Khumbula is situated in a little reserve in the midst of the bush, but very close to the Crocodile river and thus at the frontier of the Kruger Park. You can experience fantastic wildlife there without any Safari - Zebra, Ostrich, Warthog, Kudu, Bushbaby, Giraffe, Wildbeast and Impala will come even up to your terrasse and at the River side you can watch Elephants, Hippos, Rhinos and Water buck, even - we didn´t see it - but records of Lion abundance were made and you have also a fantastic avifauna there.
The atmosphere is great and the couple Shelly and Zec supporting you is absolutely outstanding in hospitatlity, support and any service you might need.
There are only few things that could be improved: there is absolutely (!) no internet around - you need best to go to Phumbula lodge - the recommended internet café close to the bush centre is very expensive and very awful. Also, rent a car at Nelspruit - there is no chance to get one at this place and even if you can rent bikes, these are expensive (though biking in the bush is a very recommendable experience - you see much much more game compared to Safaris in the Kruger park). As there is no cooking, be prepared to be responsible for your own meals, means when travelling there, stop at Malalane (Spar) and really buy anything you think you might need - shops in Marloth do not have much choice and particularly meat, fruits and vegetables are of awful quality.
But - when having the right dishes - kitchen facilities are perfectly equipped so you might enjoy a nice braai in the midst of wildlife!
I wasn't sure what to expect however I shouldn't have had any concerns. The lodge was lovely. It was spacious, spotlessly clean and nothing was too much trouble for the caretakers who lived right next door. They also organised an excellent half day safari and a super barbecue. I look forward to coming back