Lukimbi occupies an excellent private Kruger concession in the south-eastern corner of the Park. Its location makes it easily accessible va the N4 and Malelane Gate. It is one of few places in the entire Kruger where you are unlikely to see other vehicles on drives, which is good news. The Guides and Trackers are excellent, so you will not feel that you are missing out on other people calling sightings in (and managing them) as happens elsewhere.
Lukimbi's Big Five under a spectacular Swaziland mountain view
Image: Louis Marais
Bounded by three major river systems, Lukimbi's exclusive, extensive 15,000 hectare (37,000 acre) area offers a variety of habitats and excellent game viewing. Vast grasslands dominate the northern portion; the southern and central areas are more heavily wooded and interspersed with lush riverine thickets.
The Lodge is on the bank of the Lwakahle river, offering wide open views over passing game, and also a sense of aloofness and safety. Don't be deceived: the Lodge is well spread out and you will need escorting back to your suite at night as the river margin is excellent game territory.
Lukimbi main building and river
Lukimbi is a photographers’ delight, both out in the beckoning bush and inside the surrounds of the Lodge. The designer interior combine colours and with specially commissioned art- and craftwork. There is something different and interesting to look at round every corner.
Lukimbi is elegantly decorated, featuring carved plaster panels showing intricate mystical creatures and African patterns. The main buildings are linked together with open wooden decks, making the most of the view as the Lodge meanders along the riverbank. A raised walkway gives access to your suite. There are sixteen luxury "Classic" suites ($$$$+), all offering private decks and views.
As you walk into your suite you will be struck by the sense of space. As well as being massive, the room seems to stretch into the bush beyond, and the high windows bring the sky and the trees right inside.
Your suite's lounge drops down from the level of the bedroom area, opening out to a covered deck, a comfortable area to sip a drink, watch the passing animals and birds and relax.
The bathroom is large and also looks directly onto the bush. Each suite has a spacious free-standing bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower and separate toilet. All suites have air-conditioning, fan, safe, gauze, mosquito nets, tea/coffee facilities and a mini bar. Two additional "Premier" suites ($$$$$) on the eastern "Elephant" side of the Lodge have private plunge pools and second bathrooms on top.
Lukimbi beast, badger and bushwalk
In addition to the usual morning bush walks, full day walking trails (Wagon or Lwakahle) are available seasonally. There is a minimum number for the Trail to run, and a maximum of eight participants. Trails must be requested at the time of reservation and there is usually a modest additional charge (look out for offers above).
The suites are large enough to share with smaller children. Lukimbi has an extremely good programme for kids. There is a supervised kids play room, shallow splash pool, and dedicated activities including arts and crafts (e.g, making plaster animal footprints, special bush walks around the Lodge). Baybysitting is available. In low season, it does not charge for the use of a private Land Rover (which must be taken by families with children under eight, costing around R3,000 per day in peak season).
Lukimbi childrens programme