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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

We will definitely return to Umlani. It's a beautifully rustic bush lodge but has all the comforts one needs. The staff are so friendly, kind and interactive without being too forward. The game Rangers were delightful, SO informative and extremely experienced in the bush....we had some amazing sightings. There were some lovely touches too, with beautifully "created and crafted" table...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your delightful descriptive review of Umlani . Happy hear you enjoyed your experience and your mention of the tree house sleep out experience. we look forward to your return visit. all our best Marco

Owatonna, Minnesota
Reviewed 5 June 2016

We can't say enough about our Umlani experience. It was exactly the type of African Safari adventure we were looking for. I did a lot of research and made the right choice! We were blown away by the incredible service we received from every staff member. It surpassed our expectations. Our bushcamp was authentic and stunning. We will be back...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation of Umlani , the whole team appreciates it very much. Happy to hear we surpassed your expectations and we look forward to your return visit some time soon we hope :) Marco

sydney
Reviewed 2 June 2016

If you want a five star animal and bush experience without the (unreal) spas and free flow of French Champagne, go to Umlani. Being uncomfortably and/cold, scratching around in the pitch black because of the lack of electricity etc is part of life and if one hasn't experienced it one should. Great location, terrain, animals, people. I did not want...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Umlani Bushcamp glad to hear that the no electricity part resonates with you and that your boys got to experience the more rustic side of Africa. Also thank you for the recommendation for other like minded travelers. We hope to see you again some time All our best Marco

Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 31 May 2016

I did a lot of research before choosing a safari and made a fantastic decision by staying at Umlani for 4 nights. Staff is incredibly friendly and detail oriented. 5 stars in that department. Food was amazing. Saw incredible wildlife ( big 5 several times over). This place goes on the top of my list in terms of overall experience...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Wow ....thank you for the incredible review we appreciate it very much. Good to hear that that you had incredible wildlife viewing . Also thank you for the recommendation and we look forward to your return visit.

ches,virginia
Reviewed 20 May 2016

After a lot of research I chose Umlani hoping for good wildlife viewing in the Timbavati Game Reserve. I was not disappointed. My ranger Big Amos and My Trekker Andrew were excellent and I was able to see The Big 5 in just two days. I stayed in Hut 7 an echo hut that was very nice. I traveled solo...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Umlani and for reviewing us . Big Amos and Andrew appreciate the mention. Thank you for mentioning the Ashtons shuttle and excellent value and friendly staff. We look forward to your return visit.

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Just spent a wonderful 3 nights at umlani. Everything was amazing. I have never reviewed a place where all the staff, including management were so exceptional. I think they enjoy working here as much as the guests enjoy their stay. Wonderful food, game drives and nothing out of the question. Thanks to everyone for a great stay. Hope to return...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review of Umlani and your mention of the exceptional staff. I am pleased to read that you found our food wonderful and enjoyed the Game drives. It was our combined pleasure and we all hope to see you back soon.

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Just had the most amazing experience on our 4 days at Umlani. it met and exceeded our expectations in every way. The game drives were fantastic, we saw so many amazing sights - the big five and much more thanks to Shadreck and Cabinet. The camp is lovely and the rooms perfect. We loved the outdoor shower and Loved the...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your fantastic review of Umlani we happy to read you had amazing experience and that we exceeded your expectations in every way. We especially appreciate your recommendation of Umlani . Shadrack and Cabinate were pleased with the mention. We hope to see you and your family again one day in the future. best regards Marco

Groningen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Everything was perfect. We had a great ranger and tracker, we also had luck with the animals. These things combined made an awesome experience. If I can, I would definitely come back. My thanks to all the Umlani Bushcamp employees. Perfect.

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for the review of Umlani I appreciate you describing your visit as perfect and that you will definitely come back which we look forward to :) all our best Marco

Washington
Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Just returned after incredible 4 day safari. We saw elephant, lions, leopard, rhino, buffalo, wild dogs, giraffe, antelope, zebra and many more Loved the small size of camp, staff was awesome and catered to us and 11,9,7 yr old children. Very safe and andrew and ephran took very good care of us. Tailored are experience around what we wanted. Run...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your super review of Umlani and the detail description of daily programme and helpful tips on charging your batteries etc. We pleased you recommending Umlani to other travelers referring to the value for money,inclusive drinks,family atmosphere great food and great safari :) Hope to see you all back one day. Marco

Grimsby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Nice well set out camp. Well set out room. Very spacious. Was told it was set out for a wheelchair, and would be excellent as there was so much space, even in the shower there was room for a wheelchair. Very well thought out, Good food ( they even made special dishes for me as I don't eat spicy foods)....

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Umlani sorry you did not get to see the white lions but glad you had excellent viewing of the big 5 and good game drives with Big Amos and Andrew. Also happy you thought the food was good. best regards Marco

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Umlani Bushcamp, a rustic yet exclusive lodge, accommodates guests in cozy en-suite reed and thatch rondavels. Early morning and evening game drives are in open four wheel drive vehicles accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers offers exceptional game viewing opportunitys. Umlani makes the whole event personalized and specializes in escorted walks into this unspoiled wilderness. Umlani, meaning Place of Rest, was established in 1990 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess, in the central section of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park. Umlani is the perfect nature lovers choice. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Umlani Bushcamp

Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $554 - $767 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Umlani Bushcamp 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Umlani Bushcamp Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Umlani Bushcamp South Africa/Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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“Eco rooms are less open to the outside environment, preferred the more open thatched hut.”
 of 5 bubbles cathymack2016, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I would say that all the rooms (huts) were the same.”
 of 5 bubbles Timmerhus, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Oh yes : go the the "tree house" !”
 of 5 bubbles , 14 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for Room 4 as it is right on the edge of camp and very close to the dry river bed. Great view and very, very, peaceful.”
 of 5 bubbles KrugerC, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Game drives are at 6am and 3.30pm so be sure to arrive in time for one of these.”
  • View of watering hole from Camp bar/lounge
 of 5 bubbles 722simonb, 10 Sep 2016 | Read review
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