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Swadini Road Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit 1380 South Africa
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Tucked away in the heart of the Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's most glorious scenic destinations, umVangati House is sure to restore your sense of peace from the moment you check in. Nature is showing off her beauty here and silence is abundant. Understated elegance greets visitors to umVangati House, where a warm friendly welcome sets the ambiance. This intimate owner-run retreat offers friendly service, privacy and exclusivity. Whether it's for a special occasion like a honeymoon or anniversary, or if only to escape for a weekend, umVangati House immediately cuts you off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is the ideal haven for those seeking to slow down, de-stress and repose. Wake up each day to take in the iconic views of the Mountain, before taking your pick form a host of things to see, do and experience. Or simply escape to feel the soft breeze on your face, soak up the Mountain air and unwind at umVangati House. Wooden walkways lead to the three separate and spacious air-conditioned Mountain View Suites, positioned for privacy and dramatic Mountain views. At dusk, a sun downer can be enjoyed on your private deck while being entranced by the ever changing colors of the sky and mood of the Magnificent Mountain as the sun slips into the time slot of tomorrow. Two Luxury Guest rooms are situated next to each other at the main house with private entrances, air-conditioning and views of the lush bush. The rooms and suites have been designed to embody the mountain and the decor echoes the simple tranquility only nature can offer. A scrumptious breakfast is served at the Main house on the patio where you can feast on both the food and the breathtaking view. UmVangati House's impressive walk-in domed wine cellar, is available for romantic private dinners on request. When time comes for you to leave umVangati House you will feel a special connection with nature, rested and invigorated, ready to take on life again in this busy world of ours.
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beniwood wrote a review Jul 2022
Cape Town, South Africa29 contributions12 helpful votes
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Umvangati House is an amazing guest house in the mountains at the edge of the Blyde River Canyon park. It is also part of a wild game reserve, and we were often able to see zebra, waterbuck, warthogs, and baboons visiting the watering hole across the little canyon and visible from the house and the guest cottages. The house is a labor of love for the owners Giel and Lydia. Giel designed and built the house himself, using concrete mixed on site and wood from surrounding areas. He maintains an excellent wine cellar, and will share with you his love of the area. Lydia cooks delicious meals which are served outside when the weather permits. Our time there was relaxing and one night we had the place to ourselves. The quiet was punctuated only by the whooping of a distant hyena.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Go for the Mountain View Cabins, you won't regret it.
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Elmarie D wrote a review Jul 2022
Pretoria, South Africa4 contributions
We are in ecstasy over our experience at umVangati Hoedspruit. Surrounded by a majestic mountain range adorned in different colors, childishly excited about the animals at the watering hole and carried along by the luxurious opulent accommodation. The best is the hospitality and involvement of the host and hostess. And the food ... indescribably tasty and neatly presented. Thank you. Our stay was unbeatable.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: All the chalets have a view on the waterhole.
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Guests, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate every word and are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back soon! Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff.
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Katie H wrote a review May 2022
36 contributions9 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed here as part of a very delayed honeymoon. Our stay was delayed more times than I can count but I knew it would be worth the wait...In April we finally made it to Umvangati House for 3 nights and it honestly took all our might to force ourselves to leave at the end! It was just out of the world. Lidia and Giel were so kind and welcoming to us, offering lots of suggestions of great hikes in the area and things to do. The food was absolutely outstanding and the service, attentive and homely. The house is absolutely beautiful and the views were really breathtaking - better than the pictures! We loved Kira the caracal and Trix the dog, they provided constant amusement for us. The sightings of wildlife from the room and lodge at the waterhole was a nice surprise - we saw so much! Buffalo, kudu, baboons, zebras... The wine cellar is an even better surprise - especially for us who love our wine - it blew us away with a special evening spent dining in the cellar with amazing food.. So much to say about this place... Not many people know about it, but once you go you don't forget.. We will be back!!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 14 Jun 2022
Dear Katie, Thank you for postponing your reservation so many times! It was a huge pleasure to have you here. Thank you for this great review ! Hoping to see you back soon! Best wishes Giel, Lidia and Staff
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Danielle T wrote a review Feb 2022
Gosport, United Kingdom70 contributions32 helpful votes
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What an amazing place ! The house and rooms are fantastic and the views are the best I’ve ever seen. The family who own the property are so friendly, attentive and make the stay more special. The food is delicious we couldn’t fault anything in the menu. We will be returning and highly recommend this accommodation.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Fantastic stop if you are exploring locally but also great to relax and enjoy the surroundings
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 14 Jun 2022
Dear Danielle, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We appreciate every word, and we are waiting in anticipation for your return! Best wishes Giel, Lidia and Staff
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Rudi790 wrote a review Feb 2022
Cologne, Germany5 contributions1 helpful vote
An incredibly beautiful piece of earth. We were there on business for several weeks and were able to enjoy the UmVangati with all its facets. nothing is missing. The incredibly delicious food deserves a special mention. Like a star restaurant, only much nicer! Many thanks to the innkeepers Lidia & Giel! You have sweetened our everyday work in this oasis!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 26 Feb 2022
Dear Rudi, It was just a pleasure to be your home-base while you were working extremely long hours on your recent business trip. Thank you for your kind words and compliments! We really appreciate this review. Best regards Till we meet again, Giel, Lidia and Staff
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wvlooy wrote a review Nov 2021
Grobbendonk, Belgium1 contribution
We were very impressed how the owners combined & managed the integration of the "bush/nature" with a luxury & open "living experience". The benefits of the wildlife without the negative feeling or risks being chased by bugs or other annoying creatures.... And that in combination of a superb kitchen lead by Lydia & Hill. Thank you, we enjoyed the days in umVangati House as one of the highlights of our tour.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 10 Dec 2021
Dear Guests, Thank you for the way you describe what we offer - " integration of bush/nature living experience" When we planned the house, we wanted to be in nature, even when inside, a constant reminder of the presence of the Mountain, the Bush and Nature. We are glad we could share it with you. We trust you will come back for more! Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff Thank you
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cwiebo851637 wrote a review Nov 2021
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The lodge and its separate villas for the guests are amazing. We liked the high-grade wooden interior and handmade timber furniture of its best. Lidias cooking is extraordinary and we felt so welcome! Next time we will definitely stay longer.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 03 Nov 2021
Dear Guests, Thank you for this great review and appreciation of our small little guesthouse. We agree, you need more time here to see Nature showing off her beauty, her magic and her moods. It will be a great pleasure to welcome you back. Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff
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The Audleys wrote a review Oct 2021
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This accommodation took our breath away. We were mesmorised from the moment we arrived until we had to leave. Everything was absolutely perfect. Location, views, food, hosts, rooms, everything. Highly recommend. If you get the chance to dine in their wine cellar, you're in for a treat. Our honeymoon was made so much more special by finding this gem. Thank you for allowing us this amazing opportunity to experience such a luxury. Would love to revisit in the future.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 03 Nov 2021
Dear Guests, Thank you for choosing umVangati House for your honeymoon celebration. We are delighted to hear that you had such a great time here - may the memories be with you forever. It will be a pleasure to welcome you back! Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff.
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SARAH H wrote a review Oct 2021
Atlanta, Georgia19 contributions19 helpful votes
My husband and I had a remarkable two nights with Lidia and Giel in what is truly a 5 star experience! Friends joined us for a night as well and we had a lovely dinner in the wine cellar which was outstanding! The suites are spacious and gorgeously designed. The detail around the care of your stay is without equal. They've done an incredible job of creating an oasis that is aesthetically stimulating in a location of stunning beauty that leaves you feeling as if you're the only people in the world. The food and wine are excellent and we would absolutely recommend this and would quickly stay again. It's rare to find such a concept so expertly executed! Thanks to Lidia and Giel for their vision!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: The suites are positively worth it!
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 26 Oct 2021
Dear Serah H. THANK YOU for this great review! It inspires us ! It also makes us counting our blessings once again: our most beautiful setting, our faithful staff and guests like you ! Thank you for your appreciation and presence in our home - it was a delight to serve you. Till we meet again! Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff.
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Jill wrote a review Oct 2021
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This place is INCREDIBLE. The hosts are the nicest people. The views are even nicer than the photos make it look, and the same with the actual place There's a huge open area in the main house and two decks. Then the rooms also have incredible views. We had dinner each night and breakfast each day and all the meals were great and very filling! Would highly recommend coming out here and seeing Blyde River Canyon and enjoying this incredible home.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Any of the suites are amazing!
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 26 Oct 2021
Dear Guests, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate every word and are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back soon! Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff.
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US$357 - US$388 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceHoedspruit
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Frequently Asked Questions about umVangati House
Which popular attractions are close to umVangati House?
Nearby attractions include Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (4.7 km), Kingfisher Gallery (6.0 km), and Godding & Godding (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at umVangati House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at umVangati House?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at umVangati House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at umVangati House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at umVangati House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at umVangati House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does umVangati House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.