The LWAKAHLE Trail

Luxury Safari Lodge

Southern Kruger National Park

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Lukimbi Lodge

LWAKAHLE Trail Area

This trail is situated in the game rich, southern section of the Kruger National Park, home to the ‘Big 5’ and a wide variety of other game and birds roaming freely in their natural habitat. Bounded by 3 major river systems, the extensive 15,000 hectare area offers a diverse array of habitats. The vast grasslands dominate the northern portion, whereas the southern and central areas are more heavily wooded and interspersed with lush riverine thickets.

This provides ideal habitat for large herds of zebra, wildebeest and other plains game. White rhino enjoy the numerous pans and wallows, whilst the shyer and more elusive black rhino can be found in the more thickly wooded areas. Herds of buffalo roam through grasslands seeking the succulent grasses, before moving down to rivers to amble slowly through the reeds. Elephants can frequently be seen all over the concession and in the river in front of the lodge is a favourite place for them to spend hours at a time. Guests relaxing at the lodge pools can find themselves enthralled, watching elephant families equally enjoying their own pools, particularly if the families include endearing babies.

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Where you find animals, you find the predators. Tracking lion on foot or from the comfort of an open game drive vehicle is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do and guests will never forget the spine chilling and awesome sound of a lion roaring at close quarters. Leopard are also abundant here, more elusive and difficult to spot, but guests are rewarded with the sight of one of the most beautiful and stealthy animals in the world.

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Activities

This is the place to enjoy wonderful walks, because it is so large and unspoiled. It is quite a different experience to see animals on foot and always very exciting. The walks offer the opportunity to look at and learn about the smaller things and just to appreciate the special smell of the African bush, listening to the calls of the many species of birds. In the winter months walks are full-day and guests are accompanied by armed Rangers, enjoying breakfast and lunch served seated in classical safari style at a specially laid table in the bush.

On walks our guides will fascinate guests with information on the smaller reptiles and insects, which they might have missed on drives. Inquisitive giraffe frequently amuse guests on walks, as they watch the guests watching them, their long, luxuriant eyelashes never failing to charm. The trail area is a birders’ paradise, as there are over 420 species of birds to be found.

Walks set off in the mornings, while Game Drives go out in the early morning and late afternoons in open Landrovers. Our Guides love to share their extensive knowledge, and work closely with our Shangaan trackers to get the best sightings. There is great communication between the two and our Trackers are encouraged to share their knowledge of local uses of herbs and trees, animals and birds.

 

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Game drives, with informative Rangers, are done on our private roads in open Landrovers, enabling us to comfortably traverse the concession’s 15,000 hectares of exclusive use prime game and wilderness area. We can follow the Big 5 off road in careful, controlled circumstances, this is an experience few guests would like to miss. Guests are able to get really close to the animals and experience truly fantastic photographic opportunities. Early mornings start off a little cold, but a stop is made later for warming drinks, or cold ones, if preferred. A highlight of late afternoon drives is a drinks stop just before the sun slips into the West. This is the moment to appreciate the magnificence of an African sunset, whilst sipping sundowner drinks.

Rangers generally have a special field of interest and are keen to give talks on their chosen subject. Talks are also given on the culture of the local communities. The Rangers have set up a small museum in their office and guests are encouraged to wander through and discuss the exhibits.

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This area is steeped in history, as running through the concession is the old trading road to Mozambique, used by ox wagon transporters carrying goods to and from the coast. This road can still be clearly seen today. This was all before the Kruger National Park was declared a conservation area and National Park.

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Accommodation

Raised walkways lead guests to 16 spacious suites, all combining luxury and modern African decor with stunning river views. The ultra luxurious Executive Suites also have a private pool, dining room and second bathroom. All suites are air-conditioned, have fans, safes, mini bars, as well as tea and coffee facilities. Private decks leading out towards the river provide the ideal place to relax or enjoy bird spotting and game viewing in peace and tranquility.

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Kid’s Programme

For children under 12, child-minding by staff members is available from 5:30 am. The Safari Play room is available from 08h00 – 13h00 and again during the evening game drives (16h15 – 19h30). A supervisor is present at all times. Safari beds and cots are available on request. Children’s activities include: game drives, bushwalks, casting for tracks, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, interactive sessions with rangers, special boma dinners, Kids’ dinners and picnics.

Families with children under 8 years must reserve their own private vehicle. Rates for child minding and private Landrover are available on request. Unfortunately, no children under 2 are accepted.

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Booking Terms & Conditions

  • Payment: 20% of the full amount is due on booking. Credit cards, electronic transfers and direct deposits are accepted. Please note that reservations will not be confirmed until the required deposit has been received. The balance is payable 4 weeks before arrival.
  • Cancellations: If cancelled 6 – 4 weeks prior to date of arrival, 25% of the full amount is due.If cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to date of arrival or no show, 100% of the full amount is due.
  • Peak periods (August and 16th December to 7th January): Reservations made for peak periods must be paid for in full two months prior to arrival.
  • Late Bookings: When making a booking within two weeks of arrival, immediate full prepayment is due. If cancelled, no refund will be made.

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Rates include

Luxury accommodation in en suite, air-conditioned suites, 3 full meals daily, 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 from 12:00 but no later than 15:00. Departures after breakfast at 10:30.

Rates Exclude

Bar bill, soft drinks, telephone and fax calls, beauty treatments, curios, gratuities and items of a personal nature and entrance fees into the Kruger National Park.

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Getting There

  • Directions from Johannesburg: The lodge is situated in the southern Kruger National Park, approximately 5 hours from 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 59km to Malelane. The same road continues towards Maputo (Mozambique). 3km past Malelane, turn left towards the Kruger National Park Malelane Gate (3km). From here, please follow our map shown below or follow the signs from the Malelane Gate to Lukimbi.
  • Flights: There are direct daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport). Transfers can be arranged between the airport and Lukimbi and transfer rates are available on request. The drive between KMIA and Lukimbi takes approximately one and a half hours and is in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Charter flights to Malelane airport can booked through our reservations office.

Distances from Lodge

Johanesburg International Airport 425km
Pretoria 428km
Nelspruit (KMIA) 91km
Malelane Gate at KNP 26km
Skukuza 61km

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