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Pennington, New Jersey
Reviewed 12 January 2016

Our family of 5 stayed for 2 nights at this very special Bushcamp. The staff were warm and friendly and made us feel very welcomed. It was a total bonus to sit on the beautiful porch of the bar area and watch a continuous stream of animals at the watering hole. It was like we got an extra game drive...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review of Umlani we are pleased you felt that the team are warm and friendly which made you feel very welcome. Also happy that you thought our candlelit dinners were fabulous. My apologies for the fan in the Eco hut we have found a new energy effient fan that uses way less power more suitable...

London
Reviewed 9 January 2016

Staying at Umlani was a great experience. The staff were all excellent, Greg and Roulex were such accomadating and friendly hosts and we really enjoyed sharing stories over dinner. We were made to feel so at home and nothing was too much trouble. Big Amos and Andrew were superb and I was amazed and their skill in locating the animals...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor we appreciate it also thank you for mentioning Greg, Rouxle' ,Big Amos and Andrew . Also for your tip about the tree house and that it was an incredible experience. About the Pool during a heat wave, it is more of a challenge to keep it free of thirsty bugs and falling leaves...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 6 January 2016

Our family had a great time at Umlani. It is the perfect base to visit the unspoilt Kruger National Park. The hosts were wonderful, trackers knowledgeable and the bungalows lovely. We would highly recommend Umlani.

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Umlani and the great recommendation. We very much appreciate it and hope to see you back again some time in the future . Marco

Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 4 January 2016

Wow, just wow. I think I was most blown away by the service. Attention to detail, super friendly staff and general interest in guests and their story. I really really loved the staff. Our guides did the outmost to satisfy our game experience and the food was just delicious. I also loved my room. I am not a fan of...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Wow thank you for the review on TripAdvisor happy to hear you were blown away by the service and the staff . thank you for the recommendation to visit we appreciate it . hope to see you again one day . Marco

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 3 January 2016

We stayed at Umlani Lodge for 2 nights, and had the magical experience of sleeping at their treehouse where we watched elephants, water buffalo and hyenas come and go from the water hole all night under a full moon. Completely breathtaking! Umlani was the perfect combination of living off-grid within nature while also being treated to excellent food; warm, friendly,...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

We so appreciate you reviewing Umlani on TripAdvisor and recommending us to other Travelers. Also thank you for mentioning our tree house and that the experience was magical. A lovely review ! Marco

Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 3 January 2016

Umlani was one of the highlights of our recent family trip. The care, excellent service, knowledgeable and friendly staff made our stay outstanding. There is nothing quite like being surrounded with what Africa has to offer, in an authentic environment surrounded by beautiful plants, birds and animals - both large and small. Kudos to the rangers and spotters who made...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

It is our pleasure ,thank you for the lovely review we appreciate it. Kudos to you for visiting Umlani. Hope to see you back again one day . regards Marco

Reviewed 31 December 2015

This is a rustic lodge in the African bush with excellent views, during the day, on a nearby waterhole.Although there is no electricity for general use you still have the limited availability of Wi Fi and battery charging for the cameras. The absence of main electricity makes your adventure even better and unforgettable during the evenings. There is a small...

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and description of the Umlani experience on TripAdvisor and the mention that guest care is our top priority.We hope to see you back again some day in the future. regards Marco

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 22 December 2015

If you love spa's, massages and perfectly manicured gardens, you'll hate it.. but if you're looking for an authentic safari experience run by wonderful locals, book it right now, you won't regret it....

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Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor and the great recommendation to other like minded travelers. all the best Marco

Ijmuiden, The Netherlands
Reviewed 18 December 2015

Umlani is an nice unfenced camp, with large amounts of animals around. The morning and afternoon game drives shows many of them, when you are Lucky even the Big Five. But also the varity and quality of the food will surprise you. For us one of the best Bush lodges.

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Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor we appreciate it happy to hear that you feel we one of the best Bush lodges. regards Marco

Lysaker, Norway
Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

The absolutely best part of our holiday in South Africa were the 3 days that we spent in Umlani Bush Camp in the Timbavati Game Park. The camp, consisting of 8 guest huts plus a handful of general purpose huts, has a very special atmosphere, particularly after dark, in harmony with the surroundings. The staff is both very capable and...

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Thank you for your review of Umlani happy to read it was best part of holiday in South Africa we hope to welcome you back one day . best regards Marco

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Umlani Bushcamp, a rustic yet exclusive lodge, accommodates guests in cozy en-suite reed and thatch rondavels. Early morning and evening game drives are in open four wheel drive vehicles accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers offers exceptional game viewing opportunitys. Umlani makes the whole event personalized and specializes in escorted walks into this unspoiled wilderness. Umlani, meaning Place of Rest, was established in 1990 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess, in the central section of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park. Umlani is the perfect nature lovers choice. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Umlani Bushcamp

Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range: $592 - $822 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Umlani Bushcamp 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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Umlani Bushcamp Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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“all 'rooms' are great!”
SandLHighlands, 30 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Eco rooms are less open to the outside environment, preferred the more open thatched hut.”
cathymack2016, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I would say that all the rooms (huts) were the same.”
Timmerhus, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Oh yes : go the the "tree house" !”
, 14 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for Room 4 as it is right on the edge of camp and very close to the dry river bed. Great view and very, very, peaceful.”
KrugerC, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
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