Umlani Bushcamp in Timbavati Game Reserve, Greater Kruger

Umlani Bushcamp

3 Star Game Lodge at Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (near Hoedspruit), Greater Kruger Park, Limpopo, South Africa. Show on Map

About Umlani Bushcamp

Umlani Bushcamp is a classic African safari camp located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The Timbavati Nature Reserve is situated on the Western boundary of the Kruger National Park and lies between the Klaserie, Umbabat, Manyeleti and Sabie Sands Reserves. In recent years the fences separating Timbavati from the Kruger National Park were dropped, thus forming a pristine wilderness area of approximately four million hectares.


This authentic camp is the ultimate experience of true wilderness and seclusion. Umlani, meaning Place of Rest, was established in 1990 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess and accommodates only 16 guests in traditional African reed and thatch huts. Umlani's traditional African huts will not only provide you with all the comforts you need, but will also provide you with an authentic experience of local tribal (Shangaan) architecture and style, which blends in naturally with the environment.

There are four double huts, three family huts that sleep four people and one hut that sleep three people. This allows us to be flexible with friends and families that would like to share accommodation. Each hut has en-suite facilities including an open-air bush shower fuelled by wood fires. The hut is comfortably fitted with white mosquito nets, crisp white linen and towels, as well as with standard bathroom amenities, bottled water (although the tap water is perfectly safe to drink) and insect repellent.

Umlani's philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity, so each hut and the entire camp is lit by candlelight and oil lamps, providing a warm and romantic atmosphere.


In the evening you will be treated to pre dinner drinks in the traditional boma around the fire, followed by one of Umlani's award winning meals in the candlelit dining room, or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.

Facilities & Activities

Umlani Bushcamp offers an authentic wildlife experience in Big Five territory. View lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, in over 10 000 hectares (24 000 acres) of traversing area, also home to over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species.

Experience the thrill of game drives in open Land Rovers, guided bush walks, and tracking game on foot with highly experienced rangers and trackers. Umlani is renowned for their outstanding Shangaan rangers and trackers, who will not only find you the game, but will also, introduce you to the wealth of flora, fauna, bird life and cultural heritage of the region. You are guaranteed an adventure of a lifetime in one of Africa's world-renowned unspoilt wilderness reserves.

You will be taken out on two game drives per day. The morning game drive will leave at dawn and the night drive will leave in the late afternoon. During the day you can go on short walks with the ranger after breakfast, or lounge in the double hammocks around the swimming pool sipping your favourite drink.

Alternatively, laze away the day in our spacious bush bar and 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, where we can leave you for an hour or two with blankets and big comfortable pillows as well as a cooler box with drinks.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Disabled equipped
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Private pool
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Wheelchair Friendly

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Childcare / babysitting service
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (24 hours)
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls
  • Wheelchair access

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room

Accreditations (as claimed by Umlani Bushcamp)

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)
Hand Picked by SA-Venues.comRecommended on TripAdvisor

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -24.31692055488889
Longitude: 31.300156666666666

Closest airport(s)
Eastgate / Hoedspruit Airport - 30km
Kruger Mpumalanga Airport - 190km
OR Tambo International - 500km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 12h00
Check-out by 10h30

Listed on
September 2010 - 9 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

Dear Louise and Kyle We’re back in the states (as of yesterday) and just wanted to send you a note of thanks for our recent experience at Umlani. ...

Kevin O' Neill, USA Travellers' Rating


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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Diners

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