Directions to Umlani Bushcamp

Driving to Umlani Bushcamp

  • The direct route when driving to Umlani Bushcamp from Gauteng will take safari travellers approximately 5 hours.
  • If driving to Umlani Bushcamp from Pretoria, take the N4 from Pretoria to eMalahleni (Witbank), which then joins the N12 from Johannesburg at eMalahleni (Witbank).
  • If driving to Umlani Bushcamp from Johannesburg, take the N12 from Johannesburg to eMalahleni (Witbank), which then joins the N4 from Pretoria at eMalahleni (Witbank).
  • Travel past eMalahleni (Witbank)and Middelburg on the N4 (main route to Mbombela (Nelspruit) and Maputo).
  • After Middelburg take the Belfast turnoff off the N4 (there is an Engen One Stop on the RHS of the N4 just after the offramp).
  • Turn left from the offramp and continue into Belfast.
  • Continue through 1 stop sign before going into town.
  • At the second stop sign in town (1 block after the Spar shop on the LHS), turn right towards Dullstroom.
  • Travel for approx. 35km from Belfast to Dullstroom.
  • Continue straight through Dullstroom to Mashising (Lydenburg) (approximately 50km from Dullstroom).
  • On reaching Mashising (Lydenburg), you will come to a T-junction where you need to turn left to go through town.
  • Continue straight through town, past the Wimpy on the left.
  • At the next stop sign after the Wimpy turn left.
  • Continue down to the second stop sign. At the second stop sign turn right toward Ohrigstad.
  • Travel approx. 50km from Mashising (Lydenburg) to Ohrigstad.
  • Continue straight through Ohrigstad and on to the JG Strijdom Tunnel via the Abel Erasmus Pass (approximately 40km from Ohrigstad).
  • After the Tunnel continue straight on to Hoedspruit (approximately 40km from the tunnel).
  • On entering Hoedspruit, go straight over the first stop sign, straight at the second stop sign, over the railway bridge and at the third stop sign turn right.
  • Travel for approximately 7km from Hoedspruit and you will see a number of signs for lodges, as well as a sign for Eastgate Airport, to the left.
  • Turn left towards Eastgate Airport, and you are on the road into the Timbavati Nature Reserve.
  • Travel along the Timbavati Road past the Hoedspruit/ Eastgate Airport on the left hand side.
  • Approximately 10 minutes after the Airport you will arrive at the Timbavati Gate (R120 for issue of permit p/vehicle)
  • Once through the main gate continue along the tar road and cross the Klaserie River.
  • Once through the Timbavati Gate look out for the UMLANI sign (+/- 8.5 km ) on your left on a large concrete block.
  • At that point, turn right onto the small bush road & follow the small wooden UMLANI signs to the camp.

Directions from Johannesburg to Umlani

  • Get onto the N4 towards Witbank (Emalahleni) - N4 highway is also the highway/main road to Nelspruit (Mbombela) & Maputu
  • Toll Road
  • Take left off ramp to Belfast
  • Pass through the small town of Belfast and follow road signs turning right onto the R540 to Dullstroom
  • Follow the signs on R540 to Lydenburg/Mashishing
  • At the T-junction, outside Lydenburg/Mashishing turn left
  • Pass through the town of Lydenburg/Mashishing and follow the road signs, turning left, onto the R36 towards Ohrigstad
  • Pass through the town of Ohrigstad, still on the R36
  • Continue on the R36 towards the Strydom Tunnel
  • Pass through the mountainous region and the Strydom Tunnel - this road will lead you into Hoedspruit
  • Pass through the small town of Hoedspruit and at the 2nd four way stop turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie and Acornhoek
  • Leave the town of Hoedspruit and after 6km turn left onto the Timbavati Road (lots of Game Lodge Signs) and Eastgate/Hoedspruit airport sign.
  • Travel for 17,8km along the Timbavati Road until you reach the Timbavati Gate You will pass the Eastgate/ Hoedspruit Airport on your left hand side
  • On arrival at the Timbavati Gate please pay R140 for issue of permit p/vehicle.
  • Once through the Timbavati gate continue along the tar road for 13,7 kms
  • First plate shows 4.8km straight
  • 600 meters further you will find another road marker showing Umlani right, 4.2km.
  • Here you will also notice a prominent tree with three nests right at the turn off.
  • On the left hand side of the road you will see a round cement road maker with lodge names on it. Turn right directly opposite onto a dirt road.
  • Follow the small wooden signs "UMLANI"
  • Please be on the look-out when you go through a dip/dry riverbed for the Umlani wooden sign that directs you to turn right to camp.
  • There are 3 wooden signs in total.

Timbavati Gate to Umlani

  • On arrival at the Timbavati Gate please pay R140 for issue of permit p/vehicle.
  • Once through the Timbavati gate continue along the tar road for 13,7 kms
  • First plate shows 4.8km straight
  • 600 meters further you will find another road marker showing Umlani right, 4.2km.
  • Here you will also notice a prominent tree with three nests right at the turn off.
  • On the left hand side of the road you will see a round cement road maker with lodge names on it. Turn right directly opposite onto a dirt road.
  • Follow the small wooden signs "UMLANI"
  • Please be on the look-out when you go through a dip/dry riverbed for the Umlani wooden sign that directs you to turn right to camp.
  • There are 3 wooden signs in total.