Accommodation: Impangele Mountain Lodge (Hex River Valley)
The folk at Impangele Mountain Lodge invited us for a stay over adventure in the middle of the Hex River Valley. It’s situated about 8km outside of De Doorns, just as your pass the Veldskoen Farm Stall, sitting high on a private mountain hill.
We were welcomed by the friendly Elvis and his wife for a quick overview tour of the chalets and clubhouse. The lodge has five fully equipped, self-catering chalets and can sleep up to 4 people each. Each of the chalets has a private deck overlooking the Hex River Valley with views on the Magnificent Matroos- , Hex- and Quado Mountains.
The clubhouse has a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and braai facilities should you want to socialise with the other guests. The perfect getaway for friends and family for those looking to book the whole lodge for a private get together. There is also DSTV in the clubhouse for those sport fanatics who can’t miss a weekend game and it can also be utilise for conferences and corporate getaways (accommodates for up to 20 people with an option to include breakfast and dinner). The clubhouse also has a fully equipped kitchen and is walking distance from all chalets.
There are some epic trails for mountain biking, trail running and hiking. A must expedition for all adventurers to go explore either early in the morning or before sunset time, as it can be super hot during day time in the summer! We took the Pajero for a bit of 4x4 exploring on the rolling hills of the valley. The scenery of the fynbos are spectacular as you cruise through the windy jeep track and 4x4 obstacles along the way. A dream for any landscape and nature photographer!
After we returned from our scenic drive, we just made it in time for the sunset! We parked the Pajero just in front of the Clubhouse, enjoyed a few cold ones and watched the sun disappear over the mountains in silence… One of my best sunsets ever experienced.
We returned to our private chalet, lit the fire and enjoyed some quite time while listening to the surrounding sounds of nature as we braai’ed into the late hours of the night. We waited for the supermoon to appear and watched it crossed the galaxy. We could not have witnessed this at a better location.
Remember to bring your mosquito repellent! At night these bad boys are hungry and definitely looking for some fresh blood! The chalet also have some mosquito repellent wheels you can burn but make sure you bring all your weapons of mosquito destruction.
The chalets are fully equipped with a fridge, stove, kettle, aircon and hot showers. It’s best to buy your food and goodies beforehand but you can also visit the Veldskoen Farm Stall (about +/- 4km from the lodge), open daily from 08:30 to 17:00 with full restaurant facilities. There is also a Spar Supermarket located in the town of De Doorns, +/- 10km from the resort and some local butcheries and liquor stores.
Overall we had a wonderful time at Impangele Mountain Lodge and it’s definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a secluded getaway adventure from the hustle & bustle. It’s a rustic self catering vibe but the breathtaking sunset views in the distant mountains and star gazing at night, makes it worth every penny.
The latest rates for *2019 are:
1/2 People, R350 pp
3/4 People, R300 pp
Fully catered option, min 8 people required, R550 (incl accom).
Whole lodge, R4500 (min 12 or max 20 people).
***The above rates are subject to change.
Cheers all and happy adventures!