Greater Kruger National Park » The Kruger National Park » Imbali Safari Lodge


LOCATIONPrivate Concession in the Kruger National ParkPOOLYes - Private Plunge Pool (not heated)
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAIn-room Massages
OFF ROADYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)AIRCONYes
CHILD POLICYChildren from 8 years and older are welcome at the LodgeMALARIAYes

  •   Complimentary transfers from Hoedspruit Airport and Skukuza Airport available on request - subject to availability at time of reservation.
  •   Exquisite views from suites overlooking a riverbed and the plains beyond.
  •   Great game viewing on the on the 10 000 hectare private concession in the Kruger National Park.

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01 April - 31 July 2019 Luxury Suite R 3,690 per person per night sharing Winter Special Offer!
01 August - 12 December 2019 Luxury Suite R 4,100 per person per night sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 60 days of travel
Luxury Suite R 4,510 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings

* surcharges on all special rates and a minimum 3 night stay will apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends.

• Luxury accommodation
• Three meals per day
• Selected local drinks including soft drinks, water, beer, wines & spirits
• Two game drives daily
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
• Children aged 8 - 11 years will pay less 50% per child per night when sharing with two full paying adults.
• The full adult rate per night will be charged if children occupy their own room or if sharing with one full paying adult.
• A maximum of two children under 12 years can share with their parents.
• Children 12 years and older are considered adults and pay the full adult rates.
• Please note children 8 - 12 years are only permitted on game drives at the discretion of management.
• All prices quoted are based on a minimum stay of two nights over a ’normal’ weekend and 3 nights over any long weekend. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special Discounted Rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Kruger National Park gate fees must be settled directly at the gate on entry into the park and are subject to change:
• South African Residents – Adult: ZAR 93.00 per adult per day & ZAR 41.00 per child per day.
• SADC Residents – Adult: ZAR 152.00 per adult per day & ZAR 76.00 per child per day.
• International Residents – Adult: ZAR 304.00 per adult per day & ZAR 152.00 per child per day.
• Kruger National Park gate entry times are as follows:
• - Jan, Feb, Nov & Dec 05h30 - 18h30
• - Mar & Oct 05h30 - 18h00
• - Apr, Aug & Sep 06h00 - 18h00
• - May, Jun, Jul 06h00 - 17h30
• All guests must enter at ORPEN GATE a minimum of 1.5 hours before the gate closure time and through PAUL KRUGER GATE 3 hours before the gate closure time
• Travelling time from the Orpen Gate to the lodges is approximately 1.5 hours and from Paul Kruger Gate it is approximately 2.5 hours
• All visitors who are 18 years and older, must produce a positive identity document for scanning in order to gain access to the Kruger National Park:
• SA Residents must produce their SA ID document or Driver's Licence.
• Non SA Residents must produce their passports.

7 hours (558km) drive from Johannesburg
3.5 hours (168km) drive from Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport)
2 hours (106km) drive from Hoedspruit
2.5 hours (85km) drive from Skukuza Airport
1.5 hours (42km) drive from Orpen Gate and 2.5 hours (95km) drive from the Paul Kruger Gate
Daily scheduled flights into Skukuza Airport and Hoedspruit Airport
12 Luxury suites with a private plunge pool on the deck


An exclusive lodge within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, Imbali Safari Lodge continues the safari tradition of a bygone era. Imbali Safari Lodge is the central point within the Imbali Safari concession, offering accommodation in intimate spacious, private air-conditioned suites each furnished in understated luxury with a private plunge pool overlooking the Nwatsitswonto riverbed.

The combination of the bush, traditional cuisine, the warmth of the accommodation together with the opportunity to witness the lifestyle and culture of the Shangaan people, ensure an unforgettable safari experience.

The Kruger National Park is the primary destination in South Africa for many international tourists. Each year more than half a million visitors are registered.

The National Park was opened in 1898 at the instigation of then-president Paul Kruger. After hunters had considerably decimated the originally rich game stock, all the land between the Sabie and the Crocodile Rivers was put under the protection of Nature Conservation to ensure the survival of the remaining animals. Only as recently as 1961 was the extended Kruger Park fenced in.
The park stretches from the Crocodile River in the south up to the Limpopo River, which is the international border in the north. Altogether it is 350 km long, 65 km wide and comprises an area of about 20,000 sq km.

A web of roads of 1863 kilometres leads through the National Park, 697 km of them being tarred. For visitors looking for Luxury African Safari accommodation, there are numerous differently equipped rest camps, most of them scenically positioned. Within the park boundaries, travel is only allowed between sunrise and sunset. After dark one has to stay in one of the fenced restcamps.
For visitors to the Kruger National Park on an African Safari Game Drive, The best time for observing the animals is the dry winter season. Then the grass is low and bushes and trees don't have leaves, so that one can have an unobstructed view. Because it virtually doesn't rain in winter, the animals come to the waterholes to drink in the mornings and evenings and can easily be watched from the car.
  • Swimming pool
  • No cell phone reception and limited land lines, but have internet facilities at the main lodge
  • Welcome drinks on arrival
  • Game Drives
  • Bush Walks by prior arrangement only
  • Bird Watching
  • Restaurant for cosy indoor & outdoor dining
  • Private dining on decks
  • 12 Luxury, spacious suites with private plunge pool on deck
  • Massage treatments can be arranged on request at an additional charge

  • Large king beds
  • Romantic antique-styled bath en-suite
  • Telephones in rooms
  • Mosquito nets
  • Air conditioner
  • Own private plunge pool


Departing from Johannesburg
  •     Take the N1 highway towards Pretoria
  •     Before Pretoria, take the N4 highway East
  •     Turnoff at Belfast, take the R540 towards Dullstroom (approximately 37km)
  •     At Dullstroom, take the R540 towards Lydenburg (approximately 43km)
  •     At Lydenburg, take the R36 towards Ohrigstad (approximately 62km)
  •     At Ohrigstad, take the R527 towards Hoedspruit
  •     (Note: You will pass through the JG Strijdom Tunnel)
  •     16km before Hoedspruit at the Swadini Reptile Centre, turn right onto the R531 towards Klaserie
  •     After approximately 30km, turn left onto the Orpen Gate Road (R531)
  •     After 40km you will reach the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park
  •     (Please note: you will need to pay a gate entrance fee and entrance through this gate should be no later than 16h00)
From Orpen Gate
  •     Take the H7 towards Satara
  •     Drive for approximately 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
  •     After 10km, you will see the Imbali sign, turn right
  •     At the T-junction, turn left, there is a sign
  •     Keep left at the no entry sign and you will find Imbali Safari Lodge
Kruger National Park Gate Entry Times:

Please be aware of gate entrance times into Kruger National Park as they do vary throughout the year, depending on the season. Entrance into the park via Orpen Gate should be no later than one and a half hours prior to gate closure time and via Kruger Gate should be no later than three hours prior to gate closure times.

Jan, Feb, Nov & Dec 05h30 - 18h30
Mar & Oct 05h30 - 18h00
Apr, Aug & Sep 06h00 - 18h00
May, Jun, Jul 06h00 - 17h30

Speed limit:
Whilst driving within the Kruger National Park, please adhere to the legal speed limit of 50km per hour on tarred roads and 40km per hour on dirt roads.

Safety precautions:
Please adhere to the Kruger National Park safety precautions, and do not disembark from your vehicle unless you are in a designated area.

Cellular phone coverage:
Cellular phone signal is only available at the entrance gates and close to Skukuza, it is therefore recommended to make your last necessary calls at the gate upon entry.


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