Imbali Safari Lodge

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

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The hotel

Don’t be fooled by its remote setting – an exclusive lodge in the world-renowned Kruger National Park this safari sanctuary is pure unadulterated luxury. Indulgent in its intimacy, Imbali Safari Lodge has just a dozen suites, each with their own private plunge pool and en-suite bathroom with magnificent views of the wilderness beyond. The sparkling swimming pool at the main lodge area promises a refreshing dip while providing the opportunity to enjoy the rich and varied wildlife that comes to the Imbali water hole for a cooling drink. Meals are served in the comfortable dining room where an impressive Jackalberry tree rises through the deck and Tsonga-styled thatched roof. Dinner may be served under the stars while you listen to the enchanting sounds of the surrounding bush coming alive at night. Safaris are conducted on the private Mluwati Concession with access to the greater Kruger National Park.

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access

Where is it

Situated near Hoedspruit, within Kruger National Park. Transfer time from Skukuza Airport: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Hotel information

12 private suites with views either of the river bed or over the Savannah grasslands, air-conditioning, mosquito nets, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, antique styled bath, private plunge pool and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Full Board: Includes three meals, selected beverages and 2 game drives per person per stay.

Morning and afternoon game drives. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner are served at the main lodge. High Tea available. Swimming pool. In-room spa treatments*. Guided bush walks. Complimentary WiFi at the main lodge.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per stay.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful lodge but no animals

May 18, 2022 Ree-Arn

The lodge is wonderful, food fabulous and staff outstanding. The silence is wonderful and you breathe in the South African air. However, where were the animals. Over eight drives we saw very little and definitely not the big 5. Unlike other lodges in Sabi Sands there is only a driver and no tracker and you cannot go off the roads, so you have to… Read more
The lodge is wonderful, food fabulous and staff outstanding. The silence is wonderful and you breathe in the South African air. However, where were the animals. Over eight drives we saw very little and definitely not the big 5. Unlike other lodges in Sabi Sands there is only a driver and no tracker and you cannot go off the roads, so you have to be very lucky to see anything. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely … and leopards!

Apr 22, 2022 alimagraw Ettukala, Sri Lanka

We loved Imbali, besides the amazing game sightings including leopards galore, the ranger was friendly and knowledgeable and all the staff were lovely. Food was delicious and plentiful, washed down with lovely wine (all included), the rooms were great (sitting in a private plunge pool watching an elephant walk past is pretty cool too. Thoroughly… Read more
We loved Imbali, besides the amazing game sightings including leopards galore, the ranger was friendly and knowledgeable and all the staff were lovely. Food was delicious and plentiful, washed down with lovely wine (all included), the rooms were great (sitting in a private plunge pool watching an elephant walk past is pretty cool too. Thoroughly recommend. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Bliss in the bush

Apr 19, 2022 lidyries Pretoria, South Africa

Absolutely loved our stay. The food was fantastic, the staff was friendly and helpful. We saw amazing sightings. Loved the elephants every day at the watering hole. Our highlight was a pack of 26 wild dogs. We will definitely be back.
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Mar 1, 2022 C4297NAmichael Nelspruit, South Africa

Location is great and comfortable, air conditioning was perfect to make sure the rooms were comfortable. Safari's were great and the guides were flexible with departure times and do a lot of effort to make it enjoyable and also find as much game as possible. Will definitely be coming back again.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating To consider instead of the big ones.

Feb 13, 2022 Flavia L Zurich, Switzerland

we were here 5 nights with 4 adults. The main House has a nice view of a river (when it has water) and of a waterhole. Elephants and Impalas are visiting every day. The food is good and the staff very attentive. We had very nice game drives with Andrew. Wonderful animals and with some luck, wonderful pictures, too! The rooms are nice with a large… Read more
we were here 5 nights with 4 adults. The main House has a nice view of a river (when it has water) and of a waterhole. Elephants and Impalas are visiting every day. The food is good and the staff very attentive. We had very nice game drives with Andrew. Wonderful animals and with some luck, wonderful pictures, too! The rooms are nice with a large bed and a little pool on the porch of each room. please allow to note one disturbing thing: The pump of the pool is too loud. You should hear in such a place only the sounds of the nature. Read less