Eager safari-goers flocking to South Africa seeking the true African safari lifestyle should opt to stay in a proper Kruger bush lodge. A typical bush lodge is constructed from a mix of wood and thatch, and is usually positioned to take advantage of the rugged surroundings. Expect wooden viewing decks, locally made artifacts, and gentle bushveld hues scattered throughout. Why stay in contemporary dwellings when you can envelop yourself in architecture that’s in harmony with its wild surrounds? Not sure where to stay? We do. Enter Umkumbe Bush Lodge, the darling of the Sabie Game Reserve.
Umkumbe Bush Lodge effortlessly combines that quintessential bushveld vibe with touches of luxury, making it the ideal choice for a safari to Kruger. This attractive bush lodge is located in the epicentre of a popular Big 5 reserve, and is no stranger to sightings of predator showdowns. The area is known for its high density of leopards and lions, as well as elephants. Whether it’s birding or Big 5, there’s always something to see while out on game drive with Umkumbe’s expert guides. Avid safari-goers can enjoy sundowner set-ups, coffee stops and all the extras synonymous with a Kruger safari.
Beautiful canvas tents on raised wooden platforms provided the perfect place to retire after a day filled with game viewing, while the main area is designed for the ultimate in relaxation. The central safari hub of the lodge is a treehouse-style main area complete with a restaurant, bar area, viewing deck, and swimming pool. The viewing deck is built around an ancient weeping boerbean tree, and boasts aerial views of the surrounding vegetation. A perfect vantage point to spot wildlife – nothing beats the feeling of being eyeline with the trees! This Kruger hideaway truly is the perfect treehouse atmosphere.
Lodge detail aside, Umkumbe’s ultimate claim-to-fame is its expansive outdoor boma, large enough for a banquet under the night sky. The boma area is where celebratory dinners can be arranged, and where guests can enjoy some downtime around the roaring campfire. If you choose Bush Lodge as your honeymoon destination, then you’ll be pleased to know that the secluded luxury Leadwood suite is kitted out for honeymooners. The suite has its own private view of the drainage line below. It also boasts a bathtub, his/hers sinks and an outdoor shower.
To experience the real Kruger, head to a lodge with a proper bush camp feel combined with that has and you won’t feel disappointed. Don’t know where to go? We do: Umkumbe Bush Lodge.