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Umkumbe offers guests wonderful sightings of the Big Five.


The Sabi Sand is teeming with large predators and is home to the Big Five.

The Big Five:

  • Rhino

  • Leopard

  • Elephant

  • Lion

  • Buffalo

Other predators include, but are not limited to:

  • Cheetah

  • Spotted hyeana

  • Wild dog

  • Honey badger

  • Civet cat

  • Side striped jackal

  • Aardvark

  • Caracal

  • Serval

  • Crocodile



The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve boasts a diverse array of mammals. Below are just a few of the mammals found in the Sabi Sand.

  • Spotted hyena

  • Hippopotamus

  • Giraffe

  • Antelope (kudu, impala, waterbuck, steenbok)

  • African wild cat

  • Baboon

  • Vervet monkey

  • Dwarf mongoose

  • African Civet cat

  • Honey badger

  • Bushbaby

  • Zebra

  • Warthog

  • Tree squirrel

  • Wildebeest


Below are just a few examples of birds to look out for while on a birding safari in the Sabi Sand.

  • Lilac breasted roller

  • Bateleur Eagle

  • Bee Eaters

  • African Fish Eagle

  • White-back Vultures

  • Grey go-away-bird

  • Magpie Shrike

  • Fork-tailed drongo

  • Pearl-spotted owlet

  • Pied kingfishers

  • Lappet-faced vulture

  • Brown snake eagle

  • Southern yellow-billed hornbill

  • Crested francolin

  • African hawk eagle

  • Spotted eagle owl

  • Buffalo weavers

Top Wildlife Moments at Umkumbe

Getaway Magazine at UmkumbeĀ 

Umkumbe was chosen as the location to shoot the cover photo for an issue of Getaway Magazine.

The Southern Lion Pride

The Southern Lion Pride was seen by guests on a recent game drive.

Curious wild dogs pups

Some wild dogs pups have a close look at the Umkumbe game viewer

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