We chose the location of Lukimbi Safari Lodge very carefully for it was critical that the extraordinary magic of the reserve was fully appreciated whether out in the bush on safari or from the sanctuary of the lodge itself. When we came upon a clearing under a cluster of ancient trees in front of a natural fed spring, with the most beautiful view along the bank of the Lwakahle River, we knew we had found home.
It took 2 years for us to build our lodge, which we constructed ourselves out of natural materials to blend subtly into the surrounding environment, but to also leave a very light footprint on the earth. In among the marula trees, sweetthorn acacias, knobthorns and bushwillows lining the water,it made sense to build a lodges on stilts with many carved concrete panels. These panels are a feature throughout the lodge.
Every room and living space was designed around the view, while latticed ceilings filter the sun’s dappled light, casting ambient shifting shadows as the sun moves across the sky. This Lodge is one with the environment, and you can feel it.
Lukimbi has a character of its own – warm, inviting, charmingly imperfect and a little quirky too. Bright and richly textured natural fabrics, bold furniture chosen for comfort and artisanal crafted artworks encourage proper relaxation where you’re invited to make yourself completely at home – be that in the lounge, the bar, the dining room or one of the relaxation alcoves on the upper or lower deck, or in the library.
The pool area is a place of serenity, right on the bank of the Lwakahle River. It includes multi-leveled relaxation decks, with a pool overlooking the river. A children’s paddle pool is close by.
We welcomed our first guests in October 2002.