Situated on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge Riverside occupies a piece of pristine land in the celebrated Sabie Game Reserve. One of the most affordable accommodations in the wider area, Umkumbe certainly does not lack in either comfort or game viewing excellence. Being a family-owned and operated safari lodge, knowledge of the leopard-famed area is well established.
In total, there are 10 rooms, some of which are interleading. The superior rooms each have an outdoor shower and four of them overlook the Sand River. Most of the rooms have an outdoor seating area, complete with camping chairs and relaxation spots. From the rooms, guests can bird watch and soak up the beautiful surroundings. The entire lodge can comfortably accommodate up to 20 people.
The main area comprises a beautifully decked out pool area overlooking the Sand River, a cosy lounge and pool table, and patio. From the comfort of the pool’s sun loungers, guests can spot buffalo, leopard, and lion on the banks of the Sand River. Rooms are joined by to the main area by a meandering path that cuts through a small lawn area frequented by warthogs and bushbuck. The lodge is unfenced, however, it is safe for children as there is tripwire that aims to keep elephants and larger animals at bay.
During winter, the river thins out and dries up, opening up a private view of abundant elephant herds, lion prides, and buffaloes that wander the riverbed in front of the lodge. The lodge has highly-qualified safari guides who are expert big- cat trackers, photographers, and lovers of African wildlife. There are two game drives a day, in the morning and late afternoon. Coffee and sundowner stops are always a highlight of game drives!
A recent TripAdvisor guest commented, “We had a family getaway at Umkumbe Lodge and our experience was absolutely amazing and memorable !The accomodation, game drives,the food, and the staff met all our expectations. The catering staff prepared exceptional meals for us that met all our dietary requirements. Our guide Shannon was extremely professional and made our game drive experience very exciting. I will definitely be returning for many more visits and will highly recommend this lodge.”
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