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Umkumbe Safari Lodge

3.5 of 5 Guest house   |   Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Umkumbe Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We couldn't recommend Umkumbe highly enough. The staff were wonderful (Jason was an exceptional guide), the room we stayed in was immaculate and beautifully presented, the setting was absolutely stunning and the animals were magnificent. There aren't enough superlatives to describe our stay at Umkumbe - we were there for 3 nights and found it was the perfect balance between... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Perfect Hideway. causy chalets, amazing sorround, most amazing guides. just perfect. defintely reccomend sabi sands and this amazing lodge. pure nature and silence. warm welcome and guides full of passion. Just impressiv

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North Carolina
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3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Umkumbe is a great example of an outstanding family-run private game reserve. Attention is paid to customer service and to long-term natural systems. Don't expect TV's in your cottage, but our room way clean, and had all the comforts needed, as well as great meals and up-close to wildlife drives in the morning and evening with knowledgeable and entertaining guides.... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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12 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Umkumbe was my first private game reserve and first trip to Africa. It represents a great value for typical costs of private game reserves and was recommend by TA. On first arrival, I thought it was nice, however upon checking into my room I noticed some disturbing things. 1. There were bugs in the room. 2. The sliding door didn't... More

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Munich, Germany
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We wanted to give a try to a private game reserve after our stay in the Kruger NP and were all but disappointed! Except that our stay at Umkumbe was way too short, we will definitely come back there for the next safari! First we were greeted by our ranger (Courtney) who was very friendly and shared her impressive knowledge... More

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Toronto. ON
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

My father and I have had a great time at Umkumbe thanks to Jason and Courtney, our rangers who were very friendly and professional throughout our visit. Game drives were the best part, saw 4 out of Big 5 on our first evening trip - including a leopard couple! The food was simple but quite tasty, including some special meals... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

As a wildlife guide of 10 years, I've been taking clients to a variety of places around Africa and Umkumbe is fast becoming one of my favourites. For a lodge in Sabi Sands, it is great value for money. The location is superb - right on the Sand River - often you get your fill of wildlife (elephants by the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

It was really daunting selecting a reserve/lodge for our safari trip. After some research, we chose Umkumbe because Sabi Sands benefits from its border with Kruger National Park, without the crowds and kids running around (or at least that's how I envision KNP would be). I don't know how much the lodge and ranger have to do with this, but... More

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

All through our holiday, staff at other lodges told us how Sabi Sand was an amazing reserve and they were right. The situation of the lodge on the river is excellent and we saw a wide variety of animals come to drink (and play) in the water – elephants, buffalo, giraffe, baboons, bush bucks, warthogs… The room was a little... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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26 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We've stayed at Umkumbe lodge on our 2nd and 3rd night, part of our safari tour package. We've arrived quite late after a full day of game drive. The location is on a private reserve. Our tour guide had to pay some amount for the entrance fee. There are few lodging on the reserve. We are guessing Umkumbe is one... More

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Also Known As:
Umkumbe Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Umkumbe Safari Hotel
Umkumbe Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Umkumbe Safari Lodge 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 

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