South African Lodges
Address
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Greater Kruger National Park
Limpopo Province
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
Big Five
R5330.00SINGLE RATE
FOR TODAY

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.

  • 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 & Services

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.

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.

Activities and Attractions

The reserve's wealth of bird life, 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.

Activities:

  • Early morning safari drive
  • Late afternoon/evening safari
  • Morning bush walk
  • 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.

Below detailed information about the Umlani Bushcamp is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

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

Restaurants

Umlani Bushcamp

Cuisine at the lodge is made using exclusively local produce, in the interests of supporting the local community and it is generally organically grown.  As such, the meals comprise a deliciously fresh menu, with the team in the kitchen doing their utmost to produce exciting, tasty dishes – and, typical of lodges – in great abundance.  

Meals are enjoyed either in the outdoor boma, the dining room or occasionally on a dry riverbed nearby.

Game Viewing
  • Early morning game drive
  • Late afternoon safari
  • Bush walk
  • Bird watching.
Nearby Activites
  • Microlight flights
  • Hot-air balloon safari
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Horseback riding
  • Golf
Nearby Attractions
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • TSAU White Lion Research & Heritage Centre
  • Ringetani Acornhoek Village Tour.

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

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Braai & Barbeque
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Safari drives
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • As there are free-roaming wild animals in the area, guests are advised to take appropriate precautions and adhere to all safety instructions issued by staff.

Children Policy
    • All children are welcome.
    • Free! One child under 2 years stays free of charge in a child's cot/crib.
    • One child from 3 to 12 years is charged 50 % of the room stay per night and person in an extra bed.
    • The maximum number of extra beds/children's cots permitted in a room is 1.
    • Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
    • Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pet Policy
  • No pets allowed.

Available Rooms

Triple Hut

# Rooms:
9

Accommodation is provided in 8 traditional thatch & reed huts. Each hut is discreetly located for privacy and has a verandah overlooking a view of the surrounding bush or riverbed. The rooms are spacious and appointed with the necessities for a comfortable getaway.

Hut features include:

  • En-suite bathroom with open-air shower
  • Mosquito nets
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Insect repellant.
Single Room R5330
Double Room R8200

Double Huts

# Rooms:
9

Accommodation is provided in 8 traditional thatch & reed huts. Each hut is discreetly located for privacy and has a verandah overlooking a view of the surrounding bush or riverbed. The rooms are spacious and appointed with the necessities for a comfortable getaway.

Hut features include:

  • En-suite bathroom with open-air shower
  • Mosquito nets
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Insect repellant.
Single Room R5330
Double Room R8200

Family Huts

# Rooms:
9

Accommodation is provided in 8 traditional thatch & reed huts. Each hut is discreetly located for privacy and has a verandah overlooking a view of the surrounding bush or riverbed. The rooms are spacious and appointed with the necessities for a comfortable getaway.

Hut features include:

  • En-suite bathroom with open-air shower
  • Mosquito nets
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Insect repellant.
Single Room R5330
Double Room R8200

Hut 6 - Eco Hut

# Rooms:
1

The eco huts have been built to feature the best thermal storage qualities, making it nice and warm inside when during cold days and making it cooler inside when it is hot outside.  This close to nature sleeping experience is enhanced by an outdoor shower with bathroom.

Single Room R5600
Double Room R8740

Hut 7 - Eco Hut

# Rooms:
1

The eco hut can accommodate two guests sharing.  Built with natural materials, the eco hut has been built to feature the best thermal storage qualities, making it nice and warm inside when during cold days and making it cooler inside when it is hot outside.

Single Room R5600
Double Room R8740

Umlani Bushcamp Specials

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

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 140.00
  • 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
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.332748

Longitude: 31.307495

Directions

Directions from Johannesburg to Umlani Bush Camp:

Get onto the N4 towards Witbank (Emalahleni) - N4 highway is also the highway/main road to Nelspruit (Mbombela) & Maputu Toll Road
Take left off ramp to Belfast
Pass through the small town of Belfast and follow road signs turning right onto the R540 to Dullstroom
Follow the signs on R540 to Lydenburg/Mashishing
At the T-junction, outside Lydenburg/Mashishing turn left
Pass through the town of Lydenburg/Mashishing and follow the road signs, turning left, onto the R36 towards Ohrigstad
Pass through the town of Ohrigstad, still on the R36
Continue on the R36 towards the Strydom Tunnel
Pass through the mountainous region and the Strydom Tunnel - this road will lead you into Hoedspruit
Pass through the small town of Hoedspruit and at the 2nd four way stop turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie and Acornhoek
Leave the town of Hoedspruit and after 6km turn left onto the Timbavati Road (lots of Game Lodge Signs) and Eastgate/Hoedspruit airport sign.
Travel for 17,8km along the Timbavati Road until you reach the Timbavati Gate You will pass the Eastgate/ Hoedspruit Airport on your left hand side
On arrival at the Timbavati Gate please pay R140 for issue of permit p/vehicle.
Once through the Timbavati gate continue along the tar road for 13,7 kms
First plate shows 4.8km straight
600 meters further you will find another road marker showing Umlani right, 4.2km.
Here you will also notice a prominent tree with three nests right at the turn off.
On the left hand side of the road you will see a round cement road maker with lodge names on it. Turn right directly opposite onto a dirt road.
Follow the small wooden signs UMLANI
Please be on the look-out when you go through a dip/dry riverbed for the Umlani wooden sign that directs you to turn right to camp.
There are 3 wooden signs in total.



Direction from the Timbavati Gate to Umlani:

On arrival at the Timbavati Gate please pay R140 for issue of permit p/vehicle.
Once through the Timbavati gate continue along the tar road for 13,7 kms
First plate shows 4.8km straight
600 meters further you will find another road marker showing Umlani right, 4.2km.
Here you will also notice a prominent tree with three nests right at the turn off.
On the left hand side of the road you will see a round cement road maker with lodge names on it. Turn right directly opposite onto a dirt road.
Follow the small wooden signs "UMLANI"
Please be on the look-out when you go through a dip/dry riverbed for the Umlani wooden sign that directs you to turn right to camp.
There are 3 wooden signs in total.

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