Approaching Umlani our excitement grew as we soaked in the the harsh environment, characterised by the thorny acacias that line the roads to the camp. Our guide had talked up this place so we were excited to see what it was all about. We were not disappointed. This was the best place at which we have ever stayed! Basic, but clean and comfortable accommodation in huts was complimented by simple but tasty food. The friendly staff and personal touches, like being greeted every time we returned from safari, added to a wonderful and memorable wildlife experience.
Then there was the safari drives. Almost brand new Land Rovers eclipsed any of the safari vehicles in which we subsequently drove and the lack of roof was an added bonus. Our guides were fantastic (Chadrick and Robert) and drove skillfully and carefully to ensure we got good views and great photos of the big five amongst many other (and missed Hunting Dogs by only minutes). The protocol in the Timbavati for animal watching/bothering wildlife was also better than anywhere else in our experience (Botswana and Zambia), which added to our pleasure and minimised the impact on the animals.
Don't miss this place, it is amazing!More