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“Relaxing in the Bush!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Imbali Safari Lodge
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8 reviews
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“Relaxing in the Bush!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

We stayed at Imbali for 3 nights and had a lovely stay here. The lodge is very nice, the rooms are spacious and nicely decorated and the private jacuzzi gives an extra luxury touch, but there should be an on-off switch so it could be switched off when not in use. The food was excellent and it is a perfect place to relax. The game drives were also very good, knowledgable guide and we saw lots of animals including leopard two times, lions with cubs and also the other big five. However, we would have appreciated a bit more focus on other animals besides the big five as well. All in all we recommend staying at Imbali, we had a great time!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2011

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Imbali! A very nice and cozy hotel with great staff, charming rooms and good food. A highlight was the early morning safaris with our knowledgeable rangers. We saw all the Big 5 and spotted many, many more animals. Ending a busy day with dinner and drinks on the patio overlooking the river bed and the watering hole, just amazing! We felt very well taken care of and left with many wonderful memories!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2011

We were disappointed by the lodge but loved being in the Kruger, the amazing animal density in the Satara - Orpen area as well as its diversity. We disliked the lack of attention to detail at the lodge, it needed a good springclean, it was scruffy and also needed a good maintenance inspection. The staff openly touted for personal tips which was also most annoying. Most well managed lodges have a pooling system or box for gratuities for the general staff.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Fortaleza, CE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

Me and 18 more friends stayed two nights at Imbali. We were very gladly surprised and amazed since the very first moment. The care of the staff with us was such a high point, African people.
The rooms were fantastic, but my jacuzzi was not working. For me there was no problem because I could bath at someone else´s room. The pond in front of the lounge is just an amazing thing. We were welcomed by 4 or 5 big elephants and all the time there were some animals stopping there: giraffes, warthogs, hienas, impalas, baboons, jackals.
The ranger Oscar was the best! He really tried with us finding the Big 5 but unfortunatelly there was no leopard.
But the highest moment was during a dinner when all the staff entered into the restaurant singing African popular songs. We danced, sang and cryed! Very unique! Shosholoza...
The manager Gerald very polite and attentive.
The food was good but not exceptional!
I would return there always.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mdsf1000
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Mumbai
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

This is one of the best resprts that we have stayed at. We never expected this kind of luxury and care in the middle of hte Kruger. The staff, the location of the lodge, the ambience, the

decor of the rooms and the lodge over all was near perfect. The rooms were really awesome. the service very meticulous, the shower, the bath tub and esp. the jacuzzi are the best thing abt

the rooms - all of them open out to the river bed and the park. The safari rangers were the best one can get - really knowledgeable and they out every effort to ensure u get to see most of

the Big 5 on the morning / evening safaris so that one doesnt leave disappointed. they could do with putting together more vegeterian dishes more suitable for the indian palatte. i wud

rate it 10 on 10.

Would suggest that one day before arriving / departing - u re confirm pick up / drop off arrangements from the airport to the lodge directly or with ur agent because one cannot get taxis on

HDS airport and the lodge is a good 2.5 hrs away frm the airport.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Imbali Safari Lodge

Property: Imbali Safari Lodge
Address: Imbali Concession | Skukuza, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #53 of 167 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price range (per night): ₹ 39,763 - ₹ 59,234
Hotel Class:5 star — Imbali Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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.All twelve private suites have either their own private Jacuzzi or plunge pool, large king size beds and a romantic antique-styled bath en-suite, timber walkways, telephones, mosquito nets and air conditioner.Spa treatments available in the privacy of your room, safaris in 4x4 vehicles, bird watching, guided safari walks by prior arrangement and self drive in the Kruger National Park. No cell phone reception and limited landlines. Children are welcome, but a minimum age of 6 years is applicable for game drives - at the discretion of management. Maximum of 2 children under 12 years of age may share with parents. Children 5 years and younger stay complimentary when sharing with parents.The Lodge is situated in a malaria area. Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per day. ... more   less 
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