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Umkumbe Safari Lodge 3-day Safari

From ZAR 14990
ZAR 18590 Per Single Traveller

2023 Rates

ZAR 14 270 Per Person Sharing
ZAR 17 080 Per Single Traveller

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3 Days


Any Hotel or Address in Johannesburg




Incredible river views and wildlife sightings await you at South Africa’s best wildlife reserve.


Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the Sand River in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve. You may see the “big five” in one of the nicest settings in all of southern Africa if you travel to Umkumbe.

Because it is run by its owners, your 3-day stay at Umkumbe Safari Lodge will be genuine, homey, and authentically South African. The seasonal Sand River, visible from most of the ten chalets and rooms, is home to a variety of wildlife, including hippos, buffalo, antelope, and elephants. The traditional boma, where hearty South African meals are served, is only one of the many amenities available to guests, along with a swimming pool, lounge, bar, and eating area.

The reserve provides a haven for many species, including the “big five” (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog, birds, and native vegetation. Though there is no fencing around the lodge, children can play safely because elephants and other large animals are kept away by a trip wire. However, you may count on seeing the occasional warthog, antelope, or small mammal.

All of the lodge’s amenities revolve around the seasonal Sand River with daily sightings of various animals grazing in the riverbed.

The lodge can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests in 10 chalets or rooms, the majority of which have a small veranda with camping chairs and views of the river, while others have views of a small plains area with a watering hole.

The accommodation is comfortable and ideal for those looking for a good value. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are air-conditioned. Some rooms are designed to accommodate families or small groups of three friends by providing separate but connected rooms.

Umkumbe has three Standard rooms and seven Superior rooms, the latter of which are larger and have outdoor en-suite showers.

You might also like our 4 Day Umkumbe Lodge Safari Tour or 5 Day Umkumbe Lodge Safari Tour.


DAY 1: Johannesburg – Umkumbe Safari Lodge (approximately 450 kilometres)

You will be picked up in Johannesburg and driven east along the N4 motorway through the Gauteng and Mpumalanga Highvelds, down the escarpment, and into the scenic Lowveld to the reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park.

The drive will take about six hours, with stops for refreshments. After arriving at the lodge around midday, you will have time to freshen up and relax before embarking on your first afternoon game drive in the reserve in an open safari vehicle.

If the weather permits, a delicious starlit dinner will be served at the lodge.

You spend the night in luxury at Umkumbe Safari Lodge, and your package includes lunch and dinner.


DAY 2: Umkumbe Safari Lodge

You will be woken up early and have just enough time for a hot beverage and rusks before departing on a 3-hour game drive to see the sun rise in the east.

After brunch, you can spend the rest of the day at the pool or lazing around before heading out for an afternoon game drive with an expert guide, returning in time for another dinner under the stars.

You stay in the luxurious Umkumbe Safari Lodge and your package includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


DAY 3: Umkumbe Safari Lodge – Johannesburg

You get up early, grab a hot beverage and rusk, and head out on your final morning game drive. You return to the lodge for breakfast after witnessing the sunrise before departing for Johannesburg. You will arrive at your drop-off location around 17:00.

Today’s deal includes breakfast at the lodge.


  • Transfers from any Johannesburg address
  • Accommodation in standard units
  • Morning and afternoon safaris
  • Bush walks, if available
  • Meals as per itinerary


  • All conservation fees
  • Upgrades from basic accommodations
  • All personal purchases
  • All beverages
  • Optional extras such as a Panorama Route tour
  • Gratuities
  • Visas if required

Good to know:

You will be picked up and dropped off at any agreed-upon location in Johannesburg.

The collection time in Johannesburg is between 06:30 and 07:30, and the drop-off time is between 17:00 and 18:00.

Important: If you intend to depart from OR Tambo International Airport on the final day of the safari tour, it is best to book a domestic flight that departs after 19:30 or an international flight that departs after 21:00.


Frequently Asked Questions


What type of accommodation does Umkumbe Safari Lodge offer for a 3-day safari in Kruger National Park?

Umkumbe Safari Lodge offers comfortable and luxurious accommodations in the form of chalets and suites. Each chalet has its own private deck, while the suites have a private plunge pool. All accommodations are designed to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.


What activities are included in a 3-day safari at Umkumbe  Lodge in Kruger National Park?

Your 3-day safari at Umkumbe Safari Lodge will include daily game drives, guided bush walks, and birdwatching. These activities will be led by experienced and knowledgeable guides who will take you on an unforgettable adventure through the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park.


What is the best time of year for a 3 day Safari at Umkumbe  Lodge in Kruger National Park?

The best time for a 3day safari at Umkumbe Safari Lodge in Kruger  Park depends on what you want to see and experience. The dry winter months from May to September are considered the best time for game viewing in the Kruger as the wildlife congregates around waterholes. The summer months from November to February offer excellent birdwatching opportunities.


What is the difference between Kruger National Park and Umkumbe Safari Lodge?

Kruger National Park is a vast and public game reserve that covers an area of 19,485 square kilometers, while Umkumbe Safari Lodge is a private game lodge located within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Kruger National Park offers a more rugged and wild experience, while Umkumbe Safari Lodge provides luxury accommodations and personalized service. However, both offer excellent game viewing opportunities and a chance to experience the natural beauty of South Africa.


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