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Re: Treat ourselves to 2 nights at one of the private reserves?

Unread postby DuQues » Tue May 12, 2009 9:04 am

Have a look at these lodges. They are in Kruger proper, so a very short drive, probably cheaper, and offer real luxury.
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Re: Treat ourselves to 2 nights at one of the private reserv

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:15 pm

SANParks relies on income from the private concession areas within the parks.
As information about them is listed on this website, if people are looking for that type of accommodation, it would be preferable to encourage them to visit one of the concessions within SANParks.
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Imbali Safari Lodge

Unread postby Mant » Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:18 pm

Has anybody been to Imbali Safari Lodge in the Kruger before.

If you have, what is it like? :)
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Re: Imbali Safari Lodge

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:43 pm

I can give you a good rundown - stayed there in January.

The rooms are magnificent - just find a way to switch the jacuzzi off in the evening before you go to bed.
I found that quite was better than the hum of the pump

The people there were great but the service from the Restaurant staff was poor.
Quality of Food was great despite the fact that we could not get a proper breakfast on the last day.

When we were there it rained - but we were given really good Ponchos on the drive - when we were there the Landies did not go off road -
I believe that they are allowed to do so in their concession area.
Saw some fantastic sightings

I had a problem with the fact that a notice in the room advised not to drink the tap water - but they charged for drinking water - if you can't drink the tap water they must supply water free of charge. (Water is critical - so check that out.

We had some good viewing despite the rain - even had an elephant come right up to the deck to drink water out of the pool.

Enjoy it and let us have your comments when you get back.

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Anybody visited Pafuri Camp

Unread postby mschaa » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:22 am

Anybody visited Pafuri private camp?
How did you like it?

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Re: Anybody visited Pafuri Camp

Unread postby o-dog » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:31 pm

Hi not sure which came you are referring to, but if its the one om the Northern Bank of the Luvuvu close to Pafuri,
I was fortunate enough to stay there for 3 nights.
Saw some interesting game as well.
Some of the scenery in the Makuleke concession is the best I have ever seen, like the Fever Tree forests and large baobabs to spectacular views of Lanner Gorge etc and walking in the Limpopo down to Crooks Corner.
Its worth a once off visit for sure if you have the money.
I luckily got to go for free.
The area is great for Thicktailed Bushbaby, Bushpig, a large herd of Eland,
many birds, including Pels and Gorgeous Bushshrike and many more.
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Re: Tinga or Imbali?

Unread postby JacoPietersen » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:19 am

I've done Imbali and Tinga before and trust me after a few days of lazing around it can get very boring. The only time you go out is with guided drives.

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Re: Tinga or Imbali?

Unread postby varknek » Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:48 pm

I have been to both Tinga and Imbali Lodge.

Most definitely Tinga Lodge, the only thing about Tinga they do not allow children.
If you want to spoil yourself, go to Tinga.
We landed at The Skukuza landing strip and where welcomed with Biltong, snacks, drinks the works,
We saw the big 5 in the first day.
The Luxury units are very private and the quality of the finishes outstanding,........it brings back to much memories :roll: .
they treat you like a king, in the mornings before going on a game drive you get Rusks, Coffee or tea, we made a joke with the staff and told them we want a chocolate cake, and the next morning we got one, awesome service.

Imbali is also good. if i can rate the rooms, i will give Tinga 10/10 and Imbali 7/10.

Even the Dining, lounge reception for Tinga is better.

If i had the money i will Go to Tinga every time. they are the best.

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Re: PAFURI ANYONE STAYED THERE ?

Unread postby michelevictoria » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:24 am

We just spent 4 nights in Pafuri in early December.
It was wonderful.
The camp is great and the fever tree forest is amazing.
We also saw a Pel's fishing owl.
A first for me!
In April we are going back to Kruger and will spend 2 nights in the tents at Punda.
Went there 2 years ago and can't wait to go back.
The tents are magic!

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Re: PAFURI ANYONE STAYED THERE ?

Unread postby Mant » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:59 pm

Hi,

We stayed at Pafuri for 3 nights and absolutely loved it.

The Fever Tree Forest is something that you must see and also Lanner Gorge.

There isn't a lot of game up there but lots of birds.

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Re: PAFURI ANYONE STAYED THERE ?

Unread postby Betelgeuse » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:53 pm

North of the Levuvhu river is the Makuleke Concession which entails that Punda Maria is the northernmost SANParks camp in KNP.
However; there are private camps in the Makuleke concession and I assume that it is through one of these camps which are not part of SANParks, that some of the forumites organized to visit Lanner Gorge, because Punda Maria doesn't organize trips to Lanner Gorge as far as I know -
only when you go on a Nyalaland Wilderness Trail can a trip to Lanner Gorge be organized with the Trails Guide and Section Ranger's consent?

I love the North of the Park; don't go there expecting loads of animal sightings - go for the birds and you'll be pleasantly surprised by what other jewels you discover and drink in the scenery. :thumbs_up:
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Road and gate to imbali please

Unread postby ajay2011 » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:08 am

Please advise which gate I should enter KNP through to get to Imbali lodge so as to enjoy maximum game viewing en route from Sandton, Johannesburg.
How long does it take from Johannesburg to KNP and specifically the gate of entry that you advise?
Thanks a mil.

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Re: road and gate to imbali please

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:47 pm

The easiest gate to Imbali is Orpen, take the turnoff to Talamati. Just a little past Fairfield (on the right) is the turnoff to Hoyo Hoyo and Imbali.

But if you leave early enough you can of course enter at Malelane and drive up from the south.
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Re: road and gate to imbali please

Unread postby Joao » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:27 pm

Or enter at Kruger gate and drive to Imbali on the S36. Good chance of seeing Sable on that road.

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Re: road and gate to imbali please

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:04 pm

We went to Hoyo-Hoyo last year and thoroughly enjoyed it (sister camp to Imbali).
The concession is in a lovely area and game-viewing is excellent! :thumbs_up:
Orpen gate is the closest gate to Imbali.
If you will be leaving early morning from Sandton and driving via Orpen gate - you should be able to reach Imbali at around 1-2pm, and still be in time for your included afternoon drive.

When we went last year, we drove the previous night up to Nelspruit (a mere 3 hrs from Pretoria), and then left the next morning early from Nelspruit, entered at Phabeni and enjoyed the scenic route up to Hoyo-Hoyo.

Hope it helps, and hope you enjoy it! :thumbs_up:
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