|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
Set in 60 hectares of pristine bush, within the Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy, umSisi House is strategically located in the Peebles Valley between the town of White River and the Numbi Gate entrance to the southern Kruger Park (15 minutes away). umSisi House is the perfect destination for groups of friends and family wishing to visit South Africa’s Kruger Lowveld region, the Panorama Route and enjoy the many adventure activities available in the immediate area. The house only caters for private groups (6 in total). It is particularly suitable for those looking for luxury accommodation near the Kruger Park. A booking service for local activities (including bespoke Kruger safaris in open game-viewers) is also provided. umSisi House is a TGCSA 5-Star Country House. We welcome children of all ages.
Kruger Lowveld: The Kruger Lowveld region is as well known for its spectacular beauty and adventure activities as it is for its game viewing potential. The area abounds with things to do and you can spend days exploring this magical part of the world. Historical sites and villages, old wagon routes and monuments mark the lives of the characters that came to Mpumalanga seeking their fortune. Jock of the Bushveld, the mining towns of Pilgrim’s Rest and Barberton - with Africa’s first stock exchange – are just some of the picturesque and colourful chunks of history to learn about and experience. In Mpumalanga, you will find something to appeal to everyone in your party - regardless of age and fitness levels.
Panorama Route: The magnificent Panorama Route is best known for its secret history, cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes as it passes through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon (proclaimed as a nature reserve in 2004) with its dramatic mountain scenery and panoramic views over the escarpment. The 25,000 hectare Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve starts at ‘The Pinnacle’ and follows a winding path for 26 kilometers via ‘God’s Window’ and ‘Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ to the ‘Three Rondawels’. It is the third largest canyon in the world with a drop of 800m, the second largest canyon in Africa and the only green canyon in the world boasting a rich diversity of plants.
umSisi House is privy to an African village called Masoyi where guests will be invited to experience the true essence of Africa, and its people. This ability to interact with the local community, and support projects that benefit them directly, will satisfy the needs of those wishing to promote the principles of ‘responsible tourism’.
umSisi House also scores highly on the ‘green front’. We have adopted solar power, boast our own fresh-water springs, collect rainwater, are planting an indigenous forest, recycle all of our waste and fill our pantry with herbs and vegetables from our organic garden which is fertilised by compost from our worm farm.
Paddy and Amanda have been working in the tourism and hospitality industry for the last 12 years. Leaving England in 1999 they travelled southern Africa extensively in their own Land Rover to create a comprehensive library of photography and video footage. Together they have driven over 75,000 kilometres through desert and dunes, across plains, down rivers, over pans and into the delta in their Land Rovers in search of the very best wildlife and wild places that southern Africa has to offer.
In 2003, they set up Genesis Room, an environmental studio, working to promote awareness of ecology, nature, eco-tourism, conservation and travel within southern Africa. They were involved in a number of promotional design and copywriting projects for clients such as Botswana Tourism and Sanctuary Lodges.
In 2005, they decided to leave their desks and return to the road to update their photographic and video library. During the course of this expedition, the concept behind Black Pot Safaris was born leading to its successful launch in 2006 and operation during mid-winter months only. This allowed Paddy and Amanda to accept a position overseeing the maintenance, management and marketing of a luxurious, privately owned guest house in the Lowveld later that year.
They resigned this position in May 2009 to set up umSisi House. This project is the culmination of many years hard work and their own vision of the perfect villa-holiday experience.
Their doors opened on 1 March 2010.
Amanda purchased this villa in 2009
umSisi House is owned and operated by Paddy and Amanda Bond Gunning from their luxurious country house in the Peebles Valley in Mpumalanga. umSisi is the first-of-its-kind, European style, Kruger National Park villa accommodation solution to appear on the market in South Africa's Kruger Lowveld region.
umSisi House is so much more than just another safari destination. It is situated within the pristine Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy, just 15 minutes away from the Kruger National Park, and focuses on promoting the Lowveld lifestyle - the weather, the beauty, the proximity to nature and the wonderful ambience of Africa itself. umSisi House also boasts beautiful rock gardens, 10 kilometres of mountain trails and the chance to explore secret hideaways.
umSisi House has been created to appeal to the discerning traveller who values exclusivity and privacy above all else and is looking for an 'at home in Africa' experience.
From the moment we arrived we have felt at home in Africa with Paddy and Amanda. They have looked after us and spoiled us for over two weeks and we have loved every minute of it.
Paddy's cooking has been creative and delicious and Amanda's thoughtfulness and attention to detail has been faultless.
We will go back to Dubai with our souls reawakened and our bodies refreshed.
We hope that umSisi House goes from strength to strength and that the moneky's stay out of the vegetable patch!
The Feilder Family
If you're looking for a unique South African experience, away from the tourist ridden cities, umSisi is a must! In fact, umSisi is a must - Full stop!
This exclusive luxury villa is located in Peebles Valley which provides fantastic views, privacy and peace and quiet. We were a family group of 8 and could not have felt more welcome. The owners of the house are brilliant! Not only do they give you invaluable travel advice and a beautiful place to stay, their stories of the african bush, and enthusiasm for where they live, leave anyone who stays at umSisi buzzing with the same love for South Africa.
The house itself is beautifully decorated, clean and modern. The cottage in the garden is every bit as perfect. umSisi has a 'help yourself' system so food and drink is unlimited and all included. Not only did we have a huge spread every day for breakfast and lunch, we were treated to delicious meals every night, including a traditional african meal - yummy!
umSisi is 15 minute drive to Kruger National Park. Ask the owners of umSisi to arrange a safari for you, rather than driving through independently. Our guide was full of knowledge and was dedicated to finding us as many animals as possible. We were lucky enough to see four of the big five and lots more!
The house is situated near the famous Panorama route which is a must-see! The Bourke's Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels shouldn't be missed! We would also recommend the elephant interaction and ride at Elephant Whispers. What an experience!
The staff at umSisi are absolutely lovely, keeping the house and cottage clean and tidy and doing any laundry that you have. They were polite and cheerful every day and always had time for a chat.
The ages in our group ranged from 15 - 50 and everybody loved the experience just as much. We can't possibly stress how wonderful our stay was at umSisi House. Go and see for yourself!!
White River, the nearest town to umSisi House, is the pretty floral gateway to the Kruger Lowveld region and can be found just north of Nelspruit (the capital of Mpumalanga Province).
Mpumalanga, itself, is a lush, land-locked province filled with deep ravines, verdant valleys, crystal-clear streams, magnificent waterfalls and plenty of wildlife. It is also the heartland of South Africa’s classic safari territory. It can be found north-east of Gauteng Province, and shares a long border with Mozambique to the east and the Kingdom of Swaziland to the south-east.
umSisi House is situated within the pristine Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy and boasts beautiful rock gardens, 12 kilometres of mountain trails and the chance to explore secret hideaways. We are a 20 minute drive from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) - the airport of choice for people visiting the area - and 15 minutes away from the border with the Kruger National Park.
Other Activities: Between White River and Nelspruit
Golf: The Kruger Lowveld region in Mpumalanga province boasts some of the finest golf courses in the southern hemisphere. If you are a golfer visiting this region, you will have a choice of the following courses:
White River Golf Course, White River, designed by Gary Player and Reg Taylor, 18 holes
Sabie River Golf Course, Hazyview, designed by Peter Matkovitch and Dale Hayes, 18 holes
Nelspruit Golf Course, Nelspruit, 18 holes
Skukuza Golf Course, Kruger National Park, 9 Holes, 18 Tees
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$369|
Rates are provided on a self-catering basis for a maximum of 6 guests at umSisi House. Larger groups of up to 10 people can be accommodated if the owners stay in their quarters on site. We also offer a DBB rate that includes full breakfast and dinner, complimentary fruit, cordials and water, laundry and maid services, WiFi and a booking service for local activities which will allow you to enjoy the property as a gourmet getaway. Full board rates also available. We do not operate a cancellation policy.