A Big 5 safari lodge on the Sand River banks in Greater Kruger

Located in the Big 5 abundant Sabi Sands Game Reserve of the Greater Kruger, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is a top luxury safari destination for the conscious traveller. Perched on the banks of the Sand River, Umkumbe offers guests all the comforts of home with exceptional game-viewing opportunities. Start the day with an early morning game drive, then relax in the pool before sampling South Africa’s best dishes in the traditional boma. Sabi Sands is a fantastic eco destination; the reserve is involved in multiple grassroots outreach initiatives in the local communities, along with various environmental management programs ranging from tackling soil erosion to controlling invasive plant species.

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Facilities

Best time to go to Kruger Private Game Reserves

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The dry winter season from May to September is the best time for wildlife viewing at Kruger’s private reserves. During this season there are still lots of sunny days and mild temperatures to enjoy. The bush is less dense and animals congregate around waterholes, making them easier to spot. The summer period holds the highest malaria risk, and from October to April, the summer rains bring forth flowing rivers and lush landscapes swarming with birdlife. Plenty of newborn animals arrive, plus prey and predator interaction can also be observed.

Rooms

Leopard Superior Suite

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The Leopard Superior Suite offers guests magnificent views of the beautiful Sand River from a verandah. The suite is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches with mosquito nets and thoughtfully chosen linen, as well as an en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower.

Zebra Superior Suite

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In the Zebra Superior Suite guests can enjoy their coffee and views of the Sand River on their private veranda. The suite is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches with mosquito nets and thoughtfully chosen linen, as well as an en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower.

Lion Superior Suite

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The Lion Superior Suite boasts beautiful views of the Sand River, accessible from a private veranda. The suite is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches with mosquito nets and thoughtfully chosen linen, as well as an en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower.

Rhino Superior Suite

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The Rhino Superior Suite overlooks the Sand River and includes a private verandah. The suite is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches with mosquito nets and thoughtfully chosen linen, as well as an en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower.

Giraffe Superior Suite

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Giraffe Superior Suite offers guests the chance to watch an active waterhole and admire the surrounding bush via their verandah. The suite is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches, as well as an en-suite bathroom.

Buffalo Superior Suite

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The Buffalo Superior Suite boasts views of an active waterhole and the surrounding bushveld. The suite is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches, as well as an en-suite bathroom. There is the option to connect this suite with the Elephant Suite for larger groups.

Elephant Superior Suite

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The Elephant Superior Suite offers vistas of an active waterhole and the bushveld. The suite is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches, as well as an en-suite bathroom. There is the option to connect this suite with the Buffalo Suite for larger groups.

Wild Dog Superior Suite

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The Wild Dog Superior Suite boasts views of the Sand River and includes a private verandah. The suite is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches with mosquito nets and thoughtfully chosen linen, as well as an en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower.

Standard Room 1

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Standard Room 1 offers Sand River views via a private verandah. The room is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches with mosquito nets and thoughtfully chosen linen, as well as an en-suite bathroom.

Standard Room 2

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Standard Room 2 overlooks the Sand River via a private verandah. The room is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches with mosquito nets and thoughtfully chosen linen, as well as an en-suite bathroom.

Standard Room 3

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Standard Room 3 includes Sand River views from its verandah. The room is fitted with either a king-size bed or 2 single beds and 2 sleeper couches with mosquito nets and thoughtfully chosen linen, as well as an en-suite bathroom.

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