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Imbabala Lodge

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  • Quiet and tranquil spot
  • 80km from Victoria Falls
  • Far from the bustle
  • Close to the action

Imbabala Lodge

Quiet, tranquil spot in a private concession on the upper Zambezi - close enough for the action, far enough for some peace

Imbabala Lodge, built in 1989 by the White family, lies within the seclusion of a private National Parks concession in Matetsi. It's nestled in the riverine fringe of the Zambezi, 80km west of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and near the border with Botswana. The hosts, Brad and Annie White, are very much in touch with the safari industry and are active conservationists.

Game drives in the concession are popular and often provide fantastic wildlife sightings including lion, painted dog, elephant, giraffe and kudu. Birding at Imbabala is especially good due to local habitat diversity and the overlaps of certain species from the nearby Okavango Delta.  The current bird-count is over 420 species.

The atmosphere at Imbabala is relaxed and the pace is gentle. Visitors can view wildlife as they drift along the Zambezi in a specially designed pontoon or as they sit quietly in one of the hides on the floodplain. A professional guide is also available to track wildlife on game drives.

Imbabala is a really good choice for families or for Vic Falls visitors who're keen to pop into town, partake in some activities and then return to the peace, quiet, comfort and gentle hospitality back at the lodge.

 

 

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UK+44 (0) 1752 878858
+44 (0) 1752 878858
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
+1 (347) 708 1794
Canada+1 (647) 694 1402
Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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  • All the facts
  • What and where

    Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River where Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia converge. Imbabala offers the chance to unwind but also some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching in the region, in the seclusion of a private National Parks concession. The 5,000 acre concession has 14 kilometers of private Zambezi River frontage and borders the Chobe Forest Reserve, which is renowned for its massive Elephant population.

    Highlights

    Experienced guides are on hand for all activities. Activities centre around tracking game on morning, afternoon and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles on the Imbabala Private Concession Area. Exploring the Zambezi River by boat affords guests an exclusive river experience. Bird-watching is exceptional, as birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers. Walking safaris and fishing excursions to catch the renowned Tiger Fish, are available by prior arrangement. Additional charges are applicable for all non-scheduled activities.

    Accommodation

    Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge offers exclusive accommodation for only 18 guests in 8 individual thatch lodges with en-suite facilities. Each lodge is uniquely decorated and beautifully positioned with spacious verandas opening onto sweeping views of the Zambezi River. Imbabala has one family lodge (sleeps 4), four double and three twin-bedded lodges. All doubles can be converted to twins on request and vice versa.

    Seasons

    Open all year round

    Price

    On request

    Tips and Notes

    • The main Lodge is a charming thatched structure, consisting of a lounge, dining room and bar area. This offers 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.
    • Mouth-watering meals are served either outside under the stars or in the open-fronted dining room.
    • There are no fences to prevent animal movement, so expect to see game and wonderful birdlife along the river bank as well as in and around the Lodge.
    • Your stay at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is inclusive of accommodation, three meals, drinks on all activities, scheduled land and water game-viewing activities, and laundry.
    • Transfers, drinks, gratuities, curios and all items of a personal nature are not included.
    • Children over the age of 7 are most welcome at Imbabala. Children under the age of 7 on request only. Children should be under supervision of their parents or a guardian at all times. Children aged 7-12 years will be charged 50% of the adults sharing rate.
    • 220 Volt mains electricity is available.
    • Due to its remote location, credit cards are not accepted at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge.

    Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance and promote environmental conservation in Southern Africa through hands-on wildlife research; management of a wildlife medical care facility and orphanage; the education and empowerment of indigenous resources through active involvement in conservation training and community outreach programs.

    Based at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the Trust is dedicated to protecting the area's unique indigenous fauna and flora, in collaboration with appropriate authorities, local communities and other stakeholders. "The objectives of the Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust are first and foremost the care and rehabilitation of wildlife, and to impart knowledge and skills of conservation of natural resources to communities"

    There are four areas in which our projects focus: Communities Outreach, Wildlife Research, Wildlife Orphanage, and Conservation Training.

    The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and its natural habitat.  Situated in a National Park, the town of Victoria Falls is located in one of the most beautiful environments on earth.  However with the beauty of the location comes some heavy burdens of human and animal conflicts.  VFAPU tries to ease some of the burdens by protecting the wildlife and habitat from poachers (subsistence and commercial), as well rescue and rehabilitate animals injured by human interference.  Additionally, they try to find employment for ex-poachers so that they have a sustainable income without doing harm to flora and fauna.  Education is also important, and VFAPU and its partners try to reach children at an early age through school and community awareness programs. 

    Subsistence Poaching shows you how local people are poaching animals and trees for food and firewood.  Commercial Poaching takes a look at poaching on a much larger level with ivory, skins, and meat being sold on a commercial basis to make money. VFAPU works hard to educate the community and find employment for ex-poachers in the Education and Employment section.  VAPU also show you how they try to save the wildlife they do find that has been injured or is sick due to human interference in our Rescue and Rehabilitation section.  

  • Choices
  • Imbabala Three-Night Package

    Three nights at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge including a tour of the falls on the day of arrival as well as a Chobe Day Trip. U$740 per person per stay.

    Imbabala Five-Night Package

    Three nights at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. Two nights Upper Zambezi Canoeing Safari. One night at The Elephant Camp. U$1115 per person per stay.

    The Adventure Pass

    The very best way to get your fill of Vic Falls adventure activties is the Adventure Pass. Sign up for at least two days of adventure and take advantage of a 10% saving on three activities with the Adventure Pass.

    Go on a Zambezi Sunset Cruise PLUS choose any two of:

    » White Water Rafting
    » Upper Zambezi Canoe Safari
    » Half Day High-Wire
    » Elephant-Back Safari
    » Lion Encounter
    » Helicopter Scenic Flight

    US$275 per person (excl. park fees). You can save up to U$55.

    The Safari Pass

    Experience the best of Vic Falls safari activties with the Wild Horizons Safari Pass. Bundle two short safari activities and you get an automatic 10% saving.

    Get a Chobe day-trip PLUS choose any one of:

    » Upper Zambezi Canoe Safari
    » Elephant-Back Safari
    » Horse Riding Safari
    » Walking Safari

    US$291.50 per person (excl. park fees). You can save up to U$40.

    The Elephant Camp

    The camp is situated only 10 minutes from Victoria Falls in a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park. With an emphasis on exclusivity, the luxury tented suites all have private decks and plunge pools.

    The Elephant Camp overlooks a natural waterhole allowing for great wildlife sightings. You'll be able to interact closely with wildlife, in particular elephant, at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary. 

    Chobe National Park, Botswana

    Chobe National Park, named after the Chobe River on its northern boundary, is home to an exciting variety of large mammals and over 450 bird species. Chobe is best known for having the highest concentration of elephants in the world with truly impressive herds gathering during both the wet and dry season.Buffalo also gather in tremendous herds and big prides of lion track them wherever they go. 

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Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

What and where

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River where Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia converge. Imbabala offers the chance to unwind but also some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching in the region, in the seclusion of a private National Parks concession. The 5,000 acre concession has 14 kilometers of private Zambezi River frontage and borders the Chobe Forest Reserve, which is renowned for its massive Elephant population.

Highlights

Experienced guides are on hand for all activities. Activities centre around tracking game on morning, afternoon and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles on the Imbabala Private Concession Area. Exploring the Zambezi River by boat affords guests an exclusive river experience. Bird-watching is exceptional, as birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers. Walking safaris and fishing excursions to catch the renowned Tiger Fish, are available by prior arrangement. Additional charges are applicable for all non-scheduled activities.

Accommodation

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge offers exclusive accommodation for only 18 guests in 8 individual thatch lodges with en-suite facilities. Each lodge is uniquely decorated and beautifully positioned with spacious verandas opening onto sweeping views of the Zambezi River. Imbabala has one family lodge (sleeps 4), four double and three twin-bedded lodges. All doubles can be converted to twins on request and vice versa.

Seasons

Open all year round

Price

On request

Tips and Notes

  • The main Lodge is a charming thatched structure, consisting of a lounge, dining room and bar area. This offers 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.
  • Mouth-watering meals are served either outside under the stars or in the open-fronted dining room.
  • There are no fences to prevent animal movement, so expect to see game and wonderful birdlife along the river bank as well as in and around the Lodge.
  • Your stay at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is inclusive of accommodation, three meals, drinks on all activities, scheduled land and water game-viewing activities, and laundry.
  • Transfers, drinks, gratuities, curios and all items of a personal nature are not included.
  • Children over the age of 7 are most welcome at Imbabala. Children under the age of 7 on request only. Children should be under supervision of their parents or a guardian at all times. Children aged 7-12 years will be charged 50% of the adults sharing rate.
  • 220 Volt mains electricity is available.
  • Due to its remote location, credit cards are not accepted at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge.

Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance and promote environmental conservation in Southern Africa through hands-on wildlife research; management of a wildlife medical care facility and orphanage; the education and empowerment of indigenous resources through active involvement in conservation training and community outreach programs.

Based at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the Trust is dedicated to protecting the area's unique indigenous fauna and flora, in collaboration with appropriate authorities, local communities and other stakeholders. "The objectives of the Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust are first and foremost the care and rehabilitation of wildlife, and to impart knowledge and skills of conservation of natural resources to communities"

There are four areas in which our projects focus: Communities Outreach, Wildlife Research, Wildlife Orphanage, and Conservation Training.

The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and its natural habitat.  Situated in a National Park, the town of Victoria Falls is located in one of the most beautiful environments on earth.  However with the beauty of the location comes some heavy burdens of human and animal conflicts.  VFAPU tries to ease some of the burdens by protecting the wildlife and habitat from poachers (subsistence and commercial), as well rescue and rehabilitate animals injured by human interference.  Additionally, they try to find employment for ex-poachers so that they have a sustainable income without doing harm to flora and fauna.  Education is also important, and VFAPU and its partners try to reach children at an early age through school and community awareness programs. 

Subsistence Poaching shows you how local people are poaching animals and trees for food and firewood.  Commercial Poaching takes a look at poaching on a much larger level with ivory, skins, and meat being sold on a commercial basis to make money. VFAPU works hard to educate the community and find employment for ex-poachers in the Education and Employment section.  VAPU also show you how they try to save the wildlife they do find that has been injured or is sick due to human interference in our Rescue and Rehabilitation section.  

Imbabala Three-Night Package

Three nights at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge including a tour of the falls on the day of arrival as well as a Chobe Day Trip. U$740 per person per stay.

Imbabala Five-Night Package

Three nights at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. Two nights Upper Zambezi Canoeing Safari. One night at The Elephant Camp. U$1115 per person per stay.

The Adventure Pass

The very best way to get your fill of Vic Falls adventure activties is the Adventure Pass. Sign up for at least two days of adventure and take advantage of a 10% saving on three activities with the Adventure Pass.

Go on a Zambezi Sunset Cruise PLUS choose any two of:

» White Water Rafting
» Upper Zambezi Canoe Safari
» Half Day High-Wire
» Elephant-Back Safari
» Lion Encounter
» Helicopter Scenic Flight

US$275 per person (excl. park fees). You can save up to U$55.

The Safari Pass

Experience the best of Vic Falls safari activties with the Wild Horizons Safari Pass. Bundle two short safari activities and you get an automatic 10% saving.

Get a Chobe day-trip PLUS choose any one of:

» Upper Zambezi Canoe Safari
» Elephant-Back Safari
» Horse Riding Safari
» Walking Safari

US$291.50 per person (excl. park fees). You can save up to U$40.

The Elephant Camp

The camp is situated only 10 minutes from Victoria Falls in a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park. With an emphasis on exclusivity, the luxury tented suites all have private decks and plunge pools.

The Elephant Camp overlooks a natural waterhole allowing for great wildlife sightings. You'll be able to interact closely with wildlife, in particular elephant, at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park, named after the Chobe River on its northern boundary, is home to an exciting variety of large mammals and over 450 bird species. Chobe is best known for having the highest concentration of elephants in the world with truly impressive herds gathering during both the wet and dry season.Buffalo also gather in tremendous herds and big prides of lion track them wherever they go. 

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Adventure Pass

Take a cruise plus two other activities: White water rafting; Big 5 Night drive & dinner, Zambezi Canoeing, Adrenaline high wire package, 13 min helicopter flight, horse riding.