Imbali Safari Lodge is located within the private 10 000-hectare concession of Mluwati in the western region of the Kruger National Park, bordering the northern Sabi Sands and Manyeleti Game Reserves.
Observe and enjoy one of South Africa’s most renowned wildlife experiences at Imbali Safari Lodge, nestled discreetly amidst a canopy of impressive Jackalberry and Tamboti trees in the iconic Kruger National Park.
You won’t need to leave the comfort of Imbali’s deck to see Kruger’s creatures stake their claim over their humble patch: the striking Golden Orb spider spinning her impenetrable web, Burchell’s starlings bravely pecking at a wayward cobra and squirrels dashing past with their tasty tidbits.
Sheltered in a riverine forest overlooking the seasonal Nwaswitsontso river, Imbali is built on the site of a 400-year-old African settlement that has yielded such evidence of an ancient culture as clay pots, bone tools and grinding stones.
Plush leather sofas, African patterned tapestries and traditional artifacts fight for their place of pride amidst thatched Tsonga roofs, stone columns and the odd tree that emerges unapologetically through the teak deck; an impressive Jackalberry keeping diners company as it rises through the lodge’s floor and peeps well out over the Tsonga-styled thatched roof.
Nothing gets in the way of Kruger’s creatures at Imbali. The humble dung beetle is left to his day’s work on neatly raked pathways, the skittish francolins shriek in protest to occasional distractions while tiny frogs play peacefully in the lodge’s infinity pool.
Continuing in the spirit in which the Kruger National Park was created, Imbali acts as a sanctuary for the bush’s creatures, great and small, and is in fact your very own bush sanctuary for the duration of your special Kruger National Park stay.
Kick-start your day before the sun rises, dunking a homemade rusk into a steamy cup of coffee before setting off on your morning game drive with your assigned ranger.
Watch as the bush awakens around you; the dew glistens on the webs of the Golden Orb spider and Lilac Breasted Rollers flash their startling sky-blue bellies as they flit past your game vehicle.
See wild dogs laze under the Acacia trees and elephants leave their distinct trail as they chomp through the bush at a leisurely pace. Steal a glance at the leopard eating its prey high up in an old Tamboti tree, zebra foraging alongside large herds of wildebeest and impala flashing their characteristic ‘M’ as they disappear in to the thick brush.
Enjoy an extensive cold and hot buffet breakfast in Imbali Safari Lodge’s comfortable dining room; an impressive Jackalberry rising right through the deck of dining room through the Tsonga-styled thatched roof. Then retire to your room and relax, laze at the crystal-clear infinity pool or request a bush walk for an up-close encounter with the Kruger.
Lunch is a relaxed, informal affair. Served on the deck with beautiful views of the surrounding bushveld and the Nwaswitsontso River, guests are treated to light salads and tasty desserts before retiring to their rooms for an afternoon siesta.
Afternoon tea, served on the deck, heralds the imminent departure of your special evening safari through the Mluwati Concession. Spot a pride of lazy lions lounging casually in the tall grass and the associated warning call of nature’s tattletales, the Grey Loerie, as they inform the surrounding species of impending danger.
Sip a sundowner G&T as you watch the sky turn from the brilliance of an African sunset to a bright band of stars; the persistent call of frogs, owls and nightjars accompanying you back to Imbali Safari Lodge for a romantic dinner on the deck, a canopy of stars watching over you.
Bursting with the day’s extraordinary bush experiences, all that’s left is to retire to the comfort of your comfortable room with nothing but the reassuring sound of the crickets and frogs lulling you to sleep.
1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
R7050 per person per night sharing
R9770 per single person per night
The above rates include
*selected local beverages and
Gate entry fees are excluded.
Children from the age of 6 years are welcome at the lodge and are charged applicable child rates up until the age of 11, when sharing with two adults.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SAFARI & CAPE TOWN COMBINATION PACKAGE
Enjoy safari on a private concession within the world famous Kruger National Park with 2 nights at Imbali Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, combined with 3 nights in Cape Town, staying at the stylish Cape Milner hotel, which is ideally situated in Tamboerskloof.
R 11,670.00 per person sharing for 5 nights, valid for travel 04 January to 31 March 2016
R 10,835.00 per person sharing for 5 nights, valid for travel 01 April to 30 September 2016
R 12,035.00 per person sharing for 5 nights, valid for travel 01 October to 27 December 2016
2 nights’ accommodation at Imbali Safari Lodge with meals, local beverages and scheduled safaris
3 nights at The Cape Milner in a standard room with breakfast daily
The package excludes flights, transfers not specified, gate entry fees for the Kruger National Park and items of a personal nature. Standard terms and conditions apply. Rates include VAT at 14%
Butlers on call
Suites with outside plunge pools
Set on the banks of the Nwaswitsontso River
Inside separate bath and shower
Located within the iconic Kruger National Park
Children from 6 years welcome
WiFi available at main lodge
Welcome drinks on arrival. No cell phone reception and limited land lines, Internet facilities at the main lodge
Swimming pool. Spa treatments available in the privacy of your room at an additional charge.
Check out time: 11h00 check in: 13h00 hrs. Credit cards accepted are VISA and MasterCard. AMEX with a 5% surcharge
Safaris in 4 x 4 vehicles, bird watching, self drive in the Kruger National Park, guided safari walks by prior arrangement
Children from the age of 6 years are welcome and will enjoy a special kiddies safari
Extra camp beds are available for young children to share with parents. Camp beds are suitable for children from 6 – 12 years old.
Please note that we allow a maximum of 2 children per suite.The rooms can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 sharing.
Children 12 years and older are charged full adult rates and occupy their own room
Children 6 years and older are welcome. Maximum 2 children under 12 years may share with parents.
Children 6 – 12 years are only permitted on game drive at management discretion
An exclusive lodge within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Imbali Safari Lodge continues the safari tradition of a bygone era. In the 1900’s the African Safari was a journey of great danger and even greater luxury.
558 km from Johannesburg
168 km from Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport)
106 km from Hoedspruit
85 km from Skukuza Airport
42 km from the Orpen Gate and 95 km from the Paul Kruger Gate
Daily scheduled flights into Skukuza Airport and Hoedspruit Airport. Federal flights to the Manyeleti airstrip
From Orpen Gate Entry: Take the H7 towards Satara. Drive for approximately 6.7km. Turn right onto the S106 (Dirt Road). After 1.6km, turn right onto the S140 towards Talamati. After 19.5km, turn right onto the S145. Continue along the S145 for 10km till you see the Imbali sign, turn right. After 3.5km you will reach a T-junction which is signposted, turn left.
From Paul Kruger Gate (Skukuza): Enter Paul Kruger Gate. Proceed towards Skukuza. From Skukuza take the H1-2 towards Satara (32km). Turn left S36 (Dirt Road) signs will read Imbali Safari Lodge/Hoyo-Hoyo Tsonga Lodge/Hamiltons Tented Camp. Continue on S36 for 40km. At T-junction turn left onto S125 for 5km then right S36. Continue for 6km. Turn left S145 for 3km. At signage for Imbali Safari Lodge and Hoyo-Hoyo Tsonga Lodge turn left. Travel approx. 4km to T-Junction turn left for Imbali Safari Lodge (4km)
GPS Co-ordinates: S 24.60098° & E 031.62987°
The camp is situated in a Malaria area. Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per stay. Please Kruger Gate Times:
05h30 – 18h30 – January, February, November & December l 05h30 – 18h00 – March & October
06h00 – 18h00 – April, August & September l 06h00 – 17h30 – May, June & July
All guests must enter at Orpen Gate a minimum of 1.5 Hours and Paul Kruger Gate 3 hours before gate closure. PLEASE NOTE: If guests are not in time at the respective gates, they will not be permitted to enter the park and they will have to find alternative accommodation for that night.
Guests staying at Imbali Safari Lodge currently pay R 70.00 per person per stay. This fee is payable at the gate of entry and you will be required to hand back your receipt to the gate attendant upon your departure.
Cell phone reception
Due to the remote location of the camp, there is no cell phone reception at the lodge. Cell phone signal is only available at the entrance gates and close to Skukuza, it is therefore recommended to make any necessary calls at the gate upon entry. Should you need to make an urgent call, we do have land lines available.
As the lodge does not have fences, it is not advisable to walk around alone after dark. Our guides will escort you to and from dinner.
While driving within the Kruger National Park, please adhere to the legal speed limit of 50km per hour on tar roads and 40km per hour on dirt roads.
Please adhere to the Kruger National Park safety precautions, and do not disembark from your vehicle unless you are in a designated area.
The water at the lodge is safe to drink, however, for your convenience we also provide complimentary bottled water in the suites.
Terms and conditions will be communicated to you at the time of making a booking.