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Umkumbe Safari Lodge

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Luilekker Farm | Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived in time for a late lunch and watched elephants meandering past us before we had finished the main course! The day got better as we found a leopard eating a waterbuck on the first drive, with 4 of the Big 5 in the first 2 hours. Day 2 was better with leopard and cub in a tree with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to Umkumbe twice before. The last time almost three years ago. I loved this place from the start. It's not like the rest of the Sabi Sand, with their big lodges and fancy rooms, attracting big shot lawyers and doctors instead of true eco-tourists. It's a small and intimate place, and owner-run. Having said that; back then, some... More 

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Umina Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

If you want the best safari experience in Sabi Sands then stay at Umkumbe Safari Lodge. So glad my husband & I did for 4 nights because it was the best experience of our lives.We saw the big 5 in less than 24 hours it was so exciting.Bouncing around in a very comfy jeep with a fantastic guide/driver Lezel who... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

my family of four spent three nights there. No complains over all. the most exciting experience was having Lezel as our guide. She cares and trys and wants guests to have the best time possible there. Virtually nothing could stop her from getting us the sightings of the big five. We did see all five :-) Good job Lezel!! Thank... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We stayed at Umkumbe over the Christmas holiday period in 2014. We were met at the lodge by our guide, Cameron Engelbrecht, who has an exceptionally deceiving appearance but very quickly proved how wrong his young features were. Over the next 2 days Cameron provided us with some fantastic wildlife and subsequently photographic opportunities and his knowledge of the bush... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Umkumbe Game Reserve, 5/5 This is the place to be if you would like to go on a real safari! In a way, it's quite upmarket, but it still feels very genuine, small scale and family run. We stayed 2 nights and was really happy! The rooms were spacious with a fantastic view over the river, where all the animals... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We stayed at Umkumbe for 2 nights just before Christmas. Our first impression was "magical". We arrived to be greeted by 3 elephants standing in front of pool area - such a wonderful sight. Our guide Lezelle and spotter Tip were fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble for Lezelle - she was patient, knowledgeable and fun. Our drives were fantastic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I stayed two nights in this Lodge and had two Game Drives a day. One early in the morning and the other late afternoon . The guide was very experienced and informed us in detail about the animals we came accross, from dungbeetle to elephant! Very pleasant and relaxed drives during which I saw (amongst other animals) rhino's and wild... More 

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California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Umkumbe Safari Lodge in Sabi Sands private reserve is a lovely, intimate lodge along a river. The rangers are also the managers and servers. Our stately chalet was decorated with exquisite leopard photos taken by our outstanding guide, Jason. What a wonderful touch! The mosquito-netted king-sized bed made us feel like royalty. The open-air shower added to the fun! There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Depending on the gate where you enter the Sabi Sand private game reserve, it takes a 12 or 27 km drive on a dust road to reach Umkumbe Lodge. It’s a fenced lodge on the banks of the Sabi River, providing a limited number of spacious and comfortable rooms with a bathroom in chalet style, advertised at a four star... More 

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