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Tonbridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Why stay in a regular hotel when you can stay at Umkhumbi? They have some game (including the red duiker the lodge is named after) right on sight as well as a variety of butterfly and birds. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable (they even have interconnecting rooms for families) each with their own private patio area to watch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

Excellent. Absolutely excellent. Stunning! Awesome... Words can't describe this place. The wildlife, the food, the views, the weather... All epic! I will be going back very soon :) We stayed here for one week... Not long enough. The bush is amazing and the whole atmosphere of the place just leaves you wanting to explore and relax in the bar after... More 

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Wellington, NZ
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71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

We stayed at this lodged as part of a birding trip. It was extremely hot when we arrived and were glad of the air conditioning in the room. The swimming pool, whilst small, was also greatly appreciated. It is a bit of a mission getting large bags to the room along the little sand track to the rooms. The rooms... More 

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Wetland-Park-Group, Manager at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Duncan, thanks very much for taking the time to review Umkhumbi. We really appreciate it. Just a note to readers: WiFi is available at the reception area and is free. Staff are on hand to transport your bags between the parking area and your room. More 

Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

Umkhumbi Lodge is superb, Comfortable spacious rooms, plenty of delicious food prepared and served by very friendly staff on a balcony overlooking amazing views of the bush, where a cold beer was also served after a full day exploring. Our hosts Anton and Emma, and our guide Gareth (aka Ranger Dave) were so welcoming and arranged the perfect itinerary. From... More 

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Thank lynn b
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

I have been to many places in search for snakes and extreme wildlife, and we came across Umkhumbi Lodge! These guys are the best! Gareth and Anton are just top notch! The place is unique. What ever you would like to see these guys make it happen! Of course you can't predict what the wildlife will do but every night... More 

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Thank GriZzLie72
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4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Welcoming, friendly staff; the atmosphere seemed like a quiet, relaxing, forest getaway. Their meals prepared, especially dinners, were always different & delicious!! The location of Umkhumbi was central in North KZN, allowing for us to explore a different area every day, visiting St Lucia, Hluhluwe, Sodwana Bay, Jozini dam & Pongola during our 4-day stay!

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Thank Joanna60419
Newton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Our family of 12 (3 families with 2 kids each) had the time of our lives at Umkhumbi. Not fancy, but warm, friendly, comfortable accommodations. Helpful, caring, cool staff. And the food....We are a difficult bunch to feed- some are gluten free, we have picky kids, always a tough group to please-and they nailed it! Went way out of their... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Our family of 12 stayed with here for 7 nights. Anton and Emma built us a ridiculously fun itinerary that included the safari & wetland parks as well as a 2 night stay at their other property near Kosi Bay. The staff, service & food were top notch. The mid tier accommodations where exactly what we wanted; clean, spacious and... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My husband and I traveled to Hluhluwe and stayed at Umkhumbi for 2 nights. The rooms are neat and clean (no wifi but you don't go to the bush for internet). The staff were amazing, and warm all round; especially with Ntombi (the waitress) being such a delight at dinner. Lara was helpful in welcoming us, Adam shared in his... More 

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Thank Charne D
Wetland-Park-Group, Manager at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this review

We are happy you enjoyed your stay. Thanks very much for your review. More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Problem with this lodge is that its not inside a game reserve. You have to drive to one (closest is 30minutes away) and unless you booked a gamedrive in advance, you are on your own with this.... Good qualities: very friendly staff, large clean rooms conveniently located to varieties of game reserves and St Lucia wetlands, aircon that works in... More 

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Wetland-Park-Group, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review of both the things you liked and those you didn’t, I just want to make a few comments: We are on a 20Ha nature reserve with walking trails and lots of small game species including Nyala, Duiker, Suni and Serval and Bushbabies. There are no game drives on the property but we are happy to... More 

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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Umkhumbi Lodge offers luxury accommodation in comfortable air-conditioned lodges, all nestled in the bush We have 12 twin-bedded rooms. Each lodge has 2 rooms with each its own en-suite bathroom. An inter-leading door makes these units perfect for families, as kids can easily sleep close by, while you still enjoy your privacy. Each bathroom has a bath and shower and rooms are fitted with a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, private veranda and air-con. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Umkhumbi Lodge

Address: R22, next to Kuleni Game Park, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Price Range: $131 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Umkhumbi Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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