• Nearest Airport

    Skukuza Airport, South Africa

  • Location

    Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa

  • Property Access

    Self drive or a 1 – 1.5 hour road transfer from Skukuza Airport.  Transfers from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport can also be arranged (approximate duration 2 hours)

  • Best time to travel

    As with most game viewing destinations, the best game viewing is normally done in the winter months.  The bush is dry and game is easier to spot as they tend to stay close to available water sources.  The summer rainfall generally occurs from November to April resulting in the wildlife spreading out and becoming more difficult to spot.  However the rich bird life and lush landscapes make for a rewarding experience nonetheless.

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is nestled in one of South Africa’s most famous wilderness areas – the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.  The owner managed and run property offers affordable accommodation in a premier wildlife reserve. Positioned on the bank of the seasonal Sand River, most of the the 10 chalets have views over the riverbed where elephants, hippos and buffalo are regularly seen.  In addition there is a swimming pool, communal lounge, bar and dining area as well as a traditional open air boma where guests can tuck into hearty South Africa meals under the African night sky.  Guests can enjoy twice daily game drives and look forward to spotting the Big 5 as well as cheetah, wild dogs, a wide variety of antelope as well as birds and plants indigenous to the area.

Standard Rooms & Superior Suites

5 of the 10 chalets are Superior Suites and feature en suite bathrooms with indoor bath and outdoor shower. The 5 Standard Rooms have only a shower and not a bath.  Families can be accommodated in four of the standard rooms that are connected via an inter leading door.  All rooms have mosquito nets, twin or King size double beds and air conditioning.  The rooms are comfortable and inviting without the ostentatious luxury found elsewhere.  All of the rooms also have a little verandah with chairs.


Savour the flavours of traditional South African safari fare.  Fresh ingredients are used to create mouthwatering, wholesome dishes during your stay.  Sit on the deck with a coffee whilst enjoying the frolicking of birds in the trees or look out for wildlife activity in the Sand River below.  At night tales of the days game viewing experiences are shared around the camp fire in the boma whilst the chef and his team prepare a heartwarming dinner.


Guests can enjoy two game drives per day.  During the morning game drive there is a stop for coffee and to stretch the legs whilst the afternoon drive has a traditional sundowner stop before departing on a night drive.  During the night drive the tracker will use a spotlight to search for nocturnal animals such as serval, porcupines, bush babies, leopards and birds like owls and night jars.  For the more energetic there is the option of going on a morning bush walk as well after breakfast.  The walks are all led by qualified rangers that will point out animal tracks and explain intricate facets of the bush that tend to go unnoticed during game drives.

What we think of it

Good value for money in the popular Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve