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umSisi Cottage

Kruger Park Self Catering Accommodation

UmSisi Cottage offers upmarket self-catering accommodation in the Peebles Valley, close to White River, in Mpumalanga for small groups (4 people in total) of friends and family wishing to explore the Kruger Lowveld region. The cottage is based in the grounds of umSisi House and provides unbeatable access to the Kruger Park via the Numbi Gate entrance (only 15 minutes away), the Panorama Route and all the adventure activity companies situated in the area. 

The cottage is exceptionally private with its own entrance, covered veranda with exceptional views, TV with local channels, functional kitchen, braai (BBQ) and covered parking. It offers 2 bedrooms sharing a bathroom with double shower. Accommodation options include a double room and a twin room with two singles or a double room and a king room. The double room is our primary bedroom. Please notify us in advance as to what your requirements are. There is also a travel cot available upon request as well as a high chair. For your convenience, all linen, towels, cooking utensils, basic food stuffs and a daily maid service are included while picnic hampers and delicious home-cooked evening meals can be provided upon request with 48 hours notice.

At umSisi Cottage, you are perfectly situated to explore the game reserve as well as the original home of Jock of the Bushveld as we are set in 60 hectares of pristine bush within the Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy. This exquisite location offers guests panoramic views of their immediate surroundings. To the south is Legogote Mountain (an imposing granite monolith known locally as the "Sentinel of the Lowveld") while to the west beautiful rock gardens lead to 10 kilometres of walking trails in the mountains behind. The northerly view encompasses rolling farmland while the view to the east couldn't be more different and guests at umSisi Cottage will be enchanted by scenes of an African village slowly creeping down the valley. This is Masoyi.

At umSisi Cottage, we are privileged to offer a destination that truly embraces the essence of Africa – its people, its wild places and its wildlife.

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Local Landmarks

  • Kruger National Park
  • Legogote
  • Panorama Route

Kruger Safaris

umSisi Cottage is located only 15 minutes drive from Numbi Gate – the first, and most appealing entrance into the Kruger National Park. Numbi Gate is located in the south-western section of the park and its higher altitude provides a sweeping vista over the Lowveld to the east and granite foothills to the north and south. This is a high rainfall area allowing for a particularly high diversity of plant and animal species.

Kruger is the best-known game reserve in Africa. The park draws over a million visitors a year and the area hosts tremendous bio-diversity including 147 species of mammals, 507 bird species, 114 reptile species, 34 amphibian species, 49 fish species and approximately 336 tree species within 4,5 million acres (2 million hectares) of natural bush - an area that could easily accommodate Wales. The Kruger National Park was proclaimed in 1926 with Numbi Gate as the official entrance charging an admittance fee of £1!

We are delighted to be able to offer a safari solution for the entire family (regardless of age) that allows you to enjoy the Kruger National Park on a series of day trips while still returning to the privacy and comfort of your exclusive accommodation at the end of each day. umSisi Cottage offers you wonderful access to the Kruger National Park coupled with the added privilege of exclusivity and privacy on a self-catering basis.

We have teamed up with local operators, and their experienced guides, to provide you with the option of exploring the Kruger in an open game viewer should you not wish to self-drive. These vehicles are hired on a daily basis and the guides are trained to identify everything from the smallest dung beetle to the great African Elephant. Due to our close proximity to the park, you have the choice of joining a scheduled safari departing from and returning to Hazyview or organising a private game-viewing vehicle for your party departing from and returning to umSisi Cottage. Please contact us for rates.


  • A collection of natural science reference books covering all of the region's wildlife as well as guide books and maps of the surrounding area
  • A library of reading material to suit all tastes and a few board games for your entertainment
  • An iPod speaker system
  • TV with DSTV Family Package and free WiFi
  • Excellent security featuring shutter system and alarm for use when out during the day
  • Picnic hampers and home-cooked evening meals available upon request with 48 hours prior notice
  • Daily maid service
  • Laundry service at the main house for a small extra charge 
  • Use of our walking trails upon prior arrangement
  • Use of swimming pool ONLY when the main house is unoccupied or house guests are off the property


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