What facilities are provided at Umkhumbi Lodge?

We are a small and friendly bush lodge in Hluhluwe with all of the essential comforts that make your stay with us a home from home, including a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and free WiFi. Spa treatments, laundry service and assistance with travel plans are also available. Please see below to see all of the facilities that are provided at Umkhumbi Lodge. From your dining needs to families travelling with kids, we have you covered.

Umkhumbi’s Lapa – The main guest area

Lapa is a South African term for our main lodge area building. It’s spacious, built entirely from locally sourced wood and offers panoramic views over the dense canopy of wooded Sand Forest completely surrounding the lodge. It’s the perfect place to chill out and watch the sun go down after a day exploring one of the many activities on offer in Hluhluwe and further afield.

Restaurant and Bar

Please note that the restaurant is currently not open (September/October 2020).

Your meals are served at the dining area or in the bar, produced by our wonderful team . Everything’s freshly prepared and guests often comment on the quality (and quantity) of the cuisine. Check out the food page to whet your appetite!

Spectacular sunsets viewed from our upstairs bar make for relaxing afternoons after your day’s activities. Spend your evening swapping stories around the fire circle chatting and watching the stars or enjoying drinks on the top deck at the bar with other guests.

It’s a fun place to be, especially in the evening, as the team is on hand to answer your questions and help you plan the next day’s activities.


TV Lounge

We have a television at the bar lounge with DSTV for those all-important sporting events, or even if you just can’t miss your daily soap opera!

Other onsite facilities

Swimming Pool

We have a small pool in a secluded clearing where you can take a dip and cool off. Or relax on the sun loungers.

Kids play areachildren's play area 1

Near to the pool is a kids play area with climbing equipment, tyre swing and such. Nearby are some hammocks and picnic tables under the trees for parents to relax while the children have fun.


Spa service

A range of massage and beauty treatments provided by Bianca’s Beauty. More information can be found here.

Laundry service

Ask one of the team who’ll ensure your clothes come back fresh and clean.

WiFi Internet

Free WiFi internet and guest computer are available from the office if you can’t live without email or need to post up some great photos for your Facebook friends to share.

Safe for locking away valuables

Remove worries by storing your stuff in our secure safe.

Walking trails

There’s a lot to see in the immediate area of the lodge. Kuleni game park, of which we are part, has a variety of wildlife including giraffes, zebras, warthogs and wildebeests. You can get surprisingly close to the animals on foot. Let us know if you’d like a guide. We also offer guided night trails free of charge -bush babies, chameleons and other nocturnal residents are very common sightings.

Travel information

If you’re the independent traveler (many of our guests are), and need some advice on journey times and routes, speak to us about your needs. You’ll get reliable information on how long and how to get there… and if you’ll need a 4×4 to do it! Read more.

Shuttle service to and from any location

Let us know where you need to get to and we’ll take care of the rest – we’ve got closed 4x4s available. Cost is dependent on distance and is available on request.

Visa and MasterCard facility

Both accepted or cash.


We have hairdryers, plug adaptors and a small selection of toiletries if you need them. Please ask at reception.


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