Resting comfortably under a canopy of indigenous trees in the southern stretches of the Sabi Sand, sits the inimitable and understated Umkumbe Bush Lodge.
This luxury tented camp offers all the creature comforts from home, and is the first of its kind in the reserve. The build of the lodge is based on the idea of glamping, but with a luxurious twist.
Umkumbe Bush Lodge's claim to fame? That would have to be the expansive boma area rivalling neighbouring lodges!
Built around a weeping boer-bean, the lofty treehouse atmosphere of the main lodge overlooks a variety of habitats - a winding drainage line leading to the seasonal Sand River, a forested thicket and a section of open savanna. It's here where guests will find a modern bar area, coffee station, breakfast and lunch restaurant area, and a cosy loft area.
There are plenty of relaxation spaces to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush! The sparkling pool and surrounding deck area provides the perfect place to relax during the balmy summer season.
Accommodation wise, the lodge can accommodate up to 10 guests in five Meru-style tented suites. There is one luxury suite and four standard suites. The luxury Leadwood suite is totally secluded and has its own private view of the drainage line below. It also boasts a bathtub, his/hers sinks and an outdoor shower. It is also the only room that can accommodate up to two children.
Suite facilities include a tea/coffee station, standing fan, air con, hand luggage stand, hair dryer, mosquito net, safe, bathroom amenities, changeable twin/double bed configurations and a private seating area on a raised wooden deck.
Activities include two game drives a day and take place on the same traverse as Umkumbe Safari Lodge. Avid safari-goers can enjoy sundowner set-ups, coffee stops and all the extras synonymous with a Kruger safari.
Umkumbe Bush Lodge embodies the true Kruger safari experience.