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Imbabala Safari Lodge

Their dream was of an unspoilt river wilderness lodge where guests rapidly become friends

NOTE: Imbabala Safari Lodge is closed until further notice. Please contact us for recommendations, or browse other pages on our site for alternative Victoria Falls accommodation.

Fishing on the Zambezi River Game drives in the national park The sparkling pool near the river Outside a suite at Imbabala The main lounge

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Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge was the vision of Ron and Jean White back in 1988 when Imbabala Lodge was first built.

Their dream was of an unspoilt river wilderness lodge where guests rapidly became friends. The White family are legends in Victoria Falls, and their hearts are truly in the African bush.

The Lodge is situated on a 4000 acre private concession in the Matetsi Safari Area, only 80 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls and not far from where the four countries of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia meet.

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is beautifully positioned on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River shaded by ancient ebony trees, the main lodge is a charming thatched structure, consisting of a lounge, wildlife reference library with fireplace, dining room and cocktail bar. There is also a swimming pool with sun deck and poolside bar making it the perfect place for anyone to relax and unwind.

With 11 kilometres of Zambezi River frontage, Imbabala has some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching opportunities in the region, all in the seclusion of a private National Parks concession. The concession borders the Chobe Forest Reserve which is renowned for its massive Elephant population - herds of up to 1500 elephants have been seen on the floodplains below the Imbabala Safari Camp!

Our Opinion

We like Imbabala because it is beautifully positioned on the banks of the Zambezi River, there is lots to do, and the Victoria Falls is just 80kms downstream.

Accommodation at Imbabala Safari Lodge

Imbabala Safari Lodge accommodates only 18 guests in stone and thatch chalets with private en-suite facilities. The chalets are individually and tastefully decorated all beautifully positioned with sweeping views on the Zambezi River. Each veranda has a comfy hammock in which you can relax and take in the spectacular view. What a way to spend a holiday!

The lodge has one family room, two double and six twin bedded chalets.

All rooms have:
• En-suite facilities with shower (only 2 rooms have both shower and tub)
• Ceiling fan
• Universal adaptors
• Tea/coffee-making facilities
• Electronic safe
• Mosquito nets
• Veranda with table and chairs
• Hairdryer
• Hammock


• Activities centre around game viewing and bird watching on morning, afternoon and night game drives by open 4x4 safari vehicle on the Imbabala Private Concession Area
• Exploring the Zambezi River by boat, affords guests exceptional bird-watching opportunities, birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers. Many rare species such as the African Finfoot are found here - it is a bird lovers paradise. You will look on in amazement at the variety and action all around.
• Also on offer at Imbabala Safari Lodge is fishing for the renowned Tiger Fish (serious fisherman are advised to bring along their own Tackle). As is with the birding, this is one of the top spots on the Zambezi and their guides know just the spots to catch the big ones.
• Walking Safaris are available by prior arrangement.
• For anyone spending a longer time at Imbabala, day trips to Victoria Falls and the Chobe National Park can be arranged (additional charge applicable).

Fully Inclusive Rates Include

• Accommodation
• All Meals - morning tea, brunch or lunch, afternoon tea & dinner.
• Local brand drinks
• Return airport transfers from Victoria Falls and Kasane airports
• scheduled game-viewing activities, which includes both land and water activities.

Fully Inclusive Rates Exclude

• Other Transfers
• Gratuities and curios
• All items of a personal nature


• 220 Volt mains electricity is available during the day and evening
• Main lodge with dining area, bar, lounge
• Swimming pool in the garden between the main lodge and the river
• Spa facilities
• Wireless internet


• Lunch is served under the cool shade of the dining are in the main lodge
• Dinner is served al fresco under the stars
• Private dinners can be arranged
• Bush dinners can be by the flood plains right by the river banks


• Children of all ages are welcome. However, parents must remember that the lodge and the swimming pool are unfenced, and wild animals are all around in the park. Children must stay under adult supervision at all times.
• No childcare/baby-sitters are provided for at Imbabala Safari Camp
• Children under 4 years of age stay at no extra cost, sharing a family room with parents. Children 4 to 16 pay 50% of the adult rate.
• Families wanting to go on a game drive with children 7 and under will need to make use of a private game vehicle. Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on walking safaris.

How to Get to Imbabala Safari Lodge

Imbabala Safari Camp is situated approximately 80 kilometres west of Victoria Falls and access is by road transfer from Victoria Falls, Livingstone or Kasane. These we can easily arrange for you.

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