LOOKING TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE?
Having visited the Timbavati from a young age,the feeling one gets whilst driving through the reserve remains one of peace and tranquility. The area boasts great diversity, from open plains and combretum (bush willow) thickets to beautiful wide open drainage lines. The range of different habitats insures a wide variety of mammal and bird species call the area home.
We headed to Umlani Bush Camp which is situated in the heart of the Timbavati Game Reserve. Umlani means ‘Place of Rest’. On arrival at the lodge we were greeted with a friendly smile and a cool face cloth, a real treat after a long day of travel.
The lodge itself is rustic and overlooks a beautiful river bed called the Nhlaralumi . The atmosphere at the lodge is special, and walking to and settling into your room gives you the feeling of what a safari was like 15 – 20 years ago. The Boma (an abbreviation for British Officers Mess Area) is built using reeds which are also used in part of the construction of the rooms.
There is not a constant supply of electricity at Umlani . Solar power is used to charge batteries and small LED lights in each room. This allows you to disconnect from the outside world and absorb nature completely. Stepping foot into camp feels like stepping foot into your own home..
Whilst at Umlani, one really feels connected with nature and the surroundings. Whether it be outside your room listening to the birds chirping, or lying in bed at night listening to the resident leopard calling, you hear EVERYTHING.
Heading out on game drive under the expertise of one of Umlani’s knowledgeable guides, one is filled with anticipation for what awaits. As Umlani is situated in the heart of the Timbavati, it holds great game viewing potential.
During our stay, we effortlessly managed to see and spend quality time with the big five. However, we believe that a safari is not all about the big five and that there are a number of other animals and reasons to go on Safari. A safari is about embracing where you are, who you are with and your surroundings. The Timabavati is the perfect place to do just that. People often forget about the smaller things and the finer details (such as taking a moment to realise where you are and how privileged you are to be there). Sitting under a blanket of stars, listening to all the nocturnal animals announcing their presences and smelling the crisp fresh air, is an experience that is quite simply spectacular.
If you are looking to immerse yourself with nature and your surroundings, then this is the place for you.
To find out more about joining us on a 4 Day Safari in the Timbavati:http://atclosequarters.com/timbavati-photo-safari/