Charles Lindbergh once wrote that “real freedom lies in wildness, not civilization.” At Humala, you get to have both… in more modern terms, it’s known as glamping. Joining the 10 luxury thatched-roof safari cabins are five new permanent canvas tents, giving guests even more of a one-with-nature experience.
Though seemingly remote on the reserve and set in a real-life enchanted forest, the tents are actually within walking distance from the main building that houses the restaurant, bar, and lounge, affording easy access to food, drink, and camaraderie.
All of the tents are elevated and therefore require the ability to climb stairs. Once you do, you’ll appreciate your fully-appointed spacious quarters with a full bath including towels and toiletries, a charming outdoor shower and a rustic balcony with literally endless views. All units can host a king size bed or two twin beds, per your specification. The tents are designed to take advantage of the river breeze, the air flow serving as natural AC so as not to frighten away the animals as a noisy air conditioner would.
Early mornings, Humala’s legendary concerts greet the dawn. Birds, monkeys, and hippos celebrate the sunrise in gentle song and it’s quite a privilege to behold. Enjoy the serenade with a cup of coffee in hand from the coffee/tea station provided in your tent.
When the sun goes down, it can get quite chilly in the bushveld, even in the dog days of summer. The tents do have electricity, and you’ll be pleased to find a space heater in your tent and an electric blanket for your bed, perfect for keeping warm and cozy. There is no cell phone signal in the cabins or the tents, but there is WiFi in the central guest area for those who can’t completely embrace a digital detox.
Humala River Lodge is located in the Songimvelo Game Reserve, a 200,000 African wilderness engulfed by the Barberton Mountains which were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site last year. It’s about a 45-minute jeep ride from the gate to the lodge, providing an immediate opportunity to view the wildlife roaming about. Humala is home to elephants, buffalos, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, kudu, impala, rhinos, hippos, and more.