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Pondoro Game Lodge

5.0 of 5 Balule Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Baxter, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Seattle
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Perth, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of 4 families and booked out the entire camp. It was the most amazing game reserve experience we've ever had. I thought the accommodation might not be as beautiful as shown on Pondoro's website, but in reality, it was even better. Outdoor spa, outdoor shower, sunken indoor bath and shower, and a water feature for a... More 

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

Dear Val R, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was an absolute pleasure to host your group at Pondoro and I am so glad to read how much you enjoyed your stay. It is nice to know that the rooms even exceeded your expectations. I will inform all the staff including the rangers... More 

London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for the first part of our honeymoon and have been for four nights. There is so much to say that a TripAdvisor can not do it justice. A few comments about our stay: 1. My wife and I are gluten and dairy intolerant. They have gone above and beyond in accommodating our food intolerances without compromising the... More 

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

Dear ericjafari, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and choosing Pondoro as part of your honeymoon. I am elated to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that we managed to exceed your expectations. The dietary requirements was no problem at all and we are only too glad to oblige. I... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We had a great stay at the Pondoro lodge. Very nice game drives, perfect food, beautiful rooms and surroundings.....above all, the people involved with the lodge put so much love in their work, you cannot feel different than spoiled in the best way possible......sorry, no negatives at all.....

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

Dear FloorWJ J, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Look like you had a wonderful time at Pondoro. Good to see that you enjoyed the food, accommodation, safari drives and the ever eager to please staff. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We ended our African holiday at Pondoro and what a fantastic way to end! We loved every minute of it. We were treated like royalty from the minute we arrived. Our rooms were absolutely stunning - we stayed in "Tree" and our teenage daughters in "Hardekool" - both beautifully decorated - amazing attention to detail. The staff knew us all... More 

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

Dear Antoinette K, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad to read your review and see how much you enjoyed your stay and that you found the rooms to be stunning, the food delicious and service great. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Sao Paulo, SP
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Everything was great, especially the rangers and the special treatment for honeymooners! We scored the Big 5 and the Cheetah at the same day! Excellent food in all meals and very special and cosy accommodations that really gives you the feeling of being in the bushes.

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

Dear brunobortali, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It looks like you were very lucky and saw a lot of amazing animals. Glad you enjoyed the food and accommodation. Yes the advantage of staying in a small lodge is that you really get the feel of being out on safari instead of just staying... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

To spend our first two days in SA it was the best choice we have made. After a warm welcome we went for the luxury rooms to prepare to our fist safari trip. The first of the big five Elefant, Bison, Lion. Next day Cheetah, Leopard. Sadly that we have booked only two nights here we had to leave. But... More 

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

Dear Paul G, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Glad to see that Pondoro was the best choice of your trip to South Africa and that you managed to see so many different animals. Greetings from the bush, Robbie and Pondoro family More 

Whakatane, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My wife and I spent five days at Pondoro Game Lodge and we had THE most wonderful time! From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel so special. We were upgraded to Earth suite (best surprise ever!) which gave us unobstructed views of the Olifants river (and its resident crocs and hippos). We had our own spa bath... More 

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

Dear Johan P, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host you at Pondoro and I am truly grateful to read how much you enjoyed it. I want to thank you on behalf of all the guides and trackers for your amazing gifts. It meant more to them than I... 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*
Number of rooms: 8
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