Our Rating
8.2
Overall

Imbali Safari Lodge

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kruger Concessions

from R 5586 pp/night sharing

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8.2
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Imbali Safari Lodge

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kruger Concessions

from R 5586 pp/night sharing

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Our Verdict

With 12 luxurious rooms boasting private plunge pools overlooking a riverbed - offers the chance for a romantic break at a surprisingly affordable price!

Our Ratings

8.2
Overall
.8.0
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
7.5
Romance

Our Ratings

8.2
Overall
.8.0
Luxury & style
8.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
7.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • Each suite has its own private plunge pool so you can just chill out in your own suite during the heat of the day – perfect for honeymooners!
  • Lodge enjoys a lovely attractive setting amidst the riverine forest on the river bank – there’s also a waterhole on the far bank where you can watch game coming down to slake their thirst
  • Enjoy a unique view of the bush whilst wallowing in your standalone bath – they’re glassed off from the outside for comfort, but enjoy fantastic views of the riverbed
  • We really enjoyed the food here – especially that there was usually a delicious venison option on offer!
  • Relax with an in-room massage by the resident therapist

What's Not

  • Not a massive road network on the concession which can mean that you spend a fair amount of time on the public Kruger roads
  • This lodge perhaps lacks a distinctive character like its sister camps – then again why not do a combo with colonial Hamilton’s or Hoyo Hoyo with its tribal stylings
Imbali Safari Lodge

Imbali Safari Lodgesitting back and chilling in your private plunge pool or your romantic antique bath snacking on canapés while watching the elephants stroll by has to be one of life's greatest pleasures!

Lodge Profile

With 12 luxurious rooms boasting private plunge pools overlooking a riverbed - offers the chance for a romantic break at a surprisingly affordable price!

Quick Overview

Location
Kruger Concession
Drive Time
7-8 hours drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking a riverbed
Rooms
12 chalets
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes - and private plunge pools for all chalets
Spa
Yes
Camp Fenced
No
Tracker
No - only ranger
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
No children under 6

The Kruger National Park is world renowned for good reason – it offers a superb game experience with high densities of a wide variety of animals. The problem is that most of the Park's accommodation options are overly basic and frankly unattractive – the alternative therefore for bush fans wanting a touch more comfort, sophistication and style is to stay at one of the private concessions where the lodges are a lot more luxurious and the experience far more personal and upmarket. The flipside of the equation is that these private lodge concessions are also usually quite a bit pricier – which makes Imbali an attractive option as it is one of the more affordable of these private lodges whilst still being situated in a prime game area!

ATTRACTIVE RIVERBANK LOCATION

Imbali lies centrally within a10 000 hectare concession area in the central area of the Kruger, roughly adjacent to the Manyeleti Reserve – an area known for its concentration of plains game and the big cats that go along with that. The lodge enjoys a very attractive location on a shaded riverbank overlooking the N’waswitsontso riverbed with the surrounding savannah of rolling grass land scattered with shrubs and isolated trees. Imbali Safari Lodge shares the concession with its two sister camps, Hamiltons Tented Camp and Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge which offer completely different styles and experiences – in fact it may be a great idea to split your stay between Imbali and one of the other lodges!

PRIVATE PLUNGE POOLS

If you are looking for privacy this is the place for you - Imbali offers accommodation in 12 spacious individual chalets, arranged in a row along a seasonal river either side of the main lodge. The rooms are bang up-to-date and each suite is spacious and luxuriously furnished. The room (& bathroom) all have a direct view of the river bed and needless to say you will have some excellent sightings from the comfort of your room – whilst we were there we enjoyed watching ellies feasting on some tasty lush grass on the riverbank right in front of our room (with just the protective perimeter fence separating us).  And best of all is that you have your own private wooden viewing deck complete with your own private plunge pool!

GORGEOUS MAIN DECK

The most attractive feature of the main lodge has to be the gorgeous deck area where most meals are enjoyed which lies directly opposite the waterhole on the far bank of the river, so you can watch the parade of animals to and fro whilst tucking into your food (and whilst we were there we found the food to be really tasty – we also enjoyed the fact that there was usually a venison course which is becoming increasingly rare at many game lodges today) Interestingly for the history fundis, the construction of the main lodge had to be delayed because of the discovery of an archaeological site – a process that has now become attractively incorporated into the design  of the lodge itself with artefacts and old bones and the like on display.

REWARDING GAME VIEWING

Game drives are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles with experienced and informative rangers - one thing to note is that whilst you are able to go offroad on the concession's own road network for Big Five sightings, on those drives which utilise the park's road network you 4x4 has to stay on the beaten track. The “Talamati Pride” of lions are frequent visitors to the waterhole and the immediate area around the lodge, and the chances of seeing these big cats is excellent.

After the early morning game drive you can retreat to the comfort of your room where you can relax on your sun loungers taking the occasional cooling dip in your private pool. And if even that sounds like too much hard work, why not take up the opportunity to have the resident Spa therapist give you a relaxing massage in the comfort of your own room!

Pricing

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Booking Notes

  • All prices quoted are based on a minimum stay of two nights over a ’normal’ weekend and 3 nights over any long weekend
  • Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents
  • There is a limited allocation of rooms available on the above rates and standard rates will be charged if the allocation is full
  • The above rates are valid for individual reservations and may not be used for group bookings of 5 or more rooms
  • Kruger National Park gate fees must be settled directly at the gate on entry into the park: Adult is R70 per person per stay and child is R35 per child per stay. Gate entry fees are subject to change without prior notification

Child Policy

  • Children from the age of 6 years are welcome at the lodge.
  • Children 6 - 12 years are permitted on game drives only at management discretion.
  • Children aged 6 - 11 years will pay less 50% per child per night when sharing with two full paying adults
  • Maximum of 2 children under 12 can share with parents
  • Children 12 and older considered as adults and accommodated in own rooms at full adult rate