I only had 3 days to spare in this area of South Africa before having to go West to work in Kimberley, so I had to make my time count. After poking around and getting advice on where to stay given my interests (photography). Umkhumbi ended up being my choice after talking via email to the owner. It's a fantastic bush lodge, easy to find and situated very close to some really amazing wildlife places to explore.
We visited the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve (only 30-40 minutes away) and saw a ton of great wildlife very close (elephants, rhinos, giraffe, buffalo etc).
St. Lucia is also only 1-1.5 hours away and you can see tons of birds as well as get up close and personal to hippos and crocs there.
As for the lodge itself, it was exactly what I was looking for. Sizeable room with a nice bathroom, a small balcony outside my bedroom had a nice view of the area behind the lodge. The restaurant and bar has an amazing view and the food served was excellent. Breakfast made to order and some gourmet dinners.
Although I didn't get to see the owner (as he was away on a vacation with his family), the rest of the staff was so accommodating. Lacey and Issi really went above and beyond to help with any specifics I had.
Next year I'm planning on bringing my wife and hope to squeeze in an extra day or 2 so that I can really explore more of the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Umkhumbi Lodge offers spacious accommodation in beautiful air-conditioned chalets, all privately nestled in the bush. We have 12 x 2-sleeper rooms. Twin beds or Kingsize beds available. Each chalet has 2 rooms with each its own en-suite bathroom. An inter-leading door makes these units perfect for families. Each bathroom has a bath and shower. All rooms are fitted with a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, private veranda and air-conditioning. Our usual package includes a 3-course dinner and full breakfast. A B&B option is available on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Umkhumbi Lodge Hluhluwe, South Africa - Zululand