn away from the coffee station & curious onlookers, to a more secluded but shaded area. Ten hours later, the troupe of monkeys re-emerged from the thicket to forage near the lodge. They eventually came across the distressed newborn. This resilient little Vervet was reunited with its mother who began to coddle and nurse it. The will to survive was too strong and am happy to report, this story has a "so far", happy ending. - Angele