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Lamula Lodge: A Unique Safari Experience on the Edge of Kruger

Kruger National Park has always been my go-to destination for safari adventures. I've explored the spectrum of options, from luxury lodges within the park to camping under the African stars. But this time, I opted for something different to add excitement to my well-worn safari routine – Lamula Lodge in Elephant Point, Kruger National Park.

Luxury Deck at Lamula Lodge Over looking Kruger National Park
Lamula Lodge Deck Overlooking the Sabi River. Photo Craig Howes

Where is Lamula Lodge

Nestled within the pristine wilderness of Elephant Point, Lamula Lodge offers a luxurious retreat amidst the captivating beauty of Greater Kruger. Perched majestically overlooking the meandering Sabi River, this enchanting sanctuary provides a front-row seat to the symphony of African wildlife. Situated closest to the iconic Paul Kruger Gate and the renowned Skukuza, Lamula Lodge boasts an enviable location that sets the stage for unparalleled safari adventures. With its strategic positioning, guests can quickly embark on thrilling game drives and immersive bush walks, immersing themselves in the heart of the bushveld's untamed splendour. Lamula Lodge stands as a beacon of indulgence and convenience, inviting travellers to savour the essence of Kruger's wild allure while revelling in luxurious comfort.

Aerial View of Lamula Lodge Elephant Point
Lamula Lodge in Greater Kruger

The Best of Both Worlds: Luxury and Self-Catering Kruger Accommodation

Lamula Lodge offers an enticing blend of comfort and freedom. It boasts four spacious bedrooms, each designed to provide a serene retreat after a day of safari adventures. The real showstopper is the heated pool, a welcoming oasis with stunning views that beckon you to relax and soak in the beauty of South Africa.

4 en-suite Bed Rooms - Sleeps 8 Guests

Luxury Bedroom Elephant Point
Master Bedroom at Lamula Lodge. Photo Craig Howes

Luxury Self Catering in Kruger National Park

One of the standout features of Lamula Lodge is its culinary flexibility. You can take charge in a fully equipped kitchen, where preparing meals feels like a slice of home.

Huge Kitchen in Self catering Lamula Lodge
Stylish fully stocked Kitchen. Photo Craig Howes

Alternatively, you can indulge in the services of a private chef who brings a Gordon Ramsay-esque flair to your dining experience. The culinary journey extends to the Boma & River Deck, where you can savour meals under the African sky, creating unforgettable evenings.

Private Chef on Safari
Private Chef for the Night

Kruger National Park Safari Adventures: Your Way

What sets Lamula Lodge apart is the flexibility it offers in safari adventures. The lodge provides expert-led game drives for those who love the thrill of a guided tour. These journeys offer deep insights into the park's biodiversity, making you feel part of a top-notch wildlife documentary.

African Wild DOgs on the Road in Kruger National Park
African Wild Dogs Near Paul Kruger Gate

On other days, when you crave the independence to chart your path, self-drive safaris are the way to go. This adventure lets you explore Kruger at your own pace, allowing spontaneous stops to marvel at the wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

 Elephant Point Safari Vehicle
Filming the Elephant Point Safari Vehicle

Luxury Without the Hefty Price Tag

Lamula Lodge strikes a perfect balance between luxury and budget-friendliness. While it offers all the comfort and optional services of a luxury lodge, its location just outside Kruger National Park means you can enjoy these amenities without the hefty price tag.

Price from R17 200 Per Night, or R2150 pp per Night

Elephant Point, Kruger National Park From Above
Elephant Point From Above

Who is Lamula Lodge For?

Lamula Lodge is a versatile choice for various types of travellers:

  • Families and Friends: The lodge offers privacy and the flexibility of self-catering, making it an ideal choice for families and groups of friends.

  • Luxury Seekers on a Budget: It provides the feel of a luxury lodge without the high costs typically associated with such accommodations.

  • Safari Enthusiasts Looking to Relax: If you've been to luxury lodges and want a change of pace, Lamula Lodge is a great way to unwind and enjoy a slower schedule after the intensity of multiple game drives a day.

Heated Pool Deck on Safari
Heated Pool Deck

Lamula Lodge Features for Your Enjoyment

Lamula Lodge also includes additional amenities to enhance your experience:

  • Deck with River Views: The lodge features a spacious deck overlooking the Sabie River, offering breathtaking views of wildlife and natural beauty. It's the perfect spot to relax and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the river.

  • Fire Pit: Gather around the fire pit in the evenings to share stories and experiences from your safari adventures. It's a cosy and communal way to end your days at Lamula Lodge under the starry African skies.

Fire Pit on Safari
Fire Pit

In conclusion, Lamula Lodge offers exceptional value for money, providing a taste of luxury accommodation at a fraction of the typical cost. While technically located outside the park, the daily entrance through the gate seamlessly integrates guests into the heart of Kruger's wilderness, with the Sabi River's presence creating an immersive safari experience.

Deck under the Marula Tree overlooking the Sabi River
Deck under the Marula Tree overlooking the Sabi River

The unique aspect of having the entire property to oneself ensures unparalleled privacy, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a more intimate safari adventure. Unlike traditional lodges, Lamula allows guests the flexibility to tailor their experience, whether it's enjoying the serenity of their villa or venturing into the bush at their leisure. Highly recommended for friends and families alike, Lamula Lodge promises a memorable retreat where the spirit of safari thrives in a setting of unparalleled comfort and freedom.


Article and Images by Craig Howes, Founder and Editor African Safari Magazine

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