Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

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Amenities & Facilities

Air conditioning Childcare Bar Coffee and tea making facilities Game viewing Onsite Parking Restaurant Rooms Swimming Pool

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a stunning luxury safari lodge situated in the easily accessible southern portion of the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a stunning luxury safari lodge situated in the easily accessible southern portion of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Kruger is home to the Big Five and a wide variety of other animals and birds, which roam freely in their natural habitat. The lodge features carved plaster panels showing intricate mystical creatures and African patterns, in a subtle yet extremely decorative way. The main buildings are linked together with open wooden decks, making the most of the view, as the lodge meanders along the banks of the river Lwakahle.

The designer interior combines colours and specially created pieces artistically and imaginatively. There is something different and interesting to look at round every corner. Lukimbi is a photographers’ delight, both inside the surrounds of the lodge and out in the beckoning bush. The height of the lodge above the river provides viewing points with a feeling of safety. The raised walkways provide guests with clear and easy access to their suites.

Classic Suites
Guests walking into the classic suites are struck immediately by the sense of space. The room seems to stretch into the bush beyond, and the high windows bring the sky and the trees right into the room. The lounge drops down from the level of the bedroom area and the space flows out to the covered deck, a comfortable area to sip a drink, watch the passing animals and birds and just relax. The bathroom is large and also looks directly onto the bush. Each suite has a spacious bath, inside and outside shower and separate toilet. All have air-conditioning, fan, safe, gauzy, romantic mosquito nets, tea and coffee facilities and a mini bar. These rooms are large enough to share with young children and still enjoy the space.

Whether chosen by honeymooners or by discerning guests wanting a little more luxury, the Premier suites are an ideal choice.

Game Drives go out in the early morning and late afternoons in open Landrovers. The Guides love to share their extensive knowledge, and work closely with Shangaan trackers to get the best sightings. There is great communication between the two and the Trackers are encouraged to share their knowledge of local uses of herbs and trees, animals and birds. Lukimbi can follow the Big 5 off road in careful, controlled circumstances, this is an experience few guests would like to miss. Guests are able to get really close to the animals and experience truly fantastic photographic opportunities. Early mornings start off a little cold, but a stop is made later for warming drinks, or cold ones, if preferred. A highlight of late afternoon drives is the time spent at sundowner time. This is the moment to appreciate the magnificence of an African sunset, whilst sipping sundowner drinks.

Lukimbi is the place to enjoy wonderful walks, because it is so large and unspoiled. It is quite a different experience to see animals on foot and always very exciting. The walks offer the opportunity to look at and learn about the smaller things and just to appreciate the special smell of the African bush, listening to the calls of the many species of birds. Walks are generally taken after breakfast and guests are always accompanied by an armed Ranger.

Lukimbi Lodge is proud to introduce Full Day Walking Trails during the cooler winter months. Anybody who is reasonably fit and healthy, and is looking for something adventurous will certainly enjoy "bushwacking" on foot. There are emergency evacuation points along the route if there is any kind of problem. The Wagon Trail, the Lwakahle Trail and the Gabro Trail depart at approx 07h00 and guests will return back to camp around 17h00.

Lukimbi can take a maximum of 8 guests, from 16+ years on a walk. Guests do need to request the full day walk at time of reservation, as it is subject to availability and there is a huge amount of logistics involved. There is an additional charge of R550.00 per person per walk. If you love to walk, but not too keen on roughing it, the walks provide the best combination of exercise, fresh air, fabulous game viewing, all done in complete comfort, with rangers who clearly love the whole experience.

Fine Dining - Lukimbi has already created a name for itself as one of the new places to enjoy top cuisine. Meals both unusual and beautifully presented add to the whole enjoyable Lukimbi experience. Part of the fun is the changing of venues, so guests may enjoy breakfast in the bush, lunch round the pool and a glamourous candlelit dinner on the wooden decks. Maybe dinner will be in the amazing and mythical boma (or meeting place), an experience you won't forget, or perhaps the chefs will decide to do something completely different. The bar is a great pre-dinner gathering place to exchange game spotting stories, hear Shangaan tales and to sip cockails.

Wine Choice - The Multi-Award winning cellar provides a wonderful choice of wines. To accompany fine dining, guests are invited to select the best of South African wines, including many of the smaller and upcoming Estates.

Spa Treatments - Lukimbi will gladly arrange Spa Treatments on request.

Golf - Guests staying at Lukimbi are permitted to play golf at the nearby prestigious Leopard Creek Country Club. Designed by Gary Player, this is one of South Africa’s best known golf courses and only guests from a few select establishments can play there. Transfers to and from Leopard Creek can be arranged and the transfer time is only a 45 minute drive through the Kruger Park. Reservations need to be made in advance through the Reservations office.

Swimming - It is generally warm enough to swim 10 months of the year, the very brave will use the pools all year round. The main pool has a refreshing waterfall and a spectacular view of the bush and river bed.

A very well equipped gym is available. It looks directly out onto the river frontage, so not a moment's game viewing need be lost.

The library has many interesting books, whether it is fact or fiction guests prefer. A computer station is available for sending emails to the family or office.

The well stocked curio shop features South African artistic creations, as well as interesting clothes and curios.
Wildlife Talks and Displays

Rangers generally have a special field of interest and are keen to give talks on their chosen subject. Talks are also given on the culture of the local communities. The Rangers have set up a small museum in their office and guests are encouraged to wander through and discuss the exhibits.

TV viewing is not seen as an important activity on our lodge, but one is available to view important sports or news events. Children's videos are available in the children’s playroom.

Kids Programme

For children under 12, babysitting is available from 07h00.
The Safari Play room is available from 08h00 - 13h00 and again during the evening game drives (16h15 - 19h30).
A supervisor is present at all times. Safari beds and cots are available on request.

Activities include:

* Game drives
* bushwalks
* casting tracks
* arts and crafts
* treasure hunts
* interactive sessions with rangers
* special boma dinners
* kids dinners and picnics.
All children love to swim: for the younger ones there is a special shallow kids pool. The older ones will enjoy the water flowing across the rocks, until it drops into a waterfall. There they can enjoy the adventure of sitting behind the cascading water. Then there is the main area and if they are lucky, they will be able to watch elephants drinking from the pools in the river bed nearby. Families with children under 8 years must reserve their own private vehicle.
Rates for child minding and private Landrover are available on request. Unfortunately, no children under 2 are accepted.

Wildlife Experience

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated in the game rich, southern section of the world renowned Kruger National Park. Bounded by 3 major river systems, the extensive 15 000 hectare area offers a diverse array of habitats. The vast grasslands dominate the northern portion, whereas the southern and central areas are more heavily wooded and interspersed with lush riverine thickets. This provides ideal habitat for large herds of zebra, wildebeest and other plains animals. The white rhino enjoy the numerous pans and wallows, whilst the shyer and more elusive black rhino can be found in the more thickly wooded areas. Herds of buffalo roam through grasslands seeking the succulent grasses, before moving down to rivers to amble slowly through the reeds. Elephants can frequently be seen all over the concession and in the river in front of the lodge is a favourite place for them to spend hours at a time. Guests relaxing at the lodge pools can find themselves enthralled, watching elephant families equally enjoying their own pools, particularly if the families include endearing babies. Where you find animals, you find the predators. Tracking lions in open vehicles is one of the most exciting things to do and guests will never forget the spine chilling and awesome sound of a lion roaring at close quarters. Leopards are also found at Lukimbi, more difficult to spot, but guests are rewarded with the sight of one of the most beautiful animals in the world.

During daily walks, Field Guides will fascinate guests with information on the smaller reptiles and insects, which they might have missed on drives. Inquisitive giraffe frequently amuse guests on walks, as they watch the guests watching them, their long, luxuriant eyelashes never failing to charm. Lukimbi is a birders’ paradise, as there are over 420 species of birds to be found.

Special Precautions

Lukimbi is in a malaria risk area and therefore all beds are covered by mosquito nets. Each suite is provided with insect repellent, which should be used especially in the evenings. It is necessary that you consult a doctor before visiting any such area.
Guests often forget the strength of the African sun, so please make sure that you wear a high factor sunscreen and hat and make sure you don't lie outside in the sun for too long.

Rates from:

Classic Suite
Rates on Request

Rate Includes:

* Luxury accomodation in en-suite
* Air-conditioned suites
* 3 full meals per day
* All teas and coffees
* Afternoon tea
* 2 game drives daily in open landrovers and a safari walk
* Game Activities are with skilled and well-trained rangers

Rate Exclude:

* All Extras
* Bar bill
* Soft drinks
* Telephone and fax calls
* Beauty treatments
* Curios
* Gratuities
* Items of a personal nature and entrance fees into the Kruger National Park

Term & Conditions:

* Rates are subject to change and availability
* Arrivals: from 12h00 but no later than 15h00. Departures after breakfast at 10h00

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