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Pondoro Game Lodge

5.0 of 5 Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ended our African holiday at Pondoro and what a fantastic way to end! We loved every minute of it. We were treated like royalty from the minute we arrived. Our rooms were absolutely stunning - we stayed in "Tree" and our teenage daughters in "Hardekool" - both beautifully decorated - amazing attention to detail. The staff knew us all... More 

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

Dear Antoinette K, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad to read your review and see how much you enjoyed your stay and that you found the rooms to be stunning, the food delicious and service great. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything was great, especially the rangers and the special treatment for honeymooners! We scored the Big 5 and the Cheetah at the same day! Excellent food in all meals and very special and cosy accommodations that really gives you the feeling of being in the bushes.

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Dear brunobortali, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It looks like you were very lucky and saw a lot of amazing animals. Glad you enjoyed the food and accommodation. Yes the advantage of staying in a small lodge is that you really get the feel of being out on safari instead of just staying... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To spend our first two days in SA it was the best choice we have made. After a warm welcome we went for the luxury rooms to prepare to our fist safari trip. The first of the big five Elefant, Bison, Lion. Next day Cheetah, Leopard. Sadly that we have booked only two nights here we had to leave. But... More 

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Dear Paul G, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad to see that Pondoro was the best choice of your trip to South Africa and that you managed to see so many different animals. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Whakatane, New Zealand
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent five days at Pondoro Game Lodge and we had THE most wonderful time! From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel so special. We were upgraded to Earth suite (best surprise ever!) which gave us unobstructed views of the Olifants river (and its resident crocs and hippos). We had our own spa bath... More 

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

Dear Johan P, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host you at Pondoro and I am truly grateful to read how much you enjoyed it. I want to thank you on behalf of all the guides and trackers for your amazing gifts. It meant more to them than I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing, amazing place! The service here was outstanding and incredibly personalized. Each person that worked there knew us by name and was warm and friendly throughout. Because it was our honeymoon, they went out of their way to arrange specialized dinners for us at different romantic locations on the property. The meals were incredible and substantial and the comfort and... More 

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

Dear Mike T, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am honored that you choose Pondoro as part of your honeymoon and grateful that you enjoyed it so much and appreciated and noticed all the little touches. Yes, we had a great New Year's Eve party that was thoroughly enjoyed by guests and staff... More 

Tampa, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
5 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We cannot say enough great things about our experience at Pondoro. The staff went out of their way at every turn to make us happy and comfortable. The food was exceptional and they did a wonderful job accommodating my vegetarian diet. The rooms were spacious with every luxury imaginable including a spa tub, hot tub on the balcony and a... More 

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

Dear JennyLG1, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Great to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It was a pleasure to accommodate your vegetarian diet since Lize is also vegetarian and knows the frustrations that sometimes comes with being one. It was good to get to know you and we look... More 

Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We couldn't have been more please with our choice to stay at Pondoro. We stayed 3 nights at the end of November 2014.The accommodations (we stayed in the Tree suite), food, staff, game drives... everything was absolutely incredible! A BIG thank you to the staff for making this part of our trip so amazing!

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Dear Krystal B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad to read that you found everything from the accommodation to the food, staff and game drives to be absolutely incredible. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We stayed four nights in November 2014. The whole experience was excellent - accomodations (we stayed in the Earth suite), food, staff and game drives. The lodge is along the banks of a river so at all times of the day and night, the local residents (elephants, hippos, zebras,etc) were in sight. And most impressive were the staff: friendly, accomodating,... More 

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Dear PDGTX, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It gives me great pleasure to read that Pondoro managed to exceed your expectations and that you found the accommodation, food, staff and game drives to be of an excellent standard. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Everything you've read is true. This place is amazing. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we felt welcome and were in awe at how truly special this place was. A typical day begins with a knock at 4:45am - you'll be so excited to see the game, you won't even be tired. We'd usually stay out... More 

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

Dear dc02050, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It look like you had a wonderful time. I will inform Eric, Giyani and the other staff about your remarks. They will be elated. I agree with you that this time of year is the best with so many baby and young animals around! Greetings from... More 

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Owners Robbie & Lize gave us our customary wonderfully warm welcome as we arrived for our THIRD visit.The phrase "try the rest,stick with the best" comes to mind.We stayed from 1st to the 8th of October.The Lodge,the rooms,the food & service are just the same..magnificient.Special thanks to Patricia & staff for never forgetting Sheila's dietary needs & for the happy... More 

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

Dear Sheila and Sybil, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been an honor to welcome you back into our Garden, for the 3rd time. It has been a pleasure, as always, to host you. I will thank Rul, Remson, Patricia and the rest of the staff on your behalf. I will also... 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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