Kruger Park Lodges in South Africa

Imbali safari lodge, Kruger National Park



Imbali Safari Lodge

Imbali Safari Lodge


Kruger National Park

 An exclusive lodge within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Imbali Safari Lodge continues the safari tradition of a bygone era. 


Capture the spirit of a classical African safari at Imbali Safari Lodge, set in its own 10 000 hectare private concession area of the world famous Kruger National Park. The lodge has been carefully designed and built in keeping with eco-sensitive policies, to ensure that there is little impact on the natural environment, as guests will bear witness to artefacts discovered during the building programme.

Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge is located within the Imbali concession area of the Kruger National Park. This private 10 000 hectare wilderness area is situated 35 km due South East of Orpen Gate in the central Kruger region. Bordering the Manyeleti and Sabi Sands to the West, the Talamati road makes up the Northern Boundary whilst the S36 gravel road is the eastern boundary.

walkways at Imbali imbali safari lodge accommodation


   imbali, bathroom, handbasin



Capture the spirit of a classical African safari at Imbali Safari Lodge.

Accommodating 24 guests in luxury individual suites and each with their own private Jacuzzi or plunge pool, it features large expanses of glass and magnificent wooden decks for better game-viewing. This main lodge has been carefully designed and built, in keeping with eco-sensitive policies, to ensure that there is little impact on the natural environment, as guests will bear witness to artefacts discovered during the building programme. There is also a very obvious presence of heritage! The construction of the main lodge had to be delayed because of the discovery of an archaeological site, which has now become part of the lodge itself.

All suites enjoy either king-size beds or twin rooms with only the finest furniture and imported linen, en-suite bathrooms with antique baths, air conditioning and spacious decks offer stunning views over the river bed and onto the plains beyond.

Imbali accommodation interior


en suite accommodation at Imbali


· 12 suites, sleeps 24 guests

· All Rooms have large king beds
· Each luxury suite has a romantic antique-styled bath 
· Each suite has a private veranda
· Private Spa Bath/jacuzzi or plunge pool
· Silver service
· Personalised cuisine
· Swimming pool overlooking the Waterhole
· Open Lounge with large fireplace
· Telephones in rooms
· Mosquito nets
· Air conditioner




Overlooking the Nwatswitsonto riverbed and surrounding Savannah

Some rooms have views of the waterhole on the adjacent bank


en suite accommodation with private jaccuzi

imbali, exterior suite 



Check In – 13h00 | Check Out – 11h00

Imbali Safari Lodge, Elephants in front of the lodge 
 nomadic spa experience Imbali safari lodge, sundowner



Activities at all three lodges include traditional game drives in “Big Five” country, bush picnics and champagne breakfasts

Nomadic Spa experience

  • Safaris in 4 x 4 vehicles
  • Bird Watching
  • Self drive in the Kruger National Park

Our Sister Lodges:

Imbali Safari Lodge, Hamiltons Tented Camp and Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge are within the same concession and are located at a convenient transfer distance to each other.  Therefore ideally a visit should include a stay-over at each of these individual, unique camps, each offering guests an extraordinarily ‘special’ safari experience in Africa.

 facilities at Imbali 

Imbali pool

Facilities and Services
· Game Drives
· Bird Watching
· Swimming Pool
· Butler Service 
· Self drive in the Kruger NationalPark  

imbali walkways


Imbali Safari Lodge, Public Lounge area



Experience magnificent cuisine, freshly prepared to guest’s satisfaction by the lodge chefs, from a menu as extensive as the Africa wilderness.  With an air of opulence befitting royalty, Imbali Safari Lodge is the perfect African utopia where guests will find serenity. Epitomising traditional African hospitality and personal silver service to compliment, visitors are guaranteed an African Safari experience of a lifetime.


imbali dining room

imbali deck

Imbali Safari Lodge – Kruger National Park
Rack Rates (per person sharing)
  01 January 2016
31 December 2016
SUITE   R4900.00 to R5880
Rack Rates (single guest)
  01 January 2016
31 December 2016
SUITE   R6790.00 to R8145
Complimentary added value services:
The above rates include
*selected local beverages and
Complimentary transfers are available from Hoedspruit Airport or Skukuza Airport. The transfers are subject to availability and must be booked at time of reservation. Terms and conditions apply.
Children from the age of 6 years are welcome and will enjoy a special kiddies safari

Young children:
Extra camp beds are available for young children to share with parents. Camp beds are suitable for children from 6 – 12 years old.
Please note that we allow a maximum of 2 children per suite.The rooms can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 sharing.
Children 12 years and older are charged full adult rates and occupy their own room

Children 6 years and older are welcome. Maximum 2 children under 12 years may share with parents.

Children 6 – 12 years are only permitted on game drive at management discretion 

Special offers


   Imbali Safari Lodge, Sundowner

Imbali Safari Lodge Video 


Safari Experience

Safaris/Game drives are conducted in open 4×4 vehicles with experienced and informative Rangers. Alternatively guests can take a guided walk (subject to availabilityor relax at the lodge and enjoy views of the wildlife visiting the waterhole.

Imbali Safari Lodge is situated within the Kruger National Park which boasts one of the most diverse game viewing experiences in South Africa and is home to an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino (black and white).

Lions are scattered throughout the Park, most commonly found in the grasslands, where their favourite prey of Zebra and Wildebeest are found. The “Talamati Pride” are frequent visitors to the waterhole adjacent to the lodge and the immediate area around the lodge.

Leopards are shy animals that hunt at night. Imbali Safari Lodge is fortunately in a high leopard density area and sightings are frequent. Spotting the tawny-yellow body with black rosette spots, as it blends in perfectly into its surrounds is a definite highlight of any nocturnal safari.



114 reptiles

  • 147 mammals
  • 336 trees
  • 34 amphibians
  • 49 fish
  • 507 birds
  • Big five



Fact sheet

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.

  •  42 km from the Orpen Gate and 95 km from the Paul Kruger Gate
  • 106 km from Hoedspruit
  • 168 km from Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport)
  • 558 km from Johannesburg


Daily flights into Hoedspruit and Kruger Mpumalanga International airports

Private Charters available to private airstrip or Skukuza. Lodge can arrange transfers at an additional charge.

BY ROAD: From Johannesburg take the N12 to Witbank, stay on the N4 until Belfast turn off. Turn left into Belfast go through Belfast & at the end of town turn right towards Dullstroom on the R540. Stay on this road through Dullstroom until Lydenburg is reached. Follow signs to Ohrigstad (R533). Go through Ohrigstad & stay on this road which will take you through the Strijdom tunnel. (Enjoy the view of the bushveld as you come through the tunnel). Stay on this road until you reach the Snakepark on your left hand side and Growing Tents on your right. Turn right onto the R531. Follow this road until you see the sign boards for Orpen & Our Camps (Imbali Safari Lodge, Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Village & Hamiltons Tented Camp). Turn left towards Orpen Gate & stay on this road (R531) for 40KM.

From Orpen Gate Entry: Take the H7 towards Satara. Drive for approximately 6.7km. Turn right onto the S106 (Dirt Road). After 1.6km, turn right onto the S140 towards Talamati. After 19.5km, turn right onto the S145. Continue along the S145 for 10km till you see the Imbali sign, turn right. After 3.5km you will reach a T-junction which is signposted, turn left.

From Paul Kruger Gate (Skukuza): Enter Paul Kruger Gate and proceed towards Skukuza (15 km). You will bypass the Skukuza rest camp, follow signs for SATARA. From Skukuza take the H1-2 towards Satara for 25 km. Turn left onto S36 (dirt road) signs will read Imbali Safari Lodge / Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge / Hamiltons Tented Camp. Continue on this S36 road road for 40km. At the T-Junction turn left on S125 for 5km then right onto S36, continue for 6km. Turn left onto S145 for 3km. At signage for Imbali Safari Lodge and Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge turn left, travel approximately 4km at T-Junction turn left for Imbali Safari Lodge (1km)

GDS Co-ordinates:  S 24.60098° & E 031.62987°


Rooms Type: Total Number: Doubles: Twins:




All 12 private suites have their own private Jacuzzi, large king beds and a romantic antique-styled bath en-suite. Timber walkways. Telephones in rooms, mosquito nets and air conditioner. Children are welcome, max 2 children under 12 years may share with parents. 5 years and younger stay complimentary when sharing with parents. Minimum age of 6 years required for game drives on management discretion.


  • Welcome drinks on arrival, Butler service
  • Swimming pool, Private Jacuzzi’s or plunge pools on the private decks of each of the rooms
  • No cell phone reception and limited land lines, Internet facilities at the main lodge
  • Check out time: 11h00 Check in: 13h00 hrs. Credit cards accepted are VISA and MasterCard. AMEX with a 5% surcharge
  • The water is safe to drink, however bottled water is placed in the rooms, courtesy of Imbali Safari Lodge
  • Spa treatments available in the privacy of your room
  • Safaris in 4 x 4 vehicles, bird watching, self drive in the Kruger National Park, guided safari walks by prior arrangement

Additional Information:

The camp is situated in a Malaria area. Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per stay.

Please note the below Kruger Gate Times

05h30 – 18h30 – January, February, November & December

05h30 – 18h00 – March & October

06h00 – 18h00 – April, August & September

06h00 – 17h30 – May, June & July

All guests must enter at Orpen Gate a minimum of 1.5 Hours and Paul Kruger Gate 3 hours before gate closure.

PLEASE NOTE:  If guests are not in time at the respective gates, they will not be permitted to enter the park and they will have to find alternative accommodation for that night.


Imbali Saari Lodge, Kruger National Park, Directions, Map 





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