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Impodimo Game Lodge
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

I took my family and joined up with family friends at the lodge. There were 8 of us (4 of which were kids aged 9-15). I can't say enough good things about our experience at Impodimo. The accommodations were luxury and comfortable. The food was five star and the service was impeccable. The game drives were out of a story book almost every time.

Our guide Tyrone knew so much about the wildlife and we learned so much thanks to him. He was a joy to be with as was the rest of the staff. We even got to do a walking safari with Tyrone and Ruan (another world class guide) and had the BEST time.

Matt and Melissa provided an incredible food service and helped with any requests. Some of our party were gluten free eaters which never posed a problem.

We really hope to return at a later date. If you want to experience the best in class, don't pass on the folks at Impodimo.

Room Tip: All the rooms are fantastic.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank dwbzn
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Impodimo Game L... I, Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2014

Dear dwbzn

Thank you for writing such a wonderful review.

It is always such a pleasure to read how we have made an impression on all of our guests and reading on how they experienced the lodge.
We do our best to make sure that all the needs of our guests are met and we are happy that both ladies were happy with the gluten free meals we were able to provide them.

Your families most definitely had fantastic luck in that you got to see and experience so much of what we had to offer in terms of game drives, Tyrone and Sam make a great team and this definitely shows! Not everyone gets the chance to experience such wonderful drives and a walk like you did. Each and every time was different and special. That lion during the walk will definitely be a lifetime memory.

We hope to have you back at Impodimo again one day.

Best wishes
The Impodimo Team

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Reviewed June 25, 2014

We spent 3 wonderful days in Madikwe in early June at Impodimo. We cannot rate the lodge highly enough. Our room was luxurious with a very comfortable bed and a stunning bathroom. Our verandah looked right into the bush and we often saw elephant walking past just a few meters away. The game drives were excellent with the knowledgable Patrick and tracker Holiday. We had amazing lion and wild dog sightings and we even saw a leopard. The food at Impodimo is outstanding - the brunches and the dinners cater for every possible taste and everything is delicious. The sunrise and sunset food breaks on the game drives are very well catered. The lodge is well managed and guests are very well looked after - even after they leave! I lost a favorite shawl on a game drive and it was later found and returned to me two weeks after we had returned home. Such a lovely break for us from beginning to end.

Room Tip: I saw family rooms with an outstanding view of a watering hole - probably the best place to stay.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Louise T
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IMPLodgeManager, Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2014

Dear Louise T
We at Impodimo strive to offer our guests the ultimate bush experience topped with 5 star cuisine. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed all of it and really looking forward to having you back.

Kindest Regards
The Impodimo Team

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Reviewed June 19, 2014

I wish I had spent more time on tripadvisor before we booked at Impodimo - what i have to say appears to be a recurring theme. We are a couple in our forties with no children - we were put into a vehicle with a family with a 6 year old and a 10 year old, and expected to not only spend most of the day in the vehicle with them but to eat our meals with them as well. We insisted we be moved to another vehicle - awkward - but i just couldn't bear the thought of having my quiet, serene moments on the game drive shattered by a chatty 6 year old - never mind the safety issues this raises. Also, the format of game drives and then dining with your fellow guests does NOT work when the other guests are a family with children - the format was designed for adult, interesting conversation, not so that you can be subjected to their whole family dynamic. In my experience the kids used to be fed early and were certainly not allowed on the game drives - what happened? Even after our vehicle swop, we still couldn't escape the kids - our last breakfast which we thought would just be the two of us turned into a threesome plus a noisy child being fed in a high chair - we gave up and left as fast as we could. The staff did try to alleviate our stress by moving us into a different vehicle and giving us dinner in our room one night, but it just wasn't enough to rescue the experience. if you have children this place will suit you - if you are child-free for the weekend - avoid Impodimo like the plague. Personally i will be frequenting "no children under 12" lodges in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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IMPLodgeManager, Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2014

Good day JaneSA213

Thank you for taking the time in writing this feedback regarding your weekend with us.
I am sorry to hear that your weekend was less than desirable.
Here at Impodimo we pride ourselves in creating a memorable experience for all our guests, big and small alike. I wish you would have taken us up on the offers that was presented to you during your stay for separate meals, but I do understand that you wanted to engage with other adults in camp.
It saddens me that our child policy was not made clear to you before you made your reservation, and for that I apologize.
I truly hope that one day you would reconsider Impodimo as a break away destination for you and Rian.

Kind Regards

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Just got back from an amazing weekend at Impodimo. Everything was perfect- the rooms, the service, the guides, the food... It is not a fenced lodge so we saw lots of game walking around (including elephants). They really go above and beyond for service, including a cake for my daughter's birthday, catering to special diets. Also, they are one of a few lodges in Madikwe that uses a ranger and tracker, which is a must in my opinion. We will most definitely go back. Best in Madikwe for sure.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank CocoCoucou
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IMPLodgeManager, Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2014

Dear CocoCoucou
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review. It is always great to hear that our guests are blown away by the service we offer.
We look forward to having you and the family back at Impodimo for the next birthday

Warmest regards
The Impodimo team

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Reviewed June 9, 2014

We spent 3 days and nights at this wonderful lodge. It met all our expectations. The chalets are wonderfully appointed and we were lucky to occupy two that overlook the waterhole as not all of them do. Of note was the quality of the food and the extremely well trained staff.
The daily game drives were awesome thanks to ranger Tyrone aka arc eyes and the eagle eyed tracker Sam both very knowledgeable and passionate about the flora and fauna. The highlight was undoubtly the two wild dog encounters. Thanks to everybody for going out of their way to make this a memorable trip.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank chrishj
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IMPLodgeManager, Manager at Impodimo Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2014

Dear Chrishj
What a great review. Thank you so much for taking the time to wright it. We are really looking forward to your next visit.
It was great having you and your family with us and that you enjoyed all Impodimo has to offer.

Warmest Regards
The Impodimo Team

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