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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As you know, it is all about the guides and drivers and their knowledge that make the biggest difference on a safari. It was our first trip to Africa and our first safari. The guides were well-educated and able to predict animal behavior (very important) and give details that others would not have known. I am a biology teacher, so...

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2Thank Dawn H
Penrith, Australia
Reviewed 24 March 2017

This really is a small piece of paradise. I only managed to stay for one night which got me on a night game drive and a dawn game drive. I have to say however that I saw almost all you can in that time. The lodge is perfect, great staff, good food and a location to die for. I will...

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1Thank Chris C
Utah
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Umkumbe Camp So, the way it works, is that Sabi Sands game reserve is huge. It borders Kruger National Park. There are no fences between the two. At Sabi Sands, there are several "camps" where companies own the land and have put up lodges. Each "camp" or lodge is different. Some work together and allow safaris to cross-over from camp...

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1Thank MantuaMark
Province of Treviso, Italy
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This Lodge is a fabulous destination for great safari. Located in the centre of the wildlife action, every game drive is an exciting discovery and not only.. from a comfortable deck chair placed on the edge of the lodge's pool, I was able to clearly observe a herd of elephants playing in the river bed!

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Toulouse, France
Reviewed 24 February 2017

three marvelous days at Umkumbe, a small lodge in sabie sands private reserve. It is very comfortable (choose a suite overlooking the river) , the food is good, the rangers very professional and friendly, the all staff very dedicated. We saw lots of animals during the game drives and in between the elephants come close to the lodge as it...

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1Thank 544catherine
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

It was breathtaking! We stayed 5 night and I would not have made it shorter. The bushed turned into the garden of Eden with Leopard butterflies everywhere and colorful magnificent birds rivaling for our attention with the giraffes, antelopes, hyenas, buffalo, and Elephants which were often seen from the lodge when they came to the river. The staff was fabulous...

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4Thank renbar55
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We just returned from a 3-day safari at Umkumbe that was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We were extremely impressed by the knowledge of our guide, Johann. We saw all of the Big 5 and much, much more wildlife! We couldn't recommend Umkumbe more, especially at its price point.

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2Thank nbuikema12
Reviewed 24 January 2017

UmkumberSafari Lodge has a great location at the Sabi river, which attracts lots of animals: hippos, elephants, impalas and we were so lucky to see a lion at night! Finally saw BIG 5 in two days! Upon arrival we were met by freindly Danie, one of the rangers who showed us the room ("Elephant": 2nd line, i.e no river view,...

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1Thank Alina G
Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We had a really bad experience with Umkumbe. We booked the lodge through SA travel agency Sundestinations who recommended the lodge.. Our guide was ok and the room and room cleaning was good but the rest was really a bad experience. The crew were not friendly or service minded. They do not have a Manager in charge on site running...

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674brettt, Marketing at Umkumbe Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you felt that way you did about our lodge. Just to clarify we did have management available at the lodge, on site. The owners Herman and Celeste were present while you were there. We would appreciate it if you emailed us specifics about the areas of service which you felt...

Reviewed 6 January 2017

Like the first private wildlife preserve we visited (Zulu Nyala), this one had great food, tons of wildlife, great service, and an emphasis on race-based segregation. Its hard writing a review that is so mixed, but in the 21st Century, its kind of shocking to see that S Africa has not let go of its apartheid past. Some basics: if...

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674brettt, Marketing at Umkumbe Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you for the compliments regarding our lodge and game viewing. However, we have taken exception to your viewpoint regarding the accusations of racism and segregation. It is evident that there are a number of prejudices at play here - we noticed that the same post has been written on other lodge's TripAdvisor review sections. This clearly means...

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa. Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is perfectly situated in one of the best Big Five game viewing destinations in Africa. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Address: Luilekker Farm | Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $573 - $769 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Umkumbe Safari Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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“We were in the leopard room suite, but you cannot have a bad room. Any of the suites are identical other than the animal decor.”
dawnhM5519CR, 4 Apr 2017 | Read review
“suites overlooking the river”
544catherine, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“rooms facing the river are best”
Fraser000, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for Lion Chalet for good view of the river (requires Guide escort at night) or Chalet 3 if you don't want to be escorteed”
lriglevart, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“ask for a river facing room,”
alunh960, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
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