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Umkumbe Safari Lodge 5-day Safari Tour

From ZAR 26600
ZAR 33780 Per Single Traveller

2023 Rates

ZAR 23620 Per Person Sharing
ZAR 29240 Per Single Traveller

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5 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 stay 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 Umkumbe Safari Lodge 5-day Safari Tour, which accommodates 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 Umkumbe Safari Lodge 3-day Tour or Umkumbe Safari Lodge 4-day 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, 3 and 4: 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 5: 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 is included in a 5 day Umkumbe lodge safari?

Inclusions you can expect:  Accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, and private decks that overlook the Sand River, meals, multiple game drives throughout the Reserve,  entrance & transfer fees   to and from the lodge,  Activities, such as guided nature walks, birdwatching tours, night drives, cultural experiences, photography workshops, or conservation activities might be included.

What is not included in a 5 day Umkumbe lodge safari?

Some common items that may not be included: Flights to and from South Africa, or any internal flights within the country, travel insurance, alcoholic beverages, gratuities – (tipping your guides and staff is not required, but it is customary in South Africa) Visa fees, Any personal expenses you may incur.

Is a 5 day Umkumbe lodge safari worth it?

Whether or not a 5-day Umkumbe Safari Lodge safari is worth it will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and expectations. Here are some factors to consider when deciding if this safari is right for you:

Wildlife viewing – The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is known for its exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities, including sightings of the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffaloes). Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in a prime area for game drives, which means that you are likely to see a wide variety of animals during your stay.

Accommodations – Umkumbe Safari Lodge offers comfortable and spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, and private decks that overlook the Sand River. The lodge also has a swimming pool, lounge area, and dining room where you can relax between activities.

Activities – In addition to game drives, Umkumbe Safari Lodge offers a variety of other activities, such as guided nature walks, birdwatching tours, night drives, and cultural experiences. Depending on your package, you may have the opportunity to participate in additional activities.

Price – As with any safari, the price of a 5-day Umkumbe Safari Lodge package can be expensive. You will need to consider your budget and whether the cost is worth it for the experience you will receive.

Time – A 5-day safari at Umkumbe Safari Lodge will give you plenty of time to explore the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and enjoy the lodge’s amenities. However, if you have limited time, you may need to consider a shorter safari or a different destination.

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