Project Description

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is ideally situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand Reserve. Located within the borders of Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand is considered by many to be South Africa’s premier reserve due to large concentrations of wildlife and, in particular, leopard. And because Umkumbe Lodge overlooks the Sand River, a plethora of wildlife is attracted to the area. Elephants, hippos, buffalo and antelope are often seen grazing on the riverbanks.

Guests rave about the personal, rustic and authentic African safari experience they enjoy at this family-friendly, owner-managed lodge.

You are invited into this very special world to make memories that will last a lifetime.


From R3 984

per person per night
Rates may vary according to season. Specials may be available.
  • Local Experts

  • Best Available Rate

  • Personal Concierge


  • Accommodation
  • All meals, teas and coffees
  • Game walks and drives

Children aged 5 and over are welcome at Umkumbe. Children under 12 pay 50% of the adult rate, while those over 12 pay the full adult rate.

Detailed Description


10 cozy chalets sleep up to 24 guests with most rooms overlooking the Sand River.

Umkumbe Safari Lodge has been designed to allow families and groups of friends to travel with ease. Connecting the rooms via interleading doors is an option.

Standard Rooms

  • Bedrooms with either Twin- or King-sized mosquito-netted beds
  • En-suite bathroom with shower
  • Private stone verandahs

Superior Suites

  • Bedrooms with either Twin- or King-sized mosquito-netted beds
  • En-suite bathroom with Indoor bath and outdoor shower
  • Private stone verandahs
  • Sleeper couch for one adult or child
  • One of the Superior Suites (Giraffe Suite) looks out onto the savannah behind the Lodge, while the others have a view of the Sand River


The main lodge is a wonderful place to relax and mingle with other guests. While the entire property is unfenced, it remains safe for children as there is trip wire, which keeps elephants and larger animals at bay. General game such as warthog, and a range of antelope and small mammals can come and go as they please. All providing entertaining game viewing!

  • Large deck with swimming pool
  • Indoor lounge with snooker table
  • Bar and dining area
  • A traditional boma
  • Small gym
  • Wifi is a paid service and is available between set times.

Creative Cuisine

Guests enjoy international favourites and local flavours at Umkumbe. Each day begins with brunch at 10:30am, followed by light lunch at 2pm and then dinner around 7pm. Delicious and hearty South African meals or “boerekos” are served in one of two dining areas – around a campfire in the boma, or another outdoor area under thatch. The bar is fully stocked and guests are encouraged to help themselves via an honesty bar service.


Animals roam freely throughout as there are no fences between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve. During the dry season the vegetation is sparse and wildlife congregates around watering holes. During the wet season the vegetation is dense and wildlife is more dispersed.

Game drives at Umkumbe are coordinated by expert Rangers, who will ensure that your safari experience is truly memorable. Expect to see the “Big Five” and much more!

All game drives are safely conducted in open 4 x 4 Landrovers. Because the animals are generally habituated to the vehicle, they are used to it approaching them and know that no harm will be caused. Guests often get within five to 10 metres of large animals, while taking in epic panoramic views. Photographers and videographers will love this opportunity!

  • Morning and evening game drives
  • Sundowners in the bush
  • Bird watching
  • Optional morning bush walk after breakfast
  • Night game drives