Imbali Concession safaris, tours & holiday packagesA private concession in the heart of Kruger National Park
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Imbali combines the game and wild spaces of Kruger National Park with the exclusivity of a private concession.
Situated in central Kruger National Park some 35-kilometres southeast of Orpen Gate, the 10,000-hectare Imbali Concession area is home to three luxury lodges and a host of fantastic game-viewing opportunities. There are no fences between the concession and Kruger, so all the wildlife (from leopards to elephants) roams freely, giving you the chance to see the world-famous park's inhabitants in the company of just a few game-drive vehicles. Big Five sightings are common in the concession, with lions being spotted often.
My favourite lodge in Imbali Concession is Hamilton's Tented Camp: the stylish rooms are incredibly romantic with Victorian-style bathtubs overlooking the river and I love the fact that you can spot game while you sit on your private deck.
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There are no self-driving options in Imbali, which is made up mostly of open grasslands. However, the lodge's game vehicles are in constant communication with each other, so there's little chance that you will miss out on any good sightings. Unlike in Kruger National Park, the vehicles here are allowed to drive off-road, so if there's a lion kill a few metres away from the road, your driver will be able to get you in close.
Of the three lodges on the concession, Imbali Safari Lodge is the most family-friendly, with 12 modern-minimalist furnished chalets overlooking the Nwaswitsontso River, each with its own Jacuzzi or plunge pool. For a more traditional African experience, opt to stay at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge, which has six rooms styled like Tsonga huts with cylindrical thatch-and-reed roofs and offering outdoor showers and private decks.
Hamilton's Tented Camp, the most elegant and romantic of the trio, harks back to turn-of-the-century colonial Africa. Six canvas tented rooms are furnished with dark wood and antique prints are set on stilts and connected by wooden walkways under jackalberry trees.
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