We wanted to give a try to a private game reserve after our stay in the Kruger NP and were all but disappointed! Except that our stay at Umkumbe was way too short, we will definitely come back there for the next safari!
First we were greeted by our ranger (Courtney) who was very friendly and shared her impressive knowledge of wildlife with us. All game drives with her and our tracker Jason were unforgettable experiences!! Right in the middle of a 20-elephants herd and watching a cheetah rest after eating its prey... WOW!
Also the location of the lodge itself is amazing: staring at the Sand river where one can always enjoy a huge variety of game while laying comfortably on the terrace... what else ?
Very neat rooms for 2 and simple meals in a cheerful atmosphere especially at dinners where everyone talks about the spotted game of the day.
Last but not least, this family-owned place is also very good value for money, in particular compared to other private lodges in Sabi Sands where rooms may be closer to a 5-star level but honestly, who cares when the game viewing experience is so great?More