We stayed at Umlani for 4 nights and took part in the daily safari drives. No matter what I say, it won't be enough to show my appreciation for the amazing experience we had there. The guides who took us out were so very knowledgable and went out of their way to make sure we saw the Big 5. Despite what some people may think, the animals are not just waiting for tourists to drive by and see them. It takes a lot of work from the guides to understand and track the animals and Umlani guides (particularly Ginger) are very dedicated to their job. We went out each morning as well as each evening. The meals were wonderful and the staff treated us like old friends. The evening sundowner drink while on safari was a favourite of mine. The bush huts we stayed in are a wonderful experience of their own and if you haven't ever showered in an outdoor shower, this is the place to do it. If you want the experience and feel of a safari but not feel like you're camping, this is the place to do it. This was one of the most relaxing, inspiring and special experiences I have ever had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Umlani Bushcamp, a rustic yet exclusive lodge, accommodates guests in cozy en-suite reed and thatch rondavels. Early morning and evening game drives are in open four wheel drive vehicles accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers offers exceptional game viewing opportunitys. Umlani makes the whole event personalized and specializes in escorted walks into this unspoiled wilderness. Umlani, meaning Place of Rest, was established in 1990 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess, in the central section of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park. Umlani is the perfect nature lovers choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Umlani Bushcamp Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
- Umlani Bushcamp South Africa/Kruger National Park