• Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Lukimbi Safari Lodge | Kruger Park

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.

The lodge features carved plaster panels showing intricate mystical creatures and African patterns, in a subtle yet extremely decorative way. The main buildings are linked together with open wooden decks, making the most of the view, as the lodge meanders along the banks of the river Lwakahle.

Family fun in the bush

From all the Lukimbi Safari Lodge staff we welcome you to our corner of paradise. Lukimbi is a luxury safari lodge located within the Kruger National Park on the Lwakahle River. The lodge has exclusive use of 15,000 hectares of prime bushveld, which offers breathtaking views, spectacular animal sightings and fantastic sunsets. We hope your stay will be fun, exciting and most of all
relaxing. We hope to dazzle you with great service and natural wonders.
Lukimbi prides itself on being a child-friendly lodge and we offer numerous activities that will be both educational and fun. Lukimbi staff will do everything in their power to help make this a special occasion for both parents and kids involved.

Please note that children under the age of 10 years are not permitted in any of the public areas from 20h00.

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Description
8 Jan 2020
to 19 Dec 2020
20 Dec 2020
to 7 Jan 2021
min 2 night stay
Classic Suite for single accommodation per night R10 370 R11 425
Classic Suite per person sharing per night R 8 160 R 9 025
Classic Suite - Per Child 2-12yrs old per night R 5 710 R 6 430
Premier Suite for single accommodation per night R11 425 R12 000
Premier Suite per person sharing per night R 9 025 R10 130
Premier Suite - Per Child 2-12yrs old per night R 6 430 R 7 490

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4 Nights Combo Package Rates 2020 - Special
2 Nights Idube & 2 Nights Lukimbi
Validity Period – 8 January 2020 until 19 December 2020
Safari Chalet (Idube) and Classic Suite (Lukimbi)
Per person sharing for the 4 nights R27 265
Per adult single for the 4 nights R37 230
Per child 8-12 years R18 470
Makubela Suite/ Leadwood Suite (Idube) and Premier Suite (Lukimbi)
Per person sharing for the 4 nights R31 295
Per adult single for the 4 nights R42 395
Per child 8-12 years R22 100

 

5 Nights Combo Package Rates 2020 - Special
2 Nights Idube & 3 Nights Lukimbi
Validity Period – 8 January 2020 until 19 December 2020
Safari Chalet (Idube) and Classic Suite (Lukimbi)
Per person sharing for the 4 nights R34 610
Per adult single for the 4 nights R47 070
Per child 8-12 years R23 395
Makubela Suite/Leadwood Suite (Idube) and Premier Suite (Lukimbi)
Per person sharing for the 4 nights R39 505
Per adult single for the 4 nights R53 385
Per child 8-12 years R27 850

Rates Include

  • The rates include luxury accommodation in en-suite, air-conditioned chalets/suites 3 full meals daily, all teas and coffees, 2 game drives daily in open landrovers and a safari walk at each lodge. Game activities are with skilled and well-trained rangers. Walks are for guests who are 16+ years.

Check-in is from 13h00-15h00 and Check-out is at 10h30.

Rate Exclude

  • The rate excludes all transfers, Kruger Park entrance fees, Sabi Sand entrance fees and Rhino Conservation Levies, Ulusaba runway fees, all drinks, spa treatments, curios, items of a personal nature and gratuities.
Transfer rates between Kruger Mpumalanga Airport and Idube, Idube to Lukimbi and from Lukimbi to Kruger Mpumalanga are available on request.
Minimum of 2 night stay at each lodge required to qualify for combo package rates.

Deposit & Pre-Payment

  • 20% of the full amount due on the reservation is required within 1 month of reservation as a non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking.
  • The balance of the invoice is payable 4 weeks prior to arrival.
  • Credit cards, electronic transfers and direct deposits are accepted.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be in writing.
  • If cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to date of arrival or no show, 100% of the full amount is due.

Directions from Johannesburg

    • Johannesburg, in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.
    • Take the N12 towards Witbank.
    • There it connects with the N4 coming from Pretoria.
    • Pass Nelspruit, then continue a further 59 km to Malelane.
    • The same road continues towards Maputo (Mozambique).
    • 3 km past Malelane, turn left towards the Kruger National Park Malelane Gate (3 km).
    • Gate closing times are:

Flights


There are direct daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) and to Skukuza Airport. Transfers can be arranged between both airports and Lukimbi and transfer rates are available on request.

The drive between KMIA and Lukimbi takes approximately one and a half hours. From Skukuza, it takes about three hours, but you will be travelling through the park, so in all likelihood you will see animals on your journey, making this an invigorating alternative. Both transfers are done in air-conditioned vehicles.

Charter flights to Malelane Airport can be booked through our reservations office.

Distances from Lodge

JHB International Airport 425km
Malelane Gate  26km
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport 91km
Idube Private Game Reserve 101km
Golf courses  27km
Skukuza Airport  61km

LATE/EARLY FLIGHT PROCEDURES FOR LUKIMBI SAFARI

LODGE

1. Self-Drive guests must enter Malelane gate no later than 45 mins prior to park closing times.
2. Please do not book guests on flights arriving at KMIA after 14h30 in winter and 15h00 in summer.
3. If arriving on a transfer, there must be sufficient time for the driver to get back out of the Park in time.
4. Please do not book guests on a flight departing KMIA earlier than 10h00 because of Gate opening times.
5. Nobody may be driving in the public park before/after gate opening/closing times (including lodge staff), unless a special permit has been granted by the Section Ranger (THIS IS ONLY GRANTED FOR EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES)
6. A driver room may be booked at an additional cost for the day of the guests’ arrival (due to a late flight). BUT, the driver will still need to ensure that he is AT THE LODGE by the gate closing time. If he gets to the Malelane gate less than 45 mins before closing time, he will be denied entry into the
park and the guests will forfeit their first nights’ accommodation at Lukimbi and will only be able to enter the park the following morning. Driver room rates only include accommodation and meals.
7. A driver room may be booked at an additional cost for the night before guests’ departure (due to early flight the following day). BUT, the driver will need to ensure that he is AT THE LODGE before gate closing time and may only depart the lodge the following morning at the gate opening time (i.e if the
gate opens at 06h00, then the driver may only depart the lodge at 06h00). Driver room rates only include accommodation and meals.
8. If you would like Lukimbi to transfer guests to Malelane Gate on day of departure or collect them from Malelane Gate on day of arrival, then you will need to book a PRIVATE VEHICLE for the ENTIRE

DURATION of their stay at Lukimbi (subject to availability and occupancy levels). This will be at an additional cost of R4800  per day for 2019 and R5 400 per day for 2020.

 

Month Gates Open Gates Close
January 05h30 18h30
February 05h30 18h30
March 05h30 18h00
April 06h00 18h00
May 06h00 17h30
June 06h00 17h30
July 06h00 17h30
August 06h00 18h00
September 06h00 18h00
October 05h30 18h00
November 05h30 18h30
December 05h30 18h30

Dear Family,

From all the Lukimbi Safari Lodge staff we welcome you to our corner of  paradise. Lukimbi is a luxury safari lodge located within the Kruger National Park on the Lwakahle River. The lodge has exclusive use of 15,000 hectares of prime bushveld, which offers breathtaking views, spectacular animal sightings and fantastic sunsets. We hope your stay will be fun, exciting and most of all relaxing. We hope to dazzle you with great service and natural wonders.

Lukimbi prides itself on being a child-friendly lodge and we offer numerous activities that will be both educational and fun. Lukimbi staff will do everything in their power to help make this a special occasion for both parents and kids involved.

Please note that children under the age of 10 years are not permitted in any of the public areas from 20h00.

For parents on safari with children under the age of 12, we have the following options and services available:

  • Child Minding can be arranged, but please request this in advance. The child minder is paid an hourly rate of R120 and will be happy to come to the rooms if so desired. (Available from 07h00 in the mornings until 22h00 in the evenings). The child-minders are not qualified to entertain children and their command of English could be limited.
  • We have the Safari Play Room open to all kids. Games, wildlife movies, toys and much more are available.
  • Children are welcome to use the Safari Play Room, Please take note that there is no supervision in the Safari Play Room.
  • Safari Beds and Cots are a delight to small children, these are handcrafted in the shape and colours of various animals (rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra) and are just one of the ways we hope to bring nature closer to your family. Please advise in advance if you require a safari bed or cot for your child.
  • Special Kid’s Menu – Our wonderful chef has a special Kids menu available.

Activities Available

Activities are supervised from after breakfast until 13h00. Activities offered are dependent on the ages of the children in camp.

  •  Game Drives – Private vehicle must be booked at time of reservation for families with children under 8 years.
  •  Bush Walks - interesting plant and bug identification.
  •  Casting Tracks – learn how to identify and cast tracks.
  •  Arts and Crafts – face painting, clay modeling, mask making, colouring-in and painting.
  •  Marshmallow Roasting – enjoy dinner in the boma, followed by marshmallows roasted on the open fire, squashed between chocolate and marie biscuits.
  •  Target Practice – learn how to aim and shoot with an air rifle – kids are accompanied and supervised by trained Lukimbi Rangers.
  •  Bush Movie Nights – Choose from a selection of wildlife and kids videos. Kids have the option of enjoying their dinner while watching.

Wedding 

Your dream wedding is waiting to happen at Lukimbi Safari Lodge! Whether you want to be married in our charming baroque-styled chapel or in the bush serenaded by an African choir or walk down the aisle to rhythmic drumming, we make sure your day is perfect. We take care of your theming, wedding cake, flowers, music, legal proceedings and cuisine.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge accommodates 32 people. If six or more people are attending, the lodge must be booked for a minimum of two nights, but we guarantee you’d want to do that anyway. It’s magical!

 

Honeymoons

We know that your honeymoon should be the most special holiday of your lives and we do everything in our power to achieve this. Our suites exude romance – high ceilings, gorgeous gauzy mosquito nets draping king-sized beds, showers you can share both inside and outside and of course our stone baths-with-a-view. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine from the privacy of your deck and delight in a private dinner for just the two of you at one of our mystery romantic venues.

 

 

Conferences

Conferencing in the bush has the benefit of few interruptions, which allows for clear focus and an opportunity to build greater team spirit, discuss strategy and achieve pre-set goals. Our fully-equipped conference centre boasts full audio visual equipment, big screen, full conference packs. Various seating configurations are available. We offer four breakaway rooms as well as seating in the main plenary for up to 40 people. Our conference experts can tailor-make your conference to your needs and hire in any additional equipment you may need.

 

Curio shop
Our souvenir shop displays some of South Africa’s top crafts, jewellery and clothing. We also have a wide range of t-shirts and items to bring home to family members – both old and young. And should you have left anything behind, our shop is kitted out with important essentials such as toothpaste and disposable razors.

Fine Dining
Despite being in the middle of nature, you can expect the highest quality food served to suit every palate and diet. And we like the fact it is not just delicious, but beautiful too! We also have an award-winning wine list.

Golf
Experience an unforgettable game of golf at Leopard Creek – on one of the finest courses in the world. Highlights include:

  • Designed by world-famous golfer Gary Player, Leopard Creek will challenge even the most experienced golfer.
  • A 505-metre par-five 13th hole, sitting 32 metres above the Crocodile River with views into the Kruger National Park.
  • A par-five 18th with its island green and a par-four 9th with its peninsula green jutting out of the same body of water.

Bookings can be arranged directly through Lukimbi Reservations office. Terms and conditions apply.

Spa

Relaxation is the objective of any successful getaway, and what better way to achieve this than a trip to our spa?
See our full list of treatments below:

  • Hands & Feet
  • Luxurious Manicure    
  • Luxurious Pedicure    
  • Express Mani OR Pedi    
  • Facials
  • Luxurious Facial    
  • Refreshing Spa Facial    
  • Tinting
  • Eyelash Tinting    R 90
  • Eyebrow Tinting    R 70
  • Massage
  • Rejuvenating Back Massage    
  • Hippos Back Massage    
  • Rungu Massage
  • Elephant Walk Massage    
  • River Flow Massage    
  • Combos
  • Top 2 Toe – Spa Facial, Cleanse, Mask & Express Pedi    
  • Day Time Delight – Back Massage, Spa Facial & Mask    
  • Colour Delight – Eyelash & Eyebrow Tinting

  
Please note: While every effort is made to accommodate your needs, all treatments are subject to availability. We request bookings be made in advance.

Sundays and South African Public holidays are subject to an additional R60 per treatment charge.

Children’s Programme
For children under 12, babysitting is available from 07h00, but needs to be pre-booked.

The Safari Play room is available all day but the room is unsupervised.

Safari beds and cots are available on request.

Activities include:

  • Game drives
  • bushwalks
  • casting tracks
  • arts and crafts
  • treasure hunts
  • interactive sessions with rangers
  • special boma dinners
  • kids’ dinners and picnics.

All children love to swim: for the younger ones there is a special shallow kids pool. The older ones will enjoy the water flowing across the rocks, until it drops into a waterfall. There they can enjoy the adventure of sitting behind the cascading water. Then there is the main area and if they are lucky, they will be able to watch elephants drinking from the pools in the river bed nearby.

Families with children under 8 years must reserve their own private vehicle.

Rates for child minding and private Landrover are available on request.
 
Pools
Lukimbi has a main pool-with-a-view. It’s not unusual to swim and watch elephants coming into drink at the same time! Our children’s paddle pool is connected by a shallow flowing stream and a waterfall to the main pool.
Unfortunately, no children under 2 are accepted.

Gym
For the fitness conscious, our gym has everything you need to keep in shape.

Since Lukimbi Safari Lodge is bounded by three major river systems, the extensive 15 000 hectare area offers a diverse array of habitats, from grasslands, to wooden areas and lush riverine thickets. No 4×4 safari is ever the same or predictable. It’s about being at the right place at the right time, with the right people to show you where to look. Safaris go out mornings and afternoons. An incomparable way to get in touch with Africa.

Safaris take place twice daily on our private roads, the first leaving in the early morning and the second in the afternoon. Off-road driving is permitted under strictly controlled circumstances.

Bush Walks


After breakfast, guests can join qualified guides on a bush walk, which is not more than two hours. This is a great opportunity to see some of the smaller creatures and plants up close, not to mention some of the larger wildlife in their own environment.

 

Wildlife

At Lukimbi, you feel part of nature from the moment you arrive. There is something for everybody: the impressive Big Five of leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo; smaller creatures and antelope and what are often termed ‘general game’; and a paradise for bird watchers with 420 species to see. Our guides and trackers share their knowledge of these animals with you.

 

Birds

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a paradise for bird watchers with 420 species to see. 

 

Classic Suite

Guests walking into our classic suites are struck immediately by the sense of space. The room seems to stretch into the bush beyond, and the high windows bring the sky and the trees right into the room. The lounge drops down from the level of the bedroom area and the space flows out to the covered deck, a comfortable area to sip a drink, watch the passing animals and birds and just relax. The bathroom is large and also looks directly onto the bush. Each suite has a spacious bath, inside and outside shower and separate toilet. All have air-conditioning, fan, safe, gauzy, romantic mosquito nets, tea and coffee facilities and a mini bar. These rooms are large enough to share with young children and still enjoy the space.

Premier Suite

The ultra luxurious Giant Eagle Owl and King Cheetah suites feature a separate bedroom, dining area, larger lounge, main bathroom with huge shareable bath, inside shower and outside shower, second bathroom and private pool with wooden deck. Elephants frequently take a quiet drink at these two pools on the way down to the larger pools in front of the main guest areas. They add a special element to enjoying the pool, or relaxing on the covered deck. The suites have air-conditioning, fan, safe, mosquito nets, mini bar and tea and coffee facilities. The decanter of sherry is there for your enjoyment, with our compliments. Whether chosen by honeymooners or by discerning guests wanting a little more luxury, the Premier suites are an ideal choice.

Facilities

General  Facilities In-Suite Facilities
    Premier Suites Classic Suite
Baby sitting Additional cloakroom x  
Boma Air-conditioning x x
Bar Deck x x
Business facilities Fan x x
Covered parking Hairdryer x x
Curio shop Lounge x x
Gym Mini bar x x
Laundry service Non-smoking rooms x x
Library    Outdoor shower x x
Outdoor swimming pool Private pool x  
Room service Safety deposit box x x
Safety deposit Separate shower & bath x x
Wi-fi (in the lounge) Serviced daily x x
Wine cellar Tea/coffee facilities x x
  Telephone x x
 Chapel      
Seating capacity : 32 Tween Suites 0 13
  Double 2 1
Conference Facilities (max. delegate capacity)      
Banquet         32      
Boardroom    32      
Cinema          32      
School Room 32      
TV - Big screen & Data projector      

The rates include 

  • luxury accommodation in en-suite,
  • air-conditioned suites, 
  • 3 full meals per day, all teas and coffees, afternoon tea, 
  • 2 game drives daily in open landrovers and a safari walk. 
  • Game activities are with skilled and well-trained rangers. 

Arrivals are from 13h00 but no later than 15h00. 

Departures after breakfast at 10h30

The rates exclude

  • transfers, 
  • Kruger Park entrance fees,
  • bar bill, soft drinks, 
  • curios, items of a personal nature, 
  • spa treatments and 
  • gratuities.

Transfer rates to/from Kruger Mpumalanga airport / Skukuza Airport & Idube are available on request. Please note Kruger Park gate opening/closing times

GUIDES/TOURLEADERS/PILOTS: The rate is R3600 per night nett and accommodation will be reserved in a Classic Suite. NO ACTIVITIES INCLUDED.

DEPOSIT AND PREPAYMENT:

  • 20% non-refundable deposit is required within 1 month of reservation for all bookings over our peak Dec/Jan period and for group bookings.
  • Groups – balance of the invoice is payable 2 months prior to arrival. FIT bookings – full payment is payable 1 month prior to arrival.

CANCELLATION CONDITIONS:

Cancellations must be in writing.

· If confirmed bookings are cancelled 30 days or MORE prior to arrival – 20% CXL fees will be applicable

· If confirmed bookings are cancelled 30 days or LESS prior to arrival – 100% CXL fees will be applicable

Kruger Park entrance fees are R92 pp valid from 01 November 2018 – 31 October 2019

Kruger Park entrance fees are R100 pp valid from 01 November 20119 – 31 October 2020

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is approximately 45 minutes from Malelane Gate and therefore we recommend that flights to/from Nelspruit/Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA/MQP) are booked to -
Arrive at KMIA between 11h00-12h00 (but no later than 14h30) on the day of arrival
Depart from KMIA around 13h00-14h00 (but no earlier than 10h00) on the day of departure, so that it does not interfere with Park opening/closing times.
Guests denied access to the Park due to late arrivals will forfeit their nights accommodation and will have to book alternative accommodation outside of the Park at their own cost. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for transfer operators to get back outside of the Park before gate closing times. NO LATE EXIT/ENTRY permits can be granted (due to rhino poaching). A drivers room may be booked at an extra cost for early departures or late arrivals (in accordance with KNP gate times), and is subject to availability.

Above rates are based on 15% VAT.

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Coservation Fees

Guest Conservation Fees
   SA Citizen & residents
  - ZAR  105 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  52 per Child  per day    
  SADC with passport
  - ZAR  210 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  105 per Child per day
  Internationals
  - ZAR  424 per Adults per day
  - ZAR  212 per Child per day

R210 per vehicle entry fee