Umkumbe Safari lodge
FROM ZAR3 500
price per person sharing
Due to the position and openness of Umkumbe Safari lodge, there are excellent game viewing opportunities for small mammals, various types of antelope and much more throughout the day. Umkumbe is a well-run and comfortably luxurious game lodge that strives to fulfil their guests’ desires of an unprecedented wildlife experience. The perfect location of this lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve allows guests to participate in exciting game drives to see an amazing array of wild animals. This includes the magnificent Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), wild dog, cheetah and hundreds more. The name Big Five comes from hunters of the past who claimed these animals were the most dangerous to hunt. Today they are perhaps the most famous animals in the world, and the most sought after for viewing by tourists. Umkumbe is very good at offering safari drives that include the Big Five and plenty of additional animals that you often do not even expect to see.
To maintain privacy and intimacy, the lodge has 25 suites in total including 2 Luxury Villas and the Mandleve Suite.
Two spacious Luxury Villas feature a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, second en-suite bedroom, a private pool, library lounge and beautiful patio facing a waterhole. The suites are air-conditioned and feature sumptuous linen and classic leather and wood furnishings. The Mandleve Presidential Suite features a private plunge pool and luxurious interiors with endless views of the bushveld. The suite is air-conditioned and has all the conveniences of a presidential suite with king-size bed, spacious bathroom and lounge, as well as mini bar, tea & coffee facilities, Nespresso machine and comes with a private safari vehicle.
The beautiful accommodation offered at Umkumbe Safari Lodge consists of ten chalets with different designs to ensure the needs of all visitors are met. Families can feel rest assured that there is plenty of space for them, and small groups of friends will enjoy the fact that they can have their own rooms but are still connected with one another via an inter-leading door. Umkumbe has thought of every possible scenario and has catered accordingly.
Here is what a typical day at Umkumbe Safari Lodge entails, with the main excitement being the adventurous safari drives in the early mornings and late afternoons. The night drives are particularly exhilarating as you will experience part of the excursion in the darkness and may come across all sorts of interesting nocturnal animals. During the later evening is also the time when many predators are on the prowl. Optional bushwalks are available as well for all who would enjoy a quieter and closer look at nature.
When you go on safari at Umkumbe you can expect fantastic wildlife experiences and game drives that are exciting from start to finish, and filled with plenty of opportunities to take some magnificent photographs and videos. These will be an integral part of the wonderful memories that you take home after your trip. If you would like to include an extra activity in your day you can arrange to go on a bush walk with one of the rangers. The walks begin after the morning game drives and after breakfast and will be conducted according to your preferences and fitness level.
Day trip guests are also welcome at Umkumbe, and will enjoy a meal in the lovely boma of the lodge after the game drive.
South Africa’s weather in general is moderate throughout the year, but the warmer summer months are from October to March and the cooler winter months are from May to September. More rain is usually expected in summer, and this causes the scenery to be lovely and green, the bushveld to be thicker and the waterholes and rivers to be full. Summer is a lovely time to visit the lodge as you can make full use of the swimming pool, enjoy longer and warmer days and perhaps capture some of the summer migrant birds that flock to the area. The thicker bush, however, does sometimes make game viewing a bit more difficult, which is why winter is often recommended as the better time to come visit for game spotting.
If you prefer to be cooler then the winter months will definitely be better for you. Since there is less rain, the bushveld is dry and not as dense, making it easier to spot wildlife. The animals are also attracted to the few remaining water sources, and may therefore be easier to find. Winter is a superb time of year for exceptional game photographs and awe-inspiring sunsets.
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