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Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Shawsgate SabieGameReserve, Sabie Park, Kruger National Park 1242 South Africa
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Resting comfortably under a canopy of indigenous trees in the southern stretches of the Sabi Sand, sits the inimitable and understated Umkumbe Bush Lodge. This luxury tented camp offers all the creature comforts from home, and is the first of its kind in the reserve. The build of the lodge is based on the idea of glamping, but with a luxurious twist. Umkumbe is a beautifully designed bush lodge that offers accommodation in 10 tented style suites, 4 of which are standard, 1 luxury and 5 superior. Each tented suite has its own private deck or verandah and is fully equipped for a comfortable safari retreat. This scenic part of the Sabie Game Reserve has a beautiful mix of environments from winding riverbeds and woodland to open savanna and riverine thickets. This wilderness reserve is home to the big-five as well as a huge diversity of different flora and fauna to discover. There are 2 daily game drives included in a safari stay at Umkumbe Bush Lodge. The morning safari will stop for a scenic coffee pit stop and on afternoon drive, guests can enjoy a classic safari sundowner and snacks.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Game room
Patio
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Electric kettle
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Safe
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Shawsgate SabieGameReserve, Sabie Park, Kruger National Park 1242 South Africa
Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp
Getting there
Arathusa Safari Lodge Airport
Londolozi Aerodrome
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pebid wrote a review Feb 2024
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming25 contributions2 helpful votes
This place was awesome!! I can't say enough good about it. The "tent" rooms were beautiful, the staff were super helpful/friendly, the food was excellent! Some wonderful evening entertainment from local singers! But by far, the most wonderful part was the safari drives and the awesome guides!! I was extremely impressed with how well the guides worked together so several different vehicles could get a turn at good views. Each would take a turn, letting others know where they were so everyone could enjoy the wildlife. After everyone in the vehicle had a chance to watch and get excellent picture, they would back off so someone else could have their turn. Then once everyone had a had turn, especially on night drives, everyone would leave the animals to have some peace. I felt like these guides were SO respectful of the animals. Our guide Peitre was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to converse with about local history as well as the wildlife. We saw amazing wildlife and truly had a most amazing time at this place. My 7th trip to parts of Africa and this was my favorite by far. I can't recommend them highly enough!!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 3 weeks ago
We are so greatful and overjoyed when our guests had a WOW experience! Thats our main aim! Thank you for sharing your experience with others, we really appreciate it a lot! Keep following us on instagram and visit us again soon! Regards Karine Umkumbebushlodge team🐾
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Amanda K wrote a review Sept 2023
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The main lodge and surrounding areas are beautiful. It is peaceful, relaxing, and comfortable. The tents are nicely decorated, clean, spacious, and well equipped with outdoor showers. The twice daily game drives (Leo & Capi) were ahh-mazing as is the once daily bush walk (Leo/Pieter & Calvin). The guides were extremely informative, knowledgeable, and always open to questions. Thanks Leo for bringing us close for the great views and experience. Thank you Calvin for the unexpected discoveries during the bush walks and the laughter. We left knowing a lot more. The staff are dedicated and go out of their way to give you the best experience. All daily meals are varied, simple, delicious and healthy! The atmosphere and setups also allow guests to meet each other during the game drives and especially during dinner. Thank you Sharon, Abby and everyone else whom we didn’t meet for your warm hospitality. We would absolutely recommend Umkumbe Bush Lodge. My family had a most memorable trip and took many awesome pictures. We will always remember you! Thank you!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don’t over focus about taking photos. The guides will provide ++opportunities to do that. Ask...
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Responded 22 Sept 2023
Our main aim is to give our guests a WOW experience and let them leave as family! If we succeed we are pleased!! Thank you for your thorough review, i always pass it on to our team! Keep well and keep following us on instagram! Regards Umkumbebushlodge team🐾
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Jessy Z wrote a review Jan 2024
Skokie, Illinois120 contributions114 helpful votes
I could live in one of these tents! So amazing! I felt spoiled! The food was amazing, everyone was so friendly and we heard hyenas in the middle of the night. The dinner was also a really unique experience. So magical! I would love to come back!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Karine Wilkens, Owner at Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 14 Jan 2024
Thank you for the 5star review, its highly appreciated! Please visit us again, and keep following us on instagram Regards Karine Umkumbebushlodge team🐾
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R F wrote a review Jan 2024
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We spent 4 days at the Umkumbe Bush Lodge (not the River Lodge) with a group of 7. It was a fantastic experience. The pros include - smaller property so not packed with people, the grounds are immaculate and beautiful, the tents are extremely comfortable and very clean. The food was fantastic at every meal - my sister was a vegetarian and they ensured she had plenty of options. All of the staff were exceptional. Abilgail was attentive and provided exception service. Elzaan was our guide and was outstanding. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the animals, the flora, the bugs, the habitats- nothing she couldn't answer. We were educated while having a wonderful time. We saw almost every animal, and enjoyed cocktail hour in the bush savoring the glorious sunsets nightly. This is a gem that I would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: There is down time between the game drives, so if bring a book, or be ready to take a nap if you...
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Responded 10 Jan 2024
When our guests have a WOW experience we are overwhelmed and happy. Thank you for booking with us, we continuously strive to keep everything at the lodge tip top. Please come back soon and keep following us on instagram Regards Karine Umkumbebushlodge🐾
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Jeffay C wrote a review Jan 2024
Pelham, New York8 contributions2 helpful votes
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Our two families with 6 boys ranging from 12 to 21 and 80 year old grandma had an amazing time. Can’t say enough about our safari guides, Pietr and Frikkie. Each game drive brought individual amazing sights, leopards with their cubs eating a meal, elephants wallowing in the mud, lions, lionesses and rhinos lounging around. Each time we were tempted to sleep in from the 4:30am wake up call we were so happy not to. Would highly recommend the safari experience and the service provided to families. Sharon was impeccable. Really loved our short 3 day stay there.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Bring rain gear and would highly recommend Safari pants that can dry quickly.
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Responded 10 Jan 2024
Thank you for the 5star review. We love hosting families and bringing them together. We are extremely delighted that you had such a fantastic time with us!! Kind regards Karine Umkumbebushlodge
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Andrea Hing wrote a review Dec 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa6 contributions1 helpful vote
The Kruger concession provided stunning views and cozy lodging, but our experience at Umkumbe was marred by poor service and a lack of professionalism. Our game driver lacked expertise and familiarity with the local wildlife, resulting in uninspiring game drives. Additionally, the buffet-style food was both limited and poorly executed for a lodge of its caliber. The absence of a manager on-site meant that our concerns, voiced to the receptionist and head game ranger, were met with indifference and no effort to address our dissatisfaction.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 12 Dec 2023
We are truly sorry about how you feel and that your stay wasnt up to standard. Our sincere appologies. Our guests are always very important to us, and generally, actually 99% of the time we get such lovely feedback and 5star reviews, that we are kind of blown away with your reply. But we arent perfect hey, but will strive towards that and use this review to do so. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
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Yuval K wrote a review Dec 2023
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The most amazing experience! We were welcomed by a lovely staff, food was amazing, and tents simply breathtaking! Elzaan, our game ranger, had an eagle eye! She made our trip unforgettable. Umkumbe Bush Lodge is the place to go!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 09 Dec 2023
Thank you for your 5star review, we appreciate it a lot. Our main aim is to create a WOW ecperience and let our guest feel at home and leave with great memories! Keep following us on instagram Regards Karine Umkumbrbushlodge team🐾
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Fritz R wrote a review Dec 2023
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This location is incredible!! The accommodations are fantastic. The safari guides and staff at the bush camp are top notch. The guides work diligently, rain or shine,(we had both), to ensure they do all they can to locate game to maximize the experience. The tent is more like glamping, but being that it's heavy canvas, you can still hear lions off in the distance in the middle of the night roaring back and forth....totally awesome!!!....like something out of a movie. We have nothing but the highest praise for all aspects of the property and staff.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: Be sure to be dialed in on the forecasted weather. It was a bit chilly and rainy while we were...
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Responded 27 Dec 2023
WOW review!! Thank you for your absolute delightful feedback, it means so much to our whole team!! Keep well and visit us soon again please! Regards Karine Umkumbebushlodge team🐾
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Hali K wrote a review Nov 2023
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Amazing stay at the Umkumbe Lodge! Accommodations were luxury tents with super comfy beds and linens. We didn’t take advantage of the pool or spa options, because the game drives were so amazing. We saw the big 5 all in less than 24 hours, as well as a number of other amazing animals. Guides were super knowledgeable about the floral and fauna. We stayed at a variety of accommodations throughout South Africa and this was by far our best experience. Everyone, from the gardeners to the guides, were supremely accommodating. Splendid stay all around
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: Don’t miss a single game drive. The bush walk is an outstanding way to learn about the symbiotic...
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Responded 11 Nov 2023
Thank you for leaving us a 5star review, we appreciate it so much! Keep following us on instagram and come back to us soon! Regards Karine Umkumbebushlodge team🐾
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Patrick wrote a review Sept 2023
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
What we enjoyed the most was definitely the game drives! We had surprises almost every drives. Thanks to our great ranger Leo who tried very hard to chase after all the big cats! Food wise, was okay not fancy. Our tent was nice but it was very hot during the day and the aircon did not really help much.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Karine Wilkens, Owner at Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 13 Sept 2023
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on this platform. Our team always go out of their way to keep our guests happy. We are very proud about what we offer. Please keep following us on instagram Kind regards Umkumbebushlodge team🐾
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PRICE RANGE
R 7,109 - R 11,141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkSabi Sand Game ReserveMala Mala Private Game ReserveSabie Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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What are some of the property amenities at Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, an additional bathroom, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Umkumbe Bush Lodge - Luxury Tented Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.