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Umkhumbi Lodge

Kuleni Game Park, R22, Hluhluwe 3960 South Africa
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#3 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Hluhluwe
Umkhumbi Lodge offers spacious accommodation in beautiful air-conditioned chalets, all privately nestled in the bush inside a private nature reserve: Kuleni Game Park. We have a range of rooms available from Self-catering Family cottages (sleeps 4) to non-self-catering En-suite TWIN rooms , En-suite DOUBLE rooms (King size bed) and FAMILY chalets. Family chalets have 2 en-suite bedrooms. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. Each bathroom has a bath and shower. All rooms are fitted with a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, private veranda and air-conditioning. Our usual package includes a 3-course dinner and full breakfast. A B&B option is also available. Game walks and night walks available on site. 30 mins from Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Canoeing offsite
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Secured parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Full body massage
Neck massage
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
Seating area
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Room types
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu
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Simon Johnson wrote a review Aug 2020
Hilton, South Africa1 contribution
We had a wonderful long weekend at Umkhumbi with our three young kids in the newly developed self catering chalets. Excellent accommodation in a beautiful sand forest setting. We walked and road bikes and enjoyed the amazing bird life and animals. Special birds including Neergards Sunbird and Woodward’s Batis. Missed the Narina Trogon, Green Malkoha and African Broadbill but will definitely return for another stay. Anton and Emma were great hosts and Anton’s reptile exhibition an eye opener and something we will all remember. Kids didn’t want to leave and neither did we!! Couldn’t recommend the place enough.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Emma Roberts, General Manager at Umkhumbi Lodge
Responded 08 Sep 2020
Thanks very much for your lovely review. We are looking forward to your next visit. Emma & Anton
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SteveAntpitta wrote a review Apr 2020
New York City, New York95 contributions85 helpful votes
We had a great stay here. There are a number of trails on the property. I even had a close Nyala from the back deck. In the evening it is also possible to see a Galago (bush baby) at the feeding station outside the dining room. The room we had was comfortable and spacious. The kitchen was accomodating of special diets. The electricity was erratic, as is customary for this region, but they provide electric lanterns in each room. Sounds from the adjoining room might be heard.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Emma Roberts, General Manager at Umkhumbi Lodge
Responded 08 Sep 2020
Glad you had a great stay. Thanks for the review!
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Art H wrote a review Dec 2019
Weaverville, North Carolina425 contributions248 helpful votes
Stayed here for a couple of nights on a recent birding trip. Had a wonderful time. They have several hiking trails on the property and the game reserve that abuts it allows guest to walk (not drive) on their roads and trails. Our host and everyone else was very friendly and helpful. Our room was spacious and had a large deck overlooking the forest. There is a very nice open-air bar/lounge on the second floor of the dining building. It is a pleasant place to have a sundowner while watching the sunset. The dining room served very nice meals and the wait staff were pleasant and fun to talk to
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Date of stay: November 2019
2 Helpful votes
Response from Umkhumbi, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge
Responded 04 Dec 2019
We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you so much for the lovely review.
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MATTNottinghamUK wrote a review Nov 2019
Nottingham UK77 contributions59 helpful votes
We stayed three nights and really enjoyed our time here. Everybody was really friendly and helpful, our room was spacious, clean and well presented. Nothing was too much trouble, especially where food was concerned and one of us is a very picky eater. Many thanks for the changes made to the menu each mealtime! The lodge has many lovely signposted trails which we explored with lots of bird life, red duiker and warthogs. We drove to Hulhluwe and Imfolozi park which is about 30 minutes away but had also booked a game drive through Umkhumbi who arranged for Pete to take us out for six hours. What an amazing day and one we wouldn't have had without their knowledge. Umkhumbi is also only and hour and a half away from St Lucia and the hippos. The only negative about this lodge is how few people were staying. It has a fantastic upstairs bar but there was only one other guest beside ourselves.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Response from Umkhumbi, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge
Responded 04 Nov 2019
What a lovely review - hopefully it will encourage more people to stay with us! Thanks very much, Emma & Anton
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EMMA H wrote a review Sep 2019
Exeter, United Kingdom3 contributions
We have just returned from an amazing 4 night stay at Umkhumbi Lodge where we were made to feel part of the family. Anton and Emma have a beautiful property with several spacious, clean and comfortable lodges, we stayed in a family lodge with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The upstairs bar has the most amazing views and is truly spectacular at sunset. We were able to use Umkhumbi as a base whilst we explored the area, visiting the Hippos in St Lucia, a guided walk around a local village and school, an elephant interaction, a Cheetah rehabilitation centre and a night time walk to find scorpions! The highlight for us was when Harriot took us for a guided walk around their reserve and we saw Nyala, Antelope and Wilderbeast, and we sat with the Giraffes! Harriot also runs a small re-wilding centre from Umkhumbi and whilst we were there a baby red Duiker had been brought in, my daughter was able to help bottle feed her which was just fantastic, an experience she will never forget. Thank you to all for making us feel so welcome and looking after us so well, I highly recommend a stay at Umkhumbi, you wont be disappointed!
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Date of stay: August 2019
US$74 - US$92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalZululandHluhluwe
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Frequently Asked Questions about Umkhumbi Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Umkhumbi Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Ilala Weavers (1.1 km), Zulu Croc Reptile Park (0.00 km), and Zamimpilo Community Market (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Umkhumbi Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Umkhumbi Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Umkhumbi Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Umkhumbi Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Umkhumbi Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fig Tree Cafe & Deli, Local Kitchen And Barrel, and Zulu Croc.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Umkhumbi Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Umkhumbi Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Umkhumbi Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Umkhumbi Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.