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Certificate of Excellence


#3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Certificate of Excellence
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.
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Free parking
Paid wifi
Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
Game room
Airport transportation
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
BBQ facilities
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Air conditioning
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Luilekker, Kruger National Park South Africa
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Skukuza Airport7 mi
Arathusa Safari Lodge Airport10 mi
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Sitting on the edge of the much larger Sabi Sands reserve, the animals cross the river by the lodge and at the edge of the property hit the fence and have to turn around so it's a really good spot for all sorts of wildlife. Our guide Jade was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She even knew all the bird names and their calls. We saw 3 different leopards, two up a tree with their kill. Also lions, rhino, buffalo, ostrich as well as loads of elephants, giraffe and zebra. Amazing. The food is terrific, all buffet style and home cooking. If you want chips with everything then this isn't the place for you. The rooms are large, clean and airy and the whole place is a delight. But special thanks to all the staff, kitchen, admin and especially the guides who were unbelievably nice, fun and knowledgeable. An experience of a lifetime.
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Amazing !! The place is very clean, quaint and you have everything you need. The hospitality is number 1 and the food is very good ! People working there are so kind and you just want to stay there and relax outside and speak to the other tourists at the lodge. The rangers are so knowledgeable and really love what they do !! We were lucky enough to see the big 5! Our only regret was not staying longer !!! Can’t wait to go back ! Best part of our honeymoon and thank you for making it so memorable, Umkumbe!
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The lodge is very nice, particularly given its location in a prime wild area. Cabins are pleasing to look at, with traditional thatched roofs. There are lovely private outdoor showers, as well as indoor tubs, sinks, and toilets in each cabin. The food is plentiful and well prepared. The common areas are comfortable and well-maintained. All of this is secondary, because you are there to see the animals, and we did. Our guide, Jade, was better than I could have imagined a guide could be. She was an excellent driver and tracker, displaying great knowledge of the wildlife and their habits. I very much appreciated her sensitivity and respect toward the animals and the trails. She did not treat driving like a thrill ride and went off trail only when necessary to approach wildlife. She clearly loves the game and their environment. I would absolutely visit again. I understand there are lodges with more and less luxurious accommodations, but Umkumbe is "just right."
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The place in general is very good. Anyway I had problems with a strong smell on my room. Probably the smell is from the natural fiber of the roof. It is beautiful but provoked my allergic rhinitis. In the morning my room just had no water. I had to take a shower in another room. The showers have lots of the holes blocked and it is a simple cleaness problem. Because this the water is weak, chaotic and hard to balance temperature. I would not complain if the price were not so high. The most expensive place I spend in a day in my all life and expected to have perfect services... Besides this, the meals were wonderful as well as game drives and guides. All staff were kind and helpful.
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Sightings were great. Lodge is clean. Food is plentiful and a good variety. Guides are a bit lacking in professionalism. Picking up snakes for no reason, not engaging the guests during meals or in common areas. Overall ok stay but we would not return.
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$393 - $658 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
umkumbe safari hotel sabi sand game reserve
South AfricaKruger National ParkSabi Sand Game Reserve
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