My visit to Imbabala was completely accidental. I am a Tour Operator dealing with mainly an international clientele visiting Southern Africa. I often visit the more luxurious properties in the Chobe National Park and Vic Falls areas and although I have always been aware of Imbabala's presence, I have completely overlooked it as I thought that it was the type of lodge that caters mainly to a local South African market and that it would not be up to scratch for international tastes and expectations. I was pleasantly surprised though and completely mistaken. The wonderful setting of the lodge in a lush grove of trees on the edge of the Zambezi, the kind and friendly staff and the wonderfully efficient and warm Lodge Manager, Karen Poole all completely took me by surprise. I fealt at home as soon as I arrived and was very sad to leave just 3 days later. I met some wonderful people at Imbabala, both staff and guests. Some of the guests were there on their 4th or 5th visits which in itself is testament to a job well done. This lodge is extremely good value for money as meals, drinks (with meals and activities) and twice daily activities are included in the very modest fare. The activities are completely flexible too which is great and include game drives in the Imbabala concession bordering onto Botswana, river boat cruises and fishing. I saw more of the rare Sable antelope than I have ever seen in a lifetime of safaris in Kruger park and this in an area that is not even a National Park. There is nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of Hippos in the river below and waking up to a cacophany of birds. Imbabala is good for the soul! I can't wait to return.
- 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