Umkumbe Bush Lodge

Discover the Diverse Wildlife of Sabi Sand Game Reserve


Nestled beneath the lush canopy of indigenous trees in the southern region of the Sabi Sand, Umkumbe Bush Lodge offers an authentic and unparalleled safari experience. This luxury tented camp combines the comforts of home with the wonders of the African wilderness. The lodge is an oasis of tranquility, situated along a meandering drainage line leading to the seasonal Sand River, surrounded by diverse habitats, including thickets, open savanna, and pristine forests.

Guests at Umkumbe can relish the treehouse atmosphere of the main lodge, which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The lodge features a modern bar area, a cosy loft, a coffee station, and a restaurant where you can enjoy breakfast and lunch. The sparkling pool and deck area create a perfect spot to unwind amidst the enchanting sounds of the African bush. Located in a prime wildlife-rich area, Umkumbe offers exceptional game drives that take place on the same traverse as Umkumbe Safari Lodge.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • En-Suite
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Safe
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

What to Expect

Umkumbe Bush Lodge can host up to 24 guests in its well-appointed tented style suites. These suites include 4 standard, 1 luxury, and 5 superior options. Each suite is thoughtfully designed with a private deck or verandah, offering a perfect setting to connect with nature. The spacious suites are fully equipped to ensure a comfortable and memorable safari experience, featuring amenities such as bathtubs, his and hers sinks, and outdoor showers. In addition, the rooms can accommodate up to two children, making it an excellent choice for families.

For guests’ convenience, the suites include facilities such as a tea and coffee station, standing fan, air conditioning, hand luggage stand, hairdryer, mosquito net, safe, premium bathroom amenities, and adjustable twin/double bed configurations. These thoughtful touches ensure a delightful stay. Moreover, each suite offers a private seating area on a raised wooden deck, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.

Umkumbe Bush Lodge


Superior Tented Suites

Our Superior Tented Suites are totally secluded with a King bed, sleeper couch & an option for another single bed for children. They also boast a bathtub, his/hers sinks, and an outdoor shower. The Superior Tents can accommodate up to two adults and three children.

Leadwood Luxury Tent

The luxury Leadwood suite is totally secluded and has it’s own private view of the drainage line below. It also boasts a bathtub, his/hers sinks and an outdoor shower. It is also the only room which can accommodate up to two children.

Suite facilities include a tea/coffee station, standing fan, air con, hand luggage stand, hair dryer, mosquito net, safe, bathroom amenities, changeable twin / double bed configurations and a private seating area on a raised wooden deck.

Standard Tents

Named after different indigenous trees found in the region, the stylish and spacious standard tented suites are all positioned on private raised wooden decks nestled in nature.

Suite facilities include a tea/ coffee station, standing fan, air conditioning, hand luggage stand, hair dryer, mosquito net, safe, bathroom amenities, changeable twin/ double bed configurations and a private seating area on a raised wooden deck.

Superior Honeymoon Tent

Our Superior Honeymoon Tent has a King bed and sleeps a maximum of 2 people. The suite has an expansive outdoor deck with seating and a plunge pool. Included are his & hers outdoor showers and a large indoor bathtub.

On Safari In The Sabie

Your guide imparts their extensive knowledge of the wilderness, covering topics from the intricate life cycles of dung beetles to captivating facts about the Big Five. Skilful trackers collaborate with the guide to locate diverse wildlife, from majestic big cats to lively buffalo herds.

Two daily game drives are perfectly timed to capture the bushveld’s vibrant activity. The morning safari begins at sunrise, including a brief coffee break at a scenic spot. In the afternoon, the drive sets off as the day cools, leaving ample time to spot wildlife in the iconic golden hour light.

Savour the sunset during an authentic African sundowner stop with your choice of classic G&T, crisp Savanna, or fine South African wine from the Umkumbe bar. The afternoon drive extends into the early night, aided by a spotlight that reveals the nocturnal wildlife coming to life.

Game drive timings may vary with seasons, and animal activity near the lodge may prompt spontaneous safaris. All game drives utilise open 4×4 Land Cruisers, designed for optimal game-viewing across varied terrain.

The Umkumbe Dining Experience

The Umkumbe cuisine consists of South African styled, simplistic yet delicious dishes which aim to showcase the best of local and seasonal produce. 

Breakfast & Lunch will be served alfresco at the main lodge on private tables and the evening Dinner will be hosted in the boma area around a central roaring fire.


  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Secure Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Communal Dining
  • Internet Access
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Our Client Reviews

  • Tim Taylor

    It was our 50th wedding anniversary & we took our whole family, our children, their spouses & our grandchildren, 20 strong, on safari at Umkumbe Bush Lodge, Sabi Sands & then for 5 days in the Western Cape. In the Cape we stayed at Lyonesse House in Constantia, a fabulous property for a big group. It was all arranged by Denise of East Cape Tours. Everything went very smoothly & everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks Denise!

  • Tony King
    United States

    Stephanie has been the best agent I have worked with in Southern Africa. I bring groups from USA to South Africa and Zimbabwe and she has helped me tremendously.

  • Helen Blair
    United Kingdom

    Cearl Marney was an incredible agent, going above and beyond to arrange our stay at Amakhala Game Reserve. Not only were the arrangements flawless but Cearl also organised a nurse to come to our apartment to conduct PCR tests for the flight home. We would certainly recommend East Cape Tours (and Cearl in particular!) for any holiday bookings! We will be using them again next year Easter for sure!

  • Grace Tillemans
    United States

    For our first safari in Africa we decided to go to Sabi Sands private game reserve which was incredible. The whole process went seamlessly thanks to our amazing agent Valencia Sifo.