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lockdown extended

11 April 2020. The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that the lockdown period has been extended to the 30th April in order to continue restricting the spread of the corona virus. All non-essential businesses are closed and we are not permitted to take in guests, therefore Umkhumbi Lodge is closed for the duration […]

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Notice of temporary closure

SPECIAL NOTICE RE CORONA VIRUS: WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED 24 Mar 2020. Dear guest, The South African government has closed all non-essential business and is restricting travel until 16th April 2020. The country is on lock down. Therefore we are temporarily closed for business. Our staff will return to be with their families during this 3-week […]

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Notice re corona virus

SPECIAL NOTICE RE CORONA VIRUS: WE ARE OPEN FOR LIMITED BUSINESS. 21 Mar 2020. Dear guest, Most of us are reeling from the sudden and extraordinary changes to our daily lives that the response to the corona virus has had on our global society. In South Africa the government has banned entry from high-risk countries […]

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Birding tours

This morning we took a wonderful walk from Umkhumbi Lodge around the walking trails of Kuleni Game Park. The sun was shining, there was a gentle breeze and the air was full of birdsong. I heard a Gorgeous Bushshrike, a Red-chested Cuckoo, Sombre Greenbul, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove and a Green-backed Camaroptera (which will always be […]

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Mkhuze day trip

Yesterday we took a drive into Mkhuze game reserve to show the volunteers a new park. Mkhuze is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and is about 45 minutes’ drive from Umkhumbi Lodge. We entered through Ophansi gate on the eastern side, and headed down to Nsumo pan where there are great views of the […]

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Joining Kuleni Game Park

EXCITING NEWS !        Umkhumbi Lodge – Hluhluwe We are delighted that after successful negotiations with our closest neighbouring properties, Umkhumbi Lodge has dropped fences and is now part of the larger conservation area known as KULENI GAME PARK. This is a great development for small scale conservation, as the wildlife from all properties will now be […]

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Birding hotspot

We’ve had some lovely early rainfall this season and the bush is coming alive. The grass is growing, the wildflowers are blooming and the birds are singing! Most mornings now we are waking up to the call of the Red-chested Cuckoo, the Eastern Nicator and the Red-fronted Tinkerbird, to name just a few. We are […]

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