About Umlani Bushcamp

Umlani Bushcamp is a classic safari camp renowned for its unique setting, authentic atmosphere, outstanding service and award winning meals.

It was founded in 1989 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess in the central section of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. In 1993, the fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger were removed to allow for wildlife migration and this pristine wilderness area became known as the Greater Kruger National Park.

Marco and Marie-Louise's wish was to encapsulate their vision of a true African adventure in the very spirit and experience of the camp itself. They wanted the camp to blend in with the environment and as a result, the entire bush camp is built from natural materials in a traditional African style.

Staff at Umlani Bushcamp

Umlani Bushcamp has a close-knit team of staff whose whose primary aim is to ensure the comfort and relaxation of every guest.

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Timbavati Game Reserve

Stay at Umlani Bushcamp and explore the wonders of the Timbavati Game Reserve. Umlani Bushcamp is an authentic African game lodge located in the Timbavati Game Reserve, one of the oldest private nature reserves adjoining the Kruger National Park.

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Elephants, Umlani Bushcamp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park by Lisa Scriven

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is one of South Africa's greatest tourism draw cards. Home to the Big Five as well as 336 tree, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile, 507 bird and 147 mammal species and being visited by a half a million tourists each year, Kruger National Park has become South Africa's ultimate safari destination.

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General camp information


Check In time: 13:00 – 17:00 (Later arrival times needs to be arranged – kindly request travelling distances to the camp)

Reserve Curfew for all public vehicles: Please note that access to the reserve at night is restricted due to anti poaching efforts and for your own safety as it is a wildlife area.

Private Vehicle entry Fee: R140 per vehicle payable at the Timbavati Private Game Reserve entry Gate upon arrival

Kindly note that if you wish to join the afternoon game drive upon arrival you would need to check in at camp by 15:30



 Room Check out Time: 11:00am

Timbavati Conservation Levy of R200.00 per person (This can be added to your accommodation bill upon your request or paid in ZAR at camp before your departure)

Early departure please note that we can arrange a packed breakfast for you on special request


Daily Programme:

Morning Wake up time: 4:45am – Coffee will be served before departing on safari.

Morning Safari Departure time: 5:30 am

Breakfast (Plated): 9:00am – Breakfast is served upon your return from morning safari.

Lunch (Self service): 13:30pm

High Tea: 16:00pm

Afternoon / Evening Safari: 16:30pm – Departing from reception

Dinner (Main course self service): 19:30 / 20:00 pm – Pre- Dinner drinks will be served until all guests are back from safari, followed by dinner.


Optional Activities:

 Marco’s Dam Tree house: Guests are welcome to enjoy sitting in the hide at the Dam after breakfast until lunch. There is also the option to sleep out at the tree house.   Please book this in advance or at the camp upon arrival. Please note that this is weather dependant and subject to availability.  Therefore no Tree house booking is guaranteed.  

Bush Walks:  Short Walk (approx 30 min) Please book at camp during your stay – Kindly note this is weather dependant.

Long Walk (approx 1 hour) Please book at camp during your stay – kindly note this is weather dependant.



 All drinks are included, please make yourself at home and enjoy our range of Local soft drinks, Juices, beers and a house Red & white wine.  We also have a selection of exclusive Stellenbosch wines for sale in our curio shop. Exclusive wines are paired with our dinner menu when available.  Please let us know if you are interested to purchase a bottle.  

Water:  Our tap water is safe to drink, but does have high lime content and is bitter to taste so please enjoy the mineral water provided. Water bottles are provided for Safaris.


Charging Station:

 All guests are welcome to charge batteries & electronics in our Curio shop. Please note that we are a solar camp and weather can affect our power supply.  We do have a back up generator to charge our battery bank as needed. Please refrain from using your hair dryer or electric shaver as the solar power will not be able to support such high usage. Thank you.



The camp offers free Wi-Fi.  Wi-Fi is available during the day only 7:30am – 16:00pm. 

Our Wifi signal receives its signal from satellite so please understand that weather can affect the speed and connectivity.



 All Showers have gas geysers – Hot & cold water.


Credit Card Facilities are available and/or South African currency accepted


Camp Reception hours: 7:30 – 16:00