My husband and I were at Umkumbe for 5 days during June(same time as Pierre L) We had unbelievable sightings and experiences. Lotje was our ranger and with her excellent knowledge there never was a dull moment. She would drive in circles close to the Lodge which at first I found a bit strange, but then..... a leopard!Afterwards she explained that she heard him call earlier the morning and knew it was in the vicinity. We had beautiful sightings of rhino, elephants,buffalo,giraffe,waterbuck,zebra,WILDOGS!,etc,etc.
The food was good home-cook meals which we really enjoyed.They have a well stocked "honesty bar' that I thought was a nice touch. We liked the room decorations and it was comfortable and clean. Towels get replaced daily if one leave it in the floor.
The staff is extremely helpful and Lotje and Moses tend to all our needs.We met the owner and his wife, and found them willing and friendly.The owner,Herman was quiet at first, but start talking to him and wow, he can tell you stories of Umkumbe!
We had a limited budget and Umkumbe surpassed out wildest hopes.Excellent sightings, food,rooms,service, what more can one ask for.This was our third visit and with our "beer budget" we had a champagne experience, thank you Umkumbe,you will see us again and again.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Umkumbe Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Umkumbe Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve