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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The owners & staff are very friendly. The driver & tracker we had really knew their stuff & went out of their way to follow recent tracks. We saw the Big 5 because of the way the driver & tracker did their thing. The suite we stayed in (Earth) was fantastic. The food was varied & delicious & Lise went... More

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New York City, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The entire experience was top notch, from the welcome refreshments to the heated pack on your seat every morning drive Pondoro takes care of every detail which made our experience something we truly enjoyed. We loved the game drives and walks and took advantage of all three opportunities each day of our visit. The trackers and guides were outstanding, very... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful stay in this lodge. Having now visited 5 lodges in this price range, I think I can fairly compare. The food and service is the best I've experienced. The chalet rooms are small and in need of a bit of upkeep compared to other lodges I've stayed in. My only reason for not giving 5 stars... More

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

Dear rwjames1uk, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad to see that you had a wonderful stay at Pondoro and that the food and service is the best that you have experienced. Your recommendation regarding the chalets are noted. I am disappointed with the engagement and interaction from your guide and have addressed the... More

Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family stayed at Pondoro last week. After doing an extensive amount of research into various game lodges throughout Kruger, I settled on Pondoro based on the reasonable price and the exceptional reviews they had received on Trip Advisor. Pondoro absolutely did not disappoint and managed to exceed even the highest of expectations I had going in. I’ve never before... More

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Dear Anthony M and family, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am very happy to see that we could exceed your expectations and that you rate our level of service so high. It has been an absolute pleasure to drive all of you around during your stay and I loved the enthusiasm and... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Pondoro is one of the most amazing places we have ever stayed at. First and foremost, the owners and staff are unreal, always going out of their way to make you feel at home, just when you think they cannot out do themselves they surprise you. The food, OMG, every meal is outstanding! The chef is world class. The accomodation,... More

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Dear sparky1818, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is really heartwarming to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Glad to see how much you enjoyed staying in our chalets and that you loved having a bath under the African stars. Yes Rul and Andries really try their best to try... More

Santiago, Chile
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pondoro was a perfect stay from start to finish. We stayed 4 nights in Hardekool and then 1 night in Tree and loved both. The personnel and service were outstanding and the food was exquisite. We had read about the amazing attention to details and this proved to be true throughout our visit. We spent time at another lodge following... More

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Dear safarigirlNC, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am happy to see that you really enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed staying in both the chalets and suites. I love your comment regarding Dr Doolittle. It is so true. I might just use it in the future! Greetings from the... More

Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a truly wonderful 4 night stay at Pondoro in July. The staff couldn't have been more attentive. The accommodation was luxurious. The food and service was world class. The wildlife was awesome. We saw more than we could have ever dreamed; The Big 5 plus giraffes, zebras, baboons, crocs and much, much more. The game drives were amazing... More

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Dear Gill and Bob, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that we could provide you with a memorable stay at Pondoro and that you found the accommodation to be luxurious and the food and service world class. It is good to see that the guides and trackers made the safari drives fun, enjoyable... More

Miami, FL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at th Pondoro Game Lodge the beginning of July 2014. What a fabulous lodge that will not disapoint in any way! Let's start with the staff.....WOW in every aspect. Clearly Robbie and Lize lead the Pondoro family of staff to make sure every guest has exactly what they need or want. Our servers, Linkie and Kgomotso were such... More

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Dear Vicki and Terri, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It is as always good to know that someone has enjoyed their stay with us. I will show your review to Linkie and Kgomotso who will take great satisfaction and pride from this. Rul and Andries are stalwarts and finding animals are not only... More

Haute-Savoie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful ! Nice rooms, nice meals... The games was so exciting ! We saw the big five and a lot of others very interessing things.You can nearly touch the animals.. you feel like a child meeting le Père Noël ! The walk with a ranger is very interessing also.. When you come back at night everybody is waiting for you... More

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Dear Eric, Isa and Clarisse, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It makes me feel so good to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It has been a pleasure to drive you around and glad that we saw so many animals. Everybody is looking forward to your next visit. Greetings from... More

Bergen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to southafrica and a very memorable trip. We stayed for to weeks ib SA but only 4 days at Pondoro Game lodge. We were to couples , The Safaries were very interesting , all of them. Morning and evening- though a bit exhausting. We saw all the five big. and a lott of smaller once... More

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Dear Johan H, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am glad that we could provide you with a once in a lifetime experience and that you found the safaris to very interesting. Yes a lot of the time the smaller animals that do not fall into the Big 5 category are a lot... More

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Address: Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Hotel Class:5 star — Pondoro Game Lodge 5*
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Set on the cool riverine banks of the Olifants River (largest in Kruger) in the 40 000 ha Big 5 Balule Private Game Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, elegance and a canvas on which to create a truly unforgettable African safari.In this small, very exclusive 16-bed lodge ( owner managed ) you will discover the only way to experience the African bush. In addition to luxurious accommodation and the caring attention from trained professionals, our visitors are lavished upon with international fare and humble African hospitality.Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where Traditional African Cuisine fuse effortlessly with modern European trends.To compliment the food, select any of our fine wines from our extensive wine cellar. Vegetarians are specially catered for. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River (weather permitting).Between game drives in open safari cruisers, nature walks and peaceful afternoon naps, enjoy a dip in the sparkling rock pool, a spot of sun bathing or browse through the library. The Pondoro bar is the ideal spot to quench your thirst and grab a snack. ... more   less 
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