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Impodimo Game Lodge
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Travelled for three nights to Impodimo and it did not disappoint. Our 10 year old was well looked after with staff occupying him during the day with painting and outdoor activities with Tyrone. Our Ranger Pat and Tracker Holiday are sensational , so much so, our boy was teary eyed to leave. The drives where sensational and even though there are early morning and late nights to be had we all had a ball. Food was sensational and they cater for every diet request possible. Whoever bakes all those baked goodies seriously needs to stop before they make all guest fat.. Apple Tart for breakfast with ice cream was sensational for my hubby ! We can't recommend this place enough!!! The rooms are brilliant, the surroundings are to die for and to be walked to bed every night by gun was something really special!! I don't think I will look at animal poo without laughing after Pat's Poo lecture. Great Place!!!!Book now before everyone discovers!!

Room Tip: We had room 2, great for watching the elephants and zebra play in the water hole. Amazed all day..
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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IMPLodgeManager, Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Dear Lions1
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are all so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it so much.
We hope that we will see you in the near future. Perhaps we could try and find better tracks for plaster of paris next time, ones that don't get stolen by the elephants.

We wish you a prosperous 2014 filled with wonderful moments.
Best wishes
the Impodimo Team

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Reviewed December 23, 2013

Great = experience, greater = food, greatest = friendly service

Was a life time experience. Ask for Tyrone as ranger and Ernest as tracker. Not into your face but always available to answer your questions and to go the extra mile in rough terrain. We followed the wild dogs for two hours. Top top top.

Food is great and prepared with love and always open for the requests of the kids. And the service of the staff is a friendly without being humble. Respect!!!!

Room Tip: The lodge with the private swimming pool
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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IMPLodgeManager, Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 25, 2013

Dear Mark V
Thank you very much for your lovely review. It is wonderful to hear that you had a great time at Impodimo.
Looking forward to hosting you at our beautiful lodge again

Bush Greetings
The Impodimo Team

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Having visited Pilanesberg National Park in 2012, we wanted to try something different this year, while still keeping within a convenient travel radius from Johannesburg. Madikwe Game Reserve ticks the right boxes. It's less than an hour's flight time from Joburg on the Federal Air shuttle flying out of JNB. Flights are booked in conjunction with a game lodge booking.

Booking Impodimo Game Lodge via email was straightforward. Our email query was answered promptly.

The lodge is beautifully appointed and well laid out, featuring plenty of shaded open areas with views of the countryside and a watering hole where wild game gather each day. We saw elephants, baboons, lions and klipspringers right on the grounds of the lodge. Elephants were daily visitors, stopping to drink out of the lodge's swimming pool. The game lodge is unfenced so that wild game has free access to all of the grounds. Walking the grounds after dark can only be done with an armed escort.

Game drives are conducted morning and evening. Unlike Pilanesburg, the vehicles can and do go off-road. A ranger and a tracker are assigned to each vehicle at Impodimo and ours were phenomenal in their knowledge, tracking skills, friendliness and courtesy.

Dining at the lodge was a delight. The staff accommodated my wife's dietary restrictions in an impressive and tasty manner. Meals featured plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, local game and traditional dishes.

The typical day starts out with a pre-dawn wake-up call followed by tea/coffee and pastries, then you're off on the morning game drive which lasts for almost 3 hours. Then back to the lodge for a sumptuous brunch. Midday/early afternoon is spent in the lodge relaxing. After tea at around 15h30 the afternoon/evening game drive commences, lasting until after dark. A hearty dinner is served after returning to the lodge.

Impodimo is a relatively small lodge, with less than a dozen keys. Units 1-8 are individual thatch-roofed structures, each suitable for a couple. They're beautifully appointed, featuring indoor tubs and outdoor showers, air conditioning and covered patios. There is also a larger structure with multiple bedrooms and common rooms that would be suitable for a family or couples traveling together.

Highly recommended, you won't go wrong with a visit here.

Room Tip: Units 1 & 2 have direct views of the watering hole. Great if you want to watch wild game from y...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Impodimo Game L... I, Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2013

Dear BA_Lars.

Thank you very much for your kind review. It is always great to hear that our standards met that of the expectations of our guests. We hope that we will have the pleasure of hosting you at our beautiful lodge in the near future.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Best Wishes
The Impodimo Team

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Spent 2 nights at Impodimo and thoroughly enjoyed our stay including the accommodation (rooms 9 & 10 are the best) the food, and the game drives. Our ranger Tyrone and tracker Ernie were fantastic, we saw all the game you could wish for including Cheetah, Lions and Wild Dogs after a kill. Will be back!

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
Thank Graeme D
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Impodimo Game L... I, Front Office Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2013

Dear Graeme D

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on tripadvisor.

We are pleased to read that you had a wonderful weekend with us and that Tyrone and Ernest were able to show you so many different animals.

Thank you for such a wonderful review.

We look forward to hosting you again one day in the future at Impodimo Game Lodge.

Best regards
The Impodimo Team

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We couldn't have been happier with the experience with Impodimo. Quite understated, and not as formal as some other lodges, which only added to the exceptional natural experience had there. You feel very much at one with your surroundings.
The staff are lovely, and Tyrone - our guide - could not have been more passionate, enthusiastic and helpful on the game drives. Definitely worth trying to get a room overlooking the watering hole. Couldn't recommend it more highly.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank HJMS
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Impodimo Game L... I, Front Office Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2013

Dear HJMS

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our beautiful lodge.

We are thrilled to hear that you have had an exceptional stay at Impodimo Game Lodge.
Thank you for the positive feedback and we hope to see you again one day.

Best regards
The Impodimo Team

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

We spent 2 nights at Impodimo and enjoyed every minute there. Very nice and helpful staff, the accommodation (chalets) are spacious, well equipped and really gives you a Hemingway feeling. Rangers are well experienced, and will do all they can to give you an unforgettable experience of Wildlife.

Room Tip: Try to get a chalet close to the waterhole....
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Impodimo Game L... I, Front Office Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2013

Dear Miracolimuc

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your time at Impodimo Game Lodge.

We look forward to hosting you again one day.

Best regards

The Impodimo Team

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights at the start of our honeymoon and we had the most amazing and unforgettable time. The lodge is so comfortable and luxurious, the food was outstanding, the service we received from all of the staff was exceptional and the extra honeymoon surprises we received from the lodge were so special and personal. The game drives were fantastic, our guide Patrick and tracker Holiday were brilliant, they were so passionate and knowledgeable about the animals and the area. The attention to detail at Impodimo is amazing, from the moment you arrive at the lodge you are made to feel so important and special. We were not ready to leave after 3 nights and wished we could have stayed longer, it is an absolutely magical place and we hope to return again one day.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Impodimo Game Lodge

Address: Wonderboom Gate, Madikwe Game Reserve 2874, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range: $605 - $2,523 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Impodimo Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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