How to get to us

If you’re the independent traveller (many of our guests are), and need some advice on journey times and routes, speak to us about your needs. You’ll get reliable and up-to-date information on the route… and whether you’ll need a 4×4 to get there! 


Umkhumbi Lodge is situated in Kuleni Game Park, just off the R22 about 15 minutes outside Hluhluwe on the way to Sodwana Bay. We are approximately 30 minutes from Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve for wildlife safaris. We are halfway between Durban and Maputo. Our road is suitable for most normal vehicles. If your car is extra wide, low or long please contact us to check. We can offer secure park and ride from the gate.


We recommend you fly into Durban King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa. Hire a car and drive up to us. We drive on the left. It’s an easy drive and a generally safe area. The first 90 minutes is a dual carriageway, but from Richards Bay the road narrows to single lane. There can be a lot of trucks depending on the time of day. Take it easy and you’ll reach us before long. If you don’t fancy the idea of driving then pick ups and shuttle services transfers are available – please enquire.

Directions to the Umkhumbi turn-off from Durban or Richards Bay in the South:

Make your way to the N2 North bound. Pass Richards Bay, Kwambonambi, Mtubatuba and Bushlands turn-offs until you reach the Hluhluwe / Sodwana Bay R22 turn off.

Directions to the Umkhumbi turn-off from Johannesburg or Swaziland in the North:

Make your way to the N2 that heads to Durban. Pass Pongola, Golela Border Post, Josini turn off and Mkuze Town, pass the Phinda turn off until you reach the Hluhluwe / Sodwana Bay R22 turn off.

Detailed directions from the N2 / R22 turn-off to Umkhumbi Lodge:

1. From the N2 take the Hluhluwe/Sodwana Bay – R22 turn off.

2. Follow signs through Hluhluwe town towards Sodwana Bay – R22.

3. Turn right and cross over the railway track at the Sodwana Bay – R22 sign before

you reach the gravel road to Ilala Weavers.

4. After you cross the railway track, Umkhumbi Lodge is 16kms along the main road.

5. Pass Zulu Croc and Badenhorst Boerdery signs, turn left off the R22 at the

Kuleni Game Park and Umkhumbi Lodge sign.

6. Stop at the Kuleni Game Park Gate and the gate guard will open it for you.

7. The guard will direct you towards Umkhumbi, please follow the track to reception.

Download printable directions here.



We offer transfers from anywhere in KZN in a closed 4X4 vehicle. Approximate rate for transfer from Durban (based on 4 people) is R800 per person.

Distance/time from Umkhumbi Lodge

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park: 35 km / 30 mins
Golela Border Eswatini: 103km / 1 hour, 15 mins
Sodwana Bay: 78 km / 1 hour, 15 mins
St. Lucia KZN: 86 km / 1 hour, 15 mins
Kosi Bay Border Mozambique: 149 km / 2 hours
Richards Bay Airport: 116 km / 1 hour, 30 mins
Durban King Shaka Airport: 251 km / 2 hours, 52 mins
Maputo: 260 km / 3 hours
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport: 527 km / 6 hours, 15 mins