Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge
Kazungula Rd., 70 km (43 mi)from Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
Imbabala is a charming lodge an hour's drive from Victoria Falls Airport, set about a hundred meters from the river's edge, close to where Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia converge. It's comfortable and laid-back and is one of the few "original" Zambezi River lodges that hasn't lost its authenticity. At the center of the lodge is a magnificent teak tree under which, weather permitting, all meals are served. (There's a thatch-roofed dining and bar area that comes in handy in the rainy season.) Fanning out above that are the eight comfortably appointed en-suite rondavels (huts). It's a good place to bring children over seven as there's space to roam and the staff organise fun activities for them, on request. Bear in mind that the lodge is unfenced and in a park where animals are free to roam—a resident herd of impala sleeps just in front of the rondavels. Game drives, fishing expeditions, guided walks (you'll need to arrange this in advance), and boat cruises are all part and parcel of the Imbabala package. Birders will revel in the birdlife on this part of the river, which is spectacular.
- authentic Zambezi River and bush experience
- the chalets all look out onto the main lawn, so other guests walk past the front of them
- the lodge isn't far from Kazungula and the noise from the late-night revellers on the Zambian side can detract a little from the experience...unless it's your kind of music
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