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Lukimbi Safari Lodge
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

We stayed here in late January and were hooked. The staff were fantastic, the rooms were clean, spacious and comfortable. The food was delicious - we liked the buffet lunch concept as it perfectly suited our eating style (don't overdo it at lunch because supper is a big meal!).

We were very fortunate on our game drives. The wildlife cooperated and we saw everything one could hope for - Big 5 plus wild dogs and cheetahs along with a plethora of impala, kudu, etc. We took some extremely memorable photos that will be classics for a long time.

The true strong point of this lodge is its people. We were treated incredibly well throughout our visit and would stay at Lukimbi again without reservation. Go!

Room Tip: We stayed in 1E, close to the lodge. It is right under a Marula tree, which attracts all kinds of wi...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

This private game lodge in Kruger National Park has it all: Spacious and first class accommodations, good quality food and libations and the reason to be here in the first place: wild life from dung beetle to lion.
Sean and Shelley and their team strive to make your safari a memorable experience. Despite the rainy season and the bush lusciously green we enjoyed our twice daily game drives and optional bush walks. Morning drives are interrupted by tea / coffee breaks. In the afternoon there is chance for a sun-downer. Thanks to radio contact between the various teams we were able to cap our sightings with a lion kill that was outside the private concession surrounding the lodge. Our team made every conceivable effort to successfully track the big five for us.
The individual villas have a sleeping and sitting area and a private deck. The spacious bathroom boasts a free standing tub with a picture window, indoor and outdoor showers and there is even a loo with a view.
The meals were expertly prepared to satisfy all but the most sophisticated palates. Breakfast after morning game drives are buffet style with a small à la carte offering. Buffet lunch is also served in the al fresco dining area with choices for carnivores and vegetarians. Dinner choices are usually from the menu with the occasional open pit cooking, weather permitting. The wine cellar is well stocked with a large selection at reasonable prices.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

As a travel agent I can only give the highest rating to this property, after researching 45 game lodges this one came up trumps!

Departing Johannesburg to Nelspruit Airport for a 2 hour transfer journey I am bound for Lukimbi Safari Lodge. The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier wildlife destination, covering 19,485 square kilometres. It is one of South Africa’s oldest reserves. The region is one of the best areas for bird watching with over 500 species recorded. The reserve has more large species mammals than any other African reserve and is home to the famous Big Five. It is home to one of the largest remaining Rhino populations in the World. The park also has a large population of Elephants and Lions. The Kruger National Park has great weather year round.

The Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated in the easily accessible southern portion of the Kruger National Park. We stayed in luxuriously appointed accommodation that has a distinctly African feel. Once you have settled in, head out on an afternoon game drive. These are conducted in a specially adapted safari vehicle and are led by knowledgeable guides who will help you track down animals; including members of the Big Five then in the evening enjoy a delicious safari inspired meal around the campfire.

A gentle knock at the door and a fresh cup of coffee herald the start of a new day. After a light snack, set out on a morning game drive, tracking African wildlife with the help of your guide. During the warm hours around midday, you can relax on the deck and see what wildlife comes down to the river or enjoy a good book. Cool off with a dip in the refreshing waters of the pool or have a siesta. In the late afternoon you will head out on another game drive. The service here at the lodge was outstanding, meals are all inclusive and the drink prices are still way too cheap not to indulge with a few between conversations with the staff and fellow guests.

My accommodation is to die for, a large double king bed that is netted for the evenings, spacious 2 piece lounge, open balcony and a bathroom that’s bigger than my apartment at home, there is a bath the size of a swimming pool right on the window overlooking the waterhole and if you are lucky enough like I was you may see a herd of Elephants come for a drink whilst drinking champagne. After 3 days here I had spotted the Big 5 a few times over and more, I was never disappointed at any time until the time having to leave saying farewell to our service staff and heading back to Nelspruit Airport.

Room Tip: Request a cabin closee to reception if you dont like walking to far or elderly.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

We were 3 couples visiting SA from the US. We stayed at Lukimbi as part of our trip. We were thrilled with the experience. Driving up to the entrance we encountered a herd of Elephants on the road. As soon as we arrived and looked out beyond the open deck, there was a single elephant. Amazing way to start. The arrival was great and efficient. The lodge was spectacular ( we have been on 6 safaris in Africa and these accomodations were the best!) and the staff was so friendly and welcoming. The rooms were so nice, and the decorating was the nicest we had seen. On the drives with Zane and Joesph, we saw everything. Zane was fantastic and he was so knowledgeable about the animals and the land. We truly became friends with him. He showed us what we wanted to see and sundowners were great! The food at the lodge was so good and the staff so friendly, I cannot recommend this place highly enough. I would go back for sure. We all had a wonderful time and will never forget Lukimbi!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tyler, Texas
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Most exquisite lodging and staff you can dream of. The game watching was natural - phenomenal and naturally intimate. Sean and his staff's respect for nature made this the highlight of our 20 days in Africa. Nothing could be better.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

We had three fantastic nights at Lukimbi Safari Lodge. We have seen a lot of good places around the world and it's always the same difference that makes the difference - The people. Excellent service, very knowledgeable rangers and trackers, great private lodges and excellent food. Our ranger Andrew and the tracker James gave us some great and wild experiences. To be highly recommended!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, Maryland
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

I cannot in good faith call our space anything but a suite...room does not do it justice. It was spacious, clean with huge windows that game us views of the wildlife. Definite WOW factor there. The meals were good with good options. I especially loved a lunch they did with all sorts of vegetables, calamari and salads. After being at their sister lodge, Idube, it is hard to compare the game drives given Kruger Park's restrictions, but we did have a very nice visit and saw a good number of animals. There is plenty of space to play games and hang around. Wished they had wifi somewhere on the property!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Address: Kruger National Park | Malelane Area, Kruger National Park 1320, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 174 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Lukimbi Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 ... more   less 
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