My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Imbali as part of our honeymoon and would highly recommend this once in a lifetime experience! We stayed a total of 4 nights and all our expectations were exceeded by a mile (or kilometer).
We landed at the small Hoedspruit airport and were immediately greeted by Stefan and bottles of cold water. The drive from the airport to the Lodge is approximately 2 hours but feels like 20 minutes and is basically a mini safari in itself. The ride is comfortable and Stefan is hilarious, not to mention extremely knowledgeable about all things Kruger.
The lodge is beautiful and rooms are private and surprisingly luxurious considering you're in the middle of Kruger. There were a number of times that I would see elephants grazing across the riverbed while I was reading on our deck. My favorite part were the baboons who seemed to think our deck was party central one day - the adults were tossing one another into the hot tub and while the babies pulled each other's tails. This may not be everyone's cup of tea but we thought it was hilarious. Also, to note - the staff was quick to clean the deck and drain/clean the hot tub without us even mentioning it.
Our guide was James who put his heart and soul into the drives. Within the first 48 hours we had seen the big 5, as well as, hyenas, giraffes and a few dozen other birds/animals. We really enjoyed our time on the drives with James - he's knowledgeable, entertaining, professional, intuitive and patient. Everything a good guide should be.
I could go on and on about Imbali, the grounds and staff. Honestly, this is a very special place and I'm not sure how anyone could leave here feeling anything less than satisfied. Every member of the staff goes out of their way to care for you and you can tell they take great pride in their lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An exclusive lodge within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Imbali Safari Lodge continues the safari tradition of a bygone era. Each private suite has exquisite views from the spacious wooden decks and private Jacuzzi overlooking the riverbed and the plains beyond. In the 1900's the African Safari was a journey of great danger and even greater luxury.All twelve private suites have either their own private Jacuzzi or plunge pool, large king size beds and a romantic antique-styled bath en-suite, timber walkways, telephones, mosquito nets and air conditioner.Spa treatments available in the privacy of your room, safaris in 4x4 vehicles, bird watching, guided safari walks by prior arrangement and self drive in the Kruger National Park. No cell phone reception and limited landlines. Children are welcome, but a minimum age of 6 years is applicable for game drives - at the discretion of management. Maximum of 2 children under 12 years of age may share with parents. Children 5 years and younger stay complimentary when sharing with parents.The Lodge is situated in a malaria area. Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imbali Safari Hotel Kruger National Park