Umkhumbi Lodge is a family-owned 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.
Surrounded by wildlife reserves and the rich, varied ecosystems of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Umkhumbi is fast becoming popular for its stunning birdlife with regular sightings of twinspots. Nyala, suni, bushbabies and even our hand-reared impala are often spotted too. 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.
The lodge has been sensitively built into pristine African sandforest, carefully preserving this fragile ecology. The 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. 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.
Anton and Emma pride themselves on their excellent hosting, management and guiding. Their passion for their wonderful surroundings is infectious and you are never far away from another delicious meal from Emma's kitchen or a fabulous story from Anton. This family-friendly game lodge is their home and they make you part of it from the moment you arrive.
Your stay at Umkhumbi Lodge will be a truly relaxed experience. We offer comfortable accommodation in spacious air-conditioned rooms. We have 12 double rooms, all nestled in unspoilt natural sand forest.
High ceilings and air-conditioning ensure comfort and space for all our guests. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower and are fitted with a fridge and tea and coffee-making facilities to enjoy as you look out into the tranquil sand forest from your private veranda.
The family rooms have an inter-connecting door making these units perfect for families, as children can easily sleep close by while you still enjoy your privacy.
Spectacular sunsets from our upstairs bar make for relaxing afternoons after your day's activities. Spend your evenings swapping stories around the fire at our Lapa area where you can enjoy your meals and drinks with other guests and guides.
Onsite facilities include:
- Swimming pool
- Laundry service
- WiFi internet and guest computer at the office
- Safe for locking away valuables
- Private Restaurant and Bar for guests change to lower case restaurant, bar
- Walking trails
- Travel information
- Shuttle service to and from any location
- Visa and MasterCard facility
What's on the menu
Food is much more than just fuel to us here. Chef Meva prides himself on presenting a perfectly prepared meal every time! The menus are always well thought out to ensure that our guests get a culinary experience to compliment the surrounding atmosphere. We believe that there is no better way to relax and enjoy an African sunset than sipping cool drinks with friends over a sumptuous meal in our open-air dining area.
A recent article in the Sunday Times by Shelly Seid puts it perfectly:
"Fresh, light, modern and attractively presented. All allergies, intolerances, phobias and dislikes indulged."
We strive to use only local, fresh produce, either from our own vegetable and herb garden or from a local supplier. Expect only the highest quality cuts of meat including beef, pork, chicken, venison and various fish.
We make sure that guests are well fed at all times with both breakfast and lunch packs provided on request.
As a family friendly lodge, kids are well looked after with our child-friendly menu which misses out the frills and trims that youngsters do their best to avoid.
- airport transfers
- big game (less than 30km)
- communal TV lounge
- cycling trails
- DSTV in communal area
- guided nature walks
- internet facilities
- laundry facilities onsite
- lock-up safe
- mountain biking
- nature trail onsite
- outdoor splash pool
- parking all onsite
- restaurant onsite
- tea / coffee making facilities
Zululand has a fascinating history and is home to the greatest warrior nation in Southern Africa, the amaZulu. The capital of Zululand, Ulundi, is 2 hours drive to the west and was the place of the last battle of the Anglo-Zulu war, on 4 July 1879.
The nearest airports are Durban King Shaka International and Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa.
Umkhumbi Lodge is situated about 10 minutes outside the town of Hluhluwe on the R22 to Sodwana.
Drive time from Richards Bay is 1.5 hours
Drive time from Durban airport is 2.5 hours
Drive time from Johannesburg is approx 8 hours
If you are driving, we have detailed driving directions from various locations in South Africa here.
We also offer transfers from anywhere in KwaZulu-Natal - just ask.
If you are looking to do a SELF DRIVE we have more detailed driving directions from various locations in South Africa here.
We also offer TRANSFERS from anywhere in KwaZulu-Natal.