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“Lukimbi Safari Lodge was the highlight of our visit to South Africa. Even before we arrived, we were delighted with the personal attention we received. Our flight was delayed and we thought we would miss our first game drive. But our driver kept Sean, the manager, updated on our expected arrival. Sean rearranged the game drive groups, holding our ranger back to wait for us so we didn’t miss our first drive. Our ranger Brendan, and tracker Terel, we’re so friendly and knowledgeable. We learned about animal behavior, how to identify footprints, and even plants and constellations. They were as excited to spot the animals as if it was their first time too. The rangers work together, so that if an elusive animal was spotted the other jeeps could rush over and try to see. Because Lukimbi is a private concession, we did not have to deal with crowds making viewing difficult. The location of the lodge meant that we got to see a Buffalo hanging out by the stream behind the lodge, and a kudu just outside our room.”
“The staff at Lukimbi was outstanding. They addressed us by our first names, and we knew their names too. We felt like family. The lodge has only 16 rooms, allowing for lots of personal attention. The food was excellent. And there were lots of little touches that added to the experience. From blankets and hot water bottles for the cold morning drives, to snacks and drinks in the bush, we were well cared for. If you are visiting Kruger, Lukimbi is the place to be.”
Thanks you so much, LaurenKC19, for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor!
The moment you walk into the reception at Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, you’ll notice the imagination of artists whose work appears in even the most unexpected of places. With quirky humour and simplicity of form, Tineke Meijer’s plasterwork, for example, welcomes you to the hub and gathering point of the lodge, the lounge, as her animal figures climb up the chimney of a fireplace that roars warmly in winter, casting shadows on pregnant crocodiles, and craning ungainly giraffes. The geometric figures on the other aspects of the chimney are reminiscent of traditional basketry or weaving, the rough knobs further up conjuring a vision of a knobthorn tree or bumpy elephant skin.
Yet this is not the only place where the comical plasterwork abounds. That is part of the artistic treasure hunt that allows Lukimbi guests the surprise and delight of discovery. A sweeping staircase combining African-inspired tiles and concrete and metal-inlaid floors; a frieze illustrating zebras, guinea fowl and an observant Lukimbi, half-lion, half-owl; etched walls; and the reception desk celebrating alert meerkats, a successful fishing foray, an ever-elusive pangolin and a watchful owl. The non-denominational chapel for weddings also has its own unique piece – a Coptic cross in Africanised geometrics.
All those details
At this superb five-star lodge, no attempt has been spared in the details. Each suite is unique, each door swinging open with a key attached to a lovingly hand-carved keyring, the crafted brass doorknobs depicting the lodge’s totem, brightly shining a welcome to a magical space. Inset below huge glass windows, the baths in each suite are works of art in themselves, the view into the bush always changing and surprising. The bath spouts show other endearing minutiae, as little creatures like frogs or otters sit, watching the water flow below them.
Sfiso Ka-Mkame’s work
Another popular artist represented at Lukimbi Safari Lodge is Sfiso Ka-Mkame, a mostly self-taught creative of Zulu and Xhosa parentage and hailing from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. He has worked with vibrant textured pastels and is arguably most famous for his “love letters” series, created during the height of apartheid in the eighties, when protest themes and commentary on social ills were rife. These pieces are not political; rather, they represent a varied humanity through four abstract faces, with cubist associations and energetic hues.
Embroidery hailing from the Kaross collective in Letsitele, Limpopo Province is also on display at Lukimbi. These pieces are witty, colourful and imaginative hand-embroidered works of what Kaross calls “functional art”. Some of the artists at Kaross, such as Hilda Rikhotso, for instance, have been there for more than twenty years. The collective’s founder, Irma van Rooyen, a fine artist herself, was inspired in 1988 by the stories of the Tsonga people and set up the project as a way to empower women in her community to develop, grow and earn an income while still maintaining the responsibilities for their homes and families. The success of the venture can truly be seen in the quality of the work, and also in the eternal themes and views of life: the sky, nature, community and spirituality and of course the ethos of ubuntu epitomised by the artists themselves.
Sondaga Sepataka’s handcrafted paper
As people leave Lukimbi, they are asked to sign the giant guestbook created by Sondaga Reuben Sepataka, who hails from Modjadji, home of the Rain Queen, in the Limpopo Province. Sondaga’s spectacular hand-crafted paper has been made since 1992 and he has used his talents through the years to make inspired combinations of authentic natural products, while also recycling materials into a second life. There is something physically and emotionally weighty in these guestbooks, not only in their sheer size but also in the history that is collected between their pages. A history that Lukimbi too has honoured in its reflection of the spirit of wonder that can only be seen in the African bush and the country’s eclectic artistic traditions.
Lukimbi in the Kruger National Park is the sister lodge to Idube Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand, South Africa. Home to the Big Five, this is the place to take a game drive in an open vehicle for a magnificent safari experience. Visiting Lukimbi 20 years after completing her beautiful plasterwork Tineke Meijer was thrilled to see how well her creativity continues to inspire guests from all over the world.
Written by South African author, Paula Marais, a frequent visitor to both Lukimbi Safari Lodge and Idube Game Reserve.
Best Wedding Venues: A Magical Kruger National Park African Lodge
It’s one of those milestones in life… a day which most of us dream about beforehand and cherish for the rest of our lives afterwards – our wedding day. It’s meant to be as special as the union it celebrates. It’s the one day where we can have it all our way. Perfect. Opulent. Magical. And where better to make this fantasy come true than at a luxury African lodge nestled in the breathtakingly beautiful landscape of the Kruger National Park?
Just imagine the dramatic African sunsets, the pristine landscape, the crisp, fresh air… and your special wedding party, decorated and catered for to the finest detail. This is exactly what you can expect from a wedding at Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park.
We will help you create the fairytale experience you’ve only dreamed of – a classic wedding in our charming baroque-style chapel. What about an outdoor wedding in the bushveld, serenaded by an African choir, or walking down the aisle to the rhythmic beat of African drums? Whatever your dream is, we’ll take care of your theme, wedding cake, flowers, music, legal proceedings, and cuisine.
Talking about food…Lukimbi Safari Lodge has a masterful head chef. You may be in the middle of the Kruger National Park, but you can expect fine dining of the highest calibre. The food is as beautiful as it is delicious and is accompanied by an award-winning wine list.
There is also a host of great activities to keep you and your guests entertained for the duration of your stay. You do, of course, find yourself in one of the greatest game reserves on the African continent – the Kruger National Park. The lodge offers guided bush walks for those who want to get up close with nature, and two 4×4 safaris per day on its private roads. There are also luxurious spa treatments available, as well as gym facilities for those who want to stay active. We can even arrange an unforgettable game of golf at one of the world’s top courses – Leopard Creek, designed by the legendary Gary Player.
You might not want to leave… and that’s also fine. Our luxurious romantic suites, with their high ceilings, king-sized beds and baths with a view make Lukimbi Safari Lodge the perfect place to spend your honeymoon.
Contact the friendly team at Lukimbi Safari Lodge right now to talk about your special African bushveld wedding in the Kruger National Park. You’re guaranteed a day to remember for the rest of your life!
You Can Find All This at One Luxury Game Lodge in the Kruger National Park
Sometimes… once in a blue moon… a holiday comes together that balances the thrill of adventure, luxurious indulgence, and peaceful tranquillity in the most perfect way to create a getaway that will live on in your memory forever. This is the type of experience we try to create for each and every visitor to our luxury game lodge in the Kruger National Park – the 5-star Lukimbi Safari Lodge.
The fact that our luxury game lodge is located in the easily accessible part of the Kruger National Park already provides us with a huge advantage – this is, after all, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of the world, and the most popular game reserve on the African continent. It’s also home to the most majestic beasts of the animal kingdom: The Big Five – the leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, and rhino.
Yet, as magnificent as nature is, it’s only a part of the experience waiting for guests at our luxury game lodge in the Kruger National Park. You can also expect the following indulgent highlights…
Our beautifully appointed suites are spacious and comfortable, each with its own private deck, air-conditioning and inside and outside showers. Our ultra-luxurious Premier Suites even boast their own private pools from where you can enjoy views of the stunning bushveld.
We provide two 4×4 safari drives daily – in the early morning and the afternoon – on our very own private roads in the reserve. You Can also join our expert guides for a bush walk after breakfast for an opportunity to get even closer to nature.
Fine Dining, Fit for A King
After you’ve worked up an appetite on your outdoor adventures, you can sit down to a meal of the highest calibre. We pride ourselves on delicious food that looks beautiful and is made from the best and freshest ingredients.
A Round of Golf at One of the Best Courses in the World
If you enjoy a round of golf, you could find yourself teeing off on the greens of the incredible Leopard Creek golf course, designed by Gary Player. Speak to our reservations office for the chance to secure a booking.
Rejuvenation Spa Treatments
We even have a spa at our luxury game lodge in the Kruger National Park. A holiday is all about relaxation, right? So, enjoy an indulgent massage, facial or treatment of your choice.
Contact us to find out more about our luxury game lodge in the Kruger National Park, and to book your unforgettable safari holiday.
5 Things that Make This the Top Luxury Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park
Where do you even start when looking for a luxury safari lodge in the Kruger National Park? As one of the largest – and the most popular – game reserves on the continent of Africa, there is certainly no shortage of accommodation in the area. The answer is actually simple: You start with the best, of course. And that would be Lukimbi Safari Lodge.
With a 5-star rating and Certificate of Excellence from travel site TripAdvisor, guests certainly agree. Located in the easily accessible southern part of the Kruger National Park, this luxury safari lodge exceeds every expectation:
1. The Luxurious Accommodation
Every room is a lush haven of comfort. The authentically African design and high windows submerge you completely into your bushveld adventure, and private viewing decks allow you to survey the surrounding natural beauty.
2. The Delicious Cuisine
Just because you find yourself in the Kruger National Park does not mean you have to rough it up. The head chef at this luxury safari lodge makes sure that each meal is absolutely delicious and just as beautiful. An award-winning wine list accompanies each meal.
3. The Amazing Bush Excursions
There are two 4×4 safaris each day, led by experienced guides and trackers, or guests can join a bush walk after breakfast to explore the stunning landscape on foot.
4. The Indulgent Spa Treatments
A holiday is all about relaxing and re-energising. Enjoy a rejuvenating full body massage, a revitalising facial, or any of the other pampering treatments on offer in the private on-site spa.
5. The Added Extras
Make use of the gym facilities, enjoy a cocktail in the bar, relax in the lounge, or ask at the reservations office about booking a round of golf at Leopard Creek – one of the finest courses in the world, designed by the legendary Gary Player.
The Best Place for a 5-Star Luxury Safari in South Africa
Get ready for the ultimate getaway: an African adventure that envelops you in luxurious comfort, takes your breath away with stunning visuals, and provides all the thrills to create magical memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. We’re about to let you in on a secret – why the 5-star luxury Lukimbi Safari Lodge in South Africa is your ultimate holiday destination.
The Kruger National Park Is Tops
Only the best will do when planning a 5-star luxury safari. In terms of game reserves, the best is the Kruger National Park. It’s one of the largest of its kind in Africa and the most-visited reserve on the continent.
The Big Five
What would a 5-star luxury safari be without the world-famous Big 5 – the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhinoceros? They can all be found in the Kruger National Park, alongside an abundance of other wildlife.
Lukimbi Safari Lodge is located in the easily accessible southern part of the Kruger National Park to ensure that you get to enjoy the pristine Bushveld without having to suffer in transit.
TripAdvisor is a travel site that collects visitors’ reviews. Our luxury lodge boasts a 5-star rating from over 700 reviews and has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for earning consistently great reviews from travellers.
All the Comfort You Want
Our spacious rooms feature high windows with spectacular views of the bush, as well as private viewing decks. The ultra-luxurious Premier Suites adds additional space, a dining area, an additional bathroom, and its own pool on the private deck.
Fine Dining Fit for A King
Your taste buds are about to go on an epic adventure of their own. Our private chef delivers the highest-quality food to impress any palate and the food is as stunningly beautiful as it is delicious. To complement the delectable meals, we also offer an award-winning wine list.
Pampering Spa Treatments
Just because you’re in the bush doesn’t mean you have to rough it. A vacation is all about relaxation and rejuvenation – and there is plenty of this to be found in our luxury spa. Treat yourself to a full-body massage, a manicure or pedicure, a refreshing facial, or any of the other world-class treatments available.
Book your 5-star luxury safari now at the incredible Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park. Trust us when we tell you that you’re in for an adventure of a lifetime.
With its beautiful scenery, abundance of wildlife, a plethora of reserves and, obviously, the world-famous Kruger National Park, you won’t have any trouble finding game lodges in Mpumalanga. However, when planning a holiday for the annals, not just any lodge will do. You deserve to be treated like royalty at the best this province has to offer.
With this in mind, there is only one choice when looking at game lodges in Mpumalanga: Lukimbi Safari Lodge. So, what is it that sets Lukimbi apart from the other game lodges in Mpumalanga?
It’s the setting. Located in the easily accessible southern part of the Kruger National Park, the lodge is nestled in one of the most pristine and breathtaking beautiful parts of the Bushveld.
It’s the accommodation. Beautiful, African-inspired décor transports you into a magical world of wonder. The spacious bedrooms boast their own private viewing decks and have all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay.
It’s the wildlife. Explore the surroundings and see if you can spot the world-famous Big 5 on one of the professionally guided game drives or bush walks.
It’s the food. Expect fine dining at its best, courtesy of the head chef at the lodge’s restaurant. Or enjoy a boma dinner under the stars, next to a cosy campfire.
It’s the spa. Just because you’re in the bush, doesn’t mean you can’t be pampered. Book a treatment of your choice – a full-body massage, a manicure or pedicure, or a facial – and relax as you enjoy a revitalising experience.
It’s all the little extras. Your comfort and enjoyment are top priority. Whether you’d like to relax in the gorgeous lounge, stay active using the on-site gym, enjoy a dip in the pool, or even fit in a round of golf, it is all available to you.
If you want to stay at the best of the best game lodges in Mpumalanga, book your accommodation at Lukimbi Safari Lodge right now.
Why Your Choice of Game Lodge Accommodation Is So Important
There is nothing quite like the thrill of an African safari. No other holiday experience matches the intoxicating combination of this exciting sense of adventure, the stunning natural beauty, and the authentic appeal of African hospitality. That is, of course, if you book your trip wisely. As with most things in life, not all offerings and experiences are created equally, which is why it is so important to book just the right game lodge accommodation to make sure you get the absolute most out of your African safari holiday.
So, what is it that makes a game lodge the perfect holiday accommodation option? Look out for the following:
Easy Access To The Best Wildlife Viewings
The location of the game lodge accommodation should be the first consideration. After all, you are here for a safari and you want to make sure you see the best nature has to offer. Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated in the easily accessible southern portion of the Kruger National Park – one of the largest and most popular reserves on the African continent. We provide a choice of daily game drives where visitors have the chance to see everything from the renowned Big Five to general game and a large variety of bird species. We also offer guided bush walks for those who want to completely immerse themselves in nature.
A Full-Service Offering
Remember, to experience a proper safari, you will need to travel to the middle of the bushveld. You cannot simply pop out to a shop or restaurant of your choice as you please. Ensure that you book your accommodation at a place that offers all the amenities you need, or include it in your travel plans to either stop at places or provide things like your own food, entertainment, and transport. Lukimbi Safari Lodge provides a full service, including game drives, wildlife viewing, fine dining, spa treatments, and other entertainment options.
Comfort and Convenience
It is your holiday and it is meant to be indulgent. So, when you look for accommodation, look for something that provides more than just the most basic requirements. At Lukimbi Safari Lodge, each room provides spacious luxury with great views of the natural surroundings. Our restaurant serves the most delicious fine-dining meals, or you can enjoy African-inspired cuisine under the stars. We also have a world-class spa where you can relax and indulge in some special treatments in-between your safari drives. It is all about you and your enjoyment.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable game safari experience. Book your accommodation with Lukimbi Safari Lodge for an experience like no other.
5 Reasons Why Our Mpumalanga Game Lodge Is So Popular
With the Kruger National Park found here, it stands to reason that there are a multitude of game lodges available in Mpumalanga, South Africa. However, as can be expected, not all of them offer the same experience. Lukimbi Safari Lodge is one of the most popular choices for accommodation, as is evident by its 5-star Excellent rating on TripAdvisor.
Here are just five of the reasons why people prefer our Mpumalanga game lodge over the other available options:
1. Prime Location
Our game lodge is perfectly located to provide visitors with the ultimate safari experience. We can be found in the southern part of the world-renowned Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, South Africa – a stunning, pristine reserve that is home to the most species of mammals of any reserve in Africa, including the Big Five: the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephant. The are also more than 400 bird species, making a bird watcher’s haven.
2. Luxurious Rooms
Choose between the luxurious Classic Suites, each with their own viewing deck, high windows, and air conditioning, or the opulent Classic Suites that adds additional space and a private pool on your wooden deck. After all, this is your holiday, and you deserve to enjoy complete comfort and convenience during every moment of your stay.
3. Thrilling Game Drives
In addition to your accommodation, Lukimbi Safari Lodge also provides two game drives a day – one in the early morning and one in the afternoon – on their private roads covering an extensive 15 000 hectare area. Wildlife viewing includes possible sightings of the Big Five. There are also guided bush walks after breakfast for those who want to get even closer to nature.
4. Delicious Food
The in-house restaurant features exquisite fine-dining options that are as beautiful as they are delicious. This is paired with an award-winning wine list to complete the experience.
5. Indulgent African Spa
A holiday is all about rest and relaxation. And what better way to relax and let that tension go than by booking a luxury treatment at our very own African spa? Whether you want a delightful manicure and pedicure, a refreshing facial, or a rejuvenating back massage, we have you covered.
Are you ready for the holiday of a lifetime yet? Then get in touch with our friendly team at Lukimbi Safari Lodge to book your spot at our Mpumalanga game lodge. We will answer all your questions and assist you with securing your getaway. It is time you experience the magic of Africa.