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Imbabala Safari Lodge – magical Zimbabwe experience

We had the most wonderful holiday, thank you, full of magical experiences and leaving us with very special memories.

We loved the locations and set-ups at both Imbabala Safari Lodge and Ivory Lodge- our accommodation was very comfortable at both and the staff were all friendly, informative and helpful. On balance I think I preferred the opportunities provided by the off -road game drives at Imbabala to the drives within Hwange Park ; we really appreciated the tracking skills of our driver Stan at Imbabala and he took us up- close to some amazing animals on the late night drives; also the boat trips- including breakfast, on the Zambezi were very special. Proximity to the animals coming to the water hole and salt licks at Ivory Lodge were fantastic too!

While the day trip to Chobe allowed for some good photo opportunities, the large numbers of people catered for and the rather commercial atmosphere there didn’t appeal nearly as much and I found it a little disappointing after the personal care and respect of the animals we enjoyed at Imbabala Safari Lodge. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone,but I realise it suited some people.

Before we left Hwange to head back to Victoria Falls our host , Joe ,very kindly arranged for us to visit a local school and medical centre which both Maggie and I particularly valued and felt added to our experience. On the whole our transfers by Wild Horizons went smoothly and they were helpful and accommodating when arranging a helicopter trip over Victoria Falls when we got back there. Phezulu Lodge was very comfortable and suited us well at either end of the holiday.

I hope this feedback is helpful Liz , and we are so grateful to you for putting together a fantastic trip for us. It certainly met our brief and came up to expectations and I hope there will be a chance to use the expertise and personalised care of Zambezi Travel when planning another visit to Africa – hopefully before not too long!

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