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J S
London, United Kingdom

Child-friendly and big on animals

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 06 Jan 2024
We flew to Madikwe from Jo'burg in a little plane to be met on the runway by our guide. Game viewing began almost immediately, with elephants and warthogs.

As a family of 5 we had the family lodge right at the far end with it's own little plunge pool. Great beds, the rest of the place a little tired, but it is in the wild after all. Staff were all super, from Dez who helped when our 10yo got the dreaded 24 hour bug on Xmas day, to our ranger Ryan with two first names.

Animals galore from leopard tortoises to lions and cheetahs. Our favourites were the elephants and giraffes. The watering hole and hide were a bonus and we got some great photos of a giraffe reflected in the water, trying to drink. Lions walking right past us, so close I could touch it, was a little unnerving, but amazing.

Food was plentiful and if you were hungry mid day, there are sandwiches etc you could order. Chef Spa went all out on Xmas day and we had a feast - tuna ceviche and the chocolate dessert stood out.

Our guide Ryan (and Wilfred the spotter) were so knowledgeable about the animals and surroundings, we definitely learnt a lot. The weather wasn't as good as we hoped and we had one 5am drive on Xmas day in the pouring rain - Impodimo vehicles don't have a cover to give you the full sky experience but the ponchos sadly didn't hold - we looked jealously at the other guests in the reserve sitting under cover. There was a lot of rain and it resulted in some leaks in the corridors to our rooms.

Scarily, a spitting cobra made it's way into our bedroom on the morning we were leaving and reared up at my husband. Luckily it was just him in the room and he had the presence of mind to stay still and watch it slither away, then call me to get reception. Duncan and Ben arrived pretty fast and caught the young cobra and released it further away. Our chalet also had lots of large lizards and spiders but these didn't bother me. Remember to keep all doors closed. Ryan would walk us back to our chalet in the evenings with his gun - a reminder that the lodge is unfenced and animals can and do wander in.

I would recommend this place for the animals and staff, it's 100% child friendly, well appointed yet retaining a natural charm.
Date of stay: December 2023
Room Tip: Bring your own ponchos. Keep doors closed. 430am wake up in the summer can be a killer so make...
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 December 2023 via mobile

We had an superb 2 nights stay at this hotel surrounded by nature. After the morning game drive we have been sitting for 3 hours on the balcony of our lodge and saw baboons, impalas, kudus and 15 elephants passing by towards the water hole. The staff were remarkably friendly and helped us to have an excellent private dinner. The safari drives were in an open jeep and we have seen all of the big 5. Absolutely worth the price!

Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Mark B
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Reviewed 30 November 2023

I took my partner on her first safari here. She really enjoyed the room and the breakfasts! Animals were great too. Saw all of the big 5 for those who are keen on this.

For myself as a wildlife fanatic the lodge was incredibly accommodating and helped me to put our my camera traps (thanks Ryan). The highlight is the Elephant hide which gives stunning views of animals at the watering hole in comfort!

Be aware that the density of wildlife is lower here than at other parks but there is good opportunity to see wild dogs and black rhinos - a first for me! Only slight improvement for me would be to vary the safaris more to discuss the birds or look for different animals, however I think most guests are here to see the usual suspects which is probably why and unfair of me!

Would recommend this place.

Date of stay: November 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2023

What an exquisite lodge set in one the best locations in Madikwe.

Upon arriving , we were warmly welcomed to this beautiful lodge.

The views are spectacular. Cuisine is superb and the service was outstanding.

Our room had one of the best views of the watering hole. Wildlife and animals were spotted at all times.

Extremely modern and beautifully decorated throughout the lodge and rooms.

What a wonderful and memorable experience. A special thanks to Duncan for taking great care of us.

I would certainly return and highly recommend Impodimo game lodge to all travellers.

Date of stay: September 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Nalsin
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Reviewed 23 September 2023

Great safaris with very knowledgeable staff, very helpful and friendly
Great facilities, local food of high quality.
Not difficult to reach with Federal airlines
Well integrated into wildlife, preserves environment and nature

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank alainbT3943ZV
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Reviewed 5 September 2023

Everything about this place was memorable. The room, the staff, the food and the safari itself. The bed was comfortable, the room was big, the staff were very friendly. The safari was amazing and definitely something to remember! The guide/ranger was very knowledgeable. 5/5 would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Date of stay: April 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Shara C
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