This authentic camp is the ultimate experience of true wilderness and seclusion, accommodating only 16 guests in traditional African reed and thatch huts. Umlani's philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity. Enjoy the warm atmosphere of candlelight and oil lamps as well as open-air bush showers fuelled by wood fires. The accommodation offers you all the privacy and superior comfort you need for uninterrupted relaxation. Umlani's award winning cuisine will take you on a gastronomic tour of African styled food.
Umlani Bushcamp offers an authentic wildlife experience in Big Five territory. View lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, in over 10 000 hectares (24 000 acres) of traversing area, also home to over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species. Experience the thrill of game drives in open Land Rovers, guided bush walks, and tracking game on foot with highly experienced rangers and trackers. You are guaranteed an adventure of a lifetime in one of Africa's world-renowned unspoilt wilderness reserves.
Umlani's traditional African reed and thatch huts will not only provide you with all the comforts you need, but will also provide you with an authentic experience of local tribal (Shangaan) architecture and style, which blends in naturally with the environment. Each hut has en-suite facilities including an open-air bush shower fuelled by wood fires. The hut is comfortably fitted with white mosquito nets, crisp white linen and towels as well as with standard bathroom amenities, bottled water (although the tap water is perfectly safe to drink) and insect repellent. Umlani's philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity, so each hut and the entire camp is lit by candle light and oil lamps, providing a warm and romantic atmosphere.
The camp can take a total of 16 guests. There are five double huts, two huts that sleep four people, and one hut that sleeps three people. This allows us to be flexible with friends and families that would like to share accommodation. Umlani is renowned for their outstanding Shangaan rangers and trackers, who will not only find you the game, but will also introduce you to the wealth of flora, fauna, bird life and cultural heritage of the region. You will be taken out on two game drives per day, in open top land rovers. The morning game drive will leave at dawn and the night drive will leave in the late afternoon. There is always a ranger on stand-by for an optional morning bush walk.
During the day you can go on short walks with the ranger after breakfast, or lounge in the double hammocks around the swimming pool sipping your favorite drink. Alternatively, laze away the day in our spacious bush bar and deck overlooking the riverbed and watering hole. For exclusive tranquility there is a tree house about 2.5 kms from the camp overlooking a dam, where we can leave you for an hour or two with blankets and big comfortable pillows as well as a cooler box with drinks. In the evening you will be treated to pre dinner drinks in the traditional boma around the fire, followed by one of Umlani's award winning meals in the candle lit dining room, or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.
Nearby attractions and activities:
Apart from the wildlife safari's there are some optional daytime activities outside of the Timbavati Game Reserve that are accessible from Umlani Bushcamp which can be arranged by camp management. A transfer service can also be organised to and from the Umlani Bushcamp to any of the following activities:
- A one hour microlight flight over the Klaserie Big Five Reserve
- Mafunyane Shangaan Cultural Village
- Early Morning Balloon Safaris
- White Water Rafting Trips
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
- Monsoon Gallery and Curios Centre
- Horse Riding
- Ringetani Acornhoek Village Tour which includes tribal dancing, tasting of traditional African foods, visiting a Sangoma (Traditional healer), a traditional Shabeen and a local family.
Timbavati Game Reserve is situated on the Western boundary of the Kruger National Park and lies between the Klaserie, Umbabat, Manyeleti and Sabie Sands Reserves.
* Payment: A 50% deposit, is required for confirmation of all reservations and full pre-payment is required a month before arrival. Payment can be made by credit card or electronic bank transfer.
* Cancellation policy: A 10% cancellation fee will be levied on a cancellation 4 weeks and more prior to arrival. A 25% cancellation fee will be levied on confirmed bookings canceled 2 to 4 weeks before arrival. A 50% cancellation fee on the total bookings canceled within 2 weeks of arrival. Full payment on confirmed bookings canceled within 5 days of arrival or not arriving without prior arrangement.
* Check in/check out Time:
Check in - 11am
Check out - 12 noon
* Pets and Children: Children are welcome but unfortunately no pets.
We offer 3 night specials, 1 week specials and Winter specials.
Rates start from R1650.00.
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.
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M18290 is a classic African safari camp located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This authentic camp is the ultimate experience of true wilderness and seclusion, accommodating only 16 guests in traditional African reed and thatch huts. M18290 philosophy of...
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