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.
- 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