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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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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pondoro was recommended by friend, who have been visiting few times in the past. True to her recommendation, this place did not failed our expectation. The accommodation was comfortable, quiet and private. Just need a bit of improvements on the slippery floors in the bathroom when it was wet. The meals provided was light, fresh, wholesome and creative, must be... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The attentiveness of the staff at pondoro is fantastic - with such a small number of rooms and therefore guests you get a really personal service and a exclusive experience. The rooms, amenities and food are amazing!! we stayed in one of the chalets near the main lodge which was just perfect and loved our outside bath!!! The safaris each... More 

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

Dear Petra B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for noticing our service. The whole idea is to provide great personal service without being intrusive. I will relay your compliments though to your guide and tracker team as well as the kitchen and housekeeping staff. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro... More 

Mechelen, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A 5 star rating does simply not do justice to the wonderful experience we had at Pondoro! We spent two unforgetable days at Pondoro with our two sons (15 & 16) and we all enjoyed every minute of it. During the games drives, Robbie and Eric went out of their way to track the animals; we saw lions, elephants, a... More 

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

Dear TravelCookie1, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to host you and take you and your family on safari drives. It feels good to read and see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you really enjoyed the rooms, location, food and service. Greetings from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We has 4 wonderful days at Pondoro in April. Everything was amazing from the accommodation (Chalets) to the food and wine, to the safaris and midday walks. Eric our driver and Ramson our tracker were amazing at finding us all the wildlife and pointing out interesting facts - even spotted a chameleon at night while driving at speed! Amazing. Also... More 

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

Dear Ian F, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to host you and your family at Pondoro and to help in making it a memorable stay. Eric and Remson will be delighted to read your kind review. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly and helpfull staff made our stay at this lodge superb. The view from our lovely well-equiped guest house was magnificent. The food was great and always served with a smile. Safaris were amazing: many thanks to Josia and the others for sharing their knowledge. Lize and Robbie: keep up the good work!

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

Dear Lizzy L, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Good to see that you enjoyed and appreciated the efforts of our wonderful and well trained staff. I will be sure to let Josiah know of your appreciation. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Gravelotte, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything about our stay at Pondoro was perfect. Game drives were great with stunning sightings. This included a 'once in a lifetime' leopard sighting but obviously that's never guaranteed, we were VERY lucky. Robbie and Eric worked really hard to find everything for us and tell us about the bush. The lodge was fantastic, a beautiful room, well maintained and... More 

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

Dear wwglobetrotting, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very happy to read that you really enjoyed your stay with us and that you noticed all the small touches that we do in order to enhance a guest's experience at Pondoro. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Everything was splendid! The guest houses were beautifully appointed and the staff was attentive and timely. In particular, Rul and Andreis, our guide and tracker, were fantastic - incredibly knowledgable and intuitive. We were seconds from witnessing a mother elephant give birth to her calf. Their skills truly made the trip to Pondoro unique! Janny prepared breakfast boxes for us... More 

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

Dear Carole B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for staying with us and I will most definitely inform Rul and Andries of your excellent review. Yes, nothing can beat having more than 70 years of experience of the African bush with you on a safari vehicle. Greetings from the bush, Robbie... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Stayed 3 nights at Pondoro. The Earth room was super luxurious . Our driver Josiah and tracker Samson were excellent. The Safari was amazing . The food was better then any restaurant in rope or USA. The staff were very friendly and helpful . Roby and Leslie were very welcoming. Trip of a life time. Amazing location and facility. Rashad

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

Dear Rashad E, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is very good to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed your suite, knowledgable guides, the safari and cuisine. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

WOW! That's what describes my experience at Pondoro. I planned a trip flying in to Johannesburg and then renting a Land Rover and driving to Pretoria for the first night. We stayed at the Sheraton there, which I will write a separate review for. In the morning, we started our journey to Pondoro, taking about 4 hours to get there.... More 

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

Dear David S, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am elated to see that you consider your visit to Pondoro to be the trip of a lifetime. Look like you had some wonderful safari sightings over and beyond the cuisine, scenic room and great service. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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72 reviews 72 reviews
16 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

There are a precious few places for which the 5 star rating system is not adequate to characterize it. Pondoro rates a 10. This small game lodge in the Balule Private Game Reserve on the banks of the Oliphant River offers the perfect mix of wonderful accommodations, knowledgeable game Rangers and Trackers, amazing food better than almost every Cape Town... More 

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

Dear MDrooster, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been an honor to host you and your lovely wife at Pondoro. I am so glad that we could live up to your expectations and really appreciate the kind review. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

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