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Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp

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York 7 Olifants West Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 21/05/17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 21/05/17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#15 of 18 Speciality lodging in Balule Nature Reserve
Nestled between the northern Drakensberg Mountains and vast swathes of African wilderness - the Greater Kruger, an intimate and unimaginable Safari experience awaits you…Imagine...A herd of elephants quench their thirst at a nearby watering hole as you lounge next to an infinity pool overlooking the African wilderness. As you stretch out you hear a distant lion send out a guttural roar to let all know it is there. An excitement grows as you realize the time to go out approaches. The nearby idling of an approaching Land Cruiser signals the beginning of another adventure that defies imagination. At this intimate, family-owned lodge Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp, one can experience all the comfort and simplicity of contemporary living whilst at the same time feel completely immersed in the African wilderness. Nestled next to the welcoming reception area, a generous infinity pool offers a picturesque view of a nearby watering hole, a haven for many an elephant on a scorching day. An iconic Marula and surrounding flora are always host to a wide variety of delightful birding specimens, and one cannot but become engrossed in the cacophony of music the African bush has to offer. In the distance one can easily discern the vistas of the northern Drakensburg Mountains, offering remarkable opportunities for prospective photographers particularly at sunset. Opening up to the deck, a rustic, yet seemingly familiar bar welcomes you and give much comfort to the imagination. A traditional wood finish amidst an ancient Leadwood offer much for the thirsty, and many a hearty conversation if so desired. Sprawling under a professionally-crafted African thatch roof, a contemporary finish is complemented by hand-crafted African decor. An ambience of home is achieved by numerous comfortable seating areas for prospective book-lovers, where views of the surrounding serenity and artisanship leave little to one’s imagination. A central coffee station and freshly baked traditional rusks provide the perfect companion to an exciting early start if one so desires, with the surrounding wildlife and landscape delivering serenity as day breaks. A traditional “boma”, or dining area, adjoins the reception area and welcomes one to a hearty central fire, where one can relax with a drink under the African sky very amiably after an afternoon safari. In the evening the light allows for breathtaking views of the stars, and acoustics of surrounding African wilderness create a perfect ambience which leaves much to the imagination as to what could be but a short safari away. This all seamlessly blends in with the main lodge through a rustic yet elegant wooden finish, and one immediately feels familiar and at home. The luxury tented camp boasts five fully furnished spacious, elevated and air-conditioned canvas tents accommodating 2 people each that provide all the goodness and simplicity of contemporary living, without detracting from themajestic splendor of the surrounding African wilderness. Comfortable patio seating inside and outside and private coffee/tea/desk station allow for uninterrupted bliss and memorable intimate conversation. Each tent boasts a spacious private deck and an unrestricted private view of the northern Drakensberg mountains, allowing you to laze and watch the wildlife follow the sunset. Arustic, yet contemporary outdoor shower and spacious bath complement a seamless integration into nature. On entrance to the safari tent you are welcomed by two 3/4 extra length beds and ensuite bathroom facilities (including inside shower and toilet). This comfortable luxury safari accommodation stretches along on raised wooden walkways providing easy accessibility. The tents are surrounded by an assortment of indigenous flora that add to the beauty and ecological significance of the surrounding landscape. The tents are fully opento the acoustics of the surrounding wildlife, and often at night a cacophony of wildlife can be heard in its natural splendor. At Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp in Olifants West, Balule Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger… Imagination is a story that unravels itself.
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York 7 Olifants West Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Marianne K wrote a review Yesterday
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Dear Mandy and Richard, we had an absolutely great 2 nights at your wondeful lodge! It is a really fantastic place with so many special and beautiful touches not seen at other lodges. One can feel and see the love and passion that has gone into building and decorating this lodge - well done! The staff was very friendly and the food excellent (very nice and tasty dishes, including some traditional South African meals!). And we were so lucky to see the big 5 within 2 game drives (lion and leopard on the first evening, elephant, buffalo and rhino the following morning). We can recommend your lodge to everyone. Thanks so much and we will definitely visit again!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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tittes wrote a review Yesterday
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My husband and I went to Imagine Africa for our honeymoon and our experience was wonderful.The luxury tents were beautiful and cleans with alot of details and nice decorations. The hospitality is quite outstanding.Every staff member we encountered, from the valet to the check- in to the cleaning staff were delightful and eager to help!The owners Richard and Amanda made us feel at home ,they surprised my husband with a cake as he was celebrating his birthday fews day when we arrived .The Chef (Orlando) made sure our tastebuds always wanted more after every plate of exquisite dishes.Our Rangers Solly and Gary made our safari drives exciting as animal sightings were interesting, but just to sit quietly in the truck almost in touching distance of elephants, leopards ,hyenas ,giraffes,wild dogs and lions was amazing,as they could track down the animals by looking at the ground and what they hear was fascinating. Thanks to the staff and management for making our honeymoon a memorable one. We definitely recommend this beautiful lodge if you want to have a good safari experience in Africa Patrick &Evelyn
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kevin_Branch wrote a review 15 Sep
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
Having just finished an amazing motorcycle trip up Orrie Baragwaneth pass, we were faced with a very long road home. We managed to secure a luxury tent at Imagine Africa lodge located in the Balule concession. The owners Richard and Amanda were fantastic, arranging a safe place to leave our bikes, they collected us from the main gate and took us on a superb game viewing trip enroute to the lodge. On arrival at the lodge we were met with an impressive thatch lodge complete with elevated boardwalk leading to the accomodation. The front of the lodge looks onto a waterhole. The deck sports a beautiful infinity pool and large area for lounging and chilling. That evening we were treated to an excellent meal in the boma. This is right sized to give a wonderful cosy atmosphere. Retiring to the lounge /bar area we had a super evening swapping stories and making new friends. The rooms were top notch with an excellent outdoor bath and shower. The tented accomodation needs to be seen. These are classy and well appointed. Breakfast the following day was a delight of fresh fruit and a comprehensive breakfast of your choice. We were sad to have to leave Imagine Africa, but the road home beckoned. The camp and surrounding bush is varied and excellent and certainly demands a return visit and a longer stay. Thank you Imagine Africa.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
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Dear Kevin... it was indeed such a pleasure to host you and Mark durinng you exciting travels by motorcycle. Thank you so much for your detailed stay at Imagine Africa and we're so glad you found everything to your approval while staying at the lodge. Next time let's hope your visit can be longer! Safe travels ahead and bushveld regards from us all here at Imagine Africa!
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Rasmus wrote a review 13 Sep
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The stay was fantastic. Staff and owners made you feel at home from the minute of arriving in the camp. The camp itself looks stunning and exactly as the pictures provided. Food is amazing (great quality + great taste). I even made some new friends, joining them on tours to the Drakensberge. If you want to go to the Kruger area and don't know where yet, you cannot go wrong with Imagine Africa. I will most certainly come back.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
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Dear Rasmus .... Thank you ever so much for your wonderful comments above. It was such a pleasure to have you with us and share your safari experience here at Imagine Africa. We're so glad you enjoyed everything from the food, to the game drives, torung with us and the lodge itself! We really hope to welcome you back soon again for more great times! Best regards from the Team here at Imagine Africa.
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Vanessa Janse van Rensburg wrote a review Aug 2021
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Absolutely Awesome!! Hosts Richard and Amanda made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived, they went above and beyond to meet and exceed our expectations - even arranged a TV so we could watch the Springboks vs British Lions while having a few drinks at their bar. Accommodation was luxurious and the views spectacular! Orlando, our chef ensured that our tummies were full with a variety of exquisite dishes and yummy desserts. Gary and Solly our game drive guides went the extra mile to ensure we saw all the wildlife on our wish list. We were indeed privileged to have spent 5 nights at this fantastic establishment, highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 3 weeks ago
Wow Wow Wow... Thank you Guys for the fantastic recommendation! It was such a pleasure to host you and your family and thank you for choosing us. It was AWESOME to meet you all, share your special experience together and we're so glad your wish list was fulfilled with us here at Imagine Africa... We can't wait for you all to return again!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.