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Luilekker, Kruger National Park 1350 South Africa
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#2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid wifi
Free breakfast
Game room
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Luilekker, Kruger National Park 1350 South Africa
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Arathusa Safari Lodge Airport15 kmSee all flights
Londolozi Aerodrome8 kmSee all flights
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CJS wrote a review Aug 2021
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The setting of Umkumbe Safari Lodge in on the Sand River in Sabi Sand Reserve, great for viewing wildlife from your room or any place on the lodge property. We stayed at Umkumbe Lodge two days and three nights; Wild Dog Room. The service provided at the camp was exceptional. We had experienced an issue while enroute from Johannesburg to Nelspruit. Upon learning about our experience, the Umkumbe Lodge employees and owners were very helpful in assisting us; made the rest of our stay in Africa very pleasant. Their acts of kindness and willingness to help in itself is enough to give Umkumbe Lodge high marks. In two days, we saw four of the “Big Five”: lion, rhino, leopard and elephant. We saw a family of elephants cross the Sand River from the patio of our room. We had two games drives each day, morning and evening. Both provided excellent game viewing. The morning game drive started at 6:00am, a little before sunup. The evening game drive started at 4:00pm and ended after dark. A spotlight was used by a tracker after dark to highlight animals, primarily predators. The guides, Shannon and Jade, and trackers, Moses and Joseph, were excellent at spotting animals and providing a vantage point by which to view the animals. The room we stayed in, Wild Dog, was large and well appointed. The bathroom was large with a two-person tub and an enclosed outside shower. The front of the room had a large sliding glass door, with a patio, facing the Sand River. We really enjoyed the room. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were served outdoors (both covered and uncovered spaces were used), largely in a buffet style. The food was good; enjoyed it. Umkumbe Safari Lodge is definitely a place we would stay again.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Choose a room with a view of Sand River
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Michelle Ramlall wrote a review Aug 2021
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We had a family getaway at Umkumbe Lodge and our experience was absolutely amazing and memorable !The accomodation, game drives,the food, and the staff met all our expectations. The catering staff prepared exceptional meals for us that met all our dietary requirements.Our guide Shannon was extremely professional and made our game drive experience very exciting. I will definitely be returning for many more visits and will highly recommend this lodge.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Stephen B wrote a review Jul 2021
Cape Town, South Africa12 contributions
Three nights, fabulous drives and a walk (thanks Shannon and Moses, our excellent guide and tracker), for a family with two teenagers. Whole family very satisfied and happy. We all highly recommend Umkumbe.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Oldestchild59 wrote a review Jul 2021
Fort Worth, Texas13 contributions4 helpful votes
The professionalism and knowledge of the staff here is outstanding. From the moment you walk in you are treated to the best service you could ask for. The guides and drivers for the safari have boundless knowledge about not only the animals, but the trees and other foliage. Only 3 days there and we saw 4 of the “big 5” animals we were hoping to see. Shout out to Jade, who is exceptional in all areas of her job. Also thanks to Shannon, Moses, Joseph and the others who made it memorable. I highly recomend this place.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: The rooms facing the river provide an occasional glimpse of elephants or giraffes walking by.
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Jared wrote a review May 2021
Pretoria, South Africa11 contributions
All I can say is ... WOW. What an amazing experience, from the relaxing clean accommodation with an amazing view, friendly staff, knowledgeable ranger Danie and tracker Moses. Saw the big 5 within 18hours of arrival and the super 7 ( big 5 plus cheetah and wild dog ) over our 3 day stay. Already saving up for the next trip back to Umkumbe safari lodge
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
US$434 - US$623 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Umkumbe Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Umkumbe Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Umkumbe Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Umkumbe Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Umkumbe Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.