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Umkumbe Safari Lodge

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The room at Umkumbe was not luxurious but adequate. The bed has a mosquito net. The window shades were not adequate. We had an end unit and one of the shades was bamboo or similar material and could see through at night with the lights on. There is only one chair in the room that sleeps two. The doors don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lodge is as expected: not luxurious but great! The rooms are comfortable, the food is fine. Rangers are friendly and safari very interesting. The kids (9 and 13 years old) enjoyed every part of our stay. They especially appreciate seeing animals from the lodge: hyenas, elephants, hippos. Thanks to Johan our guide for the safaris

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Thank Olivia P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the first welcome to the last goodbye, everything was top-notch. Accommodations were everything you could expect, and the staff were amazing without exception. Twice-daily game drives were incredible (saw all the Big 5) and exceeded expectations - special thanks to our guide Mauritz!! Food was great, right down to fresh-baked bread and cookies. During the day, just sit in... More 

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Thank Stewart B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Danie our ranger met us on arrival and so did over 20 odd elephants and several antelopes grazing and drinking water in the river bed across the lodge. The rooms are good sized, very neat and look across the river bed . Our vegetarian food needs were very well taken care of and all meals were decent .There is a... More 

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Coolangatta, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 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 July 11, 2016

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 July 4, 2016

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 June 29, 2016 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 June 28, 2016 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 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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  • Free Breakfast
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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 

Additional Information about Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Address: Luilekker Farm | Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $421 - $535 (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
Umkumbe Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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