Lubberust Safari Lodge
This is a NON SELF CATERING property!
Enjoy a stay in the true wilderness at Lubbesrust eco-lodge, a contemporary lodge with an African touch, part of a 20.500 hectares fully fenced reserve with a private airstrip.
Available for exclusive use with a maximum of 8 persons, your stay at Lubbesrust lodge will enable you to experience true wilderness and will help you to unwind totally from your normal hectic life.
The reserve is only a 450 km drive from Johannesburg Airport, taking an easy 7 or 8 hours to complete by car. A private airstrip makes it possible to also fly to the reserve.
Another possibility to travel to Lubbesrust is to take a transfer from Johannesburg to Gaborone. Transfer (by car) from Gaborone to Lubbesrust can be arranged. The drive up to the lodge will take about 5 hours (only tar road).
Situated perfectly for guests who would like to add a Botswana experience at the end of their South African trip and for guests who would like to start in the Tuli Block as part of their self-drive safari in Botswana.
As animals roam free around your lodge, a minimum age of 18 years is advised. The Property has 4 private lodges, designed for the best indoor/outdoor living.
Spacious air-conditioned open plan living and dining rooms lead effortlessly onto several patios, inviting you to sit and absorb the peaceful environment
The accommodations have a kitchenette, lounge area, bedroom area, bathroom, and outside shower. Every lodge has a lookout deck overlooking the main waterhole or its private waterhole.
Main building with lounge area, dining area, and kitchen with breakfast bar (and staff kitchen). Upstairs ‘family’ room with balcony overlooking the waterhole and a view on the hill.
Pool, lounge set, lounge beds, boma area and braai area with outside dining room area, lookout deck in a Kirkia tree overlooking the waterhole. Don’t forget to go up the lookout deck after dinner again to experience the most beautiful night skies!
Savannah, mountains, and bush come together in the Tuli Block, creating a unique ecosystem that supports incredible biodiversity.
Rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, and hippos roam the vast area of the reserve on what was once farmland but is being restored into its true wilderness state. The reserve is a birding paradise as it is home to 350 different species of birds.
The fully fenced game & wilderness reserve offers an excellent network of tracks, leading up to a variety of waterholes, picnic spots, and viewing hides. Encountering other explorers is a rarity, with only limited tourism being permitted.
Estate with 1 level
4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 5855 square feet, 544 square meters
King, King, 2x Full, and 2x Twin
8 guests maximum
Gaborone Airport / OR Tambo Johannesburg / Private airstrip on the reserve
Approx. 6 hours by car or a private flight to the reserve
African bush, Lipadi hill, wildlife (Big 4) and birdlife enjoying the waterholes around the lodge, amazing stargazing.
No Pets Allowed
Not Handicap Accessible
Arrival time 4pm, departure time 10am.
As Lubbesrust is located in the middle of the reserve, not fenced, only and elephant fence, guests are not allowed to walk between the lodges. Maifala, the ranger, will bring you to your lodge.
Brunch time 11.30am, dinner time 7.30pm
As Lubbesrust Safari Lodge is located in the middle of a private game reserve in the African bush and guests need to be overseen by full time staff with local knowledge, there is a US$250 per day per person mandatory fee.
This covers your game drives, two per day (morning and evening), meals (prepared by Kelly the chef), game drive snacks, soft drinks, beers and house wines, daily housekeeping and tourism levy.
Additional costs that will need to be settled at Lubbesrust Safari Lodge, in cash on departure, are imported drinks or premier brands and staff gratuities.
It is important that all guests take out fully comprehensive personal travel insurance.
Activities of Interest
- Being able to approach these endangered animals up close and take the most memorable photo.
- Rhinowalk: for many guest an emotional and unbelievable experience.
- Meander along the banks of the Limpopo river. Experience one of the two natural springs: an oasis in the bush
- Enjoy a bush brunch or a bush braai on of the beautiful spots in the reserve.
Places of Interest
- Private Safari! With tracking on foot, the possibility to go camping in the bush, and a sleepout under the stars!
- Wildlife Observation! Bring your binoculars, a drink and snack and spend a couple of hours in a hide near one of the waterholes.
- Tracking the Wild Dogs on 20.500 hectares of wilderness: difficult, but very rewarding
- Bumpy, but rewarding, a game drive along the Limpopo river with a magnificent view from the lookout point.
Shannon S.July 2023
We just returned from a week at Lubbesrust and it was an experience we will never forget. We booked it through THIRDHOME less than one month before we departed for Botswana, and things went perfectly. Great communication from the hosts, with all the information we needed for the trip. The description and photos of the accommodations were exactly as advertised, and we could not have been more pleased. A personal luxury resort in the middle of Africa with everything taken care of by the staff. Kelly and her team treated us to excellent food every day, kept our rooms clean and stocked with beverages, washed our clothes when needed, and provided anything else we needed. Maifala took us out twice a day on safari and every day was the adventure of a lifetime. He taught us so much about the animals and the area while making every trip enjoyable and fun. We saw every animal that we expected to see and were amazed at how close we could get to their natural habitats. If an African safari is on your bucket list, this could be the place for you. ”
Carlos I.April 2023
Our two week stay at Lubbesrust was truly the experience of a lifetime, absolutely everything exceeded our expectations! Our accommodations were over the top, comfortable beds, beautifully and thoughtfully furnished, each one of the four private lodges has its own water hole and viewing platform and the outdoor showers are an absolute delight! Maifala our nature guide was very knowledgeable, charming and accommodating in every possible way, Kelly the cook prepared wonderful meals, and the main lodge was a great place to relax and go for a swim. The best option for getting to Lubbesrust Lodge is to fly to Johannesburg and take a morning connecting flight to Gaborone and contract Phalalo to drive you to the lodge, a bit long but pleasant 5 1/2 hour drive on a good quality paved road, but I assure you it is well worth it! (Phalalo’s contact information is in the online Lubbesrust brochure.) Last, but not least, Lubbesrust is an excellent value as compared to other lodges, and we saw all of Botswana’s wildlife except for cape buffalo and hipos which had been sighted by the previous group. ”
Pat M.January 2023
The Lodge facility is lovely. It is very open and welcoming overlooking a watering hole thatattracts many animals. The staff provides very good service while the guide is forthcoming, knowledgeable and always available for rides or walks. The experience in the safari is unique because there are very few, if any,other vehicles on the reserve. One draw back is that the vehicle must stay on the roads and cannot go after animal sightings not visible from the road. That said we experienced a good variety of sighting including leopards! The food is adequate, just don’t expect anything but ordinary fare.”