Beat the boredom with an African safari experience at Umlani Bushcamp in Hoedspruit

umlani bushcamp

Stress is more than just unpleasant. It’s dangerous. At Umlani Bushcamp – or ‘the place of rest’, you are guaranteed a rejuvenating holiday that offers a complete package of fun, education, adventure, views and leisure – whether you are travelling as a family, group or as a romantic couple.

Sharing an unfenced border with the famous Kruger National Park, Umlani Bushcamp is an award-winning rustic-yet-exclusive lodge at the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, outside Hoedspruit, in Mpumalanga.

Expect, clean and sanitised facilities as well as top-notch hospitality and service from your hosts and their staff.

Accommodation at Umlani Bushcamp

Guest accommodation at the Bushcamp comprises of traditional African reed and thatch huts as well as an Eco Rondavel and is designed to get you intimately connected to the surrounding bushveld.

They have four Double Huts, which come with large, comfy beds fitted with white mosquito nets, crisp white linen and en-suite bathrooms with an open-air bush shower. Each hut can sleep two people.

Those travelling with kids can choose from their four, comfy Family Huts. These come furnished with comfy double and single beds fitted with white mosquito nets, crisp white linen as well as en-suite facilities including an open-air bush shower. Each family hut can accommodate a maximum of four guests.

Romantics will also love the Eco Rondavel. It is designed for two and offers a “close to nature” experience with outdoor shower and bathroom, but with little extra luxuries.

It might be out in the bush, but your hosts have made available everything to make sure your stay is comfortable. All accommodation options come with soft towels, insect repellent and standard bathroom amenities. There is also complimentary bottled water, although the tap water is perfectly safe to drink.

See their rates and specials offers HERE. For online bookings, click HERE.

Read more about Umlani HERE.

Facilities at Umlani Bushcamp

Guest facilities at the lodge include a gift shop, a lounge, swimming pool, airport transfers and laundry services, a spacious bush bar and a deck overlooking the riverbed and watering hole. For exclusive tranquillity, there is a tree-house about 2.5 kms from the camp overlooking a dam.

Taste Umlani’s award-winning meals at their candlelit dining room or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.

Activities in Hoedspruit

You’ll find plenty to do at Umlani – from bush walks to game drives. Other activities offered in the area include horse riding, microlight flights, balloon safaris and golfing as well as birding.

Reviews from previous Umlani Bushcamp guests

“The camp is simple yet has everything you need for a unique bush experience. Great food, experienced guides and wonderful staff. We saw every animal you could imagine and felt safe and comfortable. Would certainly visit again,” wrote shirley83001 on their TripAdvisor page.

Safari59086504897 added; “Bring your family, friends and discover for yourself why less is often more on a safari. At Umlani you will find less fuss, less rules, less people – a recipe for true connections with nature, with people and often with yourself. Be sure to spend a night on the sleep out deck serenaded by the sounds of the wild. Quickly you will find yourself part of the family at the camp and the magic grows from there.”

Umlani Bushcamp is located at Timbavati Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 83 650 2088 | +27 (0) 83 468 2041; email or visit them online at today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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