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Luxury 4 star African Accommodation bordering Kruger National Park- Khaya Umdani - Khaya Umdani

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Khaya Umdani Kruger

Khaya Umdani Kruger is a 4 star graded lodge within Marloth Park Conservancy bordering Kruger National Park.

The lodge can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 beautiful appointed en suite bedrooms, each individually air conditioned. One of these rooms are a luxury honeymoon suite, with a lounge area and spa bath overlooking the bush and animals.

Khaya Umdani is always rented out as a unit, so if you are just two people or 10, you get the lodge for your own private use.

There are a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, TV lounge with DSTV, outside veranda overlooking the swimming pool and your own water hole for the animals. Animals roam free and frequent visits from warthog, giraffe, zebra, impala, blue wildebeest etc. are common.

An outside fire place (lapa), 4 burner cadac gas braai and weber are available if you prefer outside cooking.

The lodge is serviced daily, good quality linen, towels and swimming towels are provided for.

Destinations and activities: Khaya Umdani is within reach of Maputo. The distance from here to the Mozambique border is about 20km and from there to Maputo, with its splendid tropical beaches and fabulous seafood restaurants, it is a mere 70kilometers.

It is also just 60 kilometers from the Swaziland border. The Swazi kingdom offer a true African ambiance with western tourist facilities.

Golf courses in the area includes the world class Leopard Creek and about 3 more.

The distance by road from Johannesburg is about 400kilometers and it takes 40 minutes by air. Daily flights between Kruger International and Johannesburg are available from SAA.

Kruger Activities :: ACTIVITIES :

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – Half day Safaris (6 hours)

- 0n our open Game Drive vehicles

- Experienced qualified Guide

- Includes all Entrance Fees + Breakfast R700-00 pp

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – Full day Safaris (12 hours)

- On our open Game Drive Vehicles

- Experienced qualified Guides

- Includes all Entrance Fees + Breakfast R950-00 pp


- In the Kruger with Kruger Park Guides

- Includes all Entrance Fees R650-00 pp

KRUGER MORNING WALKS – (3 to 4 hours)

- With armed Kruger Park Guides

- Includes all Entrance Fees + Snacks R520-00 pp

Other activities available :

Chimpanzee Eden

Panorama Route

Elephant Back Safari

Maputo Day Trips

Swazi Cultural Experi

Speciality Activity: This is one of our most popular activities :


*Pick up at Khaya Umdani around 16h15

*Leave for Malelane Gate or Crocodile Bridge Gate

*Pick up at Malelane Gate in open game driving vehicle 17h00

*1 hour game drive in Kruger

*Arrive at picnic site inside Kruger - no fences

*Boma atmosphere with armed guides keeping a watchful eye

*Buffet style braai under the stars

*Drop off at lodge between 21h00 - 22h00

*A cash bar is available or you are welcome to take your own drinks

R650 per person for an unforgettable night in the African wilderness

Highly Recommended !

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, Afrikaans
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

Available Rentals

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Khaya Umdani's rates are R4 000 per day for the lodge accommodating 10 guests. The minimum rate for the lodge is R2500 per day. That is if you are 5 or less people. Please ask for a quote. Last minute bookings may be cheaper.

For December and January the rates are R5000 per day for the lodge. Except when you book for 10 days or longer, then it is R4 000 per day.

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Marloth Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • The house offers 5 bedrooms. One of these has an spa-bath, another a bath and all of them has got a shower and toilet each.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Kingsize or two single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Queen size Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Queen size Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Kingsize or two single beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Kingsize or two single beds
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Kingsize or two single beds
  • All bedrooms are spacious and each offer a king-size or two single beds, whichever you prefer. Each bedroom has it's own unique features as far as bathroom, view and décor goes. All are individually air-conditioned. Except for the Safari Room - no bathroom and no air conditioning - this is for the members of the family who are a little bit more adventurous. Awesome night sounds! They are known as: 1. The Honeymoon suite. Added space, and romantic ambiance and a spa-bath with a view on the wildlife. 2. The Warthog room opens on the veranda and named after the warthog that needs no persuasion to have an afternoon nap in the shower. It's not as rough as it sounds! 3. The Bush baby room is upstairs with a private balcony where the bush baby regularly visits at night and from where you can look a giraffe in the eye. 4. The Kingfisher, overlooking the waterhole where tadpoles supply breakfast. 5. Hippo; named so due to the over sized bath suitable for a baby hippo
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Golf Clubs
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Laurika is the caretaker and will welcome you at Khaya Umdani. If you need anything during your stay, please feel free to contact her. All relevant phone numbers are in the lodge. The stuff come in every morning to do the dishes, make the beds and do your laundry (on request). Laundry bags are provided for. Martha comes in every morning to clean the pool and the braai equipment. If you want your car to be washed, you can just ask him. Please remember to give him a tip.


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Khaya Umdani
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews
Johannesburg, SA

Fabulous Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a couple friends visit us from the US and decided to take some time up in Kruger. We found Khaya Romantica on a website and were able to book. We found the facilities to be more then adequate. The kitchen had everything we needed, and the open fire braai area was used each night. The bedrooms and bathrooms were large, clean, and welcoming and the balcony afforded some views into the KNP. We were 4 adults with more then enough room.

We were able to book guided tours into the park, which was only a short drive away.

We had visits from local wild life, warthogs, impala, and zebra on our very first day.

The property manager was helpful and welcoming, we were even given a bottle of bubbly as, from what I understand, we had the pleasure of being Khaya Romantica's first guests. First, but definitely not the last. We would use the house again in the future and would recommend it to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2009
  • Stayed: September 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Family Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

My family, parents, 3 adult children and spouses, stayed at Khaya Umdani for 10 nights. It was such a fantastic experience for all of us. The house was perfect, very clean and enjoyable to sit and relax. The owner was such a wonderful host! She stocked the refrigerator and booked all our tours before we arrived. She also catered several meals for us, which were excellent! The house is in such a wonderful area, Marloth Park. We walked a short distance to the Crocodile River several days. There is a path along the river with great views and sightings of many animals. We made a lot of wonderful memories on this trip and I hope we will be able to visit again!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Wonderful experience at Khaya Umdani

  • 5 of 5

Khaya Umdani is an absolutely fabulous vacation rental. The house is spacious, tastefully decorated and equipped with everything one needs to feel at home. We stayed as a group of six family and friends and all agree that this was one of the top vacation homes we had experienced out of many rentals in Europe and the States. The experience was enhanced by our hosts, Louise and Danie, who were available at any time to help with expert suggestions, tour bookings and general information. Our mantra as the week went by became “trust Louise” and we were never disappointed with the outcome. The proximity to Kruger as well as reasonably priced tours to nearby sights such as the Panoramic Route insured that everyone was entertained and happy for the whole week. We would all recommend Khaya Umdani without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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An AMAZING house in the heart of a private park!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I really could not have asked for a better end to our 2 week stay in South Africa. Khaya Umdani was the perfect house & jumping off point for our 5 day safari adventure!

The house is located just a few miles outside of Kruger National Park in a private park called Marloth. Marloth backs up against Kruger at the Crocodile River, so we thoroughly enjoyed taking walks down to the river & viewing animals up close & safely behind Marloth's fence. The house sits on a beautiful piece of property which was equipped with everything you could possibly need. And because there are no property fences, you would see giraffe, zebra, impala, warthogs, etc grazing in your yard on a daily basis. Not to mention the monkeys - we saw a huge family of vervet monkeys & also the most adorable bushbabies!

The house was truly amazing, but it was the service that made the stay exceptional! Louise was such a great hostess - she helped us for weeks in advance of our trip with excursion & food options, and when we arrived, she had a bottle of sparkling cider on hand as a welcome drink. Laurika and her husband (the caretakers) were the nicest, most genuine people. Laurkia met us at the house when we arrived, and we had planned in advance for her to cook for us that evening since we were arriving late. Do NOT miss Laurika's cooking - she is the BEST cook (ran a restaurant in her past life). And also really great company! Additionally, the cleaning staff were great - always so nice & thoughtful!

If you are looking for a place to stay that rivals the luxury of some of the private game reserves, you should definitely consider Khaya Umdani. All of the little touches really made this house & our trip special. We thoroughly enjoyed having the house all to ourselves, having dinners on the porch just the two of us, and seeing animals so close. And the excursions that Louise set up were simply amazing - we took advantage of a full day game drive, a morning bush walk, and a night drive. All were fantastic, but do not miss the full day game drive with the guide Grobus! He spent a full 12 hours with us (it was just the two of us in his open air vehicle) and was so accommodating & educated on everything around us. We wanted to stay another day just to go out with him again on another game drive!

All in all, this was a trip of a lifetime and Khaya Umdani and Louise/Laurika just made it that much more special. We will definitely be back in the near future!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jodie, Thank you for your very nice review. It is always nice to hear that guests enjoyed their stay at our lodges. We are really looking forward to welcome you back. Kind regards Louise
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Fairfield, CT, USA

Great Family Home with Superb Animal Viewing

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed in Khaya Romantica while visiting the Kruger National Park area. Our highlights included the animal viewing at our own door step. We had kudu, wart hogs, zebra, a bush baby, baboons, a giraffe, and many other birds and animals. The house was nicely decorated and large enough to spread out. Please note, there is no washer here, but you could arrange to have it done for you by the housekeeper, or there is a laundry in town. Also, Marloth Park is "away from it all" and the only internet access we had was through our cell phones. Louise arranged some activities for us ahead of time. I highly recommend the night drive and dinner in Kruger, as well as the early morning walk in Kruger. Our driver was very pleasant and helpful, and it made these activities much more relaxing for us. If you are coming from Nelspruit, I recommended stopping in Malelane for groceries. There is a small market, and a produce market, in Marloth Park for some essentials, but your best bet is to shop on the way in. All in all it was a very memorable family vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Christine and Family Thank you for this wonderful review and for making use of Khaya Umdani. I'm glad you guys enjoyed your stay! Looking forward to welcome you back at the Khaya. Kind regards Louise
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A perfect choice

  • 5 of 5

We were a mixed party of Aussies, Brits, and Czechs - all work colleagues visiting from the UK - we had a marvellous stay in November 2010. The property was beyond our expectations - extremely well equipped and luxurious appointed. The owners of the property, Louise and Dani, are absolutely wonderful - knowledgeable, helpful and great fun (they don't impose though, and if peace and quiet is what you're after that's fine too). You don't have to worry about a thing - you can arrive totally unprepared (we did) and they'll steer you in the right direction so that you get the most out of your stay. Some members of our party had stayed in private game lodges before - but this experience (having a whole private house to yourself) was far more enjoyable - and we saw more wildlife here! Marloth Park is an extraordinary place - it's literally teeming with wildlife. Wildebeest, zebra, warthogs galore, giraffe, impala, and much more - all these you'll see from the back garden of the property. Don't worry though, the animals are respectful of the garden and don't seem to come in - unless invited :-) The barbeque and camp-fire area (logs supplied) is just stunning - especially at night, with all the animal noises coming in from the bush - and incredibly, a resident bushbaby, who hops out at night to peer at you (from about an arms-length away). If you haven't seen one before - they are awesome - picture a bunny, with an owl's eyes, and kangaroo's legs - so cute! Louise and Dani arranged a safari for us in Kruger (which adjoins Marloth Park) in one of those classic open 'safari Landrovers' with a guide - we saw so much: 8 Lion's about 2m's away, rhino galore, elephants and all that sort of thing! Just perfect. Dani arranged a trip into Mozambique for us - which we strongly recommend - it's another world! Kind of Mad Max-like, but a real eye opener (the best peri-peri chicken in the world too). An evening safari and dinner under the stars polished-off what was a stunning trip and an absolutely perfect safari experience. We highly recommend Khaya Umdani - brilliant!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2010
  • Stayed: November 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys. Looking forward to welcome you back!
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Kruger Mpumalanga international airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Die Watergat
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
World famous Leopard Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Phumula Restaurant
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Marloth Park is a wildlife conservation area about 7km in diameter, bordering Kruger National Park along the Crocodile River to the North. Lionspruit Nature Reserve lies to the South and is practically in Marloth Park.

Within Marloth Park, the absence of fences allows animals within the park to walk freely among the few houses. Animals within the park include kudu, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, hundreds of bird species, wildebeest, many different gazelle, a few smaller predators and reptiles, and many more. Although many of the species have become quite accustomed to humans, coming very close to the houses at times, they remain wild animals, and should always be treated with the necessary respect and caution.

Besides the wildlife and accommodation, Marloth Park has two general dealers, a fuel station, an ATM, and even a bottle store for the thirsty!

Other Activities: Game viewing, Elephant back safari, Guided game walks, Hot air ballooning