COVID-safe holidaying at Imbali Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park

Imbali Safari Lodge

Offering fresh air, open wide spaces and minimal common surfaces to touch, Imbali Safari Lodge, hidden away in Mpumalanga, along a sand river in the Kruger National Park, is the perfect way to do social distance while enjoying amazing African safaris.

Your hosts have also implemented health protocols to ensure your safety during your stay.

Many of their previous guests said they love Imbali for so many reasons. These include value for money, location, staff friendliness, excursion quality, room presentation and the food.

Top notch hospitality is to be expected as Imbali Safari Lodge is part of the Extraordinary Collection. Besides unrestrained luxury, you will find it a welcoming environment – and a source of many future memories, whether you are visiting as a couple, family or small group. Read more here…

Accommodation at Imbali Safari Lodge

When you book in at Imbali Safari Lodge, you can be accommodated in twelve spacious suites. They come decorated in neutral colours with highlights of Africa – ornate wall lamps, comfortable textured pillows and all.

Rest on comfortable, extra-length King-size beds that come with mosquito nets. Wake up to large French doors that run the length of the rooms to let the beautiful outside wilderness in.

After a day of exploring the bushveld, you can recuperate in spacious, en-suite stone and marble bathrooms that offer views of the Kruger bush. Inside are Victorian-style bathtubs and walk in showers with signature bath amenities such as bath salts, hairdryers and fluffy bathrobes.

You do not even need to leave your suite. From the expansive decks, you can enjoy amazing views of the N’waswitsontso River or the surrounding savannah grasslands! Here, you can relax on the sunbed with a book or cocktail.

See their accommodation rates HERE and make an online booking HERE. You can take advantage of their specials HERE.

Facilities at Imbali Safari Lodge

Guest facilities at Imbali Safari Lodge include complimentary Wi-Fi in the main lodge, a sparkling swimming pool for a refreshing dip during the summer months, and free, secure parking for your vehicles.

In keeping with social distancing, you can also enjoy spa treatments in the privacy of your suite. In-room gym bags are also available for use at the lodge, click here to find out more.

There are also private plunge pools on all the deck suites.

Imbali have also made dining the perfect accompaniment to your safari experiences. Visit their impressive dining room, thatched-roof boma or under-the-tree’s decks for extensive buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches and impressive three-course table ‘d hotel dinners.

Activities at Imbali Lodge

Imbali Safari Lodge is located on a private concession in the Kruger National Park. It means you have immediate access to a vast array of activities on offer for both young and old, without rubbing shoulders with a lot of people.

See animals such as elephants, giraffe, zebra, impalas, kudus, cheetah, leopard, lions, and hyenas on their safaris.

You can also arrange for guided bush walks, stargazing, and bush picnics.

Here is what a typical day at Imbali Lodge is like.

Reviews from previous guests

“The whole trip was great. Staff were out of this world and super friendly. All facilities were incredibly clean and I felt very safe in terms of the current pandemic. Shout out to my man Liam, the best game ranger Mabula have by far. Incredibly knowledgeable and super passionate about his career. He taught me so much and went out his way to help us see all the animals. Give that guy a promotion!” wrote eawinston on their TripAdvisor page.

violetmakgato added; “Really great place with equally great staff that offer the best service. Rooms were perfectly ventilated and clean. Mabula is a little haven tucked away in the mountains. Lovely place, will definitely recommend to family and friends. It’s even better that all this is not too badly priced. Awesome experience.”

“The experience was truly fantastic! The friendliness of the staff, the delicious buffet meals, the beautiful cosy rooms, the adventurous game drives all make this game lodge a must visit!! And given its proximity, this is without a doubt the best game lodge close to Johannesburg. The staff truly go out of their way to make your experience memorable. Thank you Mabula for a wonderful experience! I am definitely returning!” said Compass638808.

Imbali Safari Lodge is located in the Kruger National Park, in Mpumalanga. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 13 735 8917 / +27 (0) 11 516 4367 / +27 (0) 11 463 3070; email / or visit them online at Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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