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  • Thank you more particularly for arranging my trip to nDzuti, at such short notice and against all the odds of stolen passport and therefore also no currency exchange! I did so appreciate the utter trust you placed in me when you paid for the entire trip yourself! I hope you did not have a sleepless night! In recommending nDzuti I think you interpreted my wishes exactly! The style of the place suited me perfectly and it was the most marvellous experience. The facilities, as you will have found, were fairly basic but quite adequate for a comfortable stay. Brett and Sherie were welcoming and hospitable. Sherie supplied plenty of nourishing food for breakfast, lunch and supper in a friendly, homely fashion. Brett was a great guide on our safari drives. The lodge was full for the first night, including a lively and talkative family group, but when they departed midday on Monday it was then calm and peaceful, with just a young couple and myself, and it was a real joy to be in the midst of the vastness of the bush with no other people within sight or sound! The wildlife, apart from fairly ubiquitous impala, was somewhat scarce (not that I have any measure of experience to go by!) but I liked the feeling that there was no guarantee of seeing game that was free to roam far and wide. Sometimes fleeting glimpses were all the more exciting for being so brief! We did get very good viewings as well! On the first evening we saw quite a wide range of wildlife, including a close-up of a very large rhino who was not in any hurry! On the way home in the dark we came across a lioness with two 6 week old cubs (what a great guide we had!). I was amazed how unperturbed she was by our presence and was moving in a very leisurely way, so we had extremely good viewing. Brett found them again the following evening, just as relaxed, with the cubs playing within yards of the landrover - fantastic! Talking of lions, that same evening, as we relaxed after supper, Brett heard a couple of lions roaring some distance away and said "Let's go and find them!" - so he did, and in the spotlight we saw two fine males unhurriedly patrolling their territory. Again they were totally unfazed by our presence, stopping for a scratch and a lie down. While the lights were turned off to conserve batteries, a roar from a far distant lion prompted a response from our two, and their roaring just a few yards from us in the darkness was a spine-tingling experience! We spent some time tracking a leopard which was stalking impala and which Brett was determined to find, but we had to be content with leopard tracks! Elephant were unusually elusive and it was only on the final morning that Brett located a fine 25 year old male after hearing a solitary trumpet from across the river, so I did see all the big five except the leopard. Together with sightings of many other mammals, birds and reptiles as well as the bush, the scenery and stunning panoramic views it was a wonderful and memorable safari trip! Some people might want slightly more sophisticated accommodation and cuisine but the style of nDzuti in the hands of Brett and Sherie suited me very well. With many thanks for your excellent arrangements of my safari trip, best wishes, Gervase.
    - Gervase .UK
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Game Lodges

Umlani Bushcamp-Timbavati

Location: Mpumalanga
Brief overview: Umlani Bushcamp in Timbavati Game Reserve is a much-loved safari camp among those in the know, because of the genuine safari experience they deliver, the unassuming charming bushcamp and true hospitality.
Umlani Bushcamp-Timbavati


Umlani Bushcamp, much-loved bushcamp in the Timbavati delivers a genuine safari hard to find these days.Umlani Bushcamp in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve is a rare find with today’s safari trends of hotels in the bush. Umlani Bushcamp has no cathedral-like vaulted thatched roof or ostrich egg light fittings and Italian tiled bathrooms. Umlani is the real thing. It is a family owned safari camp where simplicity is the ethos and the emphasis is on the safari experience. The safari accommodation is in simple free standing thatched and reeded huts, bright and airy and simply furnished with crisp linen and white mosquito nets over built-in beds and an en-suite bathroom bush style, having both indoor and outdoor showers. Umlani Bushcamp takes a total of just sixteen guests at any one time ensuring that each visitor receives personal attention and feels very much at home.
The camp is built on the banks of the Shlaralumi River- a wide sandy river bed that turns into a frothy stream after heavy rains. The grounds have been left natural with Aloes adding some colour and sand paths leading from the rooms to the bar and dining areas. The bar is perched on the bank high above the river bed, a good vantage point over the busy waterhole on the far bank. Built in window seats with bright scatter cushions provide a genial gathering place to share drinks and bush stories. A swimming pool glitters in the sun close to the river with sun lounges and hammocks set about it.
The dining area is a thatched rondawel with a polished wooden table and a wonderful ambiance in the evenings when candle candelabra adorn the tables and guests gather around for dinner. On fine evenings dinners are in the reeded boma around an aromatic slow-burning fire. Lunch can be served in the bar or in the shady garden. Meals at Umlani are greatly anticipated when this award winning team produce the superb bush fare that made Umlani winners of the African Bush Banquet for some years.
Umlani Bushcamp is legendary for their affable and talented Shangaan rangers. Guests can hardly wait for game drives every morning and afternoon when the open land rovers set off into the Timbavati Game Reserve-home of the famous white lions. In Timbavati Game Reserve the big five are free roaming within this vast Greater Kruger Park making the sighting of these iconic animals more of a challenge but thereby an authentic and genuine safari experience. Timbavati Game Reserve is also well known for high giraffe densities and sightings of these elegant creatures are common. Many of the animals in Umlani area are resident and have become habitulised to the land rovers making Umlani Bushcamp a photographers dream come true. At sunset the rangers find a scenic spot and stop for traditional sundowners and snacks. Then, on into the night the drive continues with the aid of a spotlight and in search of the secretive nocturnal animals and the highly sought after big cats.

 Once guests have discovered Umlani Bushcamp they tend to return time and again and seldom go elsewhere. Umlani Bushcamp and the conscientious team of owners;  Marco and Marie Scheis  and employees have a  pleasing responsible philosophy towards both the environment and the local community and are contributing members of the Green Leaf Environmental Standard as well as Fair Trade in Tourism.


ZAR3780 person per night sharing.
Children under 12 less 50%
Singles ZAR5035

This offer includes

  • Accommodation
  • All meals and teas
  • Game drives and optional walks and all
  • Local drinks.

This offer excludes

  • Timbavati Conservation Levy - once off ZAR 150 per person payble at Umlani Bushcamp
  • Vehicle levy for self drives of ZAR 120 per vehicle.
  • Gratuities