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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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lodge and accommodation is old and tired. We booked adjoining rooms but found we had been all put in one room and that our children were sleeping on camp beds, despite several approaches to management we were unable to resolve this matter.(The lodge was full) We took the matter up with our agent and after 5 months we were... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful property and very comfortable rooms. Excellent meal buffets 3 times a day. Filtered water always available, and have honor bar. Small pool and great deck overlooking the river where game often passes by. Vervet monkeys in the trees. Vehicles for game drives have like stadium seating and open top. Excellent game trackers. Saw a variety of animals including rhino,... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed a few weeks ago with friends for three nights and had an incredible stay!! Umkumbe really has thought of everything, their attention to detail was very much appreciated. The room was great - spacious, clean and we had multiple visitors outside our door (warthogs, elephants and buffalo!) The food was fantastic - all of the meals were well... More 

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Vienne, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We finished our 2 weeks Safari Trip at the Umkumbe Safari Lodge and it was a magic end !!! In addition to a perfect accommodation, Marius and his Tracker allowed us to discover something other than standard safari. The possibility to see the Big 5 in 24 hours then the tracking down of a cheetah and two lions during their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

If you find yourself in South Africa, you absolutely have to book a few safaris. And if you are booking safaris, there's no place better than Umkumbe. With Lezel as our guide, we got to spot almost all the big-five--a rollicking pair of rhinos, a solitary lion, a ravenous cheetah eating its kill, an elephant in heat (among others), and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

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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Brussels
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

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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