From: USD 186 pps

Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Owner-run Umkumbe offers real affordability at the heart of the Sabi Sand – intimate & charming, it’s family-friendly too.

A setting in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve hasn’t prevented Umkumbe Safari Lodge from offering genuine affordability. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of a private Sabi lodge but at an amazing value-for-money rate – and all at the heart of Big 5 country.

Umkumbe delivers everything you need. Owner-managed, the lodge has a wide range of facilities and its en-suite and air-conditioned chalets overlook sandy river beds or grassy plains where antelope graze. Guests enjoy broader views from the comfort of the camp swimming pool, bar or sun loungers –and there’s even a small gym at camp. Since it only has 10 chalets, Umkumbe retains a friendly, intimate air making it ideal for family and group bookings, and the camp may be booked in its entirety for a perfectly private Sabi Sand safari.

But it is of course the wildlife that takes centre stage at Umkumbe. You’ll head out on early morning and late afternoon game drives with eagle-eyed guides in open-sided 4X4s – and on your return from sun-downer drinks, you’ll be treated to a spot-lit night drive. Bird watchers should take advantage of the morning bush walks offered: together with your ranger you’ll spot dozens of species just around camp.

Lodge Highlights:

  • Genuine affordability in the Sabi Sand
  • Owner-run hospitality & family-friendly
  • Day & night drives & guided walks
  • Air-conditioned chalets, pool & gym

About Umkumbe Safari Lodge

Luxury Chalets

  • Air Conditioned & En Suite
  • Private Veranda
  • Inter-connecting Family Units
  • Superior Suites Available

Umkumbe offers 10 chalets – six Standard Rooms and four Superior Suites. Each is air conditioned and features a large, netted double bed or twins. All chalets have an en suite bathroom (the Superior Suites boasts an additional indoor bath and outdoor shower) as well as a veranda provided with chairs from which to watch animals below.

Accommodation is clean and comfortable without being ostentatious; you’ll certainly not want for any more comfort at Umkumbe. Families with younger children will be happy too: four of the chalets are connected via an inter-leading door, making it easy to keep the family together. The Superior Suites have sleeper couches and can accommodate a third adult or two children.

Lodge Facilities

  • Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
  • Lounge, Snooker Table & Bar
  • Indoor & Outdoor Dining
  • Fitness Centre
  • Internet Access
  • Game Viewing Decks

Umkumbe manages to balance affordability with comfort and convenience. Guests enjoy all the facilities of a more upmarket Sabi lodge at this owner-run accommodation. There is a swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers – and the view is of the seasonal Sand River, a magnet to local wildlife. The main lodge features a lounge equipped with comfy couches and even a snooker table. There is an honesty bar, a tea and coffee station and plenty of shady corners in which to enjoy your favourite drink with the view.

A small gym is available for those who want to work up an appetite: Umkumbe serves delicious fire-cooked meals in the indoor dining room or outdoors in the boma under starlight.

Activities at Umkumbe Safari Lodge

  • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
  • Spot-lit Evening Drives
  • Bird Watching
  • Guided Walks

A setting on the seasonal Sand River means wildlife is never far from the lodge, whether the river is dry or not. You can put your feet up at camp and watch anything from impalas and warthogs to elephants and buffalos make their way past the lodge. But the real drama lies away from camp and you’ll be enjoying morning and afternoon game drives at Umkumbe. It’s an early start in the morning but it’s worth it: the lodge lies in an area famous for predators. All the big players – lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and wild dog are present and are most often on the move in the early morning.

After brunch you’ll have the chance to feel Africa beneath your feet. Accompanied by your guide, you’ll enjoy a short walk in the Sabi bush – the perfect opportunity to view the often overlooked details: insects, medicinal trees, animal tracks and flowers. It’s also a great chance for birders to add to their tally; the region is packed with birds regardless of season and the list includes eagles, vultures, colourful rollers and bee-eaters.

The afternoon drive ends with chilled drinks and a sunset view. Returning to camp, your guide will use a spotlight to pick out Africa’s seldom-seen nocturnal animals.

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Lodge Rates

These rates are purely for informational purposes and do not reflect the actual cost in those currencies.

Standard Room

Season & Year
Per person sharing
1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020
USD 201
1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021
USD 219

Superior Suite

Season & Year
Per person sharing
1 January 2020- 31 December 2020
USD 240
1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021
USD 258
Included in your stay
  • All meals
  • 2 Game Drives daily
  • Daily guided bushwalks
  • Teas and coffees
Excluded in your stay
  • Drinks
  • All conservation levies
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
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Hands-on Expertise

  • We’re based in Africa
  • Visit our destinations regularly
  • Exceptionally knowledgeable team
  • Expect unrivaled customer service

Accredited & Bonded

  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
  • ATTA Membership (204387)
  • Fully Independent & Owner Run
  • 24/7 Travel Support


Outstanding experience!

We have booked at the Elephant Plains Lodge. We stayed there for a few nights and went on safaris. The lodge, the guide, the food and all the animals we have seen were fantastic. Really an outstanding experience. We can recommend Elephant Plains to everybody. Maybe you will not be as lucky as we were, becaucse we have seen the Big 5! But however you will not forget your stay at Elephant Plains.

Silvio (CH)
Best experience ever!!

They provide us the most taylored and customized honeymoon possible! everything was much better than we expected. We loved the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere and everyone made us feeling so incredibly special and gave us a unique insight. Over our game drives we managed to see all the big five plus some!!

Salvatore (IT)
Experience of a lifetime and wonderful service!!

Our extended family (16 travellers, including 8 children under ten years of age!) went on a wonderful safari adventure curated and organised by Walter Kohrs of Safari Online. It could not have been any better than we experienced. From our time in Cape Town, to visiting Victoria Falls, all the way through Zimbabwe and finally wrapping up at the amazing Chobe Safari Lodge, all the locations chosen by Walter were amazing.

His attention to detail, willingness to fine-tune and excellent responsiveness (over a period of several months!) could not have been better. He took time to visit us personally upon our arrival in South Africa, with lovely gift-packs and shared a wealth of advice, recommendations and tips. I cannot recommend Safari Online (and Walter Kohrs in particular) any higher. Absolutely amazing.

Oisin (AU)
Faultless service, attention to detail and quality of accomodations.

The communications and service from Walter was excellent, and we were continuously fully informed. The information package and book received on arrival were excellent. We felt that we had been allocated carefully selected lodges at each camp and every detail met or exceeded our expectations.
The safari tour was wonderful, and a particular feature was the variety offered at each location which combined perfectly

Carolyn (AU)
We had a wonderful holiday with no hitches, perfectly planned for us and so professional.

Though we live in Australia, Safari online made planning for our family holiday so easy. Walter understood our requirements and nothing was too much trouble. The holiday was everything we wanted it to be and so much more. Every camp was ideally suited for our family and we loved each day, every early morning and evening game drive. Thank you to Walter for his attention to detail and his friendly, professional and caring manner. It was a trip of a lifetime and one that we will talk about forever.

Mary (AU)
Absolutely Perfect

I was already last year in South Africa and Zambia organized by Safari Online. It was a absolutely gorgeous trip. Everything was perfect. This was the reason I booked this year in May and June an new trip to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. I got everything I expected. It was a dream again. I know I´m coming back.

Bernard (DE)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. She then coordinated our flights to and from the property, arranged the drivers necessary to get us from the airport to the lodge and back again, and sent the appropriate paperwork to each of us to verify each step of the process. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Exceptional service ensuring a wonderful holiday. Highly recommended

Attention to detail & service provided was first class, from our very first email to the last day of our trip. Walter went above and beyond to ensure that we were notified of any changes, even up to our last day with a change to our flight time, at short notice. The safari was so much more than expected, from the rustic to the exceptional, every camp was different in it’s own way and our highlights are hard to single out just one as each camp was great.

Cyndi and Dave (AU)
The trip was sensational and tailored to our needs. Simply fantastic!

The care by Walter was great from planning to leaving Johannesburg. The accommodations were perfectly chosen. If after a few days you thought it could not be better, you were told otherwise. It was an increase every day, with the 3 days safari in the Kruger, including overnight in tree house, the grand finale.
I would book a trip anytime again at Safari Online.

Ulrike (DE)
Trip of a lifetime: Five countries, six camps, Vic Falls, Big Five plus more game

In June/July 2016 we undertook a trip to Southern Africa to fulfill a lifelong intention. We stayed at six camps, safari style, and had a great time. All of our expectations were met or even exceeded. For example, we never expected to see honey badgers or sitatunga, given the secretive nature of those species, but we did! All travel arrangements and connections worked smoothly, which is astonishing since we had several dozen transfers and meeting points; all of the connecting personnel were prompt, professional, and welcoming.

Michael (USA)