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Kruger Park Lodges in South Africa



Lukimbi Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, Malelane

Lukimbi Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park

Lukimbi is a stunning luxury 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.

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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.

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Raised walkways lead guests to spacious suites, all combining luxury and modern African decor with stunning river views.

Lodge Lounge   Lukimbi lounge 

Guests walking into our 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.

 

Kruger National Park accommodation, Lukimbi, Classic suite

 

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.

 

lukimbi, classic suite   classic suite, bathroom

lukimbi suite facilities

Premier Suite

Lukimbi Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, Premier suite exterior

 

The ultra luxurious Giant Eagle Owl and King Cheetah suites feature a separate bedroom, dining area, larger lounge, main bathroom with huge shareable bath, inside shower and outside shower, second bathroom and private pool with wooden deck.

 

Lukimbi Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, Malelane, Premier Suite 

 

luxury suite - premier

 

Lukimbi premier suite lounge

Elephants frequently take a quiet drink at these two pools on the way down to the larger pools in front of the main guest areas. They add a special element to enjoying the pool, or relaxing on the covered deck.

 

Lukimbi premier suite, private pool deck 

The suites have air-conditioning, fan, safe, mosquito nets, mini bar and tea and coffee facilities. The decanter of sherry is there for your enjoyment, with our compliments.

 

 

walkways linking all suites

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

 

Lukimbi Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park

Curio Shop

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

Swazi Theme evenings

During the summer, Lukimbi has special Swazi evenings. Guests are able to choose from a selection of clothes to be loaned for that evening. Some history and information on the Swazi people is told to guests and of course, the staff join in the fun.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park

Lukimbi Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park

 Wine Tasting

Lukimbi is proud to serve South African wines and wine tasting is held most evenings before dinner. This gives guests the chance to sample before choosing the wines offered, or alternatively, visiting the cellar and choosing one of the many estate wines available.

Swimming

It is generally warm enough to swim 10 months of the year, the very brave will use the pools all year round.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park

Lukimbi Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park

Gym

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.

 Honeymoon Destination - Romance

 

If you have been dreaming about an unusual honeymoon destination, Lukimbi is the place. We offer the romance of a suite with a kingsize bed, draped by a high canopy of gauzy netting.

 

Celebrate your marriage with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine on your private deck overlooking the river. You will be served a superb dinner for two at one of our mystery venues. Enjoy game drives and walks in the company of other guests, but back at the lodge, you will be given the opportunity to enjoy it all alone, or in the company of staff and guests. We will arrange it just the way you would like to remember your honeymoon forever.

 

Please remember to advise us that it is your honeymoon when booking, when possible, you will be given a free upgrade to one of our ultra-luxury suites, complete with private pool. Otherwise book one of the suites in advance to be absolutely sure you will get one.

Lukimbi deck breakfast

 

 

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 our amazing and mythical boma (or meeting place), an experience you won't forget, or perhaps our 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

Our Multi-Award winning cellar provides a wonderful choice of wines.

To accompany our fine dining, guests are invited to select the best of South African wines, including many of the smaller and upcoming Estates.

 

 

   

lukimbi boma dinner

 

Bush dinner

Wedding Venue

traditional wedding

 

The charming Baroque-styled chapel may be booked by couples looking for an extra special wedding venue.

wedding chaple

Alternatively, couples might choose to be married under a Jackalberry tree, serenaded by an African choir. The bridal party is driven to the wedding site by Landrover - certainly an unusual way to make an appearance.

 

At Lukimbi, we are also able to arrange the formal side of proceedings, assisting with the legal documentation on the day.

And when it comes to theming, flowers, your wedding cake, DJ and gourmet cuisine - everything is in the hands of professionals.

 

Lukimbi Safari Lodge accommodates 32 people. The lodge must be reserved for a minimum of 2 days for weddings for over 6 people.

 

 

Lukimbi will gladly arrange Spa Treatments on request.

Our most popular treatments are:

  • Bush Spice Massage - A fragrance filled massage, specially blended to the individual's needs, using pure aromatherapy oils.
  • Hippo Back Massage - A back, neck and shoulder massage using traditional Swedish and shiatsu techniques.
  • Mountain Rock Massage - A warming deep tissue massage using heated lava rocks around still muscles.
  • Traditional Massage
  • Hand and Foot Treatments

For our beautiful brides and wedding party, we have full wedding makeup packages available. Nail enhance-
ments, using the LCN method, won’t damage natural nails and add the final touch to achieve the complete look

 spa treatments

 

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.

      kids playroom

 

 

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.

Golf

Guests staying at Lukimbi are permitted to play golf at the nearby prestigiousLeopard 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 our 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.

Gym

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.

Library

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.

Curio Shop

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

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

guided walk

 

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.

 

 

game drive, lions

 

 sundowners

 

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.

 

 

lions

 Lukimbi Safari Lodge

8 January 2015 to 19 December 2015
Classic Suites (Standard)
R4500 per person sharing per night
R6075 for single accommodation per night
R3150 per child per night
(aged 2 - 12 years old)
Premier Suites (Luxury)
R5000 per person sharing per night
R6750 for single accommodation per night
R3500 per child per night
(aged 2 - 12 years old)
20 December 2015 to 7 January 2016
Classic Suites (Standard)
R5350 per person sharing per night
R7230 for single accommodation per night
R3480 per child per night
(aged 2 - 12 years old)
Premier Suites (Luxury)
R5850 per person sharing per night
R7900 for single accommodation per night
R3800 per child per night
(aged 2 - 12 years old)
8 January 2016 to 19 December 2016
Classic Suites (Standard)
R5000 per person sharing per night
R6750 for single accommodation per night
R3500 per child per night
(aged 2 - 12 years old)
Premier Suites (Luxury)
R5700 per person sharing per night
R7700 for single accommodation per night
R3990 per child per night
(aged 2 - 12 years old)
20 December 2016 to 7 January 2017 (Min 2 night stay)
Classic Suites (Standard)
R5990 per person sharing per night
R8080 for single accommodation per night
R3920 per child per night
(aged 2 - 12 years old)
Premier Suites (Luxury)
R6560 per person sharing per night
R8850 for single accommodation per night
R4250 per child per night
(aged 2 - 12 years old)

 

Directions from Johannesburg

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated in The Kruger National Park, approximately 5 hours from Johannesburg, in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

Take the N12 towards Witbank, there it connects with the N4 coming from Pretoria. Pass Nelspruit, then continue a further 59km to Malelane. The same road continues towards Maputo (Mozambique). 3km past Malelane, turn left towards the Kruger National Park Malelane Gate (3km). From here, please follow our map shown below or follow the signs from the Malelane Gate to Lukimbi.

Flights

There are direct daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport). Transfers can be arranged between the airport and Lukimbi and transfer rates are available on request.

The drive between KMIA and Lukimbi takes approximately one and a half hours and is in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Charter flights to Malelane airport can booked through our reservations office.

Distances from Lodge

JHB International Airport

425km

Malelane Gate

26km

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

91km

Idube Private Game Reserve

101km

Golf courses

27km

Arrival and Departure Times

Check in time is from 12:00pm. Check out time is 10:30am.

What to Bring

  • Clothing should be casual and lightweight in neutral, dull colours. Bring also a light sweater and heavier, warmer jacket. Dress is informal during the day, with long trousers worn in the evenings.
  • Comfortable closed walking shoes and a hat.
  • A warm jersey and jacket in winter months.
  • Camera and binoculars.
  • Swimming costume/Bathing suit.
  • Prophylactic drugs as prescribed by your doctor, as this is a malaria area.

We do have a well stocked curio shop, where you can buy a wide variety of items.

Special Precautions

We are 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.

Weather

Summer: September to April

The Southern Kruger National Park area is fairly dry with summer rain, falling between the months of October and April. ±500mm (20 inches) per year.

Temperatures in summer range between 20°C to 39°C (68-102°F), and up 42°C on an unusually hot day (good swimming weather).

Evenings cool down as there is an influence from the not too distant Indian Ocean. During the infrequent rainy spells, it can be cool.

Winter: May to August

Days are pleasant, evenings are cool to cold, especially when on an open vehicle.

Temperatures range between 10°C to 29cC (50-84°F) with very little or no rain.

Lukimbi is situated only 240m (787 feet) above sea level.


 

Lukimbi directions

 

 

 

 


From R3760 to R5500 per person per day  





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