Less than an hour from Victoria Falls and right on the border with Botswana so a really good stopping place if you are heading to Chobe.
Excellent location for getting a taste of wildlife on land and on the river; it is right on the Zambezi with a 3km section of private river frontage. However the game drives are restricted to this small area and to a single long straight track through the National Park following the Zimbabwe / Botswana border.
The guides are knowledgeable and friendly, however they do not hold the professional guiding certificate so you cannot leave the vehicles at all.
As an alternative to game drives you can choose a river trip to see hippos, crocodiles and animals drinking on the water's edge. The lodge also offers fishing trips.
Food is excellent, with home grown vegetables, the lodges are very comfortable and the grounds are beautiful. There is a pool however it is under trees so tended to have too many leaves / frogs to make it a tempting option.
Overall a really nice place for a gentle introduction to game drives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River where Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia converge. Located 80 kilometers west of Victoria Falls, access is by transfer from Victoria Falls, Livingstone or Kasane. Imbabala offers the chance to unwind but also some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching in the region, in the seclusion of a private National Parks concession. The 5,000 acre concession has 14 kilometers of private Zambezi river frontage and borders the Chobe Forest Reserve, which is renowned for its massive Elephant population. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imbabala Zambezi Safari Hotel Victoria Falls