• Umlani Bushcamp

Umlani Bushcamp | Timbavati

Umlani Bushcamp is a highly recommended, classic African safari camp located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. See the real Africa at Umlani Bushcamp, enjoy the ultimate experience of true wilderness and seclusion in a camp that accommodates just 16 guests, in traditional African reed and thatch huts. Umlani Bushcamp offers an exciting, safe experience in Big Five territory. View lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, in more than 10 000 hectares (24 000 acres) of traversing area.

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Wake-up call 5am in summer & 5:30am in winter.

Coffee, tea and muffins or pancakes in the bar in summer and in the boma in winter.

Bush walk and/or game drive departs at 5:30am in summer & 6am in winter.

Return to camp for breakfast at approximately 9:00am in summer & 9:30am in winter.

Relax through the midday hours around the pool, in hammocks, in the bar, or at the tree house overlooking Marco’s dam.

Light lunch in the bar at 1:30pm

Game drive departs at 4pm in summer & 3:30pm in winter.

Sundowners in the bush while on game drive.

Return to camp for dinner.

While this programme serves as a general routine, it is flexible.

Mealtimes can sometimes vary when weather or extraordinary sightings on game drives merit this.

Umlani is renowned for their outstanding Shangaan rangers and trackers, who will not only find you the game, but will also introduce you to the wealth of flora, fauna, bird life and cultural heritage of the region.

You will be taken out on two game drives per day, in open top Land Rovers. The morning game drive will leave at dawn and the night drive will leave in the late afternoon. There is always a ranger on stand-by for an optional morning bush walk.

During the day you can go on short walks with the ranger after breakfast, or lounge in the double hammocks around the swimming pool sipping your favourite drink. Alternatively, laze away the day in our spacious bush bar and deck overlooking the riverbed and watering hole. For exclusive tranquility there is a tree house about 2.5 km from the camp overlooking a dam, where we can leave you for an hour or two with blankets and big comfortable pillows as well as a cooler box with drinks.

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 candlelit dining room, or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.

Facilities and Attractions at the property

  • Swimming pool,
  • nearby tree house for game and bird watching.
  • Tree house sleep-outs,
  • bar/deck overlooking a waterhole.
  • Bush walks, night drives, game drives in open Land Rovers.
  • No electricity in most rooms but solar power stations are provided in curio shop to charge camera batteries etc. The camp is an ideal nature lovers choice

Nearby Facilities and Attractions

  • Blyde River Canyon, 3 Rondawels, Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Horse Riding, Hot Air Ballooning, Elephant Back Safaris, Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Hoedspruit Endangered
  • Species Centre and Nyani Village Tour and Cultural Show

Dining Facilities

  • Umlani is full board and special requirements can be arranged with management. Special dining requirements can be arranged for children. Breakfast is served after the morning game drive from 9am.
  • Lunch is served from 13h30 and dinner is served after the evening game drive from 19h30

Child Facilities

  • Children of all ages are welcome. Children are allowed on game drives as long as they are accompanied by parents. Baby-sitting facilities and baby cots can be arranged if prior notice is given.
  • Supervision at the swimming pool must be pre-arranged as there is no fencing around the swimming pool. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to go on a bush walk due to safety reasons.

Disabled Facilities

  • Umlani has a wheelchair friendly unit, staff can assist movement throughout the remainder of the camp

Umlani Bushcamp in Timbavati offers guests superior accommodation in the form of traditional African reed and thatch huts that 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. The hut is comfortably fitted with white mosquito nets, crisp white linen and towels as well as with standard bathroom amenities, bottled water (although the tap water is perfectly safe to drink) and insect repellent. The Umlani 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 candlelight and oil lamps, providing a warm and romantic atmosphere.

The bushcamp accommodates guests in four double huts and four family units that sleep four people, and one hut that sleeps three people. This allows us to be flexible with friends and families that would like to share accommodation.


Maximum or 16 full paying guest Guide and Drive accommodation available

  • 2 x Double African Reed and Thatch Rondawels
  • 3 x Family (1 double x 2 single beds) African Reed and Thatch Rondawels
  • 1 x Triple (1 double x 1 single bed) African Reed and Thatch Rondawel
  • *each with own private en-suite facilities and open air shower (no bath)
  • 2 x Double Eco Huts, built to enhance thermal storage qualities. It is lovely and warm inside when cold outside and much cooler when hot outside. Also with own private en-suite facilities and open air shower (no bath)

Rates Include

  • Accommodation, 3 meals, 2 game drives, optional bush walk, all local brand drinks and 14% VAT

Rates Excludes  

  • Vehicle permit - Payable at the Timbavati Gate, per vehicle (2017) R 150.00 (from Nov 2017) R165
  • Guide Accommodation per day (2017) R 770.00 (from Nov 2017)  R1095.00
  • Conservation levy - Payable at Umlani Bushcamp, per person R 200.00  (from Nov 2017) R328 pp/per night
  • Private vehicle per day (T&C's Apply) R 2,800.00 

Road Transfers & Flights

  • Hoedspruit Airport to Umlani - R 308.00 pp one way
  • Johannesburg to Umlani via panoramic route or direct route can be arranged, ask for quotation.
  • Flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town can be arranged. Please contact us should you require any additional information.


  • 50% deposit required to confirm the booking and full pre-payment required 1 month prior to arrival (unless otherwise arranged)
  • NB: All transactions are quoted and payable in ZAR

Cancellation Policy

  • A 50% cancellation fee on total booking cancelled within 56 days of arrival.
  • Full payment on confirmed bookings cancelled within 28 days of arrival or not arriving without prior arrangement.
  • NB: Differences in exchange rate upon cancellation are for your own account.

Please Note

  • Umlani Bushcamp recommend Malaria prophylaxis be taken for health reasons.
  • Rates subject to change without prior notice.


  • 20% for straight referral.
  • 25% for Agent or Operator who includes Umlani by name on their website or printed brochure.
  • 30% for Agent or Operator that puts Umlani by name on their website or printed brochure and sends four or more confirmed bookings per Annum (to be reviewed yearly).

T&C’s for complimentary shuttle:

3 Night Special: Complimentary shuttle, please take note this has specific departure times from Hoedspruit and OR Tambo Airport. If departure time does not fit itinerary please arrange a private transfer for your client’s account.

  •  Hoedspruit has a possible waiting period of up to an hour.  Conditions:

Nearest International Airport

OR TAMBO – Johannesburg International Airport Eastgate Airport/Hoedspruit Airport, this airport is service by SA Express, 6 direct flights per week from Cape Town, 2.5 hour flight time and 2 flights per day from Johannesburg OR Tambo, 1 hour flight time
Only 30km/40 min travel to Umlani.

Can be arranged from OR Tambo * Hoedspruit * Phalaborwa or KMIA Airport

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