This was our first African safari experience an what a great way to start. The camp is an open bush camp, which means animals can (and do) wander right through the camp. The 2 hyenas killing an impala in full view during our dinner was a novel if slightly unnerving experience.
The huts are rustic but comfortable with solar power only. They do have a generator for charging cameras etc in a hut nearby. A torch or headlamp is very useful. The beds are comfortable and the outside shower OK once they got the hot water going- you have to expect that these sort of things happen in an isolated camp and it really didn't detract from our holiday.
Meals were good without being brilliant- you certainly didn't go hungry.
The game drives were spectacular- elephants, lions,giraffes, leopards, buffalo, rhino, warthog, honey badgers, lots of antelope, birds, etc etc. Our drivers and spotters were top notch and took you right up to the animals . Drinks out in the bush while the sun went down- just a brilliant experience.
It's well worthwhile spending a few hours at the tree house overlooking the watering hole. You can spend the night out there or just a few hours during the day. We watched zebras, giraffe, warthogs and then a herd of elephants came down for a drink- amazing
David and his staff were fabulous and I really can't thank them enough for providing us with such a memorable experience.
Coming from Australia where tipping is not part of our culture, I found it a bit annoying to have to put tips in envelopes for the various staff members. I wish they would just increase the overall tariff and save us the trouble but I guess this system works for them. Maybe they should provide those of us not so familiar with tipping with some "tips on tipping". I would hate to think that I might have under tipped such wonderful staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Umlani Bushcamp, a rustic yet exclusive lodge, accommodates guests in cozy en-suite reed and thatch rondavels. Early morning and evening game drives are in open four wheel drive vehicles accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers offers exceptional game viewing opportunitys. Umlani makes the whole event personalized and specializes in escorted walks into this unspoiled wilderness. Umlani, meaning Place of Rest, was established in 1990 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess, in the central section of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park. Umlani is the perfect nature lovers choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Umlani Bushcamp Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
- Umlani Bushcamp South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve