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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 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Umkumbe Safari Lodge has a wonderful location in the Sabi Sands. FYI Sabi Sands is just next to the Kruger Park and is a private reserve, which makes it a lot better run than the state-run Kruger Park. The lodge, being next to the river, has a wonderful view on the fauna and flora, such as a pack of elephants,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed here for 3 very pleasant nights after a 7 night Kruger NP self drive. The opportunities offered by staying at a private game reserve added much to our overall South African wildlife experience. Very professional rangers and lots of opportunities in organised game drives in their open Land Rover Defenders to get up very close to lion, leopard,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was a lodge that we stayed in two years ago. The lodge has expanded since we were there last. The accommodations were very comfortable just as we had remembered. The view from the deck/pool area was great. You never knew what would come walking past while you were relaxing. The chalets all have nice little patios on the front.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 3 nights at Umkumbe in July 2015. The setting overlooking the river is great and we enjoyed many wildlife sightings while relaxing on the veranda - including kudu, giraffe, hippo and a large heard of elephant. Our guide, Mauritz, and the rest of the team provide a great service on the game drives. Their passion shows through and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is really nice at Umkumbe by the Sand River. When we arrived about fifteen elephants were lolling about on the other side of the river. A giraffe came to drink one day. a leopard spent the day on the bank on the other side. The rangers here are really very well educated and communicate really well. Ours spotted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had an amazing time at Umkumber! Massive thank you to our guide, Cameron, for his awesomeness and mad driving skills. Great spot, amazing views of the river from the pool / restaurant. Brilliant dinner by the fire. Amazing food, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all very good. Great service, everyone is super friendly and awesome. Saw all sorts of animals,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great private reserve for first timers or those looking for value in exchange for the premier experience. Umkumbe does a great job meeting most if not all safari expectations at a very competitive price point amongst private reserves. What are the benefits of a private reserve? We asked ourselves the same question when booking our trip and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Umkumbe for four nights, from 26 to 30 June, 2015. During this time we went on seven game drives and a guided bush walk and saw lions, leopards, hyena and rhino on multiple occasions, sometimes at a distance of less than 2 metres! The ability of the guides to go off-road is a huge bonus in tracking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I just returned from South Africa where we spent three nights of our ten-day vacation at Umkumbe Lodge. It was nothing short of fantastic! I can honestly say that I can't think of a single negative during our time there. The rooms are beautiful and clean. The relaxation areas are comfortable and welcoming. The food was delicious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I could write a novel about what an incredible experience we had with our family of 23 at this place. From the guides(mauritz, Bradley, and Lezel) spotters, kitchen staff and all of the other staff and owners, and the accommodations- this place is the place to go to experience "Kruger". The guides go above and beyond to make sure to... More 

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