Umlani Bushcamp Timbavati Greater Kruger Safari

Experience the real magic of Africa at Umlani Bushcamp
Explore the wonders of the Timbavati Game Reserve, a private nature reserve that shares an unfenced border with the legendary Kruger National Park

Our beautifully designed eco lodge is off the grid and beaten tourist track, offering intimate and thrilling wildlife encounters, award-winning meals and a chance to reconnect with nature in one of Africa’s world-renowned, unspoilt wilderness reserves.

Umlani was founded in 1989 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess in the central section of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. In 1993, the fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger were removed to allow for wildlife migration and this pristine wilderness area became known as the Greater Kruger National Park. Marco and Marie-Louise’s wish was to encapsulate their vision of a true African adventure in the very spirit and experience of the camp itself. They wanted the camp to blend in with the environment and as a result, the entire bush camp is built from natural materials in a traditional African style.

Timbavati Game Reserve is situated on the Western boundary of the Kruger National Park and lies between the Klaserie, Umbabat, Manyeleti and Sabie Sands Reserves. In recent years, the fences separating Timbavati from the Kruger National Park were removed to form a pristine wilderness area of approximately four million hectares. Umlani Bushcamp operates synergistically with other land and lodge owners in the Timbavati Game Reserve to offer guests a vast sanctuary of more than 10,000 ha of unspoilt African wilderness.

• Umlani gift shop for all your Umlani souvenirs
• Traditional African boma/dining room serving award winning meals
• Baby sitting and laundry services can be arranged by camp management
• Pick up and drop off airport services
• Pristine pool to cool you down on hot days
• Bush bar and deck overlooking the nearby waterhole
• Exclusive tree house 1.5 kms away from camp for bush sleepouts

Umlani Bushcamp in Timbavati accommodates guests in traditional African reed and thatch huts as well as an Eco Rondavel, which all blend naturally with the environment and provide pure comfort. All accommodation options have en-suite facilities including open-air bush showers for the ultimate stargazing experience. They also offer comfortable beds, crisp white linen, soft towels, mosquito netting, insect repellent and standard bathroom amenities. There is also complimentary bottled water, although the tap water is perfectly safe to drink.

The four double huts come with double beds, en-suite facilities including an open-air bush shower. Comfortably-fitted with white mosquito nets, crisp white linen and towels as well as with standard bathroom amenities, the huts also have bottled water (although the tap water is perfectly safe to drink) and insect repellent. A maximum of of two guests.

The four family huts each come with a double and two single beds, en-suite facilities including an open-air bush shower. The huts are comfortably fitted with white mosquito nets, crisp white linen and towels as well as with standard bathroom amenities, bottled water (although the tap water is perfectly safe to drink) and insect repellent. Each family hut can accommodate a maximum of four guests.

Built to enhance thermal storage qualities, it is lovely and warm when cold outside and much cooler when hot outside. Same “close to nature” experience with outdoor shower and bathroom but with little extra luxuries. Two guests can be accommodated in the Eco Rondavel.

At Umlani Bushcamp, everything we do is influenced by our commitment to responsible tourism. This means that we take great care to treat people and the environment with respect by actively minimising the negative impact on our surroundings and making positive contributions wherever possible.

Umlani is renowned for our outstanding rangers and trackers, who will not only find you the game, but will also introduce you to the wealth of flora, fauna, bird life and cultural heritage of the region.

You will be taken out on two game drives per day, in open top 4 wheel drive vehicles. The morning game drive will leave at dawn and the night drive will leave in the late afternoon. There is always a ranger on stand-by for an optional morning bush walk.

During the day you can go on short walks with the ranger after breakfast, or lounge in the hammocks around the swimming pool sipping your favourite drink. Alternatively, laze away the day in our spacious bush bar and deck overlooking the riverbed and watering hole. For exclusive tranquillity there is a tree house about 2.5 kms from the camp overlooking a dam, where we can leave you for an hour or two with blankets and big comfortable pillows as well as a cooler box with drinks.

In the evening you will be treated to pre dinner drinks in the traditional boma around the fire, followed by one of Umlani’s award winning meals in the candlelit dining room, or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.

With 13 varied habitats, the Kruger National Park is home to one of the largest concentrations of birdlife and game species in Africa. Birding in this area, which includes the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Umlani, is just spectacular and a major draw card for all eco-tourists as it is reputed as being the finest birding location in Southern Africa. There are over 500 species in the Greater Kruger National Park including numerous large raptor species.

Apart from the wildlife safaris there are some optional daytime activities outside the Timbavati Game Reserve that are accessible from Umlani Bushcamp; these can be arranged by camp management. A transfer service can also be organised to and from the Umlani Bushcamp to any of the following activities:
• One hour microlight flight – A one hour microlight flight over the Klaserie Big Five Reserve.
• Early Morning Balloon Safaris
• Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
• Horse Back Riding
• Near-by Golf Courses
• Hans Merensky Golf Course – A world famous course set in a unique bushveld atmosphere. Share a golfing experience with resident giraffe, hippo, crocodiles and many other permanent residents! The 18 hole, Bob Grimsdell designed, Par 72, Championship Golf course has been voted as the best walking course in the country. This golf course is situated an approx 1h 45min drive from Umlani in Phalaborwa. Transfers to/from will need to be arranged.
• Drakensig Golf Course – A smaller 9 hole golf course. It is located at the Air force Base in Hoedspruit, a 45min drive from Umlani. Transfers to/from will need to be arranged.
• Hlokomela Community Tour – We invite you to experience the innovative side of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region where social change & development is driven through sustainable community projects. Hlokomela is a local non profit healthcare organisation that looks after the health and well being of farmworkers & hospitality staff in the Kruger to Canyon area. Come take a tour with us and experience first hand the innovative action this organisation is taking to provide quality, all-inclusive healthcare to the people of this region. Min 2 guests. Tours run Monday to Friday. 24 hours booking notice required. Duration +/- 3 hours.


1st November 2020 to 15th December 2021 Price per person
Double/Twin huts Sharing/Single
per adult per night sharing / single  R        3 592,00
Family huts on request  
children under 12 years sharing less 50%  R        1 796,00
3 night special  
per person for 3 nights sharing / single  R     10 355,00
children under 12 years sharing less 50%  R        5 178,00
No single supplements, no extra Eco Hut cost  


Includes: Accommodation, 3 meals per day, 2 x game drives, optional bush walks, all local brand drinks + 15% VAT
Excludes: Vehicle permit – Payable at the Timbavati Gate R 190.00 once off
  Conservation Levy R 100.00 pp/night
  Levies subject to change without prior notice


Subject to availability.  Terms & conditions apply.