FANTASTIC SABI SANDS SADC RESIDENT SPECIAL
South Africa’s Sabi Sands is world renowned as being of of Africa’s best wildlife experiences. For us locals, we are privileged to have such beauty on our doorstep.
When lockdown ends and we are free to travel once again, is Sabi Sands on your buckeltist?
Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa. Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is perfectly situated in one of the best big five game viewing destinations in Africa.
The reserve is home to the ‘big five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area. The phrase “big five” was coined by hunters of yesteryear – before the advent of the photographic safari – and refers to the animals considered the most dangerous to hunt.
UMKUMBE SAFARI LODGE
Rate from R2,500 per person per night sharing
The lodge is easily accessible via either a self drive from Johannesburg, or by flying into the closest airports which are Skukuza and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit. The self drive takes 6 hours from Johannesburg on good, safe roads. The flight takes approximately 1 hour. Road transfers from KMIA to Umkumbe can be arranged and take approximately 2 hours. A road transfer from Skukuza to Umkumbe takes approximately 1-1.5 hours and please bear in mind the Kruger National Park fees due when landing in Skukuza.
Almost daily, guests are treated to sightings of various animals grazing in the riverbed. The lodge sleeps a maximum of 20 guests in 10 chalets/rooms. Most of the rooms have a small veranda with camping chairs, and with views of the Sand River, while others look onto a small plains area with a watering hole.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge has a variety of room set ups, that allow families to travel with ease, as well as a small party of three adults, or friends looking for their own rooms but connected via an inter-leading door. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and suitable for guests looking for a well priced and affordable option in the Sabi Sand. All the rooms are en-suite and air-conditioned and have full electricity.
On game drives you are able to get a lot closer to big game. The animals are generally habituated to the vehicle. This means that they are used to the vehicle approaching them and know that it never causes them harm. All game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 game viewers, which allow for 360 degree views of wildlife and wilderness.
Two game drives are offered per day. On the morning drive there is a stop for coffee and on the afternoon drive you will stop for sundowners. After sundowners guests will get to experience a night drive. The night drives allow guests the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. You can see a wide variety of animals not normally seen during the day, including leopards, hyenas, serval, porcupines, bush babies, genet cats and nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars.
For the more energetic, each day after breakfast there is the option of a morning bush walk, which is in ENGLISH only. The walk is an opportunity to experience the bushveld at close quarters. All walking safaris are led by qualified rangers. They will explain the animal tracks and what animals passed through during the night, in addition to the sophistication of termite mounds and other interesting facets of the bush that go unnoticed on game drives.
- all meals
- game walks & drives
- teas & coffees.
Rates exclude drinks, all Conservation levies (please see details below), all items of a personal nature, any item not described above.
Conservation Contributions: Sabi Sand Guest Conservation Contribution: R69 (2020) per night will be added to your invoice and this contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and surrounding areas. Sabi Sand Shaws Gate levy: R140 per person (payable direct at Shaws in cash or credit card. Visa or MasterCard). Sabi Sand Shaws Gate vehicle levy: R310 per vehicle if self driving (payable direct at Shaws in cash or credit card. Visa or MasterCard)
CHILDREN RATES: Children over 12 pay the full adult rate. Children under 12 pay 50% of the adult rate.
CHILDREN POLICY: Children aged 5 and over are welcome.
(Rate applicable only to SADC residents with proof of residency)
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COVID-19 POLICY: Should your booking be negatively impacted as a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak continuing into late 2020 and 2021, then Captured In Africa will allow ONE free of charge CHANGE to any date within 12 months of your original travel date. Subject to updated rates and seasonal changes for dates of travel.
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