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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent two days and nights at Pondoro and truely enjoyed it. Pondoro is set on the banks of the Olifants River in Balule Private Game Reserve, inside the greater Kruger National Park. The safari's were fun but bumpy as there was a lot of off road driving. We saw all of the major animals except for the leopard which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stayed three nights and the whole stay was fantastic. Started on day one with a great drive and ended with a wonderful dinner. Continued this way the whole stay. Robbie was our driver and we saw so many animals and events it was hard to record them all. The staff was beyond fantastic, the food was top notch. The property... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am still dumbfounded that luxury like this exists in the bush. I can't recommend this place enough it is without doubt the best place I have ever stayed at anywhere. Game drives out of this world mind your head and body as this is real off roading. We seen all the big five and more including black rhino cheetah... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I spent 3 nights at Pondoro and can say it was an outstanding experience! My wife and I were on our honey moon trip and can say that they really now how to host a couple, with an excellent service and hospitality (Lize is great!). Food is at the high-end level of luxury hotels. The suites (we stayed in Tree)... More

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Douglas, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Myself, my husband and our two teenage daughter, 17 and 18, and our friend all stayed at Pondoro for 4 days. Upon arrival we were met by Lize, one of the owners. Soon after Robbie, the other owner, tracked us down to introduce himself, Our room was called Buffalo and our girls room was Rock. Honestly, the prettiest rooms we've... More

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Duluth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In July 2014 My wife, mother and 2 kids (14 and 12) spent 4 nights at Pondoro in Balule Game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. I spent 2 years researching Game lodges and finally decided on Pondoro based on a number of factors including location, price, Trip advisor reviews and their ability to accommodate gluten free for my daughter... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being that i work in the Tourism industry, it is very easy to fall into the trap of having huge expectations and being cynical when i travel on my own holidays. With that said, Pondoro is one of the rare instances where an operator hits the sweet spot in hospitality. Cost-effective, wonderfully warm yet efficient staff, well organised safaris and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The thought and detail we encountered at Pondoro exceeded our wildest expectations. We stayed in the Tree Room. It was well appointed, VERY comfortable and spacious! The Tree Room, as with some other rooms, is outside the electrified fence providing guests much privacy the caveat being you must be escorted at night to your room as there may be wild... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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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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Pondoro Game Hotel Balule Private Game Reserve
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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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