Umkumbe Safari Lodge occupies a generous space along the Sand River. Umkumbe translates to "the rhino" in local Shangaan, however this area of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is most well known for its leopard population.
One leopard in particular goes by the name of “Mxabene”, a dominant male, who patrols his turf with gusto and is also known for snacking on an impala from time to time in front of rolling cameras. Expect the unexpected whilst out in the bush.
Morning and evening game drives will lead you out into the wilderness, but even from the comfort of the viewing deck, elephants, hippos, buffalo and antelope are regularly seen grazing in the river bed. Most of the chalets overlook the river, all providing clean, spacious rooms with air conditioning and all other necessary amenities.
Spend some free time relaxing by the swimming pool with the kids, or connect with your fellow guests during lantern-lit dinners in the outside boma. The Lodge offers an authentic safari experience without the unnecessary bells and whistles. There is plenty of time to simply rest, to enjoy yourself, and to appreciate the African wildlife.