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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 Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Steckborn, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Pondoro visit was the Highlight of our South Africa trip. - Unforgetable expierence: Luxury Lodge and rooms (the Water Suite was ours - in nature it´s better than on the web) - romantic Wining and Dining in the bush with a lovely Service personal! We had two times a massage and they were very good - relaxing after the... More 

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

Dear Gabriele and Michael, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is great news to see that your stay at Pondoro was the highlight of your South African trip and that you enjoyed the rooms, massages, personal service and off course the informative and adventurous safari drives. I hope to welcome to you soon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We spent two nights at Pondoro in February and totally enjoyed our stay. From the greating on our arrival to goodbye we were treated like we were the most special guests there. Safari was awesome....the guides worked very hard to give us a great experience. Food was outstanding and drinks were even better! Everything about our stay was special and... More 

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

Dear barefootdreams, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We strive to make all guests feel very special and I am glad that you feel that we succeeded. I hope you will be able to visit us again. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

I spent 4 days with my 12 year old daughter. It was a fantastic stay! Nice safaris, nice and professional staff, everybody dedicated to making it a good experience. Nice place also! I'd go back tomorrow and could only warmly recommend the place!

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

Dear AgnesTravels, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure hosting you for 4 days at Pondoro. Yes, I believe part of the charm of Pondoro is that it is such a small, intimate safari lodge which I believe is the perfect way to really experience a safari in Africa. Greetings from... More 

Baxter, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I cannot say enough good about Pondoro! We stayed for 2 nights in February. The lodge is small, with 8 units, a handful of staff, and a handful of guests. We were greeted by the staff, our guides, and our tracker immediately upon arrival. From that point on, they address you by name each and every time they see you.... More 

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

Dear Esteban1968, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am grateful to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I will make sure to inform all the staff of your appreciation. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stayed 3 Days at Pondoro Game Lodge and we must say that this is the best lodge we've ever been to all over Africa. What's most outstanding is the location directly on the river, the room set-up, the food, the friendlyness and hospitality of all staff and the excellent safari guides thanks to whom we got the best insight... More 

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

Dear Andrea B, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Yes, we are blessed with our setting on the beautiful and majestic Olifants river. I will relay your appreciation and thanks to all the kitchen staff as well as your guide and tracker. Greetings... More 

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

First I am going to describe the wonderful things about Pondoro and then I will tell you why I will never return to this establishment. Our room – the Water Suite – was fantastic. Spacious, well furnished with a comfortable bed. There were many special touches that made this room special – a carafe of brandy, robes, complimentary water, etc.... More 

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

Dear seeking_seashells, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am saddened by your review and that you feel that you had such a bad time at Pondoro. This is not how we want any of our guests to feel. I will do my best to explain and answer to some of your grievances. Upon... More 

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