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Kruger National Park 7985 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 21/03/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 21/03/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#7 of 16 Speciality lodging in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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Umlani Bushcamp, a rustic yet exclusive lodge, accommodates guests in cozy en-suite reed and thatch rondavels. Early morning and evening game drives are in open four wheel drive vehicles accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers offers exceptional game viewing opportunitys. Umlani makes the whole event personalized and specializes in escorted walks into this unspoiled wilderness. Umlani, meaning Place of Rest, was established in 1990 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess, in the central section of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park. Umlani is the perfect nature lovers choice.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Babysitting
Airport transportation
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Secured parking
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Bottled water
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Family
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Languages Spoken
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Kruger National Park 7985 South Africa
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Johannesburg Intl Airport368 kmSee all flights
Ngala Airfield6 kmSee all flights
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shirley83001 wrote a review 18 Jul
Jackson, Wyoming15 contributions3 helpful votes
The camp is simple yet has everything you need for a unique bush experience. Great food, experienced guides and wonderful staff. We saw every animal you could imagine and felt safe and comfortable. Would certainly visit again.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Responded 6 days ago
Thank you for the review! We find the ethos that"less is more" allows for a truly immersive experience. We're glad the staff made your stay comfy and and that you experienced the plethora of animals the bush has to offer. We hope to see you again soon.
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Compass41608892640 wrote a review 17 Jul
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What a beautiful place this is! When we first arrived at Umlani we didn’t know what to expect. We knew that it would be good, we just couldn’t imagine how great it would turn out to be. The bushcamp is stunning. Our room was very clean and spacious with a beautiful outdoor shower - super cool! The staff are extremely caring and knowledgeable, they really do go the extra mile to make your stay feel very special. Special thanks to the owners, Marco and Marie, who made us feel at home right from the beginning. Their warmth and love for their guests and their bushcamp made this an unforgettable experience. We will be back! 10/10
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Thank you for your review, we are overjoyed to hear that you had such a great experience with us. We're happy the room and staff made you feel at home during your stay. We await eagerly on your return!
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jmchesselet wrote a review 13 Jul
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
Great-hearted hospitality and passion for wildlife is the overall ethos of Umlani. I was welcomed with warmth into this family-run bush camp, with an abundance of healthy, delicious food and comfortably spacious 'traditional' accommodation. Watching the sun rise after an overnight sleepover in the tree house was one of my highlights, with lions roaring in the distance. The game drives were phenomenal. We were extremely blessed with the amount of game sightings, guided with expertise and playfulness. Unforgettable. Thank you!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are so happy you received a warm welcome and hospitality that made you feel like you were home - and that the accommodation and food were an added benefit! The treehouse truly is one of the most magical experiences one can have at Umlani, and we are glad you were able to partake in it. We are so happy you found your experience unforgettable and hope to see you again in the near future.
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Safari59086504897 wrote a review 03 Jul
Cape Town, South Africa2 contributions1 helpful vote
Bring your family, friends and discover for yourself why less is often more on a safari. At Umlani you will find less fuss, less rules, less people - a recipe for true connections with nature, with people and often with yourself. Be sure to spend a nght on the sleepout deck serenaded by the sounds of the wild. Quickly you will find youself part of the family at the camp and the magic grows from there.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: The Eco room is super cool and warm.
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Thank you for the review! We are really glad you had a memorable and intimate experience at Umlani bushcamp and happy you got to experience the immersion of the bush complete with adventure of sleeping in the treehouse. We hope to see you again soon.
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Gabrielle Cochrane wrote a review Jun 2021
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
We thoroughaly enjoyed our stay at Umlani. The staff were incredible and made us feel so welcome and comfortable. Umlani is truly a special place that gives you the experience of really being in the bush and enjoying it, it was such a thrill. Our game driver Elvis and Tracker Efraam were beyond amazing! They were so good at tracking the animals and giving us an unforgettable experience, on the first day we saw a leopard and manged to see the big 5 and more. The special ladies in the kitchen, Susan and Lineth were so amazing and the food was great! Thank you to all the staff who made everything so special for our engagement and keeping it a secret so well. A must is the tree house and bushwalk experience. Thanks again to Marco, Michaela, Andrea, Susan, Lineth, Elvis and Efraam and to all the staff behind the scenes that we didn't meet. We will definitely be back :)
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you so much for your detailed review and a big congratulations on your engagement! We are so happy that you had such a memorable experience and that we were able to provide you with the setting for something that you will truly remember forever. Sounds like your safari experience was made great by the team. We hope to see you again soon!
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PRICE RANGE
US$419 - US$692 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
umlani bushcamp hotel timbavati private nature reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkTimbavati Private Nature Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Umlani Bushcamp
What are some of the property amenities at Umlani Bushcamp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Umlani Bushcamp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Umlani Bushcamp?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Umlani Bushcamp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Umlani Bushcamp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Umlani Bushcamp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Umlani Bushcamp accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.