Few people will not have heard of the Kruger National Park, and there are certainly many more who dream of the chance to experience the wonders of this world-famous, wildlife reserve, and to do so, perhaps, from the comfort of a well-appointed safari lodge. The oldest, largest and most well-established of South Africa’s game viewing destinations, it became the first of many when it was opened in 1926. Occupying an area shared by the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, formed under the new dispensation, it covers an impressive two million hectares or 20 000 square kilometres, extending 360km from north to south, and 65km from east to west.
It is, however, not the sheer size of this facility alone that is responsible for attracting such vast numbers of both local and overseas tourists each year. To begin with, those who choose to spend a vacation at one of the Kruger National Park lodges can be assured of an exceptional wildlife experience, given that it boasts the highest population density of the much sought-after Big 5 to be found anywhere in South Africa.
Home to no less than three major rivers – the Sabie, Limpopo and Olifants, its magnificent landscape is criss-crossed by numerous wilderness trails. Many of these offer camping facilities and a unique opportunity for the more energetic and intrepid visitors to make the starlit African sky their blanket, and to let the sounds of the nearby wildlife provide their lullaby.
Not all visitors are quite so keen to get this close to nature, however. Many, although eager to enjoy the sights and sounds of the animals in their natural environment, would prefer to conduct their Kruger National Park adventure from a game lodge, and to enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle during their wilderness stay. Among the more luxurious accommodation available, and offering a choice of premier and classic suites, is the Lukimbi Safari Lodge. Located in the southern part of the park, our impressive structure includes a lounge with a view over the Lwakahle River, a favoured watering hole for the local wildlife.
Nowhere else in this park can one enjoy the privacy and space of our premier suites. Our facilities include a separate bedroom, dining area and lounge, inside and outside showers, a private pool and deck. Should you prefer not to “push the boat out” quite so far, our classic suites, although smaller, are beautifully-furnished, air conditioned and roomy enough for the kids to share. Fine dining, a gym, spa treatments, a golf course and children’s programme all serve to make us the Kruger National Park lodge of choice for weddings, conferences and, of course, game viewing.