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About 9 Umlilo Lodge

Umlilo Lodge is located in St Lucia and surrounded by the great iSimangaliso Wetland Park; South Africa's first National World Heritage Site. Lake St Lucia is a large estuarine lake abundant with hippos, crocodiles, fish and hundreds of bird species. The area comprises rivers, lakes, marshes, mangrove swamps and huge sand dunes, with beautiful unspoiled beaches.We have a boma where we can give you a braai, potjiekos or a traditional dinner such as boboti and yellow rice at a rate of R300 per person including a starter, dessert and a glass of wine, beer or cold drink per person. We are also within walking distance of all the restaurants and shops in town.Our 13 bedrooms are air-conditioned and have DStv, bar fridges and en-suite bathrooms with baths and showers. Relax on the wooden deck by the pool, in the bar lounge which is surrounded by a fishpond or in the boma around the fire. Come and make Umlilo your home while exploring the area.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 18 hours
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 33
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 45 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Restaurant on Premises
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
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Reviews for 9 Umlilo Lodge

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Charmaine Nieuwenhuis
19 August 2018

Nothing for locals (South Africans), to do when raining. Example Built in braai area, or a place to cook.

Anton Cronje
09 October 2017

Very friendly owners and staff that went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. The peacefull atmosphere and tropical garden is wonderfull! The lodge is centrally situated and near restaurants and shops. I can recommend the lodge to anyone and would definitely stay there again when we return!

Elize Van Straaten, South Africa
02 May 2016

Just simply perfect in every way!

Mark Howell, South Africa
29 April 2014

When coming into Umlilo, it feels like you are entering into the Amazon Forest area. The way the entire place has been laid out, it really is amazing. The breakfasts were stunning. Umlilo is perfectly situated very close to the restaurants & shops in St Lucia so it is a very short walk to go out at night. We really enjoyed our stay & will definitely return.

Robert Beringer, Switzerland
24 October 2012

Our stay at Umlilo Lodge was a real treat. My wife and I, together with our friends, stayed there for one night on our tour through South Africa. The surroundings, the rooms as well as the breakfast matched the friendliness of the owners.

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9 Umlilo Lodge is 0.1km from the centre of St Lucia , the nearest airport 109.3km (Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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