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It seems that these little primates are becoming big fans of the night vision camera!
I was standing right in the window with a normal video camera for this one! They’re getting brave!
For those of you who haven’t found this post via the main website of our Hluhluwe accommodation, this is what you have to look forward to when you book at Umkhumbi Lodge.
A walk along a winding path (lit by fairy nights at light) leads to your home from home. And don’t worry about carrying your bags – we can do that for you!
With their high ceilings and spacious size you’ll wish you lived here permanently!
Don’t want to mingle with the other guests of an evening?
When you’re sitting on your veranda be sure to keep an eye out for our hand-reared impala. She is all grown up now, but still likes to stay close to the houses when she is not playing with the nyala babies.
Of course there are other things to do; such as luxuriate in your ensuite bathroom.
When you do decide to venture to the lapa you wont be disappointed by the sunsets…
Not interested in the breathtaking sunsets?
If you prefer, we can get the fire started before dinner so you can while away the hours there.
Dinner is a 3 course meal with a choice of main dishes and includes table salad.
You can eat on your own or if you prefer, on one table with the other guests, or even your host.
After dinner retire to your room and dream of the over twenty different South African holiday activities within an hours drive of Umkhumbi Lodge, Hluhluwe.
See you soon!
Yet another fantastic review of Umkhumbi Lodge, this time at the TheTravelEditor.com
Check it out here!
It was with heavy hearts last week that we said goodbye to 8 of our guests who came to Umkhumbi Lodge to film the latest promotional video for Tourism KZN.
From Kayaking with crocs, spa treatments, and even jumping off of a football stadium roof – there was plenty to film!
Our film stars were:
Peter from South African Airways (SAA).
Samantha from Travel2.
Yaksha from Thomas Cook.
Lindsey from TUI (Thompsons).
Bruce from Travel Counsellors.
Claire from TTG (Travel Trade Gazette).
our Cameraman Blair “The Kiwi”
And of course Storm from Tourism KZN who was responsible for unleashing this motley crew on KwaZulu Natal.
Lets talk cameras!
A big thanks to African Imagery for hosting their recent photo workshop with us here at Umkhumbi Lodge in Hluhluwe.
Well, ok, not exactly dinosaurs, but pretty close! Today was spent at Zulu Croc – the crocodile centre a mere 5 minute drive from Umkhumbi Lodge.
Everyone was a bit shy at first and stayed as a group around a single enclosure – it wasn’t long however until everyone was lying on the ground trying to get some nice crocodile close-ups through the fences.
Then it was time for the photography workshop to really begin. Here is where Roger De La Harpe and all attendees (gently) picked apart images. It’s great, not only did we learn from our mistakes but everyone elses as well.
Day 2 – Afternoon
Poor Ntombi she had the joyful job of posing for us. Ntombi works at the lodge, and as well as cleaning the rooms, feeding the iguanas and occasionally being one of our servers at the lappa, she now had to smile until her cheeks hurt (thankfully Ntombi is so usually always so cheerful this isn’t too much of a problem for her)!
Dressed in beaded clothes Ntombi was the perfect model for us.
And I have to say, I have a lot of respect for fashion magazine photographers, people are not as easy to shoot as they look!
Day 3 – Last day :’(
Touch up class and snakes!
The morning started with a brief critique of our shots of Ntombi and then Roger further helped us to enhance the beauty of our shots with some five minute touch ups using Adobe Lightroom.
To finish up, snakes.
From Antons collection in the garage: juvenile Puff Adder, juvenile Gaboon Adder and a Variable Bush Viper.
Pics to follow!