Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge
Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River on the Zimbabwe side. Plus it offers a great alternative to Chobe as you can combine game-viewing and bird watching here with visits to Victoria Falls. (It has wonderful 3 night ‘package offer’ which combines a guided tour of the Falls with a day excursion to Chobe National Park.) However, given its distance from the Falls, don’t stay here if you want to do plenty of other adventure activities at the Falls. As it lies 80km to the west of Victoria Falls so that’s a good one hour drive. Ideally you would spend one night at the Falls and then come here for 2 to 3 nights.
Imbabala has its own 5,000 acre private concession which has 14 km of private river frontage. This borders the Chobe Forest Reserve, known for its massive elephant population. Activities centre around tracking game on morning, afternoon and night game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles. These often provide fantastic game sightings including lion, painted dog, elephant, giraffe and kudu. Also, exploring the Zambezi river by boat at sunset is a wonderful experience. Plus bird-watching is exceptional at Imbabala, with approx 420 species ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers.
Accommodation at Imbabala
Imbabala has nine thatched en suite chalets, including a two-bedroomed family cottage. So it offers accommodation for just 20 guests. Each chalet is uniquely decorated and beautifully positioned with a spacious veranda opening onto sweeping views of the Zambezi River. However they are quite small. The family chalet has two inter-leading rooms both en suite and sleeps a family of four in comfort. (The chalets can also accommodate one child. But it’squite a squeeze.) All are equipped with fan, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee facilities.
The main lodge under thatch has a lounge, dining room and bar area with fantastic views of both the river and a nearby waterhole. Which attracts game throughout the year. A swimming pool and al fresco eating area nestle under classic riverine trees.
Walking Safaris and fishing excursions for the renowned Tiger Fish, are available by prior arrangement. (This is at an extra cost). Day trips to Victoria Falls and the Chobe National Park are also available at an additional charge. (Unless you book the inclusive 3 night package which is excellent value for money).
The Family Room - Price per person from: R 5 1652 interleading bedrooms, 1 with a double bed and 1 with twin beds. Rooms are equipped with fan, tea and coffee facilities, safe and hair dryer.
Safari Chalet - Price per person from: R 5 165This chalet is uniquely decorated and beautifully positioned with spacious verandas opening onto sweeping views of the Zambezi River. The safari chalets either have double bed or twin beds, balcony/patio, fan, tea and coffee facilities, safe and hair dryer.