A 3-day safari into the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, with luxury lodging under canvas tenting at Umkumbe Bush Lodge, offers the ideal glamping opportunity.
This scenic area of the Sabie Game Reserve features a diverse habitat, from winding riverbeds and woodland to open savanna and riverine thickets. This wilderness reserve is home to the Big Five, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna to be discovered.
The Umkumbe Bush Lodge sits comfortably under a canopy of indigenous trees in the southern reaches of the Sabi Sand. This luxury tented camp, the first of its kind in the reserve, provides all of the creature comforts of home, but with a luxurious twist.
A safari stay at Umkumbe Bush Lodge includes two daily game drives. The morning safari may include a scenic coffee stop, and the afternoon drive will include a classic safari sundowner and snacks.
The main lodge at Umkumbe overlooks a variety of habitats, including a winding drainage line leading to the seasonal Sand River, a forested thicket, and a section of open savanna. In between activities and meals, guests can observe wildlife, relax, and enjoy the natural surroundings.
The stylish accommodation and spacious tented suites are all situated on private raised wooden decks nestled in nature and named after various indigenous trees found in the region. The beautifully designed bush lodge has 9 tented-style suites, four of which are standard, one luxury, and four superior. Each tented suite has its own private balcony and is fully equipped for a comfortable safari retreat.
A tea/coffee station, standing fan, air conditioning, hand luggage stand, hair dryer, mosquito net, safe, bathroom amenities, changeable twin/double bed configurations, and a private seating area on a raised wooden deck are among the suite amenities.
The Superior Tented Suites are completely private, with a King bed, sleeper couch, and the option of an additional single bed for children. They also have a bathtub, his and her sinks, and an outside shower. The Superior Tents can sleep two adults and up to three children.
The luxurious Leadwood Tent is completely private, with a King bed and sofa bed. There is also a bathtub, his and her sinks, and an outdoor shower. It can also accommodate one child.
The standard tents are all stylish and spacious, with private raised wooden decks nestled in nature. Bathroom with shower only and a king-size bed that can be converted to two twin beds. These tents can only accommodate two people.
Breakfast and lunch will be served alfresco on private tables at the main lodge, and dinner will be served in the boma area around a central roaring fire – depending on the weather.
Collection and Drop off
For this package, Kruger Safari Company Tours and its service providers provide affordable private transfers. Guests are picked up from any Johannesburg hotel or address between 7:00 and 7:30. Guests are dropped off at their hotel or address as arranged or at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport around 17:00.
Remember that if you intend to fly out of OR Tambo International Airport on the final day of your safari tour, we recommend booking a domestic flight no earlier than 19:30 and an international flight no earlier than 21:00.
Departing from the Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Bus Terminal by 07:00am.
It is a drive of several hours, and you will stop for lunch and refreshments (at your own expense) along the way.
You will be in time at your destination for a late afternoon open vehicle safari drive, after which you can enjoy your first dinner under African starlight.
The night is spent in your comfortable tent at the lodge and your package includes dinner.
Following an early wake-up call, there will be time for tea or coffee and rusks before departing for a morning open-vehicle safari drive.
After watching how the African sun rises and enjoying more game sights, you will return for breakfast at the lodge.
After lunch and some relaxation, you will leave again for your afternoon open-vehicle safari drive.
Dinner is served after some relaxation back at the lodge.
The night is spent in your comfortable tent and your package includes hot beverages and rusks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
On your last day in the park, you wake up early again and depart on an open vehicle morning safari drive. After breakfast, it is time to hit the road again for your transfer back to Johannesburg.
You should arrive in Johannesburg between 17:00 and 17:30.
Your package includes hot beverages and rusks, breakfast, and your transfer.