Impodimo Game Lodge | Madikwe Game Reserve

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Impodimo Game Lodge is set atop a rocky crest at the source of a natural spring from where it commands spectacular views of Madikwe Game Reserve’s striking wilderness landscape.

This luxurious owner-managed Game Lodge truly lives up to the essence of its name which means “a gift from God” in Tswana and boasts eight elevated glass-fronted luxury chalets and two deluxe chalets. The beautifully decorated thatched chalets are all located to maximise your solitude and your vistas of the parade of resident game making their way to and from the waterhole.

Each standard chalet has twin beds with the option of king-sized bed available on request, a fireplace, full en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, and a covered deck.

The opulent deluxe unit has two en-suite bedrooms, each with a private patio and en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, double hand basin, and oversized bath and provides all the amenities found in the standard luxury chalets.

In addition, this spacious unit also has a central lounge, dining room, kitchen, and bar opening onto an extended wooden deck which features a refreshing plunge pool. Visitors staying in the deluxe suites also have the exclusive use of a game drive vehicle at their disposal as well as the services of a dedicated chef.

Impodimo’s main building is done out in the same contemporary Afro-centric style as the chalets and is the hub of this magnificent Game Lodge. Here you will find an intimate sitting room, bar area with a stunning circular fireplace as its central point, a cosy library, well-stocked wine cellar, and curio shop.

Scrumptious breakfasts and lunches are typically served in the pool Lapa while high teas are hosted al fresco in a spot overlooking Madikwe’s expansive terrain. Come dinnertime the traditional firelit Boma is the perfect place to experience Impodimo’s delectable Pan-African cuisine and swap tales of your close encounters with Africa’s big game.

If you’re in need of some tranquility, why not retire to the crystal-clear pool or seek refuge in the Sala which lies adjacent to the waterhole. Or complete your day in the great outdoors with an indulgent in-room massage by one of Impodimo’s professional massage therapists.

Impodimo Game Lodge is set up to offer guests the chance to discover all the wonders and wildlife that make Madikwe a world-acclaimed reserve. Activities include dawn and dusk game drives in open Landrovers and nature trails under the supervision of professional field guides and experienced Shangaan trackers.

The late afternoon safari drive includes a sundowner stop, giving you the opportunity to watch the sun go down on another fabulous day in this wilderness idyll and observe the more elusive nocturnal bird- and wildlife. And in the cooler winter months, the Lodge provides visitors full-day trips to the other side of Madikwe Game Reserve, including a tasty picnic lunch.

While junior visitors under the age of six are not permitted on the regular game drives, Impodimo does have a “bush bumble” for the children. What’s more, each youngster will receive a personalized welcome pack with goodies and activities to do inbetween their mini-safaris. In addition, the Lodge does provide babysitting services on request.

However, you wish to spend your time, Impodimo Game Lodge is geared to make your dream of a once-in- a-lifetime African safari a reality without comprising on life’s luxuries.


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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Details 6 Jan 2022 -
30 Nov 2022
1 Dec 2022 -
19 Dec 2022
Luxury Suites Per Person Per Night Sharing R6 540 R7 215
Family Safari Suite (4 adults & 2 kids) R34 500 R37 950
Deluxe Safari Suite (4 adults) R37 430 R41 215
Details 20 Dec 2022 -
5 Jan 2023
6 Jan 2023 -
30 Nov 2023
Luxury Suites Per Person Per Night Sharing R7 957 R7 215
Family Safari Suite (4 adults & 2 kids) R41 780 R37 950
Deluxe Safari Suite (4 adults) R45 310 R41 215

Single supplement: 50% of the per person sharing rate.

Children under 12 years:

  • 50% of the per person sharing rate when sharing with 2 adults in a Luxury Suite, on request only.
  • Children under the age of 12 are permitted on safari at the sole discretion of the manager or guide.
  • Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on safari, and where possible, a kiddie’s safari will be arranged between normal safari times. The lodge reserves the right to impose similar restrictions for family unit guests if it is believed that safety may be compromised.
  • Babysitting can be arranged at the lodge at an additional charge.
A minimum of 2 nights stay is required over weekends, long weekends and public holidays.

Additional children under 12 years:
When sharing with 4 adults in the Deluxe Safari Suite will be charged 50% of the Luxury Suite rate.

Rate inclusions:

  • Luxury Suite: Accommodation, all meals, teas and snacks, select local and imported drinks, 2 daily safari activities and VAT.
  • Family Safari Suite: As above and full use of the unit & sole use of safari vehicle with your private ranger and tracker.
  • Deluxe Safari Suite: As above with Family Safari Suite and includes private chef with all meals catered for at the unit.
Note: The Family Safari Suite and Deluxe Safari Suite is the SAME unit that is sold 2 different ways.

Rate exclusions:

  • Park entrance fees as determined by North West Parks and Tourism Board,
  • conservation levy (subject to change without notice),
  • select premium brand drinks and
  • items of a personal nature.
  • Please note a surcharge may apply to certain dietary requirements.

Accommodation at Impodimo Game lodge is intimate and the lodge only caters for a select number of guests. Suites at the lodge are spacious in design and have been carefully positioned to ensure complete privacy. Rooms available include:
  • 8 standard suites
  • 1 Deluxe safari suite (4 adults)
  • 1 Family Safari Suite (4 adults & 2 children)
Each standard room features:
  • Twin beds (king- size available on request)
  • Full en-suite bathroom with an outside shower
  • Mini safes and mini fridge
  • Air-conditioning with climate control
  • Fire place and a covered patio
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
The deluxe suite also features:
  • Private plunge pool
  • Dining room and lounge
  • Private boma deck
Facilities
  • Open air boma
  • Pool
  • Wine cellar
  • Lounge
  • In- room spa treatments
  • Gift shop
  • Library

Book within 15 to 30 Days of Travel

Valid till further notice

Luxury Suite  R3 635  per person per night sharing

Rate inclusions:

  • Accommodation (Luxury Suite)
  • game drives
  • beverages during game drives
  • meals (brunch, high tea & dinner)
  • VAT
Rate exclusios:
  • Park fees
  • Conservation levy
  • beverages not mentioned above & items of a personal nature 

Deluxe Safari Suite  R34 080   

Rate inclusions:

  • Accommodation  
  • private vehicle with ranger & tracker team, private chef & butler team
  • selected beverages 
Rate exclusios:
  • Park fees
  • Conservation levy
  • premium beverages  & items of a personal nature 

Book within 14 Days of Travel

Valid till further notice

Luxury Suite
Midweek (Sunday - Thursday) Weekend  (Friday -  Saturday)
R3 210 R3 400

Rate inclusions:

  • Accommodation  
  • game drives
  • beverages during game drives
  • meals (brunch, high tea & dinner)
  • VAT
Rate exclusios:
  • Park fees
  • Conservation levy
  • beverages not mentioned above & items of a personal nature 

Family Safari Option

Midweek (Sunday - Thursday) Weekend  (Friday -  Saturday)
R29 100 R29 450

Rate inclusions:

  • Accommodation  
  • private vehicle with ranger & tracker team, 
  • beverages during game drives
  • meals (brunch, high tea & dinner)
 Rate exclusios:
  • Park fees
  • Conservation levy
  • beverages not mentioned above & items of a personal nature 

Deluxe Safari Option

Midweek (Sunday - Thursday) Weekend  (Friday -  Saturday)
R33 300 R33 600

Rate inclusions:

  • Accommodation  
  • private vehicle with ranger & tracker team, 
  • private chef & butlet team
  • selected beverages  
 Rate exclusios:
  • Park fees
  • Conservation levy
  • premium beverages  & items of a personal nature 


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Single supplement–50%oftheper person sharing rate.

Children under 12 years – 50% of the per person sharing rate when sharing with 2 adults in a Luxury Suite, on request only.

Additional children under 12 years – when sharing with 4 adults in the Deluxe Safari Suite will be charged 50% of the Luxury Suite rate.

Rate inclusions:
  • Luxury Suite inclusions – Accommodation, all meals, teas and snacks, select local and imported drinks, 2 daily safari activities and VAT.
  • Family Safari Suite – Accommodation, all meals, teas and snacks, select local and imported drinks, 2 daily safari activities, VAT, full use of the unit & sole use of safari vehicle with your private ranger and tracker.
  • Deluxe Safari Suite – Accommodation, all meals, teas and snacks, select local and imported drinks, 2 daily safari activities, VAT, private chef with all meals catered for at the unit.

Note - The Family Safari Suite and Deluxe Safari Suite is the SAME unit that is sold 2 different ways.

Rate exclusions

  • Gate Entry Fees
  •   - R180 per Adults per STAY
      - R 80  per Child  (3-9 yrs)
  • Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC)
      - R165 per Adults per DAY
      - R 82.50 per Child  (2-12 yrs)  
  • Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC)
     - from 01 Mar 2023
      -  R190 per Adults per DAY
      -  R  95 per Child  (2-12 yrs)
  • Bed Levy
      - ZAR 10 pppn from age 1 year old   
  • Rebuilding and Recovery levy
      - R115 pppn (optional)
  • select premium brand drinks and items of a personal nature.
  • Please note a surcharge may apply to certain dietary requirements.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing.

If a booking is cancelled after confirmation, a 20% cancellation fee will apply.

  • 45 and 31 days prior to arrival – Forfeit deposit
  • 30 and 15 days prior to arrival – 50% of the total amount will be due.
  • 14 and 0 days prior to arrival – 90% of the total amount will be due.
  • A 10% admin fee will be retained for cancellations made after the card has been charged.

Deposit Policy

For all bookings made within 45 days of travel

Full payment Is required within 48 hours of your booking. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).

For all bookings made more than 45 days of travel

A 50% deposit Is required within 48 hours of your booking and the balance 30 days prior to arrival. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).

Children

  • Children under the age of 12 are permitted on safari at the sole discretion of the manager or guide.
  • Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on safari, and where possible, a kiddies safari will be arranged between normal safari times.
  • The lodge reserves the right to impose similar restrictions for family unit guests if it is believed that safety may be compromised.
  • Baby sitting facilities can be arranged at the lodge at an additional charge.

A minimum of 2 nights stay is required over weekends, long weekends and public holidays.

Please note that there are road works between Johannesburg and Impodimo and we advise to add an additional hour driving time to your journey. Please take this into consideration should you wish to make it for the afternoon game drive.

Please note that our gate times are between 06:00am and 21:00 pm and cannot be opened unless its a medical emergency


Directions
Impodimo is situated 350 kilometres from O.R Tambo Internal Airport (Johannesburg).

Road Transfers

Road transfers can be arranged from Johannesburg or from Gaborone.

Air
Air transfers are available on a daily basis from OR Tambo International Airport to and from Madikwe.

Travelling by Road
  • Drive from Johannesburg to Magaliesburg along the N14 and the R 24.
  • From Magaliesburg, take the R509 through Derby to Koster (69km)
  • Turn right in Koster to Swartruggens. (34km)
  • Continue straight through Swartruggens towards Groot Marico and Zeerust. You do not actually pass through the town of Groot Marico
  • After entering Zeerust, keep straight on until you see a sign for Gaberone / Madikwe Game Reserve. Turn right there.
  • Continue on this road through 2 rural villages and past Madikwe Road Takeaways (a store and filling station) and past Nietverdiend (a store, filling station and police station).
  • Continue on this road past the Abjagterskop Gate for Madikwe Game Reserve on your right. (Thatched entrance with flags etc.) for 7km.
  • 7 km past the Abjagterskop Gate, you will find another gate (Wonderboom gate) on the Right into the park. We will meet you here.


Game Drives
Rise in the morning to an African dawn and enjoy an early morning game drive with your dedicated professional ranger and tracker. Relax as your ranger guides you through the bush on a custom made open Land Rover searching out the secrets of nature. In the afternoon, when the heat of the African sun has diminished and the shadows are longer, head out on a sundowner safari to watch the sun set on this bushveld paradise and go in search of the more nocturnal creatures that now rule the bush.

Bushwalks
Set out on a bush walk with your armed ranger and learn the art of tracking African game, enjoy the trees, birds and stunning scenery

Trackers
Impodimo has the advantage out during the safaris, in that we have talented trackers on each game viewer that assists the ranger in finding the animals. Trackers make an immense difference as they have the ability to see and read the signs of the bush that others might have missed.

Children on Safari
Children of all ages are welcome at Impodimo and we love to go out of our way to ensure that kids and parents both have an unforgettable safari experience. Our kiddies program is tailored to the different ages and can be fun and educational for all. Each child receives a personalized welcome pack with goodies and activities to do in between safaris. Children over the age of 6 years are welcome on the game drives, however, families with younger children need not fear that their kids will miss out, as we offer a ‘kiddies bumble’ which is shorter and aimed at keeping the little one’s attention.

Dining
Enjoy a sumptuous brunch at the pool lapa on return from your morning game drive, high tea in the afternoon overlooking the African Bush and the finest Pan-African cuisine with your hosts in the open air boma and share your adventures while you enjoy a night cap around the fire.
In our cooler winter months, we offer our guests the opportunity to explore the other side of the park with the ranger and tracker. Spend a day out in the bush, stopping for a picnic lunch in the shade.

Massage Treatments
A day in the bush is not complete without an in room massage treatment out on your private deck by one of our experienced massage therapists.

October – April (Rainy Season)

Daytime temperatures average around 30°C. The highest rainfall months are between November and February, though rainfall tends to come in short, sharp bursts and then the skies clear. The days can be hot and humid but the nights are beautifully balmy. During the rainy season the park’s vegetation is particularly lush, green and pretty; the soil is a distinctive deep red. This is the best time for birders, and for rich photographic contrasts.

May to September (Dry Season)

The winter months in Madikwe are dry and cool, with crisp clear blue skies. Night temperatures can sometimes drop to 2°C so be sure to bring warm clothes. Day temperatures average a comfortable 23°C. This is the best time for big game viewing, with animals being forced to move around in search of the scarce water supplies.