Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Umkumbe Safari Lodge

From ZAR 4250 per person sharing

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is owner managed and run; ensuring guests enjoy a personal, rustic and real South African safari experience. The lodge consists of 10 chalets/rooms with most overlooking the seasonal Sand River. Guests regularly see Elephants, Hippos, Buffalo and Antelope grazing in the river bed.

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Umkumbe Safari Lodge has a variety of room set ups, that allow families to travel with ease, as well as a small party of three adults, or friends looking for their own rooms but connected via an inter-leading door. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and suitable for guests looking for a well priced and affordable option in the Sabi Sand. All the rooms are en-suite and airconditioned and have full electricity. 

Leopard, Zebra, Lion, Rhino, Giraffe, Buffalo, Elephant and Wild Dog Superior Suites

7 Supieror Rooms that consist of a twin/kingsize bed and 2 sleeper couches - ideally for 2 adults and 2 children. En-suite bathroom with shower only. Mosquito nets and comfortable linen. Small verandah with camp chairs and view of the river.

Standard Rooms

3 Standard Rooms that consist of a twin/kingsize bed. En-suite bathroom with shower only. Mosquito nets and comfortable linen. Small verandah with camp chairs and view of the river.

Please note that the Superior and Standard rooms are priced differently. The Superior rooms are larger and also have outdoor en-suite showers which the Standard rooms do not.

Umkumbe is located on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The lodge is perfectly positioned to enjoy magnificent views of the river and its wildlife activity. The main deck area is a favourite with as they relax and watch the surrounding bird and animal activity.

The lodge is unfenced, however it is safe for children as there is trip wire which aims to keep elephants and larger animals at bay. General game such as warthog, and a range of antelope and small mammals can come and go as they please, which provides entertaining game viewing from the lodge/bedrooms.

At a Glance

  • Affordable safari lodge situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand GameReserve.
  • Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River where wildlife roams regularly.
  • Enjoys a premier location in the heart of a worldrenown big 5 game reserve.
  • Family friendly accommodation for children over the age of 5.
  • Diversity of wildlife.
  • Easily accessible via self-drive from Johannesburg, or via flights to Nelspruit airport.
  • WiFi available for a fee between 09h30 and 16h00.

Additional Facilities Include

  • Swimming pool
  • Lounge
  • Bar 
  • Dining area and
  • A traditional boma where guests will be served delicious and hearty South African meals

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 5 game viewing destinations in Africa.


  • Morning and evening Big 5 game drives
  • Sundowners in the bush
  • Bird watching
  • Traditional boma dinner outdoors around a campfire
  • Optional morning bush walk after breakfast: walkers must be over 16 years of age. Bush walks are in English only
  • Night game drives

A typical day on safari at Umkumbe: (Summer)

  • Wake up (coffee and biscuits) 5:00
  • Morning Game Drive 5:30
  • Return 8:30 
  • Breakfast 8:30
  • Bush Walk (Optional) 8:45
  • Lunch 14:00
  • Afternoon Game Drive 16:30
  • Return 19:30
  • Dinner 19:30

A typical day on safari at Umkumbe: (Winter)

  • Wake up (coffee and biscuits) 5:30
  • Morning Game Drive 6:00
  • Return 9:30
  • Breakfast 9:30
  • Bush Walk (Optional) 9:45
  • Lunch 14:00
  • Afternoon Game Drive 15:30
  • Return 18:30
  • Dinner 18:30


The Sabi Sand is next to the Kruger National Park. Umkumbe is in the middle of this Big 5 country between Mala Mala and Londolozi. The Sabi Sand region is a low risk malaria area. It is best to consult your local Doctor for advice. 

Rate inclusions

Rates include accommodation, all meals, 2 x game drives a day, teas & coffees, and an optional bush walk after breakfast (conditions permitting).

Rate exclusions

Rates exclude drinks,  all Conservation levies (please see details below),  all items of a personal nature, any item not described above.

Conservation Levies

Sabie Game Reserve Conservation levy: R500 per person per night (will be added to your invoice and this contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabie Game Reserve and surrounding areas).

Children Rates and Children Policy 

  • Children over 12 pay the full adult rate. Children under 12 pay 50% of the adult rate.
  • Children aged 5 and over are welcome.

Check-in and Check-out Times

Check in time is 2pm and check out time is 11am.


Umkumbe Safari Lodge Facilities Air Conditioning
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Facilities Bar
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Facilities Boma
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Facilities Pool
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Facilities River View
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Facilities Shower
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Facilities Lounge
Umkumbe Safari Lodge Facilities Dining Area