We spent three nights at Lukimbi in April 2013 (apologies for the late review). This lodge is pure luxury bang in the middle of the jungle. It was about an hour and a half drive from the airport - the last half hour of which was spent after entering the national reserve watching wild animals all around us.
The rooms were much more than what we could have imagined and the open air shower and river facing bath tub was out of the world. Each day we did a safari in the morning followed by a mid day jungle walk and then another safari in the evening. We were lucky enough to see pretty much all the animals apart from the cheetah and wild bison. But five spottings really stood out. First, spending a complete evening watching nine lions and a lioness sprawl out. Second, a bit of domestic violence with a male rhino beating bloody his partner who was only trying to protect her child. Third, a herd of elephants first conferencing and then completely uprooting a tree. Fourth, being surrounded by two different herds of elephants while on our jungle walk. And lastly, our ranger Andrew spotting a green snake while he was driving the Land Rover and bringing it to us.
What made the trip surreal was the food. Being vegetarians me and my wife were really scared that we would be starved to death in the middle of the jungle with no other options to eat out. But the chef at the lodge took great pains to design our meals (which are customized every single time) to suit not just our dietary requirements but our Indian pallette as well.
And the icing on the cake was the surprise night feast specially organized by the lodge for all the guests on our very first night. We were driven off into the middle of the jungle only to suddenly stumble upon lanterns lighting our path and individual dinner tables laid out for us with a bonfire in the middle. A once in a lifetime experience partying like that in the middle of the jungle with no protective fencing and completely surrounded by wildlife.
Service staff, rangers and spotters were all impeccable with a special shout out to our extremely friendly and knowlegable Andrew who made our trip even more awesome.
- 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