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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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Pondoro as a part of a larger trip through South Africa for our 1st anniversary and it was definitely the highlight of our trip. The attention to detail by the staff was amazing. Lize and Robbie went out of there way to make sure we had a once in a lifetime experience. This included two private dinners set... More 

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

Dear Michael and Margot, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for choosing Pondoro to celebrate your first anniversary and I am elated to see that your stay with us was the highlight of your trip. Thank you for noticing the level of service and we hope to welcome you soon again to... More 

Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Game drives are mostly about the animals and our visit to The Pondoro Game Lodge in Balule did not disappoint. We saw elephants, black and white rhinos, water buffalo and lions all on the first afternoon. We were close and especially enjoyed the baby elephant and baby hyenas we saw. But the highlight of the drives was a pride of... More 

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Dear Scott H, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It has been a pleasure to host you at Pondoro and take you out on the safari drives. Yes, we got to see some really special sightings. Glad you enjoyed the view, the rooms and Lize's exquisite cooking. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro... More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Pondoro Game Lodge for a couple of days - and we can absolutely recommend it. A typical day at Pondoro used to start at 6 am in the morning with the morning safari drive. Safaris were on a open jeep with a guide / driver and a tracker. Our guide and tracker (Rulani and Andries) were... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I decided to write this review in English because I do want the staff in Pondoro Game Lodge to read it in my own words. This place is absolutely unbelievably spectacular!! I've had the time of my life there. First, the hotel is wonderful, elegantly decorated, classy and, still, with a touch of wilderness in it. It faces the Olifant... More 

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

Dear Samantha297, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am very glad to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed the view of the river and its many inhabitants. Josia and Amerika really go out of their way to provide guests with a great safari experience. Looking forward to your... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Pondoro was recommended to us by a friend, and now we know why. I can't imagine going anywhere else for a safari. We came to Pondoro for our honeymoon, and were so pleased with the romantic atmosphere, stunning game drives, and incredible food. Game Drives - We saw Big 5 in one drive (rare, but we got lucky)! Our ranger... More 

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Dear Jill L, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for choosing Pondoro as your honeymoon destination and I am elated that we could live up to the expectations. I will give your complements though to the guides and trackers as well as all the other staff who does a sterling job. Greetings... More 

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

The Lodge is excellent. Very private rooms. Staff are very attentive and deliver great service. Food was amazing. Only disappoitment is the location of the gym - right next to the spa treatment rooms. My amazing massage which started off very tranquil, was ruined by the sound of someone on the treadmill. Gym needs to be moved as far away... More 

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

Dear yolanderose, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am glad to read that you found the lodge, staff and game drives to be excellent. I take note of your comment regarding the location of the gym. We currently have strict rules in place and the gym cannot be used when a treatment is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Let me quickly describe a typical-yet-extraordinary morning at Pondoro. After waking up to a very cheery "good morning" we went face-to-face with elephants, stumbled into buffalo and then followed a lion back to his pride. This of course was all done from the safety of our jeep with our fantastic guide, Sam, and tracker, Ramson. When we returned, my wife... More 

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Dear David F, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Yes it seems like to one guaranteed sighting at Pondoro is the naughty monkeys during breakfast. A bit of a love - hate relationship there from Jannie and the waitresses' side. I love them; makes for great theatre during breakfast. I am so glad you... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our lodge was romantic, elegant, spacious and private. The outdoor bath was weird, but not a deal breaker as there was also an indoor double shower. Our balcony was large, was not overlooked and had an uninterrupted view of the Olifants River. Meals were served on the deck in the main and once by candlelight down in the riverbed. All... More 

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

Dear JetSetMAM, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Look like you had an excellent time at Pondoro. Thank you for appreciating food, service and our great guides. The picnic at the waterhole is very popular and it looks like you were really treated to an excellent elephant sighting. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and... More 

Vught, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never stayed in a place with so much attention to detail. Appointments of the Safari-boutique-chic rooms are wonderful. Food and hospitality are 5 star level on an individual basis. My wife and I including our grown up children are still talking everyday what a great experience it was. The experience is like nothing else. It will nestle in... More 

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

Dear Roger, Jolande, Isabelle and Laurens, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for noticing all the attention to detail as well as the rooms, food and hospitality. We are looking forward to welcoming you back. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pondoro Game Lodge is in Balule/Olifants West Private Game Reserve, adjacent west of Kruger National Park. If you're coming from Kruger you must get an exit pass, exit Kruger and then enter Balule using Balule/Olifants West Gate. It's likely the GPS wouldn't lead you to enter through this gate but currently this is the only gate (not sure there ever... More 

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

Dear theminimalist, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It looks like you had an excellent stay at Pondoro with great game drives and warm service. I am not sure about your comments regarding the entrance gate to Balule Private Nature Reserve. Balule is a 50 000ha reserve adjacent to Kruger Park. There are no fences between... More 

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