23 May 2020.

Dear guest,

The South African government has closed all non-essential business and is restricting all non-essential travel while the country is on lock down.

Therefore we are temporarily closed for business. Our staff are not permitted to return to work at this time, and are at home with their families during this period.

The lockdown is causing devastating economic impact to our business as with many others, but we hope this is the right thing to do to prevent an enormous explosion of this virus into our very vulnerable population. 

If you would like more information on South Africa’s response to the corona virus click here: COVID-19


Existing bookings:

If you have a confirmed booking with us but cannot travel: please postpone rather than cancel your trip if at all possible. We are more than happy to move your payment to a future date. We cannot afford to reimburse you at this time.

Future bookings:

If you are booked with us for later in the year, the same applies. Please do not cancel your trip at this time. Should you be unable to travel for your holiday due to continuing restrictions, we will move any deposits paid to a future date.


And post corona virus…

If you are receiving a steady wage and you do not think you will be badly financially affected by the effects of this virus, why not plan your holidays for next year?! You can either book your dates as usual – we ask just for a 10% deposit to secure your booking, OR if you don’t know what dates you would like to travel, you can BUY A VOUCHER at a special rate, pay in full and stay anytime before 31 December 2021. Please enquire by email if you would like to purchase a voucher. By doing this your payment will help us to continue to pay wages and other expenses during these challenging times. Thank you for your support.

Our sincere wishes for you and all your loved ones to remain healthy and safe,

from Emma, Anton and the team at Umkhumbi Lodge



Umkhumbi Lodge offers a delightful accommodation and dining experience within Kuleni Game Park, Hluhluwe. We are a small, family owned and run bush lodge in KZN, South Africa. It’s a great place to stay on your African safari holiday, with a bar and restaurant, comfortable air-conditioned chalets and excellent game viewing on site. Wildlife you can see around the lodge includes zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu, warthogs, nyala, suni, impala, duikers, monkeys and mongooses. Bushbabies are often seen in the evening and even occasionally leopards are spotted too on the walking trails. Umkhumbi Lodge is popular for its stunning birdlife with regular sightings of Pink-throated Twinspots, Narina Trogon, Eastern Nicator and many more. The area is rich in wildlife, with nearby Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park for Big 5 safaris as well as the rich, varied ecosystems of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Why stay at Umkhumbi?

Spacious accommodation, comfortable beds, good food, great company, excellent service, fabulous location, so much to do!


Our guest chalets are surrounded by peaceful woodland. We have rooms suitable for couples and friends as well as family chalets. Some chalets have a kitchen for guests who prefer self catering accommodation, other rooms are non-self catering. All rooms are en-suite and air-conditioned and have a private veranda.
See our ROOMS.

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We have a lovely tree-top bar and restaurant for you to enjoy, as well as a TV lounge, swimming pool and free WiFi. Umkhumbi Lodge is a great bush getaway that the whole family will enjoy. See our FACILITIES.


We have a great chef, Meva, and we can cater for most special diets and requests. For the non-self catering rooms we offer a package rate including dinners and breakfasts. Self catering guests are welcome to book meals with us too. Lunches are available on request. Read MORE.


There is so much to do in the area surrounding Umkhumbi Lodge. Activities are generally focused around wildlife. Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is our main attraction nearby. It’s a great game reserve to experience a Big 5 safari and the best place to see rhinos within South Africa. Guests staying at Umkhumbi can do guided or self-guided walks at the lodge. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much wildlife you can see and how close you can get to the animals. There is so much to do nearby. See available ACTIVITIES.

Great for Families

For families travelling with children, Umkhumbi Lodge is the best place to stay in the area. Our family chalets are surrounded by woodland and harmless wildlife. A swimming pool, games lounge and kids play area will keep them busy, and we have a great kids package of activities if you stay for 2 nights.
See more about FUN FOR KIDS.

Where is Umkhumbi Lodge?

Umkhumbi Lodge offers accommodation in Kuleni Game Park, just off the R22 about 15 minutes outside Hluhluwe on the way to Sodwana Bay. We are approximately 30 minutes from Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve for wildlife safaris. We are halfway between Durban and Maputo.


Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park:              35 km / 30 mins
Golela Border Eswatini:              103km / 1 hour 15 mins
Sodwana Bay:                             78 km / 1 hour 15 mins
St Lucia KZN:                              86 km / 1 hour 15 mins
Kosi Bay Border Mozambique:   149 km / 2 hours
Richards Bay Airport:                 116 km / 1 hour 30 mins
Durban King Shaka Airport:       251 km / 2 hours 52 mins
Maputo:                                       260 km / 3 hours
Joburg OR Tambo Aiport:           527 km / 6 hours 15 mins