Umkumbe Safari Lodge is owner managed and run; ensuring guests enjoy a personal, rustic and real South African safari experience. The lodge consists of ten chalets/rooms with most overlooking 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.
Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
|Description||1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019|
|Standard Room - per person sharing||R3 240|
|Standard Room - single person per night||R4 210|
|Superior Room (7) - per person sharing||R3 870|
|Superior Room (7) - single person per night||R5 030|
|third adult sharing per night||R2 970|
- About the Camp
- Game Viewing
Umkumbe is located on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The lodge is perfectly positioned to enjoy magnificent views of the river and its wildlife activity. The main deck area is a favourite with as they relax and watch the surrounding bird and animal activity.
The lodge is unfenced, however it is safe for children as there is trip wire which 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.
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.
FEATURES AND FACILITIES
Umkumbe has 10 rooms and can sleep up to 20 guests. Four of the rooms are Superior Suites and suitable for families with children as they have extra sleeper couches. There are also rooms with inter-leading doors. The rooms all have small verandahs with table and chairs enabling. There is a indoor lounge with couches on which to relax, as well as a snooker table. An outdoor sitting area has views of the Sand River and a help yourself tea & coffee station. There are two dining areas, one being the boma and the other an outdoor area under thatch. The bar is fully stocked and guests are encouraged to help themselves via an honesty bar service.
The lodge does have wifi, however it is a paid for service and is available between 07:00 - 16:00. The wifi service can be intermittent due to the location of the lodge.
There is a large deck area with tables and chairs and also a wonderful pool with a view with sun loungers. Further away are more tables and chairs under a shade, and with beautiful views of the riverbed. For the fitness minded, there is a gym.
Standard and Superior accommodation for couples and families on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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 10 chalets/rooms. Most of the rooms have a small verandah with camping chairs, and with views of the Sand River, while others look onto a small plains area with a watering hole.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge has a variety of room set ups, 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 the Sabi Sand. All the rooms are en-suite and airconditioned and have full electricity.
Please note that the Superior and Standard rooms are priced differently. The Superior rooms are larger and also have outdoor en-suite showers which the Standard rooms do not.
Umkumbe has a total of 10 rooms, both Standard and Superior. There are 7 Superior Suites, each of which sleep two people in either one king size bed or two single beds. Every suite also has two sleeper couches and an en suite bathroom, which includes a bath and outdoor shower. Two of the suites are inter-leading (Buffalo and Elephant), making it a good option for families or friends travelling together. Four of the suites overlook the Sand River, while three suites look onto a small plains area with a watering hole.
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. All 3 Standard Rooms face the Sand River, which flows in front of the lodge.
The Sabi Sand is teeming with large predators and is home to the Big Five.
The Big Five:
Other predators include, but are not limited to:
- Spotted hyeana
- Wild dog
- Honey badger
- Civet cat
- Side striped jackal
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
- Antelope (kudu, impala, waterbuck, steenbok)
- African wild cat
- Vervet monkey
- Dwarf mongoose
- African Civet cat
- Honey badger
- Tree squirrel
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
One of the main aims of going on safari is to go on a game drive. On game drives you are able to get a lot closer to big game. The animals are generally habituated to the vehicle. This means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. This enables to you to get within five to 10 metres of the large animals – and safely! All game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 Landrovers. No roof allows you 360 degree views, perfect for wonderful photographic and video opportunities.
Two game drives are offered per day. On the morning drive there is a stop for coffee and on the afternoon drive you will stop for sundowners. After sundowners guests will get to experience a night drive. The night drives allow guests the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. During the night drives, your tracker uses a powerful spotlight to search for nocturnal animals. You can see a wide variety of animals not normally seen during the day, including leopards, hyenas, serval, porcupines, bush babies, genet cats and nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars.
For the more energetic, each day after breakfast there is the option of a morning bush walk. The walk is an opportunity to experience the bushveld at close quarters. All walking safaris are led by qualified rangers. They will explain the animal tracks and what animals passed through during the night, in addition to the sophistication of termite mounds and other interesting facets of the bush that go unnoticed on game drives. The chance to walk amongst wildlife allows you to fully immerse yourself in African smells and sounds.
A typical day on safari at Umkumbe Safari Lodge:
Expert rangers will ensure that your safari experience is truly memorable. Each day begins with an early morning safari game drive. In the late afternoon guests head out on another game drive and return after dark, offering guests exhilarating night game drives as well! Optional bush walks are offered every day after breakfast/brunch.
- 05h30 Wake-up call
- 06h00 Coffee and a light breakfast
- 06h30 Depart on morning game drive
- 09h00 to 10h00 Return to lodge
- 10h30 Breakfast/Brunch
- 11h00 Optional bushwalk
- 14h00 Tea and a light lunch
- 16h00 Depart on afternoon game drive and night drive
- 19h00 to 20h00 Return to camp and drinks at the bar
Please note that Day Trip guests are also accepted at Umkumbe Safari Lodge. The Day Trip guests do not join the Lodge guests, however they do have a meal afterwards in the Boma.
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 airports which are Skukuza and 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. A road transfer from Skukuza to Umkumbe takes approximately 1-1.5 hours and please bear in mind the Kruger National Park fees due when landing in Skukuza.
- Children 12 and over pay the full adult rate.
- Children under 12 pay 50% of the adult rate.
- Children aged 5 and over are welcome.
- All meals, game drives & bush walks, teas & coffees
- Rates exclude drinks, all Conservation levies (please see details below), all items of a personal nature, any item not described above.
- Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution:(2018) R57 (2019) R69 per person per night (will be added to your invoice and this contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and surrounding areas.)
- Sabi Sand Shaws Gate levy: R120 per person (payable direct at Shaws in cash or credit card. Visa or Master Card
- Sabi Sand Shaws Gate vehicle levy: R280 per vehicle if self driving (payable direct at Shaws in cash or credit card. Visa or MasterCard)
- We reserve the right to review rates in August 2018.
- Rates are quoted in South African Rands.
- Rates are quoted per person sharing per night.
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
- Rates include government taxes where applicable.
If taxes increase, we reserve the right to increase the rate accordingly
CHECK IN AND OUT TIMES
- Check in time is 2pm and check out time is 11am.