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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a French tour guide, based in Pretoria. I always take my guests to Umlani, the best place in the bust, I have experienced in the past years. Usually, my guests book 2 nights and don't want to leave ! I take them around in South Africa, Cape Town etc... They all say that the highlight of their trip... More 

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Grasby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fabulous stay at the umlani bush camp. It is like walking into a different world there. Wonderful huts and delicious food. We were so well looked after. Our Rangers Andrew and Shedrek were so knowledgeable and went to every length to got a good sighting of the animals! We always felt safe and so well looked after!... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for the review on Tripadvisor we are pleased to hear you had a fabulous stay in our different world :) Andrew and Shadrack were pleased to be mentioned. Glad you were lucky with the game viewing . It is our pleasure and thank you for choosing Umlani. best regards Marco & team Umlani More 

Cape Town
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excursion into the bush without electricity defines this unique experience. A small camp, rather than a resort, with a cosy ambience and personalised, friendly service. Your personal escort will protect you en route back to your room after dusk and before dawn - just to ensure that the sounds of hyenas in the night were not in your imagination.

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for the review of Umlani and your mention of the cosy ambience and friendly service , hope to see you back one day . All our best Marco & team Umlani More 

Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my partner stayed at Umlani for two nights and had one of the most memorable and special times. This place is in a class of its own! From the moment we drove through the gates this was a tranquil haven letting you savor every moment and leaving nothing to be desired Right from the start we felt super... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your special review of Umlani we are pleased you had a memorable time. Also pleased hear you particularly enjoyed the tree house sleep out and your open the open air shower back at camp. Amos and Andrew enjoyed their special mention . look forward to your return visit . all our best Marco & Team More 

Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed review and recommendation of Umlani Bushcamp , we appreciate it very much. Happy to hear you an amazing experience and loved it. Hope to see you back soon. best regards Marco More 

Sneek
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

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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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Umlani and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us , Game drives and bush walk with the ranger also the showers :) Hope we see you again some time in the future. Marco More 

Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

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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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review of Umlani happy to hear you had an incredible stay. We are pleased you appreciated the attention to detail and that your parents enjoyed it including the early morning tea around the boma fire. Hope to see you and your parents again some time in the future . Best regards Marco More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

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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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed review of Umlani Bushcamp we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience even thou you a wimpy camper :) We appreciate you recommending Umlani and hope to see you again some time in the future. Best regards Marco More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 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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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your delightful descriptive review of Umlani . Happy hear you enjoyed your experience and your mention of the tree house sleep out experience. we look forward to your return visit. all our best Marco 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 

Additional Information about Umlani Bushcamp

Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $418 - $566 (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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