Umkumbe Safari Lodge is in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge is one of our favourites in the Sabi Sand area of the Greater Kruger Park. One of the awesome rangers, Angele, sent us this message, as she says goodbye to Umkumbe to move on to the next chapter in her life.
My final Week in Pictures. It is hard to believe that this is my last contribution. What a way to end and what a send off!
The bush did not disappoint this week. Guests were enthralled by the smallest to the biggest creatures. Even the rains could not dampen spirits. Green and alive and full of new life, the highlights of the week included the Styx Pride traversing our boundary, both male & female cheetah relaxed at separate sightings and of course, we can’t forget to mention our leopards… Nottens female on the hunt, Nottens cub in a tree, Maxebeni patrolling his territory, Bicycle Crossing male crossing the river in front of the lodge and White Dam on the hunt. What’s more, guests were also treated to wild dogs making a kill on our river front!
With all the leopards around, the hyenas have been just as plentiful and in hot pursuit of their scent trails. The heat of summer has also enticed many reptiles out of aestivation. We’ve had beautiful sites of monitor lizards, leopard tortoises, boomslang and rock python to name a few. If that doesn’t convince you to come to the Sabi Sand, then perhaps experiencing 80+ elephants surround the vehicle this week just might do the trick. Lastly, with the rains, comes not only new growth with a veritable kaleidoscope of flowers, but also new life… Impala lambs, zebra foals, elephant & gnu calves, to name a few. Let’s just say that this week has been the best farewell I’ve ever received. Thank you mother nature!!! – Angele
Cameron Engelbrecht, another of Umkumbe’s expert rangers, also mailed through some of his stunning images from the last week’s sightings. Leopard cubs galore, as well as the big male leopard, Maxabeni. A rhino and a buffalo have a staring competition at a wallowing hole, while a pair of plated lizards bask in the sun.