About Umganu Lodge

Umganu means marula tree in Zulu and it is a tree used by African people. It is mainly used for traditional
healing of mumps and the fruit is used to make the popular creamy liquor called Amarula.

Umganu Lodge is an idyllic retreat for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This beautiful Lodge is open to the Kruger National Park and provides uninterrupted vistas of the magnificent Sabie River which is known for attracting an abundance of wildlife. Due to Umganu being a family destination, it has a perimeter fence which is electrified to ensure that the animals do not roam into the lodge. 

This beautiful air-conditioned lodge can accommodate up to 12 guests in 5 spacious en-suite bedrooms, each one beautifully decorated in one of Africa’s big 5 animals ~ lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The lodge also has a separate room with its own private bathroom and kitchen which can be used as a pilot room or a nanny’s room.

The open-plan living area is stylishly decorated with high volume ceilings, beautiful polished cement floors and offers wifi throughout. The spacious lounge has a television along with full satellite television (DSTV), a beautiful stocked bar area and various board games for those feeling a little competitive. For those wanting a little peace and quiet, you can head upstairs and relax in the snug lounge or enjoy the sights from the outside viewing deck area.

The living area opens up to a covered patio area with its own bar area. The lodge also has a private heated plunge pool for the master suite and one public heated pool. For those wanting to have a relaxing evening around a roaring fire, you can enjoy our beautiful sunken boma area. For those that enjoy the night sky, you can make use of the telescope and admire the beauty overhead.

So, if you are looking for an exclusive private safari or you need to arrange a family getaway, Umganu Lodge is the perfect lodge for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Umganu Lodge

Umganu Lodge is the destination of choice for those unforgettable family vacations to the African bush! 

South African Currency
  • The local currency is the South African Rand.
  • Most major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa are widely accepted.
How to get to Umganu Lodge
Guests have the following options:
  • Self Drive to Umganu Lodge (+- 4.5 hours from Johannesburg).
  • Fly into Nelspruit airport and then either rent a car or charter a helicopter into Umganu Lodge.
  • Fly into Skukuza Airport where we offer a transfer to Umganu lodge at a cost of R1600-00 one way.

For Charter options into Umganu lodge please contact Seasons in Africa. For more information, you can visit their website http://www.seasonsinafrica.com/

Check-in & Check-out
  • Check-in is from 14:00 and check-out by 11:00.
  • South Africa has a large network of hospitals that offer excellent services.
  • There is a paramedic on the reserve at Elephant Point. You will be informed about the procedure when arriving at Umganu Lodge.
  • Please ensure that you have adequate health insurance as a safety precaution when traveling to South Africa.
Low-risk malaria area

Umganu Lodge is in a low-risk malaria area. We highly recommend that you consult with your doctor before travel.


South Africa has seasons that are opposite to Europe and North America.

  • Summer months are from October – April with temperatures ranging from 28-35 degrees Celsius.
  • Winter months are from May – September with temperatures ranging from 16-25 degrees Celsius.
  • The Lowveld experiences a low annual rainfall which mostly occur during the summer months.
What to bring
  • Suntan lotion
  • Hat/cap / Sunglasses
  • Comfortable boots/walking shoes
  • Comfortable and casual clothing
  • Warm jackets especially for game drives
  • Camera and memory cards
  • Your daily Medication
  • Bathing costume as our pool is heated
  • Please note that there is NO smoking allowed at Umganu Lodge.
Emergency Numbers
  • Fire: 013 752 6419 | 082 566 2728
  • Security : 082 949 3974
  • Skukuza Police: 013 735 9000
  • Medical emergency: Marius : 073 744 5442 | 079 138 8184
  • Ambulance: 082 045 6910 | 084 124
  • Estate Manager: 079 494 1180