Umkhumbi Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in spacious air-conditioned family chalets within Kuleni Game Park, Hluhluwe. We are a small, family owned and run bush lodge in Zululand, KZN, South Africa. It’s a great place to stay on your African safari holiday, with a bar and restaurant, comfortable air-conditioned family 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 and family cottages 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 offer catered packages 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 generally, however please note that our restaurant is currently closed for self-catering guests (September/October 2020). 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.
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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. Head up the northcoast from Durban: we are in Zululand, 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

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