- Timbavati Game Reserve
- Best value ever
- Wildlife and birdlife
- Cold beers and great wine
- No electricity
- A fantastic rustic camp
Umlani Bush Camp Information
- Lodge type; Safari Lodge
- Location; Timbavati Game Reserve
- Lodge size; 8 Thatched huts
- Recommended stay; 3-7 nights
Deep within the Timbavati Game Reserve (renowned as the home of the White Lions of Africa) lies the understated and rustic Umlani Bush Camp. the is synonymous with its guests for the goals of getting back to nature and escaping the modern world.
Within question or hesitation, Umlani is one of our absolute favourite camps in the whole of the Kruger area. It is about getting back to nature and experience Africa as it should be. friendly smiling staff, brilliant guides, home cook meals, no electricity all topped off by some of the best wildlife and birdlife in Southern Africa.
What could be better?
Umlani offers guests 10 000 hectares of Timbavati wilderness to explore with over 40 mammal and 360 bird species, including the "Big 5" and the famous "White Lions".
True to its ecological ethos, Umlani is one of the few camps in the Greater Kruger National Park that functions without electrical power. More than just being ecological, the ambience of candlelight and oil lamps rekindles the romance of the African bushveld with a time long lost.
Rooms and Suites
Umlani Bush Camp accommodates only 16 guests in rustic yet comfortable Shangaan styled, thatched chalets all with en-suite facilities including open-air bush showers.
Four of the chalets can sleep up to four people, enabling Umlani to accommodate families.
Cuisine and Wine
From breakfast to brunch and lunch to dinner, Umlani offers up award-winning and locally sourced, African influenced cuisine.
A particular highlight is pre-dinner drinks served around an open fire followed by dinner in either the candlelit dining room or out in the riverbed under the African stars.
A raised public area overlooking the Nshlaralumi River and a waterhole offers guests not only views over the surrounding bushveld and her wildlife but also an area where you can just simply read a book or relax.
A swimming pool furbished with hammocks is located close to the river under a canopy of trees protecting bathers from the burning African sun.
Umlani also offers on request a "treehouse" overlooking a dam, approximately 3 kilometres from the lodge. This is your personal hide where you can be dropped off for a few hours and observe prolific wildlife.
Morning, afternoon and evening game drives into the surrounding Timbavati accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Optional morning bush walks are available on request; these trails come highly recommended by us at Uyaphi.com (remember to pack comfortable walking boots).
Umlani offers up the complete safari experience with game drives, walking safaris and the "treehouse" adventure; all of this is one of Africa's famed reserves.
Children are more than welcome at Umlani Bush Camp when sharing with parents. We do recommend that kids are over the age of 6 years, as this is a wildlife camp.
Rates from R4 100.00 pp
- Per person per night sharing (pp)
- Rates are in South African Rands
- *Rates may vary according to season
- 3x meals per day
- 2x game drives per day
- Optional bushwalks
- All local brand drinks
- Transfers to/from local airports/other lodges
- Vehicle toll fee for self-drives
- Timbavati conservation levy
- Telephone calls
- Curio purchases
- Premium alcohol