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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A simply outstanding holiday and adventure. We stayed for 4 nights and were treated to fantastic food, superb game drives and memories that will live forever. Highlights, so many ... a Leopard kill, baby elephants playing in the water outside the 'hide', lions sleeping at night, hippos, cheetahs, giraffe etc etc. However, it does not just happen and our drivers/trackers... More

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear maxward, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am glad that you really enjoyed your 4 night stay with us and that we managed to create a lifetime of new memories. The leopard catching a warthog right next to your safari cruiser certainly was a once in a lifetime experience. A lot of... More

Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent five nights at Pondoro, in 'Earth' - had a fantastic time! 8 great game drives, 2 not so productive but not for want of trying by ranger Erick and tracker Remson! Everybody was so friendly and helpful and Lize's food superb, especially the birthday cake!! A wonderful visit from start to finish, thank you everybody!! Pros:- Game drives... More

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Jay_Be_70, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am glad to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that we managed to make your birthday a very special occasion. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More

Woodside, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our 3 week holiday in SA started at Pandoro. Our expectations were exceeded from the the welcome, the unique accommodation,gourmet meals,uncanny bushcraft,and an understated vast reservoir of local knowledge,always in a quiet friendly atmosphere.

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Ronald B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am grateful to read that you enjoyed everything from the welcome to the accommodation and safari experience at the lodge. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More

Hannover, Germany
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13 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our stay at Pondoro Game Lodge was the most dreamlike experience during our three-week South Africa trip. We will remember this for life with great pleasure. Lair of Glencaim 69 has described it as extensively, as well as we have experienced it. We had the pleasure to spend two nights in the Tree suite. We have liked the open bathroom... More

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Uwe S, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host you at Pondoro and it is really nice to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and to read that not only had you great sightings during your safari, but also that the rooms and service were... More

Bergen, Norway
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

.first class accomodation. Staff friendly and well trained. Delicious food. We were privileged to have the owner Robbie as our personal driver .and with the help of our amazing tracker Andries out safari was 100% successful!

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear 566JohannaK, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure driving you around and glad that we saw so many animals. Good to see that you enjoyed the accommodation, food and service. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More

New York City, New York
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5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We had an absolutely amazing 5 night stay at Pondoro during the end of August 2014 as the first stop of our honeymoon. The experience was superb in every regard. Room was beautiful and tastefully decorated, set among the most amazing scene on the bank of the Olifants. Game drives with Rul and Ramson were outstanding. Although the game may... More

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Jpando01, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am honored that you choose Pondoro as your safari destination during your honeymoon. I will definitely inform Rul and Remson of your recommendations and thanks as well as the rest of the team. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Pondoro Game LODGE (Kruger) offered us the perfect combination for a Safari. The elegant comfort of a richly furnished lodge with a panoramic view of the Oliphant River let us observe and enjoy the animals in there natural habitat, it was simply memorable. It is important to note the exquisite varieties in the meals offered, they were of highest quality... More

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Adria D, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the food, service and safari drives to be of a high and professional standard. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More

Moreland Hills, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This place is a foodies delight! One of the owners is the executive chef and it shows. The food is literally the best I've ever had over a period of days and I think that's saying something. Better than Nobu which we visited in Cape Town. Every dish was exquisite and the menu was very varied. Presentation was outstanding. I... More

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear flsterling, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It looks like you really enjoyed your stay with us, especially the food of which we are very proud of. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I stayed with my wife at Pondoro at the End of August 2014 for 2 nights (unfortunately only 2 nights) at the beginning of our first South Africa holiday. To summarise it directly: It was perfect, we really hardly thought about, if there is anything they could do better, but we did not found anything! But in sequence: Pondoro is... More

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear LairofGlencairn69, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Reading through your review was like a breath of fresh air on a hot and sweltering afternoon! It makes all the hard work and special touches worthwhile. Thank you for this and your review has taken a special and place on our kitchen notice board where... More

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My partner and I spent the most amazing 3 days at Pondoro Game Lodge, everything about the lodge was immaculate. Our room, the service and the attention they gave us made us feel like we were royalty. We had a long drive from jhb so when we arrived at Pondoro we were so exhausted, but from the moment we arrived... More

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Pondoro, Owner at Pondoro Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Pumla and Neil, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to host you at Pondoro and I am glad to read that you felt like royalty at our lodge. We hope to welcome you soon again! Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More

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Address: Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Balule Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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