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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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Stockholm, Sweden
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Last year in Tanzania we thought the one safari perhaps was enough. But no, safari is addictive and this was something completely different. Umkumbe is simple in the way it should be, we don't look for five star lodges. Very nice rooms with aircond, outdoor dining by the fire and breakfast on the terrace. The view from the pool was... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in Umkumbe during xmas holidays with my friends, we loved every moment of the safari experience, our tour guide Nicky and her spotter Joseph went above and beyond to make our experience truly special! The first game drive, we saw lots of giraffes, zebras, rhinos, elephants and antelopes already! And every time we saw more and more! Last... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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54 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Bear with me while I feedback on the wonderful place. They deserve all the kudos and positive reviews! We arranged pick up via the lodge and had the most information guide we ever had. He does not work for them but the lodge use them very frequently. He is Pete by the way. Upon arrival, Mauritz made us feel very... More 

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

My ranger seemed generally bothered to have guests. Check-in was rushed and haphazard- for example, he didn't bother to include meal times, share that bush walks are available upon request, etc. He barely talked to guests before or after safari and I often felt more like a nuance than a guest. The owners were equally unfriendly! I saw them around... More 

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

What a great holiday game drives were awesome. Accommodation first class always clean and tidy. Food excellent more than u can eat. All the staff here work extremely hard to give the best safari experience and go to great detail to explain bush animal life well done to u all especially nikki my guide for most of my seven night... More 

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Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We had excellent game drives, and saw almost all of the great five. He was very knowledgable, and share a lot of great insights about what we saw. Besides that, the rooms were small, clean, and effective. I wouldn't say romantic or charming. Just very functional. Same goes for the food. It's fine, not special. The lodge is situated along... More 

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Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Compared to the other lodges where we stayed during our stay in South Africa, the Umkumbe lodge was a nice experience but we will not go back. Either we will select a cheaper place, either a more expensive (as we did during our stay for both less and more expensive). Game drive was OK, but we were more impressed in... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Game drives were great. State of repair of accomodation is really bad, no space to unpack. Do not expect any extras whatsoever, very basic menu consisting of stews and boring food. Better value for money is available. The pics on website is misrepresenting of what we walked into.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

The accommodations were spacious--we were in Lion Chalet -- and often had elephants, kuda and waterbuck out in front of us. The meals were served around the boma and other than the ingredients (kudo, ox tongue) had a home-cooking feel about them. Even had chef's grandma's dessert one night. The drives were amazing with Forward as tracker and Meuriz as... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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92 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

This is my first encounter with a safari lodge, but I cannot imagine that others can be much better. The rooms are spacious and clean, and like the public places have a splendid view on the river. From our terrace we spotted an elephant family, buffaloes, a giraffe, and some wild dogs... and the safari had not even started. The... More 

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