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The luxurious Imbali Lodge is nestled on the banks of the N’waswitsontso River within the private Mluwati concession. The concession, covering 10 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, is located in the central region of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. With only three lodges occupying the land, travelers are sure to have an exclusive safari experience.


  • 10,000ha Big 5 private concession area within Kruger National Park
  • Spacious suites with private plunge pools & viewing deck
  • On game-drives, safari vehicles are permitted to leave the road and drive off-road to get closer to the wildlife and capture that perfect image

You should know

  • Children over six welcome with specifically-tailored kiddies activities available

The detail

Imbali was designed to be conscious of its carbon footprint on the environment and as a result, has successfully managed to offer a luxurious lodge without compromising on safari traditions.

Imbali Safari Lodge boasts twelve spacious private Suites. The suites are reminiscent of a 1900s African safari, with finely crafted furniture and large French door that run the length of the room. Each suite features a king-size bed, a lounge area with fireplace, en-suite bathroom with a vintage claw-foot bathtub and full windows that off views of the riverine bush, luxury bathroom amenities and bathrobes, an expansive deck that overlooks the Nwaswitsontso river or savannah grasslands, and outdoor pool to round off your safari experience.

The lodge facilities include a dining area, lounge area, sparkling swimming pool, in-room spa treatments, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Enjoy morning and late afternoon game drives conducted by highly skilled guides in open 4 x 4 vehicles. For the more adventurous traveler, guided bush walks can be arranged by prior arrangements.  

Imbali Safari Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples, and families looking to experience an exclusively South African safari.

Price includes

  • Accommodation, all meals, selected beverages (soft drinks, water, beer, selected wines & spirits), twice-daily game drives.
  • Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our Agents for the best, most current rates available.
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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
Last minute SPECIAL
Combo SPECIAL Spend three nights at: Imbali Safari Lodge and enjoy three FREE nights at The Cape Milner Boutique Hotel in Cape Town - Valid until 31 August 2023
Honeymoon SPECIAL
$ 500 USD
$ 500 USD
SPECIAL - Great news, you appear to be from a SADC country and can enjoy the discounted rate shown!
Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
With specials, we always use the best promotion available, please contact our experts for more guidance.
We include travel insurance that will make this booking totally refundable.

Packages that include this lodge

4 Day All Inclusive Fly-in Tour to Kruger's Imbali Lodge
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3 nights at Imbali Safari Lodge
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Return flights from/to Johannesburg
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Private suites, each with its own plunge pool with views of the wilderness beyond
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2x safari activites, daily
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All meals
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Location and getting there

Imbali is situated inside the Kruger National Park, on one of only nine private concessions.

By air

The closest airports are Skukuza Airport (1h45m) and HoedSpruit Airport (2h).  Guests can take a quick flight from Johannesburg (or from Cape Town) to either of these two airports, and enjoy a complimentary transfer to the lodge.

By road

It is a 7hr self-drive from Johannesburg to Imbali Safari Lodge.

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You can be very proud on this lodge. The service, the staff, the rangers, the food and the lodge itself, but I must imprint the staff were fantastic. It is one lodge we will definitely go to again. We made this promise to ourselves. If you really want to treat yourself book in here.
Imbali is a very nice lodge in an untraveled section of Kruger (near the Orphen Gate). Our guide was terrific - best part of our stay. Lodge was very nice; food was decent. We would go again.
Totally great experience. This was a return visit and was if anything better than last time. Thanks to all the staff for a most enjoyable stay.
This was a return visit and the total experience was even better than before. Thanks to all for a most enjoyable holiday.
My Christian(Denby)
We had a wonderful time and was very fortunate to be able to see all of Africa's Big Five while there for just a short stay. My only disappointment was the fact that the lodge was not made aware that we were celebrating our honeymoon, even though I had informed our park coordinator in advance. The superb service, meals and accommodations were more than worth a return visit, maybe for an anniversary! Blessings
Excellent game viewing with buffalo kill by lions and then hyena and vultures
the Imbali Lodge is something of a Banyan Tree concept and well appointed. In comparison with the Hoyo Hoyo we found the staff here a little less friendly or attentive in the lodge but the driver on safari was great-Nicholas. The manageress-Dominique was also very helpful. Dining was pleasant but portions a bit light.
Rasaratnam Logendran
We were very pleased with the service we received at Imbali Lodge. The staff were very courteous and made sure that our stay was very pleasant and relaxing. This includes everyone: Manager, Ranger, Chef, waiters, shuttle bus drivers, House Keeping Staff, and others.We would definitely recommend Imbali Lodge to our friends, should they be interested in visiting Kruger National Park in the future.
robin moulton
We just returned from a 3 day stay at the Imbali Lodge. The setting is quiet and lovely. The feeling is safe. Each cottage has a comfortable large bed, sitting area and a well equipped bath. The deck and hot tub look out over the river. The staff was friendly and accommodating without being overbearing. The lodge provides plenty of food. Coffee and tea before the morning drives, breakfast is waiting when you return at 9, lunch, afternoon tea, a drink and snack on the evening drive and dinner. All the food was tasty. The best part was the drives. Our guide - Steffen- was terrific. Even when we didn't find too many animals one evening he filled in with his knowledge of the birds, reptiles and plant life of the park. Some fun stories too. We saw the big five plus many other creatures.
Cathrine Patricia Lotter
Outstanding service.Great location.A MUST visit if you are in and around the Kruger.I will stay there again - soon if I can.
Cathrine Patricia Lotter
Outstanding location. Outstanding lodge. Outstanding service and help. If ever you go to the Kruger this is a MUST stay. I will go there again without a doubt. Welcoming manager Rieka was exceptional. The best stay I have ever had. Loved everything. Trish
Leanne McCabe
Absolutely wonderful.The staff and services was out of this world.We will be back again.
Dave Burton
Rooms were beautifully appointed but jacuzzi did not function properly. Managerial oversight at reception and particularly in the dining room was not adequate. Meals were erratic ranging from great to below acceptable eg: Risotto was just squashed rice on top of mashed potato. Wine list was disappointing. VERY disappointed there were no walking safaris available - evidently due to "problems with the rifles". Otherwise, game drives and guide were great.
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Nov 27, 2023
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Nov 24, 2023
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Nov 21, 2023
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