Umlani Bushcamp - Timbavati

Accommodation in Timbavati Game Reserve

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Umlani Bushcamp is a highly recommended, classic African safari camp located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

See the real Africa at Umlani: enjoy the ultimate experience of true wilderness and seclusion in a camp that accommodates just 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 and open-air bush showers fuelled by wood fires.

The accommodation offers you all the privacy and comfort you need for uninterrupted relaxation. Umlani's prize-winning cuisine will take you on a gastronomic tour of African styled food.

Umlani Bushcamp offers an exciting, safe experience in Big Five territory. View lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, in more than 10 000 hectares (24 000 acres) of traversing area. The camp is also home to more than 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. At Umlani you are guaranteed an adventure of a lifetime in one of Africa's world-renowned, unspoilt wilderness reserves.

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Superior accommodation in traditional thatched huts

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 candlelight and oil lamps, providing a warm and romantic atmosphere.

The camp can accommodate a total of 16 guests. There are four double huts, three 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.


Inclusions / Exclusions

Rates Include:
Accommodation, 3 meals, 2 game drives, optional walk, all local brand drinks and 14% VAT.

Rates Exclude:
Airport transfers.  When entereing the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, fees payable either in cash or by credit card: Conservation levy  and Vehicle permit


Extra information

Facilities and activities at Umlani Bushcamp, South Africa

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 favourite drink. Alternatively, laze away the day in our spacious bush bar and deck overlooking the riverbed and watering hole. For exclusive tranquillity 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 candlelit dining room, or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.

Beyond the Timbavati

Apart from the wildlife safaris there are some optional daytime activities outside the Timbavati Game Reserve that are accessible from Umlani Bushcamp; these 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
Early Morning Balloon Safaris
Ringetani Acornhoek Village Tour which includes tribal dancing, tasting of traditional African foods, visiting a Sangoma (traditional healer), a typical shabeen (beer hall) and a local family. After which you will head back to the camp for afternoon game drive
Elephant Back Safaris
TSAU - White Lion Research & Heritage Centre
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Horse Riding
White Water Rafting Trips
Nearby Golf Courses
 Hans Merensky Golf Cours - A world famous course set in a unique bushveld atmosphere. Share a golfing experience with resident giraffe, hippo, crocodiles and many other permanent residents! The 18 hole, Bob Grimsdell designed, Par 72, Championship Golf course has been voted as the best walking course in the country. This golf course is situated an approx 1h 45min drive from Umlani in Phalaborwa. Transfers to/from will need to be arranged.
Drakensig Golf Course - A smaller 9 hole golf course. It is located at the Air force Base in Hoedspruit, a 45min drive from Umlani. Transfers to/from will need to be arranged.