Imbali Safari Lodge

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Imbali Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park Safaris

R6470.00 / Sharing Per Night

Imbali Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park Safaris

R8965.00 / Single Per Night

Imbali Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park Safaris

TBA / Child

Visitors to Imbali Safari Lodge have unlimited access to the iconic Kruger National Park which is Africa’s largest game reserve. It is home to the Big 5, an abundance of antelope and predators, and the birdlife is prolific. There are over 500 species of birds in the Greater Kruger National Park which makes the region a birder’s paradise.

The Mluwati Concession is a 10 000-hectare private reserve east of Talamati in central Kruger National Park, and some 35 kilometres south east of Orpen Gate. It borders the prestigious Sabi Sands and Manyeleti Game Reserve. The concession is unfenced which creates a massive corridor for the free movement of wildlife.

There are three luxury safari camps in the Mluwati Concession, each positioned in riverine woodlands overlooking the N’waswitsontso and Mluwati rivers. The other two lodges in the Mluwati Concession are Hoyo-Hoyo Safari Lodge and Hamiltons Tented camp.

The private reserve is made up of mixed woodland dominated by bushwillows and acacias, with open savanna grasslands.  The grazing is mixed with pockets of sweetveld and sourveld which attracts a wide variety of game. Game numbers are less prolific in the Mluwati Concession because sourveld grass is not very nutritious; numbers increase in the open plains to the east of Mluwati River where the grass is sweeter.

Kruger National Park is world-renowned for its regional biospheres. It forms part of the Kruger-to-Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.

Allow for two hours to get from Orpen Gate to Imbali Safari Lodge, and three hours from Paul Kruger Gate. Always stick to the Kruger Park speed limits.

12 spacious luxury rooms with a private patio and plunge pool; Victorian bath and walk-in shower; subtly decorated in neutral tones with exotic splashes of African tapestries; luxurious linen and comfy textured pillows.


In the rooms: telephone, mosquito nets, air-conditioning

Accommodation at Imbali Safari Lodge

Large French doors run the length of each private room with a panoramic view of the savanna grasslands and the N’waswitsontso River.

The wooded riverine forest is alive with the sounds of birds; weavers, thrushes and kingfishers are regular visitors to your peaceful oasis. Imbali Safari Lodge is built on the site of a 400-year-old African settlement where archaeologists have revealed evidence of an ancient tribe that lived in the area decades ago.

Relax in your private plunge pool and soak up the peace and tranquility of the bushveld. Wrap yourself in a fluffy bathrobe and sink down into a comfortable King-size bed for an afternoon nap after an exciting game drive or soak your stresses away in the spacious stone and marble bathtub.

The rooms at Imbali Safari Lodge lie nestled under a canopy of towering Jackalberry and Tamboti trees that are a signature feature of the Kruger National Park.

Order room service; enjoy a delicious meal paired with a crisp glass of wine selected from the lodge’s premier selection of quality South African wines. Fall asleep to the distant sound of lions and hyena; awake to the haunting call of the majestic Fish Eagle.

Extra camp beds are available for young children to share with parents.  Camp beds are suitable for children from 6 to 12 years old.  Please note that a maximum of 2 children per suite is allowed.

Imbali Safari Lodge is located on a private concession in the Greater Kruger National Park which is home to the Big 5 and an incredible array of African wildlife. Guests are taken every day on an early morning game drive and afternoon game drive. Because the lodge is in a private reserve, guests can only go on a game drive in the lodge’s open safari vehicle, escorted by a Fedhasa-accredited game ranger and a tracker.

Due to the remote location of the lodge, there is no cell phone reception at the lodge.  Cell phone signal can be picked up on game drives at the Kruger rest camps. Make use of cell signal at these points while on your game drive. Land lines are available at reception for urgent calls.

Dine in the lodge restaurant or outside on the deck, under the canopy of a massive Jackalberry tree. Lunch is a light and informal affair, usually a buffet with selection of fresh salads and delectable meat platters. High Tea is served before the afternoon game drive which is a selection of freshly-baked cakes and pastries.

Enjoy a relaxing dinner under the stars on the deck, or a pre-arranged dinner in your suite on your private deck.

Water at the lodge is safe to drink. Complimentary bottled water is available in each suite.

Imbali Safari Lodge is not fenced, and guests are not permitted to walk around the grounds alone after dark. You will be escorted to your room by a game ranger.

A day at Imbali Safari Lodge

Your day starts before the sun rises; enjoy homemade rusks and a steaming cup of coffee before setting off on an early-morning safari with a professional game ranger. The Big 5 is a must see but enjoy everything else about the Kruger National Park that makes it such a spectacular experience.

Birds of prey sitting majestically on top of ancient Tamboti trees in the riverine forests; the Golden Orb spider spinning her web on wooded shrubs; pot-bellied warthogs snuffling in the mud with their youngsters; lilac-breasted rollers flitting between the Acacia trees; herds of wildebeest, impala and zebra basking in the early morning rays; and the odd python curled up in your path to soak up the warmth of the dusty road.

Your early-morning game drive is broken for a much-needed pit-stop at one of the Kruger rest camps. There is a well-stocked shop in each camp; and the Stevenson-Hamilton Museum at Skukuza offers visitors a fascinating insight into the early days of game ranging.

Return to the lodge to freshen up and relax; spend time on the lodge deck and around the pool soaking up the sounds and tranquility of the bushveld. Free Wi-Fi is available in the main section of the lodge if you need to catch up on emails.

Lunch is a relaxed, informal affair. It’s usually served on the deck under the canopy of a massive Jackalberry tree. Enjoy a panoramic view of the riverine forest and the N’waswitsontso River. Guests are treated to a buffet of delicious salads and meat platters, followed by tasty desserts.

Retire to your room for an afternoon nap or cool off in your private plunge pool.

High tea is served on the deck which is a scrumptious treat before departing for the evening safari drive through the Mluwati Concession. You’ll be on the look out for predators that have woken up from their daytime nap to ready themselves for an evening of hunting.

Guests are treated to a sundowner that involves munching on South Africa’s iconic snack, biltong; and enjoying crisp gin and tonics or a drink of your choice. You drive back to the lodge as the night creeps in and the bushveld starts singing with the nocturnal sounds of frogs, owls and nightjars.

A glorious day at Imbali Safari Lodge ends with dinner under the stars; enjoying the delights of an authentic African braai (barbeque) or a special meal prepared by our chefs.

When you’re ready for bed, you have the comfort of a luxurious King-size bed to look forward; swathed in a mosquito net for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Travel information

Imbali Safari Lodge is in the central region of the Kruger National Park:

  • 558 kilometres from Johannesburg
  • 168 kilometres from Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport)
  • 106 kilometres from Skukuza Airport
  • 42 kilometres from Orpen Gate in KNP
  • 95 kilometres from Paul Kruger Gate in KNP

Guests enter the Kruger National Park at Orpen Gate. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours to drive from the entrance gate to Imbali Safari Lodge. The drive from Paul Kruger Gate takes 3 hours travelling at the KNP speed limit.

Safari tours to the Kruger National Park

Moafrika Tours has selected Imbali Safari Lodge as its preferred choice for luxury accommodation in the Kruger National Park, and offers a selection of safari which range from a whistle-stop tour of the central region to a full 5-day exploration of South Africa’s iconic game reserve.

Contact Moafrika Tours for more information on these safari tours and other popular destinations in South Africa, such as a tour of Soweto, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route.


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