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Umkhumbi Lodge
Ranked #3 of 10 Hluhluwe B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 14, 2012

I stayed at Umkhumbi Lodge for 3 nights in March with a group. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. A real family environment not only with personal care and attention but memorable happy moments shared by Anton, Emma and Lacey.
Lodges are spacious with a balcony and a good sized bathroom. A Convenient base to stay with lots of different adventures to explore nearby, from Kayaking, interaction with elephants and cheetahs, visit to crocodile centre, where we saw live how to catch a croc, gorgeous sandy beach with warm waters, a safari in an open top vehicle, outstanding view points for picnics and photo shoot and also you can walk at night around the lodge. It was a welcoming home, every evening after our days out. Breathtaking views from the balcony watching the sun go down, great connection with nature. Delicious home cooked food served. I would highly recommend this lodge as it has so much to offer both in terms of hospitality and diversity. Ideal for everyone, families, groups of friends etc. I would definitely return here.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Amangwane, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2012

We are glad you had such a fantastic time with your group! Your group certainly made the most of the sights of the area!
We look forward to having you back with us!

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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Umkhumbi Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful part of KZN being easily accesible from both Durban and the new King Shaka Airport (15 mins from the N2 at the Hluhluwe turn off).
Anton, Emma and their friendly and knowledgeable team at Umkhumbi are great at sharing their experiences and helping you to make the most of attractions such as Isimangaliso itself, Hluhluwe Game reserve, elephant interaction (but in an educational rather than circus trick way), cultural visits or just taking it easy in a bush setting.
Very comfortable accomodation, great food, cold beer, a great elevated bar area from which to watch the sun go down over KZN and the warmest welcome around. If you haven't been yet what are you waiting for?

Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Amangwane, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2012

Hi Peter, thank you for such a fantastic review!
We are glad that you enjoyed your KwaZulu Natal Experience so much that you can't wait to come back! Just let us know when and we can make a plan.
We are also currently adding new dishes to our menu - unbelievably the food is now even better so bring loose fitting clothes!
See you soon!

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Reviewed March 10, 2012

I don't know if I can say enough about Umkhumbi Lodge.
We contacted Anton 6 weeks before we were set to travel. The response and service we received was friendly, welcoming and provided us with the sense that we were dealing with an owner who takes pride in his business. Anton set up a two week adventure for my husband and I and by the time we began our holidays, it felt like we were coming to visit friends.

Our two week journey included a stop at Amangwane Camp (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g2324973-d1757664-Reviews-Amangwane_Kosi_Bay-Kosi_Bay_KwaZulu_Natal.html), Jozini Lake, Hlane National Park (Swaziland) and back to Umkhumbi for the remaining 5 days of our trip.
If you are looking for a trip that will give you exposure to many of the amazing things to do in South Africa, this is your place.

The accommodations at Umkhumbi Lodge were top notch. Each chalet/cottage had it's own lappa where you could sit, enjoy the view and spot wildlife. The rooms were spacious and clean.
The food was 5-star. Each night we had a starter, a choice out of two entrees and dessert. You will not leave Umkhumbi hungry, that's for sure.
Our favourite part was the lappa. What a fabulous place to take in the South African sunset while enjoying your choice of beverage (or two, or three....)

There was a real sense of family and belonging at the lodge. I can't stress that enough. By the time our journey ended, we felt like we had known Anton, Emma and all of the staff for years.
I feel that the hospitality that was displayed during our stay has made South Africa our favourite place of travel to date (we have done Eastern Europe, Asia and Central America)
We will definitely be returning to South Africa and DEFINITELY returning to Umkhumbi Lodge.
I cannot imagine that a trip to South Africa would be complete without a stop at Umkhumbi Lodge - you will not regret it.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amangwane, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2012

Don't worry Steph, you said plenty :)

We can't say how happy we are that you and Adrian enjoyed your time with us so much!
When you said you wanted to experience everything, we did our best.

With the weather you had I'm sure you appreciated the air con aswell!
It is certainly hard to leave even the smallest scrap of food, our waistlines wish Meva wasn't such an amazing Chef sometimes as well.

We feel the same, it was strangely quiet when you guys left - like something was missing. Even Copper-dog sulked for a couple of weeks after looking for you around the property.

We will always be glad to have you stay here again!

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Reviewed March 4, 2012

Outstanding as always. i visit this area several times a year and ALWAYS stay her with Anton, Emma, Carl, Copper and of course Fluffy!!

Having stayed there just after the lodge was first built it is really interesting so see how nicely it is maturing.

The location is perfect especially for iMfolozi and Hluhluwe game reserves.

Looking forward to my stay in August.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Amangwane, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2012

Hey Kosi Bay Kid!

Thanks for the review, Fluffy and Copper both want cuddles!

Glad to hear you think that the lodge is improving with age, we think so too!
Hope you're looking forward to your next visit to the game reserve in August.
See you soon!

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Reviewed January 10, 2012

We stayed here a couple of nights on a birding trip. The grounds themselves were great for birding, with several well-maintained trails. The rooms are in individual cottages, new and clean. Power was a bit on-and-off during our stay but never a bother. Very good food in the dining room and a nice bar with cold beer and friendly hosts. Close to the Mhkuze National Park.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amangwane, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2012

Thank you Gary,
We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that the birds on the property didn't hide!
The electric company seems to have fixed the power problem now thankfully too.
Come again soon!

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Reviewed October 23, 2011

After a long days drive arriving at Umkhumbi Lodge with our small goup of travellers was something special. The warm welcome was just the start to a wnderful 2 days. The accommodation is lovely, with all rooms beautifully decorated and located a short distance from each other to ensure privacy and peacefulness. Emma and Anton, their family and workers were warm and welcoming. The meals were delicious and pre dinner drinks on the beautiful deck watching the African sunset was a highlight. I have no hesitation in recommending this wonderful place you won't be disappointed.
Rosemary and Graeme

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Amangwane, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2012

Hi Rosemary,
Thank you for taking the time to recommend us so beautifully.
We found ourselves looking forward to the pre-dinner drinks on the lappa with you and your group very much as well. Have you started planning your return trip yet? Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Umkhumbi Lodge - Hluhluwe
A Luxury Lodge near all the attractions around the Hluhluwe - iMfolozi National park
On arrival the owners were personally around to welcome us – this special touch made us feel part of the family immediately…
The views from the bar on the top deck overlooking the bush is a great setting for dinner that was a great taste of traditional local foods

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Amangwane, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2012

Hey DJ!

Thanks for the lovely review, when are you coming back, it's been a while!
You have missed some stunning sunsets and the birds are loving the rain we've had recently :)

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Address: R22, next to Kuleni Game Park, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Hluhluwe
Price Range: $153 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Umkhumbi Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Umkhumbi Lodge offers spacious accommodation in beautiful air-conditioned chalets, all privately nestled in the bush. We have 12 x 2-sleeper rooms. Twin beds or Kingsize beds available. Each chalet has 2 rooms with each its own en-suite bathroom. An inter-leading door makes these units perfect for families. Each bathroom has a bath and shower. All rooms are fitted with a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, private veranda and air-conditioning. Our usual package includes a 3-course dinner and full breakfast. A B&B option is available on request. ... more   less 
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