Imbali Safari Lodge

5 Star Game Lodge inside the Kruger National Park

Your classical South African safari starts at Imbali Safari Lodge, one of the best private safari lodges in the Kruger National Park. This private Kruger camp is set out on the banks of the Nwatswitswonto river in the central Kruger Park within the private game rich Mluwati concession.

Treat yourself to that special occasion, perhaps a 25th wedding anniversary, or a Kruger Park honeymoon and safari holiday in South Africa. Either way, you will be sure that you are in one of the best places to stay in the Kruger National Park.

Luxury Safari Lodge in the Kruger Park

Comprising of 12 immaculately appointed air-conditioned palatial suites, all with en-suite antiqued style baths. Imbali Safari Lodge is pure unrestrained luxury in the middle of the South African bushveld.

All the suites are appointed with only the finest of furniture, large kingsize beds adorn each room all with imported linen. Fine gauge mosquito netting graces the large beds for your safety and comfort. Each room has a telephone but all internet and wifi connections are made from the main lodge itself.

While outside spacious decks encompass your own private plunge pool, which provides views over the river bed and on to the plains beyond and excellent for game viewing.

Luxury South African Safari

At the turn of the century, the African safari was a journey of great danger but more than that it was a journey of immense luxury. Today you can follow in the steps of some of the great original adventurers and explore this vast wilderness and enjoy one of the best Kruger Park Safaris available.

Imbali Safari Lodge was one of the Kruger Park’s first private concessions and allows those who embark on this journey an unrivalled expedition of their own in blissful luxury.

Imbali Safari Lodge – Highlights

Imbali Safari Lodge - Exterior Bedroom View
Imbali Safari Lodge - Private Room
Imbali Safari Lodge - External Dining on the Deck
Imbali Safari Lodge - External Dining

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Early Booking Recommended

Imbali Safari Lodge Kruger National Park

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Whether part of a custom tour package or your own holiday safari, staying at Imbali will not disappoint to provide one a true African Big 5 safari experience. From the moment the day begins and you wake before the sun rises, you are provided with a hot coffee and rusks. The excitement of the very first mornings game drive and an opportunity to spot and photograph one of the Big 5, to the moment the sunsets and ‘sundowners’ are the order of the day you know and feel relaxed, you are in Africa….

Located in a private concession within South Africa’s premier wildlife reserve the Kruger National Park, Imbali Safari Lodge is only one of a few private luxury camps in the Kruger National Park. Providing the discerning guest with a Kruger birding & wildlife photo safari of a lifetime, in surroundings fit for royalty.



This 2-day/night wildlife safari staying at Imbali Safari Lodge in the Kruger Park gives you the opportunity to stay at one of twelve luxuriously appointed private suites overlooking the Nwaswitsontso River. From your own private deck or plunge pool, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush in one of the worlds premier wildlife game reserves.


While in the camp and on your game drives all the animals and birds you will encounter are in their natural environments and you will be amazed at the flora and fauna in this vast expanse of a prime wildlife reserve. Close encounters with Africa’s Big 5 are a real possibility and the adrenaline rush when you come across a lion or large bull elephant for the first time is a life-changing experience. As far as luxury lodges in the Kruger National Park go, it does not get much better than Imbali, all the while surrounded by Africa’s wildlife and nature.


Imbali Safari Lodge is located within the private 10, 000-hectare concession of Mluwati in the western region of the Kruger National Park, bordering the northern Sabi Sands where we host our Sabi Sands photo safari and the Manyeleti Game Reserve where we host our Big 5 Eco photo safari.


Arrive Imbali Safari Lodge (after 2pm) Afternoon game drive and dinner.


Winter Safari Times: May – Aug

05h30Wake up time and morning tea
06h00Morning safari departs
09h00Return for breakfast
15h30High Tea
16h00Afternoon safari departs
19h30Return from safari & Dinner is served

Summer Safari Times: Sept-Apr

05h00Wake up time and morning tea
05h30Morning safari departs
08h30Return for breakfast
16h00High Tea
16h30Afternoon safari departs
19h30Return from safari & Dinner is served


After a morning game drive, it will then be time to head back to the camp to check-out and breakfast at around 9.30 am (camp check out is at 11:00 am).

Note: Itineraries are flexible and can be discussed on the day in camp, dependant on the weather,  time of the year and any additional activities that are chosen.


Additional days can be added to this safari should they be required. Please request at the time of booking for revised prices.

This is an un-escorted wildlife safari, with Imbali Safari Lodge rangers undertaking daily game drives with you and other guests. Should our guests require a privately guided wildlife safari or photo safari with Tony Sparkes Wildlife and Photographic Safari’s using Imbali Safari Lodge as a base then please contact us for prices on this safari or any other safari custom option. Guest may also want the additional option to explore more of the vastness of the Kruger National Park and opt for a privately guided safari in the Kruger National Park either before or after your visit to Imbali. Please advise us at the time of booking Imbali.


(ZAR prices are an estimation linked to the exchange rate and the exact price will be confirmed via invoice at the time of booking).  

Safari Cost :  from ZAR P.O.A. pppn sharing

We can accept payment via International Swift transfer, Credit Card or Paypal.

Please be advised: This wildlife safari will run throughout the year. Please contact us for any single supplement requirements, together with your preferred travel arrangements, so we can advise you on the availability of your dates and open spaces on this safari.


  • 2 days/2 nights accommodation in a private camp in the Kruger National Park
  • Luxury suite & private deck
  • Two game drives daily
  • 3 meals daily and selected beverages (Soft drinks, water, beer, selected wines & spirits)


  • Any flights
  • Visa’s
  • Transfers to Imbali Safari Lodge (please contact us for prices if transfers are required)
  • Gratuities (Please allow between $US 5-10 a day or rand equivalent for the driver and the tracker) if you wish to give anything. This should be paid in cash.
  • Purchases of a personal nature
  • Kruger National Park gate entry fees and conservation levies paid per person per stay
  • Premium Brand Beverages
  • Telephone calls

We regret that we are unable to accommodate children under the age of 8 on this wildlife safari. Children between the ages of 8-12 will only be allowed on a game drive at the discretion of management.


South Africa is officially listed as one of the most biologically diverse countries on earth.  With South Africa being made up of an astonishing kaleidoscope of landscapes as well as a plethora of eco-systems.

From the arid, near-deserts on its west coast to the montane forests and subalpine zones at the top of the beautiful Drakensberg at nearly 3,500 metres above sea-level.  In the South African cape, you will find pristine beaches and the uniqueness of its Fynbos ecosystems and lest we forget the vast wildlife and birds to encounter on the rich savannahs of its north-east provinces.

Without a doubt, any visitor to South Africa will be captivated by its constantly changing landscapes and the warm friendly people one encounters.  All this goes towards making up, what can only be described as, experiences one will never forget and want to keep coming back for more of the same.

This applies particularly for those who wish to capture and record their experience no matter what photographic genre, as South Africa remains a primary destination for experiencing a Big 5 wildlife safari, with our specialist Kruger Park Safaris and tours.  Phenomenal birding and nature photography where the enthusiast can lay witness to the annual bird migration which takes place annually. Read more about South Africa



As one of the first private concessions in the Kruger National Park, Mluwati has worked tirelessly to ensure the sustainability of this pristine wilderness that for over 100 years has been a sanctuary for over 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians and 147 mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five.

Keen birders will delight in the hundreds of bird species that call Kruger home. Over 500 species, in fact, many of which occur in the Mluwati Concession including the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Crested Barbet and Burchell’s Glossy Starling.

Guests will enjoy some of Kruger’s most spectacular landscapes and an extraordinary variety of wildlife, birdlife and plant life within the Mluwati Concession, ensuring that each safari experience will be unique.

Experience a morning and evening game drive during your stay at Imbali. With the first rains; witness the Terrapins playing in the river pools, perhaps hear the ‘call of Africa’ the African Fish Eagle or the steady chirping of sociable tree frogs, this very private lodge in the Kruger Park can and will provide you memories that will last a lifetime.

Savour the rich smells of the bush, hear the shrill calls of the Magpie Shrike and see the wind blowing through the feather grass dotting the savannah plains.

A game drive at Imbali will reveal new scents, curious sounds and the beauty of an extraordinary African landscape to delight your senses.


  • It should be noted that the Kruger National Park is located within in a Malaria area, guests are advised to seek medical advice from your own doctor in this respect.
  • Please read our Safari Safety and Etiquette.
  • There is wifi access at the reception at Imbali Safari Lodge due to its remoteness it may be a little slow. Should you be in urgent need to make a call, a telephone and landlines are available from the comfort of your own suite.


  • Mornings and evenings in an open safari vehicle are cold to cool (even in the summer), bring a fleece and a windbreaker jacket
  • Rain jacket, hat, cap or beanie
  • Sunblock
  • Binoculars
  • Spare batteries for your camera
  • Torch
  • Camera/video camera & flash (for wildlife photography a 300 – 400mm lens is ideal but there are opportunities for wildlife images for all sizes of lenses.
  • Should you wish to hire any camera equipment or binoculars for your trip then we can assist, you can enquire here

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