Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp

Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp

York 7, Olifants West Nature Reserve Greater Kruger Hoedspruit Limpopo Province, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Nestled between the northern Drakensberg Mountains and vast swathes of African wilderness - the Olifants West Nature Reserve, 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 (can be converted to a super king on request) 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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Outdoor pool
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Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
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Poolside bar
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Sun deck
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Sun terrace
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York 7, Olifants West Nature Reserve Greater Kruger Hoedspruit Limpopo Province, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp is heralded by many travelers for its exceptional service, with staff members known for their personalized attention and professionalism. The camp is lauded for providing outstanding value, offering amenities and experiences that exceed expectations. Guests rave about the luxurious atmosphere, comfort, and spotless presentation that define the camp's ambiance. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Drakensberg mountains, the camp's location offers stunning vistas complemented by immaculately maintained and indulgently luxurious tents, ensuring a memorable safari experience.
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Adrian W wrote a review Jan 2023
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Property's Favourite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the moment i arrived at , imagine africa luxury tented camp, i knew this was going to be a very special time here.I stayed for 7 nts in tent 4 , with a fantastic view of the waterhole, where all the wildlife can come to drink or cool down . The owners richard and mandy, are now not just people i met , but people i would describe as friends , as thats what you will feel like after you have stayed and experienced such genuine care , hospitality wise, richard is a great host, but also a fantastic human being, who makes sure that no animal gets stressed on any game drive, which was something i agreed with, as we had the same mindset as i would rather not view that mammal at that time and look another day, this was put into practise with the ranger hendrick, herman and tracker victor, All amazing people, richard and mandy seem to have been blessed with such a fantastic team, thats working at IMAGINE AFRICA LUXURY TENTED CAMP, you must book and stay , you won't regret it, J.D met me and talked me through the information and rules of the camp. she is so full of life and fits in perfectly ,the food is of such a high standard i would say 5 star at least the taste presentation was out of this world, orlando and kassami, caters for all diets and the menus made your mouth water all day, the main camp area has an inside dining area , sitting area ,a curio shop with there own merchandise , but also selling RHINO REVOLUTION merchandise , with all proceeds reaching the charity, and a very well stocked bar that you have alcohol or non alcoholic drinks, there was also a coffee and tea station , which also did speciality coffees ,Then we come to the accommodation , described as a tent, Its so much more than a tent, its pure luxury, aircon a hugh fan , queen size bed. writing desk and coffee ,water station, at the back there plenty of storage for all your clothes and toiletries , where there was a double sinks, toilet indoor shower, outdoor shower and large bath tub, laying in the tub with the african night sky under the stars , should be on everyones bucket list, lastly the drives, morning and late afternoon stretching into the night, were relaxing exciting , the anticipation of what you might see here and smell, heightens all your senses, as you immerse yourself into the true wild africa not only viewing the big 5, but the little five, the birds aswel., knowing your in such safe hands , with the either hendrick herman and victor, they can spot a needle in a haystack,ive been to sabi sands and stayed in high end lodges and this place is better, don't just take my word for it, find out for yourself.go and let the real africa in , and I'm sure like me you will be planning to return
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 22 Jan 2023
Dear Adrian... Thank you for such an awesome review ... We felt exactly the same as you.. So wonderful to meet you and look after you here at Imagine Africa. You are so right... We're very blessed to have the team we do here... And respecting Nature is a first priority. We're thrilled you're already planning another visit and look forward to welcoming you soon again. Warmest regards from us all!
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KV1234 wrote a review Sept 2022
London, United Kingdom
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We stayed 5 nights at this new lodge in Balule (opened earlier this year) which caters for up to 10 guests in 6 tents. The tents are large (50 sqm) and very well laid out. We especially liked the large bathroom/shower area with solid walls and floors which aided in keeping the temperature more constant in the rear of the tent even when the outside temperatures fluctuated. The design is rustic luxury and we liked the quirky design features such as the pipework taps/shower. The water pressure and supply of hot water in the shower was excellent.

Our room looked directly onto the lodge watering hole and although it wasn’t visited by lots of animals during our stay we did see an elephant on the day we arrived and watched two elephants arrive at dinnertime on the night before we left when the front of house ladies kindly arranged for us to have dinner on our terrace. It was a special end to the stay to watch these majestic animals.

There were two chairs on the terrace where you could sit and enjoy the views. The addition of loungers on the deck would be a bonus as we had these at another lodge and found them preferable to chairs as they allow you to stretch out, relax and snooze after game drives.

The game drives were the highlight for us. We experienced and saw something different each time we went out. Thanks to Gary, Hendrick and Victor for the excellent spotting and informative and focussed drives. We ticked off the big 5; leopard (which was a challenging character to photograph despite the serious off-roading), lion, hippo, buffalo, elephant as well as spotted hyena, giraffe, eland, springbok, kudu, blesbok, impala and others (that we have forgotten the names of). Additionally, we saw the rare African wild cat. Night spotting included flying jumping bush babies, a very well camouflaged chameleon and two elusive honey badgers. The highlights had to be the male lions chasing the younger challenger and following the leopard trying to take a photo of something other than its tail or a bush in front of it.

The food at the lodge is fine, and we thought breakfast was the best meal of the day, particularly the freshly baked muffins and eggs which were really tasty. The fruit salad was delicious. Lunches were ok although slightly on the heavier side for us. Dinners were variable. We really liked the Brai night with grilled meats in the Boma. We understood that the lodge is small and it may not be practical or cost effective to offer several pre-set meal options at dinner time, but it would have preferable to have an alternative option to stews/curries. Ideally a second lighter optional offering at dinner and lunch could be offered such as an omelette, salad, quiche or something simple for the kitchen to prepare.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Room Tip: The first tent on the right from the main building has the best view of the watering hole
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 23 Sept 2022
Thank you so much for a very detailed review indeed! Having been open since May 2022 it's been fabulous to receive comments and suggestions such as yours above and we will definitely take note! A pleasure it was to have you visit and we do hope that you will come back again for more relaxing sunny days by the pool here in the bushveld, and hopefully more photo opportunities of that Leopard! Safari greetings from Gary, Hendrik, Victor and the rest of the Team here at Imagine Africa!
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Penelope Goodwyn wrote a review Jul 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow! I don’t even know where to start with this glowing review. We were a party of 11 for an 80th birthday celebration, and took over all of the 6 luxury tents for five nights. From the time of arranging our booking, Mandy bent over backwards to accommodate our needs, including being an amazing social director, organizing spa treatments, visits to the Elephant Sanctuary, hiring a professional photographer for our family, and arranging a must-do boat cruise on the Blyde River, complete with fabulous snacks and a large cooler of adult beverages. On arrival, we were blown away by the luxury accommodations. Beautiful lodge with very large indoor and outdoor space, plus a pool and a fully stocked bar. The tents (more like a marquee really) are beautifully appointed and huge. Large bed and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, plus a bonus outdoor shower and an outdoor tub! My father was in a wheelchair and all the rooms and the main lodge are very accessible. The main lodge was were we spent most of our time as a group, and JD and her staff treated us like royalty. Big thanks to her, and to Sebastian, Evans, Hendrick and the chefs for taking such great care of us. Three delicious meals a day, plus teas, coffees etc before the game drives. Talking about game drives, our ranger Gary was extremely knowledgeable and was assisted by a highly skilled tracker Victor. We were fortunate to see 4 of the Big 5 (the elusive leopard was in Victor’s sights but we couldn’t quite see him). We saw loads of other animals in addition to the Big 5 including wild dogs, hyenas, bush babies, hippos, crocs, and many more. The lodge has a water hole right in front that can be viewed from main area and from each tent. We had many magical visits from the gentle giant elephants, and also saw a hyena there, as well as abundant bird life. Every part of this trip was perfect, thanks to Mandy, Richard, JD, Gary and their team. Would 100% recommend. Can’t wait to go back.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 23 Jul 2022
Dearest Penny... How lucky we were that James found us on Google and you all chose us for such a special occasion. We feel truly honoured to have been able to host you all. It was a pleasure to organise all your needs and we're so happy that everything was to your satisfaction. We're ecstatic to hear you are going to come back and we hope it won't be too long before this happens. Thank you, thank you, thank you again and again for a stunning review... so important to us. Sending warmest regards from the WHOLE Team here at Imagine Africa!
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Pieter Rabie wrote a review Jun 2021
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Wife and I went to Imagine Africa for my 40th birthday. On arrival we were greeted warmly and our luggage taken to our tent while our car was parked for us nearby. After a fresh welcome juice (we chose non-alcoholic), we were briefed on the day's itenerary and the do's and don'ts of the camp.
A short while later we enjoyed a lovely light lunch of homemade bread surrounding a juicy chicken breast on bacon, with a green side salad portion. We then started preparing for the afternoon/night game drive. We managed to spot a leopard during the daytime still and enjoyed the interesting tidbits from our professional driver and tracker guide team. We stopped for a light snack and drink refreshment, and then it was time for the night part of the drive. We saw lion tracks during the day but the big cats evaded us at night. The drive was still enjoyable with other herbivore sightings.
After arrival back at camp, the campfire was going and soon it was time for dinner. Starters was a delicious leek and potato soup. Main course was flame grilled beef fillet accompanied by mashed butternut, roasted baby potatoes,baby corn and sliced zucchini, with mushroom and garlic sauce and a side salad. Dessert was a special treat for me with a sparkler and a birthday song; baked chocolate sponge base with a coffee/chocolate sauce absorbed, topped with a layer of fresh cream and almond flakes.
We retired for the night and heard the sounds of hyena and lion taunting us from a distance.
For the morning drive, we first defrosted with a hot cup of filter coffee and then got going. We again found lion tracks but the cats were in hiding. Sightings included hippo, buffalo, giraffe and various other antelope. Bird sightings included tawny eagle, fish eagle, gymnogene, bateleur, lilac-breasted rollers, shiny starlings and upset plovers. We had a snack stop for coffee and hot chocolate with homemade rusks.
On return to the lodge we had breakfast with a choice of eggs and accompaniment, with bacon, homemade toasted bread and juice, water or coffee.
Sadly it was time to start packing and going home.
Absolutely recommend this lodge as a fully catered option, and further recommend staying more than 1 night for multiple game drives to get lucky on sightings.
Richard and Mandy are friendly and professional hosts with a great team working with them, from the kitchen to the cleaners to the guide team of Solly and Gary.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 10 Jun 2021
Dear Pieter.... thank you so much for choosing Imagine Africa Tented Camp for such a special occasion! It was our absolute pleasure to host you both and that spotting of the Leopard was fabulous! Definitely the next time you come to visit please atleast stay for 2 nights... the bushveld awaits! Until next time all the best from the Imagine Africa Team and thank you again!
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Eswe R wrote a review Jun 2021
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Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp takes "glamping" to a whole new level! The camp itself is situated perfectly with the main lodge overlooking a waterhole and a breath-taking view of the Drakensberg mountains in the background. The attention to detail is exquisite, from fine finishes to beautiful natural textures & local artwork. Stepping into your "tent" you will instantly forget that you are in fact in an actual tent...absolutely stunning! You are guaranteed to LOVE the outdoor bathroom, both with shower and bath, once again every detail was very well executed and presented. Jacob spoilt us with delicious cuisine. Game drives were amazing with Dean's Dam ( attracting a huge variety of animals and birdlife ) being the perfect sundowner stop, you can spend a lot of time here breathing in the African bush. Owners Richard and Amanda and their wonderful team are sure to make your experience unforgettable! HIGH RECOMMENDED! You will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 7 Jun 2021
Thank you, thank you Eswe for such a detailed review. We're so ecstatic that we exceeded your expectations as you put it so well. We hope to see you soon again for another unforgetable experience! The African bush will always be here waiting for you! Best regards from the Bushveld and the Imagine Africa Team!
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Claudia Hodkinson wrote a review Oct 2021
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My twin sister and I had a superb 2 nights at Imagine Africa tented camp in the Balule Nature Reserve. Our hosts Richard, Amanda, Gary, and of course the rest of the staff made the stay even more special. They went out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of and catered for. Delicious, freshly prepared meals were enjoyed around the huge indoor table where we could catch up with other guests. The stylish bar area was also a great place to chill, drink and catch up. The outside area + pool overlooking a waterhole looked so inviting, but unfortunately, the weather was not on our side for us to enjoy it to its full potential. We'll be back to make sure we enjoy this fully!

The rooms are to die for with tasteful furnishings, an outside shower and bath and, comfy beds. Our morning and afternoon game drives were a real treat, with sightings of black rhino, hyena, giraffe, zebra, and elephant (to name but a few). Sundowners were enjoyed each afternoon - of course watching incredible sunsets. On the way back to the lodge, the night drive gave us sightings of owls, bushbabies, and African wild cat.

It is not very often one comes across a luxury tented camp where you can feel right at home and let your hair down, without sacrificing on luxury. We can't recommend you guys enough. Thanks for a fantastic time in the bush. We look forward to visiting again.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All tents are easily accessible via a raised wooden walkway
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 18 Oct 2021
Hi Claudia... it was such a pleasure to have you and your sister visit us and we're so glad we got the chance to catch up! You've really covered everything above in your descriptive and complimenting review thank you ever so much for that. Trust you got back home safe and may you both have a wonderful and safe festive season if we don't chat before then again! Warmest regards from Amanda, Richard, little Dean, Gary and everyone here @ Imagine Africa!
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ckirby25 wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose to book 4 nights here after reading the fantastic reviews, and we weren’t disappointed. So much thought has been put into this accommodation, there is literally nothing we could think of that could have been better.

The food was delicious, beautifully presented and plentiful. I have some dietary requirements that meant not all the meals were suitable for me, and although I expressed that I would be happy to have the standard meal without the items I don’t eat, they went out of their way to create me beautiful individual meals so that I didn’t miss out.

The game drives were incredible, Henrik and Victor ensured that we not only saw a great variety of wildlife but also that we saw lots of different activity. Watching lion cubs play, lionesses hunting, elephants and hippos in the water, etc - we never expected to get so close to observe them although they were always respectful and mindful not to cause the animals any stress. We also saw hyena, wild dogs, black and white rhino, zebra, giraffe, impala, springboks, kudu, leopards, crocodiles, and many different birds.

The staff at the camp were incredibly welcoming and friendly. We spent lots of chatting with them and everyone went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed.

We celebrated our wedding anniversary during our stay, and Amanda organised for us to have a most romantic private dinner. It was so special, it felt like our very own love island date and this day will be as memorable as our wedding day!

I can also recommend the full body massage I had, which was excellent and great value for money.

We have been fortunate in having many great holidays in amazing locations, including safaris in 5 different countries. We can honestly say that this surpassed them all - this is truly the most luxurious accommodation we have experienced, in a wonderful location with the best staff and service.

We rarely return to the same destination as there is a whole world to explore, however I really hope we will revisit Imagine Africa one day. And our memories from this trip will stay with us for life.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 8 Oct 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at Imagine Africa. We are absolutely thrilled to read your review and to know that your stay exceeded all expectations. It was our pleasure to have you as our guests, and we are delighted to hear that our accommodations, food, and service left such a positive impression. We are particularly happy to hear that we could accommodate your dietary requirements to your satisfaction, and it's fantastic that you had such a memorable wildlife experience on our game drives. Henrik and Victor will be pleased to hear your kind words about their guidance during your wildlife encounters. We're touched to know that the efforts in organizing your romantic private dinner added a special touch to your wedding anniversary celebration. Your recommendation of our full-body massage is greatly appreciated. Your compliments about our location, staff, and service truly warm our hearts, especially coming from well-traveled guests like yourselves. It would be our honour to welcome you back to Imagine Africa in the future, and we hope to create more unforgettable memories with you. Thank you once again for choosing Imagine Africa, and we wish you many more extraordinary adventures in your future travels. Warm regards from the Whole Imagine Africa Team
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Mundo M wrote a review Aug 2021
Majorca, Spain
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We are backpackers and we come from Spain. The price we paid really felt nice acordint to the experience we've recieved. The food is incredible, the location is privileged and the facilities are brand new and exquisitely designed. We made four game drives with them and we seen a really fair ammount of wildlife and we've got really close to them. The land cruiser we've used was really nice because it didn't have rooftop, so the feeling was even closer to animals, specially for me as a photographer and filmmaker. Human team was amazing and we felt like home. Drinks are not included although the price is acceptable. Special thanks to Richard, Gary and Solly.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 17 Aug 2021
We're so glad you chose Imagine Africa as a safari experience in your journey through South Africa. It was an absolute pleasure to have you and we're ecstatic to hear you enjoyed everything from the wildlife game drives and homemade delicious meals to the accommodation and facilities. Safe travels further and we hope that you will visit our Camp again some day!
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Moritz D wrote a review May 2022
Berlin, Germany
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Worldclass experience!! We came with a group of 10 friends and our 1,5 year old daughter and booked the whole camp option. From the moment we arrived the experience could not have been more spectacular. Most importantly the warm welcome by Mandy and Richard and son Dean who went out of their way to give us the best time and who became friends very fast. Secondly the beauty of the place! Everything is done extremely tasteful and cosy. Great bar, pool area with enough sun beds and lounge chairs, Indoor and outdoor dining tables and of course the most comfortable tents (more like houses) with everything you might need for relaxing after game drives and after a night at the bar. This camp i would recommend to all my friends and family any day. Game drives also spectacular with spotting almost all of the big 5 (-leopard that are there in abundance but very hard to spot even for crocodile dundee guide Garry). Last but not least the food. Chef Alonzo plates up delicious food everyday that you would definitely not expect in the bush. Thanks so much Mandy and Richard, Dean and the whole team for this unforgettable experience. We will be back!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 10 May 2022
Ahhhh Moritz it's sooo good to get your review and read about your experience here with us at Imagine Africa. Taking the whole camp option was so great as we could just focus on you, your family and all your fabulous long time friends. What a pleasure to meet you and host you and share the precious time you've had with us. We can not wait to welcome you all back again sometime very soon we hope. Thank you. Safari greetings from us all and the bushveld!
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leoniestamn wrote a review Jun 2021
Düsseldorf, Germany
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Our stay at Imagine Africa was really amazing
and has more than exceeded all our expectations. We have spent 4 nights in the lodge and can really only recommend the accommodation. The room and the lodge is beautiful and newly furnished with great attention to detail. There are many comfortable areas to relax. Always with a great view as indoor and outdoor area merge into each other.
From the “tents” you can look super far into the distance and discover some animals. In the Night you can hear the sounds of the animals as you can open up parts of the tent.
The watering hole, which is located directly by the pool is often visited by many animals such as elephants. An absolute dream. There was nothing missed out in the lodge. The owners Richard & Amanda are great hosts and make you feel like more than just guests. Their great effort made us feel like part of the family. Moreover the food was fantastic. The chef Lucas tries to combine innovative and new recipes with South African cuisine. We more than enjoyed the food, it lacked for nothing. He even cooked several dishes at a time as my friend is vegetarian.
Included in our booking were the daily game drives. We were accompanied by the rangers Gerry and Solly, who are both super experienced and offer the best conditions to find as many animals as possible. They can give you an answer to every question. We learned so many interesting things from the two of them and for that we are incredibly grateful.
In the game reserve all big 5 can be found, but to see as many animals as possible you should definitely stay 3-4 nights. During the drives you can see the sunrise and the sunset, which is really an absolute dream. The snacks & drinks in between were also great!
Thanks again to the whole team, which has made our stay unforgettable. We would come back anytime!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Pack warm clothes!
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Response from Imagine Africa, Owner at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp
Responded 3 Jun 2021
Thank you, thank you Leonie to you and to Jule for choosing to stay at Imagine Africa... it was the biggest pleasure to meet and host you and we are beyond words reading your fabulous review above... The whole team here at Imagine Africa miss you and very very much hope it will not be long before you come and visit us again here in the bush... Africa awaits!
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Hoedspruit, South Africa18 contributions
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Lenka Pearce wrote a tip May 2024
Buntingford, United Kingdom14 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring warm clothes:) the game drives can be slightly cooler! "
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Freedom53549269654 wrote a tip May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We loved the spacious tents ... lots of room. Outdoor shower was awesome. Loved the bush walks to see the animals - unbelievable."
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LilyandRob wrote a tip Apr 2024
Rotherham, United Kingdom116 contributions68 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The transfer from Hoedspruit airport is short and worth the more expensive flights in my opinion."
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Sidney M wrote a tip Feb 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are transportation options from Hoedspruit and Johannesburg airports if you can’t get to one or the other!"
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Andréia A wrote a tip Dec 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Have magnets to buy on the store :)"
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PRICE RANGE
HK$5,450 - HK$6,473 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkBalule Nature Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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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, a pool, and a lounge.
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 a lounge, a poolside bar, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are 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 airport transportation?
Yes, Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
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