Welcome to Umlilo Safaris, Where guests arrive as clients, but leave as friends
: 2016 Bookings now taken! Packages for South Africa & Zimbabwe now on offer!: 2016 Bookings now taken! Packages for South Africa & Zimbabwe now on offer!
Umlilo Safaris, an Outfitter & Professional Hunters, is a family-run third generation concern. Your hosts, the Dorfling Family, are known for their warm-hearted South African hospitality and are proud to showcase their top hunting destination.
We make African Dreams come true! More than 30 species are on offer all year round. Clients can select between set Hunting Packages or Tailor Made Packages.
Umlilo Safaris is based close to the Sundays River Valley, near the town of Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. With its unspoilt emerald green coastline, its semi-arid Karoo region of grassy plains and rolling hills, scrub bush, lush forest and spectacular mountain ranges, the Eastern Cape offers the most diverse and beautiful scenery and hunting in the whole of South Africa.
Clients can choose the type of accommodation they prefer. We have various options available, ranging from our Traditional Safari Lodge, our oldest and most rustic camp to the 5 star rated VIP Safari Lodge. All lodges are within 1 hours drive from the Port Elizabeth Airport.
Highly experienced staff offers a wealth of knowledge regarding the area, the species & the hunting conditions. Non-hunters are more than welcome and well catered for. There is a list of activities available and we make sure that these guests are well looked after and entertained.
Umlilo Safaris hereby invites you to join us for your dream safari!!!
The quality of service from ALL employees’ right through the ranks was nothing short of exceptional. The meals were better than I’ve experienced in some of London’s most popular restaurants. Our evenings were something I’ll never forget spent by the beautiful fireside with a glass of wine while sharing experiences from that particular day with staff and guests alike. The accommodation was more than I ever expected with plenty of room to relax and unwind after a long day spent on foot walking through the hills and open plains. Every step of the way you truly made this trip an experience of a life time!
- Keith Brown
Promotional Video 2014
2015 Season done, looking ahead at 2016
Good day all, it is late November and we have completed all booked hunts. It is really a bitter sweet feeling - for 9 months, week upon week we host returning clients and many new faces at Umlilo Safaris. In most instances we cross the client/host line and become good friends and it always gives us the greatest of pleasure to share our lives and home with you all!
If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times, at Umlilo Safaris as hosts we are so privileged to have such a satisfying occupation. What we do during each client’s/each group’s visit never really feels like work, it’s more of an ongoing adventure ride, with different clients joining or leaving along the way. No wonder each year’s 9 to 10 month hunting season pasts even quicker than the previous…it must be true: Time flies when you are having fun!
On the wall at Lodge entrance (those who have been will remember) our phrase ‘You are here for a good time, not a long time’ always draw a smile from all our guests as they arrive! On the last day, departure hour at lodge or at airport, is somber yet hugely satisfying when we see the sadness in many eyes, feel the affectionate hugs or firm handshakes of those clients leaving for home….people that arrived as clients but left as friends! Thank you to all our loyal close clients for returning to us, and also thank you to all the new clients trusting us with your well-earned hunting safari and for making 2015 such an unforgettable year!