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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 in Hluhluwe

Sunbird spectacle: Birdwatching in Hluhluwe This May and June has seen a spectacle of sunbirds here at Umkhumbi Lodge, with a feeding frenzy in the neighbouring pineapple field. We have seen an amazing 8 species of sunbird in these few weeks in Hluhluwe, 3 of which were previously unconfirmed sightings – we have now added […]

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Toni D

Upcoming Event : 29th & 30th March 2019 Umkhumbi Lodge is happy to announce that we are hosting a weekend with live music at our bush lodge in Hluhluwe on the 29th and 30th March. Toni D sings an array of songs ranging from rock to pop and walks down memory lane from Credence to […]

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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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More Lions!

A fantastic new addition to the nearby uMkhuze Game Reserve! Taken from the Zululand Observer – Tamlyn Jolly HISTORY was made last week when four lions were released into uMkhuze Game Reserve. This follows 44 years of lions´ absence from the area. The animals, which include one adult female and three sub-adult offspring (a male […]

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Nightwatch Diary

On their wilderness trails, all of our students have to take their turn at nightwatch. For some this is scary, for others tedious but for most people – exciting. Canterbury Gold DofE Award 2013 decided that a handing over ceremony of the nightwatch diary should happen at every shift change complete with a solemn oath […]

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