“All BIG FIVE and nice hotel as well”
We were a group of five couples from USA, Norway and South-Africa visiting the Kruger National Park. The hotel driver managed to get the car close to All BIG Five and a lot of other animals as well. And a lot of nice birds. The hotel rooms was spacious and nice decorated, with a good bed under malaria nets (dry season, we did not observe mosquitos). The food was good and there were a large number of different dishes to choose from. Imbali Safari Lodge is not a low cost place, but the stay there gave us a very good value for our money.
“Immersed in the nature of the Kruger! Spectacular!”
Two nights were sufficient to leave the heart. Each room is practically a suite, equipped with all the facilities and comforts possible. Huge bed with mosquito net that is put down every afternoon to prepare you for the night. Spacious bathroom with tub and shower are great. Outdoor space with gazebo, deck and jacuzzi. You can admire the animals that pass through, or that drink in the pool on the other side of the lodge. Spectacular! The safari begins almost as soon as you leave the lodge. Great car and great ranger (Oscar number 1). Great food and great service. All very kind and helpful. A dream destination!
“Honeymoon at ‘Imbali”
Imbali Safari Lodge gave that extra special touch to what was already magnificent! The lodges are very comfortable and romantic with that pool on the terrace, where sometimes you see elephant come to drink The view from the dining room on the river, with the animals that come to drink, makes it even more fantastic.
“Lap of Luxury”
This was our first safari experience and I can’t imagine a better place to stay for an excellent experience. The staff was friendly, helpful and ready and willing to serve. We stayed for two nights at this lodge and had wonderful game drives which allowed us to see the Big Five on just three drives. Food was good, rooms and bathrooms were large and our own private deck with hot tub was great, now, if the river bed had not been dry, it would have been perfect, however, you cannot fault the lodge. Encourage and recommend anyone wanting a truly upscale safari experience to stay at Imbali.
Wonderful experience! The lodge is within the Kruger National Park with large rooms, overlooking a seasonal river. Jacuzzi at your disposal in the veranda of each room-suite and the opportunity to observe elephants, impala, giraffe or warthog drinking in the pool of water in front of the main area of the lodge. Safari in the early morning and late afternoon, with an aperitif in the bush. We saw all the famous big-five and the rangers are all very helpful and always careful in search of animals. Highly recommended!
Lodge is in fantastic location facing the river. Friendly and nice staff. Spacious room with balcony and private pool area for when it’s hot. Meals excellent. Safaris up to our expectations. The ranger was very friendly.
“Beautiful Safari Destination”
After 20 years, we returned to Kruger National Park. We found ourselves walking into this beautiful lodge and being greeted by a small herd of elephants at the waterhole that was across the dry river bed from the lodge. The traditional cool washcloth and refreshing drink were very welcome after our flight from Cape Town and the following drive to the lodge.
This lodge is in a wonderful setting for a first time safari. The lodge has employed drivers who are very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife that is found there. Do not plan on losing any weight while at this lodge. The food is delicious and in good abundance. The presentation is lovely. Our first dinner there was quail and it was the best quail that I have had in many years.
Our room was an individual cabin type. There was air conditioning for the warm part of the day and hot water bottles to warm your bed at night. Each cabin had a deck and hot tub. I must say, it is really, really nice to soak in that hot tub and listen to the night sounds of the bush.
- “Experience of a lifetime” – guest Andries
- “A most pleasurable experience, awesome sights, excellent staff” – guests Erasmus
- “Lovely experience! Will recommend to others!” – guests Wentzel
- “Staff were very friendly and accommodating. Food was perfect, great choices and taste. Twice was an excellent guide, I would want him as my guide again in the future. Would definitely come back and recommend to friends” – guests Burge
Thank you does not convey enough, the debt of appreciation we owe you all for making our wedding day and our entire stay at Imbali as special and memorable as it was. The effort that all of you put in, was truly beyond expectation. You have all become instant family and we look forward to returning for our first anniversary.
Mike and Toppie
What a delight to visit a place where people are treated as honoured quests and not as an inconvenience. We had the most extra-ordinary time at Imbali. The sightings, the staff, the food, the feeling of being welcome and the setting of the lodge were just unforgettable. For making my birthday so special and for a lovely 2 days – thank you Imbali – word of mouth will spread far and wide from us.
“Excellent Game drives and hospitality”
My husband and I stayed at Imbali in April for 3 nights. We loved our guide, Andrew who was introduced to us during dinner time on our first night. He is amazingly knowledgeable and a friendly guy. We had 2 early morning game drives where we spotted leopard (one in a tree, another catching fish near the river area), lioness and cubs (3 lioness and 8 cubs), hyena, wild dogs, rhino, elephant herds and many other animals. The best part was on one of the evening safaris on the drive back to the lodge, Andrew was smart and patient enough to spot a leopard crossing right in front of the road, and 2 wild buffalo.. he stopped right there when he spotted 3 lions nearby. It was amazing to watch the 3 lions attack the buffalo in pitch dark where we could hear the roar about 5 meters beside the scene. The lions walked right around our vehicle as they re-planned their strategic attack and walked towards the 8 cubs which were lying just few meters away from the scene. I guess we felt the luckiest here to get Andrew as our guide.
The staff is extremely friendly. There were no mosquitoes during our stay, and the room was serviced twice a day, during our safari drives. They had an amazing barbecue (lamb, kudu, chicken) and candle lit dinner arrangements for everyone outside. We were surprised with African music and dance by the chef and staff.
IMBALI made our Kruger visit memorable. Both stay and safari is an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for great game drives and a comfortable stay with good food, we would highly recommend them. Thanks to the team.
WjWrld from Canada
25 June 2013
Thank you for our wonderful weekend…
We knew Imbali had to be a good property because it is sooo easy for us to sell but now we know for a fact.
It is fresh, clean and personal. Staff are super friendly and efficient. Food was very good and the attention to detail fantastic!
Thank you, Thank you and Thank you again for the opportunity!!!
Jenny, Denys and the rest of the Da Luz Family!!
Karen and Rob Bradbery (Melbourne Australia) 13-17 April.
Had a wonderful time and great memories of our time there.
We were transferred to the front gate by your guide/transfer man Stef on the morning of 17 April.
It was just at sunrise time. Soon after leaving the compound we encountered a Serval on the road in front of us. We followed the Serval for about 10 minutes. Stef was impressed as he said they were a rare sighting.
After leaving the Serval we also encountered two lions in the middle of the road just before the front gate. It was a great sight but after 20 minutes there we were beginning to get worried because of the flight arrangements we had.
But after holding up traffic the lioness finally rose and left and the male followed. (As we all do!!)
What a great final memory of Imbali that was.
Rob & Karen Bradbery
We had a great experience and would love to come back. Well done! Luke was great.
Mr Rademeyer – January 2013
We truly had a wonderful experience at Imbali in particular. The staff were absolutely fantastic! Amazing food. Nothing to complain about except the rain.
Ms Dobson – January 2013
Special appreciation to the chef, the food was just brilliant & the entire staff was excellent. Hope to come again.
Mr Vaswani – December 2012
Overall fantastic experience, we could not have chosen better. Staff & service excellent. Thank-you to Twice he was great.
Mrs Lancen – December 2012
We had such a wonderful stay at Imbali! What a spoil! The service was warm and absolutely impeccable, the food delicious, and the ambiance and décor simply luxurious!
We so enjoyed our game drives with the hugely knowledgeable guide and came away with many interesting snippets of information and wonderful memories of special game and bird sightings.
I feel hugely lucky to have won this fabulous prize- Thank you so much!
Courtenay de Carcenac – December 2012