It took five years to return to South Africa; this time we took friends to enjoy the down-to-earth, in-the-bush feel of Umlani. We had the best of times. Under the always skillful, often witty care of guide Elvis, we spotted lions, leopards, wild dog, and much, much, more. The camp is collection of thatched rondavals, ensuite, with beautiful landscaping. It is open to the bush and kerosene lantern
lit. Food is very good, served family style. Walks, optional, are included mid day--take advantage of the opportunity. Over all, Umlani's experience feels real rather than luxurious--that is one reason we returned.
The only hiccup in our three-day stay was the inclusion of a family with a toddler on our jeep--children that young can not be blamed for being noisy (and in our case throwing up), but should be on a separate vehicle, if allowed at all. The child spooked the rhinos on one occasion, and changed the lions' behavior on another. The guide did his best, but had to leave the site on two occasions. It was only one drive, but be sure to state your preference when booking. We wish the hostess had had a less defensive attitude when we spoke to her.
Don't take this review the wrong way! Umlani is a terrific destination and should not be missed.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking