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Umlani Bushcamp

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Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unforgettable amazing experience. I have been to many private lodges within the Kruger, and the Timbavati itself and I chose to return to Umlani. A true natural bush experience with outstanding friendly 5 star service, professional rangers, extra luxury comforts like hot water bottles on game drives and before you go to bed. The home cooked meals and bakes was... More 

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Sneek
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We, ve enjoyed our stay at Umlani very much. Everything was very well organized from the first until the last minute. We've enjoyed the game drives, the bush walk with the ranger, the meals and the stay in the hut . Taking a shower under the stars has been a special experience.

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect balance/amount of rugged Safari Bush camp and hospitality and comfortable accommodations. Staff are fantastic. Food delicious. Safari drives 2x/day by knowledgeable guides. Wonderful value as well. No power makes it authentic. Smaller number of camp huts makes experience much more intimate, allowing you to get to know your fellow safari mates.

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing Umlani and for mentioning the wonderful value and fantastic staff . Hope to see back one day . best regards Marco More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently stayed at Umlani as part of a two reserve trip to the Timbavati and then we travelled on to Sabi Sands. What can I say about Umlani? I was visiting with my elderly parents who are both nearly 80 and the staff of Umlani took them in like family, helped them to get in and out of the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, I should let you know that I am a wimpy camper - I don't like being off the grid - and I was a little nervous about staying at Umlani. However, it turned out to be the highlight of a most memorable trip to South Africa! My husband, my 14-year-old son and I had a fabulous time,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We will definitely return to Umlani. It's a beautifully rustic bush lodge but has all the comforts one needs. The staff are so friendly, kind and interactive without being too forward. The game Rangers were delightful, SO informative and extremely experienced in the bush....we had some amazing sightings. There were some lovely touches too, with beautifully "created and crafted" table... More 

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We can't say enough about our Umlani experience. It was exactly the type of African Safari adventure we were looking for. I did a lot of research and made the right choice! We were blown away by the incredible service we received from every staff member. It surpassed our expectations. Our bushcamp was authentic and stunning. We will be back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

If you want a five star animal and bush experience without the (unreal) spas and free flow of French Champagne, go to Umlani. Being uncomfortably and/cold, scratching around in the pitch black because of the lack of electricity etc is part of life and if one hasn't experienced it one should. Great location, terrain, animals, people. I did not want... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

I did a lot of research before choosing a safari and made a fantastic decision by staying at Umlani for 4 nights. Staff is incredibly friendly and detail oriented. 5 stars in that department. Food was amazing. Saw incredible wildlife ( big 5 several times over). This place goes on the top of my list in terms of overall experience... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

After a lot of research I chose Umlani hoping for good wildlife viewing in the Timbavati Game Reserve. I was not disappointed. My ranger Big Amos and My Trekker Andrew were excellent and I was able to see The Big 5 in just two days. I stayed in Hut 7 an echo hut that was very nice. I traveled solo... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Umlani and for reviewing us . Big Amos and Andrew appreciate the mention. Thank you for mentioning the Ashtons shuttle and excellent value and friendly staff. We look forward to your return visit. More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

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Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $396 - $526 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Umlani Bushcamp 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Umlani Bushcamp Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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