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Toasting the African sunset at the end of another soul-stirring day in the bush is a safari tradition that we all live for. Some even claim it to be the best part of the day. The operations manager, Greg McCall-Peat, at Umlani Bush Camp divulges what he thinks is the top sundowner spot in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

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“I would have to say that Marco’s Dam is the ultimate sundowner destination. It’s one of the main waterholes in the area and there is always something to see, whether it’s birds or huge herds of buffalo and elephant. It just seems like the go-to place for the wildlife. It has a special feeling about it that while you’re having drinks, you stand a great chance of seeing something awesome happen.

It’s a common sight to find a few species together at Marcos dam, and our treehouse makes for the perfect game viewing hotspot.
It’s a common sight to find a few species together at Marco’s Dam, and our treehouse makes for the perfect game viewing hotspot.
 The view at Marcos dam. Expansive and open. Plus its one of the few dams that has water in it all year round, so it’s a magnet for animals. There is always something to see.
The view at Marcos Dam is expansive and open. Plus it’s one of the few dams that has water in it all-year-round, so it’s a magnet for animals. There is always something to see.

The dam is also one of Rockfig Junior’s and her daughter Nyeleti’s favourite spots. Rockfig Junior is my absolute favourite resident leopard so I secretly always hope that she decides to join me when I stop there.

Nyeleti, enjoying the comforts of the treehouse, it seems its not only a favourite place of mine...
Nyeleti enjoys the comforts of the treehouse, it seems it’s not only a favourite place of mine…

When it comes to an ultimate setting to watch the sun go down, you just can’t get any better. The colours are emphasised as they reflect on the water and the wide open spaces give you amazing views. To sum it all up, it’s just the perfect sundowner spot.”

Sunset at Marco’s dam, even the animals enjoy the amazing view.
Sunset at Marco’s Dam – even the animals enjoy the amazing view.

As operations manager and a guide at camp, Greg really lives and breathes the bush life. When asked if he has any secret bush spots that he likes to keep all to himself, he answered:

“I don’t have any secret spots per se, but I will often just go sit at one of the waterholes or even just stop in the middle of nowhere to take it all in. It’s when I do this that I realise how privileged I am to be out here living my dream, and I make a point to be grateful for that.

A huge herd of buffalo quenching their thirst at a waterhole one evening.
A huge herd of buffalo quenching their thirst at a waterhole one evening.

One of my favourite things to do is to sit under the stars. It is such a wild place out here that the stars are absolutely amazing, and to be under such a big sky is a humbling experience that just never gets old.”

The night skies out here at Umlani are absolutely breathtaking and definitely a sight to be seen
The night skies out here at Umlani are absolutely breathtaking and definitely a sight to be seen
Shenton Safaris
Umlani Bushcamp

Umlani Bushcamp is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. This is true Big 5 territory and guests have an opportunity to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino on safe, expertly guided game drives and bush walks.