About Umkhumbi

More than just a bed for the night, Umkhumbi Lodge is the place to stay if you want to get the most out of your time in Hluhluwe. This is a family-friendly bush lodge run by Anton and Emma Roberts in the game-rich Hluhluwe-Imfolozi area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Umkhumbi is the Zulu name for the red duiker, a shy small red antelope regularly seen picking its way across the forest floor.



Umkhumbi Lodge is part of KULENI GAME PARK – Wildlife on-site include Zebra, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Nyala, Suni, Impala, Warthogs, duikers, vervet monkeys, banded mongoose, bushbabies and even occasionally leopards are spotted too on the walking trails. It 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.


This is a great base for seeing the best of the area. Choose from a wide range of adventure activities, explore the rich Zulu culture, visit the historic battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift or relax on the Indian Ocean’s endless sandy beaches. Umkhumbi is roughly half way between Durban and Maputo since the tar road and bridge has been built in Mozambique between Farazela and Maputo harbour; a great place to break the journey.


The lodge has been sensitively built into pristine African sandforest, carefully preserving this fragile ecology. Our focus is on conservation through education and environmental awareness, delighting guests with all aspects of the African bush, big and small, and providing the service and experiences that have visitors returning as friends.

All of the 12 rooms are extremely comfortable and spacious, with air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. Some rooms are self catering with a kitchen, others are non-self catering. A central open-fronted ‘lapa’ houses the dining room and treetop bar and lounge from where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the wooden deck. After the sun goes down, guests and guides gather around the fire to swap stories about the day’s exciting adventures.


The owners, Anton and Emma, along with their son (aged 16) live on site and enjoy spending time with the guests and sharing their knowledge and passion for their wonderful surroundings. Anton has some fabulous stories to tell at the bar!

staff and bradley for slider

Managers Bianca and Andries are on hand to make sure you have all the information and comforts you desire. Their son (aged 10) enjoys playing with visiting children and loves to show the kids the walking trails and play area.

Chef Meva has been with us since just after we opened and is ready to prepare another delicious meal for you.

Ntombi, Philani and Lindy are the people that keep everything clean and tidy and help out at mealtimes.

All our staff hope that you will enjoy your stay and are ready to assist you in any way. This family-friendly game lodge is their home and they make you part of it from the moment you arrive.

Why wait? BOOK NOW!

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