Our stay with Marco and the team at Umlani was just what we had hoped for: submerged deeply into the bush, no unrequired pampering and unneeded comforts, yet with an attending and pleasant host and a superb team to cater for our every need. The rondovals are great and the beds very comfortable. Goodness, the chef, made wonders for us at all times - she even produced a surprise birthday cake for our daughters 14th birthday. The fact that the camp is solely lit with lanterns and bonfires adds another dimension to the sensation of being in the wild. Evening meals are consumed under open sky or around the large group table, while catching up on the day's sightings. Shady and Robert, our ranger and tracker, spared no effort to seek out the best sightings in Timbavati, and tracked down all Big Five and more during our wonderfull three days and nights. Hyena, white lion (!) and plenty of impala ("McDonalds of the bush", as Shady called out every time we found them, to everyones' amusement). The camp is small, so we felt very much like family. And no cell coverage - what a releaf - but though with the capacity to charge your camera - you will need this! We hope to be back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Umlani Bushcamp Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
- Umlani Bushcamp South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve