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Tucked away in the heart of the Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's most glorious scenic destinations, umVangati House is sure to restore your sense of peace from the moment you check in. Nature is showing off her beauty here and silence is abundant. Understated elegance greets visitors to umVangati House, where a warm friendly welcome sets the ambiance. This intimate owner-run retreat offers friendly service, privacy and exclusivity. Whether it's for a special occasion like a honeymoon or anniversary, or if only to escape for a weekend, umVangati House immediately cuts you off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is the ideal haven for those seeking to slow down, de-stress and repose. Wake up each day to take in the iconic views of the Mountain, before taking your pick form a host of things to see, do and experience. Or simply escape to feel the soft breeze on your face, soak up the Mountain air and unwind at umVangati House. Wooden walkways lead to the three separate and spacious air-conditioned Mountain View Suites, positioned for privacy and dramatic Mountain views. At dusk, a sun downer can be enjoyed on your private deck while being entranced by the ever changing colors of the sky and mood of the Magnificent Mountain as the sun slips into the time slot of tomorrow. Two Luxury Guest rooms are situated next to each other at the main house with private entrances, air-conditioning and views of the lush bush. The rooms and suites have been designed to embody the mountain and the decor echoes the simple tranquility only nature can offer. A scrumptious breakfast is served at the Main house on the patio where you can feast on both the food and the breathtaking view. UmVangati House's impressive walk-in domed wine cellar, is available for romantic private dinners on request. When time comes for you to leave umVangati House you will feel a special connection with nature, rested and invigorated, ready to take on life again in this busy world of ours.
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Our night at UmVangati house was the highlight of our trip in South Africa ! This impressive house is in the middle of a reserve with a breathtaking view on the blyde river canyon. The hosts were amazing, very welcoming and cooked for us great food. The moment spent at the pool
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we would like to thank Lidia and Giel for their fantastic hospitality in their beautiful home, this was our second visit and we took friends this time to experience the amazing house - views - rooms - staff - food - pool area and of the course the hosts. i could not imagine
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Response from umvangati, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Andy and Haley, We are thrilled that you enjoyed it so much a second time around....and that you are planning another visit! Our area is packed with great activities and places to visit, aswell as lesser known gems, that you have to return! Thank you for your appreciation and compliments - we really enjoyed your company! We will wait in anticipation for you to grace our home with your presence again. Best wishes Giel, Lidia and Staff.
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Perfect ! Everything was perfect, the view, the food, the room, the service and of course our hosts Lidia and Giel who were always helpful and very pleasant. umVangati is an unforgettable place to stay in.
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Response from umvangati, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guests, If you had a PERFECT stay, we succeeded with our goal : to give every guests a perfect unforgetable stay. Thank you for this review. Best regards Giel, Lidia and staff
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I spent a month traveling in Africa and with out doubt umVangati was the highlight of my trip. The setting is remarkable as is the hosting of Lidia and Kil. I guarantee anyone who stays here will not be disappointed.
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Response from umvangati, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Ian, Thank you for your review ! It feels great to know that umVangati House was the highlight of you trip! Hope we will be able to welcome you at our door again. Best wishes. Giel, Lidia and Staff
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Words can't describe the beauty of this guesthouse. Amazing place to stay with a superb combination of modern architecture, breathtaking views and excellent food. Lidia and Giel are amazing hosts! We hope to be back soon.
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Response from umvangati, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Melanie. Thank you for your perfect description of what we offer at umVangati House. We appreciate the time you took to write it and hope to see you back soon. Best wishes. Giel, Lidia and Staff
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Hello Kenneth. umVangati House is ideally situated to visit Kruger Park and the Panorama route. We can organise airport transfers, day tours and safaris for you with experienced guides that will fetch and return you to umVangati House. Please contact me directly for a detailed document with all the activities and tours in our area.
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Hi, Thank you for your question. We are situated in a private nature reserve, unfortunately we do not offer game drives as we do not want to disturb nature and want to keep it a natural as possible. Game are plentiful in the reserve and can be viewed from the House and Mountain View Suites drinking at the watering hole. Game drives can be booked at other reserves about 30min from us. Please contact us should you have more questions. Regards, Giel
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Hello Sarah, umVangati House is situated in a private nature reserve, in the bottom part of the Blyde River Canyon.The reserve have free roaming animals (no elephants or lions are on the reserve.) We do not offer game drives on the reserve,but we can organise this for you at nearby reserves. We are 45 minutes drive from Kruger Park and we can offer you a full day Kruger Safari. From here you can also explore the beautiful Panorama route or take a boat cruise on the Blyde dam in the bottom of the Canyon. You can choose between a group tour or a private tour when going on guided tours. Transfers from the Airport can be arranged at extra cost. I have a lengthy document with all the activities and tours with rates that I will gladly send it - please contact me. We would love to welcome you to our small piece of paradise.
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"all the garden rooms are fantastic"
"I'd recommend one of the guest houses."
"The Mountain view suite was wonderful!"
"We chose lodge away from main building"
"Chalets are larger (tubs with views) but all rooms have luxurious feel."
US$278 - US$493 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceHoedspruit
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