The focus at the lodge is of the view of the seasonal Sand River. Almost daily, guests are treated to sightings of various animals grazing in the riverbed. The lodge sleeps a maximum of 20 guests in 11 chalets/rooms.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside has a variety of room configurations that allow families to travel with ease, as well as a small party of three adults, or friends looking for their own rooms but connected via an inter-leading door. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and suitable for guests looking for a well-priced and affordable option in a predator rich private reserve in the Greater Kruger.
Rooms are connected via a walkway to the main areas of the lodge. There is a boma area, bar, lounge and outdoor dining room, as well as gym for the fitness minded. A small outdoor lounge also has a tea and coffee station for guests to help themselves. There is a swimming pool lined with sun loungers, inviting guests to sit back and relax during the hot summer afternoons.
The lodge is unfenced; however, it is safe for children as there is a tripwire that aims to keep elephants and larger animals at bay. General game such as warthog, and a range of antelope and small mammals can come and go as they please, which provides entertaining game viewing from the lodge/bedrooms.
Umkumbe has a total of 11 rooms, both Standard and Superior. There are 8 Superior Suites, each of which sleep two people in either one king size bed or two single beds. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities. Every suite also has two sleeper couches and an en-suite bathroom, which includes a bath and outdoor shower.
The suites also have their own small private deck adorned with sun loungers for relaxation. Two of the suites are inter-leading (Buffalo and Elephant), making it a good option for families or friends travelling together. Buffalo, Elephant and Giraffe suites don't face the river, but instead have bushveld views.
There are 3 Standard Rooms at Umkumbe, two of which are interleading. The Standard Rooms each sleep two people in either one king size bed or two single beds and has an en-suite bathroom with a shower only. Please note that the Superior and Standard rooms are priced differently. The Superior rooms are larger and also have outdoor en-suite showers and private balconies with deck chairs, which the Standard rooms do not.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside is located in the Sabie Game Reserve, considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa, and unfenced from the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside 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.