Game drive safaris and bush walks

Early morning and afternoon game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 Safari vehicles and together with Guided foot Safaris are included in the quoted rates.

Walks and drives are conducted by qualified Rangers. Sundowners are enjoyed at various breathtaking scenic spots. All of our staff at Umhlametsi are experienced, qualified and dedicated to the conservation of the Reserve.

You are encouraged to experience a bush walk where you will be amazed by the intricate wonders of the African bush. This is where the Umhalmetsi experience is so different and dedicated. The Rangers point out not only the Big 5 but all the other fascinating components of the Fauna and Flora that are often overlooked.

This is one of the best private nature reserves in the Limpopo province, South Africa
Other anemities

Umhlametsi is a wonderful venue for wildlife, birding, hiking, game drive safaris, touring and golfing. It is close to the Orpen and Phalaborwa Gates of the Kruger National Park, the majestic Drakensberg and the spectacular Blyde River Canyon.

Guided excursions to local tourist sites are available to our guests, offering an opportunity to visit the world renowned Kruger National Park , Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrims Rest, Cheetah Breeding Project, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, the famous White Lions as well as the Shangaan Tribal Village.

The tranquility and peace of Umhlametsi together with the incredible game sightings will leave a yearning for a return to this piece of paradise. We are ideal for occasions from relaxing getaways and family gatherings, to entertaining your clients or team building and corporate getaways.


For the golf enthusiast, the famous Hans Merensky golf course is in nearby Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit has its own challenging and beautiful 9-hole, 18 tee course. Experience a game of golf while observing impala, warthog, duiker and other species of game grazing peacefully alongside you on the golf course.
Local attractions and landmarks

Nyani Tribal Village (Shangaan cultural village)35km
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre for wildlife50km
Blyde Dam boat cruise60km
Panorama Route (Blyde Canyon, 3 Rondawels)80km
Bourkes Luck Potholes, Graskop, Pilgrims Rest160km
Kruger National Park75km
Hans Merensky Championship Golf Course80km
Drakensig Golf Course10km
Swadini Reptile Park25km
Hot air ballooning


Experience the magic of game viewing from “lighter-than-air flight” over the Reserve. Our pilots and guides will ensure a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure that will be one of the highlights of your Safari.

After a safety briefing you should be airborne in time to witness the sunrise. Then a change in altitude to search for a favorable wind that will allow you to drift gently over the landscape. When game is spotted, the main burners will be switched over to a “stealth”-burner so as not to disturb the animals.

The experience is unforgettable.

Kruger National Park excursions


Day trips to the bordering Kruger Park can be arranged. The trip is a full day excursion and Lunches can be arranged. A stunning experience.

Absailing


...is the act of rappelling down a vertical or near-vertical face with the aid of a rope, harness and friction device. One needs no prior experience, just a sense of adventure and a willingness to step out over the edge.

We have access to abseil sites from 25 to 60m high in the Blyde Canyon, the Olifants Gorge and a fabulous granite pinnacle at Sorabi Rock Lodge near Mica.

White water rafting


We use 2-person "Croc Rafts" made By African River Kraft. These forgiving boats are ideal for our river conditions, from the mild Lower Blyde to the challenging Blyde Canyon. Participants paddle their own boats (2 per boat) and guides go along in their own craft. Each participant is issued with a buoyancy aid, a helmet and, of course, a two-bladed paddle.