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.
Some wonderful recent feedback! "I stayed two nights in this Lodge and had two Game Drives a day. One early in the morning and the other late afternoon. The guide was very experienced and informed us in detail about the animals we came accross, from dungbeetle to elephant! Very pleasant and relaxed drives during which I saw (amongst other animals) rhino's and wild dogs. The Lodge is situated along the Sand River where elephants can be seen crossing the river and pass the Lodge at close distance. The meals were excellent and the room spacious and clean. There is also a gym with good fitness equipment. Hope to be back next year. "
Arriving from leave I herd about the 16 day leopard drought, I felt sorry for my fellow rangers, a bit of a challenge lay ahead of me to help relieve them from this torture. For those of you who know me, you should know that I'm a little bit of an addict.... addiction to leopards started at a young age and today I'm living my dream! Being able to watch these stunning animals is a true privilege and honor. These 2 leopards are definitely my personal favorite characters out here in the Sabi Sands. I present to you Nottens and her little boy... - Cameron
The Week in Pictures this week, featuring some of photographer Mariana de Klerk's moments at Umkumbe. http://www.sundestinations.co.za/week-in-pictures-one-little-lion-cub-and-scenes-of-safari/ #weekinpictures
The weekly update in the form of photographs. Take a look at some of the incredible sightings at Umkumbe this week, courtesy of Angele Rouillard, as well as a round-up of some Botswana safari beauty. #weekinpictures http://www.sundestinations.co.za/week-in-pictures-unexpected-elephants-and-more-safari-gold/