Our Guide to Big 5 Safaris in Kruger National Park by Season

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The first rule of planning South African Big 5 safaris in Kruger National Park is knowing that seasonal fluctuations can bring about incredible transformations to the natural landscape and the wildlife that call it home. The second rule is that a safari is best experienced away from the maddening crowds that stay inside the park. […]

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Celebrating Christmas the South African Way

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‘Tis the season to be jolly and here at umSisi House, that may look a little different to your usual Christmas fare. The Christmas holidays in South Africa and festivities around this time of year are very unlike the typical image that those in the north have of Christmas. Frosty covered landscapes are replaced with […]

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Privacy and Exclusivity at umSisi House


Privacy has always been sought after and a veritable mainstay of luxury travel – even before it became a necessity for current health reasons. Now, it is this exclusivity and seclusion coupled with privacy that will remedy your wanderlust, and keep you out of harm’s way. So steal away to our exclusive-use country villa outside […]

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Celebrate South African Travel with umSisi House

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South Africa is travel ready and waiting to welcome you back safely! On the 1st of October, the South African government opened up the airspace for travellers from the African continent along with those from countries outside Africa that have low COVID-19 infection and transmission rates. While we have loved having our local South African […]

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At Home in Africa: A Gourmet Getaway in South Africa

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For most of our guests, a safari to the Kruger Lowveld region is about getting up close and personal with Africa’s Big 5 in the Kruger National Park. But we pride ourselves on adding a slightly different type of safari into the mix as well. One that is every bit as magical as the magnificent wildlife you’ve come […]

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Smoked Trout Fishcakes with Pea and Watercress Salad

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These delicious smoked trout fishcakes use locally sourced, sustainable smoked trout from Dullstrom and are delicious for a light lunch or dinner throughout the year! This is one of our signature dishes here at umSisi House and often appears on our menu. It is one of those crowd pleasers that never lets you down! FOR […]

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Ultimate Steak Sandwich

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We’ve been trying to perfect the ultimate steak sandwich for years! But we have to give credit where credit is due and the recipe below is quite simply outstanding! It was created by Gordon Ramsey, but this should not put you off! Make the spicy tomato relish the day before as it takes longer to […]

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Seared Turmeric Chicken with Hummus, Peppers and Greens

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Eventhough we have been living in South Africa for over twenty years, we have never forgotten Jamie Oliver and follow him from afar! We particularly enjoy this recipe for seared turmeric chicken as it is packed with vitamins, super healthy, pretty speedy to prep and perfect for two. Jamie suggests a cooking time of 30 […]

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Creamy Hummus

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Lightly flavoured with tahini, this classic hummus recipe is creamy-smooth. For a more full-bodied flavour in your hummus, increase the tahini by up to 2 cups. Stir the tahini well before measuring – it separates when it sits. 3 cups cooked chickpeas in brine ⅓ cup lemon juice 1 clove garlic ½ cup tahini METHOD: […]

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Escape to Our Private Villa Near Kruger

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Holidaying in a private villa near Kruger is all about finding the time and space to connect with your closest friends and family while surrounded by the beauty of the South African bush and enjoying fantastic service in a home-away-from-home setting. We opened a small, exclusive-use, private villa as opposed to a large lodge or […]

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PostNet Suite 123, Private Bag X11326, Nelspruit 1200, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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