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3 Days Best of Sabi Sands, Adventurous Safari in South Africa

Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Sabi Sands Game Reserve Experience!

An incredible 3-day/2-night safari package to the world-famous Sabi Sands game reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park! On this packaged safari, guests stay at Umkumbe Safari Lodge or similar on a full board basis. This tour includes transportation and all game drives which are conducted in open 4X4 safari vehicles inside the Greater Kruger National Park. Choose from two daily game drives or possibly replacing one game drive with a bush walk instead. What are you waiting for? Explore the Sabi Sands and marvel at its wildlife!

Key information

  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • *God's Window, Lisbon Falls, and Graskop visit
  • *Daily game drives in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve
  • *Services of a professional and experienced guide during the safari
  • *Transfer from Umkumbe to Johannesburg / Nelspruit
  • *Transfer from Johannesburg via Panorama Route
  • *2 Dinners
  • *2 Lunches
  • *2 Breakfasts
  • *2 nights' accommodation

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3 activity days
Airport transfer included: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa, un-fenced from the western boundary of Kruger National Park. Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is perfectly situated in one of the best big five game viewing destinations in Africa.

The lodge is easily accessible via either a self drive from Johannesburg or by flying into the closest airport which is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit. The self drive takes six hours from Johannesburg on good, safe roads. The flight takes approximately one hour. Road transfers from KMIA to Umkumbe can be arranged and take approximately two hours.

The focus at the lodge is on the view of the seasonal Sand River. Almost daily, guests are treated to sightings of various animals grazing on the riverbed. The lodge sleeps a maximum of 20 guests in 10 chalets / rooms. Most of the rooms have a small veranda with camping chairs and views of the Sand River, while others look onto a small plains area with a watering hole.

Umkumbe Safari Lodge has a variety of room set-ups that allow families to travel with ease, as well as a small party of three adults or friends looking for their own rooms connected via an inter-leading door. The accommodation is clean, comfortable, and suitable for guests looking for a well priced and affordable option in the Sabi Sand. All the rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned, and have full electricity.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Program

Day 1: Johannesburg

Transportation to the Sabi Sands is operated by a qualified driver who will pick you up in Johannesburg at 06:00 in the morning of your departure. All transfers are done in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle, where you will be transported via the Panorama Route to Sabi Sands. Panorama route includes God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and Graskop and all entrance fees are included in the package. There are numerous stops along the way for comfort breaks and photo moments.

Arriving at Umkumbe Safari Lodge or similar, you will be greeted by the friendly lodge staff and have time to settle in and rest before embarking on the afternoon game drive. Sabi Sands has a high concentration of wildlife and is known for the predators, especially the cats.

Although the Sabi Sands is a private reserve and is a more exclusive safari experience, it forms part of the Greater Kruger Park with its borders being unfenced with the national park. Late afternoon and into the evenings is a great time to spot wildlife, after which you will make your way to the lodge for supper and an opportunity to have a relaxed evening.

Day 2: Kruger Park

On day two, you will be greeted with a cup of coffee before heading off for the morning game drive in a 4x4 safari vehicle, hopefully with an opportunity to spot the big five waking and roaming in your path. There is an alternative to go on a morning bush walk rather than the drive if you so prefer. %Upon return from your safari, you will be served a leisurely breakfast and have the remainder of the morning at the lodge to catch up on sleep or rest at the pool. Lunch will be served and there will be some more time to unwind before returning for an afternoon/sunset safari drive with your guide. Sunset will be spent in the bush, after which you will be returned to the lodge for supper and the evening at your leisure.

Day 3: Johannesburg

Early morning rise on day three and head out for your morning game drive to spot the animals that have been eluding you on your safari experience. Return to the lodge for breakfast and check out, where the driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Johannesburg via Nelspruit.

Location

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa, and unfenced from the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is perfectly situated in one of the best Big Five game viewing destinations in Africa.

The lodge is easily accessible via either a self drive from Johannesburg, or by flying into the closest airport which is Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit. The self drive takes 6 hours from Johannesburg on good, safe roads. The flight takes approximately 1 hour. Road transfers from KMIA to Umkumbe can be arranged and take approximately 2 hours.

Food

You will be served breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at Umkumbe.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Morning Game Drives
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 2 Afternoon/Sunset Game Drives
  • God's Window, Lisbon Falls, and Graskop visits
  • An opportunity for a morning bush walk
  • Entry fees to stipulated areas
  • Services of a professional safari guide
  • Road transfers from Johannesburg via Panorama Route
  • Road transfers from Umkumbe to Johannesburg / Nelspruit

What's not included

  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation
  • Conservation fees
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Conservation fees

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Spurwing Tourism Services will pick you up from the airport.

Should you want to fly in and out of Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) rather than be transferred from and to Johannesburg, this can be arranged. Should clients fly in for the safari, no panoramic route transfer will be included. Afternoon drive / night drive on the first day is subject to flight arrival times.

Airport: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport Airport transfer included: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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