North West Safari
Impodimo Game Lodge
Dramatic sunsets, lush surroundings and breath-taking views await you at Impodimo, a luxurious lodge set on a rocky ridge within the magnificent and malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.
Home to the big 5, African wild dogs, cheetah, and a wide variety of large mammals and bird life, you are guaranteed a great safari experience and since the camp is un-fenced, wildlife enthusiasts will love the regular visits from the elephants! Exciting game drives and walking safaris are on offer, whilst the lodge itself features a beautiful swimming pool, fantastic food and plenty of space to relax and unwind.
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Carved into the hillside, the Impodimo Game Lodge overlooks a natural spring and boasts spectacular views over lush surroundings. It’s clear that the main lodge itself has been designed with rest and relaxation in mind; there are lots of cosy places to sit and perhaps enjoy a drink with friends or a good book from the lodge’s library. There is an intimate lounge with comfy seating, relaxing sofas by the lodge fire, and a fantastic viewing sala which overlooks the waterhole. Or, you may prefer to lounge around the great swimming pool as long as you don’t mind sharing it with the local elephants who regularly stop by for a drink! The camp is unfenced so there is always the opportunity to spot animals in the bush.
Your dedicated professional ranger and tracker will take you on early morning game drives guiding you through the bush in a custom-made open Land Rover. Having trackers at Impodimo increases the quality and frequency of sightings since it means you have even more experience on hand and an extra pair of eyes to spot wildlife. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try a bush walk with an armed ranger and immerse yourself in trees, birds and stunning scenery whilst learning the art of tracking African game.
During the heat of the day, you can return to your luxury accommodation and indulge yourself with an in-room massage treatment out on your private deck. As the day draws to a close, head out on a sundowner safari to discover the nocturnal creatures that live in the bush, whilst catching a dramatic sunset over this stunning reserve.
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A superb brunch is served on the pool deck after your morning game drive, where you are spoilt with amazing views of the African bush. You’ll also take high tea here, which is served buffet-style, before embarking on your evening drive. Refreshments are always provided during your game drives too and back at the lodge there is a fantastically inviting bar with an impressive fireplace where you can enjoy a drink or two.
Dinner is a very special affair, with the finest Pan-African cuisine served in the traditional open air boma. Eating al fresco with your hosts, sharing stories of your adventures beneath the starry skies, surrounded by the sounds of the wild – it’s the perfect ending to a thrilling safari.
Designed to give guests the real safari experience, the stunning accommodation has been carefully positioned to ensure privacy. Carved from the hillside, the eight glass fronted luxury chalets and one Deluxe Suite line a natural spring and enjoy arresting views of the African Bush.
Each suite has been elegantly decorated in calming neutral tones, and features twin beds with the option of king beds, full en-suite bathrooms with stunning free standing Victorian baths, indoor and outdoor showers where you may just catch a glimpse of some passing wildlife! There is air-conditioning for the hot weather, closed systems fireplaces for the cold winters, and decks with direct access and views to the plains. Suites sleep two adults and additional children can be accommodated on stretcher beds.
The Deluxe Suite is a self-contained luxury unit which has separate sleeping areas for larger groups. As well as having all the fantastic features of the suites, it boasts a private plunge pool, central lounge, dining facility with its own kitchen, bar and a viewing deck overlooking the waterhole. It also comes with a private vehicle and ranger.
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Children are welcomed at Impodimo and the staff do everything they can to make sure that you and your family have an unforgettable safari experience. Kids love the fact that elephants are regular visitors to the lodge pool, and of course, they will enjoy having a swim in it too! Each child is given a personalised welcome pack filled with goodies and activities to keep them busy between safaris. There is also a great children’s area where they can watch TV and enjoy crafting activities.
Children over the age of six can join the game drives, and for those with younger children there is a “kiddies bumble” safari which is much shorter and tailored towards keeping their attention. Babysitters are available, so if you fancy going on safari or enjoying dinner alone, this can be arranged.
In terms of accommodation, there is the fantastic Deluxe Suite (Family Suite) with connecting rooms, which has its own private deck, en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, a central lounge, dining facility with its own kitchen, bar and a viewing deck overlooking the waterhole. There is also a private pool fitted with a safety net. The suite also comes with a private vehicle and ranger, so there are no age limits on game drives. Alternatively, up to two children under 12 can share a suite with their parents on snug stretcher beds.
From empowering local children to raising orphaned rhinos, Impodimo Game Lodge is proud to support the surrounding community and, by simply being a guest, you are part of the sustainability model.
Projects include Reaching Out Programme, Impodimo Conservation Club, Saving the Survivors – impact of Rhino poaching and The Last Hope Organization – catering for abused and abandoned children.
Impodimo Game Lodge is set on a rocky ridge within the impressive malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve of the North West Province of South Africa. The reserve covers an area of 75,000 hectares of unique and breath-taking beauty bordering Botswana.
The lodge is 350km from O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Road transfers take just under 5 hours, or there are daily air transfers that take an hour.
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