Nestled discreetly amidst a canopy of impressive Jackalberry and Tamboti trees in the iconic Kruger National Park.
Imbali Safari Lodge is the perfect departure point for your African Safari. Set on the banks of the Nwatswitso River in the Central Kruger National Park, this palatial haven offers immaculate accommodation and unrestrained luxury. Experience magnificent wildlife sightings in the heart of the Kruger National Park Africas most iconic game reserve.
Observe and enjoy one of South Africas 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 do not even need to leave the comfort of Imbali Safari Lodges deck to see Kruger National Parks creatures as the camp is positioned along the animal movement patterns that ensures a constant parade of elephant, buffalo, antelope, lion, leopard and wild dog can be seen from the camp. 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 artefacts fight for their place of pride amidst thatched 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 lodges floor and peeps well out over the Tsonga-styled thatched roof.
Continuing in the spirit in which the Kruger National Park was created, Imbali Safari Lodge acts as a sanctuary for the bush creatures, great and small, and is in fact your very own bush sanctuary for the duration of your special Kruger National Park stay.
Why choose a private concession lodge in the Kruger National Park:
- We are able to offer you one hundred square kilometers of exclusive safari space only our own vehicles traverse this area
- We have our own extensive road network to access the concession
- We are permitted to leave the road and drive off-road to get closer to the wildlife and capture that perfect image
- Centrally located and adjacent to some of the most famous safari lodges in the Sabi Sands and Manyeleti Game Reserves we enjoy the some of the most productive game viewing anywhere on the planet
- Walks are available to our guests accompanied by highly qualified guides
Guests are accommodated in twelve spacious suites, subtly decorated in neutral colors with enchanting splashes of African tradition, from the ornate wall lamps to the comfortable textured pillows.
Large French doors run the length of the room to let the beautiful outside wilderness in, on your terms; an expansive deck overlooks the Nwaswitsontso river or savannah grasslands with a Jacuzzi or outdoor pool to complete your leisure bush experience. Relax on the sunbed with a book or let those bubbles soothe your weary muscles; the chattering of weavers, thrushes and kingfishers providing a magical bush playlist for your relaxation.
The spacious stone and marble bathroom features a Victorian style bathtub and walk in shower with signature bath amenities, a hairdryer and fluffy bathrobes. Soak your stresses away as you soak away the modern day stresses in natural bath salts while looking out on to the peace of the Kruger bush.
Rest for your soul : in to the comfortable king-size bed for a quick siesta or a nights rest after your safari; a mosquito net envelops the entire bed in the evening ensuring you are cocooned in comfort. Expect a bedtime story on your pillow or a sweet treat to enjoy before retiring for the night.
The lodge continues the safari tradition of a bygone era, incorporating comfort and luxury in the serenity of the African bush. This exclusive lodge in the world-renowned Kruger National Park has just 12 private suites, each with their own plunge pool. Each suite has a large king bed and romantic en-suite bathroom with magnificent views of the wilderness beyond. All suites are air conditioned, and have telephones and mosquito nets.
Complimentary wi-fi in the main lodge area allows you stay in touch with your loved ones, to tell them about your safari adventures each day.
The sparkling swimming pool in the main area promises a refreshing dip while providing the opportunity to enjoy the rich and varied wildlife that visits to the Imbali water hole daily to enjoy for a cooling drink.
Spa treatments are available in the privacy of your suite. These are charged separately, according to the treatment you choose.
Welcome drinks on arrival. No cell phone reception and limited land lines, Internet facilities at the main lodge
Safaris in 4 x 4 vehicles, bird watching, self drive in the Kruger National Park, guided safari walks by prior arrangement.
Enjoy an extensive buffet breakfast or order a delicious hot plated breakfast to indulge in after your morning safari either in our gorgeous dining room which boasts an impressive hundred year old Jackalberry rising through the deck of the dining room and thatched roof or under the trees on the outside decks.
Lunch is a light, informal affair with a buffet laden with tasty salads and dishes served in relaxed surroundings; the sounds of the bush providing all the accompaniment you need for a memorable dining experience.
Indulge in High Tea with a delicious selection of cakes and pastries freshly baked at the lodge before embarking on your afternoons safari.
Then enjoy a magical three-course table d hotel menu under the stars. Good wine and good conversation flow while you listen to the enchanting sounds of the surrounding bush coming alive at night. We enjoy outdoor dining in our Boma on Tuesday and Friday evenings hosted by your Safari Guide.
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
05h30 18h00 March & October
06h00 18h00 April, August & September
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.
Imbali is in a malaria area and malaria tablets are recommended all year round (Please consult your doctor).
Comfortable light clothing, walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, sun-block, insect repellent and bathing suits.
During wintertime it is still warm during the day but it can become very cold on the game drives and at night.
It is advisable to bring warm insulated jackets.
Orpen Gate Entry (Recommended Route)
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. (Enjoy the view of the bushveld as you come through the 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 & Hamiltons Tented Camp)
Turn left towards Orpen Gate & stay on this road (R531) for 40KM
Children 8 years and older are welcome. Maximum 2 children under 12 years may share with parents. Children 8 – 12 years are only permitted on game drive at management discretion.