We cannot pay the Impodimo Lodge, staff, game viewing and overall experience a high enough accolade.
We booked direct with the lodge and made a substantial saving compared to making the reservation through a travel agent. The booking process was hassle free and the Lyné and Michelle made all of the necessary arrangements, including booking the internal flight from Jo'burg into the Madikwe.
The whole African experience started from when we landed at the air-strip and were met by our guide for the week, Wayne.
Now, what that man doesn't know about game and the habitat is not worth knowing! Together with Patrick (an amazing tracker), they made our safari absolutely fantastic! We were treated to witnessing a wild dog catch & kill, on foot with White Rhino, leopard sighting and numberous close encounters with elephants and all the big game species that inhabit the Madikwe.
The Lodge itself provides both luxury within fantastic surroundings. The accomodation is better than portrayed in photographs. The bathroom is worthy of a special mention. The Lodge is one of only two in the game reserve that is not fenced off, therefore providing a unique atmosphere that you are actually living with the wildlife. We viewed numerous animals from the porch of our chalet.
We found the food to be comparable to some of the best places we have eaten and the 'Bush Braai' is a must. The dinner time experience is something special at Impodimo. Sitting around a large fire, with excellent food, great wine and sharing the day's experiences with the staff and other guests was a highlight.
The entertainment was in itself great and watch out for the chef, he is fantastic!!
Now, all of the above points make the Impodimo Lodge a must do safari experience, however, it is all of the staff there that make it just that bit special.
We would like to thank Alison, Lyné, and Michelle for being extremely warm, helpful and funny.
We would like to thank Wayne for ensuring we saw everything we wanted to see and more, but also for providing a good insight into wildlife and great stories at dinner. A special thank you for Patrick who is the bravest man we have ever met and has the ability to track a needle in a haystack.
We would also like to thank all of the other staff who were magnificent, including Isikill (hope the spelling isn't too far out) who made us feel at home and served us with a smile.
Overall, if you decide to stay at Impodimo I can assure you that it is a choice you will not regret. We will definetly be back!!
Guy & Donna (London, U.K)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a rugged dolomite ridge overlooking a vast African wilderness, you will find a hidden treasure called Impodimo. Taken from the Tswana words Mpho Dimo, Impodimo means a gift from God, and is truly a slice of heaven on earth. Rise in the morning to an African dawn and enjoy an early morning game drive with your dedicated professional ranger. Relax as your ranger guides you through the bush on a custom made open Land Rover, searching out the Big 5 or the smaller secrets of nature. Set out on a foot safari with your armed ranger and learn the secrets of tracking African game or just enjoy the trees, birds and stunning scenery. Return from the excitement of the bush to a sumptuous breakfast or brunch and then relax at the pool or the sala overlooking the waterhole where game may come to quench their thirst. In the afternoon, when the heat of the African sun has diminished and the shadows are longer, head out again on a sundowner safari, where you will stop to watch the sun set on this bushveld paradise and enjoy your favourite sundowner drink. Once the sun has set and darkness descends, set off again for a night safari where the more nocturnal creatures now rule the bush. Return to the lodge where you will be treated to the finest Pan-African cuisine with your hosts in the open air boma, and share your days adventures, while you enjoy a night cap around the fire. Impodimo Game Lodge is set along a rocky ridge commanding stunning vistas of the reserve. It is also located at the source of a natural spring, which provides the lodge with elevated views as well as riverine serenity. The lodge offers dawn and dusk safaris. The safaris are carefully timed to ensure optimal seasonal comfort. Whilst Impodimo has 10 suites, its capacity is 16 guests. Each of the suites have been carefully positioned to ensure absolute privacy. Spacious in design, each includes a closed system fireplace, climate control air conditioner, mini bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and full en-suite bathroom and outside shower. Your private deck allows uninterrupted views of the Madikwe Game Reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Impodimo Game Hotel Madikwe Game Reserve