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Umkhumbi Lodge
Ranked #2 of 9 Hluhluwe B&B and Inns
Vasteras, Sweden
2 reviews
“Great service”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Fantastic place, ande the owners and staff are super. Coming back for sure. It's like living in a subtropical environment. You have an excellent path where ypu actually encounter Umkumbi. Dont miss this fantastic place

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Vasteras, Sweden
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Stayed there for 3 days in december last year. I love the scenery, smack in the middle of the bush!
The staff are very kind and service minded , as are the owners! The dinner/bar house is beautiful, and the bar on the 2nd floor has an amazing view! I would definitely come back if I'm in South Africa again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

My stay at Umkhumbi Lodge was brilliant. Everyone was very welcoming, helpful and polite. The rooms were nicely decorated, very clean and the beds were very comfortable. The bar was well priced and was always a nice place to go in the evening as there is a lovely view and seating area. I am hoping to return to Umkhumbi Lodge in the future.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Wetland-Park-Group, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Thanks very much for the great review, just sorry we missed you this time, but we look forward to meeting you and your wife when you come again! Emma and Anton
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Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

We stayed for almost a week during the Xmas break, And had a fantastic time.

Emma, Anton, Carly and the crew went to great effort to make us feel welcome and help us see some of the highlights of the area (e.g., night-time trip to see turtles laying eggs was a memorable mission).

Accomodation was clean, modern, smart, and very private.

Food was good "family" fare

Treetop bar with hilarious company made for fantastic sundowners.

We will definitely be back next time we are in the area.

Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Wetland-Park-Group, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
We're so glad you had a great stay and enjoyed the food and our company! Thanks so much for reviewing us. Emma
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

I absolutely loved my stay at Umkhumbi Lodge. The rooms are beautiful, the view from the bar can be matched by no other, and everyone is so friendly. It feels like home, but with far better weather and amazing animals so close by! The food is delicious, Meva is the best chef ever!
I will definitely be coming back to Umkhumbi Lodge and I think everyone should go :)

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Arriving up the track to Umkhumbi you really feel you are getting away from it all. We loved the seclusion of the place and the fairy-light trail from the cabins to the bar area. Cabins were confy and well appointed and we really appreciated the fact they had heating as well as aircon on such an unseasonably cold night! Staff are all a real asset - friendly and informative. Anton was a very knowledgable and amusing host and his wildlife viewing tips were really helpful - thanks to which we finally saw two of those illusive leopard at Mission Rocks. We also enjoyed our kayak trip with Gareth when we moved on to stay in St Lucia. Food delicious and plentiful. All in all, would wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Wetland-Park-Group, Owner at Umkhumbi Lodge, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
So great that you saw the leopards!
Thanks for taking the time to write this review, it's much appreciated. - Emma
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Additional Information about Umkhumbi Lodge

Property: Umkhumbi Lodge
Address: R22, next to Kuleni Game Park, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Hluhluwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Umkhumbi Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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