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Overview

The luxurious Imbali Lodge is picturesquely sited on the banks of the N’waswitsontso River within the private Mluwati concession. The concession, covering 10 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, is located in the central region of the Kruger National Park. Eco-sensitive policies guided the design and structure of Imbali Safari Lodge, which prides itself on a minimal environmental impact. However, the exclusive lodge still reflects the grace and elegance of a bygone era, epitomising the tradition of the luxurious African safari.   

Accommodation

Imbali Safari Lodge offers twelve spacious private suites accommodating a maximum of 24 guests. The suites are reminiscent of a 1900s African safari, with finely crafted furniture and luxurious linens creating an understated, yet opulent, atmosphere.  Each suite has an elegant private lounge area, which includes a fireplace. All suites have full en-suite bathrooms with romantic antique bathtubs and enormous picture windows with views of the riverine bush.

Expansive glass windows and doors combine with spacious secluded timber decks to allow for optimal private game-viewing. Each deck has a Jacuzzi or plunge pool, a sala and comfortable loungers, ensuring a tranquil space to relax and refresh.

Wildlife

The Kruger National Park boasts huge biodiversity in both its plant and animal life. The Big Five live here as well as many cheetah, elephant, hippopotamus, spotted hyena, wild dog, and zebra

The Talamati Pride frequents the waterhole adjacent to the lodge, and is usually spotted in the immediate lodge surrounds. The high density of leopards in the area ensures regular sightings of these shy nocturnal predators.

The region is a paradise for bird-watchers, boasting more than 500 species. The diversity of habitats in the reserve results in a rich diversity of species, including the renowned 'Big Six', namely Ground hornbill, Martial eagle, Saddle-billed stork, Pel's fishing owl, Kori bustard and Lappet faced vulture.

Conferences

Although Imbali Safari Lodge does not have dedicated conference facilities, they can offer guests informal-style conferencing that would be set up in the guest areas. This relaxed conferencing set-up accommodates up to 24 guests. For this reason, Imbali does not set specific conference rates but will quote on each enquiry. All equipment is outsourced to meet the needs of delegates. Imbali accommodates up to 24 guests in the lap of luxury, all in individual suites complete with private Jacuzzis and game viewing decks.

Facilities and Services
Equipment is outsourced on request.
Internet facilities
Land lines are available

Seating Arrangements
Configuration: Informal - 24

Additional information
Regrettably, no cell phone reception is available at the lodge, but the internet and land-line facilities are available.
Scheduled flights with Federal Air are available daily
Airport transfers can be arranged.

 

Extra Info

Children
Children from the age of 6 years are welcome at the lodge. 
6 - 12 years are only permitted on game drives at management discretion.
6 - 11 years of age Pay published child rate when sharing with two full paying adults.
A maximum of two children under 12 years can share with parents.  
Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room or if sharing with one full paying adult.
12 years and older Considered as adults and accommodated in their own rooms. Pay full adult rates.
Triple Sharing: Not applicable, rooms accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years.

Directions

Self-dive instructions:

From Johannesburg take the N12 to Witbank, stay on the N4 until Belfast turn off reached,turn left into Belfast go through Belfast & at the end of town turn right towards Dullstroom on the R540.
Stay on this road through Dullstroom until Lydenburg is reached,Follow signs to Ohrigstad (R533).Go through Ohrigstad & stay on this road which will take you through the Strijdom tunnel
Stay on this road until you reach Swadini Snakepark on your left-hand side.
Turn right onto the R531,follow this road until you see the sign boards for Orpen & Our Camps (Imbali Safari Lodge, Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Village, and Hamiltons Tented Camp).
Turn left towards Orpen Gate & stay on this road (R531) for 40KM,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 Orpen and Kruger Gates take the S36 and follow the signs to the lodge.

Orpen Gate EntryPlease note: you will need to pay a gate entrance fee  per vehicle and  per person. Entrance through this gate should be no later than 16:00 else a late permit will be required. (Prices subject to change)

 GPS: -24.602000 (latitude) 31.630600 (longitude)

Reviews


Imbali is a very nice lodge in an untraveled section of Kruger (near the Orphen Gate). Our guide was terrific - best part of our stay. Lodge was very nice; food was decent. We would go again.

Jill

Totally great experience. This was a return visit and was if anything better than last time. Thanks to all the staff for a most enjoyable stay.

rowland

This was a return visit and the total experience was even better than before. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable holiday.

rowland

Excellent game viewing with buffalo kill by lions and then hyena and vultures

Johan

the Imbali Lodge is something of a Banyan Tree concept and well appointed. In comparison with the Hoyo Hoyo we found the staff here a little less friendly or attentive in the lodge but the driver on safari was great-Nicholas. The manageress-Dominique was also very helpful. Dining was pleasant but portions a bit light.

John

We were very pleased with the service we received at Imbali Lodge. The staff were very courteous and made sure that our stay was very pleasant and relaxing. This includes everyone: Manager, Ranger, Chef, waiters, shuttle bus drivers, House Keeping Staff, and others.We would definitely recommend Imbali Lodge to our friends, should they be interested in visiting Kruger National Park in the future.

Rasaratnam Logendran

We just returned from a 3 day stay at the Imbali Lodge. The setting is quiet and lovely. The feeling is safe. Each cottage has a comfortable large bed, sitting area and a well equipped bath. The deck and hot tub look out over the river. The staff was friendly and accommodating without being overbearing. The lodge provides plenty of food. Coffee and tea before the morning drives, breakfast is waiting when you return at 9, lunch, afternoon tea, a drink and snack on the evening drive and dinner. All the food was tasty. The best part was the drives. Our guide - Steffen- was terrific. Even when we didn't find too many animals one evening he filled in with his knowledge of the birds, reptiles and plant life of the park. Some fun stories too. We saw the big five plus many other creatures.

robin moulton

Outstanding service.Great location.A MUST visit if you are in and around the Kruger.I will stay there again - soon if I can.

Cathrine Patricia Lotter

Outstanding location. Outstanding lodge. Outstanding service and help. If ever you go to the Kruger this is a MUST stay. I will go there again without a doubt. Welcoming manager Rieka was exceptional. The best stay I have ever had. Loved everything. Trish

Cathrine Patricia Lotter

Absolutely wonderful.The staff and services was out of this world.We will be back again.

Leanne McCabe

The luxurious Imbali Lodge is picturesquely sited on the banks of the N’waswitsontso River within the private Mluwati concession. The concession, covering 10 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, is located in the central region of the Kruger National Park. Eco-sensitive policies guided the design and structure of Imbali Safari Lodge, which prides itself on a minimal environmental impact. However, the exclusive lodge still reflects the grace and elegance of a bygone era, epitomising the tradition of the luxurious African safari.   

Imbali Safari Lodge offers twelve spacious private suites accommodating a maximum of 24 guests. The suites are reminiscent of a 1900s African safari, with finely crafted furniture and luxurious linens creating an understated, yet opulent, atmosphere.  Each suite has an elegant private lounge area, which includes a fireplace. All suites have full en-suite bathrooms with romantic antique bathtubs and enormous picture windows with views of the riverine bush.

Expansive glass windows and doors combine with spacious secluded timber decks to allow for optimal private game-viewing. Each deck has a Jacuzzi or plunge pool, a sala and comfortable loungers, ensuring a tranquil space to relax and refresh.

The Kruger National Park boasts huge biodiversity in both its plant and animal life. The Big Five live here as well as many cheetah, elephant, hippopotamus, spotted hyena, wild dog, and zebra

The Talamati Pride frequents the waterhole adjacent to the lodge, and is usually spotted in the immediate lodge surrounds. The high density of leopards in the area ensures regular sightings of these shy nocturnal predators.

The region is a paradise for bird-watchers, boasting more than 500 species. The diversity of habitats in the reserve results in a rich diversity of species, including the renowned 'Big Six', namely Ground hornbill, Martial eagle, Saddle-billed stork, Pel's fishing owl, Kori bustard and Lappet faced vulture.

Although Imbali Safari Lodge does not have dedicated conference facilities, they can offer guests informal-style conferencing that would be set up in the guest areas. This relaxed conferencing set-up accommodates up to 24 guests. For this reason, Imbali does not set specific conference rates but will quote on each enquiry. All equipment is outsourced to meet the needs of delegates. Imbali accommodates up to 24 guests in the lap of luxury, all in individual suites complete with private Jacuzzis and game viewing decks.

Facilities and Services
Equipment is outsourced on request.
Internet facilities
Land lines are available

Seating Arrangements
Configuration: Informal - 24

Additional information
Regrettably, no cell phone reception is available at the lodge, but the internet and land-line facilities are available.
Scheduled flights with Federal Air are available daily
Airport transfers can be arranged.

 

Children
Children from the age of 6 years are welcome at the lodge. 
6 - 12 years are only permitted on game drives at management discretion.
6 - 11 years of age Pay published child rate when sharing with two full paying adults.
A maximum of two children under 12 years can share with parents.  
Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room or if sharing with one full paying adult.
12 years and older Considered as adults and accommodated in their own rooms. Pay full adult rates.
Triple Sharing: Not applicable, rooms accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years.

Self-dive instructions:

From Johannesburg take the N12 to Witbank, stay on the N4 until Belfast turn off reached,turn left into Belfast go through Belfast & at the end of town turn right towards Dullstroom on the R540.
Stay on this road through Dullstroom until Lydenburg is reached,Follow signs to Ohrigstad (R533).Go through Ohrigstad & stay on this road which will take you through the Strijdom tunnel
Stay on this road until you reach Swadini Snakepark on your left-hand side.
Turn right onto the R531,follow this road until you see the sign boards for Orpen & Our Camps (Imbali Safari Lodge, Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Village, and Hamiltons Tented Camp).
Turn left towards Orpen Gate & stay on this road (R531) for 40KM,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 Orpen and Kruger Gates take the S36 and follow the signs to the lodge.

Orpen Gate EntryPlease note: you will need to pay a gate entrance fee  per vehicle and  per person. Entrance through this gate should be no later than 16:00 else a late permit will be required. (Prices subject to change)

 GPS: -24.602000 (latitude) 31.630600 (longitude)

Imbali is a very nice lodge in an untraveled section of Kruger (near the Orphen Gate). Our guide was terrific - best part of our stay. Lodge was very nice; food was decent. We would go again.

Jill

Totally great experience. This was a return visit and was if anything better than last time. Thanks to all the staff for a most enjoyable stay.

rowland

This was a return visit and the total experience was even better than before. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable holiday.

rowland

Excellent game viewing with buffalo kill by lions and then hyena and vultures

Johan

the Imbali Lodge is something of a Banyan Tree concept and well appointed. In comparison with the Hoyo Hoyo we found the staff here a little less friendly or attentive in the lodge but the driver on safari was great-Nicholas. The manageress-Dominique was also very helpful. Dining was pleasant but portions a bit light.

John

We were very pleased with the service we received at Imbali Lodge. The staff were very courteous and made sure that our stay was very pleasant and relaxing. This includes everyone: Manager, Ranger, Chef, waiters, shuttle bus drivers, House Keeping Staff, and others.We would definitely recommend Imbali Lodge to our friends, should they be interested in visiting Kruger National Park in the future.

Rasaratnam Logendran

We just returned from a 3 day stay at the Imbali Lodge. The setting is quiet and lovely. The feeling is safe. Each cottage has a comfortable large bed, sitting area and a well equipped bath. The deck and hot tub look out over the river. The staff was friendly and accommodating without being overbearing. The lodge provides plenty of food. Coffee and tea before the morning drives, breakfast is waiting when you return at 9, lunch, afternoon tea, a drink and snack on the evening drive and dinner. All the food was tasty. The best part was the drives. Our guide - Steffen- was terrific. Even when we didn't find too many animals one evening he filled in with his knowledge of the birds, reptiles and plant life of the park. Some fun stories too. We saw the big five plus many other creatures.

robin moulton

Outstanding service.Great location.A MUST visit if you are in and around the Kruger.I will stay there again - soon if I can.

Cathrine Patricia Lotter

Outstanding location. Outstanding lodge. Outstanding service and help. If ever you go to the Kruger this is a MUST stay. I will go there again without a doubt. Welcoming manager Rieka was exceptional. The best stay I have ever had. Loved everything. Trish

Cathrine Patricia Lotter

Absolutely wonderful.The staff and services was out of this world.We will be back again.

Leanne McCabe

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Inclusions:
  The above rates include accommodation, three meals and beverages (soft drinks, water, beer, selected wines & spirits), Two game drives, Complimentary transfers from both Hoedspruit & Skukuza airport are available with the Imbali transfer vehicle. This is limited to FIT bookings only (maximum 2 rooms per booking) and must be pre-booked at time of reservation

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