In search of a perfect holiday combining wild life, nature and relaxation La bonne Vivante packed her battered suitcase for yet another adventure; South Africa’s Kruger Park. If you are a fan of safaris and in search of the big 5, South Africa’s Kruger Park is a must see destination. With over 19’000 square kilometers and countless species, it is one of the largest game reserves in Africa.
Imbali lodge – They got game!
The Imbali lodge is one out of 3 lodges managed by the same owners. All lodges have been designed impeccably and decorated according to their individual themes. We absolutely loved the Hoyo Hoyo lodge with African decorating elements and the signature color orange. The intimate lodge can host 6 guests and is a perfect hideaway if you are looking for a guilt-free getaway from electronic disturbances as the lodge doesn’t have internet.
The Imbali lodge on the other hand captivates guests with its classic and colonial interior design and a beautiful terrace in front of the watering hole. There are 12 lodges available, which have been kept in dark wood and have been furnished elegantly with old school leather couches just perfect for snuggling into. The day consists of a morning and an afternoon drive. In between those, guests will have plenty of time to relax, lunch and read. In the evening, a 3 course dinner awaits the intimate group of guests who will be entertained by the rangers and their fascinating tales of Kruger’s wildlife. Staff at the lodge is very friendly and the cuisine is fantastic. After an entertaining dinner, we are accompanied on the short walk to our room and are reminded that while surrounded by all the conveniences one can wish for we are still in the middle of the African veldt.
The early bird catches the worm. If you are new to the game driving business, your first lesson is likely going to be that they start really early. Our morning drive begins at 5.30 am. Amongst the splendid nature amidst sunrise there is plenty of wildlife to see and once the first elephants, rhinos and giraffes come to pay us a visit we understand why we got up so early.
If you are lucky, you might spot a Lion and although we did not, our ranger went out of his way to try and find some for us. Prior to returning to our lodge, we are served hot tea and biscuits and warm up in the golden morning sun. What a lovely way to say goodbye to the Kruger Park.
Tel: +27 (0) 11 516 4367 / +27 (0)11 463 3070, Lodge direct +27 (0) 13 735 8917, email: email@example.com, http://imbali.com