How to Get to Imbali Safari Lodge in Central Kruger Park

Located on the banks of a scenic stretch of river in a private concession of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. This is the place for couples to escape and rejuvenate their senses.

Imbali Safari Lodge is situated near Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. It is a five and a half-hour drive from Johannesburg. It is best to enter through the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park. Should you be travelling from Nelspruit it is a two and a half-hour drive from Kruger Gate.

Directions from Johannesburg via the Orpen Gate

  • From Johannesburg take the R21 highway towards Pretoria
  • Just before Pretoria and take the N4 highway East
  • Turnoff at Belfast and take the R540 towards Dullstroom and travel 37km (23 miles)
  • At Dullstroom take the R540 towards Lydenburg and travel 43km (26 miles)
  • At Lydenburg take the S36 towards Ohrigstad and travel 62km (38 miles)
  • At Ohrigstad take the R527 towards Hoedspruit passing through the Strijdom Tunnel
  • About 16km (10 miles) before Hoedspruit at the Swadini Reptile Centre, turn right onto the R531 towards Klaserie
  • After approximately 30km (18.6 miles), turn left onto the Orpen Gate Road (R531)
  • After 40km (25 miles) you will reach the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park

From the Orpen Gate, the lodge is about a 2 hour drive so please take note of gate closing times as you have to be at the lodge by gate closure times

  • After entering the Orpen Gate travel for 22km (13.6 miles) on the H7
  • Turn right on the S36 where you will see the signpost marked Imbali, Hamiltons, Hoyo-Hoyo with the exact distances
  • After about 20km (12.5 miles) turn right on the S145 where it is signposted for Imbali and Hoyo-Hoyo
  • After 3km (1.8 miles) turn left at the no entry sign
  • Drive for 3.5km (2.17 miles) where you will reach a T-junction
  • Turn left to Imbali Safari Lodge

Directions to the lodge from the Paul Kruger Gate

  • Enter Paul Kruger Gate
  • Proceed towards Skukuza for 15km (9.3 miles)
  • From Skukuza take the H1-2 toward Satara for 32 km (20 miles)
  • Turn Left onto R36 (Dirt Road)signs will read Imbali Safari Lodge/Hoyo-Hoyo Tsonga Lodge/Hamilton’s Tented camp
  • At T-junction turn left to S125 for 1km and then right onto S36
  • Continue for a further 6km (3.7 miles)
  • Turn left onto S145 for 3km (1.8 miles)
  • At the signage for Imbali Safari Lodge and Hoyo-Hoyo Tsonga Lodge turn left and travel for 4km (2.5 miles)
  • At the T-Junction turn left and travel for about 1km (0.62 miles)


  • There are flight options from both Johannesburg and Cape Town to Hoedspruit and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, as well as a private Charter to an airstrip near the lodge. Transfers to and from Hoedspruit, Nelspruit and the private airstrip can be arranged.

GPS Co-Ordinates

-24.600824 S
31.629764 E

Kruger National Park - South African Safari