Imbali Safari Lodge is the perfect departure point for your African Safari. Set on the banks of the N’waswitsontso 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 – Africa’s most iconic game reserve. A well-situated waterhole attracts a great variety of animals on a 10,000-hectare concession within the Kruger National Park.
Luxurious suites with private plunge pool. Separate victorian bath and walk-in shower creates the essence of luxury in the bathroom. Children from the age of 8 years are welcome. Enjoy guided bush walks with experienced guides in a private concession within the Kruger National Park.
Guests are accommodated in twelve spacious suites, subtly decorated in neutral colours 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 N’waswitsontso River or savannah grasslands with an 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. Each room comes with a complimentary mini-bar with selected beverages, as well as a tea/coffee facility for your convenience in your suite.
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: into 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.
Imbali Safari 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 twelve 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 to 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 the Imbali Safari Lodge 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. In-room gym bags available for use at the lodge.
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 tree’s 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 afternoon’s safari.
Then enjoy a magical three-course table d’ hote 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. Although both lunch and dinner are served at the main lodge, guests can arrange for a private meal on their deck or in-suite on request
Wellness & Treatments
Enjoy a relaxing & soothing massage with blended aromatherapy oils of ylang-ylang, cedarwood & vanilla to soothe your soul while overlooking the African bush from the comfort of your deck!
Please book your treatment with the wellness therapist or alternatively you can speak to the camp manager who will arrange this appointment time for you. Our therapist at Imbali Safari Lodge is from the local community and has been professionally trained, empowering the ladies to support themselves by being “hands-on”.
Two daily safaris are included in all rates at Imbali Safari Lodge. A private concession within the Kruger National Park comprising three lodges – Imbali Safari Lodge, Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, and Hamiltons Tented Camp, Mluwati Concession was born out of a spirit of ensuring the future sustainability of the National Park.
As one of the first private concessions in the Kruger National Park, Mluwati has worked tirelessly to ensure the sustainability of this pristine wilderness that for over 100 years has been a sanctuary for over 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians, and 147 mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five.
Keen birders will delight in the hundreds of bird species that call Kruger home. Over 500 species, many of which occur in the Mluwati Concession including the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Crested Barbet and Burchell’s Glossy Starling.
Guests will enjoy some of Kruger’s most spectacular landscapes and an extraordinary variety of wildlife, birdlife and plant life within the Mluwati Concession, ensuring that each safari experience will be unique.
Experience a morning and evening safari during your stay at Imbali Safari Lodge. Witness the excitement of the first rains; the terrapins playing in river pools, the call of the Pied Kingfisher, and the steady chirping of sociable tree frogs.
Savour the rich smells of the bush, hear the shrill calls of the Magpie Shrike and see the wind blowing through the feather grass dotting the savannah plains. A safari at Imbali will reveal new scents, curious sounds, and the beauty of an extraordinary African landscape to delight your senses.
Off-road safaris in the concession
Accompanied by your private guide, on-board the powerful open 4×4 Land Cruiser vehicle, you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the one hundred square kilometre private concession area within the Kruger National Park.
Experience the inimitable thrills of off-roading inside the National Park in pursuit of the legendary “Big Seven” species that call our concession home. You will be able to join the twice-daily safari, morning and afternoon/evening.
If you would like the unrivalled experience of discovering the magnificent Kruger National Park on foot, or would like to spend time focusing on the smaller things out in the bush, our guiding team will be on hand to ensure that we provide you with an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Venture out of the concession and explore the endless wonders and expanse of the Kruger National Park at your own leisure from the comfort of your personal vehicle or rental car. Stop off at one of the many picnic sites for an Ice Cream or an ice-cold Drink during summertime.
A day in the life of…
Kick-start your day before the sun rises, dunking a homemade rusk into a steamy cup of coffee before setting off on your morning safari with your assigned ranger. Watch as the bush awakens around you; the dew glistens on the webs of the Golden Orb spider and Lilac Breasted Rollers flash their startling sky-blue bellies as they flit past your game vehicle.
See wild dogs laze under the Acacia trees and elephants leave their distinct trail as they chomp through the bush at a leisurely pace. Steal a glance at the leopard eating its prey high up in an old Tamboti tree, zebra foraging alongside large herds of wildebeest and impala flashing their characteristic ‘M’ as they disappear into the thick brush.
Enjoy an extensive cold and hot buffet breakfast in Imbali Safari Lodge’s comfortable dining room; an impressive Jackalberry rising right through the deck of the dining room and the Tsonga-styled thatched roof. Then retire to your room and relax, laze at the crystal-clear infinity pool or request a bush walk for an up-close encounter with the Kruger.
Lunch is a relaxed, informal affair. Served on the deck with beautiful views of the surrounding bushveld and the Nwaswitsontso River, guests are treated to light salads and tasty desserts before retiring to their rooms for an afternoon siesta.
Afternoon tea served on the deck, heralds the imminent departure of your special evening safari through the Mluwati Concession. Spot a pride of lazy lions lounging casually in the tall grass and the associated warning call of nature’s tattletales, the Grey Loerie, as they inform the surrounding species of impending danger.
Sip a sundowner G&T as you watch the sky turn from the brilliance of an African sunset to a bright band of stars; the persistent call of frogs, owls and nightjars accompanying you back to Imbali Safari Lodge for a romantic dinner on the deck, a canopy of stars watching over you.