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Franschhoek Country House & Villas

The Cape Winelands

Days 1 - 2: The Cape Winelands

Franschhoek Country House & Villas Location Map

South Africa is today one of the major producers and exporters of wines worldwide, and has been producing wine since the middle of the 17th century. Franschhoek is nestled at the bottom of a valley, surrounded by rolling mountains, and is arguably one of the most prettiest villages in South Africa.

There are over 20 wine estates in the region, and staying in the area will give you the chance to either search out the labels you are familiar with from home or to go on a voyage of discovery and find new favourites.

The main street in Franschhoek is home to many excellent restaurants, and no fewer than 8 feature in the country's Top 100, quite deservedly earning the town the reputation of being South Africa's 'Food and Wine Capital'.  Other activities include walking trails, hiking, cycling, horse-riding, fly fishing and golf. For those more adventurous, paragliding offers a stunning bird's eye view of the area. Or simply amble among an array of art shops, galleries and specialist stores that grace the village centre.

Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a 5* hotel in the heart of the Franschhoek valley complimented by the well known Monneaux Restaurant. Situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Village, only 1 km from the main town, it is an ideal base to indulge your tastes for fine wines and world class cuisine.

The famous Monneaux Restaurant ranks among South Africa's top restaurants and serves an inspired contemporary take on the classics. Lunch is enjoyed on the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree while dinner is enjoyed in the elegant but relaxed dining room in the original manor house.

There are 2 swimming pools for relaxing around after a day of sightseeing and wine tasting, or pamper yourself with a range of Spa treatments including massages, reflexology, facials, manicures and pedicures.

The original Franschhoek Country House offers a choice of accommodation, including the charming Standard Rooms, Luxury Rooms and Garden Cottages. Whichever you choose, the accommodation on offer is designed with your comfort and luxury experience in mind.

The luxurious Villa Suites offer discerning guests demanding opulence and space in a relaxed country setting. Arguably the best suites on offer in the Winelands, the suites are each a total of 100 sqm in size which include a separate lounge, bedroom and picturesque bathroom and 2 private balconies.

Example Details For Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Franschhoek Country House & Villas Location.


Franschhoek Country House & Villas,Main Road, Franschhoek


From Cape Town (via N1): Drive out of Cape Town on the N1 past Belville and Brackenfell turn-offs. Continue past the Winelands 1-Stop Engen petrol station as well as the first Stellenbosch turn-off after the petrol station. Take the next turn-off named Stellenbosch/Klapmuts and turn right at the stop on the R44.

Approximately 600m further, go over the 4-way stop. Shortly after the 4 way stop (+/-400m) turn left at the Franschhoek sign. Carry along this road for approximately 8 km until it ends at a T-junction at which you turn right to Franschhoek on the R45. This road will take you straight into Franschhoek (approximately 16 km further).

Franschhoek Country House is a terracotta coloured building situated 1.5 km before the main town of Franschhoek on the right-hand side, further on from the Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate.

From Cape Town (via N2): Drive out of Cape Town on the N2, and take the first Stellenbosch turn-off (Baden Powell Drive/R310) and keep on travelling to Stellenbosch. You will eventually pass the Spier Wine Estate (on your right) and a few kilometres after that, the road will end at a T-junction (approximately 13 km from the N2 turn-off).

Turn right at the T-junction and travel into Stellenbosch. You will pass over 3 traffic lights - keep to your left. The road ends at a T-junction at which you turn left. Pass over 3 traffic lights and shortly after the 3rd set, turn right at a set of lights at the Franschhoek/Idas Valley sign.

This road will take you over the mountain on the Helshoogte Pass, trough Johannesdal and through Pniel and eventually ends at a T-junction (16 km from Stellenbosch). This T-junction is shortly after the Boschendal Wine Estate (which would have been on your right). Turn right at the T-junction onto the R45 to Franschhoek. This road will take you straight into Franschhoek (approximately 13 km further. Follow the directions as above.

From Hermanus/The Garden Route: Either follow the N2 to the Baden Powell Drive/R310 exit, and follow the directions as above OR you can take the more scenic route via the Franschhoek Pass - leave the N2 at the R43 towards Villiersdorp (16 km past Caledon) and follow this road to Villiersdorp. Turn onto the R45 and go over the Franschhoek Pass to Franschhoek. Turn right into the Main road (R45) at the Monument. Drive down the main street, and Franschhoek Country House is a terracotta coloured building situated 1.5 km out of the main town of Franschhoek on the left-hand side, before the Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate further on.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome, but can only be accommodated in certain rooms.

All Rooms have air conditioning, hair dryers, direct dial telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, a room safe, TV and shaver plugs.

Villa Suites have under floor heating, 2 balconies, a separate lounge, separate dresser table and luxurious bathrooms with double basins.

The hotel has 2 swimming pools (one heated). Cycles are available to hire.

A complimentary shuttle bus runs to the Franschhoek village twice a day.

A baby-sitting service is available on request (additional cost).

There is a spa treatment room offering a range of treatments including massages, reflexology, facials, manicures, pedicures and signature treatments (additional cost).

Due to limited space, treatments needs to be pre-booked well in advance in order to avoid disappointment, especially during peak season periods. Please also take note the treatment room is closed on public holidays and Sundays.

Credit cards are accepted.

It is advisable to pre-book dinner reservations in Franschhoek, especially between October and April. You can either do this directly via www.franschhoek-restaurants.co.za or otherwise please ask your Travel Butlers consultant for assistance.

The Marine


Days 3 - 4: Hermanus

The Marine Location Map

The 5* Marine Hotel is a member of the Relais & Chateaux Association and has secured its position among the finest hotels in the world.

The Marine is one of South Africa’s most spectacular seaside hotels. Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay in the Western Cape’s Overberg region, the hotel is the ultimate location for whale watching during whale season – often directly from the comfort of the sea view bedrooms.

Stroll along the cliff-hugging path to the golf club and view the miles of white sandy beach beyond. Otherwise, there's the sparkling, heated courtyard pool, perfect for catching some African sun. Spend the remainder of your day in the reading Room or watch (in Spring) the Southern Right Whales play in the bay.

Carchele Health and Beauty Spa provides an experience not to be missed. A comprehensive list of treatments is available to refresh and revitalise your body, mind and spirit.

The Marine Hotel has 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites, each with private facilities.

All rooms are arranged in the highest standard of style and comfort. The bathrooms, a study in marble, chrome and luxurious deep pile towelling, offer the perfect recipe for relaxation amongst the bubbles.

Many have commanding views across Walker Bay or into the beautiful internal courtyards with its swimming pool and garden.

Example Details For The Marine

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Double Sea View
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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The Marine Location.


The Marine,Marine Drive, Hermanus


From Cape Town/Stellenbosch: Follow the N2 to George/Mossel Bay over 2 mountain passes (Sir Lowry's Pass and Houwhoek Pass). After the 2nd pass, turn right onto R43 to Kleinmond/Hermanus. You will pass suburbs called Hawston, Fisherhaven, Vermont, Onrus and Sandbaai. When entering Hermanus, continue through the town to the traffic lights situated at a sharp left corner at the end of the main street, follow the street round to the left. Travel for about 0.5 km until the stop sign (cross roads). Turn right. The Marine is immediately on your left.

From Franschhoek: Take the R45 towards Villiersdorp. Turn left and drive to Villersdorp, then take the R43 towards Botriver. (You will turn onto the N2 for a short while). Take the R43 in the direction of Hermanus. You will pass the Kleinmond turn and then the suburbs of Hawston, Fisherhaven, Vermont, Onrus and Sandbaai. Follow the directions as above.

From the Garden Route: Follow the N2 towards Cape Town. 10 km past Riviersonderend, turn left onto the R326 to Stanford and follow the signs to Hermanus. On entering Hermanus, keep on the main road and turn left at the cross roads/stop sign. The hotel will be immediately on your left.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms include air conditioning, a mini bar, satellite/cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fireplace, a heater, a hair dryer, safe, and tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel has a heated pool area. There is a main restaurant plus a lounge and bar area.

The Carchele Beauty Spa at The Marine is a full-service spa that offers basic and signature treatments.

A boutique shop offers a selection of items from acclaimed South African designers.

24 hour room service is available on request. Binoculars can be hired from reception (for whale watching).

There is an offsite gym that guests can use - please contact Reception to arrange a visit.

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Cape Town

Days 5 - 7: Cape Town

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel Location Map

Nestled at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is consistently voted amongst the top cities in the world to visit and it is no surprise that this wonderful city is one of the highlights of a holiday to South Africa. The climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers.

One of the main tourist attractions is the tastefully restored V&A Waterfront with its many shops, bars and restaurants. There is also an aquarium and one of the largest craft markets in Southern Africa. Boats offer tours of the harbour from the quayside and the whole place is always buzzing with life and activity. The City Bowl is home to many museums and historical buildings which can all be viewed from a 'topless' hop on/hop off tourist bus, complete with interesting commentary as you ride around the city.

The adventurous can climb up (or abseil down) Table Mountain, windsurf or kitesurf at Bloubergstrand Beach, dive in shark tanks, or do any one of a dozen more adrenalin pumping activities. For a more relaxed pace of life, there are miles of sandy beaches for soaking up the African sun, or enjoy a quiet stroll through the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storeyed Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century, and was declared a national monument in 1984. The hotel is situated in the heart of Cape Town, just off the fashionable Kloof Street, so some of Cape Towns' finest restaurants are a leisurely stroll away, and you are just a short drive from the beaches at Camps Bay, Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront.

The lounge and breakfast room have been carefully designed to provide every creature comfort without sparing on the fine detail. There is also a garden and pool area, and a library where you can relax and read or research your itinerary from the computer terminal provided for your convenience.

Each of the 15 rooms are individually decorated, marrying a touch of yesteryear with contemporary chic and bohemian influence. The choice of room at Cape Cadogan is largely dependent on your personal preference and budget. Regardless of room category, comfort is never compromised and the warmth of the charming environment seeps its way through to every corner.  

Example Details For Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Classic Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel Location.


Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel,5 Upper Union Street, Tamboerskloof


From Cape Town International Airport: Follow Airport Exit signs then pick up on Cape Town signs as you leave the Airport area.

After approximately 3 km you join the N2 double lane motorway heading for Cape Town. Go past the twin concrete cooling towers on right hand side of motorway, and after a couple more kilometres the motorway turns sharply left.

Follow the left curve and N2 City signage. Bear right, still following the City N2 signage. Keep following N2 signage and where the road splits keep to the far right.

At the end of this highway you will arrive at a very large intersection with a few sets of traffic lights. Cross over all of these without turning off. This street is called Buitengracht Street. Continue all the way. Four lanes will decrease to 2 and will eventually become a one-way street called New Church Street. Do not turn off anywhere. At the top of New Church Street there's another intersection with traffic lights. Cross over these also and turn left at the 2nd street after the intersection.

This is Upper Union Street. The Cape Cadogan Luxury Boutique Hotel is situated 120m down the road on the right hand side.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children aged 10 years and older are welcome. A babysitting service is available (additional cost).

All rooms have a shower, bathroom amenities, robe and slippers, a Nespresso coffee machine, a pre-stocked minibar, satellite television, hairdryers, direct dial telephone, in-room safe, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Luxury Rooms have a sitting area and a terrace or courtyard with a bistro set. 

The Superior Luxury Suite includes a shower and bathtub, a lounge area, gas fireplace, and a private plunge pool with a terrace, bistro set and loungers.

The hotel has a main swimming pool.

Street parking is available FOC or otherwise secure parking can be arranged at an additional cost.

The hotel offers complimentary daily scheduled transfers within a 6 km radius of the hotel. 

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners credit cards are accepted.

Daily gym membership at the nearby gym can be arranged (additional cost).

There is a wide variety of boutiques, restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood, and the hotel is also in close proximity to Table Mountain (10 minutes), Clifton Beach (15 minutes) and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (10 minutes).

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

The Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria

The Blue Train

Days 8 - 9: The Blue Train

Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel Location Map

The Cape Town to Pretoria journey on the Blue Train offers guests a compelling and unforgettable combination of luxury train travel, world-class service, and fine dining, all set against a magnificent ever-changing backdrop of the beautiful South African countryside.

This unforgettable journey takes 2 nights, departing Cape Town at 16:00 on selected days throughout the year. As the sky darkens over the landscape on your first night aboard, you adorn yourself in your finest silks and satins, diamonds and pearls, tuxedos and ties, as you prepare to dine in the subtle intimacy of a table for 2 in the Dining Car.

The next day after a relaxing morning and a sumptuous lunch, you arrive at Kimberley Station, where you visit the Kimberley Open Mine Museum. Experience this town as it was during the diamond years, and see the largest uncut diamond in the world, and also visit the Big Hole - the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.

Having spent a second night on the train, breakfast can be enjoyed at leisure and is served between 06:00 and 09:00. The train arrives into Pretoria at 10:30, and you will be assisted by your butler to disembark and make your way into the Arrivals Lounge.

The individually controlled air-conditioned Luxury and Deluxe Suites all offer the choice of twin or double bed sleeping arrangements, made up every night by your onboard butler with the finest bed linen. Private en-suite marble tiled bathrooms offer showers or deep baths for luxuriant soaking.

The Blue Train’s slogan is "A window to the soul of Africa" and as guests are transported in this steel beauty, the landscape of Africa never seizes to inspire and amaze.

Example Details For The Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Suite
Includes: All meals; high tea; drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic but excluding French champagne); and off-the-train excursions are included.

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The Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria,Cape Town Railway Station Adderley and Strand Streets, Cape Town / Pretoria

Check In / Check Out

Guests can check in from midday at the Pre-Departure Lounge at Cape Town Railway Station, where they can enjoy a pre-departure drink and snacks. The train departs at 14:00, and the anticipated arrival time into Pretoria is two days later at midday.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

It is advisable to pack an overnight case for the journey as only a limited amount of luggage can be stored in your suite. Your butler will store additional baggage in the luggage van.

All table d'hote meals and room service snacks are included in the rate. Should you require a snack, you are requested to contact your butler. Lunch and dinner are usually served in 2 sittings, while breakfast is at your leisure.

The stylish luxury of the Blue Train is conducive to dressing for dinner. Evening wear is elegant and gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie. During the day, dress is smart casual.

Bottled water is supplied in your suite. Your butler will provide you with more on request.

Trained first aid personnel are on board at all times. In the event of an emergency, doctors and first aid personnel can be contacted at the various stations en-route.

Souvenirs and gifts are available for sale in the souvenir shop.

Guests who wish to show their appreciation may leave a gratuity in the box located in the lounge car, at the end of the journey. Gratuities are shared on a points system between the Blue Train personnel on board.

A limited on board laundry and valet service is available. Please contact your butler for assistance.

The lounge car is designed as a meeting place for pre-lunch and dinner drinks and afternoon tea, while the club car is ideal for a post-prandial cognac or cigar. The bar opens as soon as the train commences its journey and closes when the last guest departs. Please note that the lounge and dining cars are non-smoking areas. All drinks are included in the rate except for certain imported beverages which can be purchased from your butler.

Safes are provided in all suites. While every precaution is taken, the Blue Train cannot be held liable for loss of valuable items left unattended in suites.

The international telephone beside your bed in your suite will allow you to dial the manager or your butler 24 hours a day. Should you wish to make an outside call, please contact the Train Manager or your butler, who will be glad to assist. The cost of your external calls and faxes are not included in the rate.

The Train Manager is on call at all times. Please do not hesitate to contact him should you require assistance or information while on your journey.

All suites are fitted with complimentary Wi-Fi.

Castello di Monte


Day 10: Pretoria

Castello di Monte Location Map

Castello di Monte is a 5* guest house, situated in Pretoria. The Tuscan style estate portrays pure luxury and elegance and offers spectacular views of the hills in and around the capital city. The landscaped gardens with mature olive trees and lavender bushes give an Italian flavour to the African landscape and you will hardly notice that you are in the middle of a bustling city.

With 7 intimate dining areas you are never short of variety. Each area offers a tantalising experience and view, complimented by the mouthwatering international cuisine.

For total relaxation, why not order a special wellness treatment in the comfort of your room, or enjoy a sauna and steam shower.

The outdoor Roman styled swimming pool brings relief to a hot summers day, or relax and enjoy a refreshing cocktail from the bar. You can even enjoy a game of chess at the roof top chess set that gives you a sense of the outdoors as you gaze across the vast expanse of Pretoria.

For the more active person, there are 2 golf courses and a Virgin Active Gym close by.

For your stay here, you will be spoiled for choice. Will it be the Presidential Suite complete with a grand fireplace and a 4 poster bed, or the Honeymoon Suite decorated with hand painted murals, or one of the freshly styled Classic or Terrace Rooms rooms fit for royalty. Whichever room you choose, a sumptuous night sleep is ensured.

Castello di Monte's 16th century splendour is complimented by every modern amenity. From fully stocked minibars and DSTV right down to underfloor heating, air-conditioning and the creature comforts of tea, coffee and local papers, at Castello di Monte your every whim is catered for.

Example Details For Castello di Monte

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Classic Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Castello di Monte Location.


Castello di Monte,402 Aries Street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria


From Johannesburg: Take the N1 to Pretoria. Come off at Junction 136/M9. Follow the M9 until Eridanus Street junction, turn right onto Eridanus Street. Take the first left into Durado Street, then at the T-junction turn right into Delphinus Street. Follow this road to the very end and at the T-Junction, this is Aries Street. Castello di Monte is along here.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms have satellite television, remote controlled air conditioning, underfloor heating, a mini bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, a personal safe, a telephone, and tea/coffee making facilities.

The Presidential Suite has a fireplace, sofa, a 4 poster bed and a walk in closet.

The bathroom in the Honeymoon Suite is fitted with an oval bath and a spa bath.

Guests can order wellness treatments in the comfort of their own rooms (additional cost).

There is an outdoor Roman styled swimming pool, and a sauna/steam shower.

The restaurant Champere offers world-class contemporary dining.

Secure parking is available on the premises.

Impodimo Game Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve

Days 11 - 14: Madikwe Game Reserve

Impodimo Game Lodge Location Map

Impodimo Game Lodge is located on the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, which boasts 75,000 hectares of Big 5 game viewing territory.

Enjoy an early morning game drive with your dedicated professional ranger on a custom made open game viewing vehicle. 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 drink. A morning in the bush is not complete without a massage treatment on your private deck by one of the experienced massage therapists.

In the afternoon, head out again on another safari game drive, where you will stop to watch the sun set and enjoy your favourite sundowner drink. Once darkness descends, you set off for the drive back to the lodge, using a spotlight to search out the nocturnal creatures who now rule the bush. When you return to the lodge, you will have time to freshen up quickly before you are treated to the finest Pan-African cuisine for dinner - maybe in the open air boma around the fire.

The lodge has an air conditioned underground hide, which is accessed by a tunnel with walls lined with photography and art. The hide offers a well-stocked refrigerator, coffee machine and tea station, bean bags to place camera equipment on, and lounging areas with a library of books. Viewing windows have one-way glass, enhancing game-viewing.

Each of the 8 glass fronted luxury suites enjoy uninterrupted views over the reserve from a private deck.

There is also a 2 bedroomed Deluxe/Family Suite which can sleep up to 4 adults and 2 children, comprising of 2 en-suite rooms joined by a central lounge and dining area. The suite also has a private viewing deck overlooking the waterhole, and a private plunge pool fitted with a safety net when not in use for guests staying here with younger children. This unit comes with the services of a private guide, tracker, and open 4x4 game viewer. For an additional cost, the services of a private chef and butler can also be included, meaning all your meals can be enjoyed in the privacy of the unit making this an exclusive experience that takes the safari experience to a whole new level.

Example Details For Impodimo Game Lodge

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite
Includes: Luxury Suite: All meals; select local and imported drinks; tea/coffee and snacks; the Madikwe Conservation Levy; the Madikwe Gate entry fee; daily morning/afternoon shared game drives; and optional bush walks are included.

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 60 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. Details on request.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Impodimo Game Lodge Location.


Impodimo Game Lodge,Near Zeerust, Madikwe (via Wonderboom Gate)


PLEASE NOTE: The main gates open at 06:00 and close at 18:00. Guests who arrive after this time will not be allowed to self-drive to the lodge. The lodge will send a representative to escort guests to the lodge at an additional cost. SUGGESTION: Refuel at Sun Village/Zeerust as there is no fuel available inside the reserve. DO NOT follow your GPS after Zeerust/Sun City - it will take you on the wrong roads.

From Johannesburg Airport via N4 tar road: Follow the R21 north, to Pretoria (Tshwane) through Kempton Park. After 40 km follow N1 north to Pretoria (Tshwane), Pietersburg (Polokwane). After about 12 km, take N4 west into Pretoria (Tshwane), to Rustenburg or Hartebeespoort Dam. Follow the N4 to Hartebeespoort Dam.

Take the N4 to Zeerust past Brits, Rustenberg, and Swartruggens. Zeerust is approximately 220 km from Pretoria. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 to Gaborone/Madikwe Game Reserve. After +/- 90 km you will see a sign on the right for the Abjaterskop Gate of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Continue on this road past the Abjaterskop Gate for 7 km. You will find a small thatched gate (Wonderboom Gate) on the right into the reserve - turn in here.

Once you are in the reserve, follow the signs to the lodge. Allow between 20-30 minutes to drive from the gate to the lodge.

Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.

From Sun City via N4 tar road: Turn right from as you leave Sun City onto the R565. After a few km you will come to a junction with the R565 to the left, and the R556 signposted straight ahead. Turn left here to keep on the R565 signposted Phokeng and Rustenberg, and it is 38 km from here to the junction with the N4 tar road.

When you reach the N4, turn right onto the road (signposted Swartruggens and Zeerust) and continue for around 130 km on this road to Zeerust. In Zeerust turn right on the R47/R49 and follow the directions as above.

From Johannesburg or Sun City via gravel roads: There is a gravel road from Sun City to Madikwe - this route is a lot shorter than the current tar road route, however as the roads are gravel and the signs to Madikwe are rather inconsistent, we would not really recommend this route to customers.

Should you wish to return to Sun City or Johannesburg using the gravel roads, the lodge will be able to supply you with a map and directions.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge by this time, so you can relax and check into your room before going out on your first afternoon game drive, but if you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 15:00 at the very latest, or else you may miss the afternoon drive. Please be advised that ALL the gates into the reserve close at 20:00.

Rooms must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. Children under 6 are not allowed on game drives UNLESS the Deluxe Safari Villa is booked (whereby the family then has a dedicated game vehicle for their sole use) - otherwise younger children can join a 'kiddies bumble' game drive which is a much shorter game drive. Children under 16 are not allowed on bush walks. Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted in the boma - babysitting services can be arranged

All rooms have a full en-suite bathroom and an outside shower, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini bar fridge, a room safe, climate control air conditioning system and a private deck.

The Deluxe/Family Suite has all the same amenities plus a private pool (fitted with a safety net) and lounge/dining room, and comes with the use of a private guide, tracker and open 4x4 game vehicle.

The lodge has a swimming pool and a curio/gift shop.

In-room spa treatments are available to book - please enquire at Reception.

Activities include morning and afternoon game drives with a dedicated ranger and tracker in an open 4x4 safari vehicle.  Bush walks can also be arranged with your ranger after breakfast. In the cooler winter months, guests are offered the opportunity to explore the other side of the Reserve with their ranger and tracker, whereby you will spend a full day out in the bush, stopping for a picnic lunch in the shade.

Impodimo Game Lodge offers a fun and educational programme for children aged 12 and under. The programme runs for 2-3 hours daily and includes activities such as "show and tell" where items found around the lodge are presented and explained such as dung beetle balls, bird nests, different kinds of tree leaves, etc.

Credit cards are accepted.

There is a laundry service (additional cost).

Limited Wi-Fi is available - the lodge offers a 100MB complimentary per stay per room, thereafter data is available for purchase.

If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 20 minute drive away from the airstrip.

Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided walks in the reserve. Guests over 60 years old wishing to join a guided walk are required to have a letter or certificate from their doctor confirming they are in good health and are physically fit to do the walk. A  guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age or the provision of a doctors certificate, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

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