Umlani Bushcamp

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The Umlani Bushcamp is within South Africa's Timbavati Nature Reserve bordering without a fence onto the Kruger National Park.

Home to the Big Five and a great variety of wildlife, guests, experience fascinating safari drives and bush walks. Set off the beaten tourist track; this safari lodge provides travellers with intimate and thrilling wildlife encounters, delicious meals and a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with nature in one of Africa's unspoilt wilderness reserves.

During the day, in between wildlife viewing activities in Timbavati, guests may relax in the hammocks around the swimming pool and sip a refreshing beverage. Alternatively, the bush bar and deck overlooking the riverbed and waterhole make for a beautiful place for socialising.

Guests seeking privacy and tranquillity may visit the Umlani Bushcamp tree house which lies about 2.7 km away from the camp. Overlooking a dam, guests may enjoy the purest nature around them for an hour or two comforted with blankets and big pillows as well as drinks on hand. Pre-dinner drinks are served in the evening in the African style boma around the fire which is followed by the lodge's delicious meals served in the candlelit dining venue.

The reserve's wealth of birdlife, flora, fauna as well as cultural heritage makes it a unique destination. Guests enjoy two safari drives a day which is accompanied by professional game rangers in open Land Rovers. Departing during dawn as the sun rises in the bushveld, guests have the chance to encounter the reserve's untamed wildlife in their natural habitat.

The lodge's night drive leaves during the late afternoon. Optional morning bush walks offer clients a way to explore on foot being able to learn about the smaller creatures which are often ignored from the vehicles.

  • Four double huts with double beds, en-suite bathroom and an open-air shower. This room type can host a maximum of two guests.
  • The Family huts provide one double, and two single beds accommodate up to four guests.
  • The Eco Rondavel can sleep two guests and offers guests a nature experience with outdoor shower and en-suite bathroom as well as luxuries and amenities.

Facilities and services:

  • Traditional African Boma/dining room
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Bush bar and deck overlooking waterhole
  • Treehouse 1.8 km away from camp for Bush sleepouts
  • Transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Laundry services
  • Gift shop.


  • Early morning safari drive
  • Late afternoon/evening safari
  • Morning bushwalk
  • Bird watching.

Nearby activities and attractions:

  • Microlight flight
  • Ringetani Acornhoek Village Tour
  • Elephant Back Safaris
  • TSAU - White Lion Research & Heritage Centre
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Golf Courses (Hans Merensky Golf Course, Drakensig Golf Course.


  • Complimentary Bottled Water
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Mosquito net
  • Outside Shower
  • Viewing Deck

Facilities Available at Umlani Bushcamp

  • Airstrip
  • Gift Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Open Air Boma
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

More Information on Umlani Bushcamp

FAQs about Umlani Bushcamp
What is the contact number for reservations?

The contact numbers to make a reservation at Umlani Bushcamp are:

•  Cape Town Reservations +27 (0) 21 794 9050
•  Durban Reservations: +27 (0) 31 941 5945
•  Johannesburg Reservations: +27 (0) 10 446 8045.

Alternatively, you can check availability and book online by clicking here.

What is the cost of a room at Umlani Bushcamp?
The average per night rate at Umlani Bushcamp is R6,080.00 to R9,960.00.
Where about is Umlani Bushcamp located?
Umlani Bushcamp is located at the following location / address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park.

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

3 Night Special

Umlani Bushcamp 3 night special package which includes complimentary road shuttle transfers from EITHER OR Tambo Airport Johannesburg OR Eastgate Airport Hoedspruit. These Hoedspruit transfers are subject to flight times as per the Camp shuttle. For flights outside of these times we can book a private transfer for guest account.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation, 3 meals per day, 2 x game drives, optional bush walks, all local brand drinks
  • Includes complimentary OR Tambo or Hoedspruit airport shuttle
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy

Excluded from the rate:

  • Vehicle permit – Payable at the Timbavati Gate, per vehicle R 160.00
  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for a 3 night stay only
  • 3 Night Special: Complimentary shuttle, please take note this has specific departure times from Hoedspruit and OR Tambo Airport. If departure time does not fit itinerary please arrange a private transfer for your own account.
  • Hoedspruit has a possible waiting period of up to an hour.
  • Please note shuttle times before booking your flights as any transfers required outside of our shuttle times will be arranged at your own cost.
  • Complimentary Transfers are only to and from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg via the Ashtons & Umlani Shuttle and to and from East Gate Airport in Hoedspruit via the Umlani Shuttle.
  • Both these transfers are included in the special and are shared with other passengers. Both Shuttles have waiting periods.
  • Umlani Shuttle Times:
    10:00 am: Shuttle departs at Umlani Bushcamp. 10:45 am: Drop off at Bush Pub for Ashtons Shuttle transfer to OR Tambo International Airport. 11:00 am: Drop off at East Gate Airport in Hoedspruit.
    12:45 pm: Collection time at East Gate Airport in Hoedspruit to depart to Umlani Bushcamp. 13:00 pm: Collection time at Bush Pub to depart to Umlani Bushcamp. 14:30 pm: Drop off at Umlani Bushcamp
  • Please note that these times are fixed and cannot be changed to suit other travel arrangements.
  • Ashtons Kruger Shuttle:
  • Please note that this is a SHUTTLE service and NOT a PRIVATE transfer service. You will be sharing the transfer with other passengers. Pick up and drop off times are fixed and cannot be arranged to suit your arrangements. This is not a scenic route and only a couple of brief drink and toilet stops will be along the way. Drop off and pick up points are not at Umlani Bushcamp itself and an additional transfer to/from the drop off points will be organised by Umlani. Ashtons Kruger Shuttle: Timing and Collection/Return Locations The Ashtons driver will have an Ashtons Kruger Shuttle signboard and a list of clients The Ashtons Kruger Shuttle vehicles are branded accordingly
  • Pick-up OR Tambo International Airport 06h45 am Shuttle clients will be met inside the Bus Terminal Building (on the chairs provided at the Magic Bus office) at OR Tambo. Follow the overhead signboards through the airport stating Transport or Car Rental or Bus Terminal or ask at the Information Desk for directions
  • Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport on the day of return between 17h00 -18h00 pm