The quality of guiding here truly enhances the experience of being on safari – all the lodge’s guides have a real passion for their profession and love sharing their expertise with visitors to this beautiful area. Back at the lodge, too, guests are well looked after – the enthusiastic chefs make it their mission to provide tasty and wholesome food, using ingredients sourced from the lodge’s own garden! Guests can take advantage of many private-dining options, not least a bush dinner on the banks of the Zambezi. And the spa is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy a massage, mani-pedi or sumptuous skin treatment, all the while appreciating that superb view down to the river. Bliss!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
It is situated 80km west of Victoria Falls, close to the banks of the Zambezi and within a private concession totalling some 2,000 hectares! This area includes 14km of river frontage and is adjacent to the Chobe Forest Reserve, which boasts very impressive populations of elephant.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The main lodge is a charming stone-and-thatch structure surrounded by ancient ebony trees and leafy vegetation. It is open sided, allowing fresh breezes to drift through. Here guests can enjoy relaxing in a luxurious lounge, dining in style at a long communal table, and sitting at a well-stocked bar and getting to know staff and fellow travellers. The lodge’s brick floor extends outside, to an additional dining area and to a swimming pool with a few sunloungers. The views are pretty special here – down to the river via a busy waterhole!
The guest accommodation at Imbabala consists of nine stone-and-thatch lodges – six twins, two doubles, and a family unit that sleeps four. All are located in garden grounds, with the same great views as the main lodge. There is no air conditioning, but all lodges have a ceiling fan. Other features include mosquito nets around all beds, a tea and coffee station, an electronic safe, and en-suite facilities of flush toilet, washbasin and shower – two lodges have an additional bathtub. The interiors are comfortable, with some bright splashes of colour and a few photographs on the walls. Outside, each lodge has a private veranda with chairs, side table, and a hammock!
Due to its position within a private concession and close to the Zambezi, Imbabala is able to offer an excellent assortment of safari activities. Game drives are available during mornings, afternoons and nights – and guests regularly spot lion, elephant, painted dog, giraffe, kudu, and many more! This is a fabulous area for birdwatchers too, with approximately 420 bird species. Morning walks are a great way to get to know the local wildlife really well. River safaris take place in the morning or afternoon and present some outstanding photo opportunities of the aquatic wildlife – hippos, crocodiles, more elephants – and of the river’s glorious sunsets. Fishing is popular too, especially for anglers who dream of catching the famous tigerfish! And staff are happy to organise day trips to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park.