Unique African safari experiences at Umlani Bushcamp in Hoedspruit

Umlani Bushcamp

Umlani Bushcamp – or ‘the place of rest’, is an award-winning rustic-yet-exclusive lodge at the Timbavati Game Reserve, outside Hoedspruit. This private nature reserve shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park.

If you are looking for social distancing-inspired vacations for the family, group or as a romantic couple, Umlani Bushcamp should be on your list.

Besides excellent hospitality and facilities, your hosts have also put in place various COVID-19 protocols to ensure your safety during your stay.

Accommodation at Umlani Bushcamp

Accommodation at Umlani Bushcamp consists of traditional African reed and thatch huts as well as an Eco Rondavel. They were designed to blend naturally with the environment and provide pure comfort.

In the four Double Huts, you will find 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.

If you are travelling with kids, choose from their four Family Huts that 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.

You’ll certainly love the Eco Rondavel. Designed for two, it offers a “close to nature” experience with outdoor shower and bathroom, but with little extra luxuries.

All accommodation options also 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.

Facilities at Umlani Bushcamp

Guest facilities 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

“Food of the highest quality. Staff very friendly & efficient. Guide & tracker well informed providing us with memorable drives & sightings. Management friendly & attentive to one’s requirements. Enjoyed our stay & hope to return,” wrote robmF6395RB on their TripAdvisor page.

Jacque S added; “Stunning accommodation, Great service and food, Game drives were unbelievable. I know due to lock down things are tough but I feel like you guys handled everything very well. Would highly recommend you guys to anyone.”

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 info@umlani.com or visit them online at www.umlani.com today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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