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.

Directions from Kruger National Park to Umlani

  • Please note that you would have to exit the park at ORPEN GATE. There are no public roads from within Kruger National Park to the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, only private/restricted roads so please do not try and use your GPS as it will take you on roads which are not accessible for guests or normal motor vehicles and will cause major delays in your travel time.
  • EXIT PARK FROM ORPEN GATE: From Orpen boom gate you will drive pass the Orpen petrol station (the last petrol station on route to Umlani Bushcamp) You will also pass Orpen Reception, continue to drive along the tar road. Please note that you are now travelling within the Greater Kruger which is a big 5 area, so please do not exit your vehicle until you have reached the second boom gate.
  • From the second boom gate drive 35 km to the T-junction. Turn right to the R40 towards Phalaborwa. Continue on this road for 2 km and then Turn right onto the R40 Phalaborwa / East Gate road.
  • Continue on the R40 for 17 km. Turn right at the Timbavati / East Gate sign (You will go through the Guernsy access control point) continue on this road for 18 km until you come to the Timbavati Private Game Reserve Control Gate. (Please note that you will have to pay a vehicle entry fee of R140 Cash and Credit Cards accepted) Once you have entered through the boom gate you are inside the Timbavati Reserve which is a big 5 area, please do not exit your vehicle beyond this point until you have reached our camp.
  • Follow the signs within the reserve to Umlani Bush camp. Kindly note the speed limit on the tar road is 50 kmph and on the dirt road to camp it's 35 kmph.