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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Fort Myers, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We love this place! Great accommodations. The food was excellent every night. The game viewing was amazing. We saw 3 lionesses and 10 cubs devouring a kudu. We were so close...I felt like I was in a National Geographic film! Yes, you will enjoy your stay here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I were in South Africa for 2 weeks on vacation. Our last four nights we stayed at Pondoro Game Lodge. It was absolutely amazing. The staff at the lodge made you feel right at home. The food was excellent!!! For the game drives my family and I had the owner, Robbie, as our ranger and Sam as... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Look no further. All the reviews are true. You could spend a lot more money on game lodges, but why would you? It doesn't get better than this. The lodge and rooms are gorgeous and the food was outstanding. The best part was the staff and how friendly they all were! Our guides, Rul and Ransom, were amazing guides and... More

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Waldorf, Maryland, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From check-in to check-out Pondoro was fabulous! Liza & Robbie are top notch people and know how to run a business. Vanessa, the Assistant Manager; Andries, the tracker; the Chefs and our waitresses, Linkie & Gerish are all great. The food, wine and accommodations were 5 star! The safari drives were just outstanding. Robbie seems to know everything about everything... More

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't that lucky with the wildlife on our game drives, but the lodge made it up than up for it. The rooms are decorated in perfect detail and I felt right at home. The restaurant area also wonderful as were all the people of Pondoro. What a luxury!

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pondoro makes your safari dream trip come true! The food, the service, the staff, the drivers and trackers and the accommodations are first class. Every game drive was an adventure and Robbie never let us down. It was a truly wonderful stay.

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

Dear Polly P, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that we could make your safari dreams come true and that I managed not to let you down. It has been a pleasure to drive your group and I hope to welcome all of you again at Pondoro sometime in the not too distant... More

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pondoro Game Lodge just oozzes love. From Robbie & Lize & all the marvellous staff, this place is a rare gem. My husband & I are leaving this heavenly spot tomorrow, but I want to write this review even before we leave it's soooo beautiful. Firstly, the setting on the Oliphants river is like something out of a movie &... More

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

Dear DonnaLynette, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been an absolute pleasure to host you at Pondoro. Glad that you enjoyed and tried everything from the safari drives to the Jacuzzi and the elephant dung tea. I see that you even smoked some elephant dung. Hope you did a Bill Clinton and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pondoro lodge is a perfect holiday destination. All of the staff were wonderful. The hosts welcoming, the safari drives were exciting and the rangers extremely experienced at tracking animals. We saw lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants, white rhino and the list goes on. But some of my favourite animals were the unexpected sightings such as the dwarf mongoose, spiny anteater, civet... More

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

Dear Mary and Coral, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to provide you with an unforgettable holiday. Looks like the guides really found you all the animals that you came to see and even more. Wow, an aardvark is really special and I am glad to see that you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mum and I stayed at Pondoro for 2 nights and we should have stayed at least a week! The lodge is amazing, the food must be one of the best in all of South Africa and the hosts Lize and Robbie were welcoming and wonderful. Robbie went out of his way to look for animals, he is so knowledgable... More

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

Dear Conny and Regine, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very happy to see that you really enjoyed your stay with us. It has been a pleasure to take you out on the safari drives and we are eagerly awaiting your return. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pondoro lodge was exceptional in it's hospitality, accommodation, atmosphere & comfort. A real highlight of our holiday. All the staff were fantastic and the safari trips were unforgettable. If you want a comfortable, safe, luxury safari then look no further then Pondoro!! Hope to get back one day.

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

Dear Rascal M, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that you found Pondoro to be highlight of your holiday and that you enjoyed the hospitality, accommodation, atmosphere and comfort. 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*
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