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Pondoro Game Lodge

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Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Sydney
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We chose this off the back of Trip Advisor recommendations and we were not disappointed. Fabulous suites - we had the Rock Suite, wonderful decor and so private, yet it felt open too, great views over the river. Staff were always friendly and helpful. Food was delicious, good varied menu each day for each of our meals. For breakfast you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want to see the animals and be treated like royalty, this place should definitely be on your list. The accommodations, the food, and the personal treatment were spectacular. Pandora has only six casitas, so it feels that you are being waited on hand and foot, and particularly by the owners. The ranger and tracker really got us to... More 

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I recently stayed at Pondoro Game Lodge and absolutely loved it. The accommodations were top notch, the staff warm and friendly, and the food was like eating in a top notch restaurant for every meal. The room was clean and well appointed. Our tracker and wildlife ranger were unbelievable, able to locate the animals for great observation... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stayed in October 14. The property is very well appointed and has great views of the river from all rooms and the outside dining area where you could watch Elephants, Hippos etc in the water. Saw all animals except Leopards on our game drives. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was excellent and plentiful.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiancé and I stayed here for 3 nights last month as part of a several week trip around Southern Africa. It was an amazing trip and our stay at Pondoro was the highlight. We stayed for 3 nights and split our stay between a suite and chalet and both options were fantastic! The suite had an awesome outdoor shower... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 3 days at the lodge with friends and we were very impressed with the lodge. We travel a lot and didn't know what to expect for a "game lodge" and they exceeded all of our expectations. The accommodations were very well maintained, the food was fine dining at every meal and they accommodated any allegories. The staff and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What more can we say that hasn't already been said. Pondoro Game Lodge was everything we had expected and more! The location was fantastic, right next to the river gave us the opportunity to view the animals as they walked past. The lodge itself was modern, fresh, clean and extremely well looked after. We were shocked to find out it... More 

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

Dear Guascouple, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It really makes one feel good to read a review such as this. I am so glad that all the small and finer touches are seen. Rul and Andries will be elated by your review. They try so hard and their knowledge is superb. Our policy... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most beautiful , quiet and quaint Lodge ! There are only 8 Lodges on site so never more than 16 people at one time ! I lucked out as their was only 1 group of 3 when I arrived ( I prefer smaller groups ) and they were lovely , invited me to join their table at meals and... More 

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

Dear DanielCartwright723, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host you and I am so glad that you enjoyed everything during your stay, from the cuisine to the rooms and service. You are a great ambassador for Canada! Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we arrived our experience was flawless and our memories will last a life time. The staff welcomed us like family and the service and accommodation was impeccable. The game drives were incredible, our ranger Rul and tracker Andries were amazing ensuring we saw the Big 5 and so much more. We would like to mention that travel... More 

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

Dear Colina-Chris, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Congratulations again on your engagement and everyone at Pondoro feels honored that you choose us as the spot for celebrating such an unforgettable and special moment. Thank you for the recommendation and we hope to welcome you back again. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro... More 

London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I want to write this review to make it useful for others choosing a safari lodge, but it's really hard to describe how amazing this place is in 500 succinct words. We visited on our honeymoon, for 4 days, and during our honeymoon, stayed in other places that we'd describe as 100% luxury, as 5 star, as 'amazing' or 'excellent'... More 

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

Dear Holly S, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon and I am glad that we could add to such a special event. Thank you also for noticing all the small touches! Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

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