Put Lukimbi at the very top of your list if you are considering a safari in the Kruger region.
First...the people are wonderful, the food is some of the best we have ever had anywhere in the world...really! The facilities and grounds are gorgious. The guide and tracking staff is unbelievebly well trained and resourceful. This place is so wondefully run that you get no sence that you are anywhere but at your own private game lodge with your personal staff that seems to know what you want before you have even thought of it.
Unless you are headed to a fenced off Busch Gardens type of safari lodge some animals just don't want to be found, this is where serious trackers and serious guides fit into the equasion. They/we (learned) tracked several of the big five in vehicles and on foot to sucessfully locate and witness some of the Krugers' treasure. This is not a go through the motions-drive around and see the sights deal, this is the real bushveld. Our ranger/guide Dylan Brandt is the real thing; enthusastic, knowedeable and relentless. He made the bush expierence; comfortable (hot water bottle for thos chilly mornings) interesting (we learned so much about the animals the habitat, social behavior etc.)The tracking staff lead by KK were like the characters from the old Western movies in the US. The zen like Indian tracker that put his ear to a rock, smelled the wind and points in a direction and says imbube (lion).
We traveled with out 19 year old son and a 7 year old daughter. One of the things you will find is that not many kids go on safaris because the days can be pretty long and most lodges don't have programs designed for kids. Lukimbi is not designed around kids so no one should fear dozens of obnoxious kids playing "Marco-Polo" in the pool screwing up your safari expierence. What Lukimbi does is they have a "Junior Ranger" program with days full of activities that relate to the Safari expierence. They learn about tracking animals, make plaster castings. They learn and expierence natures gifts first hand. We pulled our 7 year out of school for a month, she learned more at Lukimbi from the guide staff during our stay than she could in a lifetime of reading about it in books.
Now the food, most up-market lodges have really good food, this is way beyond good food. This is three meals and two game drives a day worh of prefection. The Executive Chef and his staff put on a culinary masterpiece five times a day. On the menu or not your wish is granted...anything.
This was not out first safari nor our last, I can not imaging how any future safari expierence could be better, perhaps diffferent but not better.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lukimbi Safari Hotel Kruger National Park