Much to do, see and experience at Umkhumbi Lodge in Hluhluwe

Umkhumbi Lodge, Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal (4)

Umkhumbi Lodge, Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal

For a unique accommodation and dining experience in the heart of the Kuleni Game Park in Hluhluwe, pay a visit to Umkhumbi Lodge. This delightful accommodation offering is rich in wildlife and set in beautiful natural surroundings that will leave you feeling renewed and at peace.

During your stay, you can expect to encounter wildlife such as Zebra, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Nyala, Suni, Impala, Kudu, duikers, warthogs, vervet monkeys, banded mongoose, bush babies and even occasionally leopards. The lodge also has a wide variety of birdlife that avid birdwatchers will love.

Whether you are travelling with friends or family, there is so much you can enjoy at Umkhumbi Lodge. From the beautifully decorated and comfortable accommodation to the mouth-watering meals they serve for breakfast and dinner, there is so much to enjoy at Umkhumbi Lodge.

Accommodation at Umkhumbi Lodge

There are six different chalets available at Umkhumbi Lodge, each one suited to your specific needs and tastefully decorated. You can choose to enjoy a self-catering or catered stay with your chalet choice as well. All rooms are private and quiet so you can enjoy total peace and tranquillity during your stay.

Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge. There are games and puzzles for them to play with, and a pool table at the bar to play at while you watch the sunset. The resident Staffies are super friendly and welcoming so the kids can have some fun playing with them during your stay.

You can choose from the Double en-suite rooms, Twin en-suite rooms, Family Chalets, and the Self-Catering Family Cottage. The Double en-suite rooms and the Twin en-suite rooms can accommodate up to two people while the family rooms can accommodate up to four people and can add an extra bed for an additional child if required.

The non-self-catering chalets come with an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, air-conditioning, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, coffee table and chairs, toiletries and towels and an outdoor private veranda with chairs.

The self-catering Family Cottage comes with two bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower, a King-sized bed and two single beds, air-conditioning, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, an outdoor veranda with chairs, braai, an outdoor kitchen and dining area.

Facilities & dining at Umkhumbi Lodge

Umkhumbi Lodge has its own bar and restaurant where you can enjoy all your meals. All meals are produced by their expert Chef Meva; each one designed to whet your appetite and fill your tummies to satisfaction. You can enjoy beautiful sunset views from the upstairs bar while you sip on sundowners together.

Your friends and family can sit together in the Lapa which is spacious and made of locally sourced wood. It’s the ideal place to relax and see the sunset after a long day of activities and exploring. There is a TV in the bar lounge area where you can watch your local sporting events or favourite soap opera during your stay.

A swimming pool is available for you to cool off in during the summer and a kiddie play area with enough equipment for the kids to play with and enjoy.

What do people say about Umkhumbi Lodge

“We had such a wonderful and pleasant welcome from the manager and staff. Our bungalow was spacious, clean and a comfortable king size bed. We loved the early morning view outside our window; Nyalas, duiker, and beautiful birds. The dining room and bar had a super deck with a beautiful view. We wished we could have stayed longer.” – Christine TripAdvisor.

“From the moment you arrive in this lodge, you feel yourself welcome and at home. The staff is friendly and helpful in all ways. Breakfast and dinner on the terrace are very good. The rooms are spacious and clean.” – Henk TripAdvisor.

“Really enjoyed staying in this lodge. There are crested guinea fowls roaming freely. Male nyala was right outside of cabin which provided a great photo shot. The cabin was very spacious and comfortable. It felt very private since cabins are spread within property…” – Monica TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at Umkhumbi Lodge:

  1. The chalets are secluded, quiet and beautifully decorated.
  2. You can see a wide variety of wildlife wandering throughout the lodge during your stay.
  3. Their restaurant serves mouth-watering meals for breakfast and dinner.
  4. The lodge has breath-taking views of the sunset.
  5. The owners and their dogs are welcoming and friendly.

To find out more about Umkhumbi Lodge, call them on 076 164 1134 or email Visit their website at Find them on Google Maps.

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