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Imbali Safari Lodge
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We spent a relaxing 7 nights at the beautiful Imbali Lodge for the first part of our honeymoon. I cannot recommend a better place to spend if you are looking for a place to get away from the mad city! Even though you are in the heart of the wilderness, you are surrounded by luxury! There is nothing quite like slipping into a warm jacuzzi with a cocktail, looking out at the glistening riverbed and watching the game passing through it. The food in decadent and you are sure to get a real taste of Africa . The game drives are spectacular and the field guides are all so knowledgable, I highly recommend Stefan! He went out of his way to share his incredible knowledge about the bush with us and his captivating stories will stay forever in our minds... "Ooooo Vrek".

Room Tip: Rooms 1-4 a must
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeanne d, Manager at Imbali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2013

Dear Traveller,

We, at Imbali Lodge, strive for excellence in everything we do and are extremely pleased to learn that your stay was memorable. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for your compliment regarding the food and staff. We certainly hope to welcome you back to Imbali Lodge in the future.

Yours in hospitality,
IMBALI MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We have just left the imbali safari lodge after 4 nights and had a wonderful stay at this beautiful lodge. Rooms are stunning with amazing views of the bush. We saw elephant, baboons, giraffe and even a leopard just drinking from the waterhole at the lodge dining area. Our guide Nicholas was brilliant with a great sense of humor and made sure we got to see the big five on our game drives as well as cheetah twice! food was really good and service good. We hope to return to imbali again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeanne d, Manager at Imbali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2013

Dear Traveller,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review about your stay with us. I am glad to see that you enjoyed our lodge as well as your guide Nicholas. I will make sure to convey your review to him as well. We hope to welcome you back to Imbali in future.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I absolutely loved this place!

The location is awesome, our ranger stephan was incredibly knowledgeable. Our food options were kinda restrictive considering we are vegetarians, but was really good.

The room... well the room was out of this world !! A door which opens to a sun deck with a plunge pool and pool chairs.. all facing the forest with no fences !!

Little things like next day weather forecasts and small cards highlighting a new flora/fauna specious indigenous to the park, really add to the experience.

The entire thrill of walking down a wooden bridge to the room which opens with a huge key and being escorted by a guide because elephants had ventured into the premises a few days ago kinda seems out of a story book.

Looking at elephants, rhino's and lions while eating your meals has no parallel.

Looking forward to coming back!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeanne d, Manager at Imbali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Dear Traveller

Thank you for the glowing review. We are delighted that we could help you create memories to last you a life time. I agree, not many people have had the pleasure of having Lion, Elephant and Rhino as dinner guests!! We hope to see you back at our Lodge in future.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

OMG I can't say enough about this place! Beautifully appointed rooms and very clean. The staff is amazing ( I was partial to Winston) and the food is right out of "Gourmet Magazine". Absolutely incredible. Our safari guide, Oscar, was persistent in getting you to see the "big five". He was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Never thought of going to Africa but now I can't wait to be able to go back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are set up the same in all three of their camps. I can't imagine one being better...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeanne d, Manager at Imbali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Dear George C

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an amazing review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and that Oscar went the extra mile to show you the Big 5. Winston is one of our longest serving staff members and quite the character. I will convey your very positive feedback regarding your meals to the kitchen, I’m sure they will truly appreciate it. We hope to welcome you back to our beautiful lodge in future.

Yours in Hospitality
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Imbali Safari Lodge was absolutely stunning, the lodge itself it beautiful and each room has its own private pool or jacuzzi. Tired from the drive, we were immediately revitalized by the staff because of their friendliness and enthusiasm. Our ranger Stefan was very knowledegable and was very good in educating us about not only the "big" animals, but also the fauna/flora and birds in the areas. What was so special to me was during dinner, elephants came right up to the pool and watering hole whilst we were eating, it does not get better than this on a safari. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to have a safari experience in the Kruger / Sabi area.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Stacy C, Manager at Imbali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2013

Dear Tracey
Thank you very much for your glowing review. We were honoured to host you and your family. We are pleased to see that you enjoyed your experience at our lodges in Kruger and that our guide took the time to educate you about nature as a whole, stopping for the smaller, often overlooked animals as well. We hope to welcome you back to our lodges again in future.
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We spent a few nights here as well as two other private lodges in S. Africa. It is small, so it feels like you have the place to yourself. James, our guide is exceptionally knowledgeable and went out of his way one evening to get close to a lepard that another guide had spotted. He also deftly handled a rude and overbearing family group (from a country east of S. Africa) who virtually demanded he produce a lion and were late to two consecutive game drives by separating them from other guests. He even offered photo suggestions.

Excellent food, beautifully appointed facilities - both the common areas and the rooms.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Stacy C, Manager at Imbali Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

Dear 61GaryL843

Thank you very much for the great review, we really appreciate it. I’m glad to see that you enjoyed your Safari experience and that your guide made sure to leave you with a memorable experience and lasting memories of our Lodge and Concession. We hope to welcome you back one day.

Regards the Imbali Management.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We had a nice stay at Imbali last month, lovely accommodations & friendly and helpful staff. Our ranger Oscar was phenomenal, going out of his way to make sure we had amazing sightings. However, since returning home, the experience has been nothing short of awful. We realized that we had been double charged for our stay and contacted them to address the error. They replied with no apologies but told us they would look into it.

I wanted to wait until the problem was fixed to write this review, but one month later, the administration still has done nothing to reverse the charges!! Worst of all, they have not been communicative and had no sense of urgency, we have to keep emailing them asking for updates. Finally we contacted our credit card company to handle it from their end.

Get it together Imbali, it's not okay to double charge your patrons, barely maintain a sluggish correspondence, and leave an HUGE problem unresolved. This experience really marred what otherwise would have been a very nice memory. I saw that another reviewer on tripadvisor has had similar issues so they must have a serious problem with their billing process - until they figure it out, choose to stay somewhere else in Kruger.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Imbali Safari Lodge

Address: Imbali Concession | Skukuza, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 175 Specialty Lodging in Kruger National Park
Price Range: $484 - $994 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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