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Umlani Bush Camp

Home of the White Lion

Umlani Bushcamp is a classic African safari camp located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

The Lodge

This authentic camp is the ultimate experience of true wilderness and seclusion. Accommodating only 16 guests in traditional African reed and thatch huts. Umlani's philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity.
Enjoy the warm atmosphere of candlelight and oil lamps as well as open-air bush showers fueled by wood fires.

Umlani's traditional African reed and thatch huts will not only provide you with all the comforts you need, but will also provide you with an authentic experience of local tribal (Shangaan) architecture and style, which blends in naturally with the environment.


Umlani is renowned for their outstanding Shangaan 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 land rovers. 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 double hammocks around the swimming pool sipping your favorite drink. Alternatively, laze away the day in our spacious bush bar and deck overlooking the riverbed and watering hole. For exclusive tranquility there is a tree house about 2.5 km’s 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 candle lit dining room, or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.

Fauna and Flora

Umlani Bushcamp is an authentic African game lodge located in the Timbavati Game Reserve, one of the oldest private nature reserves adjoining the Kruger National Park. Timbavati Game Reserve was formed in the 1950's, when a group of conservation minded private game park owners, on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, decided to pool their resources for mutual benefit and to benefit the wildlife in the area. The individual farms were consequently joined in order to form a wilderness area that is today privately owned by 48 individual members.


Apart from the wildlife safari's there are some optional daytime activities outside of the Timbavati Game Reserve that are accessible from Umlani Bushcamp; which can be arranged by camp management. A transfer service can also be organized to and from the Umlani Bushcamp to any of the following activities:

There are some optional daytime activities outside the reserve, which can be arranged by camp management. A transfer service can also be organized to and from any of the listed activities below:

  • A one hour microlight flight over the Klaserie Big Five Reserve
  • Mafunyane Shangaan Cultural Village
  • Early Morning Balloon Safaris
  • White Water Rafting Trips
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Monsoon Gallery and Curios Centre
  • Horse Riding
  • Ringetani Acornhoek Village Tour which includes tribal dancing, tasting of traditional African foods, visiting a Sangoma (Traditional healer), a traditional Shebeen and a local family. After which you will head back to the camp for afternoon game drive.

From 1 January 2018, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve will increase its Conservation Levy for
tourism from R215 (approximately $16.50) per person per stay, to R328 (approximately $25) per
person per day.

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