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  • Bruce, Judy, Justin and Sabre. I am so sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I have no excuse. However, I do want to thank you for the wonderful experience I had while at your place. Your place had to be the highlight of the trip. And thank you for making the cake for my birthday. That was so nice. Also thank you to Justin and Sabre for giving up their Sunday. By now you have probably forgotten who I am. Hello to mamasinna (?spelling) and Thankyou for all the good food. Did your son ever get his papers he needed? Should have stayed in Africa-we've had no spring and its pouring today. Looks like we may not even get a summer. No point in complaining-BUT. Also enjoyed the talks you did in the evenings around the fire. Once again thank you so much.. Regards Linda Lamb
    - Linda Lamb, Canada
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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