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Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 14 August 2015

Fantastic. A real Africa experience, hitting the balance between offering some comforts whilst maintaining the wild experience. A magical experience, Greg and Rouxie were great hosts, and Adam was a knowledgeable guide. We stayed 3 nights in Kruger at different places, and this felt closest to a real African experience.

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you very much for encouraging people to Go to Umlani and your description of it being a fantastic magical experience also thank you mentioning Greg,Rouxle' and Adam. Best regards Marco More 

Munich, Germany
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88 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Stayed 5 nights at Umlani and I cannot recommend highly enough - it was worth every penny (as many others have said) and it's a combination of the people (staff and fellow visitors) and the location that make it so good. We (2 adults, 2 kids, age 12 and 9) stayed in a family cabin which was really lovely -... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Wow..... thank you for your super review of Umlani we really appreciate you going into detail and for mentioning Amos ,Andrew,Joana,Rouxle' and Greg . Also thank you for highly recommending us and encouraging guest to think about extending a stay with us . Best regards Marco More 

England, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon and it was wonderful. Greg & Rouxle were lovely hosts, they made us feel welcome and we enjoyed their stories at dinner. Our hut was comfortable and clean and we loved the outside shower. We had the 'A team' of Amos & Andrew as our ranger and tracker. They... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Umlani we pleased to hear you had a wonderful honeymoon ,Greg Rouxle' and the A team Amos and Andrew are pleased to be mentioned. We appreciate the recommendation. Glad you enjoyed the honey badger stories :) All our best Marco P.S Hope to see you again for a future anniversary More 

Cape Town
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015

Our second trip to Umlani and it will certainly not be our last! Wonderful hosts Joana, Greg and Rouxle make you feel right at home, our daughter loved Greg's fireside bush stories, never to be forgotten! Sinhle, our ranger and Maurice our tracker were so knowledgeable and made every game drive an experience to remember. Our cosy hut with hot... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Hey thanks so much for the review and your mention of Joana ,Greg Rouxle' ,Sinhle ,Maurice. We really appreciate you highly recommending Umlani and look forward to your next visit :) all our best Marco More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

Fantastic location, excellent staff and incredible game drives with Adam. The lack of electricity adds a real unique charm to this camp. Don't rent a Toyota corolla though if you are driving yourself to the camp, extra ground clearance is definitely a must!

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review on Tripadvisor and mention of Adam and excellent staff. Your tip regarding Car hire will be useful to other travelers. best regards Marco More 

Vancouver, British Columbia
1 review
Reviewed 22 July 2015

Just returned to Vancouver after a wonderful vacation to South Africa. All our accommodations we great , but Umlani bush camp provided us with a very unique experience in their eco friendly lodge . The Guides were excellent Big Amos and Andrew could even find a needle in a haystack .

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor we appreciate you taking the time and your mention of Amos and Andrew . All our best Marco More 

Burntwood
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2015

This place shouldn't be reviewed just a a place to stay but the whole experience....I absolutely loved every single minute of being at this place. Having never been on a Safari before I had an expectation in my head as to what I thought it would be and this place was more than I could ever have hoped for. From... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

What more could we hope for but a review such as yours.......thank you very much for your fantastic review of Umlani and for all the mentions Andrew,Joana ,Sinhle,Greg,Rouxle',delicious food,friendliest genuine people,gorgeous Eco-Hut. We 100% appreciate and hope you come back. Also a big thank you for the recommendation without hesitation. Our best regards Marco More 

Western Australia, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

Umlani was an excellent choice! Top quality service, food, safaris, at mosphere. The pre-warmed cups for our coffee before the early morning game drive - fantastic. The huts were very comfortable. Big Amos and our tracker Andrew, were great and they made sure we saw the Big 5 as well as pointing out and discussing other animals and the surrounding... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review "highlight of our South Africa trip" and your mention of top quality service , food and safaris . Hope to see you back again one day. All our best Marco More 

Stellenbosch, South Africa
2 reviews
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

What an amazing 5 star experience! From arrival to departure 4 days later, no detail was left untouched. Every game drive was informative from the birds, to the trees and their uses in Africa to the most magnificent Big 5! We saw all the big five including a rare siting of a leaopard eating an impala in a tree, from... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Wow Wow thank you so much for your awesome review of Umlani and mentioning Greg Rouxle' and Sinhle' and the mention that it was a 10 star experience with Spotless and comfy rooms. hope to see you back soon. All our best Marco More 

East London
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2015

Umlani was everything we could have wished for! So understated, yet top quality. We felt like it was our own home for a while...how I wish it was! The staff and management made us feel so welcome and nothing appeared to be too much trouble. Our ranger, Adam, was exceptionally knowledgable and patient with us, yet it's the atmosphere around... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your special review of Umlani and your mention of understated top quality , Adams patients and knowledge , management and staff. Hope to see you and your friends back one day soon :) all our best Marco More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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: $556 - $754 (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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“Eco rooms are less open to the outside environment, preferred the more open thatched hut.”
 of 5 bubbles cathymack2016, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I would say that all the rooms (huts) were the same.”
 of 5 bubbles Timmerhus, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Oh yes : go the the "tree house" !”
 of 5 bubbles , 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.”
 of 5 bubbles KrugerC, 13 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Game drives are at 6am and 3.30pm so be sure to arrive in time for one of these.”
  • View of watering hole from Camp bar/lounge
 of 5 bubbles 722simonb, 10 Sep 2016 | Read review
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