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Toulouse, France
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three marvelous days at Umkumbe, a small lodge in sabie sands private reserve. It is very comfortable (choose a suite overlooking the river) , the food is good, the rangers very professional and friendly, the all staff very dedicated. We saw lots of animals during the game drives and in between the elephants come close to the lodge as it...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was breathtaking! We stayed 5 night and I would not have made it shorter. The bushed turned into the garden of Eden with Leopard butterflies everywhere and colorful magnificent birds rivaling for our attention with the giraffes, antelopes, hyenas, buffalo, and Elephants which were often seen from the lodge when they came to the river. The staff was fabulous...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just returned from a 3-day safari at Umkumbe that was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We were extremely impressed by the knowledge of our guide, Johann. We saw all of the Big 5 and much, much more wildlife! We couldn't recommend Umkumbe more, especially at its price point.

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1Thank nbuikema12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

UmkumberSafari Lodge has a great location at the Sabi river, which attracts lots of animals: hippos, elephants, impalas and we were so lucky to see a lion at night! Finally saw BIG 5 in two days! Upon arrival we were met by freindly Danie, one of the rangers who showed us the room ("Elephant": 2nd line, i.e no river view,...

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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We had a really bad experience with Umkumbe. We booked the lodge through SA travel agency Sundestinations who recommended the lodge.. Our guide was ok and the room and room cleaning was good but the rest was really a bad experience. The crew were not friendly or service minded. They do not have a Manager in charge on site running...

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674brettt, Marketing at Umkumbe Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you felt that way you did about our lodge. Just to clarify we did have management available at the lodge, on site. The owners Herman and Celeste were present while you were there. We would appreciate it if you emailed us specifics about the areas of service which you felt...

Reviewed 6 January 2017

Like the first private wildlife preserve we visited (Zulu Nyala), this one had great food, tons of wildlife, great service, and an emphasis on race-based segregation. Its hard writing a review that is so mixed, but in the 21st Century, its kind of shocking to see that S Africa has not let go of its apartheid past. Some basics: if...

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674brettt, Marketing at Umkumbe Safari Lodge, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you for the compliments regarding our lodge and game viewing. However, we have taken exception to your viewpoint regarding the accusations of racism and segregation. It is evident that there are a number of prejudices at play here - we noticed that the same post has been written on other lodge's TripAdvisor review sections. This clearly means...

Rochester, New York
Reviewed 27 November 2016

We had a early morning Safari in Nov 2016. It was a lifetime experience. We saw a leopard and hyena's competing for a kill. We saw Hyena's stalking Zebras with the stallion protecting the herd. Simply incredible!

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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 14 November 2016

I was greeted upon arrival by friendly Johan, one of the rangers who showed me to my room and gave a quick explanation of the daily activities. I arrived mid-afternoon, just in time for lunch. It was mainly cold pizza squares, but when you just want something to nibble on, they're okay. The rest of the meals, all buffet, prepared...

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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This was my first safari experience and everything about it made me want to do it all over again. Once you arrive you are greeted by who will become your guide for your entire stay and really the person you can go to and ask anything. I will say this, the guide makes all the difference. Mauritz was superb, friendly,...

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UK
Reviewed 2 November 2016

The lodge has a fantastic location next to the river and the staff are excellent, as were the game drives and viewing. However the Lodge and the facilities are in need of refurbishment. This place could be so much better than it currently is.

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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa. Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is perfectly situated in one of the best Big Five game viewing destinations in Africa. ... more   less 

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Address: Luilekker Farm | Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range: $608 - $716 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Umkumbe Safari Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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“suites overlooking the river”
 of 5 bubbles 544catherine, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“rooms facing the river are best”
 of 5 bubbles Fraser000, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for Lion Chalet for good view of the river (requires Guide escort at night) or Chalet 3 if you don't want to be escorteed”
 of 5 bubbles lriglevart, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“ask for a river facing room,”
 of 5 bubbles alunh960, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Standard: small, good river view. Luxury: bigger, face the road. But enjoyable to hangout at common areas with staff & guests anyway.”
 of 5 bubbles icjm1234, 2 Oct 2016 | Read review
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