Experience the Big 5 from a Kruger Park Safari Lodge
Once far more abundant across much of Africa than is the case today, the numbers of animals, such as the leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and water buffalo, that still survives in the wild today has continued to dwindle. The animals’ steady demise has prompted funding for innumerable projects to restore their numbers by means of initiatives such as captive breeding programmes, in which the offspring are later released back into their natural environments. To date, such conservation efforts are, in all but a few cases, still falling short of achieving the hoped-for increases and, some appear to have done little more than delay the inevitable.
Unlike many other threatened species, the quintet of creatures mentioned above has attained iconic status as the Big 5. The prospect of catching a glimpse of them in their natural habitat has motivated huge numbers of local and foreign wildlife enthusiasts to visit a safari lodge in one of South Africa’s many game reserves.
Such visits, of course, provide an important contribution to the revenue that has become increasingly vital to help maintain the safety and security of the animals, and to protect their habitats. In this respect, no South African game reserve either attracts more visitors or is host to more species than the Kruger National Park. Quite apart from playing host to the Big 5 themselves, this 2-million-hectare site provides shelter and sustenance for more than 140 additional mammalian species, around 120 species of reptiles, and well over 500 varieties of birds of prey, if one includes the non-breeding migrants and nomadic species. Even when one adds almost 90 species of fish and amphibians, the total comes nowhere close to the 1 982 plant varieties that form the backdrop to this zoological extravaganza.
There are a number of benefits to be gained by choosing to conduct your exploration of the Kruger Park from a safari lodge. It means that you will have a place where, at the end of each day, you are able to take a cool shower and relax, quite possibly, in a king-sized bed and within a spacious air-conditioned bedroom. You may have the option, upon waking refreshed, to enjoy a choice of breakfast dishes in surroundings that offer a front-row seat from which to view the surrounding bushveld and its fascinating inhabitants.
If this all sounds like the stuff of fantasy, then you could be in for a pleasant surprise. All of the facilities described above are yours for the asking and amount to a mere taste of the luxury that could await you. If you should decide to book the accommodation for your Big 5 experience at a certain safari lodge to be found in the southern area of the Kruger Park, you could be forgiven for believing that you must have been mistaken for royalty. Known as Lukimbi Safari Lodge, our premier suites offer rooms that are unbelievably spacious, exquisitely furnished, and create an ambience that extends well beyond mere 5-star elegance.
Lukimbi is a venue that is not just for the wildlife enthusiast, but also perfect for weddings and honeymoons, as well as offering all of the facilities that one might normally only expect to find in an up-market conference centre in one of Johannesburg’s prestigious northern suburbs.