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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.
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Breakfast included
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Ngala Airfield4 mi
Hoedspruit Airport23 mi
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Four nights here and its was one of the very best Safari experiences we have had. Excellent trackers and guides who are very very knowledgeable. Safari on foot tracking lion amongst other animals was intensely engaging though one felt in safe hands at all times....More

Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from Schiess, Owner at Umlani BushcampResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for your lovely positive review . We are energized by reviews like yours and appreciate the mention of all the highlights of your visit with us. We look forward to your possible return one day . best regards Marco

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Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Our first visit to SA and first "real" safari. Umlani was just what we needed. A perfect combination of luxury, rustic style, eco-camping and personal touch and we had Timbavatis very best guide/ranger, Shadreck/Shady and his sidekick Ephraim. The limit to number of guests, the...More

Date of stay: July 2018
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Response from Umlani, Guest Relations Manager at Umlani BushcampResponded August 3, 2018

Thank you for the awesome review! Glad to hear about your enjoyable stay at Umlani and your great game viewing. We pride ourselves in our respect for nature and in providing a truly immersive experience in the African bush, so we are glad that these...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Imagine paying double the usual rate of 5 star hotels and staying in a hut similar to those in Thailand / Vietnam / Laos rented out at US$10 per room per night. The hut walls were made of bamboo and the roof, grass. So the...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank ccheo
Response from Schiess, Owner at Umlani BushcampResponded 2 days ago

It is important to compare apples with apples and not apples with prickly pears. At Umlani we provide a fully catered for experience (package) and therefore we charge per person and not a room rate. We include many value adds to the package that are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

don't be put off by the affordability of this Lodge just book extra days. Whilst you will find higher luxury in some Lodges the facilities here were more than adequate and the Lodge was run by a lovely group of caring people. The highlight rightly...More

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Date of stay: August 2018
Thank Roy L
Response from Schiess, Guest Relations Manager at Umlani BushcampResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Roy, we're glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our team looked after you well. We agree that booking more days with a more affordable rate and consequently being able to see more of the wildlife and animals that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Umlani Bushcamp is a fabulous place in the middle of the Kruger National park, where you are surrounded by nature everywhere you look. The tents are amazing and at night, while laying down in your very comfy beds, you can hear the sounds of the...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank Eva23675
Response from Schiess, Guest Relations Manager at Umlani BushcampResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of Umlani! We are so happy to hear that the staff made you feel at home and that you enjoyed the close to nature experience we aim to provide! It is such an amazing feeling listening to the sounds of...More

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Maria C
December 1, 2018|
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Response from Schiess | Property representative |
Hi Maria, thank you for your enquiry. The management of Timbavati have an ongoing Malaria control program which includes a seasonal spraying of insecticides in all accommodation. We also provide mosquito repellent in all... More
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November 28, 2018|
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Response from BahHumbug123 | Reviewed this property |
There's just one high wire around camp to deter elephants. Otherwise it is unfenced. Book it - you won't regret it!
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Maria C
October 7, 2018|
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Response from Schiess | Property representative |
Hi Maria There is a direct flight from CT to Hoedspruit airport daily. This is the best way to travel to Umlani from CT. If you book our three night special with us we will include a airport shuttle from Hoedspruit airport... More
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"All the rooms are great..."
nicholasg273
Feb 22, 2018
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"Room 5 right in the middle of camp"
BandBinPA
Oct 3, 2017
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"Stayed in eco-lodge. Nice and cool inside."
A7926VXandrews
Sep 23, 2017
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"Keep doors and windows firmly shut to keep out monkeys."
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Sep 22, 2017
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PRICE RANGE
$484 - $705 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
umlani bushcamp hotel timbavati private nature reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkTimbavati Private Nature Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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