We stayed at Lukimbi in early June just before World Cup. We flew into Krueger and hired a driver to take us to the lodge. We were warmly welcomed when we arrived with a nice drink. The evening game drive had just left when we arrived but they drove us out there to meet them, Good thing, since they were following a young male lion that evening! The game drives were amazing and you really do get close to the animals. Far closer than I ever would have thought. The chalets are are luxurious and comfortable. The outdoor showers are awesome. The food was gourmet and exceeded our expectations. The springbok meal was our favorite! They do provide bottle water in your chalet for you to drink but all beer / wine / alcohol is extra. We probably checked out with about an $100 bar tab but that also included a cigar. Try the Amarula liquor while you are there.
This was our first safari and I loved every minute of it. However, it was expensive and had I known that there were state run lodges in Krueger that are a 10th of the price I may have gone that route. I think next time we go, we will try and experience the land on our own a bit more. Honestly, you can see a ton of animals just driving along the roads in Krueger. It depends what you want out of a safari. There are clearly other lodges out there that are far more expensive than Lukimbi, which is why I picked it.
My only real issue with Lukimibi is that they seek tips for everyone at the end of the stay. I really think that should be built in to the rate you pay to stay there. By asking for tips and also paying for booze, it feels a bit excessive.
Also, my partner felt that the game drives were long and he felt there was little or no downtime at the lodge. The lodge is beautiful so you do want to enjoy that as well.
- 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