My girlfriend and i stayed here for three nights in early December. Having never been on safari before, and not knowing much about Madikwe, we had no real idea what to expect. We had nothing to fear though - it was one of the most memorable trips of our lives. The accommodation is superb, the staff are fantastic and the game drives, which is really what this kind of holiday is about, were brilliant. There are some 30 lodges on this park, but you should only choose one - the Impodimo. Our ranger, Wayne, was passionate, knowledgeable and fun in equal amounts, but it was Patrick, our tracker, that really made the days special.
He is the best in the world at what he does and found a Cheetah at 800 metres in the dark one night, and directed us to a pair of male lions over 6 km just from hearing their roar! Truly brilliant and well worth the money you spend. Be aware that only this and one other lodge on the park use trackers, which means that other lodges rely on these guys to find the animals. So if you don't go here, you risk a far lesser experience.
The park itself houses many animals and we saw the big 5 plus many, many other animals, including the elusive Wild Dogs (we went on the hunt with them one day - driving through the bush at 50 km with them chasing down kill was a never forget experience). We can't praise the Impodimo lodge highly enough. Avoid the busy Kruger and Pilansberg where you get crowds of trucks, go for the malaria-free Madikwe, where you can leave the roads in the trucks and the majestic Impodimo.
- 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