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Umkumbe Safari Lodge

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Coolangatta, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly, we were disappointed as we have been to a lot of Safari Lodges and Umkumbe was the second most expensive. It certainly was not up to the standard of the Safari Lodges around the same cost. The room was more like a hotel room and very small. Now, that said we still greatly enjoyed our stay there. Sabi Sands... More 

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Biarritz, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very well-laid out resort with super lodges right on the river. The food is excellent. The guides and vehicles are tops. From the lodge you have viewing across the river. While on the veranda between safaris you can spot buffalo, various impala, hippos, birds including the big storks, kingfishers, rollers, etc. Very good value. The drive in is fun... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Umkumbe on a twin reserve trip where we had been in the Timbavati before it staying at another lodge which was excellent. If anyone is planning to visit both reserves, please email me. Umkumbe is a lovely lodge in a beautiful location. The rooms are wonderful, as is the food. There was just a couple of small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Game viewing is excellent, food is good staff is friendly and helpful. Had an amazing time there and would recommend it to all. Remember you get what you pay for if you are looking for a 5 star type experience then umkumbe isnt your cup of tea. Would definitely visit the place again.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chose this lodge according to what we wanted to spend. Overall it was good value for money. The welcome we got from Mauritz was fantastic as her showed us around, introduced us to our accommodation and explained what times everything would take place. His game drives were excellent as he is knowledgeable about everything. Unfortunately, Umkumbe conservancy is small... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Booked this lodge through Sun Destinations because I was spending 4 days at Africa on Foot ( recommended), but wish I had researched more. I would look into Sabi Sabi if I were returning to that area. Umkumbe was not special for me, & their management is horrible if you happen to be the one person who runs into a... More 

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674brettt, PR at Umkumbe Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Karen Thank you for your feedback and honest review of our lodge. We value all reviews from our guests and investigate all criticisms thoroughly, which we take seriously. We always strive to improve the safari experience. Firstly, I’m really glad that you enjoyed your experience at the lodge and the variety of vegetarian food on offer. Secondly, regarding your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I normally don't write reviews but once in a blue moon you take a trip and have such a profound experience that it must be shared with the world. For details about the facility you can easily read up on the millions of reviews below. However, I will say that this family trip to Umkumbe Safari Lodge was beyond an... More 

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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Our visit to Umkumbe Safari Lodge was one of the most memorable ones I have had in my life! To Celeste and Herman, and their team - we will be back! We were welcomed by Marius and Nadia - warm, friendly and caring. Our Zebra suite was beautiful with outdoor shower and all amenities. Even rhino shaped shortbread parcels on... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We stayed there 3 nights of our 15 days trip and also all places we stayed were very good, this one was in a different class. Rooms were beautiful and modern and at the same time kept their African team. Food was great, staff were very kind and our game ranger was very knowledgeable. We could see elephants, hippos and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

I stayed at this altogether wonderful place for 3 nights. Staff, rangers, accommodation and location were all excellent. The game drives were very informative and relaxed, sometimes they where exciting, especially at a very nice leopard sighting. The only two problems i saw were the quality of the food (sometimes cold and not really good) and the organization of the... More 

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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 

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Address: Luilekker Farm | Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $396 - $499 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Umkumbe Safari Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Umkumbe Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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