I can highly recommend Umlani to anyone looking for a true African Safari. While we were there we spotted the big 5 and more including a cheetah. The weather was beautiful (we went late March) and the surroundings are absolutely stunning. The lodge is also stunning and in a great position overlooking the riverbed. At night you can hear numerous animals and the reserve is also great for bird watchers.
Tracey Meyer, South Africa 16 April 2012
Umlani was a very exceptional experience. We met a very professional manager and team. The catering and game drives were outstanding. The accommodation was very interesting and very close to the nature. A bit of a damper was the green pool that we could not use, as well as the professional ranger and tracker talking more among themselves than with us, and the continuous private conversation was quite disturbing.
Ferenc Benda, South Africa 24 October 2011
From superbly prepared food with local flavors to impeccable service with personal touches and, of course, plenty of game sightings. We were thoroughly impressed with our visit. We took our two boys, ages 13 and 15, and they loved the place. We love our 5 Star hotels in the big city but Umlani is the perfect way to experience the bush.
Mark Werley, United States of America 13 April 2011
We loved every minute of our three nights at Umlani. The hosts were warm and welcoming, the accommodations very comfortable, and our ranger, Ginger, was phenomenal. Sitting on the deck and watching the waterhole in the afternoon as the animals took their turns to come for a drink was also spectacular, and the highlight of our visit here was watching the buffalo stampede into -- and out of -- a water hole, from the perspective of the tree house, followed by a family of elephants who wanted the water to themselves. Magic.
Debra Bruno, United States of America 10 July 2009
We spent 3 days here during the Xmas vacation.Saw the big 5 plus cheetah ( she was passing thru Timbavati to Kruger) and our tracker and ranger were great. We did a walking safari and tried to find the little 5( this is our 3rd safari after Botswana and Kenya).Helen,Dell and Tanya made us feel at home.The staff were friendly and the food was good. My husband even tried the Mopane worms! Dell prepared the Xmas dinner.It was a bit strange for us celebrating Xmas when it's 30 degrees.We're used to having snow and freezing temperatures.We've enjoyed our stay so much that we intend to return next year for a 3 day stay in August!
Rina Delhove, Belgium 19 January 2009