umVangati House

umVangati House

Swadini Road Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
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Tucked away in the heart of the Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's most glorious scenic destinations, umVangati House is sure to restore your sense of peace from the moment you check in. Nature is showing off her beauty here and silence is abundant. Understated elegance greets visitors to umVangati House, where a warm friendly welcome sets the ambiance. This intimate owner-run retreat offers friendly service, privacy and exclusivity. Whether it's for a special occasion like a honeymoon or anniversary, or if only to escape for a weekend, umVangati House immediately cuts you off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is the ideal haven for those seeking to slow down, de-stress and repose. Wake up each day to take in the iconic views of the Mountain, before taking your pick form a host of things to see, do and experience. Or simply escape to feel the soft breeze on your face, soak up the Mountain air and unwind at umVangati House. Wooden walkways lead to the three separate and spacious air-conditioned Mountain View Suites, positioned for privacy and dramatic Mountain views. At dusk, a sun downer can be enjoyed on your private deck while being entranced by the ever changing colors of the sky and mood of the Magnificent Mountain as the sun slips into the time slot of tomorrow. Two Luxury Guest rooms are situated next to each other at the main house with private entrances, air-conditioning and views of the lush bush. The rooms and suites have been designed to embody the mountain and the decor echoes the simple tranquility only nature can offer. A scrumptious breakfast is served at the Main house on the patio where you can feast on both the food and the breathtaking view. UmVangati House's impressive walk-in domed wine cellar, is available for romantic private dinners on request. When time comes for you to leave umVangati House you will feel a special connection with nature, rested and invigorated, ready to take on life again in this busy world of ours.
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tlotlomokubyane wrote a review Nov 2020
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow umvangati guest house is clean, modern and very stylish. We were booked in their queen room but it was so spacious and their shower had the most high pressure rainfall shower head

The place is quiet and their meals were freshly prepared and so delicious I even had to ask for some recipe. I can’t wait to visit again
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Livhuwani N wrote a review Aug 2020
Modimolle (Nylstroom), South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The place have the most stunning views ,perfect place for tranquility,delicious food and amazing host. The whole experience was value for money and my birthday dinner was set up on the wine cellar which made the my day extra special not forgetting the food it was well presented and delicious .

Thank you to Lidia and her Team ... you are amazing team .
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Lidia Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 1 Sept 2020
Dear Guests, It was such a pleasure to welcome you here and to make your birthday special. We hope to welcome you back soon. Regards, Giel. Lidia and Staff.
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Sherry H wrote a review Oct 2021
Lynchburg, VA19 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently spent 2 nights at the spectacular umVangati House in the Blyde River Canyon area. It is truly a magical place. Lidia and Giel are exceptional hosts who are warm and welcoming, and know how to make their guests feel extra special.

UmVangati House is located in a private nature reserve, complete with giraffes, antelopes, and other animals that one might be able to view drinking from the watering hole in the distance. Lidia is a gourmet cook, a chef really, who prepares the most delicious meals imaginable. The views of the surrounding mountains and canyon are stunning; it was so beautiful and peaceful to start our days in this magnificent setting as we ate a delicious breakfast by the infinity pool. Our stay at umVangati House was a 5-star experience — exceptional hosts, amazing food, fantastic accommodations, and spectacular views. We hated to leave, and hope one day to return!
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 10 Oct 2021
Dear Sherry, Wow, thank you for your detailed review of your experience at umVangati House. Thank you for the appreciation and compliments: this inspires us to make sure every guest leaves umVangati with a 5 star experience. Thank you for being 5 star guests! Till we meet again! Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff
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Lovinlife57 wrote a review Jul 2021
San Diego69 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Starting with the long, winding driveway that rounds the corner ending at the beautiful umVangati House with a smiling Giel waiting to greet along with Trixie the family dog, you just know you have found the end of the rainbow at this B&B. The home is stunning with unobstructed views and a watering hole that had baboons initially, followed by zebras, wart hogs and others drinking before moving along. The private rooms are stocked better than any hotel including a mini bar full of everything you could think of. We had added dinners to the breakfast menus and were not disappointed. In fact, Lidia's cooking ranks up there with any fine dining we enjoyed during the first two weeks of our visit to South Africa. My husband loves working with wood and took an immediate appreciation of the master, Giel's handiwork throughout the interior and exterior of the main home and the private guest rooms. There is also a beautiful wine cellar with top notch offerings to satisfy any wine connoisseur that might stay here. Giel and daughter Liedel (I'm sorry if I'm misspelling names!) teamed to serve the wonderfully, delectable meals prepared by Lidia. Entertainment was provided by Trixie and Kira, the beautiful family cat. There is a pool but it was just too cold to jump in. If there was a 10 star rating the umVangatti House would be the first one I have ever considered deserving. We are from the USA and the guest book lacked names from there so if you are traveling so far to experience a safari, please add on at least 2-3 extra days to unwind and stay at his beautiful home. I promise you will not be disappointed!!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 23 Jul 2021
Dear Lovinlife, Thank you for your compliments and appreciation - your words are an inspiration to all of us. We were honored by your presence in our house and would love to welcome you back soon in the future. Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff
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ilseduplessis wrote a review Jun 2021
6 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With a breathtaking view from luxury private rooms and hospitality from the owners, it is difficult not to want to stay longer. Add to this the delicious meals savoured in the silence of nature while enjoying the panoramic reflections of light on the mountains, this is true gem for the distinct traveller. A real 5star experience.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 23 Jul 2021
Dear Ilse, Thank you for taking time to write this great review - we really appreciate it! When your soul longs for more silence and watching the Sun plays on the Mountains, we will gladly welcome you back. Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff
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Mirjam wrote a review May 2021
Munich, Germany84 contributions31 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
As my husband and I booked very last minute, we unfortunately only stayed one night at this stunning place. However this was one of the most memorable stays during our entire trip through South Africa. Already prior to our arrival, Lidia made sure we would make the most of our short stay by providing us with the best recommendations for the area. Once you arrive, you immediately get the feeling of “coming home”. The whole place is a small, family run boutique accommodation and you can literally feel the warmth and love each family member put into this place. The rooms (stay in one of the three villas if you have the chance!) are top notch and you will never wanna leave again because every detail is just perfect. Sitting on the balcony or the big terrace by the pool and watching the mountains turn red during sunset or sunrise is one of the most magnificent things to witness.

Other fun facts:
Lidia’s husband built most of the wooden furniture himself.
They have an AMAZING wild cat called Kira.
They built a waterhole nearby so you can watch wild animals such as Giraffes, Zebras or even a Leopard passing by all day long!

The food Lidia prepares is just without words. Dinner was served in their impressive self-built wine cellar accompanied by an excellent selection of South African wines. We got along so well with the entire family, that we stayed up for another hour and spent a lovely time with them in the huge living room – just as if you would visit your friends. Breakfast contained everything you could ever wish for, ranging from fresh fruit to eggs any style you like them with the best possible view you could ever ask for.

The whole area is amazing for hiking or day trips to the Krüger, so make sure to be smarter than us and try to stay for at least 2-3 days 😊
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Date of stay: April 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Mountain View Suites
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 18 May 2021
Dear Munique -Miri, Wow, thank you for this touching description of what you experienced at umVangati House. It was such a pleasure to have you here. Best wishes to you and may your travelling spirit bring you back one day. Giel, Lidia and staff
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beniwood wrote a review Jul 2022
Cape Town, South Africa33 contributions13 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Umvangati House is an amazing guest house in the mountains at the edge of the Blyde River Canyon park. It is also part of a wild game reserve, and we were often able to see zebra, waterbuck, warthogs, and baboons visiting the watering hole across the little canyon and visible from the house and the guest cottages.

The house is a labor of love for the owners Giel and Lydia. Giel designed and built the house himself, using concrete mixed on site and wood from surrounding areas. He maintains an excellent wine cellar, and will share with you his love of the area. Lydia cooks delicious meals which are served outside when the weather permits. Our time there was relaxing and one night we had the place to ourselves. The quiet was punctuated only by the whooping of a distant hyena.
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Go for the Mountain View Cabins, you won't regret it.
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Response from Lidia Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 14 Aug 2022
Dear Beniwood. Your review warmed our hearts. Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We hope we will see you again soon. Safe travelling wishes to you. Regards Giel , Lidia and Staff
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Danielle T wrote a review Feb 2022
Gosport, United Kingdom73 contributions33 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing place ! The house and rooms are fantastic and the views are the best I’ve ever seen. The family who own the property are so friendly, attentive and make the stay more special. The food is delicious we couldn’t fault anything in the menu.
We will be returning and highly recommend this accommodation.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Fantastic stop if you are exploring locally but also great to relax and enjoy the surroundings
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 14 Jun 2022
Dear Danielle, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We appreciate every word, and we are waiting in anticipation for your return! Best wishes Giel, Lidia and Staff
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Tanja wrote a review Apr 2021
9 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for the ultimate 5 star experience, this would be the one.

Starting with the magnificent views of the majestic mountains, accompanied by sounds of rich birdlife and animals grazing you can't help to think you are in heaven. The well designed modern, open plan, entertainment area with rimless swimmingpool overlooking the mountains...the breathtaking views from the rooms and bathrooms with attention to detail in every area...I have never experienced something like this in all our travels! We love fine-dining, but no restaurant have served food so tasty and perfectly prepared.

But what impressed us the most was the hospitality of the friendly and warm hosts with there unique caracole pet! This is a MUST do!!! Giel, Lidia and Friedl, you will most definitely see us again!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Giel Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 18 May 2021
Dear Tanjalog. Thank you for this perfect, sincere summery of what we offer at umVangati House. It was such a pleasure to have you here as our guests. We will wait in anticipation for your next visit. Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and Staff
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rishav578 wrote a review Jul 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The pictures do not do this location justice. Umvangati is tucked away in the mountains with truly breathtaking views. From the mountains to wine cellar, the ambiance set makes you feel quite at home. The venue is extremely well managed. The rooms are clean and inviting. Lidia and Giel go out of their way to make you feel at home and are very knowledgeable about the area and it's surroundings. Very pleasant people and a truly memorable stay. We will definitely be visiting again!
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Lidia Geldenhuys, Owner at umVangati House
Responded 1 Sept 2020
Dear Guests, We appreciate your review so much. Thank you for taking the time to write it and for all the compliments...we do believe umVangati House is a bit of heaven on earth! We are thrilled that you had a memorable stay. Best wishes, Giel, Lidia and staff.
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Answer from umvangati
Hoedspruit, South Africa
Hello Maureen, Thank you for your interest in umVangati House. Could you please send me a WhatsApp message to +27 82 226 4316 or an email. I would love to share documents with you, unfortunately I can not attach them on this platform. We would love to welcome you here and for you to have an awesome time in our area. Thank you. Lidia
Answer from umvangati
Hoedspruit, South Africa
Hello, Thank you for your interest in umVangati House. We have different rooms types, so the price depend on the room you choose. Up to 15 December we have special rates for SA Residents.( Mid week less 50% and Weekends less 30% discount on normal rates) Unfortunately we are already fully booked for the weekend 3 to 5 December. We hope we can welcome you on another date. Thank you.
Answer from umvangati
Hoedspruit, South Africa
Hello Kenneth. umVangati House is ideally situated to visit Kruger Park and the Panorama route. We can organise airport transfers, day tours and safaris for you with experienced guides that will fetch and return you to umVangati House. Please contact me directly for a detailed document with all the activities and tours in our area.
Answer from umvangati
Hoedspruit, South Africa
Hi, Thank you for your question. We are situated in a private nature reserve, unfortunately we do not offer game drives as we do not want to disturb nature and want to keep it a natural as possible. Game are plentiful in the reserve and can be viewed from the House and Mountain View Suites drinking at the watering hole. Game drives can be booked at other reserves about 30min from us. Please contact us should you have more questions. Regards, Giel
Answer from umvangati
Hoedspruit, South Africa
Hello Sarah, umVangati House is situated in a private nature reserve, in the bottom part of the Blyde River Canyon.The reserve have free roaming animals (no elephants or lions are on the reserve.) We do not offer game drives on the reserve,but we can organise this for you at nearby reserves. We are 45 minutes drive from Kruger Park and we can offer you a full day Kruger Safari. From here you can also explore the beautiful Panorama route or take a boat cruise on the Blyde dam in the bottom of the Canyon. You can choose between a group tour or a private tour when going on guided tours. Transfers from the Airport can be arranged at extra cost. I have a lengthy document with all the activities and tours with rates that I will gladly send it - please contact me. We would love to welcome you to our small piece of paradise.
Mark H wrote a tip Apr 2024
Sandton, South Africa17 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Please book the helicopter trip."
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rc0709 wrote a tip Nov 2023
Southampton, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a suite. The views of the wildlife at the watering hole is amazing. The food is world class."
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33map wrote a tip Aug 2023
Miami, Florida137 contributions91 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Children only allowed if you book entire house. "
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EdinaPapp wrote a tip Jul 2023
Doha, Qatar41 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Everything is well thought out / directions will be given. From the gate up until the house is a 5-10 mins drive."
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voa wrote a tip Jun 2023
UK142 contributions272 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't just visit The Kruger from here. This area has way more to offer."
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PRICE RANGE
HK$2,031 - HK$2,133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceMarulengHoedspruit
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about umVangati House
Which popular attractions are close to umVangati House?
Nearby attractions include Three Roundavels (5.9 km), Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (5.3 km), and Kingfisher Gallery (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at umVangati House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at umVangati House?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at umVangati House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at umVangati House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at umVangati House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at umVangati House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does umVangati House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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