The Lodge Life at Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside

Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside cemented its position on the map for being a place to spot leopards, earning itself a reputation as being “leopard central”. Its location in the newly formed Sabie Game Reserve (previously part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve), ensures guests are never short of, arguably, award-winning predator sightings. There is a high density of prey in the area, abundant drainage lines for cubs, and ready availability of water, which are all the “ingredients” needed to make predator populations thrive. The Sabie Game Reserve is centred around the confluence of the Sabie and Sand Rivers, and is a hotspot for a diverse array of species. Twice-daily guided game drives from the team at Umkumbe, along with optional bush walks, offer abundant opportunities to spot an array of species.

Amidst these exhilarating activities, the lodge offers moments of relaxation and downtime. Curious about how to make the most of your free time? Then read on to discover the array of on-site amenities and experiences at Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside.

Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside

A Safari Style Gym

The small gym at Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside has enough essential equipment for a satisfying workout. Fitness enthusiasts keen on maintaining their cardio fitness can make use of the treadmills, which offer a picturesque view of the lush lawns. It’s not unusual to spot a variety of wildlife such as bushbuck, vervet monkeys, and nyala grazing on the grass. In fact, one guest recently had the delightful experience of spotting an elephant while working out in the gym. A gym with these kinds of wilderness views? Count us in!

The Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside gym is open to all guests and provides an opportunity to burn off the delicious safari-style meals served during your stay. Unlike many lodges that lack exercise facilities, Umkumbe recognizes the importance for guests to stay active and energized while on safari.

Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside On-site Gym

Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside On-site Gym

The Safari Curio Shop

It’s always delightful to bring back a handmade curio from your vacation destination. Rather than hurrying through the airport’s duty-free shops, take your time exploring Umkumbe’s small yet jampacked curio shop. You’ll find everything from soft toys to accessories and locally crafted items available for purchase. Whether you’re looking to bring a piece of your safari back for loved ones or seeking a memento of your Kruger holiday, Umkumbe’s shop has something special for everyone.

African Curios and Clothes in Kruger

Kruger Safari Curios at Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside

Poolside and Viewing Deck

Umkumbe’s swimming pool is perfectly placed to take advantage of the views. The pool is placed in the centre of the wooden viewing deck and winding pathway, and flows to the edge of the deck. Both the poolside deck and pool directly look down onto the seasonal Sand River, an area that’s a major drawcard for buffalo, elephants and a variety of common species like nyala, impala and zebra. Guests frequently relax in the pool and soak up the sun while trying to spot wildlife. The deck area is adorned with sun loungers, while the expansive viewing deck is the ideal place to catch up with fellow travellers or connect with new friends. Get a coffee, a drink and game watch from the lodge.

Have you ever lazed around in a small swimming pool while staring at elephants? If you haven’t, you can at Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside!

Pool at Umkumbe
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside Pool
Spa Treatments

While on safari, you’ll find plenty of time to relax. During your “lodge life” time, you can choose to engage in a gym session, hang out at the poolside or relax in the lounge. If you’re after a complete pamper session, Umkumbe can also arrange that for you. Your spa treatment sessions need to be prebooked with reservations and paid directly at camp. Make your safari both an adventure and an indulgence!

Lounge Area with Snooker Table

Why bother with pubs and clubs when you can enjoy a lounge area and snooker table during your safari adventure? Whether it’s daytime entertainment or a post-drinks session at the boma area, the lounge provides a perfect setting for a few rounds of games. If snooker or pool isn’t your preference, there’s also a suite of comfortable couches available for relaxation.

Umkumbe Safari Lodge Lounge

While on safari in the Sabie Game Reserve with Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to enjoy the lodge life at Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside!