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Umsisi House: Country House Villa

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Last updated: 03/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

umSisi House: Country House Villa for Private Groups on an Exclusive-Use Basis

Set in 60 hectares of pristine bush, within the Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy, umSisi House is strategically located in the Peebles Valley between the town of White River and the Numbi Gate entrance to the southern Kruger Park (15 minutes away). umSisi House is the perfect destination for groups of friends and family wishing to visit South Africa’s Kruger Lowveld region, the Panorama Route and enjoy the many adventure activities available in the immediate area. The house only caters for private groups (6 in total). It is particularly suitable for those looking for luxury accommodation near the Kruger Park. A booking service for local activities (including bespoke Kruger safaris in open game-viewers) is also provided. umSisi House is a TGCSA 5-Star Country House. We welcome children of all ages.

Kruger Lowveld: The Kruger Lowveld region is as well known for its spectacular beauty and adventure activities as it is for its game viewing potential. The area abounds with things to do and you can spend days exploring this magical part of the world. Historical sites and villages, old wagon routes and monuments mark the lives of the characters that came to Mpumalanga seeking their fortune. Jock of the Bushveld, the mining towns of Pilgrim’s Rest and Barberton - with Africa’s first stock exchange – are just some of the picturesque and colourful chunks of history to learn about and experience. In Mpumalanga, you will find something to appeal to everyone in your party - regardless of age and fitness levels.

Panorama Route: The magnificent Panorama Route is best known for its secret history, cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes as it passes through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon (proclaimed as a nature reserve in 2004) with its dramatic mountain scenery and panoramic views over the escarpment. The 25,000 hectare Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve starts at ‘The Pinnacle’ and follows a winding path for 26 kilometers via ‘God’s Window’ and ‘Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ to the ‘Three Rondawels’. It is the third largest canyon in the world with a drop of 800m, the second largest canyon in Africa and the only green canyon in the world boasting a rich diversity of plants.

umSisi House is privy to an African village called Masoyi where guests will be invited to experience the true essence of Africa, and its people. This ability to interact with the local community, and support projects that benefit them directly, will satisfy the needs of those wishing to promote the principles of ‘responsible tourism’.
umSisi House also scores highly on the ‘green front’. We have adopted solar power, boast our own fresh-water springs, collect rainwater, are planting an indigenous forest, recycle all of our waste and fill our pantry with herbs and vegetables from our organic garden which is fertilised by compost from our worm farm.


Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/18/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 500 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Massage
  • Staff


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    ensuite with dressing room...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king


  • Bedroom 3: 1 king


  • All bedrooms are luxouriously appointed. Bedrooms 2 and 3 can be made as either king-size beds or twins. All linen is 100% percale cotton and towels are of the very highest quality. Duvets and pillows are hypo-allergenic and blankets / throws are provided for cold winter nights. All bedrooms have ceiling fans and wall-mounted heaters....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, tub, shower


  • All bathroom are luxuriously appointed with incredible views. Bathrooms in the house feature baths as well as separate showers....moreless

Other Amenities

  • • 3 ensuite bedrooms (master suite with dressing room) • An inviting swimming pool heated by the sun, surrounded by sun loungers and a nice big umbrella • A jacuzzi in the rock garden to help you unwind before dinner after a day’s game viewing • A vast covered veranda with dining area and charcoal-fired oven / barbecue, comfortable plantation furniture and a day bed for those lazy afternoons • Colonial paddle fans in all rooms and on the veranda to fight off the African heat • A roaring fire in the sitting room and heating throughout for those chilly winter nights • A soon-to-be indigenous forest, beautiful gardens, mountain trails and exceptional views of Legogote Mountain • Wifi internet access throughout, a wide selection of books and other reading material in the Library which also doubles as a TV Room • Complete wheel-chair access...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays


  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jan 16 - Jun 28, 2017
2 night min stay
Peak Season
Jun 29 - Sep 5, 2017
3 night min stay
Peak Season
Sep 6 - Dec 16, 2017
2 night min stay
Peak Season
Dec 17 - Dec 31, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $385.12
  • No additional mandatory fees


Rates are provided on a self-catering basis for a maximum of 6 guests at umSisi House. Larger groups of up to 10 people can be accommodated if the owners stay in their quarters on site. We also offer a DBB rate that includes full breakfast and dinner, complimentary fruit, cordials and water, laundry and maid services, WiFi and a booking service for local activities which will allow you to enjoy the property as a gourmet getaway. Full board rates also available. We do not operate a cancellation policy.

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Last updated: 03/18/2017
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20 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
15 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Casterbridge Farm
200 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
White River Golf Course
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
N4 Nelspruit
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
400 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
950 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

White River, the nearest town to umSisi House, is the pretty floral gateway to the Kruger Lowveld region and can be found just north of Nelspruit (the capital of Mpumalanga Province).

Mpumalanga, itself, is a lush, land-locked province filled with deep ravines, verdant valleys, crystal-clear streams, magnificent waterfalls and plenty of wildlife. It is also the heartland of South Africa’s classic safari territory. It can be found north-east of Gauteng Province, and shares a long border with Mozambique to the east and the Kingdom of Swaziland to the south-east.

umSisi House is situated within the pristine Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy and boasts beautiful rock gardens, 12 kilometres of mountain trails and the chance to explore secret hideaways. We are a 20 minute drive from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) - the airport of choice for people visiting the area - and 15 minutes away from the border with the Kruger National Park.

Other Activities: Between White River and Nelspruit

Golf: The Kruger Lowveld region in Mpumalanga province boasts some of the finest golf courses in the southern hemisphere. If you are a golfer visiting this region, you will have a choice of the following courses:

White River Golf Course, White River, designed by Gary Player and Reg Taylor, 18 holes

Sabie River Golf Course, Hazyview, designed by Peter Matkovitch and Dale Hayes, 18 holes

Nelspruit Golf Course, Nelspruit, 18 holes

Skukuza Golf Course, Kruger National Park, 9 Holes, 18 Tees


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2009

About: Paddy and Amanda have been working in the tourism and hospitality industry for the last 12 years. Leaving England in 1999 they travelled southern Africa extensively in their own Land Rover to create a comprehensive library of photography and video footage. Together they have driven over 75,000 kilometres through desert and dunes, across plains, down rivers, over pans and into the delta in their Land Rovers in search of the very best wildlife and wild places that southern Africa has to offer. In 2003, they set up Genesis Room, an environmental studio, working to promote awareness of ecology, nature, eco-tourism, conservation and travel within southern Africa. They were involved in a number of promotional design and copywriting projects for clients such as Botswana Tourism and Sanctuary Lodges. In 2005, they decided to leave their desks and return to the road to update their photographic and video library. During the course of this expedition, the concept behind Black Pot Safaris was born leading to its successful launch in 2006 and operation during mid-winter months only. This allowed Paddy and Amanda to accept a position overseeing the maintenance, management and marketing of a luxurious, privately owned guest house in the Lowveld later that year. They resigned this position in May 2009 to set up umSisi House. This project is the culmination of many years hard work and their own vision of the perfect villa-holiday experience. Their doors opened on 1 March 2010.

Why Mbombela, South Africa:
umSisi House is owned and operated by Paddy and Amanda Bond Gunning from their luxurious country house in the Peebles Valley in Mpumalanga. umSisi is the first-of-its-kind, European style, Kruger National Park villa accommodation solution to appear on the market in South Africa's Kruger Lowveld region. umSisi House is so much more than just another safari destination. It is situated within the pristine Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy, just 15 minutes away from the Kruger National Park, and focuses on promoting the Lowveld lifestyle - the weather, the beauty, the proximity to nature and the wonderful ambience of Africa itself. umSisi House also boasts beautiful rock gardens, 10 kilometres of mountain trails and the chance to explore secret hideaways.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
umSisi House has been created to appeal to the discerning traveller who values exclusivity and privacy above all else and is looking for an 'at home in Africa' experience.

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/18/2017

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  • umSisi House and Swimming Pool

    umSisi House and Swimming Pool

  • umSisi House Front Entrance

    umSisi House Front Entrance

  • umSisi House Rock Gardens in Winter

    umSisi House Rock Gardens in Winter

  • Legogote at Sunset

    Legogote at Sunset

  • Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy

    Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy

  • Sitting Room to Veranda

    Sitting Room to Veranda

  • Sitting Room to Fireplace

    Sitting Room to Fireplace

  • Veranda Breakfast Dining

    Veranda Breakfast Dining

  • Veranda


  • Veranda at Night

    Veranda at Night

  • Bedroom Two

    Bedroom Two

  • Bedroom Three

    Bedroom Three

  • umSisi House and Gardens

    umSisi House and Gardens

  • umSisi House at Dusk

    umSisi House at Dusk

  • umSisi House Rock Gardens in Summer

    umSisi House Rock Gardens in Summer

  • Moon Rise Over Masoyi

    Moon Rise Over Masoyi

  • Library and TV Room to Media Room

    Library and TV Room to Media Room

  • Sitting Room to Veranda

    Sitting Room to Veranda

  • Dining Room to Chef's Kitchen

    Dining Room to Chef's Kitchen

  • Veranda Breakfast Dining

    Veranda Breakfast Dining

  • Veranda to Legogote at Night

    Veranda to Legogote at Night

  • Master Bedroom Suite

    Master Bedroom Suite

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Bathroom Three

    Bathroom Three

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