About umSisi Cottage
The cottage at umSisi House offers upmarket self-catering accommodation for those wanting unbeatable access to the Kruger National Park without having to stay in the park itself. The cottage is based in the grounds of umSisi House in the Peebles Valley, close to White River in Mpumalanga, and is only 15 minutes drive from the Numbi Gate entrance into the Kruger Park.
umSisi is set in 60 hectares of pristine bush within the Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy. This exquisite location offers guests panoramic views of their immediate surroundings. To the south is Legogote Mountain (an imposing granite monolith known locally as the "Sentinel of the Lowveld") while to the west beautiful rock gardens lead to 10 kilometres of walking trails in the mountains behind.
The northerly view encompasses rolling farmland while the view to the east couldnt be more different and guests at umSisi will be enchanted by scenes of an African village slowly creeping down the valley. This is Masoyi.
Self Catering Accommodation
The cottage is exceptionally private with its own entrance, covered veranda with exceptional views, TV with local channels, functional kitchen, braai (BBQ) and parking. It offers 2 bedrooms sharing a double shower room. Accommodation options include a double room and a twin room with two singles or a double room and a king room. The double room is our primary bedroom. Please notify us in advance as to what your requirements are. There is also a travel cot available upon request as well as a high chair.
With advance notice, we are happy to arrange picnic hampers for your day trips and stock your freezer with delicious home-cooked meals to make the return home, after a long days game viewing, that much easier. Please enquire directly with us as to pricing.
At umSisi, we are privileged to offer a destination that truly embraces the essence of Africa its people, its wild places and its wild life.
Services and Facilities
A collection of natural science reference books covering all of the region's wildlife as well as guide books and maps of the surrounding area
A selection of games
A stereo system with speakers for your iPod
A superb security system which you can operate yourself
Daily maid service
Laundry service at the main house for a small extra charge upon request
Use of the walking trails and swimming pool upon request with prior approval only
A babysitting service (evenings only) available upon request, when possible with prior notice should you want to go out for the evening.
Attractions and Activities
Kruger Park Safaris
The cottage at umSisi House is located only 15 minutes drive from Numbi Gate - the first, and most appealing entrance into the Kruger National Park. Numbi Gate is located in the south-western section of the park and its higher altitude provides a sweeping vista over the Lowveld to the east and granite foothills to the north and south. This is a high rainfall area allowing for a particularly high diversity of plant and animal species.
Kruger is the best-known game reserve in Africa. The park draws over a million visitors a year and the area hosts tremendous bio-diversity including 147 species of mammals, 507 bird species, 114 reptile species, 34 amphibian species, 49 fish species and approximately 336 tree species within 4,5 million acres (2 million hectares) of natural bush - an area that could easily accommodate Wales. The Kruger National Park was proclaimed in 1926 with Numbi Gate as the official entrance charging an admittance fee of £1!
We are delighted to be able to offer a safari solution for the entire family (regardless of age) that allows you to enjoy the Kruger National Park on a series of day trips while still returning to the privacy and comfort of your exclusive cottage at the end of each day.
We have teamed up with local operators, and their experienced guides, to provide you with the option of exploring the Kruger in an open game viewer should you not wish to self-drive. These vehicles are hired on a daily basis and the guides are trained to identify everything from the smallest dung beetle to the great African Elephant. Due to our close proximity to Numbi Gate, you will be collected and returned to umSisi at the end of each day. Please contact us for rates.
Kruger National Park